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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Monday, June 27, 2016

EAST GERMANY IN 1979 - A VIDEO FROM BOB LENNOX

Bob has sent me this video which he thinks some of the early DDR enthusiasts might enjoy.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yQc02hFaNI

DDR Trams 1979. Berlin, Naumburg, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Bad Schandau, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Dresden.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

ARNHEM OPEN AIR MUSEUM EVENT ON SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2016

A flying visit was made to Holland for the Open Air Museum Transport event which proved to be a very nice day transport and weather wise.

Buses on layover in the Bus Station with reflection showing the trolley wires

Trolleybus on route 3 to the Open air Museum arriving at the stop

Rotterdam tram 535 on service towing a trailer

Arnhem 76 was in service in the morning

Interior shot of the brown cafe in the Amsterdam houses.  The attention to detail is very good with the realistic drinks and ashtray

Bar in the brown cafe. The mirror had a TV screen showing singers of old Dutch songs

76 leaving the village street

There were some exceptionally good tram models on show with amazing details

The track welding in the model complete with blue flashing welding light

Another model shot with very realistic looking water

Rotterdam 520 and the werkwagen outside the depot

106 looming out of the gloom of the trees

Saturday, June 25, 2016

CRICH ON SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2016 - Hazel Quarmby

There were six trams running on the 19 June when I took the attached photos.  131 was used for Conductor training and 167 for the Ultimate Tram Driving Experience.  It was also the Simca Club UK National Meeting 2016.






Wednesday, June 15, 2016

GREAT ORME TRAMWAY - JUNE 2016 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw has recently been to North Wales and took a ride on the Great Orme Tramway.
Here is car 5 departing from the lower terminus. Frank is old enough to have ridden on the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric railway back in the 1950's - and he did!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BURTON AND ASHBY 14 & STATFOLD BARN RAILWAY OPEN DAY ON SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2016

Board listing progress on 14 since its arrival

14 gleaming with its new coat of paint

Side view showing accommodation trucks
No1 en route
Builders plate on no1
No 6 Howard running on the garden railway circuit
Mixed train of wagons including WD searchlight
'The Goose' hybrid railcar!
Howard on the circuit around the pond

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SHEFFIELD ON MONDAY 13 JUNE 2016 - Martin Miller

Paid a periodic visit to Sheffield on Monday to see whether there was any further progress on the Rotherham link. If there was it was well hidden by fencing preventing getting anywhere near the link!
 
Nonetheless, it was good to ride on and video the Supertram. Three short videos of the area around Nunnery Square, Cathedral and Sheffield Station stops.
 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

BRAGA - BOM JESUS FUNICULAR ON SUNDAY 22 MAY 2016

Funicular at the bottom of the hill

About to turn on the water to fill the tank

Makers plate from 1881 - Swiss built

Funicular starting on way down

Funiculars passing

Water being added to tank