Sunday, October 12, 2014

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - GENT

Onwards to Gent, our final stop of the tour, and into Autumn!  It was very damp and rainy and the light wasn't too good but I did my best.  At least I got my steak frite for dinner (although not cheval, as it is not eaten in Gent, apparently!).  That's all for now folks! 
Don't know when/where is next yet for 2015, but might be Edinburgh soon - we'll see.

In the old town in the middle of a downpour

Route 4 to Moscou in the old town - nice to see they are still running

Route 1 passing the castle

A route 4 running along the 1 and 22 at 2130 hours..

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - SAARBRUCKEN

We left Bologna at 0800 on Monday morning bound for Saarbrucken, a very long day,  We arrived about an hour before dinner was due to be served, so only the hardiest spotters ventured out to find the station and the trams.  On our departure it was arranged that those who wanted to ride part of the new line extension as far as Hausweiler Markt  could so so and the bus would pick them up at the stop.

At the tram station showing the delightful weather!

Most have advertising liveries

At the tram station at the Railway Station

Tram en route for Lubbgach at Hausweiler Markt with our coach waiting in the background

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - FLORENCE

Enroute to the malcontented Bologna, we paid a short visit to Florence.  We were dropped off at the terminus and had time to ride the line to the end and then have a little time to stop off here and there for photos before departure to Bologna. Florence has just the one route at the moment with a second under construction.

en route to Villa Constanza

Leaving the city

At the town of Sidice two stops from the end of the line at Alamanni Stazione


At the terminus Alamanni Stazione.  You can just see the poles leading off to the right to the depot, which is the other side of the motorway

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - BOLOGNA

Well sad to say for some, the trolleybuses weren't running as it was a Sunday when we arrived.  Even worse, at the time of our departure at 0800 on the Monday none had been sighted on the routes past the Railway Station and there were buses showing the route numbers of the Trolleybuses.  I don't know as yet if the trolleybuses were running elsewhere in the city - shame!  I saw this street sign in Bologna old town and thought it summed up the situation.

What more can |I say?

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - ROME (2)

I didn't ride these until the following day as time was pressing. They were very frequent so soon made up for lost time.

Terminus at Laziali

Terminus at Gardinetti

Terminus at Gardinetti

The stop at Porta Maggiore

Leaving and entering the Porta Maggiore stop

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - ROME (1)

We stayed in Naples until later afternoon and then travelled to Rome for a 3 night stay - bliss as all the others were one-nighters!

Terminus of line 2

Line 2 en route to Flaminio

Line 19 en route to Resorgimento

Routes 19 and 5

Porta Maggiore

There is a small museum  at the side of the Piramide station

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To reach line 8 a bus no 3B had to be used

Terminus of the 8

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - NAPLES

Another overnight ferry took us to Naples until late afternoon.

Route 1

Route 1 terminus

At Poggio

Poggio

1029 was on hire to a party of 25 German spotters

At the depot on line 2

Accommodation truck

Route 2 in the rain

Route 2 entering Poggio

Mesh of overhead at the junction of lines 1 and 2

The new trams in Naples have their wheels etc uncovered

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SARDINIA TOUR SEPT/OCT 2014 - CAGLIARI, SARDINIA

We arrived in Cagliari,  in the south of Sardinia,after the 250 km drive from Sassari, in the north,  via Macomer and found Cagliari to be a very pleasant city. The tramway is a single route, run as single line and passing place from San Gottardo to Repubblica. 

Loco on display in the entrance to the station

At Repubblica terminus

En route to San Gottardo

Crossing from single to double track

Lines disappear over a viaduct, probably for a future extension

Crossing over the line at San Gottardo ready for return to Repubblica