Going for a ride…

As we take our regular look at just when and where you can enjoy a ride on a traditional tram in the British Trams Online it would be fair to say that this weekend looks set to be a busy one! Of course there is the high profile Blackpool 130th anniversary events (26th and 27th September) but if Blackpool is not your thing don’t worry as you can also make the trip to the East Anglia Transport Museum for their End of Season Gala (26th and 27th September).  And if you don’t fancy going to a special event there are still trams running at 10 other locations in England, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. Read on to find out where…

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: 18th Wirral Bus and Tram Show – Sunday 4th October

More info @ http://www.mtps.co.uk

Black Country Living Museum

Current Status: Open daily 1000 to 1700.

The tramway is now fully reopen but you are advised to check before travelling as there have been occasions when it has either not being running at all or has been running limited hours.

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

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Heritage trams operate every weekend until Sunday 9th November and daily during October half-term. Illumination Tours run nightly until Sunday 9th November.

Timetable in operation:

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th October, Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November – Blue timetable (2 trams in service mainly running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

Until 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: Starlight Spectacular – Monday 26th to Saturday 31st October

More info @ http://www.tramway.co.uk

East Anglia Transport Museum

Current Status: Open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Open: Open every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday until the end of September and then Sundays only until end of October. 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 Sunday. Trams run between 1200 and 1700 on Sundays.

Next special event: Hullova Day – Sunday 11th October

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

Manx Electric Railway

Current Status: Daily operation.

Timetables in operation:

Until 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).

From Tuesday 6th October to Thursday 29th October the Manx Electric Railway will only run Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays. Timetable A will run during the week (4 return trips) and timetable B will run at weekends (6 return trips plus 1 single Laxey-Derby Castle in morning with return in evening)

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:

Until 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 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).

From Tuesday 6th October to Thursday 29th October the Snaefell Mountain Railway will only run Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays. Timetable A will run during the week (7 return trips) and timetable B will run at weekends (7 return trips).

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.

There are three things in this photo, two of which will hopefully play a major part in this weekends events in Blackpool and one which will hopefully stay away! Bolton 66 and Box 40 wait on Pleasure Beach loop on 20th June 2015 for their next journey. The weather on this day was wet, wet, wet and that is what we hope doesn't come for the 130th anniversary! (Photograph by Gareth Prior)

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