Going for a ride…

The school holidays are approaching the end (or in many cases have already got there) which means things start to settle down a bit across the British Isles as we bring you our regular round-up of just when and where you can enjoy a ride on a traditional tram. Daily operation in Blackpool is now at an end with daytime operations now restricted to weekends again (plus the October half-term week) but from Saturday 5th September it is nightly operation as the 2015 Illumination Tours begin. Elsewhere the next special event on the agenda is the Trams, Traffic and Work Vehicle event at the Crich Tramway Village (Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September) and then we are in to a busy few weeks as we have tram launches, anniversary celebrations and intensive tram operations at three locations. But that is in the future so let’s take a look at where you can 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 & Sunday between 1300 and 1700.

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: Grand Launch of Liverpool 245 – Saturday 12th September

More info @ http://www.mtps.co.uk

Black Country Living Museum

Current Status: Open daily 1000 to 1700.

The tramway is now fully reopen.

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

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Heritage trams operate every weekend until Sunday 9th November – except Saturday 5th September (also daily during October half-term). Illumination Tours run nightly from Saturday 5th September until Sunday 9th November.

Timetable in operation:

Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October – Blue timetable (2 trams in service mainly running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

Saturday 5th September to Sunday 9th November – Illumination Tours will run nightly starting at Pleasure Beach.

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September – 130th Anniversary of the Blackpool Tramway (full details of this weekend, which will include an enhanced heritage tram service, can be found at http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=12162)

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: Trams, Traffic and Work Vehicle event – Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September

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. Then every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday until the end of 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 until Sunday 20th September and then Sundays only. Trams run between 1300 and 1700 on Saturdays and 1200 and 1700 on Sundays.

Next special event: Trans Lancs Transport Show – Sunday 6th September

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

Manx Electric Railway

Current Status: Daily operation.

Timetables in operation:

Until  Sunday 6th September – 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.

Monday 7th to Sunday 27th September – Timetable C (10 departures daily from Derby Castle between 0940 and 1640 plus Laxey to Ramsey departure at 0910. Services depart Ramsey between 1010 and 1740.) Evening services run Fridays 11th (to Ramsey), 18th (to Ramsey) and 25th (to Laxey).

Monday 28th September to Sunday 4th October – Timetable B (7 departures daily from Derby Castle between 0940 and 1610 all but last service run all the way to Ramsey. Returns from Ramsey between 1110 and 1640).

For full details on forthcoming services on the Manx Electric Railway please visit the official website below.

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:

Tuesday 1st September to Wednesday 30th September – Blue Timetable (trams every 20 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1700 with return trips between 1030 and 1730)

Thursday 1st October to Sunday 1st November – Yellow Timetable (trams every 30 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1600 with return trips between 1030 and 1630)

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 Sunday 6th September – Timetable D (services every 30 minutes between 1015 and 1545). Evening services run every Wednesday and Friday for summit diners.

Monday 7th September to Sunday 27th September – Timetable C (services every 30 minutes between 1015 and 1545). Evening services for summit diners on Fridays 18th & 25th September.

Monday 28th September to Sunday 4th October – Timetable B (7 return services up the mountain every day between 1015 and 1545).

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.

Newcastle 114 leaves the Town at Beamish on 1st September 2012. (Photograph by Gareth Prior)

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