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Onan the Clumsy
23rd Sep 2005, 14:33
Specially for Rolling Thunder :ok:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/onan_the_clumsy/trams.jpg

The Real Slim Shady
23rd Sep 2005, 14:48
And here (http://www.libdems.org.uk/conference/blackpool05gallery.html)

tony draper
23rd Sep 2005, 15:17
Drapes can remember the Trams in Newcastle and Gateshead, one of ones uncles drove one of em, proper ones they was not those fancy things they have in Blackpool,they had a drivers place at each end so they did not have to turn round.
:cool:

Biggles Flies Undone
23rd Sep 2005, 15:27
they had a drivers place at each end so they did not have to turn round
So did the horse push backwards then, Drapes? :p

TheFlyingSquirrel
23rd Sep 2005, 15:35
were people on stilts allowed to get to the circus on the open top trams?

The Real Slim Shady
23rd Sep 2005, 15:35
When I was a kid the trolley buses were still running in Glasgow. Great things, powered by electricity. Pollution free. Apart from the Saturday night wee beuchles yodelling, of course.

tony draper
23rd Sep 2005, 15:38
Do you know the last horse drawn stage coach service only ended in the N/E in 1936 !, true that is, one forgets where it ran to and from now, one shall try and find it, twas out in the boonies though as I recal.
Saying the N/E it may well have been North Yorkshire somewhere.
:cool:

tilewood
23rd Sep 2005, 16:32
I remember the trolley buses in 'Sarfend'. Essex. in the '50s.

They were great, and so quiet you had to be careful because
you didn't always hear them on the road. :hmm:

Rollingthunder
23rd Sep 2005, 17:57
I thank you sir. Nice postcard. Looks up at 1/72 scale model of a Wall's Blackpool tram. If I had 71 more, I'd have a real one.

When in London, be sure to visit the London Transport Museum, even if you don't like buses. And it's only a couple of blocks to Neal's Yard Dairy.

Many trolley buses here still. Seem to be on the decline a bit though. Ripped out one line for the YVR Skytrain line build.

BigEndBob
23rd Sep 2005, 18:05
Had double decker trolley buses in Walsall, W.Mids until about 1970.

www.g4orx.btinternet.co.uk/Walsall02.htm

tony draper
23rd Sep 2005, 18:51
Dunno how those little thin overhead wires bore the weight of a whole bus,but one notes they also had wheels in case they touched the ground.

:cool:
Heres a picky of a proper tram in my town.

http://www.asaplive.com/Custom/Icon/Main/lowfell300x208.jpg

Speedpig
23rd Sep 2005, 19:02
An entire website for trolley buses?
Grief, next there'll be a website for teapots!:ok:

Heres a picky of a proper tram in my town.

From that angle it looks like it\'s catapult launched with the lacky stretched between two houses across the street.

BUMPFF
23rd Sep 2005, 19:33
Travelled on 'em all. Sigh.
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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Onan the Clumsy
23rd Sep 2005, 20:02
Heres a picky of a proper tram in my town :ooh: By 'eck, that looks bloody grim

tony draper
23rd Sep 2005, 20:05
Really?,that was the Mayors tram,yer shudda seen the one we rode in.
Tell the kids now an they wudden believe yer.
:cool:

You shouldn't say things like that Mr Speedpig.

http://www.teapots.net/

:rolleyes:

barry lloyd
23rd Sep 2005, 21:06
Ee Onan,

t'luminations 'ave just been switched on - now there's a grand sight.

'Ave you got a photo of t' trams wi' 'luminations on them? :)

Loki
23rd Sep 2005, 21:10
Favourite memory of trolleybuses, was watching the crew trying to lodge the pick up back on to the wires after it jumped off. Used to travel on them as a boy from The Crooked Billet to Leyton when visiting my grandparents.

DirtyPierre
23rd Sep 2005, 23:59
And the light rail (trams) you see used in Manchester (Stretford line) are the same type of light rail (trams) in Melbourne.

