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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


Camelon Freight 19.8.17

August 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

70804 at Camelon70804 at Camelon70804 approaches Camelon with 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth tanks 19.8.17 70804 approaches Camelon with 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth tanks

170472 at Camelon with 2P38 Dunblane - Edinburgh Waverley

66434 approaches Camelon with 4A13 Grangemouth - Aberdeen containers

 

 


30 minutes at Carstairs 18.8.17

August 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

66102 at Carstairs66102 at Carstairs66102 leaves Carstairs with 4E99 Mossend - Tees Dock Containers18.8.17 380112 arrives at Carstairs with 1D59 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central

3250xx+0xx+014 head south through Carstairs with 1M44 Shieldmuir - Warrington Royal Mail Train

66303+66421 waits in the down goods loop at Carstairs with 6Z18 Carlisle Yard - Mossend engineering working 

66102 leaves Carstairs with 4E99 Mossend - Tees Dock Containers


44871 at Carstairs 17.8.17

August 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

44871 at Carstairs44871 at CarstairsBlack 5 number 44871 departs the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs after taking on water whilst working 5Z78 Carnforth - Bo'ness loco and support coach move 17.8.17 Black 5 number 44871 stopped off in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs this afternoon.   The loco and its support coach had stopped to take on water whilst working on 5Z78 Carnforth - Bo'ness loco and support coach move.   Arriving 15 minutes early, the loco was filled up with water before departing 1 minute early.


66080 at Carluke 13.8.17

August 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

66080 at Carluke66080 at Carluke66080 passes through Carluke with 6K14 Millerhill - Kilmarnock engineering working 13.8.17 66080 passes through Carluke with 6K14 Millerhill - Kilmarnock engineering working


68's at Bo'ness 12.8.17

August 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

68027+68003 at Bo'ness68027+68003 at Bo'ness68027+68003 seen stabled at Bo'ness, the first time class 68's have visited the line 12.8.17 12th August saw 68027 and 68003 reach Bo'ness to become the first of the class to visit the heritage line.    They were stabled here for the day as they are required for the Northern Belle, however today 37602 and 37609 took the tour to Oban and back so both locos had an off day!   Both locos were seen stabled in the yard 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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