It’s that time of the year again as we turn our attention towards the British Trams Online Tram of the Year contest and start the task of finding the winners for 2015. We have three categories for you this year: “Tramcar of the Year”, “Tramway of the Year” and “Event of the Year” and are looking for nominations for all three categories over the next week before voting opens.
Last year the Crich Tramway Village won in all three of these categories with Blackpool Pantograph 167 voted “Tramcar of the Year” (following a year which saw it run on three tramways), Electric 50 was named “Event of the Year” and they also walked away with “Tramway of the Year”. In addition Manchester Metrolink 1007 was named inaugural “Light Rail Vehicle of the Year”.
We now turn our attention to 2015 and pass it over to the readers of this website for nominations as we form the shortlist before voting starts next weekend. To nominate you can either leave a comment below, email email@example.com or leave a comment on Facebook. When nominating please give a reason for the nomination – the fact it is your favourite is not a reason! Our “expert panel” will then meet to decide which trams, events and tramways will make the final shortlists, with a maximum of five in each category.
So what are we looking for nominations in?
“Tramcar of the Year”
As well as Blackpool Pantograph 167 other winners in the past have included Blackpool Boat 227, Blackpool Brush 623 (twice!), Blackpool Marton VAMBAC 11, Liverpool 762, Blackpool Western Train 733+734, Blackpool Balloon 717, Leeds 345, the Trampower Tram, Blackpool Illuminated Frigate 736, Nottingham Express Transit 203 and Leeds 602. What do all these trams have in common? They all did something special in the previous 12 months!
Something special is of course incredibly subjective with the previous winners including trams which have spent a period on loan away from their home tramway, a new livery being applied and entry into service after restoration. Basically anything out of the ordinary qualifies and the choice is yours!
Please note this category includes all trams whether traditional tramcars or modern light rail vehicles. Last years “Light Rail Vehicle of the Year” category was a one off due to the exciting year we had in 2014 with tramway openings and the start of preservation for modern vehicles.
“Tramway of the Year”
First starting in 2012 this category has seen three previous winners: Crich, Heaton Park and Blackpool – all of which had a great year in the preceding 12 months and that is exactly what we are looking for with this years nominations!
Nominations are open to both operating tramway systems and museum lines and it is up to you to decide which tramways should be within a chance of walking away with this award in 2015.
“Event of the Year”
Again first voted for in 2012 the three years have seen Crich’s Glasgow 50 event, the rejuvenation of Blackpool’s Heritage Service in 2013 and Crich’s Electric 50 event last year all voted as the best by readers of British Trams Online.
You know the drill by now you can nominate any tram event which has taken place over the 12 months whether that is an event at a heritage tramway or an opening of a line on an operating tramway. It’s up to you! Just let us know what you would like to see on the shortlist.
For full details of last year’s contest and an outline of the history please visit the dedicated Tram of the Year page at http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/tramofyear.html (this page will be fully updated ahead of voting).
Nominations are open until Saturday 28th November 2015 after which a decision will be made on the shortlist with voting open from Sunday 29th November until Saturday 9th January 2016.
And please remember the British Trams Online Tram of the Year contest is just for fun so don’t get too worked up if your favourite doesn’t make the shortlist!