GrahamK
24th Sep 2005, 00:11
Do they still have trams at Beamish Open Air museum in the North East?

seacue
24th Sep 2005, 00:24
Dayton, Ohio, USA, "birthplace of aviation", still has trolleybuses. When I was there in May it looked to me as though some had dual power - diesel for use beyond where the wires end.

On the trolley theme, trolleys in central Washington, DC, had undeground power.
http://www.dctrolley.org/dcshots/capital.jpg
Farther out they switched to overhead pickup. Some poor soul spent his days down in a pit handling the pickup shoe during the conversion while someone else raised the overhead pickup.

I used to ride a trolley like this to school .. honest I did ..
http://www.dctrolley.org/dcshots/ecking.jpg
returned to service because of shortage of rolling stock during WW2.

tony draper
24th Sep 2005, 08:48
Ah yes Beamish, one forgot about those,mate of mine had one in his allotment for his hens to live in.
There was a terrible accident in my town caused by a runaway tram once.
:cool:

lasernigel
24th Sep 2005, 09:53
proper ones they was not those fancy things they have in Blackpool,they had a drivers place at each end so they did not have to turn round.

Yer can drive yer Blackpool trams from both ends and a lot have cantilever pick ups so man with pole does't have to change the leccy around.:ok:

GrahamK
24th Sep 2005, 09:58
There was a terrible accident in my town caused by a runaway tram once.
One recalls a bad accident involving a tram on Coronation Street also
:ouch:

tony draper
24th Sep 2005, 10:11
Personelly one thinks those Blackpool Trams look a bit sissy.
:cool:

Heres a picky of the Tram accident, prolly the French were involved,as usual

http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/ls/bensham/Tram%20Accident%20(1916).JPG


Hmmm,doesn't seem to want to show itself for some reason,prolly them Galic buggas again.

:rolleyes:

GrahamK
24th Sep 2005, 10:27
A quick search on Google comes up with this:
Blackpool Trams (http://www.blackpooltrams.com/)

Perfect for any tram spotters out in Ppruneland.

BALIX
24th Sep 2005, 11:01
My Grandad was run over by a Huddersfield Corporation tram when he was a young wippersnapper. Lived till he was seventy so no permanent damage.

The trams were replaced by trolley buses in the thirties. I can remember the last trolley bus service in Huddersfield in 1968 (I was six or seven at the time). The last trolley bus service in the UK was in Bradford. They lasted until 1972 I think.

God, I'm a boring bastard at parties...

ExSimGuy
24th Sep 2005, 14:12
Don't they still have them in AMS? Haven't been there for a few years but used to get a tram (or was it a trolley) from Dam Square to the BCAL Ticket Office (as I said, "a few years"!)

teeteringhead
26th Sep 2005, 09:51
Looks up at 1/72 scale model of a Wall's Blackpool tram. If I had 71 more, I'd have a real one. ... fraid not ....

... sorry to be pedantic Rollingthunder , but you'd need lots more than that.

As 1:72 is a linear scale and you'd want a solid one, you'd need another 373,247 to make up the required real one ....

[not TOO sorry am I ... I rather like being a pedantic git .....]

GearDown&Locked
26th Sep 2005, 10:10
And here is an example of a Lisbon trolley.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a185/jaguar_lxv/28.jpg

GD&L

tony draper
26th Sep 2005, 10:43
Ah now that looks like a proper Tram Mr Locked,here some of our double deckers.

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.picturesofgateshead.co.uk/postcards_trams1/ophg1w.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.picturesofgateshead.co.uk/postcards_trams1/&h=490&w=800&sz=62&tbnid=39yVNYQd_WIJ:&tbnh=86&tbnw=142&hl=en&start=1&prev=/images%3Fq%3DGateshead%2BTrams%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3 D%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official_s%26sa%3DG