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    510 and 513

    513 has been all over the place since leaving Sheffield in 1960. It was bought privately and stored in a goods shed near Keighley for a long period before finally getting into the hands of Beamish. At some time the controllers were removed, the ones in place now are not the same type, hence it is not in totally original condition (unlike 510), and was re-panelled at sometime as it had similar artwork to 510. It went ot Blackpool for the celebrations in 1985, though it didn't like the Blackpool trackwork and was a very rough rider. It went on loan to Lowestoft where the long wheelbase (9' 0") caused more problems, it couldn't get to the end of the line until this year when some trackwork was realigned. A bit of history about 510 and 513. When the tramway in Sheffield was due for closure it was decided to decorate a couple of trams for the closing ceremony. A few members of the Tramway Museum Society at Crich had a chat with Charles Hall and were duly shown 510 and 513 in Queens Road. There was a plan for the TMS to acquire the 'Last Tram' so they selected the best of the pair, 510, and this duly became the last 'official' tramcar in the procession. 513 was passed over due to it having a 'loose tyre' on one of the wheels. 510 has been at Crich since 1960, and a few years ago had the artwork body panels replaced, the originals were in good condition but have now been removed for conservation, the replacements have been painted to exactly match the originals. It is currently having a new dash panel made up and painted (the bit with the headlight in) and hopefully should be back in action this Autumn
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    Early Days Of Crystal Peaks

    I seem to remember the railway was called "The Glacier Express". The cinema used to give out car stickers "Did ICU at UCI?" Nigel L
  3. In fact the roofs on the trams are still blue, Oxford Blue if I remember, they were never repainted when transferred to Stagecoach.
  4. The inter regional code for the Southern region was the letter 'O'. There was also a class 0 (numeric) which was a light engine movement. The letter 'Z' applied to special workings not normally in the timetables, eg. 1Z45 could be an interregional excursion. During the '70's the Merrymakers excursions carried the 'Z' designation. In 4 digit codes the last two numbers were reporting numbers and didn't refer to any specific routes, but in the two digit codes used on most DMU's it did, must have been very confusing. I think the use of the blinds stopped when TOPS codes started to be used and passed on to signallers automatically.
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    Radio Hallam

    Occasionally saw Mike Rouse after his lunchtime show on Saturdays, sat on the back steps of the Old Blue Bell, with his sandwich and pint of Guinness - happy days
  6. Well as there is only 1 tram track on the bridge, and no overhead, it must be between 1873 and 1899. As Queen Victoria visited to open the Town Hall in 1897 could it be connected with her visit? Nigel L
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    When was this built and when did it close?

    Eyre Street underpass. I think it closed early 2000's and was unused for a few years before being filled in when Arundel Gate and Eyre Street were remodelled as single carriageways.
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    The Green Tram...

    The ex-Bradford tram (330) converted to a railgrinder has two large water tanks in the saloon part of the tram, hence being described as a 'water car'. The rail grinding was carried out by lowering carborundum blocks onto the track and running backwards and forwards over the required piece of track. I believe some other tramways used rotating grinders, probably why the were referred to specifically as 'railgrinders'.
  9. Some points were sprung to be in a certain direction. The single line section on Neepsend Lane had spring points at each end, the tram approaching from the single line would be directed to the left hand line when reaching the double track. Trams going the opposite direction would run through the points pushing them across with the wheels, and they would spring back. The points man at Houndsfield Road was required because it was not possible to coast through the junction because of the steep incline on the approach.
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    BEATTIES toy and model shop

    Hamleys opened a store on the Moor, possibly the old Roberts building.
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    Goodbye Wicker Arches?

    Looking back through the posts everybody seems to be bashing the council (as usual) for the problems with this bridge, but actually it is nothing to do with them. It is the responsibility of Network Rail to deal with any structural issues as the bridge was originally built by the railway company to cross an existing road.
  12. Think Charlie Peace had association with the houses at the top of the path on Psalter Lane.
  13. I would agree it is the Banner Cross pub. The lad standing by the kerb looks to be at the bottom of the path that leads up to Psalter Lane. Looking at Google maps, most of the buildings have been rebuilt over the years.
  14. There were two types of electric locos used, the EM1's later class 76 that ended up running in pairs, and the EM2's that would have been designated class 77. The 76's ran until closure of the line on the coal traffic. The class 77's were designed as express passenger locos, but deemed surplus to requirements by 1968. There were only 7 locos in the class and were all sold to the Dutch railways. Two of them have returned to Britain, one at the Midland Railway centre at Butterly and one at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
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    Name the building & tell us its history

    For those who haven't visited it recently, it's now a TESCO!