Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GLASGOW FILM MAY 1960 - Martin Miller

Martin Miller has sent me this link to a 15 minute film of the Glasgow trams  in May 1960.  The film is the copyright of the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

I was sent this link of Glasgow trams which is worth a watch.

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http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/0055
Unfortunately it may be blocked as it is copyright, but the above is what to look for on their website.  Kath

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ISLE OF MAN HORSE TRAMWAY PETITION - from Graham Feakins

Graham has asked me to publicise the objections to the changes to the Horse Tramway and attached are the Objection Letter Template and supporting images.

The Douglas Horse Tramway has survived intact for 140-years, through bankruptcy, two world wars and the reigns of six monarchs.

January 2017 it now faces its gravest threat. For it to survive IT NEEDS YOUR HELP PLEASE BY:

       •       Using the links below to 
sign the petiti on and email politicians in the Manx Parliament
       •       Contributing to our 
CROWD FUND appeal to fight this in the courts in the event the politicians fail to support the tramway next weekWhy? Because a move is now afoot which will dismantle the line; on January 17th Tynwald will vote again on new proposals to:
       •       to almost half the route by abandoning the critical Loch Prom section which links the Ho rse Tramway and the MER to the Sea Terminal

       •       to abandon the unique tram sheds and stables
Ray Harmer's Department of Infrastructure proposals will destroy the Horse Tramway utterly, leaving a rump fleet to venture forth from time to time from a steel box at one end of the promenade as a "novelty ride" along an over-engineered modern light railway, terminating in a new "Cultural Quarter" of doubtful taste.

The MERS believes what is needed is for Tynwald to throw out the current Department of Infrasturcture scheme. Instead DoI should return to Keys to:
       •       Retain of the Horse Tramway along the whole of Douglas Promenade - 
avoiding unnecessary expense and planning delays       •       Spend money that is being asked for the construction of a modern ‘temporary stables and depot‘  on retention, repair and development as a tourist asset the existing historic sta bles and depot.
How you can help:       •       Sign the New Petition which addresses the latest DoI proposals
       •       Contact your MHK (before January 17th) indicating your views regarding the horse tramway - and what should be done.
       •       Tell them what you think on the Tynwald u-turn which may see a decision to retain the Horse Tramway in full taken in July, promises made before the election in September, and the votes taken in December which means once again the future of the Loch Promenade section is in real peril
       •       Send your views to the planning committee regarding the ‘temporary’ stables
       •       Contribute to the MERS horse tramway ‘fighting fund’:
1. To fight planning applications which threaten the character of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.
2. To engage in legal action in the Manx Courts (and beyond) to stop this horrible development.
3. (If we succeed) The balance of any funds raised through this site to be distributed for the restoration of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, its buildings and the trams that have run on it.
Only if we have the means to litigate this matter to th e full will our opposition be taken seriously so please help us!


The following resources are available:
       •       Horse Tramway: What your Politicians said and how they voted… in July, at the Election and again in December
       •       Useful Addresses - includes email addresses of politicians
       •       The Cultural Quarter - how it will look
       •       Temporary Stables Proposals
       •        Planning Objection email Template
       •       MERS Press Release January 2017

The Tynwald Vote which is likely to be decisive takes place on January 17th. A deadline has been set for bids on the stables of January 20th.


Time is of the essence.

Thanking you in anticipation


MERS Committee

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/159909ecf5ef408e?projector=1 - SUPPORTING IMAGES

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/159909ecf5ef408e?projector=1 - OBJECTION LETTER TEMPLATE

Monday, January 09, 2017

CROYDON ON SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2017

Just two months since my previous visit on 9 November, the day of the awful derailment, all seemed to be running well with a good frequency for a Sunday.

2564 on George Street

2559 rounding the corner towards East  Croydon Station

2550 crossing the junction to enter George Street
2561 en route to West Croydon

2553 on the approach to East Croydon Station

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

HANOI, VIETNAM - Frank Bagshaw

As part of his latest visit to the Far East Frank had a few days in Hanoi.

In a Hanoi museum was this photo of a more modern tram.

Found in the Hanoi Metropole hotel - a photo of an early Hanoi tram - presumably of French origin.

Monday, December 12, 2016

MORE HONG KONG DECEMBER 2017 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw has returned from Hong Kong, here are some more photos:
When I arrived at Whitty St depot, I was anxious to look over the tram. Found the controller with key in, only the breaker not switched on!

Whilst in Hong Kong, Frank hired party tram 128 for a group of friends. Food and drink served on board and a trip to Causeway bay and back
Pre-made front ends for use in repairs/rebuilding Hong Kong trams
Here is the Green party tram, also available for hire. It was in use the same day.

Tram 128 illuminated at the end of the trip
Works Car 200 at Whitty Street depot
Works Cars in W

Cars 137 and 154 at Shek Tong Tsui

CHRISTMAS TRAMS IN LISBON - SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017 Luis Vieira


HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES FOR 2017 TO ALL MY BLOG READERS - Kath

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 Superb sunshine Sunday morning in Lisbon






Saturday, December 10, 2016

LISBON PAULO MARQUES PERSONAL DEPOT

Our friend Paulo, from the restaurant O Marques, is very interested in buses and trams and has recently acquired a piece of land about 25 miles out of Lisbon and built his own depot for his ever expanding fleet.

Lisbon 323 which went to the Amsterdam Museum and then returned

442 is one of only 2 remaining light weight box cars out of 89 built





738 on the left, 353 in the middle and 323 on the right


Carris 123 recently returned to Portugal after many years in Oxford
Depot Dawg - Portuguese Mountain breed

The depot with Leyland PS1 chassis in front

PORTO 2 & 3 DECEMBER 2016

A beautiful, warm afternoon spent sat outside Armando's Fish Restaurant eating Sardines and drinking Vinho Verde with the trams passing by

191 on the way to Infante, so busy with my sardines I almost missed it!

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Rounding the corner towards the depot


Trolley being walked round at Passeio Allegre



Approaching Senhor da Matosinhos Mercado terminus

Povoa de Varzim line up

LISBON CAIS DO SODRE TRACK WORKS FOR ROUTE 24Track work for route 25 on Largo do C REINSTATEMENT

At the bottom of the hill



Trackwork on route 25 terminal loop at Largo do Corpo Santo



Route 25 between Santos and Conde Barao

This photo was taken on 29 November and by end of 30th was connected
\Between Santos and Conde Barao looking towards Santos