Monthly Archives: March 2019

Around the World in Trams: Palermo 08

This week we stay on Sicily to feature more images from the tramway in Palermo. This time we take a look at Flexity Outlook no. 08.

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Up they go – Metrolink performance increase again

If you were suspicious you would think that when there is good news with the performance stats on Manchester Metrolink they are a lot quicker to release the figures as it has only taken just over two weeks for TfGM … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Sunderland 16 returns to service

Having spent the best part of the last couple of months out of service with a failed resistor grid, Sunderland 16 made a welcome return to service at Beamish on Saturday 23rd March adding some extra capacity to the tram … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We head off north of the border this week to bring you some images from Edinburgh:

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Metro Brierley Hill extension gets funding green light

The West Midlands Metro is set to continue its major expansion in the forthcoming years following the news that the West Midlands Combined Authority have given the final go-ahead for the cash to be made available for the line to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: South Yorkshire Supertram

This week we move north from Croydon to Sheffield to start a series of archive images from the Supertram network, starting off with an image during testing.

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In Pictures: Around and about at Beamish

With it now being less than a month until the Great North Steam Fair kicks off at Beamish it is very much the lull before the storm – especially with it being outside of school holidays as well – with … Continue reading

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Runaway Snaefell car was travelling and nearly four times line speed

Ever since Snaefell Mountain Railway 2 overshot Bungalow Station in August 2017 with passengers on board there has been a lot of speculation as to what happened, not helped by the apparent secrecy of the Health and Safety at Work … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh 276 gets new advert

Christmas is now officially over in Edinburgh following the removal of the Christmas and Hogmanay advert on 276 – only three and half months late! 276 has now become the latest tram to advertise the Parabola development at Edinburgh Park … Continue reading

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Two more battery trams for West Midlands Metro

The next two West Midlands Metro trams to have batteries installed are seeing excellent progress in the fitting of the equipment although at the time of writing neither have been fully completed. The two trams are 23 and 19, which … Continue reading

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M5000 3006 reaches one million not out!

How hard working the trams on Manchester Metrolink are has been brought into the public eye with the news that 3006 has become the very first of the M5000 trams to reach one million kilometres. The tram first carried passengers … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Opening Day of 2019 season at Crich

As we reported at the weekend another season of operation is now underway at the Crich Tramway Village with daily opening starting on Saturday 16th March. The first day saw Leeds pair 345 and 399, Glasgow 22 and Berlin 223 … Continue reading

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Tramlink strike to go-ahead after talks break-down

London Tramlink services are likely to be severely disrupted on Thursday 28th March after talks at ACAS between ASLEF and FirstTram Operations ended without agreement. A recent ballot of ASLEF members on Tramlink found an overwhelming majority in favour of … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Great Orme Tramway 5

Starting off a short series of images from Llandudno’s Great Orme Tramway today as we continue Picture in Time.

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In Pictures: Tree cutting on West Midlands Metro

Over the years that West Midlands Metro has been operating the trees alongside the tramway have become more and more overgrown, adding to problems with leaf fall on the tracks as well as potentially causing overhead problems with overhanging branches. … Continue reading

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Tram allocations announced for next Winter Gold

It may be Spring but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to fit in another Winter Gold operation in Blackpool over the weekend of 23rd and 24th March. The standard winter timetable will be in operation with six trams in … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance edges up

The latest four week period of performance on the Tyne and Wear Metro has seen a small increase although it is still at a disappointing level, especially for anyone who is trying to get around the region and relying on … Continue reading

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New support package announced for businesses affected by Metro extension

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed a support package for businesses affected by the construction of West Midlands Metro extensions. The initiative will be specifically targeted towards businesses who have frontages directly affected by construction.

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“Tram surfing” back in the news

It’s a story almost as old as trams have been about but “tram surfing” is once again in the news with several images appearing of youths “surfing” on the back of trams in Manchester leading to TfGM issuing a warning … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 723

We stay in 1983 for this week’s archive image from Blackpool and this time we feature a couple of the iconic Balloon Cars.

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