Going for a ride…

It’s Thursday evening which means it is once again time for us to round-up just when and where you can enjoy a ride on a heritage tram in the UK. The main highlight over the next seven days is the return of the horse trams to Douglas from Monday 11th May – a season we didn’t expect to see…

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 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, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June – Blue timetable (2 trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

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

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: Horse Tram Days – Wednesday 13th & Tuesday 19th 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. Then daily until Thursday 28th May. From Sunday 31st May open every Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday until summer school holidays. Also open 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:

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 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)

Monday 1st to Friday 12th June – Timetable FH (21 departures from Derby Castle each day between 0840 and 2140, 3 of which only run as far as Laxey – same southbound journey platform)

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 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 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:

Until 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)

Monday 1st June to Friday 12th June –Timetable FH (20 return trips up the mountain between 0945 and 2015)

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.

The Douglas Horse Tramway returns on 11th May. This view shows 44, 36 and 21 at Strathallan on 10th August 2013 awaiting their next duties. (Photograph by Gareth Prior)

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