Monthly Archives: January 2020

In Pictures: Bradley Lane Park and Ride site almost ready

Its well behind schedule but it looks as if the new Park and Ride site adjacent to Bradley Lane stop on the West Midlands Metro is almost ready for opening if the latest pictures are anything to go by. Construction … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Failed Flexity rescued at Fleetwood

Blackpool’s Flexity2 trams are usually some of the most reliable trams in the UK with reports of complete failures pretty unusual. However, on 3rd January 2020, 013 was declared a failure at Fleetwood Ferry which not only required fitters attention … Continue reading

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More tram v road vehicle incidents on Metrolink

The past few days have seen further collisions between road vehicles and trams on Manchester Metrolink – both affecting the Ashton-under-Lyne line. The first incident happened on Saturday 18th January shortly before Manchester City kicked off their match against Crystal … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Railcoach 678

We move into the 1990s for this week’s Blackpool archive image as we take a look a look at one of three ex-Towing cars which was never permanently coupled to its trailer.

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Birmingham Eastside extension gets go-ahead

It’s all been about the Westside in Birmingham up until now but in the future we will also be looking to the Eastside following the approval of the Transport and Works Act Order for this short 1.7km extension of the … Continue reading

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Punctuality rises again on Metrolink

Its that time again when we take a look at the latest performance statistics for Manchester Metrolink. The latest period being reviewed is period 10 which took place between 9th December 2019 and 4th January 2020 and shows an increase … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 399 204 returns to service

After 15 months out of service a Citylink tram-train with the number 399 204 is back in service on Stagecoach Supertram after the completion of accident repairs. 204 returned to action – very briefly – on Sunday 19th January before … Continue reading

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Metro punctuality rises again

The latest four week performance statistics – 8th December 2019 to 4th January 2020 – for the Tyne and Wear Metro have now been released and there is some good (and some not so good) news included! The percentage of … Continue reading

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Still standing! Birmingham’s 1st Generation Tram Tracks

Whilst our attention recently in the West Midlands has very much been concerned with the laying of new tram tracks for extensions of the West Midlands Metro there are also still some survivors of the original first generation system around … Continue reading

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In Pictures: First Winter Gold of 2020

It may only be mere weeks since Christmas but the past weekend has seen the first “Gold weekend” of 2020 in Blackpool with six trams scheduled to run on each day with the new timetable seeing regular services running from … Continue reading

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Full Tram-Train service resumes

For the first time in two months a full three an hour service has resumed on the Stagecoach Supertram Tram-Train service between Cathedral and Rotherham Parkgate. The service has been dogged by issues since the end of 2019 with vehicle … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Snaefell Mountain Railway 3

We stay with the Snaefell Mountain Railway for this week’s non-Blackpool traditional tram archive photo as we head back to a time when the Mountain cars went onto the MER for maintenance.

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Contactless use increases on Tyne and Wear Metro

More people than ever are now using contactless bank cards to purchase their tickets to travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro, according to the latest figures shared by Nexus. More than half of the eight million transactions in ticket … Continue reading

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NET delays after smoke comes from brakes

Services on Nottingham Express Transit between Wilkinson Street and The Forest were temporarily suspended on Monday 13th January after smoke was seen coming from the brakes on a tram which required the local fire service to attend.

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This week on British Trams Online

The first new photos this year have been added as part of a gallery:

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Dinosaur travels on a tram…

The latest bit of publicity from Edinburgh Trams has seen a dinosaur travel on a tram as it makes its way from the Airport to the city centre. Of course, its not a real dinosaur which decided to take the … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Potsdam 428

As we continue our series of photos from Potsdam in Germany we take a look at one of the Stadler Variobahn vehicles which have been running in the city since 2010.

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Man dies after being hit by tram at Shaw & Crompton

A man has died after he was hit by a tram at Shaw & Crompton early on Friday 17th January. The tragic incident happened shortly after 0600 on the Manchester Metrolink Oldham & Rochdale line and an investigation is now … Continue reading

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More progress on Crich track relay

As we’ve already reported this winter, the major winter maintenance project at the Crich Tramway Village concerns the relaying of the double track between Victoria Park and the single line post on the way to Wakebridge. Before Christmas we saw … Continue reading

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2.6 million watch Tyne and Wear Metro documentary

The first episode of ITV’s documentary on the Tyne and Wear Metro attracted 2.6 million viewers, according to overnight viewing figures. Screened at 1930 on Tuesday 14th January the first episode of The Metro: A Rail Life Story concentrated on … Continue reading

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