Hi, Welcome to my blog. It will contain my latest sightings, links to my latest photos and info pages and any relevant news updates. It will be updated when possible.
Edinburgh's CAF Urbos 3 tram number 276 has received it's first all over advert as is advertising Edinburgh's Christmas on one side of the tram and Edinburgh's Hogmanay on the other. The artwork on this tram has been designed by local school children.
The Christmas advert (which is on the right hand side of the tram coming from the Airport) features a black background with some snow flakes, fairies and city skyline along the top, with the all over advert panels featuring an octopus with 8 socks on, a teddy bear hugging a Christmas Tree and what looked like a lion wearing a Santa suit with 2 other characters nearby! The advert states 'Take the Tram to Edinburgh's Christmas and back again'
The Hogmanay advert (which is on the left hand side coming from the Airport) features a pink background with gloves and woolly hats on the top and one of the other sections features an ostrich and what looks like an owl wearing scarves and woolly hats! The advert states 'Take the Tram to Edinburgh's Hogmanay and back again'. Unfortunately as it was a rushed photo as the tram only stopped for a few seconds and the light wasn't great meaning I didn't manage to get the full side in focus, however I will try and get another shot of it if its out next weekend!
The trams will be running a free service from Midnight - 5am on 1st January, running every 20 minutes from West End Princes Street - Airport, to allow people attending Edinburgh's Hogmanay to get back home.
|276's Edinburgh's Christmas Advert||276's Edinburgh's Hogamanay Advert|
Today, there was a rare sight on the West Coast Mainline, with a pair of Class 50's operating on a railtour from London Euston - Glasgow Central and return. The class 50 (or 'Hoovers' to give them their nickname) was built between 1967 and 1968 and operated on the WCML between Glasgow and Crewe. On completion of the electrification of the WCML in in 1974, the 50's moved to South West England then services on the London - Exeter and London - Hereford services before being withdrawn in the late 80's / early 90's.
Today's working was the first time class 50's had been in Scotland since 50007 and 017 visited Bo'ness in 2015 for the Summer Diesel Gala. Unfortunately I had something else on and missed the northbound journey, but did manage to catch the southbound journey at Carluke.
The 50's operating on the railtour were:
BR Large Logo liveried 50049 and BR Blue liveried 50007 pass through Carluke with 1Z52 Glasgow Central - London Euston Pathfinder 'The Caledonian' Railtour
Adverts 11 and 15 of 18 of the CR Smith Advertising contract have now been applied to 5 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:
In November 2004, Brush Car 621 was mothballed along with most of her sister cars as part of a general reduction in the size of the fleet. After a period in store, 621 was purchased by the Fleetwood Heritage Transport Trust and moved into further storage at Kirkham Prison. 621 was then purchased by a group of enthusiasts and donated to Beamish Museum in Northumberland, arriving in 2014. Beamish had planned to restore the tram as 284 in the original 1930's style, however a change in policy left the tram surplus to requirements and 621 found its self heading home to Blackpool after the tram was donated back to the Blackpool Heritage Tramway Trust. 621 arrived back in Blackpool in December 2016.
With the 80th Anniversary of the Brush Cars being celebrated during 2017, 'Trams Magazine' sponsored the work required to return 621 back to service in time for the 132nd anniversary weekend. Fortunately 621 was still in reasonable condition despite 13 years out of service, however it did require a re panel and some electrical work, including the fitting of a transponder. The tram was repainted into the 1950's livery and made its debut back on the prom on 22nd September. 621 performed faultlessly all weekend.
621 looks absolutely fantastic and all credit goes to the workshop team at Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours for the excellent job they have done on 621.
|621 Stored behind Boats 602 and 605 26th September 2010||621 in the electrical Compound 30.4.17||Old panels from 621 with part of it's old Hot Ice advert in the Fitting Shop 24.9.17||621 and 623 pass at Bispham 24.9.17|
Friday 22nd September:
The stars of the weekend were undoubtedly the Brush Cars as this year, the Brush Cars are celebrating their 80th anniversary of their entry to service.
