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Hidden London tram station opens to public for first time in 70 years.

I wonder if, trams could replace buses on major routes in London?.
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Lot of cities have rebuilt or are building tram lines again. Dublin has the LUAS, Melbourne still runs trams and Sydney is putting some tramlines back in. Just goes to show, what goes around, comes around!

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There are eight tramway/light rail systems in the UK; in Croydon, London's docklands, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham and Blackpool. Other new light rail schemes are in the planning stage in South–Central London and Edinburgh.

But personally I think Blackpool, as it still uses vintage double-decker trams, is the most fun.
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There are eight tramway/light rail systems in the UK; in Croydon, London's docklands, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham and Blackpool. Other new light rail schemes are in the planning stage in South–Central London and Edinburgh.

But personally I think Blackpool, as it still uses vintage double-decker trams, is the most fun.

Cardiff is planning a new tram system. (it'll never happen though)

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There are eight tramway/light rail systems in the UK; in Croydon, London's docklands, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham and Blackpool. Other new light rail schemes are in the planning stage in South–Central London and Edinburgh.

But personally I think Blackpool, as it still uses vintage double-decker trams, is the most fun.

The trams in Edinburgh have been in operation for some years - see the website

https://edinburghtrams.com/

It's a pity the line was not extended from York Place down Leith Walk to the Port of Leith (as was originally intended), after all the problems with the roadworks on Leith Walk while the tramway was being constructed.

AS for the tram tunnel under the Thames, for some years it was used as an emergency control centre, were London to be flooded if the Thames overflowed the Embankment.  Once the Thames Barrier was operational, this was closed, and the last time I passed, the radio aerials had been removed from the Kingsway entrance.

As for Cardiff, this was the last place in the UK to run trolley buses - as late as the 1960s, as I remember.   

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There are eight tramway/light rail systems in the UK; in Croydon, London's docklands, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham and Blackpool. Other new light rail schemes are in the planning stage in South–Central London and Edinburgh.

But personally I think Blackpool, as it still uses vintage double-decker trams, is the most fun.

The trams in Edinburgh have been in operation for some years - see the website

https://edinburghtrams.com/

It's a pity the line was not extended from York Place down Leith Walk to the Port of Leith (as was originally intended), after all the problems with the roadworks on Leith Walk while the tramway was being constructed.

AS for the tram tunnel under the Thames, for some years it was used as an emergency control centre, were London to be flooded if the Thames overflowed the Embankment.  Once the Thames Barrier was operational, this was closed, and the last time I passed, the radio aerials had been removed from the Kingsway entrance.

As for Cardiff, this was the last place in the UK to run trolley buses - as late as the 1960s, as I remember.   


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1STqsKO89Sk Cardiff's last Trolley Bus (11/1/70)

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You can still catch a tram at the black Country Living Museum too; it just doesn't get you very far very far..

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Sydney is a weird one. As mentioned in the article, at present it doesn't have trams - it has light rail. Last time I was in Sydney the lines weren't really helpful. It basically was only really going in the CBD. I could walk the length of the CBD rather than needing to use the public transport (mind you, I can do that in Melbourne too). Melbourne has tram lines that are more than 20km long (and have been extended a few times, cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Melbourne_tram_routes). We also have some old tram depots:

Kew Tram Depot
- https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8130559,145.0226246,3a,75y,18.6h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sBf9hoqhHxAqN06LSKInm-Q!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3DBf9hoqhHxAqN06LSKInm-Q%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D14.891544%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en

Camberwell Tram Depot
- https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8306796,145.0546508,3a,75y,49.97h,93.02t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSHtuSQIHLt3fAZlL7vcvqw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en
- https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8297298,145.0548531,3a,75y,255.35h,93.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sATS-pE3laSeFJv4LNeOvrg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en

Malvern Tram Depot
- https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Malvern+tram+depot/@-37.8587269,145.0284306,3a,75y,222.11h,88.58t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sAaY9DrxEsrIK8uY8BcqjBA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x6ad669e739be88b9:0x30c97457def16435!8m2!3d-37.8589429!4d145.0289146?authuser=0&hl=en

Melbourne Tram Museum (in Auburn)
- https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8272354,145.0251088,3a,75y,251.82h,99.11t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sXOUYwY10wvgD5CHKrYt0Xg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?authuser=0&hl=en

Melbourne has "light rail" as well, but they are basically large trams that run through Albert Park Lake Reserve (where the F1 grand prix is), rather along a road. Otherwisr, threy are trams.
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There was a very extensive tram system in Brussels, though many of the lines have been put underground and gradually converted into a metro system.  There's a tram museum - see their website

https://trammuseum.brussels/en/

and for all the information you might ever need, the Wikipedia entry is

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trams_in_Brussels