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  • Tyne and Wear Metro : TheTrams.co.uk
    UK 4008 at University stop heading north The system is 47 miles long making it the longest light rail system in the country The system is exclusively reserved right of way with no street running routes are a mixture of new tunnels old railway alignments and track sharing with main line trains more The Metro s 60 stations are a mixture of structures inherited from British Rail including some striking examples of Victorian such as Tynemouth and Art Deco such as West Monkseaton railway architecture and stations constructed new for the Metro in the 1980s such as Ilford Road and 2002 such as Park Lane more The Tyne and Wear Metro provides and with an intensive daytime frequency on two basic services Newcastle St James North Shields Whitley Bay Newcastle Pelaw South Shields and Airport Newcastle Pelaw Sunderland At peak times there are trains every 3 minutes through the central Gosforth Newcastle Gateshead Pelaw section more The system uses 90 trains built for the system s opening in 1980 by Metro Cammell in Birmingham The trains are articulated two section units and services are normally composed of two units coupled together A pleasing feature for passengers is the half width cab which allows for two seats at the front of the train with an unrestricted view through the windscreen Trains have been refurbished in recent years and carry a variety of liveries more The Metro is owned and directly operated and maintained by Nexus the trading name of the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive which is the operations arm of the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority Nexus also co ordinates local bus and rail services and operates the Shields Ferry In 2002 Nexus unveiled Project Orpheus a radical plan to develop the Metro through extension and integration with

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  • Trams in the UK : TheTrams.co.uk
    from the rail routes it took over There underground sections and stations in the city centre and the system also shares some track with heavy rail services on the recently opened route south to Sunderland In 1987 came the Docklands Light Railway which was a mixture of innovative new viaduct construction and reuse of long abandonded railway alignments This system is still light rail rather than tramway with no street running and substantial stations but many of the stops are much closer together than you would expect with conventional heavy metro and there are plenty of tight curves and steep gradients which would be unmanagable for conventional railway vehicles The DLR was constructed primarily to serve the redeveloped docklands area of east London which has changed beyond recognition in the years since the system opened In the central part of the docklands development around Canary Wharf the urban landscape has evolved around the DLR with stations at the heart of new developments rather than the transport system having to fit in around existing structures Another interesting aspect of this system is that it is fully automated and driverless The first of the second generation street running tram systems was Manchester s Metrolink This opened in 1992 using former railway alignments for much of its route but with a section through the streets of the city centre The system has since been extended and after a hard fight to obtain funding a substantial expansion of the system is planned When Metrolink was opened tram was considered to be a dirty word and the system was referred to as Light Rail or hybrid and the vehicles as Light Rail Vehicles rather than trams but Metrolink s position has softened as it has become clear that people actually quite like trams and don t see them as old fashioned The next milestone was the opening of Sheffield s Supertram in 1994 with extensive street running both shared use and reserved track The system was ambitious with three lines radiating from the city centre Supertram ran into heavy financial difficulties due partly to its planning and partly to heavy competition from deregulated bus services and could easily have spelt the end for new tramway construction in this country more recently however usage has increased Planned extensions to the system have been abandoned due to lack of central government funding Birmingham s Midland Metro opened in 1999 It is a single line serving one transport corridor out of many in the West Midlands the country s second largest metropolitan area Most of the line uses a former railway alignment with a short section of street running in Wolverhampton In Birmingham the tramway uses platforms in Snow Hill main line station although there are plans to extend the line on street through the city which will help the system begin to fulfill its potential Extensions to other parts of the West Midlands are also in the pipeline Then in 2000 came Croydon Tramlink in south London

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  • What is a tram? : TheTrams.co.uk
    heavy rail services The tracks that a tram runs on are called a tramway the system itself can be called a tramway system First generation tramways Horse drawn tramways were first introduced at the beginning of the 19 th Century The first electric tramway began operation in Germany in 1881 and existing horse drawn tramways were progressively converted to electric operation With the emergence of motorbuses and trolleybuses also known as trackless trolleys which run on rubber tyres without needing rails tramways started to fall out of favour In many countries the UK and the US for example many tram systems were abandonded in favour of these alternative forms of mass transit the rising popularity of private cars also had a detrimental effect on the viability of tramways In Britain by the end of 1962 all but one tramway system Blackpool had closed In North America all but a tiny handful of tramways had closed by the mid 1960s Many systems remained open in continental Europe and have been progressively modernised Light rail The term light rail is used to describe railway operations using smaller vehicles which have a lower capacity and lower speed than conventional railways light rail infrastructure is designed to be cheaper to build and maintain Light rail is an intermediate transport mode catering for short intra and inter urban journeys stops are generally closer together than commuter railways but further apart than local bus routes Because of the nature of the technology used light rail systems are often subject to less stringent operational regulation than conventional railways which leads to greater opearational flexibility For instance heavy rail systems will normally be required to operate block signalling systems which create an absolute limit on track capacity maximum headway By contrast many light rail systems by virtue of their slower speeds lighter vehicle construction and shorter braking distances are able to operate on line of sight allowing vehicles to pull up right behind one another meaning there is virtually no limit to track capacity Light rail systems typically feature high frequency services removing the need for anything more than the most basic public timetables Stops are often less substantial than conventional railway stations and are generally unstaffed they can range from converted former railway stations to little more than a bus stop A common feature of many light rail systems particularly those which feature street running is that they are more integrated into the urban environment than conventional railways In particular stops can be designed to be a part of the communities they serve rather than being physically seperated from them This design approach impacts on public awareness and passenger perception and can make people more likely to consider travelling on them Light rail systems almost universally feature electric power although there are a very small number of diesel light rail vehicles Tram train a modern concept which has been trialled in Germany features hybrid vehicles which travel into a city on main line railway tracks under diesel

