I am sorry to inform you all that Roger William Mercer died this morning, peacefully in his sleep around 0100 hours.
He had been in Chesterfield Royal Hospital for the past few weeks and was hoping to go back to Bakewell Hospital, but unfortunately this was not to be.
He and Richard were longstanding friends since 1959 at the start of the Tramway Museum at Crich In more recent years they used to meet fortnightly and go 'bus spotting/riding' for the day which always included a Chinese buffet and a couple of pints. He was also a frequent visitor to see Richard whilst he was in hospital, travelling for an hour and a half by bus from Bakewell to the Derby Royal Hospital to visit for an hour or so.
I will publish details of the funeral when known.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Houston City Centre|
Our last day was in Houston where one route operates, the Red Line, but construction was in evidence for a Green line and an extension to the Red line northwards was complete with evidence that testing was taking place.
|approaching Fanin South|
|departing Bell Station|
|Near Bell Station is quite an attractive water feature|
|Route plan showing extension of Red Line|
|Fanin South - southern terminus of Red Line|
|Construction of the Green and Red line intersection|
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Dallas 186 - withdrawn in 1956 and now mounted on ex Melbourne Type B trucks - The Green Dragon|
Pictures of the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority in Dallas. It is a free service developed to regenerate an area of the City and appears to be funded by the shops and restaurants along the route. At the north end the line ends at the Uptown Station Turntable (recently installed to facilitate single end cars to be operated in the future) with the south presently ending a St Paul. Works are quite advanced for a Down Town loop returning from St Paul via Olive Street. We were fortunate that the line had reopened after a period of closure to allow the pointwork into Olive Street to be installed. Visited Sunday 27th October 2013.
|Porto 122 built in 1909 by Brill and now named "Rosie"|
|Queens Walk - looking north|
|Wilford Toll Bridge approach from City. |
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Luis visited Belem on Sunday, a bright and sunny day, and found yet another new variety of vehicle.
|The new personal sightseeing vehicle!|
Monday, November 11, 2013
Went to the theatre at 3pm and took these photos outside the Theatre Royal before and after the show. I really like the new livery.
|Phoenix Park and ride Terminus|
|Leaving Royal Centre stop towards Station Street|
|At Royal Centre stop|
|Tram for Hucknall at Royal Centre stop|
I had a very pleasant day in Sheffield on Saturday where the main point of the visit was to get some Thornbridge Jaipur Pale Ale at Sheffield Station Bar, third try, which was successful! In themorning the wezther was beautiful, bright and cold,but in the afternoon we had our own personal black cloud with heavy rain and hail.
|Gleadless Town End|
|Meadowhall Station in the rain|
|Tram on way to Malin Bridge passing rear of Railway Station|
Monday, October 28, 2013
The latest interesting place at Alfama (Near Saint Castel). Luis preferred inside, with this marvellous "replica" of Lisbon tram on line 28. You should´t miss in your next visit. (Lisbon was basking in sunny 24 degrees whilst we were battening down the hatches for the storm) which I hope you all survived unscathed. Kath
|Looks like the depot|
|Interior opposite way|
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Our final night was spent in Charlerois where we had time to travel to Gosselies and Soleilmont
|Tram atd Gosselies Terminus|
|Track layout at Gosselies terminus|
|Spare tracks at Gosselies|
|Out of Service tram in Waterloo station|