Monthly Archives: December 2013

Birkenhead trams stay up late for Christmas party

On Tuesday 17th December, two of the operational trams at the Birkenhead heritage line had an unusually late outing, when they were called upon to operate some special evening journeys in connection with a local Christmas party. The chosen trams … Continue reading

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Beamish restoration updates

The current major tram-related project at Beamish Museum may be the restoration of Sheffield 264, but that hasn’t stopped thoughts being turned towards the completion of two other tramcars. Some work has recently been undertaken on the museum’s recently acquired … Continue reading

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Oldham town centre line to open 27th January 2014

Providing that there is no adverse wintry weather conditions in the meantime Transport for Greater Manchester have announced that the Oldham town centre extension will open to the public on Monday 27th January 2014. As previously announced the line between … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Express Transit 206 in e-on all over advert

As predicted at the weekend Nottingham Express Transit Incentro 206 has now received a full vinyl wrap livery for e-on, replacing 208 which is expected to shortly enter the workshops for a full refurbishment. 206’s advert is almost identical to … Continue reading

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Early Christmas present arrives at Heaton Park – Manchester 173!

We seem to be referring to momentous occasions at the Heaton Park Tramway on this website with great regularity of late, mainly thanks to the incredible progress made on the construction of a second tram depot at the park in … Continue reading

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Metrolink T68 1009 withdrawn

The Manchester Metrolink T68 fleet has decreased by one further example with the news that 1009 has now run its last journey. The vehicle had last run back on 2nd December when it operated on the Eccles line and it … Continue reading

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New look for Edinburgh Trams revealed

Another tram has made it into Edinburgh city centre, this time to show off the new look for the trams. The mainly white livery remains but Edinburgh Trams branding has been added along with madder stripes both above and below … Continue reading

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New range of season tickets launched on Nottingham Express Transit

Regular users of Nottingham Express Transit can now make excellent savings with the launch of a range of season ticket options. The tickets – offering unlimited travel on the NET system – are available for one month, three months, six … Continue reading

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First tram moves into new Heaton Park depot

Sunday 15th December 2013 was another landmark day in the history of Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway, as a tram was moved into the new Lakeside Depot under power and stabled inside for the very first time. It was particularly appropriate … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

The main site of British Trams Online has been updated this week with four new Photo Galleries covering both traditional trams and light rail systems:

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In Pictures: Original Nottingham Express Transit livery consigned to history

The original Dark Green, Black and Silver livery carried by the Nottingham Express Transit Incentro trams from new is no more following the withdrawal of 210 to receive the full refresh and the application of red vinyls on 206, presumably … Continue reading

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Photo CD available to help Blackpool 761’s move

To help fund the recent move of Blackpool Jubilee 761 from an open yard in Fleetwood to secure covered accommodation at Blackpool Transport’s Rigby Road Depot a Photo CD has been prepared showing the move of the tram along with … Continue reading

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Liverpool 245 goes glossy

The major restoration of Liverpool 245, the last remaining ‘Baby Grand’ type tramcar in the UK, is now rapidly approaching completion at the Birkenhead tramway’s Taylor Street depot. The car has received significant attention over the last few years, largely … Continue reading

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Christmas trimmings for preserved trams

Whilst some of the UK’s museum tramways are now closed for winter, those which remain open for business are now looking ahead to the Christmas festivities. Trams at Beamish, Birkenhead and Summerlee have all received appropriate decorations to celebrate the … Continue reading

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Citadis 221 arrives in Nottingham

Alstom Citadis 221 has become the sixth of the class to arrive at Wilkinson Street Depot in Nottingham, arriving on 11th December. Just like its five sisters before it the tram was transported from Alstom’s Barcelona plant to Southampton Docks … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester Metrolink 3077 arrives

Saturday 7th December saw the arrival of the last M5000 in Manchester of 2014 with 3077 being delivered on the back of a low loader. 3077 arrived at Queens Road Depot shortly after midday before being unloaded and transferred to … Continue reading

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Late night trams for the New Year in Nottingham

For the first time since opening Nottingham Express Transit are going to offer a service during the early hours of 1st January to aid those coming back from New Year parties in the city centre. Between 0030 and 0200 on … Continue reading

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Midland Metro fares to rise

Midland Metro fares are to increase from 2nd January 2014 to support improvements to the network. In fact the press release from National Express West Midlands give details of both bus and tram fare changes and goes on to say … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Performance Update

The latest statistics of Manchester Metrolink have been released giving details on the performance of the service, any major incidents, trams out of service and the number of complaints received. The latest document concentrates on periods 5, 6 and 7 … Continue reading

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Overhead problems cause delays for Tramlink

Services between Wimbledon and Therapia Lane were suspended on Tuesday 10th December during the morning rush hour after a fault with the overhead lines was discovered. Engineers were quickly despatched to the scene to repair the fault but trams were … Continue reading

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