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This week we are once again going all nostalgic with our latest Photo Gallery as we go back to 2003 with a selection of photos taken at the Crich Tramway Village Tramathon. A long standing event in calendar at the home of the National Tramway Museum this day saw any passenger tram which could run in operation and although many of those trams are those which you can enjoy a ride on today there are also a few others in action including Gateshead 5 and Leeds 602. You can view the images here.

It was shaping up to be a fairly quiet week on the news front once again until we reached the tail end of the week and two major stories broke. Firstly is the loan of Halle 902 to Blackpool from Crich for a couple of years, although it will be just for storage and occasional display to help out with space issues in Derbyshire. And on the same day as we reported on that the first of the battery operated trams on Midland Metro entered service with 18 carrying its first fare paying passengers on Friday 20th April. You can read more on both these stories and other news from across the British Isles on our News Page which also includes a thrice weekly photographic series on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday with trams from around the world and through the years.

We will be back next week with more for you but until then please do enjoy the update!

Gareth - 22nd April 2018

Picture of the Week: Midland Metro 18

On Friday 20th April 2018 the first of Midland Metro's Urbos3 trams with batteries installed to aid operation oon overhead free sections entered passenger service. 18 was used on an all day diagram and although the current Midland Metro line is fully installed with overhead it is running under battery power between Handsworth Booth Street and Soho Benson Road. In this view we see 18 - with pantograph lowered - is approaching Winson Green Outer Circle on its first day in public service.
Photograph by Andy Walters

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This page was last updated on Sunday 22nd April 2018

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