Heritage Trams this week

Want to know when and where you ride on heritage trams over the next few weeks? Well if you do you have come to the right place as this is your one stop guide to heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man! The next few weeks will see a number of highlights with the heritage trams back in operation in Blackpool again on Sunday 20th July running between North Pier and Fisherman’s Walk, Fleetwood in conjunction with Fleetwood Tram Sunday – this will see the return to the rails of Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 after overhaul. Following that between 30th July and 3rd August it will be time for the Isle of Man to take centre stage as the annual Heritage Transport Festival takes place.

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: Closed until further notice due to an electrical fire in the overhead supply. A free Tram replacement bus service will operate to the times below when staff and vehicles permit until repairs are carried out

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.

Next Special Event: Sunday 5th October – Bus & Tram Show

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 20th July: Fleetwood Transport Festival (Tram Sunday). A full preview is available at http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=8239

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: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August – August 1940s Weekend

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 & Saturday 1300-1700 (last admission 1600) and every Sunday 1100-1700 (last admission 1600) until Sunday 13th July after which Tuesday and Wednesday opening commences.

Next Special Event: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September – Autumn Gala Weekend

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. Also open on Saturday 19th July in connection with the Festival of Model Trams.

Operating hours: 1200-1700 using at least one tram. (Saturday 19th July open 1100-1900 and Sunday 19th July open 1100-1700).

Next special event: Trans Lancs Transport Show – Sunday 7th September

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

Manx Electric Railway

Current Status: Operating daily. See below for details of when.

The following services will run over the next few weeks:

Saturday 19th July to Sunday 31st August – Timetable D (14 departures per day starting at 0940 from Douglas – not only run all the way to Ramsey) Enhanced services will run on Thursday 31st July & Sunday 3rd August in connection with the Heritage Transport Festival

Wednesdays 23rd and 30th July, 6th & 13th August see additional evening services between Douglas and Laxey for summit diners using timetable E

Fridays 25th July, 1st, 8th & 15th August see additional evening services including to and from Ramsey using timetable G

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 Red timetable is in operation daily from until Sunday 31st August. First tram leaves Seaton at 1000 and then every 20 minutes until 1720 with returns from Colyton starting at 1030 until the last departure of the day at 1750.

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

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Current Status: Operating Daily.

The following services will run over the next few weeks:

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July – Timetable B (hourly services from 1015-1545 – please check if travelling as it seems odd this will be running in mid-July)

Monday 21st July to Sunday 31st August – Timetable D (half hourly services from 1015-1545)

Wednesdays 23rd, 6th & 13th August and Fridays 25th July, 1st, 8th & 15th August see additional evening services for summit diners only

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

Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 is due to return to service on Sunday 20th July following an overhaul over the winter at both Blackpool and Crich. We see the tram here on 29th September 2010 at Gynn Square. (Photo: Gareth Prior)

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