In Pictures: Birmingham Westside extension Hagley Road crossover

We recently reported on the news that yet another milestone had been reached in the construction of the West Midlands Metro Birmingham Westside extension to Hagley Road, Edgbaston with the all important crossover having been installed. This crossover is likely to be regularly used by trams as they approach and depart from the terminus and is a key component in the construction of the line which is due to open at some point in 2021. Jim Smythe took a look at the worksite on a soggy 15th November 2020.

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Winter timetable to be introduced on Tyne and Wear Metro

The Tyne and Wear Metro has announced that they will be introducing a reduced frequency winter timetabled from Sunday 29th November as they catch up with driver training which had to be halted earlier this year during lockdown. Despite the reduction Nexus are confident the timetable will provide a good service frequency across the network.

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Still Standing! Stamford Brook Depot, London

Today our series which looks at old first generation tramways structures which remain extant is again in London with the depot at Stamford Brook featured.

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Heaton Park Tramway to return for Lightopia

While some heritage tramways resumed operation after the go-ahead was given by the government in July there have been some which haven’t been able to start running again and this included Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway. But all that is set to change as we approach Christmas – as they have confirmed they will be operating during the Lightopia event again.

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In Pictures: Progress slows on the demolition of Wilko’s

Over the past few weeks we have seen rapid progress in the demolition of the old Wilko’s store in Blackpool but in this latest update that progress has slowed somewhat with little of the structure having been removed over the past week. Whilst there is only a small part of the total structure still standing the past week seems to have seen the removal of rubble previously knocked down and boring holes. Tony Armitage’s photos comes were taken on 13th November 2020.

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Whatever Happened To? Midland Metro 01

Our series looking back at a set of trams from either an event or a complete class returns from today as we take a look at the original Midland Metro trams and see what has happened to the once 16 strong class in the intervening years. Its not much of a spoiler when we say that there isn’t much of a mystery what has happened to most of the T69s as after a spell in store at Long Marston following their departure from Wednesbury Depot they were sent for scrap but that isn’t the case for all of them, as we will see in this 16 part series illustrated with photos of the trams in better days. We’ll start at the very beginning as that is apparently a very good place to start – its 01.

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In Pictures: Good progress continues around Ocean Terminal

Work on the laying of track around Ocean Terminal on the Trams to Newhaven project has been continuing on this first tangible sign of constriction for the extension of the current line between York Place and Newhaven. Since we last saw images from this location more track has now been laid – on both inbound and outbound track – as it is confirmed that a slight redesign will also see the retention of the Discovery Garden next to the shopping centre.

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Later finish time to be reinstated on Supertram

Its an article which we seem to have published before but Stagecoach Supertram have announced that they are again intending to resume a later finish time to services on all lines – whilst the Tram-Train service has also returned to two an hour instead of the hourly service which has been running recently.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Twin Car 686+676

Today “Picture in Time” is back in Blackpool as we take a look at an image captured during the Centenary celebrations in September 1985.

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Trams in Video: Trams & Light Rail in Alicante

In this edition we view excerpts from Bob Hodges’ DVD “The Trams and Light Railways of Alicante and Valencia” with the Alicante section featuring in this footage. Alicante tram routes L2, L3 and L4 are all shown with Bombardier Flexity Outlook trams, L1 with Vossloh Tram-Trains and L9 which is operated by diesel powered trams.

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams 257 receives new advert

The ranks of the trams in full standard fleet livery in Edinburgh has decreased by one with 257 receiving a new advert – only the second it has carried and the first since January 2020. The tram is now advertising a new exhibition at National Galleries Scotland – Ray Harbyhausen: Titan of Cinema.

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Blackpool trams looking for a new owner

In the great big Blackpool tram sell off at the end of traditional tram operation in 2011, not all the trams ended up with established preservation groups with some private individuals ending up the proud owner of an iconic Blackpool tram – or in this case two! But now a change of circumstances means the two trams – Brush Car 625 and Balloon 726 – are being made available.

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

Its another look into the recent past for this week’s photo collection as we go to Croydon in 2005:

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It’s that time again! Tram of the Year is back!

We don’t know if you’ve noticed but 2020 has been anything but normal with a long period where barely anything tram related happened. Despite this, and after much consideration, we have decided that the British Trams Online Tram of the Year will still take place (with our aim of trying to find any positivity we can!) and today marks the launch of the 2020 contest – so its time to get your thinking caps on as to what should make the final shortlists.

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Manchester welcomes M5000 3121 to the city!

Saturday 14th November saw Manchester Metrolink welcome the first of 27 new trams ordered to increase capacity on the network (at the time because of high passenger numbers although now capacity is needed for different reasons – namely so everyone can stay as far away from each other as possible!). 3121 made the trip from mainland Europe arriving in the traditional Saturday slot at Queens Road Depot.

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Around the World in Trams: Innsbruck 4

We just have time for one more photo from Innsbruck before our world trip moves on.

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Crossover installed on Hagley Road in another major milestone for Birmingham Westside extension

The major milestones in the construction of the Birmingham Westside extension seem to be coming thick and fast and the latest to be celebrated is the installation of a crossover on Hagley Road which will allow trams to access both tracks when arriving and departing from the new terminus.

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Man dies after being hit by train in Nottingham – NET services affected

A man has died after being hit by a tram at Bulwell on the East Midlands Railway Robin Hood line which runs alongside the tram line to Hucknall. Due to the proximity of the railway and tramway, NET services were suspended whilst the emergency services dealt with the incident. Tragically the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was reported at around 0700 with tram services resuming approximately two hours later. Our thoughts go out to anyone affected by this incident.

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Blackpool Brush 298 new underframe to be constructed in Wales

Earlier this year it was confirmed that the full go-ahead had been given for the restoration of Blackpool Brush Car 298 at the Crich Tramway Village and now as the project comes close to a physical start it had been announced that a new underframe for the tram is to be constructed by the Ffestiniog and West Highland Railway as the two organisations come together.

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Tramlink inquest delay confirmed until Spring 2021

It has been confirmed that the inquest into the London Tramlink derailment at Sandilands in November 2016 will now not take place until spring 2021. The inquest had originally been due to start on 10th October but was delayed as a result of Coronavirus restrictions and with England now in lockdown it has been decided this delay will be extended until next year. The derailment saw seven people lose their lives when the tram derailed on the curve at Sandilands as a result of the driver losing awareness and not lowering the speed of the tram sufficiently. The inquest will be heard in front of a jury.

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