A Selection of Trams, Streetcars & Light Rail Vehicles

Great Britain

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A look at the Blackpool - Fleetwood inter urban Tramline in the days before the modern articulated trams.
When passing the Metropole hotel the trams ran along the public highway in a way which saw southbound trams and northbound road traffic sharing the same road space. Unfortunately the fleet number of the 'open boat' type of tram is not visible, so its exact identity remains a mystery. Also unknown is the identity of the open top Routemaster bus seen a short distance ahead of the tram.
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Brush Railcoach 625 at Cleveleys tramstop. In those days the trams followed the same traffic signals as the rest of the traffic, there were no turning restrictions and there was just the one traffic phase per direction - so both lanes of traffic would travel at the same time.
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An unidentified Balloon tram in street track near the Fleetwood terminus. Preserved Blackpool Coronation tramcar 304 - the 'Vambac' - using
street trackage in Fleetwood on a 'tramtour' in May 2008.
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Double-deck tramcar No.762 on the promenade.
Looking at the lower legs of the trousers of the man walking
along the promenade suggests that the weather is very windy.
Blackpool Balloon tramcar No.708 on the private right of
way which forms part of the inter-urban section of tramway.
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Balloon tramcar No.719 in a special advertising
livery and an unidentified Balloon in green and
cream fleet livery, as seen from the top deck
of a tram travelling in the opposite direction.
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Double decker No.761 approaches Orion Curve in the Cleveleys area.
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Double decker No.761 and an unidentified English Electric Railcoach
travelling in street tramway mode in Fleetwood town centre.
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Trams 644 and 726 in normal passenger service. Open top double deck tram giving pleasure rides in Blackpool.
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Although Blackpool was famous for its double-deck trams it always also had some single-deckers which pointed towards the modern tramcars that have been reintroduced back into Britain (and are now also used in Blackpool). These views show one of the twin-sets (motor + un-powered trailer) using street trackage in Fleetwood and the inside of one of the vehicles.
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The old and the new, first generation and modern articulated trams at the same location in Fleetwood.
It is a shame that the modernisation process saw the loss of the zebra crossing (replaced with a traffic signalled solution).
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T69 trams in the Wolverhampton area on the Midland Metro which links Wolverhampton with Birmingham.
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Many Midland Metro tram stop shelters feature these
attractive glass etchings portraying local scenes.
Most of the route is along a mainline railway which
was closed in the Beeching era and reopened for the trams.
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Some T69 trams were repainted in this pink and silver livery.
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Tyne & Wear Metro Train in the early days and Gateshead station (left) and possibly Ilford Road station (right).
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Tyne & Wear Metro trains at another unidentified station and at a level crossing.
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Modern Sheffield SuperTrams in the original and Stagecoach Candy Stripe liveries.
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Modern Sheffield SuperTram in the present-day livery. Preserved Sheffield Roberts tramcar on a 'tramtour' in May 2008
using street trackage in Fleetwood, Lancashire.


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Nottingham trams in the city centre.
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A Nottingham tram and a mainline railway Class 170 diesel train
on the section of line where the two share formation.
A Nottingham tram at the David Lane level crossing - the boom arms
are only used when mainline trains traverse this crossing.
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Croydon Tramlink trams in their original livery
outside East Croydon mainline railway station.
Croydon Tramlink trams in the original and newer
liveries during the changeover period.
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Croydon Tramlink tram and diesel bus on Lebanon Road. A London Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train as seen from
the original South Quay station.
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A single DLR vehicle at Bank underground station. A DLR train aproaches the original elevated Island Gardens station
with the Canary Wharf Tower in the background.
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The computer-driven DLR features third rail power collection.
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Former London DLR vehicles at the Hauptbahnhof
(main railway station) in Essen, Germany.
Former London DLR vehicles operating as a street
tram in route U17 in Essen, Germany.

In the 1990's the DLR P86 and P89 vehicles were sold to the Germans as alternatives to significant rebuilding to make them fully compatible with the growing DLR system. In Essen they have been converted to operate from overhead wires, fitted with drivers cabs (for traditional-style human driving) and most of them have even been made fully street compatible, although they can only call at stops with high platforms. The vehicles which are street compatible have also been repainted in Essen's yellow and blue livery.

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As part of the March 1987 "Project Light Rail" promotion in Manchester
a London Docklands Light Railway was fitted with a
pantograph and painted in the livery of the local transport authority.
Image: Photograph issued by the schemes promoters.
The Navigation Road level crossing where Manchester Metrolink trams
and mainline trains each have exclusive use of one bi-directional track.
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T68 Manchester Metrolink trams in the city centre.
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More T68 trams, the view above-right was taken near to Heaton Park on the Bury route within months of the system opening.
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A T68 tram in revised livery and hiding in the background
one of the newer M5000 class trams.
This 2012 image was taken at the same location as the one above it.
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Two of the newer M5000 class trams. Market Street tramstop featured one of the innovative 'profiled' platforms which were designed to provide level access at some doorways without seeming to take over the street scene. However they were not universally popular and have been replaced with full-length high platforms.

