Santa joins Heritage Tram Tours

Father Christmas took time out of his extremely busy schedule to make the first of three visits to Blackpool on Saturday 9th December, when the Heritage Tram Tours team operated the first of their 2017 ‘Santa Specials’. This saw a total of six historic trams grace the promenade – quite an impressive total for the winter period, indeed this compares quite favourably with the pre-upgrade era!

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In Pictures: More Train-Tram construction work progress

2017 was the year that it was hoped that the tram-train pilot between Sheffield and Rotherham would have been up and running but delays in the project have meant that hasn’t been possible. With 2018 now set as the completion for the service to start work is continuing to bring the project to fruition.

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Plans submitted for EATM expansion

The ambitious proposals for expanding the East Anglia Transport Museum have moved a step closer with the submission of the planning application to the local Council. This gives the public the first chance to see just what is planned for the museum with extended trolleybus and railway routes provided but for this website the most exciting development would be the addition of an extra tram route and depot!

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Blackpool Brush 630

We bring you right up to date with tram loans today with the feature of this article being the tram which has most recently gone on loan to another tramway. The tram is Blackpool Brush 630.

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Around the World in 18 Trams: Philadelphia and Western Railroad 205

Off to the United States for our latest image from around the world as we go to the Rockhill Trolley Museum for a view of one of the many trolleys operational there.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Sheffield 513

It’s another two tramway loan tram today, although this tram hasn’t actually been to its home tramway throughout the history of British Trams Online! During the past 15 years it has been in both Blackpool and now at the East Anglia Transport Museum.

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UK Tram release statement on London Tramlink derailment report

Following the release of the RAIB report into the London Tramlink derailment, UK Tram have released their own statement confirming steps being taken across the country to help prevent any further tragic incidents like this taking place again. This is provided in full below.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Events: Last Day of traditional trams operation in Blackpool

6th November 2011 was the day that after 126 years of operation was the end of an era on the Blackpool Tramway with the end of full traditional tram operation ahead of the start of the light rail era and the Flexity2s set to arrive the following Easter. As we all know it wasn’t quite as the end as the last few years has seen the development of Heritage Tram Tours but it was still one of the biggest events to take place over the last 15 years.

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In Pictures: Llandudno & Colwyn Bay 7 out and about again

Saturday 2nd December saw the last public outing of Llandudno & Colwyn Bay 7 for 2017 with it taking part in the annual Llandudno Christmas Parade.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Cardiff 131

Probably the most unusual tram to be loaned over the past 15 years is Cardiff 131 – and its left its usual home at Crich twice!

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In Pictures: Let it snow on Midland Metro!

Friday 8th December saw the first significant dusting of snow to fall in the UK this winter period (even though it isn’t actually officially winter yet!). One tramway to be affected was Midland Metro although despite the falling of the white stuff it didn’t impact on services with the only difference being it made photos a bit more picturesque! Andy Walters was on hand with the images.

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Around the World in 18 Trams: Basel BLT 155

We have already had one visit to Basel in this series but we head back to Switzerland again in this edition but this time we look at a tram from Baselland Transport (BLT) who work the longer routes out to the far suburbs – with one route crossing into France for about 3km before heading back into Switzerland.

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They’re back! Trams return to Wolverhampton early!

After 177 days trams are once again running all the way between Grand Central and Wolverhampton St George’s after the early completion of testing and commissioning along Bilston Road. Despite the first major snowfall of the winter the full service resumed at 0515 on Friday 8th December, two days ahead of the schedule released last month.

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Tram derails after collision with van

A tram derailed on University Boulevard, Nottingham, after it was hit by a van on Wednesday 6th December causing major traffic gridlock across the city throughout the afternoon and evening. Incentro 214 was involved in the collision which happened close to the University of Nottingham stop as the tram was crossing University Boulevard.

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Major refurbishment for Birkenhead museum

The main tram depot, workshop and museum at Birkenhead – the Taylor Street site – is set to be closed to visitors for several months to allow for a major refurbishment to take place. This has been some time in the planning, and will create a much improved visitor attraction highlighting the value of the tramway and associated activities within the local area.

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More progress for Warrington 28

The Merseyside Tramway Society remain busy working on the sole surviving Warrington tramcar, which is being reconstructed as Warrington 28. It may be recalled that over the summer a suitable truck for the tram was supplied by the Tramway Museum Society and moved to Birkenhead from their Clay Cross store.

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Around the World in 18 Trams: Dresden 224 205

Back to Europe for this image from around the world. This time we are in Dresden, Germany.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Events: Edinburgh Trams opens…finally!

It was the event which seemed for a long time as it may never happen but on 31st May 2014 Edinburgh Trams finally opened to the public to bring an end to the project which saw the return of trams to the streets of Scotland for the first time since 1962 when Glasgow Corporation Tramways had closed.

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RAIB report released into Sandilands derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have released their full report into the tragic derailment at Sandilands on 9th November 2016. Although it has not been possible to prove for definite why it happened the main cause of the incident has been given as the driver losing awareness and it is thought that this was because of fatigue. The report concludes by giving 15 recommendations in improving safety on tramways in the UK.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Blackpool Balloon 711

Its another Blackpool tram which has spent some time away from its home tramway in recent years which features in our loan tram series today. The tram is Blackpool Balloon 711 – the only Balloon Car to have been fitted with the widened entrances to have ever left the north west coast.

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