Going for a ride…

As winter turns into spring, the temperatures start to gradually rise and we actually start to get several hours of daylight the UK’s heritage tramways start to rise from their slumbers to provide entertainment for the masses and that can mean only one thing the return of our one-stop guide to when and where you can enjoy a ride on a traditional tram! Newly rebranded for 2015 (although the name change may only be a short-term measure, if you can think of a better title let us know!) “Going for a ride” provides details of when heritage tramway are running services along with the next special events taking place. So if you are fed up of not having any tramways to visit now is your chance to get out and about and then send your photos through to British Trams Online!

Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

Current Status: Open Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday & Sunday from 1000 to 1600. (Daily opening resumes on 28th March)

Next event: Great North Steam Fair – Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th April

More info @ http://www.beamish.org.uk.

Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

Current Status: Operates every Saturday and Sunday between 1300 and 1700. Also operates on Easter Monday, May Day, Spring and August bank holidays and Wednesdays-Fridays during school holidays.

Timetable in operation: Trams depart Taylor Street every half hour between 1250 and 1620 returning from Woodside between 1305 and 1605.

Next Special Event: Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday 4th to Monday 6th April

More info @ http://www.mtps.co.uk

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Starts operation on Saturday 28th March. Will then operate all weekends until Sunday 9th November plus school holidays and Bank Holidays.

Timetable in operation:

Saturday 28th March to Thursday 2nd April, Tuesday 7th April to Sunday 12th April & Saturday 18th & 19th April – Blue timetable (2 trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and North Pier up to every 20 minutes from 1000-1700)

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th April – Green timetable (4 trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham every 20 minutes from 1000-1800)

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April – Gold timetable (6+ trams in service running between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham with additional limited stop tours to Fleetwood)

Please note these dates are only for approximately the next month, for details of operating information beyond either see the Events Diary or visit the link below.

More info @ https://www.facebook.com/BlackpoolHeritageTramTours

Crich Tramway Village

Current Status: Re-opens Saturday 28th March and then daily until November.

Next special event: WW2 Home Front – Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April

More info @ http://www.tramway.co.uk

Douglas Horse Tramway

Current Status: Resumes operation Monday 11th May and then daily until Sunday 13th September

Timetable in operation: First tram departs Strathallan at 0900 and then every 20 minutes until 1720. Return journeys commence from the Sea Terminal at 0920 and then every 20 minutes until 1740.

More info @ http://www.douglas.gov.im/index.php/leisure/horse-trams#.VQsem2dyaM8

East Anglia Transport Museum

Current Status: Re-opens Wednesday 1st April.

Open: Wednesday 1st April to Thursday 9th April and then Sundays and Wednesdays until Sunday 24th May. Also open Monday 4th May and Saturday 16th May. Opening hours 1200 until 1630.

Next Special Event: Start of Season Easter Gala – Saturday 4th (1200-1900) & Sunday 5th April (1200-1630)

More info @ http://www.eatm.org.uk/index.html

Great Orme Tramway

Current Status: Closed. “Expects” to re-open Saturday 21st March.

Timetable in operation: Trams every 20 minutes between 1000 and 1700 (opening extended to 1800 from April).

More info @ http://www.greatormetramway.co.uk/index.asp

Heaton Park Tramway

Current Status: Open every Sunday. Saturday running starts Saturday 4th April. Also open Easter Monday 6th April. Trams run between 1200 and 1600.

Next special event: Spring Gala – Sunday 29th March

More info @ http://www.heatonparktramway.co.uk

Manx Electric Railway

Current Status: Resumes operation on Friday 20th March. Trams will only run as far as Laxey until Tuesday 24th March & Sunday 27th March before a full daily service resumes on Saturday 28th March.

Timetables in operation:

Friday 20th to Tuesday 24th March & Friday 27th March – Timetable L (4 departures each way between Derby Castle and Laxey)

Saturday 28th March to Sunday 12th April – Timetable C (9 departures each way between Derby Castle and Ramsey plus 1 each way from Laxey to Ramsey and 1 each way between Derby Castle and Laxey)

Monday 13th April to Friday 1st May – Timetable B (6 departures each way between Derby Castle and Ramsey plus 1 each way between Laxey and Derby Castle)

For full details on forthcoming services on the Manx Electric Railway please visit the official website below.

Next special event: Rush Hour on the Railways – Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April

More info @ http://www.gov.im/categories/travel-traffic-and-motoring/bus-and-rail/heritage-railways/manx-electric-railway/

Seaton Tramway

Current Status: Running every weekend until end of March and then daily until November.

Timetables in operation:

Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd April & Monday 13th April to Friday 1st May – Yellow Timetable (trams every 30 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1600 with return trips from Colyton between 1030 and 1630)

Friday 3rd April to Sunday 12th April – Blue Timetable (trams every 20 minutes from Seaton between 1000 and 1700 with return trips from Colyton between 1030 and 1730)

For full details on forthcoming services on the Seaton Tramway please visit the official website below.

More info @ http://www.tram.co.uk

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Current Status: Resumes operation Friday 27th March and then daily until October.

Timetables in operation:

Friday 27th March – Timetable A (7 return trips up the mountain between 1015 and 1545)

Saturday 28th March to Sunday 12th April – Timetable C (every half hour from Laxey between 1015 and 1545, returning between 1110 and 1640)

Monday 13th to Friday 1st May – Timetable B (7 return trips up the mountain between 1015 and 1545)

More info @ http://www.gov.im/categories/travel-traffic-and-motoring/bus-and-rail/heritage-railways/snaefell-mountain-railway/

Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Current Status: Open daily between 1000 and 1700.

Opening hours: 1000-1700. One tram is usually in service each day.

More info @ http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/summerlee

The information provided above is given in good faith and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If you know of any errors please contact us by using the comments section below or by emailing gareth@britishtramsonline.co.uk.

The Manx Electric Railway resumes operation on Friday 20th March although to start with will only be running between Derby Castle and Laxey. Our first photo on this page for 2015 shows 6+41 returning to the sheds at Derby Castle on a foggy on 14th August 2013. (Photo: Gareth Prior)

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