Monthly Archives: August 2018

In Preview: August Bank Holiday Gold, Blackpool

Its another Bank Holiday this weekend which can mean only one thing – another Gold weekend in Blackpool! With the previously announced Centenary Car tour on Friday 24th August kicking things off there will then be three days of intensive … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Oporto 191

Into Portugal as we continue a tour of trams from around the world, this one coming from Oporto.

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This week on British Trams Online

It may only be a few days since our last update but we are back again tonight with another Photo Gallery:

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A Blackpool Coronation car in Heywood!

In an unexpected but extremely welcome development, Blackpool Coronation car 663 departed Rigby Road depot on the morning of Wednesday 22nd August, bound for the Heywood workshop premises of Ian Riley Engineering. There, extensive work is to be carried out … Continue reading

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642 returns to service in Blackpool

Blackpool Centenary car 642 made its welcome return to passenger service, as expected, on Sunday 19th August, when it was one of four trams to be employed on the enhanced heritage service between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham. It has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trafford Park line junction installed

Between 28th July and 10th August no trams on Manchester Metrolink ran between Cornbrook and Eccles to allow for the construction of the junction with the new Trafford Park line at Pomona. The work was completed on time allowing Metrolink … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 678 & friends

We continue our look at some early 1990s images from Blackpool today as we see Ex-Towing Railcoach 678 along with a couple of the ubiquitous Balloon Cars.

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Visitor’s Guide to…Crich Tramway Village

In the third of our series of guides suggesting ideal photographic locations on tramways within the British Isles, Edward M Koehler takes a look at the Crich Tramway Village. Home of the National Tramway Museum many who read this website … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Purple Tram Friday

Friday 17th August was the second of three Purple Tram Fridays at Crich where Blackpool Jubilee 762, in its advertising livery for Nickelodeon Land at the Pleasure Beach, was in operation as part of a four tram service at the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 36 returns to service

Only five days after being involved in a RTC with a car in Wolverhampton battery fitted Urbos3 36 returned to service on the West Midlands Metro on Saturday 18th August. With repairs to the damaged front end completed 36 was … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Rainbow Tram in Manchester

Every year when Manchester Pride takes place Metrolink enter into the spirit of the occasion by adding extra vinyls to some of the trams. In the past this has mainly included changing the colours of the spots on the standard … Continue reading

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Supertram gets ready for next stage of rail replacement

The major project to replace life expired rail on Stagecoach Supertram is continuing with details of Area 4 now fully revealed. This phase of work will take place between 25th August and 9th September with services on both the Blue … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Seaton Tramway 14

Into the traditional tram archive again today and we are back in Devon for a view of the Seaton Tramway.

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This week on British Trams Online

We continue our look at the transport events on the Isle of Man in July as part of this week’s main site update:

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Event Review: Manx Heritage Transport Festival

Continuing his diary whilst on the Isle of Man, David Mee describes the action during the Manx Heritage Transport Festival at the end of July before concluding on the state of the tramways on the island.

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New safety campaign in Edinburgh

Did you know that one Edinburgh tram equals the weight of nine African Elephants? No, well you do now! As part of a new safety campaign in the Scottish capital pedestrians are being encouraged to “Look out for the tram-pede” … Continue reading

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Improved service for West Midlands Metro on Bank Holiday

Usually when a Bank Holiday arrives most tramways announce how they will be running a Sunday timetable – except for Blackpool where Bank Holidays are just another day! – but that situation has change on West Midlands Metro where it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Area 3 Supertram rail replacement

The 2018 phase of rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram are continuing with work now having moved on to Area 3 which has seen trams suspended on the Purple line between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park. Stuart Cooke has visited … Continue reading

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London horse tram set to be restored at Crich

Not content to be bringing the unique LCC 1 ‘Bluebird’ back to life, the London County Council Tramways Trust have confirmed that its next project will be the reconstruction of a London horse tramcar, which has been provisionally allocated a … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Dalian 7-2281

Heading out of Europe for the latest edition of our worldwide tram series as we visit Dalian in China for a view of one of the oldest trams in the fleet.

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