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This week on British Trams Online

After our short break last week the main site returns this week with a double-helping of photos. The first selection comes from the West Midlands Metro and is just a collection of images showing the Urbos3 trams - both fitted and not fitted with batteries - in action on the Saturday of the recent Bank Holiday weekend at the start of May.

That may be pretty standard but our second selection is a bit more out of the ordinary as it comes from the a museum we rarely feature - the East Anglia Transport Museum. With a special 50s Seaside Celebration event taking place the obvious choice of two trams to run during this event were the two resident Blackpool trams: Marton VAMBAC 11 and Standard 159. This gallery features those two trams extensively and we also see the trams at rest in the depot and a few of the trolleybuses in action - the big highlight of the event was the relaunch into service of Hastings trolleybus 34. Big thanks to those who sent photos in to help us cover this event.

It may surprise you to learn that there is actually some planning which goes into British Trams Online (nothing too formal but a lot of it is in my head!) and I had expected that this week would have photos from the Volk's Electric Railway. However, as some of you may have seen on the news page my visit to Brighton didn't go according to plan as there was no service! The best laid plans and all that...

Hopefully there will be no such problems next weekend when I head off to Blackpool for the weekend of heritage tram operation. And that of course means there will once again be no main site update of British Trams Online next weekend with the next scheduled update being on Sunday 2nd June. But, as always, the news page will continue to have updates daily and there will also be "as it happens" updates on Facebook.

Next weekend also sees the start of the major nine day Beside the Seaside event at Crich so there is plenty to keep the tram enthusiast occupied over the latest Bank Holiday weekend! Wherever the weekend may find you enjoy what you do and please also enjoy our offerings for you this week!

Gareth - 19th May 2019

Picture of the Week: Blackpool 11

On Saturday 11th May Blackpool Marton VAMBAC 11 was in service at the East Anglia Transport Museum (along with Blackpool Standard 159) as part of the 50s Seaside Celebration event. This photo shows 11 at the Chapel Road terminus where it is joined by open top Bournemouth trolleybus 202 both waiting for departure.
Photograph by Trevor Hall

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