Yellow for new Tyne and Wear Metro trains

Metro will be finished in a vibrant yellow colour scheme as a nod to the iconic original livery carried on the trains when the system opened 40 years ago. The yellow will be accompanied by black and pale grey along the bodyside and the livery has been chosen following input from passengers and employees.

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Can You Help? UK Preserved Railway Stock List is looking for photos!

UK Preserved Railway Stock List – the only web search facility designed to easily list multiple categories of railway stock in the UK and Ireland in their geographic locations – is aiming to show a photo of all each item of stock and this includes trams and light rail. There are a number of vehicles which they are currently missing photos of and are now appealing to readers of British Trams Online if anyone can help to fill these gaps.

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Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 210

As we continue our look at some archive images from Nottingham Express Transit, this week we reach the tenth of the 15 strong Incentro trams – 210.

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In Pictures: Wilko’s demolition underway

It was due to start this month and work has now begun on the demolition of Wilkinson’s in Blackpool – one of the last major obstacles to overcome before trams can start running on the extension of the tramway to Blackpool North Railway Station.

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Metrolink Engineering Work: Saturday 19th September

Essential engineering work on Manchester Metrolink’s Oldham and Rochdale will see a revised service operating on Saturday 19th September. No trams will run between Rochdale Town Centre and Shaw and Crompton all day with this closure area extended to Victoria from 2000.

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Still Standing! Darwen tram rosettes

Its another trip to the Lancashire town of Darwen today for this latest edition of “Still Standing”. This time around we are concentrating on a few remaining tram rosettes.

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In Pictures: East Anglia Transport Museum back in action

The East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville reopened to the public from Sunday 9th August and has been open every Sunday and Thursday since with the inevitable Covid-19 restrictions in place to make the experience of visitors as safe as possible. One of the opening days was Sunday 13th September and that was a day that Bryan Grint made a visit to see what was going on.

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Changes on board Supertram

Starting from Monday 14th September there have been a few changes on board Stagecoach Supertram as they continue to see an increase in passengers travelling on the trams as more employees and students return to workplaces and education.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 710

For the next few weeks of archive Blackpool tram images we are a bit more up-to-date as we take a look at the Metro Coastlines years.

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Trams in Video: The Petrin Funicular – Prague

This latest video is a little bit different from other editions of “Trams in Video” as we head to the Czech Republic for footage of the Petrin Funicular. Linking lower Prague with the park in which the Petrin Tower stands this line gives spectacular  views of Prague from the top as seen in this video. This is the third incarnation of the line with it re-opening in 1985 after refurbishment.

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Nexus to start biggest ever Metro driver training school

The days of services being cancelled or curtailed on the Tyne and Wear Metro because of driver shortages will hopefully be a thing of the past from next spring after the announcement of the biggest ever driver training school since the service began in 1980. 30 new drivers are being taken on during September and October with the plan that they will be fully qualified by March and April 2021.

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Lockdown Walks: Manchester Metrolink 3036

We head out for another “Lockdown Walk” and it is once again Manchester where we find ourselves.

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

Its another double helping of photos this week as we head to the West Midlands Metro in September 2020 and the Heaton Park Tramway in November 2008:

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In Pictures: Work underway on East Anglia Transport Museum tramway extension

We’ve touched upon it on these pages before but visible progress  can now be seen on the planned extension of the tramway at the East Anglia Transport Museum which will eventually see trams running into the recently acquired land adjacent to the current museum site.

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Around the World in Trams: Innsbruck 1

The next location for our “Around the World in Trams” series is Innsbruck in Austria and we start off with a historic tram in action.

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance remains consistent

Another four week period has been and gone on the Tyne and Wear Metro which had led to the latest performance poster being put up at stations across the network – and it again shows a consistent service with 84% of all trains down as arriving on time.

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Lockdown Walks: Edinburgh Trams 276

This latest “Lockdown Walk” is heading out in Edinburgh once more, although this time around we are heading a bit further out of the city centre.

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Frigate relaunch and tram procession to feature in scaled back Blackpool Tramway 135th Anniversary

The return to service of Blackpool’s popular Illuminated feature car The Frigate, HMS Blackpool, plus a tram procession are to be the main events over the traditional September Spectacular weekend on 26th and 27th September. A weekend which was meant to a major celebration of the 135th anniversary of the Blackpool Tramway has had to be scaled back for obvious reasons but there will still be some tours on offer on top of these extra events, although as has become the norm in Blackpool pre-booking will be required.

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Extended season announced for Manx Electric Railway

In a year when everything seems to have been curtailed it is pleasing to be able to report from the shortened Manx Electric Railway season will be extended into October. Originally due to end on Sunday 13th September trams will now be running into October, although there will be a reduction in the service to weekends only.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Standard 159

And onwards we go as “Picture in Time” moves down to the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville for the next few weeks. The subject of this edition is Blackpool Standard 159.

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