Bosnia - April 2014
Bosnia - April 2014
These photos were all taken during a railtour to Croatia and Bosnia in April 2014. There are several other locations in Bosnia where industrial steam is still working, making Bosnia probably the best country for working steam in Europe.
Manchester T68 Tram Farewell Special - May 2014
Manchester T68 Tram Farewell Special - May 2014
On 26 May 2014 Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) organised a special working to say farewell to the type T68 trams that had served Manchester since early 1992. T68s ceased operating in Manchester in early 2014, being replaced and augmented by a large fleet of type M5000 trams. Trams 1007 and 1016 ran from Piccadilly to Eccles, MediaCityUK, Bury, Altrincham then back to Piccadilly, this covering most of the routes they were first built for. The 180 special ticket holders enjoyed an excellent day, helped by the sunny Manchester weather.
Tram 1007 was the first Metrolink tram to work in passenger service through Manchester City Centre on 27 April 1992, 1007 also being the number of the last tram to operate in Manchester on 10 January 1949.
TfGM has arranged to transfer tram 1007 to preservation by the Manchester Transport Museum Society at Heaton Park Tramway, and a ceremonial handing-over of a driving key was made during the Special working at Heaton Park.
When I joined what was then GEC-ALSTHOM Traction in Trafford Park in late 1989, the first project I worked on was the design of some of the electronics in these T68 trams.
Isle of Man - August 2014
Isle of Man - August 2014
This was a visit by a group of colleagues and former colleagues from Preston and Trafford Park works, and friends and families.
I had last visited the island in 1988.
As well as the obvious attraction of having some very interesting railways, there is plenty of opportunity for walking, for those who wish for some more exercise.
Dinting - September 2014
Dinting - September 2014
A day off work pleasant enough for a decent bike ride. I hadn't planned to visit Dinting but I was reminded of the former railway museum here by a post on the Facebook Manchester's Railways group.
Bulgaria - September 2014
Bulgaria - September 2014
This trip was based around the PTG "Great Bulgarian Track Bash 4" trip, which changed into a "Bulgaria, Northern Greece and Turkey" trip due to difficulties in planning the original route. I was reasonably happy as I got more required track out of the revised trip!
See other photos from this trip in Greece and Turkey.
Greece - September 2014
Greece - September 2014
This trip was based around the PTG "Great Bulgarian Track Bash 4" trip, which changed into a "Bulgaria, Northern Greece and Turkey" trip due to difficulties in planning the original route. I was reasonably happy as I got more required track out of the revised trip!
See other photos from this trip in Bulgaria and Turkey.
Turkey - September 2014
Turkey - September 2014
This trip was based around the PTG "Great Bulgarian Track Bash 4" trip, which changed into a "Bulgaria, Northern Greece and Turkey" trip due to difficulties in planning the original route. I was reasonably happy as I got more required track out of the revised trip!
See other photos from this trip in Bulgaria and Greece.
Liverpool - October 2014