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At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is rarely out of the news we wanted to encourage all readers of British Trams Online to follow current government guidance when thinking about going out, not only for trams but also in general. Whilst we love to see your contributions of what is going on with trams across the country we just ask that you take care when doing so and keep up-to-date with all the latest advice.

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2531

One final image from Croydon before we move on and we continue in numerical order by featuring CR4000 2531.

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Light rail included in Cork’s transport strategy

Ireland could be home to a second light rail network, that is if a new transport strategy for the Cork Metropolitan Area over the next two decades goes ahead. The revised strategy has been released following a consultation period and confirms the desire for the region to have light rail as part of its overall transport strategy.

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In Pictures: Trams outside Manchester Central

Probably the busiest section of tramway in the UK on a regular basis is that between St Peter’s Square and Deansgate-Castlefield (and on to Cornbrook) with trams from no fewer than four routes all converging (some of which have more than one service running onto them). This leads to trams every few minutes running along this congested section. In this short pictorial we take a look at some tram movements in this section on Saturday 14th September 2019. Hazel Quarmby provides the photos.

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

This week we have dipped into the archives for our Photo Gallery:

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Sheffield Midland Station Masterplan would see re-routing of Supertram

Could the Stagecoach Supertram line which currently serves the main railway station in Sheffield be diverted to take a new alignment? A new masterplan for the area around Sheffield Railway Station suggests that it could with a diversion from the area in the vicinity of the Granville Road stop to Fitzalan Square with the old alignment around the back of the station with a relocated inner relief road more or less replacing it.

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Around the World in Trams: Melbourne 2087

For the next few weeks of our worldwide tram series we will be “down under” as we head to somewhere which will keep even the most picky of tram enthusiasts interested – Melbourne.

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Lost Trams: Wrexham tram bodies

Its been a long time since we had an entry into this series but in this article we take a pictorial look at two long withdrawn tram bodies from Wrexham in North Wales, now stored out in the open.

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Now you can go to Crich to see electric trams and charge your own electric vehicle!

The Crich Tramway Village have announced that two electric charging points have been installed at the museum, meaning that whilst you go and take a ride on an electric tram (powered by overhead power of course so need for that to be charged!) you can leave your electric car charging for the trip home! Electric vehicle charge point operated, Alfa Power, have supplied the charging points which are compatible with all electric car models.

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In Pictures: Driver Training on the increase on the Tyne and Wear Metro

One of the reasons often given for cancellations and service disruption on the Tyne and Wear Metro – part of an admittedly large list of late! – is driver shortages but as promised Nexus are currently attempting to do something about that. So far in 2020 the number of Driver Training runs on the network does seem to have increased and they know have the useful destination screen display of “Driver Training” where previously they often just ran with “Not In Service” displayed.

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In Preview: Blackpool Winter Gold, 14th and 15th March 2020

The second Winter Gold event of 2020 is due to take place this weekend, 14th and 15th March with the standard timetable in operation with six trams in action each day plus the Shop Tram running one service in the late afternoon. The weekend will see the usual mix of trams with highlights looking set to be the use of Bolton 66 and the illuminated Trawler on the first day.

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Metro Flow project funded by Government

Four additional new trains and the double tracking of sections of the Tyne and Wear Metro are on the cards after the Government agreed to part funding of the Metro Flow project in the recent budget. £95 million will come from the Transforming Cities Fund which will now enable Nexus to deliver the complete £103 million project.

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Metrolink trial new driver monitoring system

In the aftermath of the tragic derailment on London Tramlink in November 2016, a number of recommendations were made by the RAIB in order to try and prevent any similar accidents happening in the future. One of these was to install equipment on trams – not just in Croydon – to warn drivers when they are travelling above the line speed. To this end Manchester Metrolink have recently started a trial with a new system installed.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool OMO 4

As last week we are featuring a Blackpool tram during 1984 in this edition of “Picture in Time”. This time it is one of the OMO cars.

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More on Lanarkshire 53’s 25th anniversary celebrations

Since we ran the report last week on the planned celebrations for Lanarkshire 53’s 25th anniversary since restoration at Summerlee we have received more information on what is planned – including a re-enactment of its launch on the actual anniversary of it taking place.

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On the internet: RailwayWorld.net

Across the world wide web there are many websites dedicated to trams and light rail and in this first edition of a new (likely to be very irregular!) series we take a look at some of those you may wish to check out – we start off with RailwayWorld.net.

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In Pictures: Trackwork in Sheffield

The past few weeks have seen some small jobs on Stagecoach Supertram affecting services, including on Sunday 8th March at Holme Lane with the inbound track dealt with during the morning. This work was only fairly minor and meant there were no services to Malin Bridge until approximately 1100 with the Blue route being diverted through to usual Yellow route terminus Middlewood. Stuart Cooke popped down to see what was going on.

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New Metro boss sees the work going in to maintain train fleet

Newly appointed Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, has spent four hours with the night shift at South Gosforth Depot as it returns to the floor to see just what goes in to maintaining the 40 year old fleet of trains.

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Still Standing! Tram rosettes in Edinburgh

Its time to look up again! This week we are off to Edinburgh to take a look at some more overhead support rosettes – not all of which were used by the first generation tramway.

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Trafford Park line sets 22nd March opening date

Transport for Greater Manchester have confirmed that Manchester Metrolink’s Trafford Park line will open to the public on Sunday 22nd March – making its already planned early opening of April even earlier than expected! Driver training has been ongoing for the past few weeks and with this making good progress it is all systems go for services to start in less than two weeks!

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