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













































http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk/

Sunday, January 04, 2015

LISBON - FIRST PHOTOS OF 2015 ON 4 JANUARY - Luis Vieira

Early this morning as I prefer Lisboa, but 2.5 ºC is too cold for us
On sunny afternoon we´ll have 16ºC
 




 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

THE RICHARD LOMAS MEMORIAL CHRISTMAS JUMPER COMPETITION - Mike Crabtree

In accordance with tradition the Crich Workshop team held their annual Richard Lomas Memorial Christmas Jumper Competition on Monday 22nd December 2014 in The Brunswick, Derby.
Richard had been a very regular attendee of this event and always recorded it for his blog.
Enjoy, Richard would have done so!
 
It should be noted that Mike Crabtree managed to stay awake for the proceedings this year – the only man known to have drunk a pint while asleep!
 
The assembled throng started off by toasting their absent friend – Richard

Michael Blake surprised us all by arriving and displaying this wonderful piece of sartorial elegance

Father and son Sharp adopted a more rather conservative but contrasting style

Mike Ballinger in resplendent style in his natural habitat - looking after a row of beer pumps, if only all accountants dressed like this!
 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 08, 2014

SPANISH BUILT TRAM MODELS

This appeared in my In~Box today and  thought some of you might be interested in these fairly expensive models for Christmas!  www.lorentren.com

Soller tram model 



Friday, December 05, 2014

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

I would like to wish all blog readers and contributors a Happy Christmas and all good wishes for 2015  Kath. 
Please keep you contributions coming in, I have a few travels in mind for 2015, but it is always interesting to see where everyone else has been!


Boas Festas            I received this photo of route 28 passing a Christmas Tree in Lisbon from Luis Vieira this week.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

SHEFFIELD IN THE GLOOM 28 NOVEMBER 2014

Paid a visit to Sheffield to meet up with some relations for lunch and then decided couldn't be bothered with the shops and crowds and took a few photos in the gloom.

Departing Cathedral, you can see the gloom in the background

108 and 120 at Cathedral

120 on way to Meadowhall after crossover at Cathedral

Manor Top

No it's not subsidence, I slipped off the pavement just as I took the shot! You can really see the gloomy weather.

104 at the Station stop

102 about to merge into the gloom at the station

MANCHESTER 14 NOVEMBER 2014

The best laid plans etc..   We thought we'd have a day in Manchester to ride the latest extensions we had not yet managed to do.  On arrival at Piccadilly Undercroft, we were greeted with a few staff in hi-vis vests telling us no trams from there today and we would have to walk up to Piccadilly Gardens.  On setting off on our walk, we found that the track under the footbridge near the Undercroft was receiving attention, hence no trams.  We also knew about engineering works on the ramp past GMex which was ongoing, so plans had to be hastily rethought, ce la vie, and we still haven't been to Ashton!

First sight of the engineering workd at Piccadilly Station

Work in progress

Trams for Rochdale direction were turning in the street just out of Piccadilly Gardens

Made it to East Didsbury after taking a bus replacement service to Trafford Bar

Finally made the Airport extension just as dusk was falling.