Monthly Archives: March 2017

Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 79

Another trip into the archives and this time we are in London for an image coming from the Docklands Light Railway.

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Manx Electric Railway early season update

It’s been a while since we last had an update on recent events on the Manx Electric Railway where services resumed for another season on 9th March and have been continuing early season operations since – including the return of … Continue reading

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Balloon 703 returns home

Another tram has returned home to Blackpool with Balloon car 703 – lately masquerading as Sunderland 101 – arriving back at Rigby Road Depot on Thursday 23rd March following the lengthy journey from Beamish.

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Spaces still available for Friends of 40 tour

The annual Friends of 40 tram tour on board Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 – a tradition since 1998 – will take place on Sunday 9th April and there are still spaces available with tickets including a tram ride and … Continue reading

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Fares on the rise in Nottingham and Sheffield

Selected fares on both Nottingham Express Transit and Stagecoach Supertram are to rise over the next couple of weeks with increased costs blamed for the increases.

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Transport for West Midlands to take direct control of Midland Metro

In an unexpected move it has been confirmed that Transport for West Midlands are to take direct control of operating Midland Metro from October 2018 when the current contract with National Express comes to an end. It is reported that … Continue reading

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Tram allocations revealed for latest Winter Gold weekend

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March will see the latest Gold operating weekend in Blackpool with 11 different trams due to see action during the two days including several trams making their first public appearances of the year. Sunday 26th … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Boat 606

The latest edition of Picture in Time is once again in Blackpool and we stop in 1981 for an image of Blackpool Boat 606 – a tram which now resides in the United States of America.

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway – Derby Castle

The Isle of Man is the location for our archive photo as part of Picture in Time today as we find ourselves at Derby Castle, Douglas in 1993.

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Unsafe building halts Metrolink services in Rochdale

Manchester Metrolink services are unable to travel through Rochdale Town Centre following the discovery of an unsafe building on Drake Street. Cracks were discovered in the building on Friday 17th March and the road was immediately closed to all traffic … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Midland Metro Brierley Hill extension

One of the Midland Metro extension projects currently being progressed is that of a line from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill which would mainly use disused railway lines but would also serve Dudley Town Centre and Merry Hill. Although the extension … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Crich opens for 2017

Services resumed at the Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 18th March for the start of another operating season which will see trams run every day until Sunday 5th November 2017. The standard three tram service was in operation with Chesterfield … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 201

Into the East Midlands for this edition of Picture in Time as we take another look at Nottingham Express Transit with the first Incentro tram, 201, featured.

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Pioneer Brush Railcoach set to run again!

2017 sees the 80th anniversary of Blackpool’s Brush Railcoach class, and to help mark this milestone anniversary it has been announced that pioneer car 621 is to be restored to service this year! The tram is currently stored in Rigby … Continue reading

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Midland Metro set to break 7 million passenger barrier

More people than ever are travelling on Midland Metro with the Birmingham City Centre extension seeing a major increase in passenger numbers according to the latest figures released. 6.6 million passenger journeys were recorded in 2016 and the latest projections … Continue reading

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JC Decaux to lose Edinburgh Trams advertising contract

After a two year contract which has seemingly failed to bring in any revenue JC Decaux are set to be replaced as the firm in charge of advertising on Edinburgh Trams. It had always been planned that advertising would be … Continue reading

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Easter closure in Croydon Town Centre for Tramlink

London Tramlink services will be suspended between Reeves Corner and East Croydon for ten days over Easter to allow for track replacement works on Wellesley Road. No trams will run on the Croydon Town Centre loop from 8th April until … Continue reading

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TfL and TOL admit liability over Sandilands derailment

Transport for London – through Tramtrack Croydon Limited – and Tram Operations Limited have admitted liability over the tragic derailment at Sandilands on 9th November 2016. This is in relation to civil claims which have been made as a result … Continue reading

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Blackpool Standard 147 returns home

The year-long exchange of Blackpool trams Marton Box 31 and Standard 147 is now over, with the two trams now safely back at their usual respective homes of Beamish Museum and Blackpool respectively. After 31 had made the journey by … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Railcoach 679 & Coronation 304

In today’s offering from the archives we head to Blackpool for a enthusiasts tour on a foggy 29th November 2008. The occasion was a farewell for Ex-Towing Railcoach 679 which had been acquired by the Lancastrian Transport Trust for restoration … Continue reading

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