Lottery support for Crich to explore the historic landscape of the site

A new project known as “Exploring the Historic Landscape of Crich Tramway Village” has been awarded a £84,000 National Lottery grant as the museum continues to find new ways of bringing visitors through the doors which can only be a good thing for the future survival of the national collection. The project will be focusing on both the industrial and natural heritage of the site as well as exploring woodland and local folklore.

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And overhead problems on Isle of Man too!

They say bad things come in threes and that definitely seems to be the case with overhead wires! Over the past few days we have reported on overhead problems in Edinburgh and on Manchester Metrolink but just before both of these happened there were issues on the Manx Electric Railway as well!

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Overhead woes on Metrolink

The benefit of having the Second City Crossing on Manchester Metrolink was plain to see on Saturday 12th May when a fault with the overhead close to Victoria meant that the original city crossing (1CC) was closed to city bound trams for over 12 hours. Before the construction of 2CC that would have meant major disruption with no trams able to run across the city but now a diversionary route meant that delays were kept to a minimum.

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Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 212

Today Picture in Time has a fairly recent image from Nottingham Express Transit, showing one of the Incentro trams shortly after it had the revised fleet livery applied.

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Gauging trials starts on Tram-Train project

It’s a day many thought would never happen – a Tram-Train has run onto the UK national rail network as part of the gauging trials ahead of full blown commissioning and testing later in the summer. 399 202 once again had the honour of being the “first” (having also been the first to run with passengers) with its first movements over the Tinsley Chord – which links Supertram with Network Rail metals – taking place in the early hours of Thursday 10th May.

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In Pictures: Overhead down in Edinburgh City Centre

There was major disruption to Edinburgh Trams services on Thursday 10th May after a construction vehicle collided with an overhead support pole close to the stop at York Place causing the overhead wires to come down. An immediate suspension of the full service was put in place before a limited service was able to run from the Airport to Murrayfield Stadium and then extended to West End Princes Street.

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In Pictures: Birmingham 107

The chances are that if you think of preserved first generation Birmingham trams your first thought will be of 585 located at the Thinktank Museum in the city centre. However, there is another tram from the city in the Greater Birmingham area with the surviving parts of 107 being found at the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum. A recent open day afforded Ken Jones the chance to capture the following images of the tram.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 717

Another trip to Blackpool for Picture in Time today as we take a look at Balloon Car 717.

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In Pictures: Another look at Edinburgh 276’s Royal Highland Show advert

Last week we brought you the news that Edinburgh Trams 276 has received a new advert for the Royal Highland Show and in this story we bring you some more images of the tram’s new look including a close up of the award winning Emily. The Royal Highland Show takes place at the Royal Highland Centre between 21st and 24th June.

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In Pictures: Car on tracks again causes Metrolink delays

On Saturday 5th May Manchester Metrolink services on the Airport route were disrupted after a car managed to drive along the tracks just to the city side of Sale Water Park on the bridge which crosses the River Mersey. The car had managed to drive quite some distance on the tram only section before it had become stuck causing an obstruction.

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In Pictures: Llandudno & Colwyn Bay 7 at the Victorian Extravaganza

The Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway Society’s replica tramcar no. 7 was once again out in public over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend with it both on display at the Victoria Extravaganza and also taking part in the daily parade of vintage vehicles. These photos of 7 were taken on Saturday 5th May when the tram was unable to take part in the Parade because of issues with the Matador lorry used to transport the tram around the local area. All photos from Kevin James.

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Picture in Time: Seaton Tramway 8

Heading back over 40 years ago to the formative years of the Seaton Tramway as we continue our archive photo series, Picture in Time.

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In Pictures: Stockport 5 returns home for a day!

Saturday 5th May saw Stockport 5 head back to its home town for display during the Stockport Community Rail Festival. Departing and arriving back at Heaton Park on the same day the move was in the reliable hands of Allely’s with 5 remaining on the low loader throughout the day situated outside Stockport Railway Station.

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A talk on Public Transport in Aberdeen

On Monday 14th May a special talk on public transport in Aberdeen will take place at Aberdeen Central Library including sections on the horse and electric trams which once ran in the city. Starting at 1800 and continuing until 1930, local transport historian Keith Jones will talk about the history of the city’s tramways from the earliest lines in 1874 until closure in 1958 and then onto the expansion of the bus network from the 1920s and a look at the changes which have taken place over the past 60 years. Entry is free but booking is essential. Further details at http://aberdeen.carpediem.cd/events/6351527-from-horse-tram-to-hydrogen-bus-public-transport-in-aberdeen-at-aberdeen-city-libraries/.

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In Pictures: New Just Eat adverts on Metrolink

Having two trams in identical vinyl wrap adverts seems to be in vogue on UK tramways at the moment with Manchester Metrolink joining Stagecoach Supertram in the blub. This time the advertiser is Just Eat – who also advertise on Nottingham Express Transit 210 – whose distinctive colour scheme now adorns 3039 and 3085.

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Picture in Time: Midland Metro 16

Midland Metro is the subject of this latest delve into the recent archives of photos with the last built – and last to remain on Midland Metro metals – T69 viewed today.

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Leeds 180 back in service

Following a fairly short absence, Leeds 180 is now back in the operational fleet at Crich Tramway Village having received some essential workshop attention over the past winter. With the work now completed and a period of test running proving satisfactory, the tram was used in passenger service for the first time this year on Friday 4th May, when it performed superbly.

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In Pictures: Grampian Transport Museum & its trams

The Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, near Aberdeen, has an impressive display of vehicles with a concentration on cars and bikes although there is also enough to keep the tram enthusiast happy as well in the form of two trams. During 2017 one of these trams – Aberdeen horse car 1 – made a trip back home to Aberdeen for a short spell but is now back in pride of place at Alford where it can be seen alongside Cruden Bay Tramway 2. Keith Chadbourne made a recent visit to the museum and the following photos show the trams in situ.

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Volks Electric Railway 10 back in Brighton

The third and final Volks Electric Railway train to have been overhauled by Alan Keef Ltd has returned to Brighton and now awaits final work to be completed and a return to service. 10 was delivered on Monday 30th April and joins the previously overhauled 4 and 6 back in situ on the south coast.

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Picture in Time: Unimog 940 towing Blackpool Centenary 646

A scene which was an all too familiar sight for anyone who took notice on the Blackpool tram scene throughout the 1980s, 1990s and into the 21st century features in our archive photo series today – a broken down Centenary Car!

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