Wednesday, August 30, 2006


A rather cool day with showers threatened saw Johannesburg 60, Leeds 345 and Glasgow 1297 in service.
The pictures show the progress made on London United 159 (upper) and London Transport 1622 and Blackpool 40 (lower). Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 28, 2006

Crich Tramway Village

HTM 1147 with a display of Meccano models by its side.
Two Ferguson tractors - although the registration of the first one suggests that, like the trams, it doesn't reallly belong to a Derbyshire village.

The pictures were taken yesterday at the Extravaganza. The Museum was busy with about 12 trams in service, lots of visiting vehicles and trade stalls and lots of visitors. From my brief visit it looked to be running very well and I accepted the offer of an article for The Journal from one of the organisers.
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Friday, August 25, 2006

Bow collectors

A fine day except for a shower at about 3:30 pm. The trams in service were Blackpool & Fleetwood 2, Paisley 68, LCC 106 with Berlin 3006 making about 3 trips and Leeds 602 being used for driver training.
The overhead wiring at Crich has to cater for a variety of different current collectors leading to compromises that would not be needed on standardised tramways. A new by-pass wire to lower bow collectors has been installed at Glory Mine. The pictures show 602's bow collector entering and leaving the by-pass.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A busy day

Three trams were in service today: Johannesburg 60, Leeds 345 and Liverpool 869 together with Berlin 3006. In addition Leeds 180 and Halle 902 were on driver training duties.
The DDR at Crich with Halle 902 and Berlin 3006 standing side by side before the rain started.
The same two cars with Leeds 345 in the background after the first shower.
On a busy day a small delay in the 10 minute service soon causes a queue for the next tram.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Journal & holidays

Despite various set backs, I hope that the July issue of the TMS Journal will be delivered to Crich next Friday, 11 th August. This is a very busy weekend with the popular 1940s event so I am sure the Distribution Officer will appreciate offers of help with enveloping.
The Journal was delivered and dispatched whilst I was on holiday. I would like to thank all those who helped in this project.
I will be on holiday for the next two weeks so this blog will not be updated until 23rd August.
The picture shows two pages from the next Journal on my computer screen.
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Friday, August 04, 2006


A fine day with the possibility of showers.
Blackpool 40, Johannesburg 60 and Oporto 273 were in service with Berlin 3006 making a couple of trips during the afternoon.

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