Monthly Archives: June 2021

Lockdown Walks: Stagecoach Supertram 123

We have another edition of “Lockdown Walks” for you today as we head off towards Meadowhall for another view of Stagecoach Supertram.

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English Light Rail journeys for 2020/21 see dramatic fall

In possibly not the most shocking news of the year the latest light rail data released for the Department for Transport has shown a drastic fall in passenger journeys with an overall decrease of 69% ranging from 57.4% on London … Continue reading

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Evening operation on the Volk’s Electric Railway this summer

In normal circumstances come 1830 (at the latest) the trains on the Volk’s Electric Railway will all be tucked up in the depot after a hard day running along Brighton seafront, potentially missing out on increased revenue from holidaymakers wanting … Continue reading

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NET Event Ticket available for travel to COVID vaccinations

The NET Event Ticket – which gives discounted return travel for £2.50 – is to be made available for anyone travelling to get their COVID-19 vaccination at either The Forest Recreation Ground or Queen’s Medical Centre over the weekend of … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 703

This latest edition of “Picture in Time” is in Blackpool as we go back over 25 years to view one of the iconic Balloon cars.

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro 41 the latest new tram to arrive

Wednesday 23rd June 2021 saw the fourth of the new batch of trams for West Midlands Metro arrive at Wednesbury Depot. 41 was delivered to the depot having made the now familiar journey from Spain to the UK, landing in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Another update from Wilko’s

The former Wilko’s site in Talbot Road, Blackpool remains a hive of activity as preparations continue for what we’re all waiting for – the laying of track to the all new tramway terminus which its hoped will first see passengers … Continue reading

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Stop by Stop Nottingham Express Transit: Toton Lane line – Cator Lane

We return to our journey along the Toton Lane line of Nottingham Express Transit and reach the stop at Cator Lane for this edition of “Stop by Stop”.

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In Pictures: More B fleet usage in Blackpool

It appears that the future for Blackpool Transport’s B fleet Balloons may be a bit brighter as after last weekend’s usage of three of the sub-class they were back out again over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Supertram’s Citylink 399 205 back in service

As we’ve mentioned a few times before during the pandemic, with reduced frequency services being operated on many tramways in the UK there have been some trams which haven’t been seen in service for some time. This has seemed particularly … Continue reading

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Still Standing! Manhole cover in Atherton

After 78 editions we come to the end (for now?) of our “Still Standing” series as we take a look at old tramway infrastructure still in situ, even if it was being used for something very different to its original … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Standard 40 returns to service at Crich

It has been another busy week in the Workshops at Crich with another tram being commissioned for passenger service as progress continues on the ongoing restoration projects. Blackpool Standard 40 is the tram which has now re-entered service while London … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trams to Newhaven Project at McDonald Road

In less than two years time trams should be running along the Edinburgh Trams extension to Newhaven but before then there is lots of construction work to be completed along the route. With the route split up into different sections … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink T68

For the next few weeks our modern tram edition of “Picture in Time” will be heading back to Manchester Metrolink as we take a look at some of the original trams in action.

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New adverts on Manchester Metrolink

Its been a long time since we last saw a new advert on a tram in Manchester but much like a London bus you wait so long for one that two come at once! The first new adverts since last … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro gets £1.66 million extra support from DfT

Nexus, operators of the Tyne and Wear Metro, have announced that they have received a further £1.66 million in funding from the government which will help services to be sustained until 19th July. The previous funding package, announced in March, … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To? Crich Tramathon – Leeds 602

Today “Whatever Happened To?” reaches probably the most controversial tram of this current series. Leeds 602 was running in service at the time but has since become a high-profile member of the statis display within the Great Exhibition Hall.

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Heritage Tramways – updated list of operating dates

As more areas of society continue to be opened up we thought it was time for another summary of which heritage tramways are currently operating and why. This list should (if I’ve remembered everywhere!) include details of all operating heritage … Continue reading

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Trams in Video: Prague – Afternoon peak at Palmovka Grand Union Junction

We return to Prague again for this edition of “Trams in Video” as we spend 11 minutes at Palmovka. This is another of the busy intersections on the network and we again see trams of many different types going about … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Zoom presentations featuring the tramways and railways of the Isle of Man

Come 15-18 months ago and if someone said to you Zoom you would probably think about your camera lens and getting closer to whatever you were taking photos of! But throughout the pandemic many of us have learnt all about … Continue reading

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