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Throughout the pandemic and our scramble to try and keep going with material on British Trams Online we have come to a fairly established pattern of featuring a specific event of year as we look back into the "archives" but this week as a bit of a change we have a much wider timeframe as we take a look at many of the trams which have run at Beamish over the years. It isn't a complete picture of every tram which has run (there are at least two absentees and there could be more if I've forgotten about them!) but features the majority of not only the resident fleet (in different guises) as well as some of those trams which have paid visits in more recent years. With trams not likely to run at Beamish until the start of September this is a chance to see what we have all been missing and a hope for what the future may bring.

* All new photo collections added to the site in 2021 can be found on the Photo Gallery Index.

Fleet Lists
Three major changes to the Fleet Lists this week as we see Blackpool 298 move back to Crich Tramway Village, 112 receive a new advert on Stagecoach Supertram and 38 arrive on the West Midlands Metro. In addition we have small updates to the Blackpool Tramway (last operating dates), Edinburgh Trams (photo links) and Heaton Park Tramway (photo links), lists along with the Stagecoach Supertram Advert List.

* All our Fleet Lists can be found through the Fleet Lists Index.

In the News
Thinking earlier in the week about what might be in these notes as the big stories it was likely to be a toss-up between the arrival of 38 on the West Midlands Metro and 112's new advert on Stagecoach Supertram. Then Friday happened! Obviously the biggest story of the week - and probably biggest story for some time - then became the news that the complete fleet of West Midlands Metro Urbos3 trams were grounded for precautionary safety checks after the discovery of underframe cracks on at least one of the trams. With no services on the system for at least this weekend the reliability of the West Midlands Metro network has been called into question, especially coming just two days after there has been more disruption caused by more overhead porblems at St Paul's. In a year which has already seen train fleets stopped on the national rail network (including some other CAF built vehicles on Northern Rail) for similar checks it will also raise a question of how reliable modern rail vehicles actually are. Friday also saw Blackpool 298 returned to Crich from Clay Cross as it moves ever nearer a resumption of restoration work - but that news rather got blown out the water even though its most more positive.

* To see all the latest news and our regular photo series visit the regularly updated News & Features page.

Please enjoy this week's update. Stay safe as we wait to see what restrictions may be lifted later this month. Back soon with more from across the British Isles.

Gareth - 12th June 2021

Picture of the Week: Stagecoach Supertram 112

9th June 2021 and we see the newest livery on a tram in the UK with Stagecoach Supertram 112 showing off a new advert as it stands at Middlewood. This was the first day back for the tram which is now publicising the green credentials of the Supertram network in a fairly simple and straightforward advert.
Photograph by Stuart Cooke

Upcoming Major Events

Until Sunday 13th June 2021 @ Statfold Barn Railway
Enthuiast Weekend - Trangkil 50

Sunday 20th June 2021 @ Crich Tramway Village
Scenic Car Tours - Reliant Scimitar Rally

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June 2021 @ Statfold Barn Railway
Giant Miniature Weekend

Sunday 27th June 2021 @ Crich Tramway Village
Shropshire MGs Visit

Visit the Events Diary for details of all events.

This page was last updated on Saturday 12th June 2021

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