Friday, July 28, 2006

London in wartime

Today I worked as a conductor on Southampton 45. A customer told me of two wartime slogans he remebered on London trams and buses:
'Multiply the paper stocks'
'Put me in the ticket box'
'I trust you'll padon this correction '
'That stuff is there for your protection'.
The first slogan is asking for used tickets to be collected for waste paper and the second refers to the masking put on windows to protect from bomb blasts.
The trams in service today were Oporto 273 (seen at Stevenson Place), Southampton 45 (at Town End), and Paisley 68 (at Wakebridge). My assessment is that most customers rode on all three trams and enjoyed their day at the Museum.
On Southampton 45 most cusomers rode upstairs and were not frightened of the sunshine. Look at the pictures; our customers like to ride upstairs on open cars and one very different alternative adds to the experience.
Finally note that on the first week of the school summer holidays (ie peak season), Woodland Refreshments are/is closed.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

No open top trams

Another very hot and humid day with very little wind and temperatures in the low 30s.
There were no open trams in service although the engineers assured me that several were available. Instead our customers sweltered. Why weren't they offered an exhilerating ride on an open car?
Leeds 399 at Glory Mine. The other two were Blackpool 40 and Johannesburg 60.Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Leeds 399

Another hot and muggy day. The trams in service were Johannesburg 60, Sheffield 74 and Leeds 399 with no open top cars. I know my grandsons would have been disappointed. Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 21, 2006

Trams & trees

Another warm day.
Glasgow 22 approaching Wakebridge, Oporto 273 leaving Wakebridge.
View of the Derbyshire countryside from the top of LCC 106.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006


It was very warm today so the trams were loading in the shade of the buildings rather than at Town End.
LCC 106 and Sheffield 74 with Paisley 68 in the background.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Modern Mini

Today the Museum was invaded by Minis but they all seemed to be more modern than WTY 894 that I used to own many years ago. This had the small engine and the long gear lever. It used to jump out of gear coming up the hill from Bull Bridge to Crich.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

View from the Bridge

A beautiful day for visitors to enjoy a ride on Blackpool & Fleetwood 2, Sheffield 74 and Southampton 45.
Kerstin Wunsche at the controls of 74. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Computers and Horse Trams

What is Alan Phoenix doing to a defenceless computer - answer in the next issue of The Journal.
Sheffield 15 operated for the Edwardian weekend but is now back in the Exhibition Hall, sandwiched between Oporto 9 and Prague 180. Sheffield 264 is in the background.
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Friday, July 07, 2006

Pims Served with Lemonade

Another mostly cloudy day with Blackpool & Fleetwood 2, Johannesburg 60 and LCC 106 in service. As we were expecting a special group of ladies the Red Lion was serving Pims rather than real ale.
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Next weekend

Sheffield horse tram 15 in the workshop - presumably being prepared for the forthcoming Edwardian Weekend. There are also several barrels of real ale in the Red Lion (Leadmill, Ossett Silver King and Moorhouses Pendle Witch). I am hoping to call in the Red Lion on Sunday (9th) - how about you?
The weather was overcast and showery today. The trams in service were Blackpool & Fleetwood 2, Blackpool 40 and Sheffield 74.
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