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  1. Sitting here enjoying a brew before going to work and got thinking of the buildings no longer in Sheffield. While many mourn the passing of the Hole in the Road or the Kelvin, I’ve just thought of another, once mighty building, which is no longer with us... the Grosvenor. In the late 90’s I was a regular at The Sheffield Kebab House (I think it was the Kebab of Istanbul at first). On one occasion while parked there in a brand new vehicle, I, and the new van, had the delight of being covered in wet toilet roll thrown by drunken ice hockey players from a hotel window above. I went in to explain my displeasure, deploying what can only be described as “robust” language....and sadly that’s it, my one and only visit inside the place. I was in there at the reception desk for all of ten minutes. Would love to have had a wander round as these 1960’s types of concrete monsters hold a fascination for me. They seem to have an aurora of faded optimism about them. Years later I was working in Telephone House and was talking to Donna, the security lady and all round lovely person. She was telling me that on more than one occasion she had seen couples making ‘adult themed videos’ in the rooms. Apparently it had been noted on more than one occasion from one of the upper floors of Tele House that if you were waiting for a lift at the front of the building, you could see over in to the hotel. People had been seen with video equipment and “performing with the curtains open” How true this is, I can’t say but it came from a reliable source. Im sure the new concrete monster they are building in its place will be lovely but I’ll still miss the underpass, kebab house just up from the YTV studio, the old Fire Station where every Saturday night, young firemen were stood outside chatting up young ladies, the Pizza Hut across from the kebab house and the Grosvenor itself
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    510 and 513

    Was down at Crich last week. 510 was being moved late in the afternoon and is looking very smart.
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    510 and 513

    I’ve always wondered why 536 wasn’t used as the last tram. Somone once suggested that it was probably I need of repair.
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    510 and 513

    I hate to be critical of EATM and I’m no expert on track work but I was surprised that some of the joints had quite large gaps and looked for all the world like odds and ends pieces together to get the job away. As I say I’m no expert but haven seen and ridden on the steels of Beamish, Blackpool, Crich and Sheffield, I can say they are all superior to the rails in eveidence in Lowestoft. Like I say, I hate to be critical, and I’m in awe of the people who keep it running.....they were all a good bunch but I was surprised and saddened by the condition of some of the exhibits
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    510 and 513

    She looks to be in better condition, in the Blackpool shot. Sadly the 513 we saw seems to need a good clean, her paint is fading and one of her domes is badly damaged. The track isn’t the best where she is now, and some might think she is being slowly shook apart.
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    510 and 513

    A few random shots from EATM, today.
  7. Well, that was a ride out! Four hours driving to Lowestoft to see 513 in the flesh. I saw her at Beamish over 20 years ago and after our recent trips to Crich, thought we could have a ride to Lowestoft today to see the other surviving Roberts Car. Didnt look that far on the map! Carlton Colville museum is a lovely place, compact, but with a number of things to see...some a little careworn perhaps, but just enough for an afternoon out....if you’re in the area, that is, I’m not sure I’d do the drive down there again just for the day! Compared to the almost pristine condition of 510, 513 seems to have had a much harder life, is now looking a little tired and looks to need a bit of tlc. Apparently still owned by Beamish, given that they are building a 1950’s area at their site in the North East at the moment, I wonder if 513 will be heading north some time soon? Have attached some pictures of 513 and one of 510 for comparison.
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    A trip to Crich.

    Same handwriting again! Look at the ‘w’, ‘d’, ‘r’ Looking at the colour, it would appear Crookes depot was black. only Queens Rd and Hilllsboriugh to find now!
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    A trip to Crich.

    And a couple of random non Sheffield ones. This place really is a bit special as is well worth a visit.
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    A trip to Crich.

    A few random Sheffield related pictures from Crich.
  11. A few years back, I went to Crich for the day and noticed that every Sheffield tramcar had a little blue or red plaque in the window with a number on it. I asked around and no one knew what they were for. I even emailed Crich, (back in the early days of the net,) but got no reply. Then over the last few weeks I’ve been down there three or four times, and in one of the depots, found these displayed on the wall.....on one side the number that I had seen previously and on the other, these beautifully written instructions. Im totally in love with this hand writing....look at the way the person has written the ‘R’s and the ‘B’s....we don’t write like that these days sadly. There’s looks to be more than one person writing these but one person has written cards out for more than one depot, suggesting that they were written centrally and sent out to the depots? I love the little Sheffield Transport stamp too. Ive taken a photo of all the cards on display. From this it would appear that each depot had a different colour, Tinsley = blue, Shoreham St = orange and Tenter St = red. Cant see anything for Crookes, Hillsborough or Queens Rd though.....does anyone know what colour they were?
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    Tunnel under Handsworth road

    I’m sure we can cross mining activity off the list. Any coal found that close to the surface ( if you can even find it that close?) would simply be open casted. I’m no expert and may have this wrong, but seem to remember reading that the seams of coal run slightly down hill, as such in South Yorkshire.... Cap House just north of Barnsley had one seam at a depth of 140m were as Dinnington was far deeper. Given that, I think Handsworth would be more famous as a mining town with if it had a 4foot deep seam.
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    When was this built and when did it close?

    I’m not sure when it was built but I can remember driving through it in the later part of the 90’s. You allowed both ways at first then it went to one way and finally closed altogether. Always enjoyed aride ride through there.
  14. The points were mostly all electrically operated. As the driver approached the points he either coasted through them causing no change or demanded power by changing the control leaver position and this in turn triggered a change in the points...I would guess a control box at the side of the road saw the power demand and operated a relay. There was one set of points up near the university which were manually operated by a man who sat in a little cabin at the side of road. It was thought accelerating through this junction to pull the points ove was too dangerous so it was done by a man with a metal bar.
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