Monday, September 15, 2014

CRICH ELECTRIC 50 ON SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Sunday was also a good day but not as busy as Saturday, even so more old friends arrived.

Leeds 345 waiting its turn to load at Town End

Met 331 on the interlaced track under the Bridge

Cardiff 131 and Sheffield 340 taking their turn in the procession

Sheffield 74 moving down to Town End stop

Met 331 in the queue at the staff post

159 at Wakebridge

Guess what through the top deck front side windows of Sheffield 74

Leeds 345 running wrong line up to join the queue to get into the depot at the end of the day

166 following the wrong line running

159, 1068 and 45 at Town End awaiting their call to the Depot

CRICH ELECTRIC 50 ON SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2014

A marvellous time was had by all, visitors, old members, new members etc.  Older members especially spent a lot of time greeting long lost friends and catching up, reminiscing which trams they had worked on/crewed on in the past.

Crowds at the Bridge waiting to greet the start of the procession

The  Rack with dignitaries on the front platform and crew to each side.  Richard was the conductor on the first electric tram journey, which was on the Rack. (the elusive photo of that event has not yet been found)

Newcastle 102 on the Depot front - nice to see it in the daylight.

Chesterfield 7 entering the depot yard

Newcastle 114 - on loan from Beamish Museum

The Happy Conductor

CRICH ELECTRIC 50 ON FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2014 - Hazel Quarmby

Newcastle 114 at Glory Mine

Box 40 on way past the library




Sunday, September 07, 2014

ST PETERSBURGH AUGUST 2014 - Frank Bagshaw


Some of the St Petersburg culture: St Isaac's Cathedral, oh bother, one of those pesky T*****buses appeared!


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

TO PYONGYANG DPRK - PLANES FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED (6)

We travelled to Pyongyang from Beijing on an Air Koryo flight PEKFNJ 0152L, which was operated by plane no P633, a Tupolev TU204-100, one of two which are owned by the airline.

Number of our plane

Watching our luggage being loaded

Arriving Pyongyang.  The airstrip is about 2 miles from the air terminal so we were transported by bus and along the way saw evidence of new runways being built and a new terminal building. I presume DPRK are expecting more and more tourists.  So get your Euros and go.

The other Tupolev parked with bags over engines. Also various other planes and helicopters in the distance with bags over vital parts, perhaps awaiting attention?

PYONGYANG RAILWAY STATION AND ENGINES AUGUST 2014 (5)

Our journey out of North Korea was by train via Dandong to Shenyang in China.  We arrived in good time for our train, went through security and were then ushered into the First Class Lounge to await boarding time for our train.

First Class waiting room with antimacassars!

Lovely cupboard in the waiting room.  Sorry about the reflection!

On the platform walking to our Coach 1.

Our engine, we did not find out why it wasn't an electric engine.  We asked permission to take the photos, then the driver shouted at us for taking them, ce la vie. (The obligatory white van was delivery the food to the restaurant car.)

Another engine through the train window

Being weaved off

Pair of engines

Pyongyang sign at the station

Leaving Pyongyang after a really good and interesting trip - trolleybuses apart!

PYONGYANG DPRK - METRO AUGUST 2014 (5)

Local newspaper and the obligatory mural


Riding the metro with the locals

Train approaches with Kim Il Sung watching over

The up escalator with the speaker playing martial music to everyone
While we were in Pyongyang, part of our visit was to the Metro on which we were allowed to travel 7 stations instead of the usual 2, alighting at each station to take photos.  The first thing noticeable about the Metro was the depth at which it is built (100 meters) with a very long and steep escalator down to the platform and 'bomb' doors in view.

A view of the deep metro escalator

First view of the metro
Busy station
Must be modelled on Moscow, with picture of Kim Il Sung at end of platform




PYONGYANG DPRK - TRAMS AUGUST 2014 (4)

Lots of Tatras mainly from Czech Republic originally.
T3 of 1980


Overhead view - note the lack of traffic


On Railway Station turning circle

Doors receiving attention!

Railway Station

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Songsan Tram Depot

Songsan Tram Depot - we didn't get to look inside, but it was an achievement to get this far

Running into the depot off service

Running into the depot off service

And again

Our charter tram

Tram and trolleynus stop at the Railway Station