Going for a ride…

Welcome back to our latest look at just when and where you can go and enjoy a ride on a traditional tram in the British Isles over the next seven days or so. Over on the Isle of Man at the moment the Manx Heritage Transport Festival is in full swing (until Sunday 2nd August) and on Friday 31st July there is a rare chance to get a guaranteed look at no. 4 on the Seaton Tramway as it is out for Pirate Day. Looking slightly further ahead the next special event takes place at the Crich Tramway Village between Monday 3rd and Sunday 9th August with WW2 Home Front and of course there are plenty of other tramways who although they don’t have special events are still running and will gladly welcome anyone who wants 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 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:

Until Friday 28th August & Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd September – Blue timetable (2 trams in service mainly running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

Saturday 29th August – Green timetable (4 trams in service from 1000-1700 running mainly between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham with one evening trip to Fleetwood)

Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August – Gold timetable (6 trams in service 1000-1800 including several trips extended through to Fleetwood)

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 – Until 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.

A typical summer view at the old Laxey Station on 14th August 2013 as the Manx Electric Railway's 6 hauls trailer 41 with Snaefell Mountain Railway 5 racing alongside. (Photograph by Gareth Prior)

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