Heritage Trams for the rest of the year…

For the final time in 2013 we bring you a summary of when and where you can ride on heritage trams around the UK. With Crich, the Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway now having run their final journeys of the year, Blackpool’s llumination Tours stopping this weekend, Heaton Park packing up for the winter later this month and the Seaton Tramway only operating in the run-up to Christmas and in the Christmas period there won’t be a huge amount of action but listed here are just when and where you can enjoy tram rides for the next few years. As always please let us know through the usual channels if you notice any errors.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

The museum is now in the winter season open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only between 1000 and 1600 with last admission at 1500. The tramway will operate all days that the museum is open but please note midweek only the Town and Pit Village are open to visitors.

Daily opening will recommence on 5th April 2014.

Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

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

Special Events: 15th November – 24 hour Tramathon in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal. Starting at 1200 on Friday 15th November with all currently available trams in Birkenhead likely to see use.

16th November – See Greene Day to mark the 80th anniversary of the closure of the Wallasey tram system with Wallasey 78 featuring heavily.

14th December – Santa Special

Black Country Living Museum

Open Wednesday-Sunday until Sunday 22nd December between 1000 and 1600 with one tram expected to be in service each day.

It is then open daily Monday 23rd-Sunday 29th December (with exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day) between 1000 and 1600.

First opening in 2014 will be Wednesday 15th January and the museum will be open 1000-1600 Wednesdays to Sundays until Sunday 30th March.

Daily opening recommences on Monday 31st March 2014.

Blackpool Tramway 

Illumination Tours will continue 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 have been supplementing the output on Fridays and Saturdays.

Crich Tramway Village

Closed for the winter. Opens for the first time in 2014 on Saturday 29th March.

Douglas Horse Tramway

Closed for the winter.

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

Closed for the winter.

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

Closed for the winter.

Seaton Tramway

Trams will operate as follows in December/January:

6th, 13th & 20th December – Turkey & Tinsel or Mince Pie Magic

15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December – Visit Santa by Tram

27th December 2013-1st January 2014 – limited service in operation

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Closed for the winter.

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 gareth@britishtramsonline.co.uk.

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3 Responses to Heritage Trams for the rest of the year…

  1. DAODAO says:

    Car 717 was in use on 10/11/13 for the Blackpool Illuminations Tour. In my view, the top deck of a Balloon is the best way to see the Illuminations. For this purpose, the seating in the new Bombardier cars is too low and the interior lighting excessively bright.

    • Chris says:

      Flexities are about getting people from A -> B
      Heritage/Illuminated Tours are to allow people to sample the lights…

      F2 capacity and lighting perfect for their role. Moving people safely. People dont want to get back from work on a dimly lit tram to satify the wims of the minority who wish to wide a modern tram through the lights…

  2. John says:

    That’s why illumination tours are run. the Flexities aren’t intended as lights viewing cars!