Thursday, August 30, 2018

SEATON AUGUST 2018 - Keith Chadbourne

2 arriving at Cowhayne

2 departing Cowhayne
14 approaching Riverside
10 at Riverside
12 approaching Seaton termnus

8 at Colyton

Sunday, August 26, 2018

CRICH ON 25 AUJGUST 2018 - Frank Bagsha\w

Prague 180 during the shunting exercised on 24 August

 Frank reports an enjoyable day conducting on Leeds 399.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

762 AT CRICH ON 18 AUGUST 2018 - Keith Chadbourrne

It has been decided to advertise that 762 will run on a number of Fridays to encourage people who are attracted to Sponge Bob Squarepants cartoon character to visit Crich on a quieter day to ride on 762. On those Fridays someone who can drive 762 will be rostered. I attach some pictures taken yesterday.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


Good job I am tall with all the high fences around the work site! Progress on work in Wolverhampton.

WEST MIDLANDS METRO 10 AUGUST 2018 - Frank Bagshaw

Track laying by Wolverhampton bus station- Aug 10th 2018
Track laying in Wolverhampton near where the line branches off just befor St George's
Tram 31 now fitted with batteries and the first one to be in the new blue livery kept evading us. Here it is disappearing from St Paul's in the direction of Wolverhampton 
Here is an artists impression of what Town Hall Square will look like with battery operated trams running through it. 

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


Frank Bagshaw paid a visit to the Glasgow museum on Saturday 4 August.
“Room and Kitchen” car 672 was not scrapped with other members of the class but became a Mains Testing car, finally being restored to take part in the closing procession of trams. The dash panels have been repainted into the correct colours. One half has wooden seats for smokers, the other upholstered seats. Wouldn’t it be lovely to conduct this tram today.
Not a success in Glasgow as was planned to be a light swift vehicle with a higher standard of comfort to see if it could win back traffic that had been lost to private bus concerns on interurban traffic. Passenger flow was nor as rapid as expected and the lack of seats caused too many standing passengers.

Originally built as an open top tram and eventually rebuilt with a top cover , 779 was returned to earlier condition when saved for preservation.

Handsome coronation 1173, sister to 1245 at East Anglia Transport museum, 1274 at Seashore and 1282 at Crich

1088 last of the hex dash trams to be built. Here it is in the company of a single deck trolleybus.

Sister to 1297 at Crich, here is the only other preserved cunarder - 1392 which spent some time at the  former Clapham museum.