This week on British Trams Online

After a break due to tram events we are back with more photos with this week’s offering coming from Crich’s Simply Trams event:

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Preparatory works to start on Douglas Promenade

It has been due to happen for what seems like a long time but finally the reconstruction of Douglas Promenade is set to get underway with the first preparatory works scheduled to commence on Monday 17th September. Of course, the final result of these works will see the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway confined to a single track section from Broadway along Loch Promenade to the terminus at the Sea Terminal but these initial works shouldn’t see any affect for the tram service for the remainder of the 2018 season.

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Tram and bus collide in Edinburgh

There have been more delays for tram services in Edinburgh, this time after a bus and tram were involved in a collision at Shandwick Place. The collision took place during the morning rush hour of Friday 14th September with local press reports stating that two vehicles came into contact with the bus on the tram lines. The tram was heading westbound at the time of the collision and it is not currently known which way round the collision was. There were no injuries reported but tram services were suspended between West End Princes Street and York Place whilst the incident was dealt with.

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Collision in Laxey

A van and tram collided on the Manx Electric Railway on the road crossing immediately to the north of Laxey Station leaving the two occupants of the van injured. The collision happened at approximately 1220 with the Department of Infrastructure confirming that the tram was not moving at the time with no injuries reported from passengers or crew. This crossing is non-light controlled with traffic expected to stop when a tram approaches. The tram only received minor damage.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 710

Today Picture in Time goes back over 30 years to a time when Blackpool Balloon 710 was on loan at Crich as part of the tram swaps for the Centenary of tramway which saw a number of cars from the national collection head over to the Lancashire coast.

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RAIB release reports into two door trap incidents

Two recent incidents of passengers and objects become stuck in tram doors have led the RAIB to release two separate reports over the past few days – one in Nottingham a full blown report whilst the other, in Manchester, leading to just a Safety Digest. In both cases the RAIB have reminded drivers that they should not solely rely on door detection systems to ensure nothing is trapped in the doors but that visual checks should always take place ahead of departure.

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In Pictures: MediaCityUK service extended to Ashton as part of trial

Always looking to improve the service, Manchester Metrolink have recently extended the MediaCityUK to Etihad Campus service through to Ashton-under-Lyne to as part of a trial to give a six minute headway between Harbour City and Ashton. Two such trial days are due to take place – the first was on Thursday 13th September with a second set to happen on Tuesday 18th September.

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In Pictures: Last stage of Supertram rail replacement works underway

The final stage of 2018’s rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram are now underway with the work now moving on to Eckington Way which is affecting trams on the Blue route – including the very rare use of the crossover at Donetsk Way.

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In Pictures: New advert for Edinburgh Trams 271

One of the shortest adverts yet to be seen on Edinburgh Trams has come to an end with 271 losing its ad for Tiso. But the tram hasn’t had to wait for long in standard fleet livery as it has become the fourth tram to be advertise the Parabola development at Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh City Vision 2050 – complete with website details of the campaign asking locals what they want to see in Edinburgh in the year 2050. The tram’s new look was first seen on 10th September 2018.

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San Francisco Boats in action

Question, where is the only place so far in 2018 to have seen two Blackpool Boat Cars run on the same day? Answer, San Francisco! The two Boat Cars resident in San Francisco – 228 and 233 – were both used over the Muni Heritage Weekend on 8th and 9th September; the first time both have been used for quite some time and a pleasing development for the future of these trams.

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Picture in Time: Midland Metro 12

The West Midlands is the location for the latest edition of Picture in Time as we head back to 2004 for an image taken on Midland Metro.

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Man dies after being struck by tram at Saughton

A man has died after he was hit by a tram at Saughton on Edinburgh Trams. The tragic incident happened at around 1215 on Tuesday 11th September and led to tram services being suspended for several hours.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 709 & 719

Picture in Time continues today and in this instalment we are in Blackpool for a view of a couple of Balloons at Bispham.

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In Pictures: Blackpool Heritage service

We usually only feature the Blackpool heritage trams when there is a gold timetable in operation but in this pictorial we take a look at a standard daily heritage service with two trams in service. On 10th August the two chosen trams were Balloon 717 and Railcoach 680 with Bolton 66 also in use later on one of the Ghost Tram specials. Kevin Bartolf has provided these images.

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In Pictures: Seaton Tramway during August

This small pictorial article takes a look at a few of the sights of the Seaton Tramway during August. With the new terminus at Seaton now officially opened it is quickly becoming a familiar sight for visitors with the four tracks often filled with trams – some in service and some just on display. Keith Chadbourne is the photographer.

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Final stage of 2018 rail replacement in Sheffield to start

Area 5 of the rail replacement project on Stagecoach Supertram for 2018 will get underway on Monday 10th September and last for 12 days until Friday 21st September. This time the affected section will be between Donetsk Way and Halfway with trams from Malin Bridge terminating at Donetsk Way throughout this period and buses completing journeys.

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Special bike only trams return for Pedal for Scotland

Edinburgh Trams will be running a selection of bike only trams for participants in the Pedal for Scotland event on Sunday 9th September following the success of a similar service last year. These non-stop services will run in the morning between Haymarket and Ingliston Park & Ride with returns in the afternoon for anyone with a pre-purchased “Tram Transport” wristband.

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 25

Continuing with the Manx Electric Railway theme for today’s archive image we are again in 1979 for a view of a tram which hasn’t run in passenger service for over 20 years but at this time was a firm part of the operational fleet – it is Paddlebox no. 25.

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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary: Day 8 – Saturday 8th September

And so we reach the end of an eight day spectacular on the Isle of Man with the final day of the MER 125th Anniversary events. The final day will see both unusual and colourful combinations in service whilst the evening will see a the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway joining in with a small cavalcade. For the last time read on for our reminder preview of what just will be going on….

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In Pictures: Glasgow 812 as you’ve never seen it before!

In the last full week of the school summer holidays a special event was held at Crich with children – of all ages! – encouraged to get involved at the museum building with Lego bricks. This included creating a mosaic of Glasgow 812 using Lego which was built in the Bandstand at Victoria Park – and it was an incredible sight!

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