Monthly Archives: December 2013

Crich to scrap London horse tram

A surprise new arrival at Crich Tramway Village during the final days of 2013 was the unrestored body of a North Metropolitan horse tramcar, which has been housed at the Tramway Museum Society’s Clay Cross store for many years. However, … Continue reading

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Birkenhead tramway to appear on TV

The Birkenhead heritage tramway is set to feature prominently in a new TV documentary programme set to be shown on BBC2 on Monday 6th January at 6:30pm, after a filming session a few months ago. The area around Manchester and … Continue reading

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Black Country museum tramway closes

2013 has ended on a very sour note for one of the UK’s heritage tramways, with the shock news just after Christmas that the short operating line at the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley has been closed down indefinitely. … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We bring you another three Photo Galleries on our last update of 2013 plus a summary of all the Christmas services on the UK’s light rail systems:

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Metrolink Second City Crossing work to commence in January

It has been confirmed that initial construction work on the Manchester Metrolink Second City Crossing (2CC) is to start in January 2014. The new line will provide greater capacity for Metrolink through Manchester city centre and will also be very … Continue reading

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Truck overhauls begin and end

Work to overhaul the bogies of two distinctive semi-enclosed single deck trams in different UK museums is taking place this winter. Whilst work on Manchester 765 gets underway, the similar attention being lavished upon Oporto 273 is now rapidly approaching … Continue reading

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Crich prepare for Spongebob

Recent outside work at Crich Tramway Village has been taking place at the tramway’s Glory Mine terminus, which is to be opened up as a proper tram stop where passengers can board and alight next season. Whilst this work is … Continue reading

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A tale of paint and pantographs at Blackpool

Blackpool’s heritage tram fleet are currently confined to the Rigby Road depot due to essential roadworks taking place in the Manchester Square area, meaning that none of these trams are presently able to escape onto the main line. However, two … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Express Transit 209 receives all over advert

It is becoming incredibly hard to keep up with all the livery changes on Nottingham Express Transit at the moment as 209 has now received advertising vinyls to change its Christmas livery into an all over advert for Interski. The … Continue reading

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NEETT depot gets its walls

Construction work on the new tram shed at the North East Land, Sea & Air Museum near Sunderland has made incredibly rapid progress during December. As the accompanying photograph clearly shows, the building is now structurally almost complete following a … Continue reading

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Blow for Blackpool North Station extension?

Earlier this year there was much celebration at the news that Transport for Lancashire were going to release more than £16 million towards extending the Blackpool Tramway to North Station, but it could now turn out that this celebration was … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Variotrams to New Addington

Since their introduction to the London Tramlink fleet in 2012 the Stadler built Variotrams have been very rare visitors to New Addington, however on Sunday 15th December all that changed with four of the seven Wimbledon-New Addington diagrams being in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: NET 208 receives its stripes

No sooner has we speculated that Nottingham Express Transit 208 was about to enter the workshops for its refurbishment than it was seen in service carrying a revised livery. You may remember that this tram has recently been stripped of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: The early liveries of Edinburgh Trams

It seems strange that a system which has yet to open has already had so many different livery styles but that is exactly what has happened in Edinburgh with no fewer than four different liveries carried so far. Starting off … Continue reading

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Stagecoach Supertram service changes: 13th-26th January 2014

Services between Tinsley/Meadowhall South and Meadowhall Interchange on Stagecoach Supertram will be suspended between Monday 13th and Sunday 26th January due to essential highway works which forms part of the Bus Rapid Transit scheme. A replacement bus service will be … Continue reading

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Dundee tram plan rejected

City leaders in Dundee have rejected plans put forward by consultants to introduce a small tram system in the city. The £20 million scheme would have seen a circular route introduced around the city, similar to the one in San … Continue reading

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Five for £5 ticket back in Nottingham

The popular Group ticket which allows two adults and up to three children (or just two adults) to unlimited travel on the tram for just £5 is returning for the Christmas holidays. The ticket is available everyday from Monday 23rd … Continue reading

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Car hits tram in Oldham town centre

It didn’t take long did it? The first collision between a car and a tram on the Oldham town centre extension of Manchester Metrolink has taken place with an incident happened shortly after 1500 on Thursday 19th December. The collision … Continue reading

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Update on Blackpool Railcoach 680

Since arriving at Beamish Museum last week, a considerable amount of work has been carried out on Blackpool Railcoach 680, in order to prepare this tram for service at its new temporary home. As will be remembered, this car has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More of Liverpool 245

On Sunday 15th December, a few working members from the Heaton Park Tramway visited Birkenhead, where they were treated to a close look at Liverpool 245. As reported previously, the major restoration of this tram is finally nearing completion ahead … Continue reading

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