Going for a ride…

After a couple of weeks hiatus we return with a round-up of when and where you can enjoy a ride on a heritage tram in the UK over the next few weeks. The highlights of this week look set to be the latest batch of enhanced heritage operation in Blackpool over the Bank Holiday weekend whilst if you like bands and trams Crich is the place for you. But of course those aren’t the only places you can go for a ride…

Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

Current Status: Open daily from 1000 to 1700.

More info @ http://www.beamish.org.uk.

Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

Current Status: Operates every Saturday and Sunday between 1300 and 1700. Also operates on May Day, Spring and August bank holidays and Wednesdays-Fridays during school holidays.

Timetable in operation: Trams depart Taylor Street every half hour between 1250 and 1620 returning from Woodside between 1305 and 1635 using 1 tram.

Next Special Event: See the Three Queens, Cunards Historic Visit – 24th & 25th May (enhanced tram service)

More info @ http://www.mtps.co.uk

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Operates all weekends until Sunday 9th November plus school holidays and Bank Holidays.

Timetable in operation:

Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Tuesday 26th May to Sunday 31st May – Blue timetable (2 trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

Saturday 2nd & Saturday 23rd May – Green timetable (4 trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham every 20 minutes from 1000-1800)

Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th May, Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May – Gold timetable (6+ trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham with additional limited stop tours to Fleetwood)

Details of the planned output for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend can be found at http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=11030

Please note these dates are only for approximately the next month, for details of operating information beyond either see the Events Diary or visit the link below.

More info @ https://www.facebook.com/BlackpoolHeritageTramTours

Crich Tramway Village

Current Status: Open daily until Sunday 1st November.

Next special event: Bands at Crich – Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th May

More info @ http://www.tramway.co.uk

Douglas Horse Tramway

Current Status: Resumes operation Monday 11th May and then daily until Sunday 13th September

Timetable in operation: First tram departs Strathallan at 0900 and then every 20 minutes until 1720. Return journeys commence from the Sea Terminal at 0920 and then every 20 minutes until 1740.

More info @ http://www.douglas.gov.im/index.php/leisure/horse-trams#.VQsem2dyaM8

East Anglia Transport Museum

Current Status: Open Sundays and Wednesdays plus selected school holidays.

Open: Sundays and Wednesdays until Sunday 24th May. Also open Monday 4th May and Saturday 16th May. Opening hours 1200 until 1630.

Next Special Event: Mid-May 40’s Weekend – Saturday 16th (1200-2100) & Sunday 17th May (1030-1630)

More info @ http://www.eatm.org.uk/index.html

Great Orme Tramway

Current Status: Daily operation until end of October.

Timetable in operation: Trams every 20 minutes between 1000 and 1800.

More info @ http://www.greatormetramway.co.uk/index.asp

Heaton Park Tramway

Current Status: Open every Saturday & Sunday. Also open Monday 4th & Monday 25th May. Trams run between 1200 and 1600.

Next special event: Blackpool Event – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August

More info @ http://www.heatonparktramway.co.uk

Manx Electric Railway

Current Status: Daily operation.

Timetables in operation:

Until Friday 1st May & Tuesday 5th May to Friday 22nd May – Timetable B (6 departures each way between Derby Castle and Ramsey plus 1 each way between Laxey and Derby Castle)

Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th May – Timetable C (9 departures each way between Derby Castle and Ramsey plus 1 each way from Laxey to Ramsey and 1 each way between Derby Castle and Laxey)

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st May – Timetable D (14 departures from Derby Castle each day between 0840 and 1640, 5 of which only run as far as Laxey – same southbound journey pattern)

For full details on forthcoming services on the Manx Electric Railway please visit the official website below.

Next special event: Manx Heritage Transport Festival – Wednesday 29th July to Sunday 2nd August

More info @ http://www.gov.im/categories/travel-traffic-and-motoring/bus-and-rail/heritage-railways/manx-electric-railway/

Seaton Tramway

Current Status: Daily operation.

Timetables in operation:

Until Friday 1st May & Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th May, Monday 11th to Friday 15th May, Monday 18th to Friday 22nd May – Yellow Timetable (trams every 30 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1600 with return trips from Colyton between 1030 and 1630)

Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th May & Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May and Saturday 23rd May to Friday 10th July – Blue Timetable (trams every 20 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1700 with return trips from Colyton between 1030 and 1730)

For full details on forthcoming services on the Seaton Tramway please visit the official website below.

More info @ http://www.tram.co.uk

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Current Status: Daily operation.

Timetables in operation:

Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th May – Timetable C (every half hour from Laxey between 1015 and 1545, returning between 1110 and 1640)

Friday 1st May and Tuesday 5th May to Friday 22nd May – Timetable B (7 return trips up the mountain between 1015 and 1545)

Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 31st May – Timetable D (12 return trips up the mountain between 1015 and 1545)

More info @ http://www.gov.im/categories/travel-traffic-and-motoring/bus-and-rail/heritage-railways/snaefell-mountain-railway/

Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Current Status: Open daily between 1000 and 1700.

Opening hours: 1000-1700. One tram is usually in service each day.

More info @ http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/summerlee

The information provided above is given in good faith and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If you know of any errors please contact us by using the comments section below or by emailing gareth@britishtramsonline.co.uk.

Newcastle 114 in the Town at Beamish on 22nd April 2015. (Photo by Alasdair Macfarlane)

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2 Responses to Going for a ride…

  1. Paul D says:

    Minor correction:

    Heaton Park Blackpool Event is scheduled for 8 & 9 August (not April)!

  2. John says:

    Its also not a Heaton Park event. It is a GMTH event of which the Tramway is part.