Going for a ride…

As it is Thursday evening it is time for us to bring you a round-up of just when and where you can enjoy a ride on a heritage tram in the UK over the next week or so. This weekend is, of course, Bank Holiday weekend which means it is time for another batch of enhanced heritage tram operation in Blackpool with the Gold timetable in action on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May. Keeping with the seaside theme the Crich Tramway Village start their Beside the Seaside event on Saturday 23rd May (continuing until Sunday 31st May) whilst on Wednesday 27th May there is a charity 24 hour Tramathon at the Seaton Tramway. And don’t forget the rest of the UK’s heritage tramways which although they may not have special events are still offering rides – go on you know you want to 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 August bank holiday Monday 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 – 23rd & 24th May (enhanced tram service – subject to crowds the service may end earlier than planned and there will be NO service on Monday 25th May)

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:

Tuesday 26th May to Sunday 31st May, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th 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 & Saturday 20th June  – Green timetable (4 trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham every 20 minutes from 1000-1800)

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May & Sunday 21st June – Gold timetable (6+ trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham with additional limited stop tours to Fleetwood)

Wednesday 17th June – Ride & Dine Wednesday

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: Beside the Seaside  – Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st May

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

Douglas Horse Tramway

Current Status: Running 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 Thursdays plus selected school holidays.

Open: Sundays and Thursdays until Sunday 24th May. Then daily until Thursday 28th May. From Sunday 31st May open every Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday until summer school holidays. Opening hours 1200 until 1630.

Next Special Event: 50th Anniversary of the Museum Site – Saturday 4th (1200-1630) & Sunday 5th July (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 25th May. Closed Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June. 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 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)

Saturday 13th to Friday 17th July – Timetable C (11 services in each direction including 9 full length journeys). On all Wednesdays during this period and Fridays until 26th June evening services run between Derby Castle and Laxey, from Friday 3rd July evening services also run through to Ramsey)

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 22nd May – Yellow Timetable (trams every 30 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1600 with return trips from Colyton between 1030 and 1630)

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)

Saturday 13th June to Friday 17th July – Timetable C (services every 30 minutes between 1015 and 1545). Evening services run every Wednesday and Friday.

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.

On 4th October 2009 Birkenhead 20 crosses the road and heads towards Woodside Ferry at the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway. (Photograph taken by Gareth Prior)

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One Response to Going for a ride…

  1. EATM Member says:

    Thanks for this update, and I’m sure it’s a difficult job to get everything spot on. However, you have shown the EATM as open on Wednesdays, this should of course be Thursdays. Any chance you could do an update please?