Heritage Trams this week

It’s that time of the week again as we round-up just when and where you can ride on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. Although many places across the country only have a little over a week until they end operation for the year things aren’t going to end quietly! It is the busiest week of the year for the Illumination Tours in Blackpool as October Half Term arrives with up to 5 trams in service during between 24th October and 2nd November whilst at Crich there will be a rare chance to ride on the tram after dark during the Starlight Specials. Meanwhile Seaton will be celebrating Halloween and on the Isle of Man the season ends with a Winter Photography event on the Manx Electric Railway. Hopefully there will be something to keep everyone happy in the next week or so and don’t forget if you do visit any of these events we would gladly receive any photos!

Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

Current Status: Open daily

Opening hours: 1000-1700 (last admission 1500)

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

Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

Current Status: Operates every Saturday and Sunday.

Operating hours: Services run from Taylor Street Museum at 1300 and then every half hour until 1630, returning from Woodside Ferry at 1315 until the last possible return at 1615.

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

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Operates nightly during the Illuminations until Sunday 9th November

Operating Hours: Tours start shortly after the Illuminations are switched on nightly (details of times can be found at http://www.blackpooltransport.com/services/illuminations). From 24th October-2nd November up to 5 trams will be in use each night (weekends should see 5 with weeknights 4 although this is subject to staff availability).

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

Crich Tramway Village

Current Status: Open Daily

Opening hours: 1000-1730 (last admission 1600). At least 3 trams should be in service each day (subject to availability)

Next special event: Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November – Starlight Specials

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

Great Orme Tramway

Current Status: Operates daily

Operating hours: 1000-1700 until late October. Trams every 20 minutes

More info @ http://www.greatormetramway.co.uk/index.asp

Heaton Park Tramway

Current Status: Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Operating hours: 1200-1700 using at least one tram.

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

Manx Electric Railway

Current Status: Operating daily. See below for details of when.

The following services will run over the next few weeks:

From Saturday 25th October until Sunday 2nd November Timetable B (7 returns trip daily) is in operation.

Next special event: Winter Photography on the MER – 1st November

More info @ http://www.gov.im/publictransport/Rail/Electric/

Seaton Tramway

Current Status: Daily running.

The Yellow timetable is in operation until Sunday 2nd November with the first tram from Seaton at 1000 and then every 30 minutes until 1600 with returns from Colyton between 1030 and 1630.

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

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Current Status: Operating Daily.

The following services will run over the next few weeks:

From Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November Timetable B (services roughly hourly between 1015 and 1545) is in operation.

More info @ http://www.gov.im/publictransport/Rail/Snaefell

Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Current Status: Open daily

Opening hours: 1000-1700. One tram is usually in service each day.

More info @ http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15877.

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

You only have just over a week left in 2014 to enjoy a ride on the Manx Electric Railway in 2014 although there is still the final event of the year to come with Winter Photography taking place on 1st November. With the Tunnel Cars due to feature heavily during the event our photo this week shows one of this class of tram - 6 along with trailer 41 - in almost winter like conditions on 14th August 2013. (Photo: Gareth Prior)

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