Lorry driver fined over first day Tram-Train collision

Kevin Hague, the lorry driver whose vehicle collided with Stagecoach Supertram tram-train 399 204 on the first day of public services to Rotherham Parkgate, has been fined after admitting to driving through a red light. A second charge of careless driving was dismissed after prosecutors offered no evidence.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 645

In this edition of Picture in Time we again travel to Blackpool and this time feature one of the one person operated Centenary Cars.

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In Pictures: More blue trams on the West Midlands Metro

You turn your back for five minutes and suddenly the number of blue trams on the West Midland Metro increase still further! We last reported on the fifth fully blue liveried tram (29) which returned to action in the new style on 5th August but since then not one, but two further battery fitted Urbos3 trams have been wrapped in blue.

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In Pictures: Trams at the Bury Transport Museum

If you think of trams in Greater Manchester your thoughts are likely to turn towards Metrolink for modern trams and the Heaton Park Tramway for the more traditional variety. But there are also a couple of other locations you can see trams – the Museum of Transport at Boyle Street and the Bury Transport Museum adjacent to the East Lancashire Railway. The latter is the current home of unique Eades Reversible Horse Tram Manchester L53 (on loan from Heaton Park) and the front of Bury 7. Trevor Hall provided us with the below images.

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Around the World in Trams: Prague 8334

It’s another photo taken in Prague for this week’s overseas tram image.

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In Pictures: The old order at Trafford Depot

It may be recalled that back in 2014 when the majority of Manchester Metrolink’s T68 and T68A trams departed the area for either scrapping or storage and possible testing at Long Marston there were a handful which didn’t make the trip. Of these 1007 is being preserved by the Manchester Transport Museum Society and is stored inside at Trafford Depot but that still leaves 1020, 1023 and 2001 which remain stored in the main yard at Trafford with no obvious reason why they are still on Manchester Metrolink property. Anyone who catches a tram past the depot onto the East Didsbury/Manchester Airport line will be able to get a look at these trams as seen in the below images.

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In Pictures: A closer look at the old Hillsborough Depot in Sheffield

A few weeks ago we featured some images of rail replacement work in Sheffield with the old Hillsborough Depot on Holme Lane in the background and now we take a closer look at the remaining sections of the structure which was last used in 1954.

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This week on British Trams Online

Two more Photo Galleries have now been added to the main website:

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In Pictures: Around the depot at Beamish

Whilst the rest of the museum is busy with crowds of summer holidaymakers around the tram depot at Beamish it is an all together calmer affair with those trams not needed for service resting ahead of their next use. Wednesday 7th August saw a three tram service running utilising Blackpool 31 (anti-clockwise), Newcastle 114 (clockwise) and Sheffield 264 (clockwise) leaving the rest in the depot or just outside as seen in the following photos from Trevor Hall.

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Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 202

Its time for a change of location again in our modern tram Picture in Time series and that location is Nottingham for a selection of views taken on the Nottingham Express Transit system.

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In Pictures: Model Trams on display at Crich

If you look around the edge of the Great Exhibition Hall at Crich you will find a myriad of model trams on display, with some of them occasionally being demonstrated at the once a month Model Tram days. This article takes a quick look at some of these models.

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Metrolink performance increases

The latest set of performance statistics on Manchester Metrolink have been released and they show an increase in punctuality and reliability with 92.1% of trams considered on time and 99.4% of planned miles having operated in the period between 26th May and 22nd June.

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In Pictures: Birmingham Westside extension works continue

Earlier this month we reported on the plans for the Birmingham Westside extension of the West Midlands Metro with services due to start by the end of the year and testing commencing this month and now we can see how close they are to achieving the first part of this plan in these photos from Martin Miller showing the latest views of construction between Grand Central and Centenary Square.

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New TravelHub opens in Edinburgh

Located close to the West End Princes Street tramstop in Edinburgh a new TravelHub has now opened providing information and ticket sales for anyone travelling on board the city’s buses and trams. Although the signage outside calls it a TravelHub by Lothian it does provide information on the trams as well as a café and a waiting area for passengers travelling on the Airlink 100 bus service to the Airport.

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A chance to see the trams of the Southampton Tram Project

Saturday 14th September will provide a rare opportunity to see three trams often out of the limelight up close when the Southampton Tram Project workshop in the city’s docks will be open as part of the Southampton Transport Anniversaries weekend.

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Another pre-illumination outing for the Western Train

Following the success of its last outing Blackpool’s illuminated Western Train is to make another appearance on the tramway ahead of this year’s illumination season offering three round trips from North Pier/Tower to Little Bispham and Pleasure Beach. The date of these trips will be Saturday 10th August 2019 – over the weekend of the Blackpool Airshow.

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In Pictures: Ozzy Osbourne name returns on 37

When West Midlands Metro 37 returned to service in the full blue vinyl wrap livery there was one thing missing from its previous look – its name! Named Ozzy Osborne on 26th May 2016 by the man himself it had carried this name since and it seemed strange that it would just lose the name because of the new brand but it is now back with the tram being seen in service complete with name vinyl again on Monday 5th August. As per the previous name it retains the unique style of lettering and does not feature silhouetted images on the side a la Cyrille Regis.

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Picture in Time: Unrestored trams at Seaton

Following on from last week’s image of Seaton Tramway 14 under restoration this week we take a look at some unrestored tram bodies outside the depot.

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In Pictures: More progress at Crumpsall

The weekend of 3rd and 4th August saw another blockade on Manchester Metrolink’s Bury line with more work taking place at Crumpsall in connection with the additional platform being constructed to allow trams from the Trafford Park line to terminate here once it opens in early 2020

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In Pictures: Blue route trams on Middlewood Road

On any normal operating day Blue route trams reach Hillsborough and then turn off the route along Middlewood Road to head to their own terminus at Malin Bridge. But with the last remaining rail replacement works from area 4 taking place on Sunday 4th August it wasn’t possible for these trams to reach Malin Bridge so with a near full service running they were diverted to Middlewood giving some rare journey and photographic opportunities.

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