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.






IAIN (BORIS) LOMAS

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

NOTTINGHAM TEST RUNNING ON MONDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2015 - Martin Miller

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.

LISBON ON SUNDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2015 - Luis Vieira

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

At Praça do Comércio, nothing has been changed
 







 

NEW ROUTE TO PENHA IN LISBON - Luis Vieira

Today, I´m bringing you a joke:
Arriving early in the morning at Praça do Comércio, I felt something different. 
 
Not a joke, just a film scene at Rua da Prata I noticed it when arriving at Praça da Figueira 

Let´s go back on time, to the 30's of XX century at Brasil

Historic Portuguese vehicles, with Brasilian registration plates and tha red tram to Penha
It´s a shame they forgot some details, as the trolley

It was a sunny morning (7-8ºC), but Saint Peter forced the end of the sceene
The sun came back and the normal traffic was restablished by noon.


Installing a sticker on a tram destination box, is not common, and it is much more strange that the "homework" was beeing made out of Santo Amaro depot.




I really must seek for Penha at Lisboa !!



And the tram started to PENHA (where is this ?), empty, along the final route of line15 !!





After the scene, left side sponsor panel was removed, 
but the tram got back to work with the mysterious destination


Saturday, January 24, 2015

STATFOLD BARN RAILWAY 24 JANUARY 2015

I have to admit that I did not know of the existence of the Statfold Barn Railway near Tamsworth, but what an impressive place it is.  We primarily went to view Burton and Ashby 14 now it has returned home, but the display of steam engines especially is very impressive, especially the roundhouse, see pics.
http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk/







BURTON AND ASHBY 14 RETURNS HOME PREVIEW 24 JANUARY 2015

After a frantic bidding war in Detroit to try and secure the Lisbon  and Burton and Ashby cars, No14 is now back on it's home turf near Tamworth sited at the Statfold Barn Railway.
http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk
The Statfold Barn Railway opens 3 times a year for visitors and the details are on the above website.

Today a preview was held and we were lucky enough to be invited to attend. On speaking to Henry Noon of the Statfold Barn Railway he told us it is their intention to get 14 back into running condition and regauge the tram so they can run it with some kind of power generator, as they will not be erecting poles and hopefully have it running on special days in a year or two.
Graham Lee explaining the circumstances of the auction and bringing 14 back to UK













































http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk/

Sunday, January 04, 2015

LISBON - FIRST PHOTOS OF 2015 ON 4 JANUARY - Luis Vieira

Early this morning as I prefer Lisboa, but 2.5 ºC is too cold for us
On sunny afternoon we´ll have 16ºC