Old Midland Metro track donated to Black Country Living Museum

Track replaced as part of the major relaying project on Bilston Road is set to enjoy a second life with 100 metres of rail having been donated to the Black Country Living Museum. Although at the end of its operational life for extensive use on a modern tramway the track still has plenty of life in it for the museum tramway and is set to be used as part of the museum’s expansion plans.

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In Pictures: Rotherham Central tram-train works

It’s not just the West Midlands where construction work is ongoing as there is also progress on the delayed tram-train pilot between Sheffield and Rotherham. In this photo update we take a look at the latest progress at Rotherham Central on both the low floor platform and installation of overhead.

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In Pictures: Bilston Road rail replacement works

We now know where some of the old track from Bilston Road is going (see other story tonight on the Black Country Living Museum’s donation) but what of the ongoing project to replace the track to allow Midland Metro services to run back through to Wolverhampton? With the project now entering its final two months (having started back on 11th June) good progress continues to be made and the Midland Metro Alliance continue to report that all is on target for a completion before Christmas. This latest pictorial shows the current state of play.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 643

In today’s edition of Picture in Time we take our regular peek into the past of the Blackpool Tramway with this image of Centenary 643 dating from 30 years ago in 1987.

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Sisk awarded Blackpool tramway extension contract

John Sisk has been awarded the lucrative contract to construct the greatly anticipated extension of the Blackpool tramway up Talbot Road to serve North Station. This is the latest positive news to suggest that this development is very much a live project, with press releases indicating that construction work is expected to start in early 2018.

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North Station extension works to commence this year?

Very little has been heard about the planned extension of the Blackpool tramway off the promenade to North Station up Talbot Road of late – but it appears that this may be about to change. An announcement made by Blackpool BID on 11th October appeared to indicate that work would be starting on the construction of the extension imminently, although oddly this since appears to have disappeared!

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B Fleet appear in service – but not much!

Compared to last year, Blackpool’s ‘B Fleet’ Balloon cars have not seen a great deal of use so far during the 2017 illuminations. Whereas 2016 saw the trams kept busy with a mix of stage carriage work and illumination tour duties, little of either has been recorded this year with the exception of recently repainted 718 which has been one of the first choice cars for lights tours.

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In Pictures: Work starts on installing Wolverhampton City Centre points

Over the past few weeks a good amount of preparation work has been underway for the start of the construction of the Wolverhampton City Centre extension of Midland Metro and now the first real signs of progress can be seen. The extension will be leaving the current line at Piper’s Row from where it will travel to a new interchange at Wolverhampton Railway Station. Photos from Andy Walters.

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Picture in Time: Glasgow 1282

For this edition of Picture in Time we are heading to Derbyshire countryside as we take a look at one of the members of the national collection at Crich – Glasgow 1282.

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In Pictures: Rare trams get washed at Crich!

Over the past few months, quite a number of trams at Crich have been treated to a thorough external clean, including some members of the static fleet which had not been washed for quite some time and were well due for this attention! ‘Dr Mop’ AKA Peter Whiteley has put this right by washing several stored trams and we are showing the results of some of his efforts from the summer.

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In Pictures: 275 receives C R Smith advert

And still they keep coming! CAF built 275 is the latest tram in Edinburgh to receive the vinyl adverts for C R Smith (the 14th in total of a planned 18) with this advert depicting Speyside and Aberdeen.

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Phoenix Park closure for rail replacement

The Phoenix Park branch of Nottingham Express Transit will be closed between Saturday 21st and Monday 23rd October to allow rail replacement works to take place.

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Councillors urge talks on extending Supertram to Stocksbridge

Councillors representing the Stocksbridge, Deepcar and Oughtibridge wards in Sheffield are urging officials at the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to consider extending the Supertram network to prevent the increase in congestion likely as a result of hundreds of new homes due to be built. No official plans are in place for extending Supertram – with the exception of the long awaited tram-train pilot to Rotherham – but it is hoped that once a business case is prepared for investment in the current network (currently being looked into) consideration will be given to an expanded system.

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This week on British Trams Online

A couple of smaller Photo Galleries have been added to the main site this week:

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1023

Another trip to Manchester for this instalment of Picture in Time with T68 1023 the tram to featured.

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Crich announce ‘Big Shunt 2′ – the sequel!

Back in 2014, Crich Tramway Village allowed enthusiasts to view a series of shunting moves with various trams being moved in and out of the Exhibition Hall in connection with some changes to the displays within. The day, dubbed ‘The Big Shunt’ was considered a great success – and now in 2017, they’re doing it again! This time however, the shunting will take place on the last day of the main operating season, and so tram rides and the other attractions the museum has to offer will also be available as normal.

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Record number of passengers travelling on Metrolink

More than 40 million journeys a year are now being made on Manchester Metrolink according to the latest figures released by Transport for Greater Manchester. This is an increase of more than four million in the year to September 2017 – which works out an 11% rise.

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Edinburgh Trams scoops top award at Global Awards

Edinburgh Trams is officially the best tramway in the UK following its win at the Global Light Rail Awards this week. Edinburgh walked away with the Operator of the Year Award at the glittering ceremony which was held at London’s Honourable Artillery Company. But Edinburgh weren’t alone in celebrating on the night.

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More Supertram rail replacement works to come

Disruption for passengers on Stagecoach Supertram is coming over the next two summers with the news that the rail replacement works – started in 2013 – are to be concluded as part of a £12.5 million project. South Yorkshire PTE have started the tendering process as they seek a contractor to complete the works.

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New cycle lanes to be added in Edinburgh to make crossing tracks safer

The City of Edinburgh Council are to install a number of red surfaced cycle lanes at key points of Edinburgh’s tram network within the city centre in order to try and make it safer for cyclists when traversing the tram tracks. This is the first of a three-phase project to help all road users keep themselves and each other safe when negotiating the tram tracks.

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