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Edinburgh Tram 251's advert

September 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Passing Gogar Depot earlier today, I decided to look in and see which trams were stabled there.   Parked near the fence along side the road was tram 251 in its #tramspotting livery, which promotes the 7 minute service which operates during each day.   I took the opportunity to get a few photos of the tram.

 

251 at Gogar Depot251 at Gogar DepotCAF urbos 3 number 251 wearing its #Tramspotting all over advert, which advertises the 7 minute daytime service now in operation. The tram is stabled at Gogar Depot 16.9.17 251's advert251's advert251's #Tramspotting advert on section C of the body side 16.9.17 251 at Gogar Depot251 at Gogar Depot251's #Tramspotting advert on section G of the body side 16.9.17
Full Tram one of the advert sections the other advert section

 


East Coast Diverts at Crawford 16.9.17

September 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

43317+43206 at Crawford43317+43206 at Crawford43317+43206 head north through Crawford with the diverted 1S09 London Kings Cross - Edinburgh 16.9.17 Today was day 1 of the East Coast Diverts via the Tyne Valley, Carlisle and the West Coast Main Line to Carstairs South Junction.

I spent a couple of hours at Crawford, 2 miles south of Abington this afternoon and Here are my sightings:

66737 heads north past Crawford with the diverted 6S45 North Blyth - Fort William Alcans

88003 heads north past Crawford with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend containers

43274 'Spirit of Sunderland' and 43308 head south through Crawford with the diverted 1E15 Aberdeen - London Kings Cross

East Midlands Trains liveried 43061 on the rear of an HST set led by 43309 pass Crawford with the diverted 1E17 Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross

43317+43206 head north through Crawford with the diverted 1S09 London Kings Cross - Edinburgh

66047 passes Crawford with 4M30 Grangemouth - Daventry containers


Adverts 9 and 10 for Edinburgh trams 15.9.17

September 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

267 at Ingliston Park and Ride267 at Ingliston Park and Ride267 pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 15.9.17 Adverts 9 and 10 of 18 of the CR Smith Advertising contract have now been applied to 2 members of the tram fleet.   As before, the stunning graphics that have created for each advert features a pair of iconic Scottish locations.

The latest adverts in the series sees:

  • From Largs to Dundee featuring a Viking and Viking Longboat (Vikingar, Largs) and the SS Discovery ship from Dundee.   This advert is worn by 267 and appeared in service during week beginning 11.9.17
  • From Pitlochry - Meadowbank featuring a leaping salmon making its way up the river and a hurdler jumping over a wall.   The advert is worn by 274 and appeared in service during week beginning 11.9.17
267's advert detail267's advert detailstunning artwork on 267's CR Smith advert featuring a Viking and Viking longboat (Largs) and the SS Discovery (Dundee) 15.9.17 274's advert detail274's advert detail274's CR Smith advert features stunning artwork featuring a salmon leaping up stream (Pitlochry) and an athlete jumping over a hurdle (Meadowbank) 15.9.17
267 274

 


Brush Car Friday

September 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

623 at Pleasure Beach623 at Pleasure BeachWartime liveried Brush Car 623 pauses on the loop at Pleasure Beach before heading back to Rigby Road 16.7.17 Blackpool Heritage Trams Trust have announced that as part of the 132nd anniversary weekend celebrations, that a bonus event will happen on Friday 22nd September.   During the afternoon, a special timetable of 'Cleveleys Flyers', running from Pleasure Beach - Cleveleys, using 4 Brush Cars.  

The event should see the following trams in service:

  • the debut of 621, which has not run since 2004 (repainted in 50's livery)
  • 623 (on loan from Heaton Park and in Wartime Livery)
  • 630 (on loan from Crich Tramway Museum and in 90's livery)
  • 631

Over the remainder of the weekend, all servicable heritage trams will run at some point, there are also depot tours and a display of stored trams outside the depot and on the depot fan.


More new adverts for Edinburgh Trams 8.9.17

September 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

261 at Ingliston Park and Ride261 at Ingliston Park and Ride261 pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Edinburgh Airport - York Place service, it was the 6th tram to receive CR Smith advertising, replacing its previous advert for the Edinburgh Festival that it carried during August 8.9.17 Adverts 7 and 8 of 18 of the CR Smith Advertising contract have now been applied to 2 members of the tram fleet.   Like before, the stunning graphics created for each of the advert features a pair of iconic Scottish locations.

