What’s New on British Trams Online? 19th May 2024

Part two of the photos from the Isle of Man features this week:

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Manchester Metrolink Then & Now: Cornbrook

Time for another “Manchester Metrolink Then & Now” as we go to Cornbrook.

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Events coming this week…

As we approach the second of our Bank Holidays in May there are more events to enjoy across the British Isles…

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Isle of Man 2024 – Spring Photo Charter 19th to 29th April

As an accompaniment to our two Photo Galleries added to the site over the past couple of weeks, David Mee provides us with a diary of what went on over this ten day period.

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In Pictures: ODAS cameras fitted to Blackpool 011

The complete fleet of Flexity2 trams which operate on the Blackpool Tramway will soon be running with ODAS cameras after 011 became the latest to receive the equipment at Starr Gate Depot.

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Around the World in Trams: Amsterdam 765

Its time for another edition of “Around the World in Trams”.

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The seaside returns to Crich this May Half Term holiday

The Crich Tramway Village – which is pretty much as land locked as you could hope to find! – will once again be going to the seaside during the May Half Term school holidays. Seaside Fun will be taking place between Saturday 25th and Friday 31st May with plenty to do for all of the family.

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Discounted Metro travel for Birmingham Pride

Anyone who has tickets for Birmingham Pride later this month will be able to enjoy a 20% discount of tram travel as part of the West Midlands Metro’s sponsorship of the event.

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In Pictures: Ipswich 33 receives adverts!

The sole electric tram at the Ipswich Transport Museum is looking a little bit different as it has recently received some adverts. But don’t worry, Ipswich 33 has not got a modern vinyl wrap  but has had some long-lost original adverts affixed in between decks following an intriguing discovery.

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Busy Sunday ahead for Metrolink

Passengers planning on travelling on the Manchester Metrolink network this Sunday (19th May) are being advised to plan ahead with Manchester City hoping to secure the Premier League title at the Etihad Stadium whilst Barry Manilow appears at the non-opened Co-Op Live arena. With the two venues being next to each other the Ashton line is expected to be extremely busy in the build-up and aftermath of the two events.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Railcoach 618

We have time for one more “Picture in Time” photo from Blackpool.

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Full details announced of 2024’s Manx Heritage Transport Festival

The Manx Heritage Transport Festival will be back for 2024 between Tuesday 30th July and Sunday 4th August and whilst its reduced from its eight day spectacular last year (which helped to celebrate 150 years of the Steam Railway and 130 years of the MER) there will still be plenty to see and do on all the island’s heritage railways and tramways.

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Planned service frequency announced for Blackpool Tramway

Since the announcement last month that the Blackpool Tramway extension up Talbot Road to North Station would open to the public from 16th June (and even before then) one of the questions on people’s lips has been “what sort of service will run on the extension?”. And that has now been answered with the planned service frequency having been revealed.

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Supertram engineering works: Saturday 18th May

Ahead of the already announced planned engineering works in late May/early June, there will be further service changes on the South Yorkshire Supertram network late on Saturday 18th May.

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New Metro trains starting daylight testing!

Up until now the only daylight sightings of the trains being built to run on the Tyne and Wear Metro have been of them stabled at the depot (or in various railway yards as they made their way to the northeast. But that all changed on Wednesday 15th May when 555 005 became the first of the new class to start daytime testing.

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Squatters cause Seaton 4 to be taken out of service!

This is another one of those unusual news stories (it would probably have been one of those “And Finally” stories on the News at Ten!) but the Seaton Tramway have announced that they have to take tram no. 4 out of service, although there is nothing wrong with the tram its just its welcomed some squatters on board!

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3100 back in service

Another tram which hadn’t been in service long-term in Manchester is back in use once again with 3100 having been repaired and gone through re-commissioning over the past few weeks. Its been almost two years since passengers have had the chance to ride on the tram but that has now all changed with it back in the operating fleet once more.

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South Yorkshire Mayor sets out his vision for the future

After being re-elected at the recent South Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral election, Oliver Coppard has now set out his vision for the future which will connect people across the region through an integrated public transport network that puts people at its centre.

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In Pictures: Another look at the trams at Carlton Colville

Yes, there has undoubtedly been a lot of attention on the East Anglia Transport Museum and the entry into service of Blackpool 634 earlier this year, but its not all about Blackpool trams at the museum (talking about trams of course and not considering all the other transport modes they have to offer). In this latest pictorial article from the camera of Bryan Grint we take a look at a couple of non-Blackpool trams which have run in service so far in 2024.

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They’ve Run in 2024!

We take another look to see which heritage trams have run in service so far in 2024 on tramways across the British Isles. There has been some movement since we last ran this article with more trams being used at both Crich and on the Isle of Man. If you know of any errors or omissions please let us know; contact details at the end of the article.

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