Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

CRICH LCC106 ON FRIZAY 26 JUNE 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

 I conducted on LCC 106 at Crich on Friday June 26th. Here it is awaiting departure from Town End.

LCC106 awaiting departure from Town End with 'Eric' in the background

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NOTTINGHAM STATION BRIDGE 26 June 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

Three Nottingham trams on test on the new bridge over Nottingham railway station.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

EARLY PHOTOS OF JOHN SHAWCROSS AND PARROT AT CRICH sent by Bob Lennox (Docherty)

I had an email from Bob in response to the parrot photos taken at John's funeral wake I placed on the blog. The first photo was taken in 1970, and shows John and Ian Musgrove taking Richard Clark for his first tram driving lesson on Rack 2. The site looks like a moonscape, with all the white dust from the quarry crusher covering everything.

The second was taken with Bob's  Galah, Rosie, during a visit by some Portuguese friends in 1995. 
Here is a short video of Bob with his Severe Macaw, Carmen, which he unfortunately had to leave in Portugal when he returned to the UK 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iheAClv9ao  


Add caption https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iheAClv9ao   

Sunday, June 14, 2015

CRICH LONDON 106 LAUNCH DAY SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015 - Hazel Quarmby

 
Yesterday LCC 106 was returned to passenger service.  It rained all day but eased off slightly in the afternoon to enable 106 to run for some of the time.
 
Town End buses

Range of London bus types

London line up

Trolleybus on loan from Sandtoft and London Fire Brigade van

106 in service

106 at Glory Mine
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Friday, June 12, 2015

NOTTINGHAM DEVELOPMENTS 11 JUNE 2015 - Martin Miller

The pace is hotting up - here are a couple of videos from Martin taken on Bramcote Lane, Chilwell.

 
 

Thursday, June 04, 2015

JOHN SHAWCROSS FUNERAL - VERY FITTING SEND OFF

John's funeral was a very fitting send off and attended by approx 200 people. The service had a reading of  'I am a Tram Man' poem read by Geoffrey Claydon and a eulogy by Colin Heaton about his life and times from a child to his time at BREL and the Tramway Museum. Mourners were brought from Crich in two vintage single decker buses and back to the Red Lion for the wake.

A surprise awaited everyone in the Red Lion where several parrots awaited us - one of the Workshop in jokes from many years ago.  A lovely buffet washed down by a couple of John's favourite beers followed. A grand total of £1400 was donated in lieu of flowers for the DLRAA.  Christine wishes to thank everyone for their generous donations.

The buses outside the crematorium

The Red Lion Bar

Human parrot



John's memorial on the Red Lion fireplace


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BOMBAY TRAM in Kataragama, Sri Lanka 2015 - John Henderson

The Bombay tram at the Film Set Theme Park at Kataragama in Sri Lanka. It was thought that no passenger trams survived from the Bombay system, but it is rumoured several were acquired by a film company, but only this one has surfaced. The tram is now mounted on mock trucks, that are powered by traction batteries and commercial axles with rubber tyred wheels. The film set it is used on is streets of Bombay.


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

SEATON 27 MAY 2015 - Keith Chadbourne

Keith has been on one of his annual trips driving at Seaton and here are some photos from that.

10 about to cross the road

10 at Colyford


10 leaving Colyford


11 about to cross the road


11 at Colyford


11 at Leeds bridge


12 crossing the road


Thursday, May 28, 2015

LISBON ROUTE 24 HOT OFF THE PRESS! 28 MAY 2015

Essentially, the two cork-clad trams, 722 and 745 (ex-Christmas trams) inaugurated the new 
tourist service, Camões - P. Real. The actual inauguration, with the cars pretty full of VIPs 
and invited guests, ran from P. Real to Camões and back. The cars then returned to Camões 
and picked up the first loads of members of the public, and they ran back and  forth for the 
rest of the day until about 16h00. Rides today were free for all comers so a number of us 
took advantage, but so did quite a number of regular tourists. In general, a ticket, valid for 
24 hrs, will be 6 Euro. However, in any 24 hour period, the service will only be running for 
about 5 hours (11h00 - 16h00) and I understand it will be worked by just one car. It all went 
off very well without any real hold-ups although there seemed to be some fairly surprised 
motor vehicle drivers. 

Attached: No 722 on the crossover at P. Real as it leaves with VIPs, thereby inaugurating 
the new service at 10h53 this morning.

HONG KONG MAY 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

More Hong Kong from Frank before he departs for China.

Leaving Kennedy Town

All carry some form of advertising

Box-like trams!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HONG KONG MAY 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw is in Hong Kong, riding the 3'6" gauge tramway on its double deckers riding upstairs with front window open taking photos. Here is a shot of three trams waiting at Happy Valley terminus waiting for their return journey either West of East.

 

Monday, May 25, 2015

NAPOLI MAY 2015 - Martin Miller

A couple of pics from Napoli with most services being operated by Sirio trams. Heavily modified Peter Witt cars appear on Route 2 which seems to have a frequency of every 36 minutes!
 
Napoli is basically a two route system comrising 1 and 4 and is "T" shaped. The 4 runs the lengh of the top of the "T" and the 1 from the base of the "T" to the right hand side of the top. The very occasional 2 runs from the left hand side of the top of the "T" to half way down the "tail". All services affected by very bad traffic congestion and it took all day to complete the system with lots of waiting about. Beverley is very tolerant! Napoli is the noisiest City I have ever visited.
 
Video shows the intermediate turn back used by the 2 and service 1 short working to try and get back on schedule. https://youtu.be/C8z5pIdxuNA

JOHN SHAWCROSS FUNERAL DONATIONS

From Christine Shawcross

Re John's Funeral 3rd June

Dear All,

The Donations in lieu of flowers for John I would like to go to The Derbyshire Rutland and Leicester Air Ambulance who helped John.

To be collected on departure from the Crematorium by our National Tramway Museum Treasurer
Mike Ballinger.

Cheques to be made payable to "DLRAA"

Postal Address is:

Air Ambulance Service
Hazel House
Burnt Hurst Lane
Princethorpe
Warwickshire
CV23 9QA

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