In Pictures: 31 back in service on West Midlands Metro

It doesn’t seem to take long between a successful test and a tram entering service on the West Midlands Metro as 31 – named Cyrille Regis MBE 1958-2018 – is now once again part of the operating fleet.

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Weymouth Harbour Tramway set to be removed

It may be a tramway only in name as throughout its history it has been an extension of the mainline railway but the history of the Weymouth Harbour Tramway is about to come to an end with more than £1 million worth of funding in place to remove the long disused tracks.

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

We’re off to the USA again for this week’s Photo Gallery:

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2020 Crich operating fleet revealed

In just seven days time it will be the start of yet another operating season at the Crich Tramway Village but what trams are likely to see use in 2020? It is hoped that in total 22 electric passenger trams, one horse tram and five works cars – a potential increase of two from the 2019 fleet which can’t be a bad thing!

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Around the World in Trams: Potsdam 407

It is very nearly time for us to leave Potsdam but before we do we just have the time for one more photo taken in this historic German city.

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In Pictures: More from Beamish

With Beamish now back to be open seven days a week its very much business as usual for the trams – depending on the day you could have one, two or three trams in service. Wednesday 4th March was an one tram day with Sheffield 264 the vehicle chosen but more trams could be seen around the depot and with the doors to road 1 open the chance could also be taken to grab a peek of Gateshead 52.

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A million Metro journeys made using the Pop blue smartcard

A million journeys have been made by young people on the Tyne and Wear Metro using the new Pop blue smartcard according to figures recently released by Nexus. Pop blue was introduced to make Metro travel more affordable for those in the 16 to 18 age group with single trips available for just £1.

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In Pictures: Driver Training continues on Metrolink’s Trafford Park line

Whilst no official opening date has yet to be announced, driver training on the new Trafford Park line is continuing in preparation for the day that public services commence between Pomona and the Trafford Centre.

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In Pictures: Drying out runs start on the Manx Electric Railway

With the 2020 operating season on the Manx Electric Railway a little over a week away – first services are due to run on Friday 13th March – preparations are now underway for those first passenger services. One of the key activities to take place are the “dying out” runs and on Tuesday 3rd March Winter Saloon 19 was out on the railway for this very purpose.

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Lanarkshire 53 to celebrate 25 years at Summerlee

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into service of Lanarkshire 53 at Summerlee and to celebrate this the tram is due to be in service on both Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April – the nearest weekend to its official launch date.

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Open Day to be part of Metro 40th Anniversary celebrations

2020 is the 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro and to mark the occasion a series of community events will be taking place – including a heritage open day at South Gosforth Depot on Sunday 2nd August. As well as the open day there will be community art, dance and drama performances as well a full size mock-up of a carriage from a new train and exhibitions at museums looking at the history of the Metro.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 632

Its Blackpool Thursday evening again as this week we head back into the 1980s for a view of a Brush Car in an all over advert.

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In Pictures: Nice one…Cyrille Regis on the way back!

After being out of service for almost seven months, West Midlands Metro 31 – named Cyrille Regis MBE – is on the road to return with testing now underway following accident repairs. The tram was back on the rails on Wednesday 4th March – the first time it had been seen outside of the depot since it was involved in an accident in Wolverhampton back on 19th August 2019.

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In Pictures: Tyne & Wear Metro Depot at Howdon under construction

We’ve report on it several times and now for the first time we bring you some photos – the new temporary Tyne and Wear Metro depot at Howdon. With the site due to open this summer ahead of the current depot at South Gosforth being reduced in capacity during reconstruction for the new fleet of trains work has now moved on to the building of the actual buildings with much of the trackwork having been put in place.

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In Pictures: New Strathallan Depot taking shape

Due to be officially opened on Easter Monday, 13th April, the new Strathallan Depot – which will provide a home for the trams of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway – is making excellent progress with the main structure now in place. Work will be continuing over the next month or so (with any luck that’s all the time it takes anyway as the opening isn’t that far away!) to complete the structure which will provide a secure home for the remaining horse trams for many years to come.

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Still Standing! SHMD Joint Board Power Station and Tram Depot, Stalybridge

Another survivor in the northwest of England for “Still Standing” today as we head to Stalybridge for recent views from the Stalybridge Hyde Mossley and Dukinfield Joint Tramways and Electricity Board Power Station and Tram Depot. Located on Park Road in Stalybridge, the tram depot has since been demolished but the power station does remain.

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Coming soon: New vehicles on order

With various tram and light rail systems across the UK having new vehicles on order have you lost track of what is due and when? Well, if you have you don’t worry as we are here to help! In this article we keep a track on it for you! As much as to help us keep up with things what follows is all systems (including tram and light rail) which have vehicles on order and when we may expect them to arrive!

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In Pictures: The “extra day” in Edinburgh

Of course, 2020 has 366 days as it is a leap year and in this short pictorial update we take a trip to Edinburgh for a few photos seeing the tram system in action. With the sun shining – a sight not exactly a regular occurrence across the country recently! – the tram were running a standard service between York Place in the city centre and the Airport as captured on camera by Roy Calderwood.

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Picture in Time: London Tramlink 2545, 2547 and 2546

It’s a more modern image than we have featured recently from Tramlink for today’s edition of “Picture in Time” with the trams having already received the more recent fleet livery.

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Edinburgh Evening News reveal the number of cyclists injured around tramway

In an article published in the Edinburgh Evening News under the catchy headline “Edinburgh tram designs criticised after new figures show number of cyclists who fell off their bikes last year due to the tracks”, the newspaper have criticised the trams in the Scottish capital with a freedom of information act request revealing that during 2019 more 30 cyclists were injured having fallen off their bikes “due to the tramlines”.

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