Monday, September 26, 2016

VENICE MESTRE - Frank Bagshaw

For tramway enthusiasts who only think that Venice has gondolas and vaporettos to offer, Frank Bagshaw sends us this photo of one of the LOHRS vehicles (they are referred to as trams) that run from Mestre across the causeway to Venice. Frank rode the route at the weekend and reports the vehicles are very noisy and it's difficult to hold a conversation when they are travelling.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MANCHESTER ON MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 - Martrin Miller

Martin visited Manchester to see to see what life is like with the reopening of St Peter's Square. It is enviable that a critical mass has been reached where "there is always a tram in sight".
 
Here are the videos!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CRICH TRAM DAY AND PORTO COAL CAR 65 ON SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2016

A very busy tram service on Saturday including a few journeys by Porto 273, but the star attraction was the first appearance in daylight for many years of Porto Coal Car 65 prior to leaving for its new home at Beamish.

First view of 65 on the depot fan with 330 and the loco in view

Porto 273 entering service in the rain

Porto line up

Porto 9 Mule car showing signs of droop at the ends

Porto through and through
View of the depot fan with Porto and Chesterfield cars - Hazel Quarmby
View of Porto and Chesterfield 7 and 8 - Hazel Quarmby
Chesterfield 7 and 8

Side view of 65


Saturday, September 03, 2016

NOTTINGHAM THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2016 - Keith Chadbourne

Tram Stuart Broad approaching Holy Trinity

Tram William Ivory approaching Holy Trinity

Stuart Broad at Summerwood Lane towards Clifton

William Ivory at Clifton Centre

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CRICH MODELS WEEKEND 20/21 AUGUST 2016 - RIPLEY

The bridge over the railway and station at Nottingham Road, Ripley

The bridge over the lines at Nottingham Road, Ripley with Midland General bus

Another view of the rail line (now a Greenway) with station and Midland General bus

Aerial view showing lines, old Methodist Chapel and sidings

Monday, August 15, 2016

CRICH ON FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2016 - Frank Bagshaw

On Friday at Crich we prepared trams 40, 345 and 1068 ready for service. 869 had been moved to let one of the cars out so we added 812 to make a line up!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

DOUGLAS BAY HORSE TRAMS FOR SALE ON 24 AUGUST 2016

 Please see the followng item of news from British Trams on Line -

Horse trams for sale!

Despite recent positive developments regarding the future of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway – which is currently looking more secure than it has done all year – there remains an unavoidable fact that the current tram fleet is far larger than is required. Bearing this in mind, it has been confirmed that six trams have been declared surplus to requirements and are to be sold at auction later this month.
The Department for Infrastructure, who have agreed to operate the tramway for at least a further two years, have been conducting a review of the fleet based on operational requirements and historical merit. This has led them to decide that six of its trams can be sold off without greatly affecting the variety of the fleet. The identities of the trams which are to be disposed of have not yet been revealed, but they are reportedly one winter saloon, two open toastracks and three bulkhead cars. These are all duplicates of others which will be retained by the tramway for future operation and/or display, ensuring that a fair representative of rolling stock survives for future enjoyment.
The trams will be auctioned off at 1100 on Saturday 24th August and there will be viewing opportunities for potential buyers preceding this in the morning. Further details are available from Murray’s auctioneers by email – murray@antiquemann.im. It is hoped that all of the surplus vehicles will find good homes, indeed this may well provide a rare opportunity for mainland museums to acquire a Manx tram. Although too small to run on a standard gauge tramway, a Douglas horse tram would make a potentially attractive static exhibit in a museum although it is understood that all of the trams to be sold would require some level of renovation work.
Whilst not ideal, the disposal of a small number of duplicate cars is certainly a lot better than losing the entire tramway and its whole fleet, and hopefully this will be the only such instance of horse trams being disposed of.
Could be one of these ?
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

JOHN SHAWCROSS EVENT AT CRICH ON SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2016

On the occasion of John's 68th birthday a gathering was held in the Workshop to unveil a plaque to John commemorating his efforts over many years in the Workshop. Flat caps were worn by many as John used to do.

Memorial pork pie from Morley which was eaten later with Afternoon Tea

The memorial plaque having been unveiled with Christine in flat cap

Christine donated an oak bench to the Workshop for the use of staff and volunteers

Thursday, August 04, 2016

SHEFFIELD HERDINGS PARK ON WEDNESDAY 3 AUGUST 2016 - Martin Miller

Went to Sheffield on Wednesday for a tram fix and give the motorcycle a run out. A couple of pics taken at the rural location of Herdings Park - it does look as though there was a plan some time to go further (pic 1)!
Videos of Herdings Park, Leighton Road and Gleadless Townend for you:-


ISLE OF MAN TRANSPORT FESTIVAL 27 TO 31 JULY 2016 - TRAINS

Hutchinson refuelling at Port Erin whilst pulling the Pie and Mash train

Hutchinson steaming up to couple on to dining train

Polar Bear awaiting departure at Groudle Glen Station

Sea Lion coupling on to the train at Sea Lion Rocks

ISLE OF MAN TRANSPORT FESTIVAL 27 TO 31 JULY 2016 - SNAEFELL

'Crashed' Spitfire at the top of Snaefell ready for the Island at War event

Laxey lull

Snaefell 5 just departed from the Bungalow

ISLE OF MAN TRANSPORT FESTIVAL 27 TO 31 JULY 2016 - MER


MER 9 with trailer and Snaefell 1 at Laxey

33 shunting at Derby Castle with 46

46 rolling down to terminus

19 on route from Ramsey near Groudle

View from Sea Lion Rocks

5 awaiting departure form Derby Castle

Green 16 and trailer at Derby Castle

ISLE OF MAN TRANSPORT FESTIVAL 27 TO 31 JULY 2016 - HORSE TRAMWAY

Rocky plodding along the sunny prom

42 under the palm trees

First glimpse of the newly repainted 18

18 on the first turn of the day

William and Douglas perfectly in tandem

View from the top deck of 18

Horse tram trailers and flowers at Derby Castle