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    As far as I know all the tram trains are fitted with the signalling systems they need, but only 4 at a time are supposed to have the 'railway' wheelsets. There is apparently a 5th set of spare 'railway' wheels, should they be needed. Which I guess they probably have been! The wheel profiles are interesting because, as Lemmy said, a compromise profile was designed for the tram-train route vehicles. Apparently ordinary tram wheels can't run on Network Rail and ordinary train wheels can't run on the old Supertram network. I say 'old' because even the compromise wheels can't run on the grooved street track which existed on most of the system. However with the recent rail replacement work I would hope they've had enough foresight to change the rail so compromise wheelsets will eventually be able to work everywhere. Are you confused yet? You will be...! Read on... Now... two out of the 7 tram trains have been onvolved in fairly serious accidents, strangely both in almost the same place. This has resulted in the vehicles involved being split up, with the good end and mid section of one tram-train being coupled to the undamaged end of the other one. The swapped end has been renumbered to carry the same fleet number as the good end and mid section, so this vehicle isn't completely the vehicle it was when it entered service. Meanwhile the smashed up ends and other mid section have been put together and I believe they have now been sent back to Bombardier, who I think ought to send them back with bull-bars fitted! As to the reasons for the accidents, I can only comment on the first one because I don't know the full details of the second. Apparently the lorry ran a red light. However the tram hit it in the side, so the tram hit the lorry, the lorry did NOT hit the tram. Although the lorry driver has been blaimed for the accident, I don't think this is entirely correct or fair. Trams (unlike trains) should always be driven on sight. In other words, the driver should only drive to what he or she can actually see ahead of them, just like road vehicles. Trains are not operated on line of sight, being totally reliant on signals. At the time of the incident, the tram-train was acting as a TRAM on the TRAMWAY, so should have been operating according to line of sight and should have been able to stop for any obstacles that came into view. As the tram hit the side of the lorry, which was already crossing the line, I believe the tram should have been able to stop. The fact it didn't opens up a whole host of questions. Was it travelling too fast? Did the driver apply the brakes? Did the brakes work? It seems strange that the Siemens built trams have been operating over that junction for over two decades without any major incidents, but the tram-trains have suffered two very similar incidents within a couple of months. One thing I'm not sure of is how the braking system of the tram-trains works. The Siemens trams have a number of braking systems, including magnetic track brakes, which are long flat shoes that clamp down directly onto the track when activated. These are VERY effective and are not normally used except in an emergency because they could easily catapult the passengers through the windscreen. That's how good they are! But do tram-trains also have them? If they don't, that will definitely mean they can't stop as quickly. Maybe MadAnnie or Lemmy could enlighten me? Finally... The whole 'experiment' is nonsence anyway! In reality wheel profiles don't actually matter all that much. provided the flange of the wheel will fit in the slot of grooved track, pretty much anything will work. It might not be ideal, but it will work. Historically this has been proved time and time again. Railway coal wagons used to make extensive use of the old Glasgow tramway. All they did in Glasgow was lay the tram tracks a quarter inch further apart so the railway wagons with their deeper flanges ran in the bottom of the grooves, not on the rail head. Also the Blackpool Loco, now at Crich, was originally used to haul yet more coal wagons on the Blackpool system, mainly between Copse Road Deopt in Fleetwood and a coal yard at Thornton Gate. It's not rocket science to make a tram run on a railway or a train on a tramway (Weymouth Quay anyone?)
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    Such a crying shame that the Athol has succumbed to the wrecking ball, utter stupidity by the clowns in the big top.
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    Hi everyone, I have just picked up this nice postcard showing Walkley Police Station. It has been postally sent from Sheffield to an address in Grimsby and the stamp is franked 25 September 1905. On the front of the postcard is printed "Police Station, Langsett Road".
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    These pictures are from a postcard on Ebay but as bidding has ended on the item I thought they would be better in this thread. ----------- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Advertising-Postcard-The-Lounge-J-Marples-Fitzalan-Square-Sheffield-/303298984825?ul_noapp=true&nma=true&si=eQsVCh%2BPzwXhY2FB6lCsCJ9DuOU%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
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    Thanks for the feedback. I've now typed it in and added further information. I previously pasted text in, and did not realise this would create an image.
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    Thanks djash1000 13, 14 and 15 were the 3 St. Aidens blocks that stood opposite the main entrance to City Road cemetery. When the blocks were built in the mid 60s they were not painted or coloured so all the blocks looked identical in their unpainted concrete grey. The colours were only added 20 years later in the 1980s refurbishment. By this time I had moved away from this area so I am not well up with the colours, although in another post I think we did try to tie in the colours as well. DaveH
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    Amazing what rubbish one keeps hold of!
