Monthly Archives: December 2013

Queens Road Metrolink stop to open 16th December

Monday 16th December will see one stop open and one close as the new Queens Road stop will welcome its first passengers as Woodlands Road is officially closed. The Queens Road stop is replacing the former staff only halt at … Continue reading

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Thank-you and goodnight from Blackpool 680

An extremely hectic week of tram moves by road in and around Blackpool has concluded with the departure from Rigby Road of Ex-Towing car 680 in the early hours of Thursday 12th December. The tram, which was sold to the … Continue reading

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Sheffield 264 – one becomes three!

Whilst various historic tramcars were being transported back home to Blackpool’s Rigby Road depot, another fascinating series of events was also unfolding in the North East. At Beamish Museum, work has finally got underway on starting the major restoration of … Continue reading

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Blackpool Jubilee car back on home turf

The Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s preserved Blackpool Jubilee car 761 made a very welcome return to Blackpool’s Rigby Road tram depot on Wednesday 11th December, after spending just over two years languishing in an industrial yard at Fleetwood. Although not … Continue reading

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The Brush cars are back with a vengence!

The task of returning the numerous Lancastrian Transport Trust trams to Blackpool Transport’s premises for inclusion in the company’s expanded heritage tram collection took another giant leap forwards on Tuesday 10th December, when two more old friends were transported back … Continue reading

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Blackpool Balloon 715 goes home

Mere hours after Blackpool Coronation car 663 returned to the safety of Rigby Road depot, another much-loved Blackpool tramcar was brought back home to join the town’s heritage tram fleet. Unlike 663, Balloon 715 is a tram that most of … Continue reading

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Blackpool Coronation cars reunited at Rigby Road

On Monday 9th December, all three surviving Blackpool ‘Coronation’ cars were reunited at the town’s Rigby Road tram depot for the first time since 1975. On this day, cars 304 and 660 were joined by 663, which had made the … Continue reading

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Time running out for Blackpool Balloon 716

When the Blackpool Tramway fleet started to be sold around the country one of the most surprising purchases saw Blackpool Balloon 716 head north to Perth in Scotland where it was planned to be used as an office by Ptarmigan … Continue reading

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NET 204 returns to service after refresh

After a break of nearly five months another tram has entered service on Nottingham Express Transit in new mainly silver fleet livery. The tram in question is 204, which was previously in the blue based “Glide in Nottingham” livery, and … Continue reading

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Metrolink fares to rise by average 4.2%

It has been confirmed that fares on Manchester Metrolink are to increase by an average of 4.2% in January 2014 – in line with the agreed financial strategy that underpins Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s established major investment programme. The 4.2% … Continue reading

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Government award £5 million for Supertram track replacement

The Department for Transport have awarded £5 million to go towards the replacement of tracks on the Stagecoach Supertram system. This money is a one off payment and has been made to South Yorkshire PTE who will be delivering the … Continue reading

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New look for front of DLR trains revealed

The Docklands Light Railway have revealed which of the three designs for the front of some of their trains has won an online vote which took place over the past couple of weeks. The winning design – which received over … Continue reading

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News in brief from Crich

The latest edition of the Tramway Musuem Society Journal reports on a number of interesting developments at Crich. As many of these can be explained fairly briefly it is not felt that they warrant their own individual articles, and so … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trams reach York Place for first time

57 years. That is how long it has been since the last tram ran down Princes Street in Edinburgh city centre, until last night that is! As planned the very first test run between Haymarket and York Place took place … Continue reading

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Driver Training starts on Oldham town centre line

Driver training has started on the Oldham town centre extension of Manchester Metrolink this week as further progress is made towards the opening of the line in early 2014. The driving training commenced on Wednesday 4th December and is as … Continue reading

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Trafford Centre Metrolink extension moves a step closer

The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee are due to meet this week to discuss plans for an extension of the Metrolink system to serve the Trafford Centre. A 5.5km route has been earmarked which would leave the current network close … Continue reading

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Blackpool tramway affected by severe storms

Much of the country has been severely affected by adverse weather conditions on Thursday 5th December, and the Fylde coast was no exception. Despite the multi-million pound investment in a new sea wall for Blackpool’s promenade over the past decade, … Continue reading

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Tonight’s the Night! First tram set to run down Princes Street

It has been confirmed that tonight (Wednesday 4th December) will see the first tram to run down Princes Street as part of the continued testing of the new Edinburgh Trams system. Following Mondays (see article – http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=5849) successful tests between … Continue reading

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Tram depot construction works in North East and North West

As the latter stages of construction work on the Heaton Park Tramway’s second tram depot are reached, another tramcar preservation group have reached a major milestone in their own project to provide suitable covered storage space for its own vehicle … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Balloon 721 restoration progress

Restoration work on the interior of Blackpool Balloon car 721 by members of its owning group, the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust, is continuing to make good progress. Recent developments have included the removal of the interior lining panels on … Continue reading

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