The latest adverts in the series sees:

  • From Fraserburgh to Finnieston featuring a crane of the feathered variety (Fraserburgh) and the famous Finnieston crane (with the SECC in the background) on the banks of the Clyde.   This advert is worn by tram 270 and appeared in service early in week beginning 4.9.17.
  • From Dunblane to St Andrews featuring a Tennis player (with more than a passing resemblance to Andy Murray!) and a golfer (with more than a passing resemblance to Tiger Woods!) with a tennis net in the foreground and the old course in the background.   This advert is worn by 262 and appeared in service during week beginning 4.9.17

I managed to catch both trams at Ingliston Park and Ride as well as tram 260 with the From Glasgow - Peterhead graphics (that I didn't manage to see on Sunday). I also managed to get better photos of the advert sections on trams 259, 266, 272 and 261.

270 at Gogar Depot270 at Gogar Depotnot the best of shots due to the position of the tram at Gogar depot, however here is tram 270's CR Smith panel featuring from Fraserburgh - Finnieston with 'feathered' crane and the Finnieston crane on the banks of the Clyde 8.9.17 262's advert panel262's advert panelfrom Dunblane to St Andrews featuring a tennis player and golfer on tram 262 8.9.17

260's advertising panel260's advertising panelfrom Glasgow - Peterhead panel on 260's CR Smith advertising panel including the famous statue with the traffic cone on its head and the Peterhead lighthouse 8.9.17

 

 

270 262 260
259's advert vynal259's advert vynal259's from Carrbridge to the Forth vynal, which makes up part of the advert for CR Smith carried by this tram 8.9.17 266's advert266's adverttram 266's CR Smith advert featuring a Falkirk Kelpie and Musselburgh Racehorse 8.9.17 272's advert panel272's advert panel272's advert panel featuring a sandcastle on Troon Beach and the world famous Edinburgh Castle 8.9.17
259 266 272
261's advert panel261's advert panelfrom Glen Nevis to North Queensferry panel on 261's CR Smith advert featuring an ice climber and a diver 8.9.17    
261    

Also spotted at Ingliston Park and Ride stop today were the following trams:

253

274

259

261

260

258

269

266

272

257

262

254

 

 


More Edinburgh Tram adverts

September 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

263 at Gogar Depot263 at Gogar DepotCaf Urbos 263 is seen at Gogar Depot in its new advertising vynals for CR Smith. The advert locations are From Lossiemouth - Kinross with fighter planes and geese featuring in section 3/5. 3.9.17 Adverts 3 -6 of CR Smith's advertising contract for 18 trams have now been applied to the Edinburgh fleet.   Each advert features stunning artwork pairing iconic Scottish locations or images that reflects not only the geographical spread of CR Smith’s customer base, but also celebrates Scotland’s soul and personality.

The latest batch sees:

  • Glasgow’s cone crowned Duke of Wellington with the white and orange striped lighthouse at Peterhead (260)
  • Lossiemouth's RAF fighter plane and Kinross Geese (263)
  • A Mountaineer climbing Glen Nevis and a diver at North Queensferry (261)
  • A sandcastle on Troon Beach and Edinburgh Castle (272)

261's advert replaces the Edinburgh Festival advert that the tram carried during late July / August.   Unfortunately I didn't catch 260 but saw the other three.   Here are the advert sections of the 3 trams.

 

261's advert detail261's advert detailsome of the detail of 261's new advert 3.9.17 263's advert detail263's advert detailsome of the detail of 263's new advert for CR Smith 3.9.17 272 at Gyle Centre272 at Gyle Centresome of the detail of 272's new advert for CR Smith 3.9.17
261 263 272

 


Freightliner 90's at Holytown 3.9.17

September 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

  90048+90045 at Holytown90048+90045 at HolytownFreightliner class 90's 90048 and 90045 pass through Holytown with 4M49 Mossend - Daventry intermodal 3.9.17 Freightliner class 90's 90048 and 90045 pass through Holytown with 4M49 Mossend - Daventry intermodal 3.9.17


Colas Test train at Greenfaulds 2.9.17

September 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

37219 tnt 37421 at Greenfaulds37219 tnt 37421 at Greenfaulds37219 top and tailed with 37421 approach Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Network Rail Test Train 2.9.17   a quick visit to Greenfaulds this afternoon and 2 sightings

