Wednesday 18 August 2021

London Duck Tours

1944 DUKW "Titania" (RSL602) turning right into Parliament Square while on a tour
London Duck Tours is a sightseeing company that had been operating a fleet of former World War Two American built amphibious GMC DUKWs around London since 2002, including a sail along the River Thames as part of their tour. Unfortunately the slipway that the company used to access the river was compulsorily purchased by Thames Water in September 2017, as it was needed for construction of the new Thames Tideway Tunnel (a large super sewer). The loss of their slipway at Vauxhall prevented London Duck Tours from being able to operate on the Thames anymore, and their fleet of vintage DUKWs had to be put into storage until such a time in the future that the slipway becomes available again, possibly in 2022. At the time that these photographs were taken in December 2015, the DUKWs were already over 70 years old and still in daily use.

1943 DUKW "Beatrice" (ESL660) on a tour in Parliament Square
1944 DUKW "Miranda" (157YUF) crossing Westminster Bridge on a tour

Saturday 7 August 2021

More Overhead at Talbot Square

Overhead wiring in place on the northbound curve at Talbot Square on 6th August

Following the installation of wiring on the southbound curve at Talbot Square, the overhead for the northbound curve to the Promenade has also been strung. A few fittings and frogs still need finalising, but the junction to all intents is now fully wired.

The view from Talbot Square showing both curves now fitted with overhead

Friday 6 August 2021

Brush 631 named Reginald Dixon

Brush car 621 passing 631 at North Pier shortly after the naming ceremony
Brush car 631 has been named Reginald Dixon, after the organist who played the Wurlitzer organ in the Tower Ballroom for 40 years, from 1930 to 1970. The tram's new name was unveiled at a short naming ceremony at North Pier at 2pm on Friday 6th August. After the unveiling 631 took the official party on a trip north to Little Bispham and back.

Brush 631 at North Pier before the naming ceremony
The name "Reginald Dixon M.B.E." being unveiled on the side of Brush 631
An information display about Reginald Dixon on a window adjacent to the centre door
Balloon 717 on a Heritage Tour passing 631 before the naming ceremony
Brush 631 heading off to Little Bispham with the official party onboard

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Talbot Road Track & Overhead Update

Overhead wiring now installed on the southbound curve at Talbot Square
The new track at the North Station tramway extension terminus has started to be concreted in. The first section from the junction of Talbot Road and Dickson Road has been concreted as far as the scissors crossover. At the other end of the Talbot Road extension, the overhead wiring on the southbound curve from Talbot Square to the Promenade has now been installed, although it still needs finishing off with frogs, etc.

The trackwork at the North Station tramway terminus is now being concreted in
Tents near the scissors crossover to facilitate the track work
Another view of the new overhead wiring at Talbot Square with Boat 227 passing