Previous Winners of the British Trams Online Tram of the Year:|
2012 - Tram: Blackpool Brush 623, Tramway: Blackpool, Event: Glasgow 50 at Crich - details
|Tram of the Year: The Winners|
The British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2013 contest has seen three new winners annointed with the north west of England once again dominating all three categories with Blackpool walking away with "Tram of the Year" and "Event of the Year" whilst the Heaton Park Tramway has been named as "Tramway of the Year" following five weeks of voting which has seen over 300 votes registered.
The winner of the "Tram of the Year" category was Blackpool Boat 227 which received just over a quarter of the votes. Although the tram quickly established a lead the whole contest was a fairly tight one with less than 30 votes the difference between all five trams – the tightest it has ever been between all nominees. 227 proved popular with the majority of people following its return to action during the August Bank Holiday Heritage Service on its home system in a new “what if” red and white livery. Just five votes separated the next three trams with Blackpool Centenary 648 making it a Blackpool one-two in second swiftly followed by Glasgow 1068 and then Stockport 5 in fourth. Last but certainly by no means least was Leeds 107.
Normally when the Blackpool Tramway is nominated for anything you expect it to walk away with the award but not in the "Tramway of the Year" categorty as a late surge by the Heaton Park Tramway meant that the up and coming heritage tramway in Manchester became the second winner of this category. Just over 40% of those voting felt that the progress made at Heaton Park, particularly with the construction of the new depot during 2013 meant the tramway deserved the award. Coming in second place, 13 votes behind Heaton Park, was reigning champion the Blackpool Tramway, whilst the third place tramway was Manchester Metrolink almost 50 further votes back.
Finally and probably the most obvious winner was in the "Event of the Year" category. Let’s be honest here there was only ever going to be one winner in this category and that was, of course, the rejuvenation of the Blackpool Heritage Service with 133 voters believing that was the best event of 2013. The other three events of the year probably didn’t really ever stand a chance but they make a nice symmetry with 80 votes for second place Heaton Park Tramway Autumn Gala, 60 votes for the Crich Enthusiasts’ Event and 40 votes for the perhaps surprising fourth place event Great North Festival of Transport at Beamish. Looking at how some great events were unable to compete with the Blackpool juggernaught probably shows just how much tram events have come on in recent years.
|Tram of the Year: Results|
Tram of the Year
1. Blackpool Boat 227 – 79 votes (25.08%)
Tramway of the Year
1. Heaton Park Tramway – 128 votes (41.42%)
Event of the Year
1. Rejuvenation of Blackpool Heritage Service – 133 votes (42.49%)
|Tram of the Year: Vote|
|Voting is now open for the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2013 and you can register your note on our special voting page. If you read on further down this page you can find out the reasons for the shortlisted candidates in each category. Voting is now open until Saturday 11th January 2014 at approximately 1000. One vote, per category only so please don't try to make multiple votes and don't forget it is just for fun!|
|Tram of the Year: The Shortlist|
Once again this year has seen much scratching of heads going on as we have tried to reach a shortlist of just five trams for our "Tram of the Year" award, but this year, as promised, we have kept to just five trams. Some of you will probably won't agree with those trams we have selected and indeed before the nominations period there are some trams on here which we wouldn't have expected to have made it but due to a large number of nominations we have decided to go with public opinion. There are numerous trams which didn't quite make the shortlist and these are also mentioned below. So read on for the final shortlist:
Blackpool Boat 227 Blackpool Centenary 648 Glasgow 1068 Leeds 107 Stockport 5 Other trams which nearly made it onto the shortlist (and were probably equally deserving but we had to draw the line somewhere) were: Other trams were of course nominated but our "expert panel" decided they had not done enough to make the shortlist. If you would like to know why your choice hasn't made it please contact us and we will try and explain!
Blackpool Centenary 648 Glasgow 1068 Leeds 107 Stockport 5 Other trams which nearly made it onto the shortlist (and were probably equally deserving but we had to draw the line somewhere) were: Other trams were of course nominated but our "expert panel" decided they had not done enough to make the shortlist. If you would like to know why your choice hasn't made it please contact us and we will try and explain!
