Going for a ride

As we have now entered the tramological winter period (normally lasts between early November and Easter!) chances to ride on a traditional tram across the British Isles are more limited but that doesn’t mean it is completely barren out there for you. In this last ever (probably – dependent on the new look website being ready in time) “Going for a ride” article we round up just when and where you can go for that ride on a traditional tram over the winter and early spring months (that man in a red coat features quite heavily)…

Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

When is it open? Daily until 3rd January 2016 and from 13th to 21st February 2016. Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays 5th January to 12th February and 22nd February to 18th March 2016 from 1000 to 1600. Full 2016 season commences 19th March 2016 (1000-1700).

More info @ http://www.beamish.org.uk.

Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

When does it run? Every Saturday & Sunday between 1300 and 1700. Also open Wednesdays to Friday during local school holidays (1300-1630)

Timetable in operation: Trams depart Taylor Street every half hour between 1250 and 1620 returning from Woodside between 1305 and 1635 using 1 tram.

Forthcoming Special Events:

A Night at the Museum – Friday 13th November

Santa Special – Saturday 19th December (Santa trams are sold out)

More info @ http://www.mtps.co.uk

Black Country Living Museum

When is it open? Wednesday to Sunday between 1000 to 1600 until Sunday 20th December. Then daily opening Monday 21st to Tuesday 29th December (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Closed from Wednesday 30th December to Tuesday 12th January 2016.

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

Blackpool Tramway

When does it run? Saturdays 5th, 12th and 19th December. Santa Special (the Western Train will be at North Pier, operating one journey at the end of the day) plus heritage trams running Pleasure Beach to Bispham every half an hour between 1000 and 1600.

More info @ https://www.facebook.com/BlackpoolHeritageTramTours

Douglas Horse Tramway

When does it run? Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December – Santa Specials.

More info @ http://www.douglas.gov.im/index.php/leisure/horse-trams#.VkT4HP8nyM8

Heaton Park Tramway

When does it run? Every Sunday until 20th December. Trams run between 1200 and 1700.

Next special event: Autumn Gala –Sunday 15th November

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

Seaton Tramway

When does it run? The Polar Express Tram Ride – 4th-6th, 11th-13th, 18th to 24th December. Also runs on 1st January 2016.

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

Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

When does it run? Every day (except Christmas Day) between 1000 and 1700.

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.

One of the tramways which will keep us going over the tramological winter period is that at Beamish. In this photo we see Oporto 196 in the Town on a wet 12th September. (Photograph by David Bosher)

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