Monthly Archives: November 2019

Grand Central platform reopens as testing of Westside extension steps up

After 14 months out of use the Wolverhampton bound platform at Grand Central will reopen to passengers from Sunday 1st December – the first day of the new timetable and also expected to be the first day of the full … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne and Wear Metro South Gosforth Depot

For the final edition of Picture in Time in 2019 we head back to the South Gosforth Open Day of the Tyne and Wear Metro for a general view of the outside sidings.

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In Pictures: Edinburgh 251 becomes the third American Express tram

It would seem that American Express’ advertising contract on Edinburgh Trams is always for three trams as following hot on the heels of the new white based advert being applied to 263 and 270 comes the same design on 251. … Continue reading

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Car hits tram at Northern Moor

There were delays to Manchester Metrolink services on Friday 29th November after a car hit a tram at Northern Moor on the Airport line. The collision happened at around 1010 and judging by photos of the incident the car hit … Continue reading

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Standard 143’s motor to be sent away

Regular followers of the Blackpool Tramway will be well aware of the saga of the return to service of Standard 143 which after delays was finally launched into service in September only to fail on its inaugural evening leading to … Continue reading

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(More) Disruption on the way for Tyne and Wear Metro

The Tyne and Wear Metro are warning passengers that from Sunday 1st December services will be affected by the start of an overtime ban by members of the RMT and ASLEF unions. This ban all stems from the previously announced … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Amsterdam 2063

For the last time this year we head out of the British Isles for our Around the World in Trams series and its back to the Netherlands for this week’s image.

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3019’s Lightopia advert

We reported a few weeks ago on the latest influx of all over adverts on Manchester Metrolink which included a full – contravision included – vinyl wrap for Lightopia on 3019 and in this article we take our first look … Continue reading

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Thales signs two new contracts supporting DLR rolling stock replacement

Thales are to provide support to the new rolling stock programme on the Docklands Light Railway following the awarding of two new contracts at the end of October. Thales will be working alongside CAF to supply and integrate new on … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Portsdown & Horndean 13

As we rapidly approach December it is almost time to give Picture in Time a rest for the remainder of the year but before we do we still have time to feature one more traditional tram and this time we … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3012 returns to service

When there are so many trams in a fleet you don’t often notice if one is missing for a long period of time but on Manchester Metrolink the past year as seen a notable absentee in 3012 but Monday 25th … Continue reading

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One millionth passenger welcomed to South Shields Interchange

The start of November saw the new transport interchange at South Shields welcome its millionth passenger – less than two months since it opened. This brings the interchange well on the way to hitting its expected 7.5 million passengers a … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Focus on the final Blackpool Gold weekend on the year

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November saw the last Gold weekend of heritage operation in Blackpool with both days seeing a six tram service running all the way between Starr Gate and Fleetwood. The Winter Gold weekends see the most … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New American Express advert for 270 (and 263 too!)

The loss of adverts on Edinburgh Trams for American Express didn’t last long as just a couple of weeks after the first design was removed (from 269 and 270 anyway) a new style of advert has been applied, initially to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Open Top Balloon 706

Its 2007 again for this last Blackpool Picture in Time of 2019! This time around we feature a much missed tram from the operational fleet, known better by most by her name of Princess Alice.

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Wallasey 78 to celebrate the 86th anniversary of Walasey’s Last Tram

Its not an anniversary you often see celebrated but on Sunday 1st December the Wirral Transport Museum and Heritage Tramway will be commemorating the 86th anniversary of the last Wallasey tram with a special event taking place in the afternoon … Continue reading

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Could free tram travel for over 60s be removed from Edinburgh Trams?

Recent reports in the Edinburgh Evening News are suggesting that the free concessionary travel on Edinburgh Trams could be removed as part of the latest round of Council savings. The SNP and Labour coalition on the City of Edinburgh Council … Continue reading

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Metro Matters members get a guided tour of Westside extension

You may recall earlier this year that the West Midlands Metro were looking for travellers on the system to sign up to become a member of a new customer forum, to be known as Metro Matters. Well, that forum is … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Milan 7612

Its Milan for one final time this week as we continue our series looking at trams from around the world.

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In Pictures: Antlers return to Edinburgh

As we approach the countdown to Christmas with towns and cities across the UK switching on their festive lights with some of the bigger cities also having Christmas Markets to traipse round looking for that special gift it is also … Continue reading

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