Metro celebrates 40 years in South Tyneside

Opening in March 1984, the Tyne and Wear Metro line to South Shields is now celebrating 40 years of operation with the occasion marked with a special birthday cake cutting ceremony at South Shields Interchange.

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In Pictures: Overhead line works on West Midlands Metro

Back on Sunday 17th March there was a closure of the West Midlands Metro between Black Lake and Edgbaston Village with work taking place to replace overhead wires. The closure was initially only due to be in place until midday but a delay in the completion of the work saw this extended leading to a further suspension of services.

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 7th April 2024

The archives beckon again as we take a look at Supertram during the Stagecoach years after their contract comes to an end:

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In Pictures: Blackpool 708 at its new home in Lincolnshire

Late last year – 29th November 2023 to be precise – a Blackpool Balloon Car departed from Rigby Road Depot in its home town for what is expected to be the last time as it was transferred for a new life at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft. As it was late in the year and the museum was closed for the winter period although it was moved very little has been seen of it so far – but with a new season now underway that has changed as we take the chance to see the tram in its new home for the first time.

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Around the World in Trams: Kolkata 191

During April “Around the World in Trams” will be leaving Europe as we head to India for a selection of photos taken in Kolkata (or Calcutta as it was at the time) in 1978.

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Metro service to be increased after completion of delta junction works

West Midlands Metro services between Edgbaston Village and Wolverhampton Railway Station are set to run at an increased frequency when the full route is reopened from Wednesday 10th April. There have been no trams between Wednesbury and Edgbaston Village since Saturday 23rd March with the main focus of this closure being the connection of the current line to the coming soon extension to Dudley (and eventually Brierley Hill).

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Edinburgh Trams to run extra services for Terminal V festival

There will be extra services running on the Edinburgh Trams network on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April to get people to and from Terminal V (a techno festival) which takes place at the Royal Highland Centre close to Ingliston Park and Ride.

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In Pictures: 34 back at Wednesbury

As expected its been a case of one out and one in at the West Midlands Metro Wednesbury Depot as following quickly on from 26’s departure is 34’s arrival back at the depot. The latest move – again conducted by Reid Freight – saw the tram return on Thursday 4th April.

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Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours start another season of running

Whilst a lot of Blackpool tram enthusiasts attention was turned eastwards and the East Anglia Transport Museum on Good Friday, 29th March 2024, the same day also marked the start of another season of running for Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. The Easter weekend saw three types of tour run with the return of Promenade and Coastal Tours alongside some Mini Prom Tours.

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Picture in Time: Stagecoach Supertram 114

Continuing a selection of photos from Stagecoach Supertram as part of “Picture in Time”.

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In Pictures: Is Pepsi OK? 3031 latest to get new advert in Manchester

There are now 15 trams in Manchester which carry advertising liveries with 3031 becoming the latest to be wrapped. Its another global brand which has taken out the contract on 3031 with Pepsi now advertising on the tram with it first seen in action during the final week of March 2024.

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Snaefell 1 says goodbye to the blues

After 11 years of running in the original Blue and White livery, Snaefell Mountain Railway 1 has now returned to the more standard Red, White and Teak livery style following a repaint undertaken at the Car Sheds in Laxey. The 1895 built vehicle received the repaint over the winter allowing it to return to service towards the start of the 2024 season.

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More Tyne and Wear Metro overhead works to lead to service change

The Tyne and Wear Metro between Benton and North Shields is to close between 8th and 14th April as part of the continued major investment in the network’s infrastructure. 5.6km of overhead line will be replaced during this closure whilst the opportunity will also be taken to complete other lineside estate works as well as refurbishments works at Whitley Bay and Monkseaton stations.

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Crich operating season gets underway

It may have been delayed by several weeks but trams have now started running at the Crich Tramway Village again with the first passengers carried on Saturday 30th March after the completion of repairs which had caused the delay.

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Metrolink service change to allow cracked rail to be replaced (not that one!)

There are to be changes to Manchester Metrolink services for 12 hours this coming weekend (6th/7th April) after the discovery of a cracked rail in the city centre. This will allow the 10 metre section of rail on Portland Street to be replaced with the timing of the work timed to cause the least amount of disruption possible.

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Edinburgh Trams nominated for more Scottish Transport Awards

There could be more cause for celebration for Edinburgh Trams later this year after they revealed they’ve been nominated for in more categories at the Scottish Transport Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in the Scottish transport industry and last year Edinburgh Trams were proud to have been named “Public Transport Operator of the Year” at the ceremony.

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In Pictures: 26 moves to Worksop

Article amended 04/04/2024 as of course this is actually 26‘s second trip to Worksop!

It seems to have been a while (but is only around six weeks) since we last reported on a tram being moved for storage at Worksop so its obviously overdue to do the same! The latest tram to make the move from West Midlands Metro’s Wednesbury Depot is 26 which was loaded up and made the move on Tuesday 2nd April 2024.

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Nottingham collision between car and tram leads to delays

Nottingham Express Transit services were suspended for several hours on the Toton Lane line during the evening of Thursday 21st March after a collision between a car and a tram.

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The awards keep coming for the Seaton Tramway!

And repeat! The Seaton Tramway is once again celebrating success at an award ceremony with the unique attraction receiving two more accolades at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards bringing the grand total of awards for the past year to 11!

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In Pictures: Blackpool 016 advertises Coral Island

In the days of the traditional tramway in Blackpool it always used to be the tradition that each Easter there would be new all over adverts making their debuts. Since the upgrade of the tramway this hasn’t happened as much with the majority of the full adverts that we’ve seen being applied at other times of the year but this year we’ve gone back to how it once was as Good Friday (29th March) saw the debut of a new advert and it’s an attraction who had adverts on the traditional trams but hadn’t previously advertised in this form on a modern tramway.

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