Monthly Archives: February 2020

Driver training officially underway on Trafford Park line

As we mentioned last week, driver training is now officially underway on the Manchester Metrolink Trafford Park extension ahead of the line opening in April – seven months ahead of the original schedule when the final go-ahead was given for … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Potsdam 153 & 403

Remaining in Potsdam once more for this week’s look at trams from around the world, this time its not just a Combino included in the photo!

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Operation Hades makes it mark on Tyne and Wear Metro

Plain clothed police officers on the Tyne and Wear Metro have had an immediate impact in catching teenage troublemakers on the network as part of Operation Hades. This operation has seen undercover Police and Nexus staff board trains to tackle … Continue reading

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Taxi and tram collide on Ashton line

Manchester Metrolink services saw delays on Sunday 16th February after a tram and a taxi collided at New Islington, the first stop out of Piccadilly on the Ashton-under-Lyne line. The collision was reported at 1830 and involved a tram operating … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 27 enters service on West Midlands Metro

No sooner had we reported on the first daylight testing of 27 complete with batteries on the West Midlands Metro than it was operating in passenger service! It was first allocated to service as a peak time extra on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Upcoming Supertram engineering works

There will be disruption to some services on Stagecoach Supertram on two separate occasions in the next week or so as essential engineering works take place on the network. There will be amendments to services on both Monday 24th February … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Gogarburn loses RBS branding

The stop on Edinburgh Trams at Gogarburn, which serves the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters, has reverted to standard branding after the removal of the RBS adverts which had adorned the stop for a time. Its not known just when … Continue reading

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Work on demolishing Wilkinson’s set to get underway in April

It has been considered the blocker to the opening of the Blackpool North Railway Station tramway extension and it now appears that the Wilkinson’s store on Talbot Road will start to be demolished in April leading to the next stage … Continue reading

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Full Supertram services resume

Having been suspended since Sunday 16th February, Stagecoach Supertram services were able to resume operating across the bridge over the River Don at Tinsley from approximately 1600 on Thursday 20th February. Services had been suspended as a result of safety … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 701

This week we feature another Balloon Car as we dip into the Blackpool archives once more with the time machine ending up some 20 years ago in the year 2000.

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In Pictures: Three tram service at Beamish

Whilst much of the UK has been hit by Storms Ciara and Dennis, the northeast of England seems to have avoided a lot of the worst of the weather and while still cold that has meant that with the year’s … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Another makeover for Edinburgh’s mock-up

The original mock-up of Edinburgh’s trams is still finding use as Edinburgh Airport where it has been for a number of years as the Information Lounge – providing tourist information of transport and attractions in the city centre and surrounding … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 27 starts testing with batteries

After just over two months with no new battery fitted trams being completed on the West Midlands Metro we are about to see the 20th of the 21 strong class of Urbos3 trams return to service so fitted with 27 … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Constitution Street works continue

In a little over three years time we should be able to enjoy a tram ride to Leith and Newhaven in Edinburgh but before then there will be lots of construction work going on with the first phase having got … Continue reading

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Still Standing! Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation tram depot, Mossley Road

We are heading back to Ashton-under-Lyne for this latest edition of “Still Standing” as we take a look at the former Corporation electric tram depot on Mossley Road.

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High water levels cause more problems for Supertram

Whilst Storm Dennis on the whole didn’t cause as many issues for tramways across the UK as its predecessor (Storm Ciara), Stagecoach Supertram have again suffered from high water levels with no trams able to run beyond Tinsley/Meadowhall South.

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Work to start on Brierley Hill extension

Enabling works for the West Midlands Metro extension to Brierley Hill are set to start later this month with Castle Hill in Dudley the location for the commencement. The work will start from Monday 24th February and last for up … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance on the up

It is that time once more as we take a look at performance on the Tyne and Wear Metro where there has been a welcome upturn in the percentage of trains running on time – with it reaching the highest … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2542

For the next few weeks Sundays will all be about archive images from our “modern” tramway systems and we start off in Croydon for a pre-opening image of one of the trams.

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Early bird Metrolink offer to launch

It has been confirmed that the “contactless early bird bonus” will be launched on Manchester Metrolink from Monday 17th February. This will allow anyone travelling before 0700 on weekdays a saving on the anytime travelcard with the aim of reducing … Continue reading

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