Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MANCHESTER METROLINK ON 28 JULY 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

Frank Bagshaw has been to Manchester today, see some photos of Victoria and work associated with St Peter's Square.
3004 and 3036 under the new glass roof at Victoria. Trams for Rochdale and Bury are currently using the centre track - Platform B.

NOTTINGHAM MORE PROGRESS ON 27 JULY 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

Tram 217 collects passengers at the new Nottingham station stop on the day the opening day.
 

Tram 235 bound for Nottingham station and Hucknall passes through the Meadows junction where the two new routes separate.
 

Tram 219 has just used the Meadows Way crossover - the points are being changed by a temporary pointsman, and sets off for the station and Phoenix Park
 
A spokesman on the local news yesterday evening said that the new routes would definitely open in August after some remedial track work has been completed - let's see.

Monday, July 27, 2015

NOTTINGHAM MORE PROGRESS ON 27 JULY 2015 - Martin Miller

Another milestone in the Nottingham saga with the opening of the new tram stop above Nottingham Station that opened today. The southbound trams continued to either Queens Walk on the Clifton route or Meadows Way West on the Beeston and Toton route to turn back. The photos show Queens Walk and the video shows the new entrances to the Stop and trams on the Karlsruhr Friendship Bridge.
 
https://youtu.be/w72Oz-HIW7E

Queens Walk stop

Queens Walk stop other direction

Saturday, July 25, 2015

CRICH 24 JULY 2015 - FRANK'S FRIDAYS - Frank Bagshaw

On Friday 24th I conducted tram MET 331 at Crich. Other trams in service were: Leeds 399 and Sheffield 510.

Monday, July 20, 2015

CRICH HOME FRONT WEEK JULY 2015 - Hazel Quarmby

The eventful Edwardian/Home Front/Battle Bus week is over and here are a few more of my photos.






Thursday, July 16, 2015

BATTLE BUS FROM LT MUSEUM ARRIVES AT CRICH FOR WW1 EVENT - Hazel Quarmby

The battle bus from The London Transport Museum arrived at Crich on 15 July 2015 to take part in the WW! Home Front activities.  Here are some photos from its arrival to parking outside the Red Lion - turning out a few exhaust fumes along the way!!!





Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CRICH ON FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015 - Frank Bagshaw

 I was on relief duties at Crich on Friday, trams in service were: Sheffield 74, Glasgow 1068 and the Blackpool boat. 3006 also ran one trip as the "access tram."
I conducted on all the day's trams, here is the "boat" on it's final journey of the day.

Monday, July 06, 2015

CRICH - LUT159 - ON FRIDAY 3 JULY 2015 -Frank Bagshaw

On Friday, I spent an enjoyable day at Crich conducting LUT 159. It was very popular with the passengers especially the school parties. 


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

CRICH LCC106 ON FRIDAY 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!