Updated: Heritage Trams this winter…

It’s getting darker, colder and keeps on raining and there are hardly any heritage trams to ride on – not much to look forward to for the next few months then? Wrong! Although we have now entered the off season for many of our heritage trams there is still the chance to ride on trams at Beamish, Birkenhead, Heaton Park and Summerlee whilst Seaton will be welcoming a man in the red suit ahead of Christmas with limited opening following that. This one stop guide will help you find out just where you can get your tram fix over the next few months…

Since this article was originally published it has been updated with information for Birkenhead, Blackpool and Heaton Park.

Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

Current Status: Open Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays until 27th March (the tramway operates whenever the museum is open). Also daily Monday 22nd December to Sunday 28th December (except Christmas Day) and Friday 2nd January.

Opening hours: 1000-1600 (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 13250 and then every half hour until 1620, returning from Woodside Ferry at 1305 until 1635. The last possible return from Woodside is 1605.

Next special event: Santa Special – Saturday 13th December

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

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Santa Special – Saturday 20th December only

Details: Western Train 733+734 will be stabled at North Pier between 1000 and 1530. Following Santa meeting the children the Train will run one special trip departing North Pier at 1600.

Heaton Park Tramway

Current Status: Open every Sunday until 21st December 2014 (re-opens February Half Term). Also operating on 13th, 14th & 20th December in conjunction with a special Christmas event within Heaton Park.

Operating hours: 1200-1600 using at least one tram. The Museum display is closed.

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

Seaton Tramway

Will operate: 14th & 21st-24th December for Santa by Tram, 28th December 2014 & 1st January 2015. Santa Specials must be pre-booked and the Yellow timetable will operate on 28th December & 1st January (every 30 minutes 1000-1600).

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

Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Current Status: Open daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1st and 2nd January)

Opening hours: 1000-1600. 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. We are reviewing the future of this feature and would like to hear any views on how it could be improved by email at gareth@britishtramsonline.co.uk

One of the mainstays of the winter fleet at Beamish looks set to be ex-Blackpool Balloon 703, now more commonly known as Sunderland 101 in its new life. It is seen here about to climb Pockerley bank on 23rd March 2014. (Photo: Gareth Prior)

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