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It is another two Photo Gallery week this week with images coming from the archives and from 2020.

Firstly, we head to the Isle of Man in 1996 for a selection of images taken during the enthusiast event period. Whilst our photographer's main purpose of the visit was to see "Polar Bear" in action on the Groudle Glen Railway we also see Lisbon 360 at Derby Castle Sheds, "Msria" on the Snaefell Mountain Railway and a Simplex loco hauling Manx Electric Railway vehicles from Laxey.

We then bring us right up-to-date with a small gallery from the Volk's Electric Railway. With images coming from the second day of running for this year - Sunday 26th July - we see two sets of pairs in action on the line between Aquarium and Black Rock.

* All new photo collections added to the site in 2020 can be found on the Photo Gallery Index.

Fleet Lists
This week we have updates to Blackpool Tramway (photo links), Luas, Manx Electric Railway (last year of operation dates), Volk's Electric Railway (photo links) and West Midlands Metro (photo links) Fleet Lists. Don't forget if you spot an error or ommission - or there is another location you would like featured - please drop us an email!

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

In the News
The East Anglia Transport Museum have become the latest heritage line to announce their reopening plans this week with the doors being opened to the public again from Sunday 9th August (and then every Thursday and Sunday until further notice) whilst in Nottingham it has been confirmed a full service on NET will resume from Monday 3rd August. Over in Dublin two new Alstom built Citadis trams have arrived on Luas and entered service and we have also featured photos from both Blackpool and the Volk's Electric Railway following their resumption of services.

* All the latest news stories, as well as our regular photographic and video series can be found on the News & Features page.

Site Admin
With the news starting to pick-up a bit more in the past few weeks, starting from Monday 3rd August we will be changing things up a bit with our regular photo and video series on the News & Features page so that we can fit everything in! (I know we could include it all but I'm trying to avoid a feast and famine situation). On most days we will reduce to just one photo series with "Picture in Time" continuing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, "Around the World in Trams" moving to once a week on a Saturday, "Still Standing!" moving back to Tuesdays, "Trams in Video" keeping us entertained on a Sunday with Thursdays seeing "Whatever Happened To" coming towards a conclusion (just three more to go!). "Lockdown Walks" will be continuing at various points during the week as and when there is space whilst "Trams &" and "So Nearly, Not Quite" will be taking a break. One of those is almost certain to return, the other may or may not! We're be keeping on eye on how things develop and it may be that later this year we revert to having more of these photo series again but that is how its looking for at least the next few weeks!

As always, please enjoy this week's update. If you do go out please keep safe and take care. We will be back with more for you very soon.

Gareth - 2nd August 2020

Picture of the Week: Blackpool Tramway 016

Services on the Blackpool Tramway resumed from Sunday 19th July with a limited timetable running until early evening at a 20 minute frequency. On that first day we see 016 - still in its pink advert for Pretty Little approaching North Pier with a service to Fleetwood Ferry.
Photograph by Graham Gough

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