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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

MIDLAND METRO ON FRIDAY 22 JULY 2016 - Frank Bagshaw

Tram 19 waits at the new stop in Corporation Street. This area is now pleasantly devoid of buses, just trams and pedestrians.

Frank Bagshaw has spent a day riding the Midland Metro. Here are trams 26 and 20 at the new Grand Central terminus in Birmingham by the entrance to New Street train station.

Tram 28 approaching the current terminus at Wolverhampton St. George's. In the background is the wishbone bridge taking the tramway over the inner ring road.
The proposed extension to Wolverhampton bus and train stations will lead off to the left behind the tram. A useful feature of the extension is a pub located by the proposed line so it will be possible to have a drink and watch the battery powered trams run past. This is one of the extensions planned without overhead.

Tram 19 again, on Bilston Road, Wolverhampton. When trams mix with ordinary traffic running on roads like this, it really seems like a "proper" tramway.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CRICH EDWRDIAN WEEKEND 16/17 JULY 2016 - Hazel Quarmby

15 and 106 at Town End

The Well Dressing now at the Museum

158 and 15 pass near the depot
Town End queue

Edwardian re-enactorson the depot fan

Saturday, July 16, 2016

MONTREAL (NO TRAMS!) - 15 JULY 2016 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw is in Montreal on a job. With no trams to see, Frank found ex-London Routemaster buses on tourist duties. He took this photo as Richard would like to have seen them.
No doubt Frank is too busy working to take a ride !!!


CRICH ON 15 JULY 2016 - NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT - Hazel Quarmby

Here are two photos taken yesterday afternoon of the Museum's brilliant Well Dressing, which had just been finished, to be displayed in Crich Village.
 
It shows Cardiff 131 (the theme this year is water), setts, water, bridge, tower and trees. 



Friday, July 15, 2016

WIRKSWORTH & DISTRICT TRAMWAY COMPANY 13 JULY 2016 - Martin Miller

The first vehicle in our proposed fleet arrived today. 
The first vehicle for this start up company arrived today and will eventually provide smooth and regular transit between Wirksworth Station and The Malt Shovel.
 
Former Blackpool Brush Railcoach 636 arrives at Wirksworth for tests under the mytesttrack.com banner.
 You have to say it's a funny old world with a 1934 tram turning up at an enterprise that has only been 16 years in the making - shades of attempts to use a similar vehicle on the Hayling Island branch. It was driven off the load loader and should be quite an attraction for the Railway during its time with us.

Monday, July 11, 2016

LIVERPOOL 245 ON SUNDAY 10 JULY 2016 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw and Brent Higham today visited the Wirral Tramway. Liverpool 245 was brought out on request for a trip to Woodside. Two photos to show the high standard of restoration.


Monday, July 04, 2016

LONDON TRANSPORT AT CRICH AND SURROUNDING AREA - SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016 - Hazel Quarmby

At Crich LCC1 returned from Ilkeston and LCC106 at the back of the depot ready to go to East Anglia Transport Museum next week.
 
In Belper Routemaster bus.       




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