Picture in Time: Blackpool 31

The location for this edition of “Picture in Time” is Beamish again.

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Metrolink disruption after derailment at Deansgte-Castlefield

Services throughout the Manchester Metrolink network were disrupted on Thursday 18th February after a minor derailment at Deansgate-Castlefield. Double unit 3019 and 3059 were the trams involved in the incident which saw the rear bogies of 3019 leaving the tracks as the pair departed from the stop towards the city centre.

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In Pictures: More from Blackpool

In this latest look at the ongoing trackworks in Blackpool we feature some more track welding taking place at Gynn Square as well as taking a look at another piece of equipment which is being used during the works. Tony Armitage is our man on the ground again as he continues to get his lockdown exercise!

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Pleasure Beach

The first of the main stops on the Blackpool Tramway after departure from Starr Gate heading north is that at Pleasure Beach which always sees plenty of people getting on and off (except during a major global pandemic of course!).

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In Pictures: Blackpool engineering works continue

The two week programme of engineering works on the Blackpool Tramway has been continuing over the last couple of days and in this pictorial update we see some of the work being undertaken on the section north of Cabin up towards Cleveleys with new track and a tamper featuring. Tony Armitage went for a walk to see what was happening on 17th February 2021.

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Tram Pub Signs: The Tramway, Gorleston and Tramway Hotel, Pakefield

In this article we feature another two pubs with tramway themed signs, both of which can be found in Suffolk. We’ve banded these two together because they actually use the same image of a tram – a tram that isn’t particularly local to Suffolk!

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Still Standing! Daubhill Depot, Bolton

Another trip to the northwest of England for the latest instalment of our series looking at surviving structures from first generation tramways. This is one of the old depots in Bolton.

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Third of latest batch of M5000s arrives in Manchester

Saturday 6th February saw the third of the current batch of 27 Bombardier built M5000s arrive at Queen’s Road Depot in Manchester – almost two months since the previous arrival. 3123 made the trip from Germany and will now be commissioned at the depot before being considered to enter service.

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Tyne and Wear Metro’s 40th anniversary to be celebrated with online event

A special online lunchtime event will be taking place on Wednesday 24th February with the former boss of Nexus Mike Parker and the current Director General Tobyn Hughes in conversation about the Tyne and Wear Metro network. This free event is part of the Urban Transport Group’s series with a live online audience.

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Whatever Happened To? Midland Metro 14

Its another look at one of the original Midland Metro trams for this edition of “Whatever Happened To?” as we now reach no. 14.

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In Pictures: Blackpool trackwork begins

With the Blackpool Tramway being completely suspended for a week from Sunday 14th December (and then only running part route for up to the next seven days) a start has been made on the essential trackworks. Work is underway in at least two different locations with advantage being taken of no trams running at all to get the work completed. Tony Armitage took a walk down to the Prom to see what was happening.

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Trams &: Sunderland 16 & Road Locomotive

In this edition of “Trams &” we take a trip to Beamish to see one of the resident trams alongside a visiting road locomotive.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Diamond T tow truck

As we continue our look at some of the Works vehicles of Blackpool Corporation Transport in 1975 we find ourselves looking at one which was used mainly to tow buses but was also occasionally used for trams – it is a Diamond T truck.

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Trams in Video: London Tramlink in the Snow 2013

It has to be said that when snow falls on any UK tramway it seems to change the scene allowing for some different photos and video to be shot of the trams running and so it was on 21st January 2013 when there was snow in South London allowing this footage of London Tramlink to be shot. Various locations on the network are shown with both the Bombardier CR4000s and Stadler Variobahns featuring.

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In Pictures: Trams to Newhaven construction work continues

While a lot of discussion in Edinburgh at the moment may be concerned with future extensions it shouldn’t be forgotten that there is one extension which will definitely be happening – the Trams to Newhaven project. Due to start running in 2023 construction work got underway last year with the first tracks being laid in November 2020. Construction has been continuing in early 2021 and despite sub zero temperatures and snow causing a brief suspension last week good progress continues to be made.

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Lockdown Walks: Stagecoach Supertram 116

“Lockdown Walks” continues today as we again take a trip to Sheffield and view one of the original trams in an all over advert.

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 14th February 2021

We’re back to off the United States of America for our photo set this week as we feature the Monongahela Incline Railway:

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Main construction works in Dudley to get underway soon

We seem to have been reporting on the West Midlands Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill for quite a while with very little tangible progress having been seen on the ground – but all that is set to change in the coming weeks with main construction works set to get underway in Dudley.

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Around the World in Trams: Den Haag 3139

Its not all about fleet liveries in Den Haag as we find out in today’s 2017 image from the tramway system as “Around the World in Trams” continues.

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Luas Engineering Works: 20th & 21st February

Luas’s Red line will be partially suspended on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February to allow essential trackworks close to James’ tramstop to take place and will see replacement buses running between Blackhorse and Heuston.

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