A special service recreating the Cleveleys Flyers that this class of tram featured heavily on at various times of their lives operated on Friday afternoon and saw Brush Car 621 making its first appearance in service since 2004 after a recent overhaul and repaint into 1950's livery. Also featuring Wartime Green and Cream liveried 623, which is on loan from Heaton Park, 90's liveried and refurbished 630 on loan from Crich and 60's liveried 631, which is part of the heritage fleet.
The trams operated between 1.30 and 5.30pm between Pleasure Beach and Cleveleys on the following routes:
631 failed at Pleasure Beach with a controller fault before departure on its final journey of the day. 623 worked to Pleasure Beach and picked up 631's passengers and worked its journey.
Into the evening and out came the Illuminations tour trams. 733+734, 736, 737, 717 and 718 were out on tours operating 2 tours each. Trawler 737 was held at Bispham for a while on its 2nd tour of the night. After 20 minutes, the passengers left the tram while it reversed on the centre track and pulled onto the stop and reloaded, giving it's passengers the rare opportunity for a tour through the illuminations facing backwards!
Saturday 23rd September
Saturday was the first of the two 132nd Anniversary running days and display of rarely seen trams and depot tours. At Rigby Road depot, Balloon 701, Centenary 642 and recently returned Centenary 645 were lined up at the Fitting shop wall, whilst Brush Cars 632, 634, 631 and 627 were lined up on the depot fan. Balloon 711 was used as the shop tram at North Pier and Balloon 700 was used on the shuttle service running between Rigby Road Depot and Starr Gate Depot. Trams that were used on the heritage service during the day were: 66, 600, 621, 623, 630, 648, 680, 700, 711, 713, 715, 717, 723 and 737. 737 replaced 717, which returned to depot around 11am, presumably with a fault as 717 wasn't back out in service again over the weekend. Around noon, 621,623 and 630 were lined up one behind the other at Pleasure Beach. 723 and 713 were the last 2 heritage trams to depart Bispham around 5.30pm.
Into the evening and 733+734, 736, 737, 718 and 723 were out on Illuminations tours operating two tours each. 715 operated on a Private Hire doing a round tour of the illuminations and then working to Cabin and depot.
Sunday 24th September
Sunday was the second of the two 132nd Anniversary running days and display of rarely seen trams and depot tours. At Rigby Road depot, Brush Cars 634, 627 and 632 were lined up at the Fitting shop wall, whilst Brush Car 625, Engineering Car 754, Open topped Balloon 706 and Balloon 726 were lined up on the depot fan. Balloon 711 was used as the shop tram at North Pier and Balloon 713 was used on the shuttle service running between Rigby Road Depot and Starr Gate Depot.
The depot tour started at the depot fan and went to the Electrical Compound, passing Birkenhead 20, which was stabled just outside it. In the compound were numerous spare parts as well as Boat 230 (604) and Railcoach 679. Walking along the front of the fan, many withdrawn trams were seen including twin car 676+686, Coronation 304, Centenary 642 and Centenary 645. Next the tour went into the Paint shop and Standard 147 was on display having been partially rubbed down for a repaint. In the Body shop, Standard 143, Boat 227 (602) were stabled, 227 was receiving an internal tidy up and rewire. The body shells of Lytham 43 and Glasgow 1016 were also in the Body Shop. In the fitting shop Balloon 719 was there for a blown motor to be replaced and 703 was on display. There was various trolley towers and trucks also on display. Also visible was some of the panels removed from 621 while it was being prepared for service. After a ride down to Starr Gate depot on 713 (via the tram wash) we were then shown round Starr gate depot. 004 and 006 were at the front of the sheds in case they were required for service, whilst 013 was on the body lift where its trucks were being removed to allow it's wheels to be replaced.
Trams that were used on the heritage service during the day were: 40, 66, 600, 621, 623, 630, 631, 648, 680, 700, 711, 713, 715, 718, 723 and 737.
Into the evening and 733+734, 736, 737, 715 and 718 were out on Illuminations tours operating two tours each.
My photos from the weekend (all 247 of them!) can be found at http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p123308024
Most of my Photographs and sightings are from my favourite locations in the Lanarkshire area, including