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Trams (past, present & future) in Birmingham & West Midlands

Birmingham and West Midlands Trams - a great addition to the region. View our gallery and collection of posts looking at the past, present & future of the region's trams. 

This is a community owned project with wonderful contributions from our People with Passion. 

What we found out

What difference has it made

Project dates

21 Jan 2018 - On-going

Contact (for more details)

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ freetimepays.com

11 May 2019 - FreeTimePays

Tram and tram lines in Birmingham (May 2019)

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27 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Been waiting to see this tram since they applied the Cyrille Regis tributes! Spire of the Methodist Central Hall seen from Stephenson Street near Grand Central Tram Stop.

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27 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Been waiting to see this tram since they applied the Cyrille Regis tributes!

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27 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Been waiting to see this tram since they applied the Cyrille Regis tributes!

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27 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 31 Cyrille Regis at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Been waiting to see this tram since they applied the Cyrille Regis tributes!

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26 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 36 passing The Wesleyan

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West Midlands Metro tram 36 passing The Wesleyan seen from Colmore Row. Seen on a really sunny late February 2019 day. This tram now has battery packs, blue ends and a yellow livery advertising the My Metro app. It was passing from Bull Street via Colmore Circus towards Snow Hill.

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26 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 36 passing The Wesleyan

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West Midlands Metro tram 36 passing The Wesleyan seen from Colmore Row. Seen on a really sunny late February 2019 day. This tram now has battery packs, blue ends and a yellow livery advertising the My Metro app. It was passing from Bull Street via Colmore Circus towards Snow Hill.

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26 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 36 at Corporation Street Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 36 at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Seen on a really sunny late February 2019 day. This tram now has battery packs, blue ends and a yellow livery advertising the My Metro app. Was waiting here for the tram at Grand Central to depart before moving down.

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26 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 36 at Corporation Street Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 36 at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Seen on a really sunny late February 2019 day. This tram now has battery packs, blue ends and a yellow livery advertising the My Metro app. Was waiting here for the tram at Grand Central to depart before moving down.

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26 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 36 at Corporation Street Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 36 at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Seen on a really sunny late February 2019 day. This tram now has battery packs, blue ends and a yellow livery advertising the My Metro app. Was waiting here for the tram at Grand Central to depart before moving down.

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23 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop. Tram 18 has also had a makeover like tram 21. Same Just Eat sponsorship.

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23 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop. Tram 18 has also had a makeover like tram 21. Same Just Eat sponsorship.

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23 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop. Tram 18 has also had a makeover like tram 21. Same Just Eat sponsorship.

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23 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop. Tram 18 has also had a makeover like tram 21. Same Just Eat sponsorship.

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23 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop - it's so cute!

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West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop. Tram 18 has also had a makeover like tram 21. Same Just Eat sponsorship.. Panorama fail. Tried to merge 4 photos into one, but my software only took the 2 ends and made it into this!

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23 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop. Tram 18 has also had a makeover like tram 21. Same Just Eat sponsorship.

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23 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop

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West Midlands Metro tram 18 at Grand Central Tram Stop. Tram 18 has also had a makeover like tram 21. Same Just Eat sponsorship.

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22 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus

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West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus. Now with blue ends and Just Eat sponsorship on both sides of the tram. Also with battery backs at both ends. Passing the Living Wall outside Snow Hill Station.

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22 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus

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West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus. Now with blue ends and Just Eat sponsorship on both sides of the tram. Also with battery backs at both ends. Passing the Living Wall outside Snow Hill Station.

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22 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus

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West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus. Now with blue ends and Just Eat sponsorship on both sides of the tram. Also with battery backs at both ends. Passing the Living Wall outside Snow Hill Station.

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22 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown

West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus

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West Midlands Metro tram 21 between St Chad's Tram Stop and Colmore Circus. Now with blue ends and Just Eat sponsorship on both sides of the tram. Also with battery backs at both ends. Passing the Living Wall outside Snow Hill Station.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

The Hawthorns Tram Stop and Railway Station

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The Hawthorns is a tram stop that opened in 1999 along with a railway station on the Jewellery line that opened in 1995. The trams goes on the former Great Western Railway line to Wolverhampton. This stop is used for football fans going to watch West Bromwich Albion play at The Hawthorns.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 17 at West Bromwich Central Tram Stop

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Tram 17 at West Bromwich Central Tram Stop. The stop opened in 1999 and is near the bus station and shops in West Bromwich Town Centre. Sandwell College is also nearby here.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

West Bromwich Central Tram Stop

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West Bromwich Central Tram Stop opened on the 31st May 1999 and is the main tram stop for West Bromwich Town Centre. It's not too far from the bus station and shops. Built on the site of the former West Bromwich Station of the Great Western Railway.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 33 at Lodge Road West Bromwich Town Hall Tram Stop

