Sunday, December 10, 2017


We paid a visit to the Manchester Model Railways Exhibition and took a ride out to Ashton and did the new second city crossing.

Bury bound tram in Victoria

East Didsbury tram in Victoria

St Peters Square crossing

St Peters Square

St Peters Square tram stop

Ashton Termnus

Tuesday, December 05, 2017


At the end of the Subte (Metro) line E Plaza de los Virreyes is  the Pre Metro tram line which has two spures at the end of the line, one to Centro Civico Lugano ( a large area of apartment blocks) and General Sivio which unfortunately we did not have time to visit.

Subte arriving at Plaza de Virreyes

Lugano termnus

Plaza de Virreyes terminus

Plaza de Virreyes terminus showing some cars out of service.  The service was a ,little patchy ad we had along wait at Lugano for the return tram and it seemed to us that the tram was the only one in service

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Took a quick trip to Sheffield where I had hoped to see one of the tram train cars but had to be satisfied with the Ikea tram! At Herdings.

Monday, November 20, 2017


Poster in tram interior.                                                                                                                                                               The Tranvia Historico in Buenos Aires operates at weekends offering free rides around a loop of approximately 1 mile.  The depot on Emilio Mitre Street is also used as a workshop for the Subte (underground system) cars.  It must be quite a sight to see the Subte cars emerge from the underground and trundle along the street to the depot.

Makers plate from Carris de Ferro do Porto

Detail of the wood work in the interior

Light fittings and clerestory glass

Photo of tram 291 arriving onits low loader

258 controller

Depot yard

Info re Amigos Tranvia

258 passing the depot en route to the terminus

Mr Podesta, still enthusiastic after many years

People were queuing for the tram  at least an hours before service started

Along Emilio Mitre Street

These are the gates and tacks where the Subte cars come up to the surface to get to the tram depot workshop

Tranvia Cafe

Tranvia terminus stop

Passing the depot gates

One of the cars in the depot

Sube cars in the depot

Another depot shot, showing a Subte car, engine and 125


As part of a South Americn tour we decided to go to Panama in order to do a full transit of the canal from Pacific to Atlantic. Prior to that we had a guided tour of the ruins of old Panama City and on a visit to the Maritime Museum we saw the remnants of the Panama city tramway in the square outside.

What a fantastic and interesting passage through the canal it was. We left the start point on Flamingo Island at 0730  and travelled the 57 miles taking 10 hours to do the transit.  When we set off it was announced that we would be accompanied through the locks by a sailing boat and car carrier.  The car carrier, Grand Legacy, was the size of a cruise boat and was carrying 5800 cars. Apparently the compartments in the boat are adjustable so that they can be made to fit any size cars so as to optimise space. The fee for transiting the canal for the car carrier was $8000, plus pilot boat @ $300 per hour. The fees for using the canal are graduated on size of vessel, cargo carried etc. The Pacific side is +24 feet high and the Atlantic +2 feet.

Each fill/empty of the lock uses 26 million gallons of water and takes 8 minutes to do and is  fed from Gatun Lake which is in the middle of the canal. The lakes takes the water run off from the Rain Forest.
Tram lines in the square outside the Maritime Museum

Looking in the opposite direction

Albrook bus terminal Panama city, very large and busy double deck bus terminal at the end of the Metro line, full of American school bus type buses.

Panama City metro train

Map celebrating 100 years of the canal

As we approached our first lock, a ship carrying 100's of containers was entering the loop canal which has been built to accommodate longer vessels

Grand Legacy car carrier in the lock with one of the mules

Close up of a mule. These are attached to the larger vessels and contrary to popular opinion do not pull the vessels through the locks, but work together to keep the vessels in the centre of the lock to avoid collisions with the sides.

Mules waiting to be deployed through the lock again

Grand Le3gacy showing all four mules  keeping her in the centre of the canal

Grand Legacy and her mules showing not much spare space either side. As can be seen, the mules have to do some climbing and lowering depending on the height of water in the lock