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    My daughter was rummaging through a tin of my late father and came across this. The B&C are obviously Brightside and Carbrook, maybe the BC is bowling club? Anyone? Thanks.
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    This is the start of a new series of Then & Nows, based on a set of Tram photo's I have. Please post comments and memories as the topic progresses. 1. Brightside Lane 2. Norfolk Bridge 3. Penistone Rd / Langsett Rd Junction 4. Abbey Lane to Beauchief 5. Abbeydale Rd South 6. Abbeydale Rd 7. Wolsley Rd Heeley Bottom 8. Chesterfield Rd Woodsets 9. Kennings - Midland Station 10. Intake Terminus - Manor Top 11. Waingate, Blonk St, Wicker, Nursery St 12. Fitzalan Square 13. Neepsend 14. Furnival St - Brown St - Paternoster Row
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    I make occasional visits to Sheffield and have a few photos. I shall be back in March with my husband who likes to film things, so I should have some film to share at a later date. From the days of test running before the passenger service started, car 202 coming off the new line at Meadowhall South/Tinsley Car 204 waiting on the curve. It is a very tight curve. A visit in late December: Cars 201 & 206 at the low height platforms at Rotherham Central Station 206 passing the heavy rail platforms at Rotherham 206 approaching Parkgate 206 at the Parkgate terminus 206 leaving Parkgate and rejoining the main line The other end of the route: Cathedral Although a couple of heavy rail trains were seen passing Parkgate, the chance to get shots of main line trains and tram-trains together was scuppered by train guards being on strike. As my next visit will be on a Friday there should (hopefully) be a proper train service running. I am also looking to use additional locations for photography and filming as I will have more time.
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    Bus stop out side Northern General Hospital...Herries Road End
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    Unidentified Foreign Objects
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    Census for John Pinder Twibell: 1871 - Policeman (29) living at 42 Brocco street with mum and dad 1881 - Police Constable Inspector living at 40 Whitworth lane, Attercliffe 1891 - Police Constable Inspector living at 87 Langsett road (Police Station) with Fanny Pinder (Housekeeper) On September 5th 1877 the Watch Committee approved the promotion of Detective Twibell to the rank of Inspector, to replace Robert Day who had retired. Within two weeks he had proved his worth - on September 21st he was in court having apprehended two truants who had stolen a duck. They were sentenced to12 strokes of the birch each.
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    In January 1872 the Town Council minutes show that the Finance Committee estimated probable expenses up to June to include £1,000 for the erection of a district Police Station at Langsett road. By July 1873 it was in operation and accepting "customers".
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    It appears on SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL Central Community Assembly Report 2011 "Sheffield City Council is compiling a local list of buildings of architectural and historic merit (The Local List’). Local people have nominated buildings and structures for inclusion on the list." 33 - Former police station - 87 Langsett Road 1 - Sheffield Listed Buildings Review 1990-95
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    It was shown as separate addresses on the OS map in the 50's 4, Burgoyne Rd and 87, Langsett Rd. It must have been split at some time, and then knocked back through more recently. OS Map 31 Edit: I think it still has the dentists sign in the stained glass panel over the side door.
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    John Pindar Twibell, Inspector of police Police Station, 4 Burgoyne Road (Kelly's 1893) - SheffieldRecordsOnline - could well have changed.
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    Looks like the building is actually on Langsett Road. Number 87. There appear to be signs of the "Blue Lamp" being fixed above the door on the Langsett Road entrance, indicating that it was possibly the main entrance.
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    First mention I can find of Burgoyne Road is 1893, that building is 4 Burgoyne Road. Does that help ?, can anyone find a better date for when Burgoyne Road was started pls? Since found one single entry for a house owned by Edwin Garlick in 1864-5 (nowt to do with the photo and a bit odd it isn't mentioned in 1871 ...)
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    I don't believe the photograph can be pre 1865 as I am fairly sure that the 6 button tunic the policemen are wearing was introduced to replace the 8 button tunic which was brought in in the 1860's. I would date the photo to the 1880's.
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    Hi Steve, welcome to the Forum. There's a topic on police stations including Walkley here that you might find interesting. The one you're enquiring about did indeed use to be a dental surgery, but not for many years now. I think it's now a private house?
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    Went to the Rex lots of times, and thought it was a shame when it closed. Here is a picture we took just before it closed for good. I only lived a short bus ride away so I would go there or to the Manor pictures, anyone got a pic of that?
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