Old and New

Trams 12 and 19 side-by-side at Priestfields, between Bilston and Wolverhampton

Old and new West Midlands Metro trams side-by-side at Priestfields, Wolverhampton. Thanks to the driver who saw me taking the photo and stopped the tram with two vehicles side-by-side.

It’s a sign than the renaissance of urban light rail has come of age when we’re now seeing the first generation of trams being replaced, even though their age is a fraction of the 30+ year economic life expected from heavy rail rolling stock. No idea whether then 1999-built AnsaldoBreda T69s will be offered for sale or scrapped.

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