John Woodman Blackpool did not have a monopoly of 'Uncle Toms Cabin' with a scenic view offering a break for passing travellers This is Pennsylvania Route 322 near State College in the middle of the 'Keystone State' with an impressive low slung 'Greyhound Lines' coach in the early 1930s en route to Chicago from New York and Philadelphia. Image : John Woodman Archive
John Woodman Thanks to the continuing demand on the above titles we are having to arrange reprints of both for 2021. We expect that these will become available more or less at the same timeframe as the Blackpool Bus Centenary title in May or June next year. Whilst just a handful of copies remain in stock we will be withdrawing these from online sale - Municipal Transport Rationalisation (1960s) and Municipal Transport Heyday (1950s) titles next week.
Another important streetcar operator in the US with green (and cream) PCC cars in the 1970s was Philadelphia. Its Philadelphia Traction Company (PTC) had finally relinquished control over its considerable streetcar, bus, trolleybus and heavy rail operations by the time I visited. A new regional transportation entity - SEPTA - otherwise known as the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority -had taken over the ailing former company's assets. A sprawling streetcar net
John Woodman The contrast between ongoing demolition of the concrete jungle which was Wilkos and almost complete new hotel structure on the site of what had been Yates Wine Lodge facing on to Talbot Square - and the also almost complete hotel structure on the Promenade is both inspiring and depressing. Starting with intensive demolition work now well underway removing all physical vestiges of the 1960s structure which replaced Blackpool's original 'Talbot Road Railway Stati
John Woodman Just three copies remain of the latest title published by Rigby Road Publishing following a slew of recent orders. We recommend any reader with interest in purchasing this title - which covers Blackpool's transport scene during the 1960s (both buses and trams) - places their order online promptly. We expect to withdraw the title from online sale next week.
John Woodman The Republic of Ireland still has some memorable relics of early tramway history tucked away off the tourist path. In particular at the Howth end of the Dublin area commuter line and the former Dalkey terminus of Dublin's last tramway operation. In the grounds of Howth castle a short walk away from the railway station is the Republic's only official transport museum akin to the working collection at Carlton Colville. Here a compressed collection of vehicles