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




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SOLLER TRAMWAY MAJORCA 21-24 MARCH 2017 (1)

I have just returned from a 5 day trip to Majorca to see the Soller tramway and train.

No 2  At Puerto de Soller station

No 2 running around trailer

No 2 crossing points at Puerto de Soller ready to attach to train

No 2 departing Pueto de Soller with trailer

No2 moving off ready to run around its trailer at Puerto de Soller station

No 20 (the last ex-Lisboa car with original body) heads an empty motor-trailer-trailer-motor formation leaving Puerto de Soller after forming a charter service

Sunday, March 19, 2017

CRICH LCC1 ON 17 MARCH 2017 - Frank Bagshaw

 LCC 1 being reassembled in the Crich workshop, March 2017.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BURTON & ASHBY 14 ON 13 MARCH 2017

An invitation was received a few weeks ago to visit the Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth to see the progress made on the refurb on B & A 14.  We were surprised to find that the tram was up and running and very nicely turned out. A speedy renovation to a high spec.
14 on its way back from the end of the line

14 rounding the corner before the tram stop

Almost at the stop

At the stop - showing a really good paint job

Upper deck

New controller top and handles

14 has its own depot at the far end of the line with 3 foot gauge and standard gauge provision for a standard gauge engine Statfold are due to receive.

Staircase and hand rail - we noticed that the majority of the adverts were for different kinds of soap and wondered if the citizens of Burton and Ashby were particularity dirty!

Inside the controller. The original controllers were no good and have been scrapped, also the top and controller handles were lost in Detroit. The original casings have been used to house Fork Lift Truck electronics. The arrangement has been made that the tram can only be driven in the direction of the controller and not reversible.

The original motors were no good and have been scrapped. New fork lift truck motors have been housed in the original motor casings. It still has the correct 'tram' sounds when moving! The tram has  been re-gauged to 3 feet and has different wheels.

Motive power comes from 60 x 2 volt Fork Lift Batteries, housed in banks of 10 under the seats

High gloss varnished seats

The main switchgear housed under the stairs under lock and key

The original fluted lights, carved wood and ceiling cornices have been kept

14 on the way back to its depot after a super morning