Scottish Trains Website: Blog http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Scottish Trains Website (Scottish Trains Website) Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:38:00 GMT Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:38:00 GMT http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u1614541-o761250848-50.jpg Scottish Trains Website: Blog http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog 120 90 Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay advert for 276 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/edinburghs-christmas-and-hogmanay-advert-for-276 276 at Edinburgh Park Central276 at Edinburgh Park CentralCAF Urbos 276 with a split Edinburgh's Christmas on one side and Edinburgh's Hogmanay on the other approaches Edinburgh Park Central with a service from York Place - Airport 18.11.17 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 at Edinburgh Park Central276 at Edinburgh Park CentralCAF Urbos 276 with a split Edinburgh's Christmas on one side and Edinburgh's Hogmanay on the other approaches Edinburgh Park Central with a service from York Place - Airport 18.11.17 276 at Edinburgh Park Central276 at Edinburgh Park CentralCAF Urbos 276 with a split Edinburgh's Christmas on one side and Edinburgh's Hogmanay on the other pauses at Edinburgh Park Central with a service from York Place - Airport 18.11.17
276's Edinburgh's Christmas Advert 276's Edinburgh's Hogamanay Advert

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 276 all over advert caf urbos 3 edinburgh edinburgh trams edinburgh's christmas edinburgh's hogmanay http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/edinburghs-christmas-and-hogmanay-advert-for-276 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:09:59 GMT
Holytown and Bo'ness 17.10.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/holytown-and-boness-17-10-17 37605 at Holytown37605 at Holytown37605 passes through Holytown with 4Z20 Craignetinny - Motherwell TMD container flats 17.10.17 My sightings from today

Holytown

68004 passes through Holytown with 5G02 Edinburgh Waverley - Motherwell TMD Fife Circle ECS move

66075 passes through Holytown with 6S58 Tees - Dalziel loaded steel

66221 passes through Holytown with 4S99 Tees - Mossend containers

Bo'ness

37067 at Bo'ness

303032 at Bo'ness

D2767 at Bo'ness

27001 at Bo'ness

37214 at Bo'ness

27001 and 82113 at Bo'ness

37261 at Bo'ness

Holytown

37605 passes through Holytown with 4Z20 Craignetinny - Motherwell TMD container flats

66430+66434 approach Holytown with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend containers

88010 passes through Holytown with 0Z48 Carlisle Kingmoor- Motherwell TMD light engine move

86604+86610 pass through Holytown with 4Z56 Preston - Coatbridge Freightliner terminal containers

RHTT unit 98905+98915 passes through Holytown with 3Z93 Slateford - Slatefort RHTT working

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(Scottish Trains Website) 27001 37214 37261 37605 66 66075 66221 66430 66434 68004 82113 86604 86610 88010 bo'ness drs holytown http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/holytown-and-boness-17-10-17 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:45:17 GMT
Lanarkshire Freight 16.10.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/lanarkshire-freight-16-10-17 88002+88009 at Holytown88002+88009 at Holytown88002+88009 pass through Holytown with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend containers 16.10.17 My sightings from today

Camelon

68006 passes through Camelon with 5K19 Edinburgh Waverley to Motherwell TMD ECS working

 

Greenfaulds

66176 passes through Greenfaulds with 6D84 Aberdeen Waterloo - Mossend Nacco Silver Bullet tanks

 

Holytown

66564 passes through Holytown with 4S53 Daventry - Mossend containers

66524 passes through Holytown with 0Z32 Millerhill - Mossend light engine move

88002+88009 pass through Holytown with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend containers

 

Carstairs

66565 approaches Carstairs with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill engineering working

66221 approaches Carstairs with 4E99 Mossend - Tees Dock containers

66524 passes through Carstairs with 6Z32 Mossend - Carlisle Yard engineering working

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66 66176 66221 66524 66564 66565 68006 88002 88009 camelon carstairs db cargo drs freightliner greenfaulds holytown http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/lanarkshire-freight-16-10-17 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:17:13 GMT
37884 at Hartwood 14.10.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/37884-at-hartwood-14-10-17 37884 at Hartwood37884 at HartwoodEurophoenix liveried 37884 passes through Hartwood with 0S07 Craigentinny - Shields TMD light engine move 14.10.17 Europhoenix liveried 37884 passes through Hartwood with 0S07 Craigentinny - Shields TMD light engine move

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37884 europhoenix hartwood http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/37884-at-hartwood-14-10-17 Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:28:47 GMT
Another new Edinburgh Tram advert 13.10.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/another-new-edinburgh-tram-advert-13-10-17 275 at Ingliston Park and Ride275 at Ingliston Park and Ride275 departs Ingliston Park and Ride with an Edinburgh Airport - York Place service 8.9.17 One of the latest CR Smith advertising vynals, has been applied to tram 275.   It features a Whisky distillery and a North Sea Oil Rig with the phrase From Speyside to Aberdeen.