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  • Links : TheTrams.co.uk
    museums which have significant tramway collections static and working More other organisations and enthusiast websites Each section in TheTrams co uk also has its own links pages Adding a link to your site If you would like a link to your site on TheTrams co uk send an email including your name and website URL Linking to TheTrams co uk You re welcome to add a link to TheTrams co

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  • About : TheTrams.co.uk
    Midland Metro made me broaden my horizons Since then several visits to Birmingham Sheffield Manchester London Blackpool and Newcastle have resulted in sections on light rail operations in those cities completing the coverage of all public tramway and light rail systems in the UK TheTrams co uk is not associated with or endorsed by any tramway light rail operator or transport authority For the official websites of UK tramway and light rail operations see the tramway links page Technical stuff TheTrams co uk is written in PHP and XHTML 1 0 with a sprinkling of MySQL All the pages are coded by hand that is I use a text editor rather than a program such as Dreamweaver or HotDog This gives me greater control over the look of the site makes it much easier to write and update pages and results in much cleaner code and smaller page sizes better for me better for visitors The site is designed and tested to display in any browser at any screen size However I personally recommend Mozilla Firefox for viewing this and every other website on the net I completely redesigned the site in 2005 to be easier to use and prettier to look at and to be easier for me to maintain and update One of the aims was to create a site where every page is valid XHTML I believe I have achieved that In pursuit of this goal I use a very handy Firefox extension HTML Validator which validates pages automatically as you browse Another redesign in 2008 building on the work I had done in 2005 has brought the site more up to date in design terms and be more search engine friendly It has also made it a little easier to navigate and hopefully resulted in a

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  • Contact : TheTrams.co.uk
    tram Links About Contact Contact Opinions praise complaints suggestions and questions are always welcome There are two ways to contact TheTrams co uk send a message to or fill out the online contact form below that way you can stay anonymous if you prefer Your name optional Your email address optional Your message If you would like to request permission to use a picture you may fill out a picture

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  • Blackpool illuminations : Pictures : Blackpool Tramway : TheTrams.co.uk
    this is what brings thousands of people to Blackpool every autumn to travel on a tram the illuminations Blackpool Tower and the promenade as seen from North Pier 29 10 2006 003360 Illuminated Frigate tramcar 736 on an illuminations special at North Pier stop 29 10 2006 003361 Illuminated tram 736 on a special journey at North Pier alongside 722 on a public working 29 10 2006 003362 The view south along the promenade from North Pier as a procession of trams carry tourists through the illuminations Nearest the camera is 718 also visible are 721 in all over white and Progress Twin pair 682 and 672 29 10 2006 003363 Tram watching two gentlemen at North Pier watch as a gaggle of Balloons rebuilt and unrebuilt congregate on the promenade Visible are 719 718 721 and 715 just discernable in the distance is Bolton 66 29 10 2009 003364 Former Bolton 66 on an illuminations special at North Pier Waiting in the centre road the tram will reverse and return south 29 10 2006 003365 Bolton Corporation no 66 at North Pier while working an illuminations special 29 10 2006 003366 Balloons 701 and 718 at Bispham at the northern end of the illuminations 29 10 2006 003367 648 pulling into Bispham The tram will reverse here and the driver ha already set the blind for the return journey 29 10 2006 003368 600 at North Pier having just terminated on a short working from Bispham for illuminations passengers 29 10 2006 003369 707 loading at Central Pier during the illuminations 04 11 2007 003370 642 at Bispham 04 11 2007 003371 641 at Bispham The northern end of the illuminations can be seen in the background 04 11 2007 003372 707 at Bispham 04 11 2007 003373 Open

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  • TheTrams.co.uk: Docklands Light Railway - London City Airport extension
    as far as King George V the day after it opened and the stations on this line under construction Pages 1 2 07 pulling into Poplar on a Woolwich Arsenal train 10 01 2009 003495 07 having just arrived at the newly opened Woolwich Arsenal station 10 01 2009 003496 Woolwich New Road entrance to Woolwich Arsenal station 10 01 2009 003497 Woolwich Arsenal station detail DLR roundel on the front of the Woolwich New Road entrance 10 01 2009 003498 Woolwich Arsenal station Woolwich New Road entrance ticket hall and gate line 10 01 2009 003499 Woolwich Arsenal station Woolwich New Road entrance This is at ground level with stairs and escalators down to the platforms 10 01 2009 003500 Woolwich Arsenal mainline railway station entrance The entrance to the DLR station is on the left 10 01 2009 003501 Powis Street entrance to Woolwich Arsenal station 10 01 2009 003502 Entrance and ticketing area at the Powis Street entrance to Woolwich Arsenal station 10 01 2009 003503 Ticketing area inside the Powis Street entrance to Woolwich Arsenal station 10 01 2009 003504 Woolwich Arsenal Powis Street entrance murals on the wall On the right are the escalators down to the station platform 10 01 2009 003505 Woolwich Arsenal at platform level looking towards the buffer stops The stairs in the foreground lead up to the Woolwich New Road entrance which is next to the mainline railway station 10 01 2009 003506 Woolwich Arsenal at platform level looking towards the tunnel under the Thames 10 01 2009 003507 Platform level at Woolwich Arsenal These stairs lead up to the Woolwich New Road entrance 10 01 2009 003508 Buffer stops at the end of platform 4 at Woolwich Arsenal 10 01 2009 003509 Woolwich Arsenal Two B07 units are running

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