Monthly Archives: June 2014

Box car 40 nears completion

Overhaul work on Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Box’ car 40 is now nearing completion, ahead of the tram’s expected starring role in upcoming events at both Blackpool and Crich. The tram has just recently been reunited with its trucks, which have … Continue reading

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Blackpool trams bask in sunshine for ‘Totally Transport’

The tenth annual ‘Totally Transport’ event, featuring a wide variety of classic and modern vehicles as well as a model tram exhibition, trade stalls and various other attractions, took place on Sunday 22nd June 2014 on Blackpool’s New South Promenade. … Continue reading

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Manchester Airport line to open early – very early!

A line which was due to open to the public in summer 2016 is set to welcome its first passengers before this year is out it has been confirmed by Transport for Greater Manchester. The Manchester Metrolink extension to the … Continue reading

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Passengers on the up again across England

The Department for Transport have released their annual light rail statistics and once again they have shown that more passengers than ever before in the “modern era” have been carried. 227 million passenger journeys were recorded on the 8 systems … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Midland Metro 14 says goodbye to Birmingham

As reported earlier this week 14 became the first of the T69s to depart Midland Metro when it left on the back of a low loader bound for Long Marston where it will eventually be used for testing for UK … Continue reading

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Douglas Horse Tramway stables to be sold off?

Councillors in Douglas have agreed to sell off the horse tram stables at Summerhill and progress with plans to develop the Strathallan depot to include room for not only the trams but also the horses. It is proposed that the … Continue reading

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Blackpool Transport “simplify” fares

Last September we ran a story about Blackpool Transport “simplifying” their fares and now just nine months down the line the fares are once again being simplified. Obviously simplified actually means increasing! To make things easier, for passengers and drivers/conductors … Continue reading

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Heritage trams transfer to Starr Gate (again!)

The sight of Blackpool’s heritage trams on New South Promenade has become an increasingly common one in recent weeks and months, due to the requirement for these trams to be based at Starr Gate depot during the road works at … Continue reading

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Heaton Park Tramway event preview: 765 – 100 Not Out!

On Sunday 6th July, the Heaton Park Tramway will be hosting a very special event to celebrate Manchester 765‘s centenary year. Regular readers of this site will no doubt be aware that 765 has been under overhaul during the early … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week

It’s that time of the week again when we provide a round-up of when and where you can ride on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. After a few quiet weeks the next 7 days should see … Continue reading

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Ticketing details for 167’s Fleetwood tour announced

Blackpool Transport have confirmed full details of how you can be on board visiting Blackpool ‘Pantograph’ car 167 for a full system tour on Sunday 22nd June, as part of the annual ‘Totally Transport’ event. Tickets for this special trip … Continue reading

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So Long, Farewell Midland Metro T69 14

It was another historic date for second generation trams in the UK on Tuesday 17th June with Midland Metro T69 14 becoming the first of the class to leave Wednesbury. As rumoured at the weekend 14 has left and it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Oldham 43 reaches the promised land

Oldham 43 had a date with destiny – and a low loader – on Tuesday 17th June, when the unrestored tram body was finally delivered to a new permanent home at Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway. This followed several months of … Continue reading

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New home wanted for mock-up Edinburgh tram

The mock-up tram which was used to offer a taste of the future in Edinburgh is now homeless, and potentially available to interested parties, according to an article published by the Edinburgh Evening News. With the city’s new tram system … Continue reading

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In Pictures: LCC 1 enters the works at Crich

As briefly reported yesterday on British Trams Online, London Transport 1 entered the workshop at Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 14th June, ready for work to commence on the major restoration of the tram which is being funded by the … Continue reading

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Five month closure for Midland Metro to Wolverhampton

It was announced back in March that £5 million had been awarded to replace the tracks on Bilston Road in Wolverhampton on Midland Metro and it has now been revealed that this work will last for five months from July … Continue reading

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Another Metrolink T68 leaves for the scrapman

1006 has become the seventh T68/T68A to depart Manchester for pastures new – in that we mean it has left to go for scrapping in Rotherham. The LRV was loaded onto the back of the low loader late on 12th … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Midland Metro Urbos 3 on display in Wolverhampton

The second chance for members of the public to a take a close look at one of the new Midland Metro Urbos 3 trams took place on Saturday 14th June when 20 was displayed at Wolverhampton St George’s.

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In Pictures: Midland Metro Urbos 3’s continue their testing

The testing and driver training on the Midland Metro CAF built Urbos 3 trams is continuing most days with a number of drivers now able to drive the vehicles. On the sunny evening of 12th June both 19 and 20 … Continue reading

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Public consultation set to be launched for Trafford Park Metrolink line

Plans for a Metrolink extension to Trafford Park are set to go forward to a major public consultation, provided that the TfGM Committee give their approval at a meeting on Friday 20th June. The line would leave the current network … Continue reading

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