Past Winners of the British Trams Online Tram of the Year:|
2014 - Tram: Blackpool Pantograph 167, Light Rail Vehicle: Manchester Metrolink 1007, Tramway: Crich Tramway Village, Event: Crich Tramway Village - Electric 50 - details
|Tram of the Year 2014: The Winners|
The votes were cast, the readers of British Trams Online spoke and we can announce that Blackpool Pantograph 167, Manchester Metrolink 1007, Crich Tramway Village and Crich Tramway Village's Electric 50 event have won in the "Tram of the Year 2014" contest.
Nearly 40% of those who voted decided that Blackpool Pantograph 167 had done enough to earn the accolade of Tramcar of the Year and that wasn’t exactly a surprise considering that it equalled the record of operating on three different tramways in the year. This included two very popular loan spells – at Beamish and Blackpool – as well as a starring role at the Electric 50 celebrations at its home tramway of the Crich Tramway Village. Centurion Manchester 765 came in second place just one vote ahead of Blackpool Coronation 304 with Newcastle 114 and Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 completing the list.
The biggest victor was in the Light Rail Vehicle of the Year category where Manchester Metrolink 1007 became the first vehicle to win in this new category. Over 56% of voters decreed that the fact that 1007 had become the first LRV to be preserved in the UK meant that it deserved to win the award. Edinburgh 275 came in second place (almost 26%) having become the first LRV to run in public service when the Scottish capital’s line opened at the end of May. Nottingham Express Transit 218 and Midland Metro 20 came in third and fourth respectively but in truth were just making up the numbers this year.
The closest vote ended up being in the Tramway of the Year category where eventually Crich Tramway Village ended up beating off the challenge of the Heaton Park Tramway. Almost a third of voters in the end decided that Crich had proved to be the best tramway of the year but this was only 18 votes ahead of reigning champion Heaton Park Tramway. With Manchester Metrolink coming in third and Edinburgh Trams in fourth this category really does show just where most of our readers interests lie! Seaton Tramway came in fifth.
There was probably no surprise that Crich’s Electric 50 celebration in September came out on top in the Event of the Year as almost 47% of those voting going for this two day event. The sight of 28 trams in action on the tramway with up to 15 of these in passenger service at any one time obviously convinced people enough that this deserved to be the Event of 2014. Heaton Park Tramway’s Manchester 765 100 Not Out event came in second with two Blackpool heritage operations taking third and fourth places (August Bank Holiday and Totally Transport). Another event at Crich was the fifth most popular event; Blackpool 711’s 80th birthday in October.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and hopefully at least some of you are happy with the outcomes! Full results are provided below.
Tramcar of the Year
Light Rail Vehicle of the Year
Tramway of the Year
Event of the Year
|Tramcar of the Year: The Shortlist|
Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 Blackpool Pantograph 167 Blackpool Coronation 304 Manchester 765 Newcastle 114
Blackpool Pantograph 167 Blackpool Coronation 304 Manchester 765 Newcastle 114
Blackpool Coronation 304 Manchester 765 Newcastle 114
|Light Rail Vehicle of the Year: The Shortlist|
Edinburgh Trams 275 Manchester Metrolink 1007 Midland Metro 20 Nottingham Express Transit 218
Manchester Metrolink 1007 Midland Metro 20 Nottingham Express Transit 218
Midland Metro 20 Nottingham Express Transit 218
|Tramway of the Year: The Shortlist|
Crich Tramway Village Edinburgh Trams Heaton Park Tramway Manchester Metrolink Seaton Tramway
Edinburgh Trams Heaton Park Tramway Manchester Metrolink Seaton Tramway
Heaton Park Tramway Manchester Metrolink Seaton Tramway
|Event of the Year: The Shortlist|
Blackpool - Totally Transport Blackpool - August Bank Holiday weekend Crich Tramway Village - Electric 50 Crich Tramway Village - Blackpool 711's 80th Birthday Heaton Park Tramway - Manchester 765 100 Not Out
Blackpool - August Bank Holiday weekend Crich Tramway Village - Electric 50 Crich Tramway Village - Blackpool 711's 80th Birthday Heaton Park Tramway - Manchester 765 100 Not Out
Crich Tramway Village - Electric 50 Crich Tramway Village - Blackpool 711's 80th Birthday Heaton Park Tramway - Manchester 765 100 Not Out
|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.
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