Monthly Archives: March 2013

Blackpool 631 launch date announced

Whilst preparations are underway for the resumption of Blackpool Transport’s heritage tram coastal tours on Good Friday, one member of the heritage fleet remains hidden away from view at Starr Gate depot. The tram in question is Brush Railcoach 631, … Continue reading

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Winter weather for the Heaton Park Spring Gala

The Heaton Park Tramway’s first proper event of 2013 took place on Sunday 24th March, in the shape of the highly-anticipated ‘Spring Gala’. As reported previously, the event organisers were struck by bad luck on several occasions in the run-up … Continue reading

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Return of the green & cream Centenary car

Following on from the recent sad news regarding the demise of Blackpool Centenary car 646, it is pleasing to be able to write some really good news about one of its sisters. One of the surviving Centenary cars has now … Continue reading

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Crich closes due to snow

The advertised opening of Crich Tramway Village this weekend – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March – has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to heavy snowfalls which have made the site largely inaccessible. It will be impossible to operate … Continue reading

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NET 214 returns to service after refurbishment

Nottingham Express Transit’s Incentro 214 has become the second of the class to receive the refurbishment work at Wilkinson Street and has returned to service. The tram ran its first journeys in the new look livery on Friday 22nd March … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge – Nottingham

As previously reported on British Trams Online work has started on installing the bridge over Nottingham railway station which will carry the phase two extensions of Nottingham Express Transit. We are now able to bring you a few images on … Continue reading

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Stagecoach Supertram Engineering Works: 31st March & 1st April

The forthcoming Easter weekend will see more track replacement work taking place on Stagecoach Supertram which will mean revised services operating alongside replacement buses. The work this time will be concentrated on Netherthorpe Road and will take place on Easter … Continue reading

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London Tramlink Engineering Works: Sunday 31st March

Engineering works on London Tramlink will mean there will be no tram service between Sandilands and New Addington on Sunday 31st March with a replacement bus service in operation instead. Trams from Wimbledon will terminate at East Croydon from where … Continue reading

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M5000 3020 named Lancashire Fusiliers

As promised when T68 1020 was withdrawn from service last November, M5000 3020 has taken the name Lancashire Fusiliers to keep Manchester Metrolink’s long and proud journey with the regiment going. The naming took place within Queen’s Road depot on … Continue reading

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Excellent response for new tram drivers in Nottingham

It has been revealed that nearly 350 people have applied for the first of up to 50 new tram driver roles on Nottingham Express Transit. The new jobs are available as NET prepares for the major expansion of phase two … Continue reading

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Old Cardiff Tram Depot up for sale

The former Clare Road tram depot in Cardiff is to be put up for sale by the local Council when they move their service vehicles to a new site in the city. The depot dates from 1902 and after closure … Continue reading

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Supertram fares to rise from 1st April

April Fools Day will not be one of joy for Stagecoach Supertram passengers after it was announced that fares on the network will be rising from that date as a result of rising costs from items such as “labour, energy … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Midland Metro in March

Following on from our look at Midland Metro a couple of weeks ago we bring you another selection of photos from the line taken earlier this week by Mervyn Williams.

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Changes announced for Blackpool’s heritage tours

Detailed plans for the operation of historic trams on the Blackpool tramway during the 2013 season have at last been announced, with a number of changes to the service that was offered last summer. With poor passenger numbers during 2012, … Continue reading

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Beamish depot road 4 goes live

Much of the work to install overhead wiring over Road 4 in the tram/bus depot at Beamish Museum has at last been completed, more than a year after the rails were laid in the floor. The installation and energising of the … Continue reading

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Leeds 6 left stranded at Beamish

This weekend’s Spring Gala event at the Heaton Park Tramway seems to have suffered from more than its share of bad luck, with numerous changes to the billed events happening due to events beyond the organisers’ control. Unfortunately, there has … Continue reading

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Dead seagull found underneath tram!

Work on preparing Blackpool Jubilee car 762 for service at its new home, Crich Tramway Village, is continuing to progress, with an ever-increasing list of jobs being tackled to allow this unique tram to be demonstrated at the museum. This … Continue reading

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Princess on the prom!

Wednesday 13th March saw an unusual winter appearance by an open-top tram on the Blackpool system, when ‘Princess Alice’ 706 operated a private hire. The tram was spotted on the promenade early in the evening, with several passengers taking advantage … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online…

If you haven’t yet taken a peek at the main website after this week’s update here is a preview of what is waiting for you! Gallery 347: A new look for Nottingham Express Transit (http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/gallery347.html) – photos showing the transformation … Continue reading

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Stockport 5 relaunch planned for Heaton Park’s Spring Gala

Following the disapointing news that Stockport 5 will not be making the trip from Manchester to Beamish for the museum’s tramway anniversary celebrations, the Heaton Park Tramway has now confirmed that the tram will instead be relaunched at their own … Continue reading

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