Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DUBLIN LUAS AT EASTER 2015 - Luis Vieira

Short Easter holidays in Ireland and the registered trams in Dublin Luas  07 and 08 Green Line, all others Red Line.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

SOUTH AFRICA - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw has recently visited South Africa and courtesy of the Friends of the James Hall Museum of Transport was able to inspect the collection of trams and trolleybuses.

Jo'burg 20

Here is Jo’berg 22, the last tram to run in the city in 1961. This tram nearly came to Crich but was finally substituted for number 60

To reach the top of Cape of Good Hope, a cable tramway operates with two cars to take visitors to the summit and lighthouse.

Jo'burg 214

Notices at the bottom of the stairs

Interior Jo'burg 214

Upper deck end seats in Jo’burg 214
he wine estates at Franschhoek were connected by a narrow gauge railway. The track is still in place so part of it has been “fettled up” and a single replica toast-rack tram fitted with a diesel engine operates a daily tourist service linking wine estates with a connecting bus service. I sampled the tram and the produce of the estates. 

Here is a photo of an unusual bus that would have interested Richard: built on a trolleybus chassis. Half the fleet were fitted with Rolls Royce marine engines.

Monday, March 30, 2015

CRICH - FIRST DAY OF 2015 SEASON - Hazel Quarmby

Seven photos taken on 28 March showing the trams on duty for the first day.
630 was the first passenger tram to go on the new track layout.
The Forge shop looks very welcoming.  The showcase/table contains the bellows used with the forge.
The new Pram and Buggie Shelter was really needed in the rain!


Friday, March 27, 2015

LISBON NEWS ON 27 MARCH 2015 - Luis Vieira

Fresh news from Lisbon: 

722 plus745, are allocated since yesterday, to 12 and 18 touristic lines
Redressed with cork real livery, here they are, as I got both, by lunch time.


Thursday, March 26, 2015


The funeral went well and was quite a happy event tailored to Boris, with music of Nirvana - All Apologies for the entry procession, a rousing Clash - Should I stay or Should I go, which had everyone at least tapping their feet, Morning has Broken for the hymn and departure procession to the theme from the Imitation Game, in homage to Boris's interest in Bletchley Park and Alan Turing.

There was a very pleasant wake at the Midland Hotel in Ripley with his favourite Jaipur Pale Ale on tap.  I am pleased to tell you that £351.00 was raised from donations in lieu of flowers, shared between MIND and the Padley Homeless Shelter in Derby who have also received all Boris's clothes etc.

It is still a very sad event, but tempered by good memories.

Cheers Boris!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

LISBON - BUS ROUTE MYSTERY - 18 MARCH 2015 - Luis Vieira

First lunch pause on 2015 at Avenida da República

The same bus, the same line, the same stop
Three destination flags on 6 seconds
Can you imagine the true final destination?

TRANSPORTES DE LISBOA is the new brand introduced on March 17th, in
order to follow with promised changes on current management model
Let´s wait and see next steps on this chess game.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Boris's funeral will take place on Monday 23 March at 2pm at the Amber Valley  Memorial Park and Crematorium.  Please don't wear black.  Donations will be gratefully received in lieu of flowers and any monies will be shared between MIND Mental Health Charity and the Padley Homeless Centre in Derby.

Amber Valley Memorial Park and Crematorium, 
Derby Road, 
DE55 1BH
Tel: 01773 252010
Just off the A38 junction at Alfreton and take the B6179 towards Ripley.

Afterwards there will be a bite and a toast to Boris at the Midland Hotel Ripley.  If you can join us, please can you email Kath at RichardandKath@gmail.com, for catering purposes. Please enter the pub from the car park. There is a ramp for those not doing steps.

When leaving the crematorium turn left onto the B6179 and continue straight ahead, through the traffic lights at Swanwick, down the hill, past the Midland Railway, then up Butterley Hill into town and follow road round towards Nottingham, you will see RETRO club on your left and the Midland Hotel is next door - the car park entrance is just past the hotel. If you get to the railway bridge/ETS you have gone too far. Please enter via the car park side door, there is a ramp for those who don't do steps.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


Metrolink, Manchester, 3rd March:
The trackwork at Victoria has now been relaid and two platforms (will be three eventually) are open.
See the new layout looking towards Balloon Street which has had it's double track reopened. Note the new tracks for the Second City Crossing going off to the right.
East bound trams are using the central platform but my guess is that they will eventually use the outer platform leaving the middle one for terminating services: maybe Manchester airport, Trafford centre or Ethiad Stadium?



Further to my previous message, some further information about this event is now available.  Please note, however, that alterations to the proposed arrangements are still possible, so all information is provided in good faith but without guarantee.

Monday 22 June 2015 (anniversary day).  There will be an exhibition of around eight historic and modern tramcars at Alexanderplatz.  There will be film, book and model stalls.    And Birthday Cake for everyone!

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2015.   Open days at tram depot Lichtenberg (possibly also at U-Bahn workshop Friedrichsfelde).   There will be a display of a variety of historic tramcars, souvenir stalls and book and film sales stands.

Sunday 28 June 2015.  There will be a grand cavalcade of tramcars through Berlin - further details to follow.

For aficionados of the Berlin tramways, the following dates later this year may also be of interest:

Sunday 30 August 2015.   Official opening of the new tramway line between Nordbahnhof and
Chausseestraße, as a result of which lines M8 und M10 will be extended from Nordbahnhof via Hauptbahnhof to Alt-Moabit.

Saturday 12 September 2015.    Open day at Kopenick depot on the occasion of Open Monument Day.

Monday, March 02, 2015


Nottingham test running Friday 27th February.
Trams on test by Wilford Village and at Wilford lane stop.
Daylight test running takes trams to Fairham Brook crossover, just short of Clifton Estate.

Wilford Lane

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LISBON BAIXA ON SUNDAY 22 MAY 2015 - Luis Vieira

 Baixa, Sunday on a dark grey windy morning, without cruises on Lisbon harbour.


I am very sorry to tell you that Boris was found dead in his home yesterday,m 24 February.  I know many of you who read the blog will remember him from his early days at Crich Tramway Museum as part of the gang of 6 kids who ran riot and loved lighting bonfires.  Some of you also used to enjoy the annual pantomime much more if Boris and Martin sat with you so you could boo as well!

I am lost for words.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Went to Nottingham this morning and there were two trams on test between Nottingham Station and Wilford allowing for some photos and video. Bitterly cold and blustery but a delight to see this great step forward. The improvement to the Meadows is a tribute to the City and Wilford Toll Bridge looks great with trams speeding over it.
Martin has two video clips on Youtube  "Nottingham Tram Testing Times and Nottingham Tram Low Down"
The photos are at and around the Meadows Emankment Stop


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

BERLIN EVENTS IN JUNE 2015 - Mike Russell

Hello everyone,

The 150th anniversary of the opening of the first tram line in Berlin falls on Monday 22 June this year.  To mark the occasion, there will be an exhibition of tramcars in Alexanderplatz for three hours on that day. 

The following weekend, 27/28 June, there will be a display of trams at Lichtenberg depot and on Sunday 28 June there will be a tram parade.

Further details are not yet available but I will circulate them as soon as I know any more.

Best Regards,

Mike Russell.


Further photos of last Sunday morning (some of them with changed color balance)

At Praça do Comércio, nothing has been changed