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This week on British Trams Online

This week we head to the Isle of Man for the first part of a look at the tramways on the island - Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway. This comes in the form of a gallery and article. Both from David Mee in this part we concentrate on the period just before the Manx Heritage Transport Festival when the Isle of Man 50 Group charters took place. With major investment in the trams of both the horse tramway and MER in recent months these photos include several new looks for the trams with most covered in the gallery.

Talking of the Isle of Man the past week has also see the start of a new feature with a Visitor's Guide to the Manx Electric Railway uploaded. This is not a full guide to the line but seeks to give you some ideas of possible photos which can be had. We have two further editions to come - Great Orme Tramway and Crich Tramway Village - but if you have a museum line or system that you feel inspired about please let us know and we can add it to the series in the future!

In the news this week we have seen Blackpool Centenary 642 start testing in its new look having received an advert for the Travelcard alongside repairs whilst it has been confirmed that Blackpool Balloon 715 will remain as part of the heritage fleet for a further 10 years in a new agreement with the Fylde Transport Trust. And then on West Midlands Metro the start has been made on tendering for a new fleet of trams to work alongside the CAF Urbos3 trams as the system continues to expand over the next few years.

More next week but until then please enjoy the update!

Gareth - 12th August 2018

Picture of the Week: Manx Electric Railway 20+61 & 19+62

Of the various repaints on the Isle of Man in 2018 one of the most attractive has been that on Winter Saloon 19 which has received the original 1899 Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey Electric Railway livery. It is seen here at Derby Castle taking trailer 62 away from the stop passing 20 (which itself has received a new livery for 2018) and 61 in the process on 24th July 2018.
Photograph by David Mee

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This page was last updated on Sunday 12th August 2018

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