Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 641 & 647

We take another trip to Blackpool for today’s dip into the archives and the year is 1998 for an image of two Centenary Cars in operation.

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Trams in Video: Blackpool Heritage and Illuminated Trams – October 2015

Despite the fact that this is the 32nd edition of “Trams in Video” we haven’t featured the Blackpool Tramway but we change all that tonight as we head back to October 2015 for footage of the heritage and illuminated trams in action during the busy Half Term week.

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Lockdown Walks: Manchester Metrolink 3061

We “change it up” again for this latest “Lockdown Walk” as we head to Manchester for the first time with the first of a series of photos from Metrolink around Chorlton.

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Major concrete pour marks another milestone in Birmingham Westside extension

A significant step in the construction of the second phase of the Birmingham Westside extension on the West Midlands Metro has been reached following the largest continuous concrete pour of the project. More than 230m of concrete was laid along Broad Street (between Lee Longlands and Cineworld) as part of the foundation for the new track to Edgbaston on Wednesday 24th June.

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

This week we are back into the archives as we head back to 2006 and Stagecoach Supertram:

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A new home for a Lisbon tram

The chances are that if you think of a Lisbon tram in the UK your mind immediately heads to the Wirral where fully restored Lisbon 730 can be found operating on the Heritage Tramway there (when that is possible, of course). But there are also a number of other Lisbon cars dotted around the UK, one of which has recently been on the move to Lincolnshire – the tram in question is no. 711 which has been stored for a number of years at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex but will now call the Crowle Peatland Railway in North Lincolnshire its home.

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Around the World in Trams: Oslo 152

Back to Norway again for another tram operating in Oslo.

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Trams &: London Transport 1622, Bus & Trolleybus

Its red everywhere for this edition of “Trams &” as we see three different types of vehicle which once operated in the capital – tram, bus and trolleybus.

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Replacement bus introduced for Supertram engineering works

When this year’s rail replacement project in Sheffield got underway the message to any intending passengers on affected sections was very much you need to travel by service bus but with increased passenger numbers now being carried on public transport a dedicated replacement bus service will be introduced.

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Covid-19 update – heritage systems and museum

With restrictions due to be relaxed from Saturday 4th July in England it has been confirmed that tram museums and heritage services will be able to resume from that date. This round-up gives details of those lines which have confirmed their re-opening plans, anywhere which hasn’t made an announcement is not included.

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Manchester Metrolink bucks the trend as light rail journeys fall

Its that time of year again when the Department for Transport release details of journeys taken on light rail across England – and its not good news with a significant fall in the total number of journeys on all systems except for Manchester Metrolink. Across all systems there is a fall of 4.2% which is said to be the biggest decrease in almost 30 years. Whilst it was inevitable that there would be some effect of the Covid-19 pandemic these figures only run up until the end of March 2020, which would only have seen a short period of the restrictions on public transport travel so other reasons have combined to cause this drastic fall across England.

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Covid-19 service update – operating systems

Its been a while since we had a round-up of the service being operated on operating tramways and light rail systems in the British Isles (by which we mean those which operate primarily as public transport and not heritage systems – more on those soon!) so here we update on the current services running at the time of publication. Whilst most networks are still running a reduced service it is an improved picture on where we were a couple of months ago, for most systems anyway.

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So Nearly, Not Quite! Blackpool Railcoach 680 & Balloon 702

Yes, its time for another shot of trams in Blackpool with one of those pesky stray pedestrians again!

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Picture in Time: Paisley 68

One final shot from the Glasgow Garden Festival as we feature another tram which was back on home territory – Paisley 68.

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In Pictures: Wolverhampton City Centre extension update

A few days ago we took a look at recent progress on the second phase of the Birmingham Westside extension and in this latest article we are at the other end of the West Midlands Metro network with images taken of the Wolverhampton City Centre extension. Whereas at the Birmingham end it is still a hive of activity it is a different case here as much of the infrastructure is already in place but can’t be completed until the redevelopment of the railway station nears its conclusion. Photos again come from Dan Noon.

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Whatever Happened To? Blackpool Balloon 713

Our series where we take a look at those trams which operated in Blackpool over the last weekend of traditional tram operation continues today and we have now reached Balloon 713.

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Still Standing! Leith Walk Tram Depot Offices, Edinburgh

Today we are off “north of the border” again for another entry into “Still Standing!” where we take a look at a small remaining section of the old depot complex on Leith Walk, Edinburgh.

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Crich and Seaton announce plans to re-open

Following the latest relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in England (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate rules made by their devolved governments), as from 4th July it will be possible for tourist attractions to reopen – and this includes heritage tramways. However, with restrictions still in place it will be a different experience for visitors with social distancing still being put into practice as an example. Shortly after the government made the announcement it was confirmed that both the Crich Tramway Village and Seaton Tramway would be re-opening in July.

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Lockdown Walks: Edinburgh Trams 273

As our photo series of trams taken during “Lockdown Walks” continues we are again in Edinburgh City Centre for another image of a tram on the reduced service.

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1011

Today is our final look at an archive image from Manchester Metrolink for this latest batch of “Picture in Time” and its 1011 seen on the first day of services to Piccadilly.

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