Heritage Trams this week

It’s that time of the week again when we provide a round-up of when and where you can ride on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. After a hectic few weeks across the country things are starting to calm down a back with the only major event being the end of “Beside the Seaside” at Crich (last day: 1st June) although there will also be an intensive service on the Manx Electric Railway with timetable F in operation as the island is inundated with visitors for the TT races.

Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

Current Status: Open daily

Opening hours: 1000-1700 (last admission 1500)

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

Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

Current Status: Operating daily until Sunday 2nd June and then every Saturday and Sunday

Operating hours: Services run from Taylor Street Museum at 1300 and then every half hour until 1630, returning from Woodside Ferry at 1315 until the last possible return at 1615.

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

Blackpool Tramway

Current Status: Operates Bank Holiday weekends and selected other dates until end of August.

Next service:

Sunday 22nd June: Totally Transport with a 3 tram service planned including operation to Starr Gate for the first time since the upgraded tramway opened.

More info @ http://www.blackpooltransport.com/services/heritage-trams.

Crich Tramway Village

Current Status: Open Daily

Opening hours: 1000-1730 (last admission 1600). At least 3 trams should be in service each day (subject to availability)

Next special event: Beside the Seaside – until 1st June. A full preview of this event can be found at http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=7498.

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

Douglas Horse Tramway

Current Status: Daily operation until September.

Operating hours: 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#.UzXDlGdOWM8

East Anglia Transport Museum

Current Status: Open (details of when see below).

Opening hours: Every Thursday 1300-1700 (last admission 1600) and every Sunday 1100-1700 (last admission 1600). Also open Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 1100-1700 (last admission 1600) and daily Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st May 1300-1700 (last admission 1600).

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

Great Orme Tramway

Current Status: Operates daily

Operating hours: 1000-1700 (from April 1000-1800). Trams every 20 minutes

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

Heaton Park Tramway

Current Status: Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Operating hours: 1200-1700 using at least one tram.

Next special event: 765 100 Not Out – Sunday 6th July

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

Manx Electric Railway

Current Status: Now in operation. See below for details of when.

The following services will be running during May:

Saturday 31st May-Friday 6th June – Timetable F (15 departures from Derby Castle between 0910 and 1740, all but the 0910 and 1410 run all the way to Ramsey)

Next special event: Manx Heritage Transport Festival 2014 – 30th July-3rd August

More info @ http://www.gov.im/publictransport/Rail/Electric/

Seaton Tramway

Current Status: Daily running.

The Blue timetable is now in operation daily until Friday 11th July. First tram leaves Seaton at 1000 and then every 20 minutes until 1700 with returns from Colyton starting at 1030 until the last departure of the day at 1730.

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

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Current Status: Open

The following services will be running during May:

Saturday 31st May-Friday 6th June- Timetable F (half hourly departures between 0945 and 1545 – return from the Summit at 1040-1640)

More info @ http://www.gov.im/publictransport/Rail/Snaefell

Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Current Status: Open daily

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

More info @ http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15877.

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 mainstay of the fleet at the Heaton Park Tramway remains Blackpool Brush 623 which is seen here 24th March 2013. (Photo: Gareth Prior)

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