Saturday, 28 November 2020

Tallinn Trams

CAF Urbos AXL 519 on route 1 on Mere puiestee

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, a country on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Tallinn is the only city in Estonia to have a tramway, the system is comprised of four routes running over 12 miles of 3 ft 6 in gauge track. Trams operating on the system are Czech built Tatra KT4 and KTNF6s and Spanish CAF Urbos AXLs. The KTNF6 trams are former KT4s that have been extended with the addition of a low-floor middle section.

Tatra KT4 177 at Viru väljak

Tatra KTNF6 109 at the Mere puiestee tram stop

CAF Urbos AXL 513 on route 2 on Narva maantee

Tatra KT4 177 on route 2 passing tram 131 on Mere puiestee

Tatra KTNF6 103 on route 3 on Narva maantee

CAF Urbos AXL 517 with an overall advert for Air Baltic on route 4

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Remembrance Day

Enviro 446 turning out of Rough Lea Road in Cleveleys on 7th November
A selection Blackpool Transport's trams and buses carried large poppies on their fronts in the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday on 8th November.

Flexity 016 heading north in Fleetwood on 7th November

Enviro 583 at Half Way House on Squires Gate Lane on 6th November

Flexity 006 approaching Cleveleys tram stop on 7th November

Enviro 422 on Rossall Road in Cleveleys on 7th November

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Gothenburg Trams

M29 trams 848 & 824 on Line 2 at Drottningtorget
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and has a busy tram system comprising twelve routes running over 100 miles of track. The city's bus network is operated by a mixture of diesel, natural gas and electric powered vehicles. All the photos were taken during a visit in May 2018.

M29 tram 825 & M28 762 on Line 3 on Ostra Hamngatan
A pair of M28 trams led by 766 on Line 6 on Norra Hamngatan
M29 tram 823 & M28 702 on Line 3 at Drottningtorget
M29 tram 850 & M28 728 on Line 2 on Ostra Hamngatan
ASEA/MGB M31 tram 337 on Line 6 on Sodra Hamngatan
ASEA/MGB M31 tram 364 on Line 6 on Norra Hamngatan
AnsaldoBreda M32 tram 435 on Line 9 on Jarntorgsgatan
Preserved 1961 Hägglund M25 tram 582
Single M29 car 854 on driver training duties at Drottningtorget
Volvo 7500 articulated bus 3896 on route 16 on Norra Hamngatan
Solaris Urbino 15 LE CNG 2089 on route 50 at Stenpiren Resecentrum
Volvo electric bus 2038 on route 55 on Ostra Hamngatan
Volvo electric bus 2031 on route 55 on Ostra Hamngatan

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Trident Driver Trainer

Dennis Trident Driver Trainer 973 on the Promenade near the Imperial Hotel

Dennis Trident Driver Trainer 973 (ex 303) was spotted passing Wilton Parade on the Promenade while on driver training duties on 14th October.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Cambridge Busway

13.4m tri-axle Volvo B8L 13901 leaving Histon heading towards Cambridge

The Cambridgeshire Busway is the longest guided busway in the world, with the guided sections of the route totalling 16 miles. The Busway opened in 2011, with the concrete guide tracks laid mostly on former railway alignments. There were two routes operating on the Busway at the time of my visit, Route A operates between St Ives and Trumpington Park & Ride, south of Cambridge, Route B runs between Hinchingbrooke Hospital at Huntingdon and Central Cambridge. The services are operated by Stagecoach East who have invested £5 million in the purchase of 18 new buses for use on the Busway, comprising twelve 13.4 metre tri-axle Volvo B8Ls with ADL Enviro 400XLB twin-door double-deck bodies (13901-13912) and six Volvo B8RLEs with MCV Evora single-deck bodywork (21363-21368).

Volvo B7RLE 21227 having just left the Histon busway stop.

Volvo B7RLE 21232 at Histon

Volvo B8L 13911 crossing Station Road in Histon

Volvo B8RLE 21367 with MCV Evora bodywork at Histon

Volvo B8L 13910 arriving in Histon

Volvo B7RLE 21228 crossing Station Road in Histon

Volvo B8L 13904 entering the guided track heading north at Histon

Volvo B8L 13902 rejoining the guided busway at Histon


Thursday, 10 September 2020

Grand Central Blackpool to London Service Scrapped

DB 90039 with Grand Central test train 3P51 approaching Blackpool North on 20th March


Sadly the proposed new Grand Central rail service from Blackpool North to London Euston has been shelved due to the poor economic situation brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier in the year, in March, several route learning trains had been run to Blackpool North using Class 90 electric locos hauling former LNER Mark 4 coaches. The test trains were suspended due to Covid-19, but unfortunately this latest news seals the fate of what would have been a bright new venture in rail travel from Blackpool.

DVT 82231 leading Grand Central test train 3K83 through Poulton-le-Fylde on 20th March


DB 90039 on Grand Central test train 3K83, passing Layton station on 16th March


DB 90019 leading Grand Central test train 3K83 into Kirkham & Wesham on 6th March

Monday, 7 September 2020

Sorry Tram Full

Flexity 018 at the Gynn already displaying "Sorry Tram Full" on its destination screen on 30th August


The August Bank Holiday Weekend in Blackpool was dry, if somewhat cool for the time of year. As a consequence of the foreign travel restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Blackpool has been enjoying something of a mini-boom with staycation visits by tourists and daytrippers. As a result of the social distancing rules in place on public transport, that were introduced because of Covid-19, it was inevitable that during this busy weekend trams and buses would be reaching their reduced maximum capacities. Over the three days of the Bank Holiday, many trams and buses were already displaying "Sorry Tram Full" or "Sorry Bus Full" before they had loaded up passengers in the busy North Shore hotel area from the Cabin southwards. As a result many trams were sailing past the stops leaving scores of passengers to find their own way to their destinations, with many people even resorting to walking (shock, horror!).

ADL Enviro 452 displaying "Sorry, Bus Full due to Social Distancing" on 29th August


Overall advert Flexity 001 showing "Sorry Tram Full" on Sunday 30th August