JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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March 30, 2018

A business meeting in Manchester this past week used a BTS bus journey to and from Preston Station on rail replacement duties, then Northern train to Oxford Road with the

short walk to St Peters Square with its four track tram station and constant com...

March 27, 2018

Blackpool without train service is a rare experience as overruns on completion of electrification on the Preston to Blackpool line mean a delay to the original timetable.  Instead April 16th is now given as the drop dead date for trains to again run...

March 25, 2018

The news this week of a further order for new trams is pending to improve capacity on Manchester Metrolink's services with more than twenty further units, presumably of the same type as the current fleet, places Manchester well ahead as the UK's larg...

March 23, 2018

Carrying out research on further titles for potential features raised the interesting subject of tramways built specifically as adjuncts to the development of mining communities.   A somewhat specialised theme but interesting nonetheless.   The most...

March 21, 2018

A wintry trip to Toronto quite some time back brought close acquaintance with that city's amazing tram/streetcar system - then exclusively PCC operated which goes to show just how long ago this encounter refers to.

The Toronto Transit Commission or  T...

March 20, 2018

One up on the Royal Mail - where else can one post a letter with valid postage that features one of Blackpool's famous 'boat cars'.  

Perhaps a Standard car might follow ?

March 20, 2018

Talking of books - the new Rigby Road Publishing title   'Tilling Stevens to Alexander Dennis - Blackpool's Buses in Transition 1921 - 2018' is somewhat delayed in publication date due to the new edition of  'Tribute to Marton Trams 1901 - 1962'...

March 18, 2018

Arrival this weekend of 'German Trams In Colour 1955 - 1975' after an extended wait brought back memories from my time in that country in the 1960s.   Straight from Blackpool via Catterick Camp to the middle of North-Rhine Westphalia brought me in im...

March 17, 2018

Unsurprisingly the now drawn out cold weather impacting on the UK has had a knock-on effect with the railway electrification contracts in the northwest.   The Blackpool to Preston upgrade has understandably been delayed by at least three weeks accord...

March 15, 2018

A most unusual press call took place on Blackpool promenade early this morning with a special event organised by Merlin Group's design and technology teams.   This involved one of Marvel's comic characters now being installed in the Tussaud's display...

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