The advert panel:

275's advert panel275's advert panelCR Smith advertising vynal on 275 featuring a Whisky distillery and a North Sea Oil Rigwith the phrase From Speyside to Aberdeen. 13.10.17

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(Scottish Trains Website) 275 caf urbos 3 cr smith edinburgh trams http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/another-new-edinburgh-tram-advert-13-10-17 Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:24:41 GMT
Class 50's at Carluke 7.10.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/class-50s-at-carluke-7-10-17 50049+50007 at Carluke50049+50007 at CarlukeBR Large Logo liveried 50049 and BR Blue liveried 50007 pass through Carluke with 1Z52 Glasgow Central - London Euston Pathfinder 'The Caledonian' Railtour 7.10.17 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
  • BR Blue Liveried 50007

BR Large Logo liveried 50049 and BR Blue liveried 50007 pass through Carluke with 1Z52 Glasgow Central - London Euston Pathfinder 'The Caledonian' Railtour

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(Scottish Trains Website) 50 50007 50049 br blue br large loco livery carluke class 50 pathfinder railtour the caledonian http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/class-50s-at-carluke-7-10-17 Sat, 07 Oct 2017 22:43:03 GMT
More CR Smith adverts for Edinburgh Trams 30.9.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/more-cr-smith-adverts-for-edinburgh-trams-30-9-17 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:

  • Fae Leith tae Alloway featuring featuring a domed building and a statue of Robert Burns.   This advert is worn by 255.
  • From Bannockburn to Dundee featuring a statue of Robert the Bruce and a statue of Desperate Dan.   The advert is worn by 252
  • From Turnberry to Blair Drummond featuring a bag of golf clubs and some meerkats on a mound. The advert is worn by 258.
  • From Lochmaben to Dunfermilne featuring a statue of Robert the Bruce and Dunfermilne Abbey. The advert is worn by 277.
  • There is also a 5th advert tram, number 253, however it was behind another tram and it's advert was only partially visible.
255 advert panel255 advert panelCR Smith advertising vynal on 255 featuring a domed building and a statue of Robert Burns with the phrase Fae Leith tae Alloway. 30.9.17 252's advertising panel252's advertising panelCR Smith advertising vynal on 252 featuring a statue of Robert the Bruce and a statue of Desperate Dan with the phrase From Bannockburn to Dundee. 30.9.17 258's advert panel258's advert panelCR Smith advertising vynal on 258 featuring a bag of golf clubs and some meerkats on a mound with the phrase From Turnberry to Blair Drummond. 30.9.17 277's advert panel277's advert panelCR Smith advertising vynal on 277 featuring a statue of Robert the Bruce and Dunfermilne Abbey with the phrase From Lochmaben to Dunfermilne. 30.9.17
255 252 258 277

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 252 253 255 258 277 caf urbos 3 cr smith edinburgh trams gogar depot http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/more-cr-smith-adverts-for-edinburgh-trams-30-9-17 Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:28:37 GMT
Brush Car 621 returns to service http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/brush-car-621-returns-to-service 621 at Bispham621 at BisphamIn the only 15 minutes of sunshine of the day, the fantastic looking Brush Car 621 in 1950's green and cream livery pauses at Bispham en-route to Pleasure Beach 23.9.17 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. 

602, 605, 621 and 708 at Rigby Road602, 605, 621 and 708 at Rigby RoadBoats 602, 605 and withdrawn Brush Car 621 and withdrawn Balloon 708 stabled in Rigby Road Depot 26.9.10 621 at Rigby Road621 at Rigby RoadBrush Car 621 seen in the Electrical Compound at Rigby Road (photo taken through the fence) 29.4.17 621's panels621's panelssome of Brush car 621's old body side panels 24.9.17 621 and 623 at Bispham621 and 623 at BisphamBrush Car 621 heads south with a heritage service to North Pier while 623 prepares to pull forward into the centre track at Bispham 24.9.17
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

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 621 blackpool brush brush car 621 trams http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/brush-car-621-returns-to-service Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:30:24 GMT
Blackpool Tramway 132nd Anniversary Weekend 22.9-25.9 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/blackpool-tramway-132nd-anniversary-weekend-22-9-25-9 621 at Bispham621 at BisphamIn the only 15 minutes of sunshine of the day, the fantastic looking Brush Car 621 in 1950's green and cream livery pauses at Bispham en-route to Pleasure Beach 23.9.17 I visited Blackpool for September weekend, which just so happened to co-inside with the Blackpool Tramway's 132nd Anniversary weekend.   Here is my report of the weekend:

 

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:

  • A - 621
  • B - 623
  • C - 630
  • D - 631

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

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(Scottish Trains Website) 40 600 602 604 621 623 625 627 630 631 632 634 642 645 648 66 676 680 686 700 701 703 707 709 711 713 715 717 718 719 723 733 734 736 737 750 754 balloon blackpool brush frigate trams trawler western train http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/blackpool-tramway-132nd-anniversary-weekend-22-9-25-9 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:03:27 GMT
An hour at Preston 23.9.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/an-hour-at-preston-23-9-17 66619 at Preston66619 at Preston66619 waits at Preston with 6H51 Hardendale Quarry - Guide Bridge Yard Ballast working 23.9.17 Whilst in Blackpool for the weekend, I nipped out to Preston for an hour's spotting.   Here are my sightings:

156486 approaches Preston with 2N97 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North

390002 departs Preston with 9M54 Edinburgh - London Euston

319365 approaches Preston with 1N85 Liverpool South Parkway - Preston

66619 waits at Preston with 6H51 Hardendale Quarry - Guide Bridge Yard Ballast working

150xxx with 150133 on the rear depart Preston with 2T06 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria

158758 departs Preston with 1B23 Blackpool North - York

390151 approaches Preston with 9S60 London Euston - Edinburgh Waverley, whilst 150144 also approaches with 2T62 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North

156491 departs preston with 2E86 Blackpool North - Huddersfield

158851 approaches Preston with 1B20 York - Blackpool North whilst 153304+153378 also approach with 2N01 Ormskirk - Preston

156464+156479 arrive at Preston with 1T63 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North

142050+150201 depart Preston with 2N14 Blackpool South - Colne

153378+153304 depart Preston with 2F02 Preston - Ormskirk

66092 approaches Preston with 4S49 Daventry - Coatbridge containers

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(Scottish Trains Website) 142050 150133 150144 150201 153304 153378 156464 156479 156486 156491 158758 158851 319365 390002 390151 66092 66619 freightliner northern preston virgin http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/an-hour-at-preston-23-9-17 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:23:12 GMT
Edinburgh Tram 251's advert http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/edinburgh-tram-251s-advert 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
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(Scottish Trains Website) #tramspotting 251 caf urbos 3 edinburgh tram gogar depot http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/edinburgh-tram-251s-advert Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:23:22 GMT
East Coast Diverts at Crawford 16.9.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/east-coast-diverts-at-crawford-16-9-17 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

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43061 43206 43274 43308 43317 66 66047 66737 88 88003 crawford db cargo drs east coast hst virgin trains west coast http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/east-coast-diverts-at-crawford-16-9-17 Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:37:57 GMT
Adverts 9 and 10 for Edinburgh trams 15.9.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/adverts-9-and-10-for-edinburgh-trams-15-9-17 267 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

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 267 274 cr edinburgh smith trams http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/adverts-9-and-10-for-edinburgh-trams-15-9-17 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:55:37 GMT
Brush Car Friday http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/brush-car-friday 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.

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More new adverts for Edinburgh Trams 8.9.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/more-new-adverts-for-edinburgh-trams-8-9-17 261 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

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 253 258 259 260 261 262 263 266 269 270 272 cr smith edinburgh trams http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/more-new-adverts-for-edinburgh-trams-8-9-17 Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:37:20 GMT
More Edinburgh Tram adverts http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/more-edinburgh-tram-adverts 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

 

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Freightliner 90's at Holytown 3.9.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/freightliner-90s-at-holytown-3-9-17   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

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(Scottish Trains Website) 90045 90048 freightliner holytown intermodal http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/freightliner-90s-at-holytown-3-9-17 Sun, 03 Sep 2017 20:32:43 GMT
Colas Test train at Greenfaulds 2.9.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/colas-test-train-at-greenfaulds-2-9-17 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

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(Scottish Trains Website) 334015 37219 37421 66733 alcans class 37 class 66 colas gbrf greenfaulds holytown network rail scotrail http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/colas-test-train-at-greenfaulds-2-9-17 Sat, 02 Sep 2017 23:07:21 GMT
Brush Car 630 returns to Blackpool http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/brush-car-630-returns-to-blackpool 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.

 

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44871 at Bo'ness 19.8.17 http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/44871-at-boness-19-8-17 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

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(Scottish Trains Website) 44871 black 5 bo'ness http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/44871-at-boness-19-8-17 Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:11:55 GMT