It’s that time of the week again… yes, it’s our regular look at when and where you can travel on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. All the information here is given in good faith but you are advised to check before travelling any significant distance with the organisations involved.
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Open daily between 1000 and 1700 with trams operating each day round the Museum circuit.
Birkenhead Heritage Tramway
Trams will operate during the summer school holidays Wednesdays to Sundays. First tram from Woodside Ferry at 1300, last tram departs Woodside Ferry to Depot at 1630.
Black Country Living Museum
Open daily between 1000 and 1700 with one tram in service.
The Heritage Tram service will operate again over the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend (24th – 26th August) with star attractions including the return to service of freshly repainted Boat car 602 and static tram displays on Blundell Street, featuring different non-operational trams on each day. Full details of the provisional allocations can be found at http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=4739. There will also be a private tour, organised by the Fylde Tramway Society, on the evening of Tuesday 27th August with the illuminated Frigate 736.
From Sunday 1st September the service then reverts to running nightly during the Illuminations with the majority of journeys in the hands of Western Train 733+734, Frigate 736 and Trawler 737 supplemented by members of the heritage tram fleet.
Crich Tramway Village
Now open daily until 3rd November. Museum is open between 1000 and 1730 with trams operating daily.
Next Special Event: Classic Transport Gathering/’Alice in Woodland’, on 25th & 26th August, with an enhanced tram service also expected to operate on both days.
Douglas Horse Tramway
Operating daily until Sunday 15 September. First tram departs Strathallan at 0900 with last departure at 1800.
East Anglia Transport Museum
The Museum is open every Tuesday (1300-1700), Wednesday (1300-1700), Thursday (1300-1700), Saturday (1300-1700) and Sunday (1100-1700, except during special events) until 28 August.
Next Special Event: End of Season Gala on 14th & 15th September, with all available trams, trolleybuses and other vehicles operating over the weekend and evening vehicle rides until 2100 (Saturday only).
Great Orme Tramway
Services run daily every 20 minutes between 1000 and 1800 until the end of September.
Heaton Park Tramway
The tramway operates every Sunday, with trams running 1200-1700 until the end of September. The main service tram is currently Stockport 5.
Manx Electric Railway
Operating daily until Sunday 6th October. Timetable D (14 departures from Douglas between 0940 and 1640) is now in operation until Sunday 1 September. Evening services will run on all Wednesdays and Fridays during this period.
Middleton Railway – Leeds
Leeds Horse Car 107 will be launched as part of a major transport event taking place over the August Bank Holiday. Subject to successful test running and crew training, the car will be in passenger service from 1100 to 1300 and 1400 to 1700 on Sunday 25th August. This will be repeated the following day, with an official launch ceremony due to be performed by the Lord Mayor of Leeds at 1400. Horse tram rides will cost an extra £2 in addition to the general admission fee.
Open daily until the start of November.
The main summer service is now in operation and should run to the following pattern until Sunday 1 September:
Sundays-Thursdays: Red timetable – every 20 minutes, first departure Seaton 1000, first departure Colyton 1030, last departure Seaton 1700, last departure Colyton 1730
Fridays & Saturdays: Purple timetable using the “Eastbourne trams” 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 – every 20 minutes, first departure Seaton 1000, first departure Colyton 1030, last departure Seaton 1700, last departure Colyton 1730.
In addition every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 8th September will see special ‘Dinosaur Train’ departures from Seaton at 1100, 1240 and 1400.
Snaefell Mountain Railway
Operating daily until Sunday 6 October with timetable D (every half hour between 1015 and 1545) in operation until Sunday 1 September. Evening services run every Wednesday and Friday for Summit Restaurant diners.
Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
The Museum is open daily between 1000 and 1600.
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 AndrewVulpes@aol.com.