What’s New on British Trams Online? 15th May 2021

Its a quieter week for our latest main site update as we feature one set of photos from the archives:

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Punctuality and reliability fluctuate on Metrolink

With two periods worth of stats released as part of the latest Manchester Metrolink performance figures it would be fair to say there is a fluctuating picture for anyone who has been travelling on the network as it very much up one period, down the other, then up again! These stats cover the eight week period between 7th February and 31st March 2021.

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In Pictures: In the Workshops at Crich

We’ve reported a lot over the past few weeks about the restorations at Crich coming toward an end and now we get the chance to look around the Workshops just to see what progress has been made on the three major projects at the moment – London Transport 1622, Newcastle 102 and London County Council 1. As well as those three trams we also see a tram being shunted towards the Workshop for a hoped for commissioning although in the event it has ended up being sidelined. Peter Whiteley provides us with these images.

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Around the World in Trams: Linz 027

We take another look at the tramway in Linz, Austria for today’s “Around the World in Trams”.

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Lockdown Walks: Stagecoach Supertram 110 & 112

Two trams for the price of one in this edition of “Lockdown Walks”.

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In Pictures: Another update from Leith Walk

We head back onto Leith Walk for this latest view of recent construction progress on the Trams to Newhaven project. This time out we are at the site of one of the future tramstops – McDonald Road. Roy Calderwood with the image.

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Blackpool Tramway suspended north of Thornton Gate after collision with van

Services on the Blackpool Tramway were suspended between Thornton Gate and Fleetwood Ferry for a time on the morning of Tuesday 11th May after a van and tram collided close to the stop at Rossall Square. The collision happened shortly after 0920 with services suspended for a couple of hours while the emergency services were on the scene.

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Picture in Time: Graz 225

This week we are again visiting Summerlee for a view of one of their original fleet of trams with a later image of Graz 225 featuring.

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In Pictures: Derby 1 & Cardiff 21 on display at Crich

Sunday 2nd May saw Crich give visitors a final chance to see Derby 1 and Cardiff 21 out in the open ahead of their departures for Clay Cross and Cardiff respectively with some old friends also joining in the fun on the day. There was an East Midlands theme for Derby 1 while Cardiff 21 got to pose alongside fellow Cardiff tram, water car 131. Peter Whiteley has shared these photos with us.

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M5000s have now travelled over 100 million kilometres

Manchester Metrolink’s Bombardier built M5000 trams have now clocked up more than one hundred million kilometres in service since the very first one entered service in 2009. The major milestone was reached at the end of April 2021.

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Stop by Stop Nottingham Express Transit: Toton Lane line – University of Nottingham

Onwards we go with our look at the tramstops of Nottingham Express Transit’s Toton Lane line – this time out it’s the stop at University of Nottingham.

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Edinburgh Trams to increase services

There seems to be an unwritten rule – we publish an article with details of something and then almost immediately afterwards it all changes! And so it has happened again with Edinburgh Trams announcing just a day after we published our service summary that they will be increasing services from Monday 17th May!

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In Pictures: Blackpool 007 returns to action

We reported last week after 001’s return to service in Blackpool after a short period out as it received attention at Starr Gate Depot and the fleet of Flexity2 trams available for use ahead of a timetable improvement has also increased further as well with 007 now back in action.

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Still Standing! Highgate Horse Tram Depot entrance, London

In this edition of “Still Standing” we find some old tram track in London which used to be the entrance to the Highgate Horse Tram Depot.

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Crich to reopen interior areas from 17th May

After the latest government announcement of progress along the “roadmap” to easing restrictions it has been confirmed that from Monday 17th May the interior areas at the Crich Tramway Village will be able to reopen. This will include the indoor exhibitions as well as the Workshop Viewing Gallery.

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1,000 metres of overhead comes down on Tyne and Wear Metro

As if to prove that it isn’t just the West Midlands Metro who have overhead problems, the Tyne and Wear Metro branch to the Airport was suspended on Monday 10th May after a suspected lightning strike brought down 1,000 metres of overhead wire. The disruption was first reported early afternoon on Monday 10th with services able to resume from the start of the next day.

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2542

Before we move on from Croydon we feature an image of a tram which received an all over advert before the system had even opened.

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Graz 225 to be dismantled

Graz 225 – which has been owned by the Brighton Tram 53 Society since 2010 – is currently being dismantled with the Society not having the resources to give it a full restoration. The tram has been stored out in the open throughout its time in East Sussex having also spent the last few years of its time at Summerlee outside and would have needed significant investment to even cosmetically restore it. Coupled with the fact that the owner of the location where the Society keep their trams has asked them to remove it the decision was taken to dismantle it.

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Tyne and Wear Metro in wool and Meccano!

What do you do in lockdown when everything is closed and you have to entertain yourself? It would appear that if you are in the northeast you use the Tyne and Wear Metro as inspiration – with one of the original Metrocars immortalised in wool and one of the new yet to be built trains created using Meccano! Both creations are at very different ends of the spectrum but neither are any less impressive for it!

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Whatever Happened To? Crich Tramathon 2005 – Chesterfield 7

In this latest edition of “Whatever Happened To?” we move on from the Blackpool trams which ran in passenger service and today feature Chesterfield 7.

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