Monthly Archives: November 2019

In Pictures: Metrolink at twilight

As the nights draw in, the chance to get photos of trams in twilight and the dark increases with even late afternoon seeing very little natural light in the sky. Armed with his camera on 12th November, Steve Hyde was … Continue reading

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Nexus find extra cash – two more years of services at current level now possible

We recently brought the news that Nexus were concerned that without a major input of extra cash they would not be able to operate the service at the current levels (Tyne and Wear Metro, ferries and buses) beyond 2021 but … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Milan 7141

Again this week’s overseas tram image comes from Milan as we continue our brief look at the trams operating in that Italian city.

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In Pictures: 34 does return to service as the batteries keep on coming

We mentioned a few days ago that there had been reports that 34 had entered service with batteries fitted but had no confirmation, well even if it hadn’t been used before it certainly has now! With both 22 and 34 … Continue reading

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Performance up on Metrolink

After a couple of periods where performance had been on a small decrease there is more positive news to report on Manchester Metrolink where it has now increased in the latest period which ran between 15th September and 12th October.

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This week on British Trams Online

Just the one Photo Gallery for you this week:

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New safety videos released as WMM prepares to expand testing

With testing and driver training on the Birmingham Westside extension set to expand in the coming weeks, West Midlands Metro and the Midland Metro Alliance have released a series of safety videos giving simple tips on how to stay safe … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne and Wear Metro 4055

We are heading back to the 30th anniversary depot open day at the Tyne and Wear Metro facility in South Gosforth for this latest look into the archives.

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Free trams back for Hogmanay

Edinburgh Trams have confirmed that they will once again be providing a free overnight tram service for Hogmanay – the fourth year in a row they have done so. Free trams will run between West End and the Airport (the … Continue reading

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Three hour service suspension for Blackpool Tramway after overhead problems

There was a complete suspension of the Blackpool Tramway service for three hours on Tuesday 12th November to allow for emergency repairs to the overhead to take place. It is not known what caused the problems but the damage was … Continue reading

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In Pictures: An interloper in the tram depot at Beamish

You get rid of one set of squatters and then another one turns up! That’s how it is in the tram depot at Beamish with the buses now having left the building for their all new garage but the Steam … Continue reading

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15% pay rise rejected by Tyne & Wear Metro drivers

Strike action could be on the cards on the Tyne and Wear Metro after drivers represented by the RMT and ASLEF unions rejected a proposed pay rise of 15% over two years; on top of the usual cost of living … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New safety features on Edinburgh Trams

Several new safety features are continuing to be installed along the tramway in Edinburgh in the aftermath of the RAIB report into the tragic death of Carlos Correa who died when he was struck by a tram at Saughton in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 28 named Jasper Carrot on West Midlands Metro

Jasper Carrot, the comedy legend who comes from and still lives in Birmingham, has become the latest recipient to have his name adorned on a West Midlands Metro tram after a special ceremony held on Wednesday 13th November at the … Continue reading

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Trams return to Meadowhall – but still no tram-train service

Yellow route trams are now able to run the full route again after an engineering survey was carried out on the tram bridge at Tinsley clearing this to carry trams once more. No trams had been able to run beyond … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Boat 606

The final of the five trams to run at the Glasgow Garden Festival was also the only tram which wasn’t considered as preserved and the only “foreign” tram to make an appearance – it was Blackpool Boat 606.

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In Pictures: The rainbow fades on Metrolink

Each year at the end of August Manchester Metrolink decorate some of their trams to celebrate the city’s Pride event under the banner of #RainbowTram. But now as we are in November the rainbow has faded (in truth it failed … Continue reading

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Fare changes on Luas

Monthly and annual tickets on Dublin’s Luas tram network will go up from 1st December it has been announced by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in the first part of their fare determination. Cash and TFI Leap ticket price changes … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Sheffield pauses to remember

In keeping with the country pausing to remember those who have lost their lives in conflicts many tramways in the UK paused for two minutes on Monday 11th November at 1100 (when it was safe to do so) as a … Continue reading

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First tram runs on Trafford Park line

Initial testing has new commenced on Manchester Metrolink’s Trafford Park line with the first trams running between Pomona and Warren Bruce Road overnight on Sunday 10th November. This marks the start of extensive commissioning, testing and driver training which will … Continue reading

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