Monthly Archives: May 2021

In Pictures: West Midlands Metro 40 arrives at Wednesbury

The second of the first eight of 21 new third generation Urbos trams for the West Midlands Metro has now arrived at Wednesbury Depot after being transported from Spain on the back of a single low loader. It is believed … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Overhead installation work underway in Talbot Square

Work on installing overhead wires on the Blackpool Tramway extension to Blackpool North Railway Station has now got underway in Talbot Square. As we reported last weekend, early morning and evening services are being affected during the week for up … Continue reading

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Still Standing! Holloway Tram Depot, London

We are again heading to London for this edition of “Still Standing!” as we take a look at another old tram depot now repurposed for buses.

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Blackpool Transport launch £1 million Crowdfunder to restore Rigby Road Depot

Rigby Road Tram Depot – now home to the heritage fleet of trams in Blackpool – has been known to be in a poor state of repair for some time and now to try and remedy this Blackpool Transport have … Continue reading

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More short-notice trackworks on West Midlands Metro

There will be no tram services from Priestfield to Wolverhampton St George’s on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May after the late notice announcement of essential trackworks on Bilston Road. This extends a closure of this section of line (as … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Stagecoach Supertram 105

This edition of “Picture in Time” is taking a look at the Stagecoach Supertram system in 1999.

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3126 arrives in Manchester as 3124 and 3125 start mileage accumulation

There has been more progress with the new Manchester Metrolink M5000s in recent days with 3126 having arrived in Manchester as the previous two arrivals – 3124 and 3125 – have broken cover from Queens Road Depot for start to … Continue reading

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Early morning Supertram services disrupted

Stagecoach Supertram services suffered a late start on Saturday 22nd May after a car blocked the tracks on the viaduct leading from the Park Square junction towards Hyde Park. This led to a very limited service running from Woodbourn Road … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To? Crich Tramathon 2005 – Glasgow 22

For the next couple of editions “Whatever Happened To?” will be featuring Glasgow trams which ran in passenger service during the Tramathon held at Crich on 12th June 2005. This edition will be Glasgow 22.

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They’ve Run in 2021…

It’s back! With heritage tramways having been running again for over a month this is a combined list of all the heritage trams which have run in service during 2021. Although only a few tramways have run so far we … Continue reading

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Trams in Video: Seaton Tramway Tram Driving Experience

Today we head back down to Devon and the Seaton Tramway for footage taken during a Tram Driver Experience back in 2006. With ex-Bournemouth Corporation Tramways tramcar 106, now numbered 16 in the Seaton fleet the tram in charge of … Continue reading

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Concerns raised over Tramlink Nottingham’s latest financial losses

Concerns have been raised about the viability of the operator of Nottingham Express Transit, Tramlink Nottingham, after reports in the Nottingham Post revealed significant losses were posted in the most recent financial year. Despite the large losses – said to … Continue reading

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Lockdown Walks: Manchester Metrolink 3064

Today’s “Lockdown Walks” is out and about in Manchester again as sunny skies greet us and the Metrolink network.

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New National Occupational Standards for roles in tramway engineering published

A project which is looking to further drive professionalism across the light rail sector has reached a major milestone with the publication of new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for roles in tram and tramway engineering. These are now available for … Continue reading

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Contractor appointed for track dualling project on Tyne and Wear Metro

Buckingham Group Contracting Limited has won a tender worth £55 million to dual three key sections of track between Pelaw and Bede, creating the capacity for an extra 24,000 passenger journeys each day on the Tyne and Wear Metro. This … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 22nd May 2021

Once more we into the archives we go as we head back to 2005 for some views from Blackpool:

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Around the World in Trams: Postlingbergbahn I

We are off to Linz again for this “Around the World in Trams” as we feature one of the historic trams which used to run on the Postlingbergbahn mountain line.

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Blackpool Tramway extension to see disruption on Promenade service

Work to complete the construction of the Blackpool Tramway extension up Talbot Road to a new terminus at Blackpool North Railway Station is to get underway once again this month and works at Talbot Square will see a disruption of … Continue reading

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Lockdown Walks: Stagecoach Supertram 103

In this latest “Lockdown Walks” we are off out in Sheffield again as we take a look at a tram which at the time was just back in service after a spell out of service.

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Trams to Newhaven project remains on time and budget but changes to construction programme announced

A recent update from the Trams to Newhaven project has confirmed that they continue to work towards a completion date of Spring 2023 and that it remains within the agreed £207.3 million budget. However, following delays in the construction so … Continue reading

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