Heritage Trams this week…

The days may be getting shorter and the weather might be getting colder, but there are still a few places in the UK where you can get a vintage trams fix – and if that’s what you want in the next week, you’ve come to the right place! As always, please note that 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 until Sunday 3rd November between 1000 and 1700 with trams operating each day around the Museum circuit.

Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

Trams operate every Saturday and Sunday with the first tram from Woodside Ferry at 1300 and the last tram departing Woodside Ferry to Depot at 1630.

Black Country Living Museum

Open daily between 1000 and 1700 with one tram in service.

Blackpool Tramway 

Illumination Tours are now in operation every night until Sunday 10th November. Tours depart from Pleasure Beach only from shortly after switch on each night with three trams being used most nights. The majority of tours will be operated by the Illuminated trio:  Western Train 733+734, Frigate 736 and Trawler 737 although other members of the heritage fleet are supplementing the output on Fridays and Saturdays, and during the October half term week (28th October-1st November). Some nights this week have reportedly witnessed up to seven different trams used on tours in a single evening!

It has now been confirmed that no further use will be made of the modified Balloon (B Fleet) cars this weekend, therefore all traditional tram activity will be restricted to the evenings.


Crich Tramway Village

The museum is open between 1000 and 1630 with trams operating daily up to and including Sunday 3rd November. The attraction will then be closed for an extended winter break, re-opening on 29th March 2014.


Douglas Horse Tramway

Has now finished operation for the summer 2013 season.

East Anglia Transport Museum

Now closed for the winter with the exception of pre-booked Santa Specials on 7th/8th, 14th/15th and 20th/21st/22nd December.

Great Orme Tramway

Finished operation for 2013.

Heaton Park Tramway

The tramway operates every Sunday, with trams running 1200-1600 until the end of November, after which time it will be closed for the whole of December and January. There will be enhanced activity on Sunday 17th November with tram driving experiences, light refreshments and hopefully three trams in service (subject to availability and weather).

Manx Electric Railway

The season is now starting to come to a close with reduced operation now in place until Sunday 3rd November. The following timetables will be in operation for the next month:

Timetable B (7 departures between Derby Castle and Ramsey daily between 0940 and 1610, returning from Ramsey between 1010 and 1640) – Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November.

There are no services on Friday 25th October.

Next event: Saturday 2nd November – Winter Photography on the Manx Electric Railway featuring the 1893-built cars, 1 and 2.

Seaton Tramway

Trams will operate daily until the start of November.

The Green timetable is in operation until the end 31st October with trams every 30 minutes between 1000 and 1600 from Seaton returning at the same frequency from Colyton between 1030 and 1630.

The Yellow timetable will be in operation 1st-3rd November with trams every 30 minutes between 1000 and 1500 from Seaton returning at the same frequency from Colyton between 1030 and 1530.

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Thursday 31st October was the final day of operation for 2013 and no trams are expected to operate for the rest of the year.

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 andrew@britishtramsonline.co.uk.

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