Thursday, May 11, 2017

PORTO DESFILE 6 MAY 2017

A flying visit to Porto for the annual Desfile event which for some reason was early in May this year.
Tram 218 setting off back to Carmo from Batalha between the two lovely old shop fronts

218 on way to Batalha rounding the corner at the top of the hill

Lifeguards on 315

104 and 18 passing at Massarelos depot

287 at Infante, the first journey since the newly-restored car was relaunched

Controller on 274

The Coal Car with drum band having a great time

247 at Passeio Allegre

288 and 22 returning to the depot

Sunday 7 May and The Presidential train was in Sao Bento station ready for 1130 departure to the Douro Valley

First Class lounge car

Beautifully restored carriages

Monday, May 08, 2017

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY MAY 2017 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw has recently visited Northern Ireland and found the last remaining tram track from the Belfast City Tramways.
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Frank rode the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills railway in Northern Ireland - currently diesel propelled/hauled in a fixed formation on 3' gauge track. It runs for 2 miles from the Giant's Causeway to Bushmills along the bed of the former Giant's Causeway tramway. Bushmills is famous for is whiskey distilling - the oldest licenced distillery dating from 1608.  Seen here is the "tram" and it's diesel locomotive modelled on the design of the former tramway vehicles - although they were open sided..

Anybody know (without looking it up) what gauge this Belfast City track was laid to?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BUCURESTI EASTER 2017 - Luis Vieira

Complex system of trams network measuring 332.2 km, with 23 tram lines, but only two models seem to have survived on the visited zones: V3A-93 and V3A-93M. 

Vehicles in poor condition, clearly requiring general renewal.
 





 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SHEFFIELD TRAM TRAIN ON TEST 11 APRIL 2017 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw has been to Sheffield today and found new Tram-Train 399-201 out on driver training. Photos of it in the Meadowhall area.



Tuesday, April 04, 2017

NEW ILKESTON STATION ON SUNDAY 2 APRIL 2017 - Martin Miller

Martin went to Ilkeston on Sunday but not at first light!

A few moving pictures for you:-

Monday, April 03, 2017

IL;KESTON AND NOTTINGHAM SUNDAY 2 APRIL 2017

Sunday saw the opening of the new Ilkeston Railway Station. The first time since the closure in 1964.
Crowds and dignitaries on the platform. The sign showing the train to be on time - actually 2 minutes late.

Northbound platform just as full

The 0945 to Nottingham from Leeds - the first train at the new platform. Surprisingly it was a four car train.

Arrival in Nottingham Station -  not everyone at Ilkeston travelled to Nottingham

I had a ride out to Toton Lane

Passing the Nottingham Tennis Centre on University Boulevarde

Climbing the incline up to Nottingham Railway Station stop

Saturday, April 01, 2017

SOLLER TRAIN - DEPOT AND WORKSHOPS MARCH 2017

Power car 3 brings a train from Palma into Soller; tram depot on right, train depot on left. Tram 1 shunts the train depot when required.

New pantograph castings made by a Barcelona foundry, compared with the originals

The original forge still in use if required

Needle roller axle bearing for ex-Lisboa MV115 motor

Curious little Renault inspection saloon rear
How many people do you need to clean train windows?
Hispano-Suiza tower wagon, still used on a regular basis rear
Hispano-Suiza tower wagon, still used on a regular basis

This Renault was in use for many years to transfer personnel along the line, the engine still starts and ticks over


New body under construction using an ex-Lisboa underframe

Maley and Taunton swing-link truck, ex-Lisboa, as received

Power car 3 arriving at Soller. This is the last power car to retain the original rheostatic brtaking equipment

Backing onto the train in the yard at Palma. The power car still retains leather settees in first class.

Mural on the side wall of a building at Palma station

SOLLER MAJORCA 20-24 MARCH 2017

More Soller photos 
Conductress on the Soller-|Palma train with custom made cash bag for ticket printer
To prove you need eyes in the back of your head if you are duty manager

No3 (original 1913 Carde e Escoriaza with trailer leaving the depot at Soller
Soller depot with the Tramuntana mountains in the background
Tram weaving its way through the coffee tables in Placa Constitucio in Soller