Bournemouth 85 gets a visit from the TMS

It may be recalled that, some time ago, the Tramway Museum Society announced that Bournemouth 85 would be joining the national collection at Crich. On 13th June, a small team of volunteers from the Crich workshop travelled to Christchurch to inspect the tram, and to draw up a plan to extract it from the building in which it currently resides to be transported to its new home in Derbyshire later this year.

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Picture in Time: Volks Electric Railway 2, 5 & 7

In this edition of Picture in Time we head to the Sussex coast again although whereas last time we were there we were concentrating on the Modern Electric Tramway operation this time we are looking at the Volks Electric Railway.

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Heaton Park recognise 25 years of Metrolink

An important milestone in British tramway history which seems to have gone largely unnoticed, is the 25th anniversary of Metrolink – the first second generation tramway in the UK. However, the Manchester Transport Museum Society have decided to hold a small celebration at Manchester’s other tramway, the heritage line at Heaton Park.

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This week on British Trams Online

A couple more Photo Galleries have been added this week:

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Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 215

This week our modern tramway Picture in Time image is from Nottingham Express Transit as we feature the last of the Bombardier Incentro trams – no. 215.

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Collision at Halfway

Two trams have been involved in a collision at Halfway on Stagecoach Supertram with both suffering damage in the low speed incident. The two trams involved were 107 and 123 with the incident taking place on Thursday 8th June.

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In Pictures: Blackpool Standard 48 overhaul continues

As we reported a couple of weeks ago Blackpool Standard 48 is currently being overhauled at the Oregon Electric Railway Museum with a view to the tram being returned to service. Stephen Cobb recently visited the museum and provides us with these photos of the current progress on 48.

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In Pictures: More from the Sheffield to Rotherham tram train pilot

We head back to South Yorkshire in this pictorial update as we take a look at the recent progress on construction work for the Sheffield to Rotherham tram train pilot project – due to start operation sometime in 2018.

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Teenager dies after being hit by tram at Kenrick Park

A 19 year man has died after being hit by a tram on Midland Metro close to Kenrick Park tramstop on Sunday 4th June at approximately 1940. Reports have said that the teenager was already on the tracks in dark clothing as the tram approached and was then hit by the tram. He was declared dead at the scene. The British Transport Police are investigating the incident with the death being described as unexplained. Anyone who can help the Police in finding out why the man was on the tracks is asked to call 0800 40 50 40.

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Edinburgh Trams resume full service

Having received a month’s worth of rain in one day causing severe flooding at Edinburgh Gateway Edinburgh Trams resumed a full service at approximately 1230 on Thursday 8th June – over a day and a half after services were suspended between Edinburgh Park Station and the Airport.

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In Pictures: Preston Trampower project grinds to a halt?

Last time we reported on the project to return trams to Preston in the form a short demonstration line it seemed that after much delay there was a positive future with clearance works having commenced at the start of 2017. However, these initial small footsteps into the line being ready for use seem to have been a bit of a false dawn as these photos from Mike Haddon show.

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Picture in Time: From the Tower overbridge

Today we include a photo featuring five different trams for the latest edition of Picture in Time.

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Blackpool cars 625 & 726 return home

As reported on this website last week, a storage arrangement has been made between Blackpool Transport, the Blackpool Heritage Trust and the current owner of two preserved Blackpool trams – Brush Railcoach 625 and Balloon 726 - for both of these cars to be stored securely at Rigby Road after spending a number of years outside. Following this welcome news, the duo were transported back to Rigby Road depot on Wednesday 7th June.

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In Pictures: Now flooding causes problems in Edinburgh

June already looks to be the month which seems to just keep giving bad weather with Edinburgh Trams the second UK tram system to suffer disruption as a result of flooding. This time though the flooding has caused longer term disruption to services with Edinburgh Gateway tramstop flooded and no trams able to run between Edinburgh Park and the Airport.

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In Pictures: Beside the Seaside ends at Crich

The nine day special event, Beside the Seaside, at the Crich Tramway Village ended on Sunday 4th June, although unfortunately the weather had turned by this time with heavy rain hitting Derbyshire. On this day there were delays to the service in the afternoon when Blackpool Toastrack 166 broke down under Bowes Lyon Bridge. In this short photographic update Chris Pheasey takes a look in the depot and also at recent progress with London County Council 1.

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Metrolink celebrate “The Spirit of Manchester” with special tram

Manchester Metrolink have unveiled a special tram paying tribute to the unique spirit of Manchester following the Manchester Arena attack. M5000 3022 has been named “Spirit of Manchester” and has a new livery design inspired by the worker bee, which has become an iconic Manchester symbol.

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In Pictures: Brush car 623 returns to Blackpool

On Tuesday 6th June, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623 returned to Rigby Road depot at Blackpool to begin a loan period. The tram has been in the care of the Manchester Transport Museum Society since 2010 and has spent most of that time at the Heaton Park Tramway, where it has been a useful and popular addition to the running fleet. It was also briefly housed at Trafford Park for the short-lived ‘Museum of Museums’ there.

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In Pictures: NET 229 collision with lorry

As we reported at the weekend Nottingham Express Transit 229 was involved in a collision with a lorry in the city centre on Saturday 3rd June – the second incident involving a Citadis tram in the city centre in a little over a week. With thanks again to David Beardsell we can now bring you some photos from the scene showing the aftermath of the incident.

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In Pictures: 3063 receives advert

The latest tram in Manchester to receive an advertising livery is 3063 which has been seen carrying vinyls for Aperol Spritz, which is apparently the most widespread and commonly aperitif drunk in Italy. The livery, featuring contravision on all passenger windows, is mainly orange providing a nice contrast with the standard Metrolink livery which is retained on the ends. This is the first advert carried by 3063. Dave Elison provides the following images.

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In Pictures: Flooding in Sheffield

You may be forgiven for forgetting that we are now in June with heavy rain and strong winds battering much of the UK in recent days with services on Stagecoach Supertram affected on Monday 5th June. Heavy rain caused flooding on the city side of Spring Lane tramstop affecting the Purple and Blue routes for nearly an hour and a half.

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