JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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July 31, 2017

It is impossible to pass this centenary of the bloodiest British military engagement in World War One (The Great War) without personal recognition.   The Somme Salient Offensive that was fought over successive weeks and months just to the east of the...

July 31, 2017

 A classic Glasgow tram 1115 which hasn't been a runner for several decades now but it imposing even as a static exhibit here.  Below :   Seen in its prime outside Partick Depot when still operating the 26 Service to Shawfield and advertising Vernons...

July 30, 2017

Returning to Blackpool from Oxford on Sunday saw a detour to that familiar locale in Derbyshire - Crich.   Apart from the inevitable house builders working their way through ever more fields - the winding road from Alfreton and through South Wingfiel...

July 27, 2017

The Government's announcement of a total ban on the sale of NEW diesel and petrol cars on or by 2040 is a marker showing that the dominance of the garage pumps now has a shelf-life with end in sight.   Pollution in UK town and city centres is a recog...

July 26, 2017

This week sees a wonderful Member of Blackpool Council's staff finally leave for well earned retirement from a highly regarded role in the town's Central Library.   

Tony Sharkey has been forever (or so it seems) tending to diverse enqu...

July 24, 2017

With all the attention being given to the returning exiles from Rigby Road for a season (or two) it was particularly poignant sharing a few quiet moments with two once familiar Blackpool trams now resident at Heaton Park (and riding another).   The H...

July 24, 2017

Blackpool Transport Services have adopted the theme 'Love your bus' on their marketing and information materials, as well as the new ADL double deck buses now transforming the town's services as they edge out the previous fleet branding of black and...

July 23, 2017

July 2017 Blackpool Transport Number 301 pauses at Poulton on its rural journey from Knott End to the harder streets of Blackpool.   Number 301 will be sold on when the next tranche of ADL double deckers arrive.  Evidence of this lies within the dest...

July 22, 2017

There is a lot going on around Poulton's railway station these days.    The pace of electrification is gathering 'steam' with overhead stanchions now being embedded between Poulton and Kirkham (and beyond); whilst track realignment on the curving...

July 20, 2017

Another fascinating television programme flickered across my screen this week.  The Natural History Museum in south Kensington decided to replace the centre piece in its main hall - skeletal remains of a dinosaur which had long been a key feature gre...

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