Sunday, February 28, 2010

Leeds 180 (and Blackpool 167)

My attention has been drawn to the fact that Leeds 180 has a new canvas over its bow springs.
Leeds 180 looking immaculate alongside Blackpool 167 which is now back on its trucks.
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Birthday

This blog is four years old today.
This picture of Glasgow 1297 was the first I published. Below is sister car 1319 taken in April 1960. 1297 has now been withdrawn from service and is about to be incarcerated in the Exhibition Hall.
The Tramway Museum Society recently started an official blog and yesterday it published these pictures of 1297.

This afternoon I nipped upto Crich to get a few pictures of 1297. It is one of my favourite trams and I came away feeling very sad that I will never see it run again.

Finally does anyone else remember the book and the film '9 Dalmuir West' with its theme tune 'Telstar'?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Town End - 23rd February 2010

Sunday morning's snow that had prevented the Museum from opening was still evident two days later.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy Birthday 902

Halle 902 arrived at Crich on 23rd February 2005.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

More Blackpool

British Trams Online has reported that five more Blackpool trams have been acquired. They are 630 in Nov 2011, 648 in 2015, 762 in 2015 and twin cars 672 + 682 in 2012.
Centenary car 648 on 20//9/2009.
Brush car 630 on 19/9/2009.
I haven't got a recent picture of 762 so here is sister car 761 on 20/9/2009.
A friend has sent me this picture of Twin Car 686.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Patterns for casting new hand-brake handles for London United 159 were delivered to the workshop last week.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A walk to Wakebridge on Monday afternoon

Two views of the depot area. Vans and containers. Trams obscured by plant and equipment.

The path alonside the children's play area. A JCB and a large dump truck at work near the Bridge.
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Half Term

The Museum opened on Saturday for half term week.
Chesterfield 7.

Glasgow 22.
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Green Door

The Green Door was open again on Tuesday morning.

I am puzzled by the lack of obvious activity in the Exhibition Hall. On Tuesday morning as far as I could see there was only one man at work inside.
I understand there will be about ten trams in the Exhibition but haven't seen any preparatory work to bring any trams up to display standards. I have read that Blackpool 712 is being given a quick paint job in Blackpool but am not aware of work on any others.

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The Green Door was closed on Monday, 15th Feb with few lights on inside. Although there were two vans parked outside for our visitors to admire, I saw no activity.
I did see this new poster advertising the proposed exhibition but I saw absolutely no sign of any trams being prepared for display or anything else for that matter.