Monday, November 20, 2017

BUENOS AIRES TRAMWAY HISTORICO NOVEMBER 2017

AT THE MOMENT I AM HAVING COMPUTER PROBLEMS SO CAN'T UPLOAD ANY PHOTOS.  I WILL DO SO AS SOON AS THE PROBLEM IS SORTED.  Kath

PANAMA AND CANAL OCTOBER 2017

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

MANCHESTER METROLINK OCTOBER 2017 Martin Miller


Manchester Metrolink - Cornbrook -
The works at Piccadilly Gardens on Sunday 22nd October 2017


Weaste
Manchester Metrolink - Media City Triangle
Crumpsall where the Trafford Services will turn back in a couple of years time 

The fascinating remnant of a previous era at Weaste together with the modern day 
 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

HONG KONG NOVEMBER 2017 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw has found the North Point loop
where trams slowly proceed through a market area full of people and traders.
Look what’s running on the Peak Tramway! (Sorry can't turn the foto round - K)

BIRMINGHAM GRAND CENTRAL OCTOBER 2017 - Martin Miller

Works underway for the extension towards the Town Hall  
Midland Metro - Busking at Grand Central

NOTTINGHAM STATIION TRAMS OCTOBER 2017 - Martin Miller


I thought the marketing of cheap city centre journeys was quite a neat idea.
Nottingham Station Trams 


 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

SHEFFIELD TRAMTRAIN ON 7 OCTOBER 2017 - Frank Bagshaw

 Sheffield's tram-trains were in public service Saturday 7th Oct. Nos. 202 and 207 were operating the purple route.
Seen at Gleadless No 202 has changed it's destination whilst outbound to Herdings Park.


Here no. 399-207 stands at Herdings Park terminus.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

FRANCE TOUR - LYON SEPTEMBER 2017

Interior

Dolphin en route to Debourg

School crossing at tram terminus

Rhon Alps Airport Express

Detail of the livery

FRANCE TOUR - ST ETIENNE SEPTEMBER 2017

Moving on from Grenoble to Lyon for our final 3 nights, we also paid a visit to St Etienne Transport Museum.  A very good layout and content.

Tower wagon

Gurad dog or hairy caterpillar?

General view of the tram line up

Good display of sett laying

Side view of tower wagon with overhead linesman

Enroute to Hospital Nord

Ceiling of the new trams

In the centre pedestrianised street

Approaching the outbound stop at the station after running round under the Car |Park in the distance

Inbound stop at the railway station, which is a very nice looking building

Detail of the livery

3 to Bellevue at the Railway Station stop with plastic tree in the back ground




Sunday, October 01, 2017

FRANCE TOUR - GRENOBLE SEPTEMBER 2017

Route A from Fointaine Le Poya to Denis Papin. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Grenoble, very scenic

Rainbow interiors

Route A in the city centre

Departures for Universite and Le Prisme

Enroute to Gieres from Universite

Roue C en route to Condillac passing through the city centre with a good view of the mountains

City centre passing

End of the line at Palluel Route E

Jazzy interior


FRANCE TOUR - MARSEILLES AND AUBAGNE SEPTEMBER 2017



On the day we left Montpellier for Grenoble, we had a few hours in Marseilles and Aubagne.
Route 3 passing in both directions near the railway station

Cool blue seaside interior

Leafy suburbs

Mural on wall at the Metro Station


Model on display at the Metro
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Aubagne tram at the railway station.  Sorry its not a good picture.  It is taken from some publicity as the train we took from Marseilles to Aubagne to catch the coach, was 15 minutes late on a 15 minute journey! and we had no time to wait for its return. there is just the one line which takes 9 minutes from end to end and is currently running free of charge.

Model on display at the metro