Going for a ride…

Welcome to our weekly round-up of just when and where you can go for a ride on a heritage tram within the British Isles over the next seven days. After a busy few weeks of tram events this week actually sees no specific special events at any of the tramways included in this review but as you know that doesn’t mean that there is absolutely nothing going on as there are still 12 different tramways in four different countries operating during this period. And often just “normal operating” days provide plenty of action anyway so there is no excuse not to get out there and have 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: Superhero Day – Saturday 15th August

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

Blackpool Tramway

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

Timetable in operation:

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July – Blue timetable (2 trams in service mainly running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

Saturday 18th July – Green timetable (4 trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham every 20 minutes from 1000-1800, one journey extended to Fleetwood)

Sunday 19th July – Gold timetable (6 trams in service). Further details to follow.

Wednesday 15th July – 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: The Great War: Home Front – Monday 13th to Sunday 19th July

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 Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays plus selected school holidays.

Open: Open every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 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. 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 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)

Saturday 18th July to Wednesday 26th August – Timetable D (15 departures each day from Derby Castle 10 of which travel all the way to Ramsey with the remaining 5 terminating at Laxey – similar pattern in reverse). On all Wednesdays evening services run between Derby Castle and Laxey (plus 1 Groudle Glen service) and on all Fridays evening services operate between Derby Castle and 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 10th July – Blue Timetable (trams every 20 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1700 with return trips from Colyton between 1030 and 1730)

Saturday 11th July to Monday 31st August – Red Timetable (trams every 20 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1700 with return trips between 1030 and 1730 – extra journeys run at busy times)

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 17th July – Timetable C (services every 30 minutes between 1015 and 1545). Evening services run every Wednesday and Friday for summit diners.

Saturday 18th July to Wednesday 26th August – Timetable D (services every 30 minutes between 1015 and 1545). Evening services run every Wednesday and Friday for summit diners.

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.

An unusual shot of 11 at the Seaton Tramway on 27th May is the image for this weeks "Going for a Ride". This image shows the tram just as it crosses the road at Colyford. (Photograph by Keith Chadbourne)

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