Glasgow 1068 Leeds 107 Stockport 5 Other trams which nearly made it onto the shortlist (and were probably equally deserving but we had to draw the line somewhere) were: Other trams were of course nominated but our "expert panel" decided they had not done enough to make the shortlist. If you would like to know why your choice hasn't made it please contact us and we will try and explain!
|Tramway of the Year: The Shortlist|
It has to be said that this category has been a huge struggle as though several tramways/musuems have achieved things this year they have also had problems so there is no one place which really stands out. Nevertheless we have come up with three nominees:
Blackpool Tramway Heaton Park Tramway Manchester Metrolink
Heaton Park Tramway Manchester Metrolink
|Event of the Year: The Shortlist|
Probably the easiest category of the lot to come up with a shortlist with four events clearly out in front during the previous 12 months:
Blackpool Heritage Service - rejuvinated Crich Tramway Village Enthusiasts' Day Great North Festival of Transport - Beamish Heaton Park Tramway Autumn Gala
Crich Tramway Village Enthusiasts' Day Great North Festival of Transport - Beamish Heaton Park Tramway Autumn Gala
Great North Festival of Transport - Beamish Heaton Park Tramway Autumn Gala
|About the the Tram of the Year|
The British Trams Online Tram of the Year contest was originally conceived at the end of 2003 with the sole purpose of finding the tram that enthusiasts thought had been THE tram of the year - whether that be as a result of a return to service after a major restoration, a repaint, a brand new new tram entering service for the very first time or a tram operating away from its home system, to be honest it has always been down to personal opinion and that can differ wildly!
In 2012 the contest was expanded to include two new categories: Event of the Year and Tramway of the Year. It is fairly obvious what these categories are all about with the Event category looking for an event (or series of events) which has had the "wow" factor in the previous 12 months and the Tramway of the Year looking for the UK tramway (museum or normal passenger service) which has done the best for the year in the opinion of enthusiasts.
The previous 10 years have seen 10 different trams win the accolade of "Tram of the Year" with Leeds 602 kicking off things in 2003 following a re-entry into service on a limited basis at Crich. Other winners over the years have been Blackpool Illuminated Frigate 736 (back in service after restoration) and NET 203 (operated first ever service on that system) joint winners in 2004, Trampower Tram (had started testing in Blackpool) in 2005, Leeds 345 (back in service after restoration) in 2006, Blackpool Brush 623 (back in service after repaint in Wartime Green & Cream) in 2007, Blackpool Balloon 717 (returning to service after major heritage overhaul) in 2008, Blackpool Western Train 733+734 (back into service after a Heritage Lottery funded restoration) in 2009, Liverpool 762 in 2010 (popular loan spell in Blackpool), Blackpool Marton VAMBAC 11 in 2011 (short-term loan period at Beamish) and finally in 2012 Blackpool Brush 623 became the first double winner as a result of its entry into service at Heaton Park. Meanwhile the inagural Event of the Year was the Glasgow 50 celebration at the Crich Tramway Village with the Blackpool Tramway taking "home" the Tramway of the Year. But what will be popular with you this year?
The British Trams Online Tram of the Year contest has several stages of which you - the loyal readers of the site - can become involved in. Firstly, we look for nominations for the contest (this can be done by email or by visiting us on Facebook), then a shortlist of 5 trams will be drawn up followed by the voting in December and January. Finally, in mid-January an announcement is made of the winners in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2013 contest. Read on now to find out more detail of the different stages of the contest.
|Stage 1: Selecting a Shortlist|
This stage involves selecting shortlists for the three categories to go forward to the main contest, with up to five nominations in each category. If you have any ideas as to a tram, tramway or event which could be on the final shortlist please email or visit us on Facebook detailing the reasons why you have made the nomination.
The deadline for nominees is the end of Saturday 30th November 2013). After this deadline our "expert panel" will decide on the shortlists to go forward to the public vote. Not everything which is nominated will end up on the shorlist and just because something is nominated by 20 people is no guarantee either (for instance if lots of people say they nominate Blackpool Balloon 700 because its their favourite tram does not mean it will go forward although if we have trouble deciding between a couple of items we will look at which has been nominated the most to help us make the decision).
|Stage 2: Vote for Your Favourite!|
After the shortlist has been created the public vote will open on Sunday 1st December 2013. A series of short profiles will be uploaded to this page to give you an idea as to why they have been shortlisted and to help you make your mind up as to where your vote is going. Details on how to vote will be given out when voting opens.
Voting will be open between Sunday 1st December 2013 and Saturday 4th January 2014. It is currently envisaged that voting will be closed at 1000 on Saturday 4th January 2014 but please check back nearer to the date to see confirmation of vote closing.
|Stage 3: And the Winner Is...|
|After the voting closes on 4th January 2014 we will be in a position to name the winners in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2013 contest. As usual there will be no lavish awards ceremony but the closest we will get is by making a major annoucement on the British Trams Online home page!|
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