Services resume on Snaefell Mountain Railway

Trams are once again running on the Snaefell Mountain Railway between Laxey and the summit following trials of trams running at reduced speeds on the line. When we last reported on the issue the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate had suspended all services as the lower speed limit imposed was not being adhered to at times however now that speed monitoring equipment is being used they have agreed to a resumption of services.

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In Pictures: Leeds 345 goes to war

As part of the World War II Home Front event taking place this weekend at the Crich Tramway Village (including tomorrow, Sunday 13th August if you’re at a loose end!) Leeds 345 has received war time additions with blackout curtains, headlamp hoods and white fenders.

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In Pictures: First Purple Tram Friday at Crich

Friday 11th August saw the very first Purple Tram Friday at Crich with Blackpool Jubilee 762 in service as part of a standard three tram service. 762 carries an all over advert for Nickelodeon Land at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach and is a popular tram with many children thanks to the numerous images of cartoon characters such as Spongebob Squarepants contained on the ad. In order to try and tap into this market these Purple Tram Fridays have been advertised so those who want to see 762 in action can plan their visit accordingly.

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2539

Today Picture in Time takes a trip to Croydon for an image taken in 2000 showing one of the original CR4000 trams.

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Another makeover for Centenary car 641

The Fleetwood Heritage Trust are enabling another static display utilising one of their collection of historic Blackpool trams. Centenary car 641, which has been in situ on the display siding within the Pleasure Beach turning circle for the last few years, is now in the early stages of being transformed by ‘Horizon Blackpool’ ahead of the 2017 illuminations.

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Snaefell Mountain Railway services suspended

The Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate on the Isle of Man have ordered all service on the Snaefell Mountain Railway to be suspended in light of last week’s overrun incident on the line. Services had been running on the line – although at reduced frequencies – since the incident on Friday 4th August but after some trams failed to comply with the reduced speed which had been imposed the decision was made to stop all services until further notice.

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Official update released on Tram-Train project

Network Rail have announced that further work will be undertaken on the Tram-Train project in the coming weeks, warning rail passengers of disruption whilst it takes place. The second phase of work to assist in linking the Supertram network to the national rail network is now underway and will be completed on the weekend of 19th August.

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In Pictures: 259 & 266 in new adverts

The first two trams to receive the advertising vinyls as part of the multi-tram deal with C R Smith on Edinburgh Trams have now entered service. The two trams (the first of 18, each to receive unique designs) to receive the adverts are 259 and 266 which both first ran in service in this guise on Wednesday 9th August.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 637

Another trip into the Blackpool archives for Picture in Time today as we go back to 2004 again for an image of a long withdrawn tram – Brush Railcoach 637.

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Plans considered again for Edinburgh Trams extension

A report into extending Edinburgh Trams from the current city centre terminus at York Place to Newhaven is set to be considered by councillors to look into the feasibility of completing line 1A of the system. The report will be considered in September before a final decision is made in autumn 2018.

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First commercial advertising deal secured for Edinburgh Trams

The day has finally come – commercial advertising is here for Edinburgh Trams! A two year deal has been signed with C R Smith – an east Scotland double glazing/window manufacturer – which will see an incredible 18 trams wrapped in what is being described as a “highly visual campaign”. The first of the trams has already entered service in its new look with 266 receiving vinyls and being seen in use for the first time on 9th August.

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Rail Map Online now featuring trams

Rail Map Online – an online resource of past and present railway maps – have recently started to add some tram routes to their website at http://railmaponline.com/. Recent additions have seen tram routes for the West Midlands now available along with the tramway in Rochester but there is so much more available to view.

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In Video: Supertram Citylink trams continue testing

As preparations continue for the introduction into service of the Citylink tram-trains on the current Stagecoach Supertram network – due to be in later summer – testing and driver training has been continuing in recent weeks. In mid-June Martin Miller paid a visit to the city with 399 205 in action.

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 42

We are back over to the Isle of Man for this instalment of Picture in Time with a view of one of the Manx Electric Railway trailers, no. 42.

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Brake fault causes SMR tram to overrun Bunaglow stop

An investigation has been launched after a tram on the Snaefell Mountain Railway suffered a fault with its normal braking system which led to it overrunning the stop at Bungalow – and across the road – on a downward trip. The fault occurred at approximately 1445 on Friday 4th August with no passengers suffering injuries as a result.

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway enjoys a successful Transport Festival

A few years ago the Manx Heritage Transport Festival seemed to pass the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway by with just a normal service running with normal trams. But now with Isle of Man Transport in charge of the horse trams as well it has been brought into the mix much more and the 2017 event was no different.

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This week on British Trams Online…

More photos for you this week as we take a look at two more of the UK’s modern tram systems:

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Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 87

The Docklands Light Railway is the subject of the latest instalment of Picture in Time as we head back to 2009 for another photo.

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Latest RAIB reports into Tramlink derailment released

As the Rail Accident Investigation Branch continue their investigation into the tragic derailment at Sandilands on 9th November 2016 they have released their latest update. This time the update includes some draft recommendations to allow both Tram Operations Limited (operator of Tramlink) and other tram companies in the UK to start to implement them before the final report is released later this year.

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In Pictures: Work continues on Bilston Road

The track replacement work on Bilston Road is still going on disrupting Midland Metro services but good progress does still seem to be being made and the chance is also being taken to install the junction between the current line and the extension to Wolverhampton Railway Station. Andy Walters provides the photos.

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