Sunday, January 31, 2016

LC C NO1 AT CRICH ON 29 JANUARY 2016 - Frank Bagshaw

Careful rubbing down has revealed the LCC coat of arms on the side bodywork.

The deconstruction of LCC 1 continues at Crich. The roof will shortly be removed and the body structure will be sent away for repanelling.. 

The original no. 1 has been revealed on the south end dash

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BARCELONA TRAMWAY AND METRO - Saturday/Sunday 23/24 January 2016

Unfortunately the Sunday was cut short by illness so we had only a brief view of the tramway in the city and the metro.

Line 7 metro terminus at Catalunya

Challenge for the graffiti artists?!

Trams on route T4 at Vila Olimpica

At Salva de Mar

BARCELONA TIBIDABO TRAMWAY - Saturday 23 January 2016

A flying visit to Barcelona enabled us to visit the wonderful Tibidabo line on a nice bright day.

No 6 approaching the bottom terminus

6 at the terminus top of the hill

No 6 setting off on the return journey

Timetable and prices for this time of year


Renovation plate

No 6 rounding the top of the hill

No's 6 and 7 passing on the corner at the top of the hill

No 7 on the way down negotiating bus and cyclists

Greenery on the way down

No 6 under the trees

Depot view showing No's 5 and 8

No 7 starting on the way back to the top of the hill


News from Manx Radio

End of the line for the horse trams

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 9:29am
Service no longer financially viable says council
The horse tram service is to be scrapped.
Douglas Council says its discontinuing the service because of the increased financial burden on ratepayers.
The council says the decision was taken "with very great regret" at a special meeting held last night (Thurs)
The decision follows a proposal by the Council to amalgamate the Tramway Terrace stables site with the tramway hub at the Strathallan site at an estimated cost of £2.9 million. Last month it was decided that this scheme wasn't financially viable.
The horse trams have been running at a loss of over £260,000, with added loan charges leading to an impact on rates of over £420,000 yearly.
Council leader David Christian says whilst recognising the tram's long history, to continue their operation would place an unacceptable burden on the ratepayer for the foreseeable future. 
The council says the tram horses will be relocated to good homes and the rolling stock will be offered to transport museums, whilst the Tramway Terrace, stable site and Strathallan will be sold.

Late news -
It has been announced that there will be a meeting on Wednesday 27 January to discuss  the horse tramway, but at the present moment the trams will not return for 2016 summer season.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


I have had a couple of tapes converted to digital and amongst the content was some footage of the Bristol Electric Railbus that was trialled on the Bristol Harbour Railway for two years before the funds ran out. You may just glimpse David Baker driving on one of the shots taken in 1997.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


"I have been asked by Christine Shawcross to inform any interested parties that there is a list of model trams,trolley buses,buses and railway locomotives that are on sale from John's model collection available by e mail only from: John Huddlestone ".
I know this is an extensive collection which has taken somem time to catalogue.  Please only use the email address given, thanks.