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    This was an early morning 35mm slide photo taken on 16th June 1962 by Voldy, at the start of a holiday to Majorca. The bus was an AEC Regent 111 No.1258 in the B fleet UWE 758. Two batches of these Roe bodied vehicles were delivered in 1955 (22 & 12) and gave 14 to 18 years service.
  2. Whilst upgrading my knowledge about Wroughton Museum online (I made a speculative unsuccessful call there some years ago whilst in the area), I came across this:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-42456778 If you scroll down the article there is a glimpse of RCT Crossley 213 in an unfriendly photographic environment between two fellow prisoners! The local Swindon paper has run encouraging columns over the past couple of years though the lack of funding will no doubt continue to stall any progress on this Museum.
  3. Well done RLongden! Found this (Ecclesall Corn Miller's House) https://friendsofmillhousespark.org/corn-mill-project/the-mill-story-part-14/ interesting history.
  4. Yes, I think you have it right, there are flags visible which could date it to the Coronation of Edward VII (1902). http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?eywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s16488&pos=13&action=zoom&id=19204 shows the same tram in 1904 with covered top. A clearer,sharper version of this scene is on page 100 of C C Hall's ' Sheffield Transport' . The white gable distant left of picture could be what is currently No. 57 Wostenholm Road. What is a little confusing is that only one track is visible as the OS map of that period shows double track at this point. Having looked for possible locations on the Fulwood routes nothing with single track seemed to fit. Certainly nothing near the Nether Edge Terminus fits as the poles are on the East side of the road there.
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    Mystery Location Postcard on Ebay.

    Yes Edmund, I agree, the gable you ring is No. 65. The original photographer has very skillfully cropped what he wanted to include in his finished frame. My attempted enlargement of that part of the air photo hopefully supports this location.
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    Mystery Location Postcard on Ebay.

    Is this the answer? Nos. 51 to 57 Whitehouse Lane.
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    Woodseats Tram Terminus.

    Thank you for correcting that suspect date on the wiki site, the whole of the article appears to be a condensed version of the book and it is likely enough to find typos, almost all of us are guilty at some time or other when the mind travels at a different speed to the fingers! No, I never travelled on the Manchester trolleys, in those days there were far fewer cars around and most people relied on Public Transport to get around. I grew up in the years when Municipal Authorities provided many of the services required in their areas for their ratepayers at an economical cost. Times have changed and we have lost a lot of the community spirit and tolerance I experienced, the world of my grandchildren today seems to be changing at a much faster rate than the one I knew. I am glad there are forums recording history in this way for future generations, lets hope it doesn't get lost in the 'clouds'
  8. One of my Uncles was a driver with STD in the 1940's, the No 48 route was his favourite when it resumed after WW2. I recall he was particularly enthusiastic about two of the 1948 new Leyland PS2/1 Weymann bodied single-deckers numbered 188 and 192 referring to them as "Flyers". Apparently a day shift for the crew would start with a trip to Crosspool on the 55 route (Double-deck) then pick up the single-decker for a return trip with the 48 to Manchester. Presumably Townhead Street garage was the 'clocking-on' location and (at that time) Castlegate was the starting point for the 48. On Saturday 3rd December 1949 I travelled to Manchester on one of the three buses needed that day (two duplicates!). My return was by car so didn't make the scheduled 'Refreshment Stop' at the Dog & Partridge which I am sure was appreciated by many! I can only remember seeing Sheffield liveried buses on the route at that time.
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    Woodseats Tram Terminus.

    Southside's picture with details and notes helps to confirm further information from the previously quoted books. It appears that the extension from Chantrey Road to Abbey Lane (Mitchell Road) was opened on 22nd January 1923, the Abbey Lane to Meadowhead section including the triangle came into use on 12th July 1928 the line terminating at the then boundary where the Abbey Brook crossed under the main road to Chesterfield. The original proposal was to run to Dronfield as stated. What might have caused boginspro some confusion, regarding the various extensions to the route, may be explained by the first being from the original 'Heeley' terminus at Woodbank Crescent to Chantrey Road opened on 6th April 1903. I have not been able to find any other references so far. Rotherham did request that trolleybuses be used to operate the joint service on the route to Sheffield instead of trams but the Corporation would not agree! As a result six new single-ended new trams were purchased for this, their only remaining tram route, in 1934 lasting until 1948. My childhood memories from the late 30's and 40's include riding on trolley buses in Rotherham and Mexborough also in London and Brighton; a fine mode of transport in my humble opinion. Sandtoft Museum is well worth a visit if you haven't been yet!
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    Woodseats Tram Terminus.

    From what I can find in C C Hall and Kenneth Gandy's books, No24 was new in 1899 and received its covered top between October 1912 and March 1913. It was renumbered 100 in 1929 and disposal was in 1931. On the extension from Chantrey to Abbey Lane and Beauchief, mention of this appeared in the Spring of 1911 'New tramway extension Bill'. This was Tramway No 2 already authorised in previous Acts. I don't think the track or wiring extended any further than shown in the original photo (It made £44 apparently!) the conductor is seen switching the trolley and those extension wires bear sharply towards the footway. There is slightly conflicting information with regard to the Millhouses Terminus loop where Gandy quotes "A few months after the (April) opening {i.e.line linking Millhouses and Woodseats} the Millhouses turning loop came into use. Hall comments that "This (i.e.the loop) was added in 1928 after complaints of traffic congestion at weekends at the "Waggon & Horses". Probably Sheffield Corporation Acts from the early 1900's are the 'previous Acts I mention earlier in para two. Hope this helps.
  11. Yes, the school dentist in the 40's was certainly there, a yellow card for extractions or a green one for fillings! What did you get ?
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    Fargate in Sheffield City Centre circa 1900

    It looks to me as though a survey was underway and the man kneeling,the 'Flagman' standing between the tracks,the two men to the right of tram 177,one with theodolite legs over shoulder plus the man bending (seemingly on the end of the trolley of the foreground tram!) are the survey team. Possibly in connection with the Leopold Street connection mentioned by madannie77. Was there a rehearsal going on for a Royal visit or something?
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    Street name help please

    Could the word be 'Union' ?
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    When was this built and when did it close?

    Built in the second half of the 1960's .... around '65 to '68. Don't know the date it closed.
  15. The Austin Sheerline Ambulance, there's a short interesting thread here.....https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=620137