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Last week was the Great North Steam Fair at Beamish and it will come as no surprise that this week our main feature is photos from that very event. With two trams on loan at Beamish at the moment - Blackpool & Fleetwood 40 and Manchester 765 - there was plenty for the tram enthusiast to see throughout the event, especially when you combine that with the resident trams. Four trams ran in service on the first two days of the event with five in service over the weekend - and with a busy museum they were certainly all needed! This is the first time since 2016 that a loanee tram has featured at the event - an event which is pretty unique in scale and scope in the UK - and it is good to see Beamish getting in on the act again and hopefully it proved fruitful with plenty of visitors heading to the north east for the pair. And if you didn't manage to get there for the event don't worry! 765 will be staying until June and 40 until August so you have more chances to see them!

As well as photos of the trams our gallery includes other transport in action at the museum including on the rails and roads - and there was plenty of that too! And if you'd like to read a brief review of the event you can do that here.

Away from Beamish and the Great North Steam Fair it has been another busy period for the tramways of the British Isles and we have been reporting on most of what has happened! The Volk's Electric Railway is back up and running for 2019, the latest battery fitted tram, 23, has entered service on West Midlands Metro, testing is about to start on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and Rush Hour on the Railways has started on the Isle of Man. But possibly most exciting of all is work is underway to extend the narrow gauge railway at the East Anglia Transport Museum which really does kick off their major expansion which will include an extension to the tramway. Who says nothing ever happens?!

Please enjoy the update and we will have more next week.

Gareth - 21st April 2019

Picture of the Week: Blackpool & Fleetwood 40

Two trams starred at the Great North Steam Fair held at Beamish between 11th and 14th April so it was always going to be a tough decision as to which of them got the front page image this week - in the end we tossed a coin for it! This view shows the Tramway Museum Society's Blackpool & Fleetwood 40 heading around the museum on 13th April with its replica destination blind set for Ash Street Fleetwood. All trams proved popular over the weekend with the majority of journeys to capacity showing why the trams at Beamish are the hardest working heritage trams in the country.
Photograph by Gareth Prior

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This page was last updated on Sunday 21st April 2019

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