Heritage, Leisure, Special Operations

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The Volks Electric Railway in Brighton.
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Inside one of the fully open trains. A side elevation of a train with a partially enclosed section.
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The line mostly runs between the beach and the coastal road,
this shows one of the pedestrian crossing points.
At Black Rock / Marina station. This is the terminus at the eastern
end of the line. Also seen is the third rail power supply rail.
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The lower section of the Great Orme cable powered tramway in Llandudno, North Wales includes sections of street track.
Although usually thought of as being a street tramway it is actually a self balancing funicular railway.
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A lower section tram arrives at Halfway Station where to
complete their journeys the passengers must alight
and walk a very short distance to the upper section.
The upper section travels though open countryside and includes a level
crossing. Also seen here is a gondola from the Great Orme Cable car.
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The upper section mostly features ballasted track. Inside one of the trains.

A few more Great Orme images (from a visit on a different day) can be found here: http://citytransport.info/Gt-Orme.htm .

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The "modern" styled Parry People Mover (PPM) vehicle, seen on
demonstration as a street tram in Barking, Essex in the mid 1990's.
The "heritage" styled PPM vehicle at a tramstop on its Himley Park
demonstration track.   The power supply rail
is under the black and yellow diagonal stripe coloured cover.

So far the only full commercial exploitation of the PPM system has been on a short mainline branchline in Stourbridge, where despite being a lower capacity vehicule than the single carriage diesel railcar it replaced, by being cheaper to operate it is financially viable to run a more frequent service and has managed to considerably increase passenger numbers.

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Class 139 001 PPM at Stourbridge Junction and inside one of the PPM vehicles.
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Class 139 002 PPM approaching and at Stourbridge Town station.

The heritage Heaton Park Tramway is located in Heaton Park, Manchester. Much of the route dates from the first generation tram system which included a short section of tramway that took passengers right into the park.

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Historic Manchester Tram No.765 at the Heaton Park tramway. The external view is near to the park gates; although seen on the side which is in the shade the number of people looking at this tram meant that this was the only time that it was possible to get a clear view (ie: without anyone in the way).
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Douglas Bay horse tram and Manx Electric Railway tram on the Isle Of Man.
More Isle Of Man images can be found here: IOM.htm. .
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Single and double deck trams at the Seaton Tramway in Devon.
More Seaton Tramway images can be found here: Seaton-tram.htm. .
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Former Liverpool tram stuck behind a parked white van which is partially
blocking its tracks at the Crich Tramway Living Museum in Derbyshire.
Former open-top Portsmouth tram as a static exhibit in the Victorian-era
section of the Milestones museum which is in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
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Former London and Blackpool trams plus London trolleybuses at the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Coleville near Lowestoft, Suffolk.
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This view very much encapsulates the ambiance of the East Anglia Transport
Museum, if not also of its contemporaries.   Seen here are two former
Blackpool trams, one former London tram, a former London trolleybus
and in the background what is probably a former Portsmouth trolleybus.
The route of the Birkenhead Tramway which is located on the Wirral,
Merseyside, (close to Hamilton Square Merseyrail station / just across the
River Mersey from the city of Liverpool) includes a section of street tramway
on the public highway.   This view shows a replica Hong Kong tramcar.

The Beamish Living museum is not about transport per se but it uses historic trams (and a motor bus) to meet real transport needs carrying visitors between some of the differently themed areas located within the site.

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Left: Former Sunderland Corporation tram No.16 travels through one of the undeveloped sections.
Right: An overview of the town centre, as seen from the upper deck of Blackpool No. 31. Note the passenger wearing 'rainy weather' clothing!

The Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) is also about local history and uses trams (and trolleybuses) as a mode of transport within the site.

Adjacent to the BCLM is the Dudley Canal Trust where visitors can enjoy a ride through local canals on electrically powered narrow boats. Most of the tour is through canal tunnels and visitors who are feeling energetic can practise 'legging', which quite literally is propelling the narrow boat through the tunnels by sitting down (or, even better, laying on one's back) and walking on the inside of the tunnel. In 'ye olden days' this was necessary because the horses which pulled the boats along the canals could not be used in the tunnels.

The tour also includes passing some limestone mines where wax models are used to depict typical scenes from during the working day.

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Former Wolverhampton tram at the Black Country Living Museum. Mooring (ie: 'parking') a Dudley Canal Trust boat.
This is done using a long pole with a hook at the end to latch onto metal
rings fixed into the quayside and pull the boat towards the towpath.
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An energetic passenger experiences 'legging'; ie: obtaining
propulsion by walking on the inside of the tunnel!
Two narrowboats pass. On a busy bank holiday afternoon as many
as three narrowboats might be in service simultaneously.
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Glasgow tram at the 1990 Glasgow Garden Festival. Edinburgh tram at the 1990 Glasgow Garden Festival.

Most of the double-deck trams seen on this part of this page are from 'living museums'. Nowadays only two locations still feature double-deck trams used in full passenger service. These are Hong Kong and Alexandria, Egypt. On the Blackpool - Fleetwood tramway double deckers are primarily used as extras (ie: not the main service).

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Hong Kong. Alexandria, Egypt
(Image from an electric railway vehicle manufacturer's promotional brochure).

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