Sunday, May 24, 2015

FIRENZE MAY 2015 - Martin Miller



A couple of pics from the northern terminus of Firenza's only tram line T1. No activity seen on the proposed T2 and T3 lines which seem to be a long way into the future.
Video of the northern terminus with a very British departure leaving behind a potential passenger! https://youtube/qsrttwO6i40

LISBON MAY 2015 - Food for Thought

It is thought that Camões - P Real is temporary, maybe to see how it goes. There is talk of going to Carmo, but that will require points so that a car going up Rua da Misericordia can turn right and then go down to Carmo. 

There was an idea of something like São Tomé - P. Real, while extending it on past P. Real has also been talked about. Either to Campolide, or across to Estrela on the old 25/26 route. It has been reported that when Rua Ferreira Borges was resurfaced recently, the rails were purposely not buried, but there is no overhead there. This 
latter might not be too bad if the poles are still in place. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

LISBON PRINCIPE REAL ROUTE 24 - BREAKING NEWS ON THURSDAY 21 MAY 2015

During Thursday night, finally, a works car went to P. Real.  No idea who took the photos, but someone must 
have been out and about in the early hours of this morning. 
Works car 389, the water car/rail scrubber, has both pantograph and trolley and by the look of it the 
trolley is  reversible (unlike the situation of the trolley on the remodelados which is not reversible). 
 
Further news update -
A source says that zorra 398 went up to P Real last Monday. On Thurrday it was 389, the rail scrubber. There should be a 700 going up on Monday or Tuesday, while the tourist service is meant to start on Thursday:
6 Euros for a 24 hour ticket Camões - P. Real. We'll see

 



 

Friday, May 22, 2015

ROMA MAY 2015 - Martin Miller

A Stanga Tram at Roma Termini

One of the Roma Laziali - Giardinetti "trains"


JOHN SHAWCROSS FUNERAL DETAILS

John's funeral will take place at Amber Valley Memorial Park and Crematorium Derby Road, Swanwick, Alfreton Derbyshire. DE55 1BH tel 01773 252010. E.info@ambervalleymemorial.co.uk

On Wednesday 3rd June at 1pm
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His wake afterwards will be at his life long place of "Love and Passion". The Tramway Museum.

Donations in lieu of flowers I will advise you later.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

JOHN SHAWCROSS - 20 MAY 2015

I am sorry to announce that John Shawcross died this morning at the Tramway Museum. His widow Christine has asked me to tell you all that 'He died doing what he loved and his passion'.

I will let you all know when funeral arrangements have been made.

CRICH HORSE TRAM ON WEDNESDAY 13 MAY AND TUESDAY 19 MAY 2015 - Hazel Quarmby

Joseph the horse pulling the Sheffield Horse Tram.  It was running with full loads all day on Wednesday 13th.





A different story on Tuesday with the poor weather


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ROMA MAY 2015 - Martin Miller

 We have returned from 2 weeks in Roma and managed to visit Napoli and Firenza. Here are three photos of a gathering of trams used for dining, jazz and other charters. Not in the best of condition but seem mechanically sound. They are all shown stabled at Porta Maggiore await their evening duties.

Video also of the action at Porta Maggiore https://youtu.be/pGovgffIKcQ 

Stanga from the late 1940s

2035 MRS

2047 MRS
 

DUBLIN SOUTHBOUND TRAMWAY MAY 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw was recently in Dublin. Here is a photo of the new bridge built over the River Liffey to take the new southbound tramway that will join the Red and Green routes.

Here we can see the southbound track over the new bridge waiting for the rest of the track to be connected.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PORTO IN THE SUN 9-11 MAY 2015

The weather greatly improved for the last few days of our visit - enough for a picnic on the beach at Pavoa da Varzim!

1 on the way from Infante to Passeio Alegre

Cars on routes 22 and 18 waiting to depart at Carmo

Passing the new hotel Da Vinccinear the depot  (the building used to be a salted cod storehouse!) -
spot the tram on the Coca Cola advert

Metro trains line up at Pavoa da Varzim in the evening

SINTRA 8 MAY 2015

No 3 in the depot at Sintra

Depot

No1 a work in progress

Ancient  tower wagon

Trolley turning Praia da Macas

Passing No 4 at Galamares

LISBON 3 TO 6 MAY 2015

Our stay in Lisbon started off cool and showery, but gradually improved.
28 at Largo Portas do Sol

28 entering Estrela turning circle

Waiting to enter Estrela turning circle

Estrelaelas

Tour car leaving Sto Amaro

One of the new tram tour 700 cars leaving Sto Amaro

Sto Amaro Museum showing 'Providence' lifeguard deployed

Post war car 741 and blinds showing long gone routes

Tram driving simulator

A Pragal bound tram

Awaiting departure at Cacilhas

PORTO IN THE RAIN 1 AND 2 MAY 2015

The annual visit to Porto and Lisbon proved to be somewhat different from 2014 due to heavy rain and cold winds in the first few days.

Metro at Mercado stop in Matosinhos

Waiting to board at then end of  the line

Steamy view of the depot

Carla turning the trolley in the rain at Passeio Alegre


Depot in the rain

LISBON IN THE SUN 17 MAY 2015 - Luis Vieira

Late Spring with Summer temperatures of 33 degrees in Lisbon. All photos taken in Praca do Comercio
 


 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ROMANIA APRIL 2015 - CLUJ NAPOCA

Trabant - reminder of pre 1989 days
Cluj Napoca has a long cross-city tramway with new Astra low-floor cars and ex-Berlin KT4D.

Steam engine at Cluj station

Astra approaching Cluj railway station



Tatra passing the park

Astra car passing the park