Thursday, March 26, 2015

BORIS FUNERAL ON 23 MARCH 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 (Iain) LOMAS FUNERAL DATE AND TIME NOW ARRANGED

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, 
Swanwick, 
Derbyshire, 
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

MANCHESTER METROLINK ON 3 MARCH 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

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?
 
 


 

BERLIN 150 YEARS MORE NEWS - Mike Russell

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 ON FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

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

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.






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