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Tram 33 at Lodge Road West Bromwich Town Hall Tram Stop. The stop opened in 1999 in a deep cutting.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Lodge Road West Bromwich Town Hall Tram Stop

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Lodge Road West Bromwich Town Hall Tram Stop opened on the 31st May 1999 and is located on a deep cutting. There is a lift at one end, and a walkway at the other.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 31 at Wednesbury Great Western Tram Stop

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Tram 31 at Wednesbury Great Western Tram Stop. The tram stop opened in 1999 and is next to the Midland Metro tram depot.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Wednesbury Great Western Street Tram Stop

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Wednesbury Great Western Street Tram Stop is a tram stop in Wednesbury in Sandwell and opened in 1999. This tram stop is next to the Midland Metro tram depot.

Another line near here on the South Staffordshire line will be used as an extension to Brierley Hill.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 31 at Wednesbury Parkway Tram Stop

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Tram 31 at Wednesbury Parkway Tram Stop. This tram stop opened in 1999. Has park and ride facilities. It's not far from the tram depot and Wednesbury Great Western Street Tram Stop.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Wednesbury Parkway Tram Stop

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Wednesbury Parkway Tram Stop opened on the 31st May 1999. And has park and ride facilities. The stop has a third track that runs into the nearby tram depot (close to Wednesdbury Great Western Street Tram Stop).

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 36 at Bilston Central Tram Stop

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Tram 36 arrives at Bilston Central Tram Stop on it's way back to Grand Central in Birmingham. The tram stop opened in 1999 in the brick-lined former Great Western Railway cutting in Bilston Town Centre.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Bilston Central Tram Stop

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Bilston Central Tram Stop is a tram stop on the Wolverhampton to Birmingham West Midlands Metro line 1. Opened in 1999. On the brick-lined former Great Western Railway cutting in Bilston Town Centre.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 33 at The Royal Tram Stop

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Tram 33 at The Royal Tram Stop. The Urbos 3 tram arrives at The Royal on it's way to Birmingham. The tram stop opened in 1999.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

The Royal Tram Stop

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The Royal Tram Stop is in Wolverhampton and is currently the second tram stop out from Wolverhampton City Centre (line starts at St George's). Opened 31st May 1999. Named after The Royal Hospital which closed in 1997.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Wolverhampton St George's Tram Stop

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Wolverhampton St George's Tram Stop the terminus of the Midland Metro tramline from Birmingham. A loop to Wolverhampton Station is currently being built. The tram stop was altered in 2015 and was reduced to 1 platform. It opened originally with 2 platforms in 1999.

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15 Oct 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 20 at Wolverhampton St George's Tram Stop

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Tram 20 seen at Wolverhampton St George's Tram Stop, the original tram terminus in Wolverhampton. Now reduced to one platform since 2015. It opened in 1999.

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26 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Trams at Grand Central Tram Stop

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Pair of trams at Grand Central Tram Stop

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26 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Corporation Street Tram Stop - Ozzy 37

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Tram 37 Ozzy Osbourne leaves Corporation Street Tram Stop bound for Wolverhampton.

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26 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Bull Street Tram Stop

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Pair of trams at Bull Street Tram Stop in 2016. By this point the extension to Grand Central was about to open.

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26 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

St Paul's Tram Stop

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Pair of Urbos 3 tram seen at St Paul's Tram Stop from the bridge above on Livery Street.

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26 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Jewellery Quarter Tram Stop from the train

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A Urbos 3 tram seen stopped at Jewellery Quarter Tram Stop as seen from a train. It is quite easy to interchange between trains and trams here.

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25 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Grand Central Tram Stop

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Trams 33 and 32 at Grand Central Tramp stop seen in July 2018. From late September 2018 trams will be terminating / starting on the platform closest to Birmingham New Street Station so new tracks can be laid and join to Pinfold Stret towards Westside.

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25 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Corporation Street Tram Stop

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Tram 28 at Corporation Street Tram Stop in 2016. This was by the time that trams had started to run to Grand Central. View of the Wolverhampton bound platform. Only a shelter on that side, no shelter on the side to Grand Central, although that might change when the Westside extension opens.

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14 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Trams (August 2018)

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09 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Edmund Street tram track

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Tram track on what was Edmund Street near the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Close to the Water Hall.

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Balsall Heath Tram Depot

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This derelict building on the Moseley Road in Balsall Heath was the Balsall Heath Tram Depot. It is in a sorry state of disrepair now. Built by Lowe & Son in 1906 for Birmingham Corporation Tramways. The complex goes down a bit of Trafalgar Road.

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Selly Oak Tram Depot

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This building in Selly Oak on Harborne Lane used to be the Selly Oak Tram Depot from 1927. From 1952 it was converted into use by buses. These days it is storage place called Access Storage.