334015 departs with 2V46 Dumbarton - Cumbernauld service

Colas liveried 37219 top and tailed with 37421 are seen approaching  Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Network Rail Test Train

then on the way home, a quick stop off at Holytown for

66733 passing through with 6S45 North Blyth - Fort William Alcans


Brush Car 630 returns to Blackpool

August 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Blackpool Electric Locomotive (717) tows Blackpool Brush Car 630 at CrichBlackpool Electric Locomotive (717) tows Blackpool Brush Car 630 at CrichBlackpool Electric Locomotive (717) tows Blackpool Brush Car 630 out of the workshops and then pushes it into the main depot at Crich 6.8.16 It has been announced that Brush Car 630 will be returning to the Blackpool Tramway from the National Tramway Museum at Crich on loan at some point soon.   The loan deal, which will allow 630 to remain in Blackpool until 2018, means that the tram will be able to take part in the Brush Car's 80th Anniversary celebrations taking place during the September Gold Weekend on 23rd and 24th September.   The deal will have an added benefit for Crich as the depot there is having its roof replaced this winter and the move will mean them having to find a place to temporarily store the tram, it will allow the tram to be stored undercover and gives Blackpool the advantage of having a heater fitted single decker to use on the heritage service.

630, like it's 19 sister cars were built by Brush of Loughborough in 1937, entering service in the same year.    Originally the inside of the Brush tramcars were considered to be the most luxurious trams ever built for British Tramways, with cushioned seating, heaters, clock and ceiling panels housing concealed lighting.    The Brush Cars have been a popular and reliable member of the Blackpool fleet for 80 years and were still seen in regular service until 2004 when a number of them were mothballed, however a handful survived in service until 2011.   Of the 20 trams built, 16 of them are still in existence in some form today.

630 was given a major overhaul in 1994/95 and featured low voltage lighting, trafficators, bumpers, new style lifeguards and fixed bus seats.   630 was the final Brush car to receive a major overhaul.    After many years of all year round use on the tramway on both service and specials and with the end of traditional tramway in sight, 630 was withdrawn from service in October 2011, just one week before the end for the traditional fleet.   630 was repainted into the 1990's livery carried when it first re-entered service in 1995 in preparation for its move to Crich.   630 entered service at Crich in 2012 and has seen use there ever since.   630's return to Blackpool will see all 4 of the active (or will be by September) Brush Cars (621, 623, 630 and 631) in service at the Gold Weekend, with a further 5 (624, 625, 627, 632 and 634) probably on display at the depot over that Gold Weekend.  

Further information on the Brush Cars can be found at my Blackpool Trams website http://blackpool-trams.yolasite.com/brush-trams.php 

Original Number Post 1968 Number Status Notes
284 621 Being overhauled Expected to return to service in September 2017 with the heritage fleet.
285 622 Static classroom Static Classroom at Anchorsholme Primary School
286 623 Heritage Fleet On loan from Heaton Park until November 2017
287 624 Stored Former engineering car 259, stored awaiting restoration to 1937 condition as 287
288 625 Stored Stored at Rigby Road on behalf of a private individual
289 626 Stored In store at Pacific Road, Birkenhead
290 627 Stored Stored at Rigby Road on behalf of Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust
291 628 Stored Body scrapped in 1968, used as a flat wagon and rail crane.   Numbered 260
292 629 Scrapped  
293 630 In Service (Crich) Currently based at the National Tramway Museum Crich, going on loan to Blackpool until 2018.
294 631 Heritage Fleet In service with the Heritage Fleet
295 632 Stored Stored awaiting an overhaul
296 633 Heritage Fleet rebuilt in 2001 as Illuminated Fishermans Friend Trawler.   Renumbered 737.
297 634 Stored Stored awaiting overhaul
298 635 Stored Clay Cross In store at Clay Cross (National Tramway Museum), restoration part complete
299 636 Test Tram Used for testing at SET Derby
300 637 Stored Stored at Fleetwood Docks
301   scrapped  
302 638 scrapped received an experimental conversion to one person operation, was later converted back to a conventional tram, scrapped 1984.
303   scrapped was used as part of an experiment with VAMBAC controls. Scrapped 1963.

 


44871 at Bo'ness 19.8.17

August 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

44871 at Bo'ness44871 at Bo'nessBlack 5 44871 is seen stabled at Bo'ness 19.8.17 Black 5 44871 is seen stabled at Bo'ness

Most of my Photographs and sightings are from my favourite locations in the Lanarkshire area, including

  • Carstairs
  • Float Viaduct
  • Abington
  • Cartland
  • Hartwood
  • Greenfaulds
  • Holytown
  • Coatbridge Central
  • Auchengray
  • Carluke
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