Going for a ride…

It’s Thursday evening and so we all know what that means don’t we? Yes that’s right it’s our regular round-up of when and where you can enjoy a ride on a traditional tram within the British Isles. Highlight of the next week or so looks set to be on the Isle of Man where the annual Manx Heritage Transport Festival takes place between 29th July and 2nd July with the MER featuring heavily during the event. But that isn’t all that is on offer this week as with the School holidays in full swing Blackpool starts daily operation until the start of September (unbroken service commences Saturday 25th July) and the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway and East Anglia Transport Museum are also operating on more days for the next few weeks.

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 Wednesday to Sunday between 1300 and 1700 until the end of the summer school holidays. Also operates on August bank holiday Monday.

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

Black Country Living Museum

Current Status: Open daily 1000 to 1700.

The tramway is now partly open with a service running between the tram depot and mine. The full line is due to reopen later this year.

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

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Heritage trams operate on weekends until Sunday 9th November plus school holidays and Bank Holidays.

Timetable in operation:

Saturday 25th July to Friday 28th August – Blue timetable (2 trams in service mainly running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

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: WW2 Home Front – Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th August

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 Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Open: Open every Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday & Sunday until Sunday 6th September. Opening hours 1200 until 1630.

Next Special Event: End of Season Gala – Saturday 26th (1200-2100) & Sunday 27th September (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 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 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.

Next Special Event: Pirate Day – Friday 31st July (featuring the “Seaton Pearl” tramcar no. 4)

More info @ http://www.tram.co.uk

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Current Status: Daily operation.

Timetables in operation:

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.

No sooner do we say we have included a photo of all tramways on this page over the course of this year then we add another line to the feature! With the Black Country Living Museum tramway now back in part operation we show Wolverhampton & District 34 standing outside the tram depot on 3rd June 2009. (Photograph by Gareth Prior)

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