Monthly Archives: November 2019

Illuminated Tram comes to Heaton Park!

Whilst the Heaton Park Tramway’s main operating season came to an end on Sunday 17th November which saw a three car service operate during the Season Swansong that isn’t quite the end for the hardworking volunteers as they will be … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Testing continues on Trafford Park line

The first half of 2020 will see the latest – and for now last – piece of the Manchester Metrolink jigsaw open with trams able to run from Pomona to Trafford Centre for the first time. But before then there … Continue reading

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In Preview: Blackpool Winter Gold – 23rd & 24th November

It may be November and we may be turning our thoughts to Christmas (and the inevitable Santa Specials at various tramways across the country) but before then the Heritage Tram Tour team at Blackpool haven’t finished for the year yet … Continue reading

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Blackpool Brush 298 to return to Crich to start restoration

The first planned move of a tram in 2020 has been confirmed, although this will not a be a mere tram loan as it will see Blackpool Brush Railcoach 298 return to Crich from the Tramway Museum Society’s Clay Cross … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Driver Training starts on Birmingham Westside extension as new timetable and fares announced

Preparations for the start of passenger services on the first section of West Midlands Metro’s Birmingham Westside extension have stepped up a pace this week with the start of driver training. At the same time it has been announced that … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40

Another dip into the archives from 2007 for this edition of Picture in Time as we head back to Blackpool for a view of a tram which has since left the resort.

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In Pictures: Work continues at Bradley Lane

We haven’t paid a visit to Bradley Lane on the West Midlands Metro for a while where work has been ongoing on constructing a new Park and Ride site since October 2018. Originally due to open in the summer of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink at twilight

As the nights draw in, the chance to get photos of trams in twilight and the dark increases with even late afternoon seeing very little natural light in the sky. Armed with his camera on 12th November, Steve Hyde was … Continue reading

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Nexus find extra cash – two more years of services at current level now possible

We recently brought the news that Nexus were concerned that without a major input of extra cash they would not be able to operate the service at the current levels (Tyne and Wear Metro, ferries and buses) beyond 2021 but … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Milan 7141

Again this week’s overseas tram image comes from Milan as we continue our brief look at the trams operating in that Italian city.

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In Pictures: 34 does return to service as the batteries keep on coming

We mentioned a few days ago that there had been reports that 34 had entered service with batteries fitted but had no confirmation, well even if it hadn’t been used before it certainly has now! With both 22 and 34 … Continue reading

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Performance up on Metrolink

After a couple of periods where performance had been on a small decrease there is more positive news to report on Manchester Metrolink where it has now increased in the latest period which ran between 15th September and 12th October.

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This week on British Trams Online

Just the one Photo Gallery for you this week:

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New safety videos released as WMM prepares to expand testing

With testing and driver training on the Birmingham Westside extension set to expand in the coming weeks, West Midlands Metro and the Midland Metro Alliance have released a series of safety videos giving simple tips on how to stay safe … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne and Wear Metro 4055

We are heading back to the 30th anniversary depot open day at the Tyne and Wear Metro facility in South Gosforth for this latest look into the archives.

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Free trams back for Hogmanay

Edinburgh Trams have confirmed that they will once again be providing a free overnight tram service for Hogmanay – the fourth year in a row they have done so. Free trams will run between West End and the Airport (the … Continue reading

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Three hour service suspension for Blackpool Tramway after overhead problems

There was a complete suspension of the Blackpool Tramway service for three hours on Tuesday 12th November to allow for emergency repairs to the overhead to take place. It is not known what caused the problems but the damage was … Continue reading

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In Pictures: An interloper in the tram depot at Beamish

You get rid of one set of squatters and then another one turns up! That’s how it is in the tram depot at Beamish with the buses now having left the building for their all new garage but the Steam … Continue reading

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15% pay rise rejected by Tyne & Wear Metro drivers

Strike action could be on the cards on the Tyne and Wear Metro after drivers represented by the RMT and ASLEF unions rejected a proposed pay rise of 15% over two years; on top of the usual cost of living … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New safety features on Edinburgh Trams

Several new safety features are continuing to be installed along the tramway in Edinburgh in the aftermath of the RAIB report into the tragic death of Carlos Correa who died when he was struck by a tram at Saughton in … Continue reading

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