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  1. I remember the chewing gum machine on the wall of Thornton's corner shop junction of Stretton Road and Penrhyn Road as a lad. I can confirm it gave a freebie every fourth turn, we used to watch how many people used it then dive in when it was due to 'payout'! Nigel L
  2. A few additions to the list:- Cut down from double deckers and still knocking around M3 OWJ 353A in Blackpool area M4 OWJ 354A in Blackpool area M16 OWJ 782A in South Yorkshire Transport Trust (SYTT) Rotherham And subtract from the list 61 C61 LHL Ford Transit / Carlyle - recently scrapped. Others in existence used by STD/SYT but not new to either:- M1 DUG 167C ex-Blueline now SYTT M18 BWW 654B ex- T. Severn & Sons in Doncaster now in Keighley bus museum Nigel L
  3. 510 had a bit of a bump last year, so has had some bodywork repairs along with a new trolleyhead, not in service yet, but is in the process of being commissioned and should be back in service early September. Nigel L
  4. Although i never worked in a steelworks, I was told by someone who did that at just before shift change time the local pubs would line up dozens of pints on the bar, the men would come rushing in, grab pints, and go off to the tables, then one of the bar staff would come round with a cash bag and take the money from them by counting up the glasses. The beer was weak by today's standards and some would put salt in it.
  5. That is probably the case, in any event it was the last tram to be towed out of Tinsley depot for the short trip across the road to Thos. Ward's yard for scrapping on December 21st 1960, attached is a photo of it in the scrapyard. There was a request from the Tramway Museum Society at Crich to preserve it, however this was rejected as the truck had some experimental parts, (possibly gears) which were to be returned to the manufacturer, and from some other photos i have seen it looks like it made the trip to the scrapyard on an old truck
  6. Construction company, the burger joint was WIMPY (no E).
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. In fact the roofs on the trams are still blue, Oxford Blue if I remember, they were never repainted when transferred to Stagecoach.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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'.
  15. 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.
  16. Hamleys opened a store on the Moor, possibly the old Roberts building.
  17. 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.
  18. Think Charlie Peace had association with the houses at the top of the path on Psalter Lane.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. For those who haven't visited it recently, it's now a TESCO!
  22. Thanks for the information. The picture we have is a family photo and would tie in with late 1880's to early 1900's judging by the outfits.
  23. We have a photograph labelled P. Sunderland, 6 Norfolk Row. Does anybody know when he operated there? Nigel L
  24. There were lights around the edge, red, blue and yellow definately and possibly green, but I'm not sure on that. Each box had a lamp behind a coloured filter, which I think was gelatine between 2 sheets of glass. There were also lights under the water in the centre, same colours. It was all controlled from a huge electro mechanical box in the gents toilets under the Town Hall, all chain and gear driven and fed by cables to the island. We used to check it out once a year just before the illuminations were switched on and replace filters/lamps as necessary. Nigel L
  25. Back in the 1970's Cambridge House (now Lloyds bar) on Division Street was the City Engineers department and I started working there in the lighting department. Upstairs was the architects and planning department and there were piles of this book, maybe about 50 or so, in the storeroom. When everyone moved out into the Town Hall extension, a lot of stuff was left to be burnt including these books. I took about half a dozen copies, kept one for myself and gave the others away over the years. Nigel L