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Aston Manor Transport Museum

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Seen in September 2012 was the Aston Manor Transport Museum on Witton Lane, Aston (it closed in 2011). Formerly the building was the Borough of Aston Manor Tramways Depot. Built in 1882. Birmingham took it over from 1911. Was used as a tram depot till 1949 / 1953.

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Crich Tramway Village - Birmingham Wholesale Market gates

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Another view of Blackpool Boat Car 236 and the Birmingham Wholesale Market gates now at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire. September 2014. You can imagine Birmingham being like this a century ago!

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Blackpool Boat Car 236 and Birmingham Wholesale Market gates

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Seen at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire was Blackpool Boat Car 236, seen in September 2014. It was passing the old gates from the Birmingham Wholesale Market. They were brought to the museum in 1975 after the previous wholesale market was demolished.

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Corporation Tramways No 700

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Model of Birmingham Corporation Tramways No 700 seen at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire. The track gauge in Birmingham was 3ft 6in, therefore the museum cannot run a restored Birmingham tram. The tram was for Rednal on route 70.

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Corporation Tramways - Aston Cross to Steelhouse Lane

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Model of a Birmingham Corporation Tramways tram seen at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire (September 2014). Seen in the The Great Exhibition Hall -  Century of Trams Exhibition. The model was loaned from R. Whetstone Esq.

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08 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Acocks Green and Dale End 44

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Sign at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire seen during September 2014.

Acocks Green and Dale End 44.

It was in the The Great Exhibition Hall -  Century of Trams Exhibition

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06 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Trams in West Midlands - Past, Present & Future

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03 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Blue tram 31 waiting at Bull Street Tram Stop (July 2018)

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The blue tram 31 waiting at Bull Street Tram Stop before departing for Corporation Street and Grand Central.

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03 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Blue tram 31 on Bull Street Tram Stop (July 2018)

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Blue tram 31 at Bull Street Tram Stop outside The Lewis Building.

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27 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

Pink meets blue at Bull Street Tram Stop

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Tram 35 Ozzy Osbourne (pink) departs Bull Street for Wolverhampton, meanwhile the blue tram 31 arrives at Bull Street for Birmingham.

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27 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram on Corporation Street after dark

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November 2016 outside of Poundland on Corporation Street. It was after Corporation Street Tram Stop and Grand Central Tram Stop had opened.

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27 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

Midland Metro Tram 23 at the old Snow Hill Tram Stop

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Midland Metro tram 23 seen at the now disused Snow Hill tram Stop in May 2015 (before the first extension opened).

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23 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 10 at The Hawthorns (Dec 2014)

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Late into it's life, Tram 10 of the Midland Metro seen at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands. December 2014.

When this T69 was running, the Urbos 3 trams had already come into service.

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23 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

The Metro 14 - Jewellery Quarter Tram Stop (Dec 2012)

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The Metro tram 14 seen at Jewellery Quarter Tram Stop in December 2012. T69 now withdrawn for scrap.

Midland Metro.

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23 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

Tram 05 at Snow Hill Tram Stop (Nov 2012)

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Tram 05 (now withdrawn for scrap) seen at the former Snow Hill Tram Stop in November 2012. The T69's have all been withdrawn and only two have been preserved.

They ran from 1999 to 2014. Midland Metro ran by National Express.

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23 Jul 2018 - Jay Mason-Burns

Double exposure from Jay - Birmingham (July 2018)

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23 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

Corporation Street, Birmingham (July 2018)

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23 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

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23 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

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23 Jul 2018 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham trams - colour change and new fares

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Birmingham's trams in pink are being phased out in favour of a new blue. The new trams are currently receiving a re-spray and are starting to roll out in July 2018.

There are also changes to the types of fares charged. 

See full post for details.  Photography by Elliott Brown.

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23 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

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25 Jan 2018 - George Daley

Trams at Snowhill, Birmingham (Winter 2017/18)

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25 Jan 2018 - George Daley

Tram and House of Fraser, Birmingham (Winter 2017/18)

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21 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

Midland Metro Tram on Bull Street, Birmingham

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21 Jan 2018 - Elliott Brown

Midland Metro trams between St Chad's and Snowhill

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21 Jan 2018 - Elliott Brown

Metro Tram in Stephenson Street, Birmingham

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21 Jan 2018 - Elliott Brown

T69 Midland Metro Trams

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Birmingham and the Black Country trams no more. T69 Midland Metro trams in the years before their 2015 withdrawal.

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21 Jan 2018 - Elliott Brown

Old Birmingham Tram now at Think Tank Birmingham

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21 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

Trams in Birmingham (Autumn 2017)

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21 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

Metro trams in Birmingham

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21 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

Trams in old Birmingham

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21 Jan 2018 - Kevin Maslin

Tram on Corporation Street, Birmingham (Winter 2017/18)

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