Monday, 10 December 2018

‘Scene' in the service of ‘Slacks Coaches’ of Matlock on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

‘Slacks Coaches’ of Matlock are local to me in Derbyshire.

 

The company has always been a family business with a history stretching back to the 1950’s. 

 

My wife and I have been satisfied customers for many of those years and it was on one of ‘Slacks’ short breaks that the coach featured in this blog was scheduled to operate.

 

This is ‘Slacks’ first new coach for a long time and another first is that the combination of the VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus is the first of its kind in the UK.

 

The two rear rows of seats are elevated by about six inches above the rest of the seats. This giving passengers occupying them a better view forward. I presume that this is to give sufficient clearance in the engine compartment below.

 

An unusual feature these days is a seperate drivers door

 

It also introduces a new style of livery to the company albeit still on a dark green base.

 

A detailed article and driving test were published in the transport magazine ‘Route One’ in October 2018 to where I would refer anyone who wants to read further.

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

With smiling driver Ian  watching my antics!

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /3

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /4

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /5

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Showing the higher rear seats clearly.

 

YH68 MXG ‘Slacks’, Matlock, Derbyshire. VDL SB4000 / Beulas Cygnus /5 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 8 December 2018

‘Scene’ on the Rails in the Southwest on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friend Peter M. Rose’s images have appeared before on my blog. 

 

His images from a visit to the Lathalmond Bus Museum in Scotland appeared on 02/04/2018. 

 

This time he has pointed his camera in the direction of the trains of the Southwest and of course, I have his permission to publish these images.

 

Class 35 Hymek ‘British Railways’  No. D7017. Beyer Peacock built Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Williton on the ‘West Somerset Railway’.


Class 35 Hymek ‘British Railways’  No. D7017. Beyer Peacock built Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 


No. 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’& No. 53808 ’S&D’ 2-8-0 ‘British Railways’

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Williton on the ‘West Somerset Railway’.


No. 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’& No. 53808 ’S&D’ 2-8-0 ‘British Railways’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 


Class 800 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 800029. Hitachi IEP Electro-Diesel Multiple Unit

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen leaving Dawlish on a Paignton-Exeter test run.

 

Class 800 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 800029. Hitachi IEP Electro-Diesel Multiple Unit on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



Class 158 ‘First Great Western’ No. 158958. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Westbury on a Cardiff Central-Portsmouth Harbour service.

 

Class 158 ‘First Great Western’ No. 158958. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



Class 150 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 150239. BREL York built DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Starcross with the River Exe in the background on a Exeter-Paignton service.

 

Class 150 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 150239. BREL York built DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 150 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 150216. BREL York built DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Par on a Penzance-Plymouth service.

 

Note the original ‘Great Western Railway’s semaphore signal.

 

Class 150 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 150216. BREL York built DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 43 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 43194. BREL Crewe built HST

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Newton Abott on a London Paddington-Penzance service.

 

Note the mix of liveries with the coaches being in the ‘First Great Western’ Dynamic Lines livery.

 

Class 43 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 43194. BREL Crewe built HST on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 159 ‘South Western Railway’ No. 159101. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Exeter St. Davids on a Waterloo-Exeter service.

 

Class 158 ‘South Western Railway’ No. 158887. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

Class 158 ‘South Western Railway’ No. 158887. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Seen at Exeter St. Davids on a Waterloo-Exeter service.

 

Class 158 ‘South Western Railway’ No. 158887. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 143 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 143619. Hunslet/Barclay / Walter Alexander built DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Starcross on an Exeter-Paignton service.

 

Class 143 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 143619. Hunslet/Barclay / Walter Alexander built DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 150 ‘First Great Western’ No. 150219. BREL York built DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Exeter St. Davids on an Exeter-Paignton service.

 

Class 150 ‘First Great Western’ No. 150219. BREL York built DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 158 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 158950. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

Seen at Salisbury on a Bristol Temple Meads-Barnham service.

 

Class 158 ‘Great Western Railway’ No. 158950. BREL Derby built Express Sprinter DMU on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’





 

 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

‘Scene’ in ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ (EYMS) service on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

A trip with the PSV Circle to ‘EYMS’ Anlaby Road depot in Hull produced some interesting images.

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Built as a demonstrator for Volvo and then moved to ‘Lothian Buses’ as its No 286.

 

As a demonstrator, It worked briefly for ‘Brighton & Hove’ as its No. 296 in 2014.

 

With ‘Transdev Yorkshire Coastliner’, ‘Buses of Somerset’ and probably others.

 

My first reaction to seeing it was that the body was a ‘Streetdeck’ (the glazed staircase, the rear glazing etc).

 

However I am led to believe that it only becomes a ‘Streetdeck’ when powered by a Daimler engine.

 

It moved to ‘EYMS’ in December 2015.

 

Should anyone out there be able to add to, subtract from or qualify any or all of the above I would be pleased to receive your comments !

 

Your reward for doing so will be a public thank you on my next blog!

 

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /3

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /4

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

BF63 HDC ‘East Yorkshire Motor Services’ No. 796 ‘Route 66’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse 3 /4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Monday, 3 December 2018

‘Scene’, Coaching in Chester. on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

YE10 WAY ‘YellowaY.co.uk’. Temsa Safari HD /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Many older readers will remember the original ‘Yelloway’ which was based in Rochdale. it is pleasing to see the name and that gorgeous logo being used again.

 

The Safari is handsome coach which to me at least is seldom seen on the roads.

 

New as H19 ATK to ‘Atkinson’, Ingleby Arncliffe, Northallerton. Then to NJ61 JUH.

 

YE10 WAY ‘YellowaY.co.uk’. Temsa Safari HD /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YE10 WAY ‘YellowaY.co.uk’. Temsa Safari HD /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YE10 WAY ‘YellowaY.co.uk’. Temsa Safari HD /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YE11 WAY ‘YellowaY.co.uk’. MAN 19.360 / Beulas Cygnus

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New as YD65 DNO.

 

YE11 WAY ‘YellowaY.co.uk’. MAN 19.360 / Beulas Cygnus on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BX59 KVJ “Golden Pioneer Travel’. King Long XMQ 6127

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New to ‘Crockett’, Hereford.

 

BX59 KVJ “Golden Pioneer Travel’. King Long XMQ 6127 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

WA14 DUU ‘Mainline’, Gilfach Goch, South Wales. VDL  FHD2 Futura

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

WA14 DUU ‘Mainline’, Gilfach Goch, South Wales. VDL  FHD2 Futura on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

M999 NYN ‘JMJ Travel’, Llanwrst, North Wales. Mercedes-Benz / UNVI Riada

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

M999 NYN ‘JMJ Travel’, Llanwrst, North Wales. Mercedes-Benz / UNVI Riada on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

SO15 UBZ ‘Hammonds’, Nottingham. VDL FHD2 Futura

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

SO15 UBZ ‘Hammonds’, Nottingham. VDL FHD2 Futura on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 30 November 2018

‘Scene’ at Showbus 2018, West Midlands on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

Not the most obvious or exciting bus to start a blog with BUT.

 

The future for public transport in the West Midlands seems to be that whoever operates services within the authorities boundarys will be obliged to wear a common ‘West Midlands’ livery.

 

This is the first bus I have seen in the new livery and I expect it to be the first of many.

 

BX62 FAK ‘Diamond’ No. 30925 ’West Midlands Bus’ 42 43. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New to ‘Flights Hallmark’.


BX62 FAK ‘Diamond’ No. 30925 ’West Midlands Bus’ 42 43. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 


‘national express West Midlands’ (neWM) have recently repainted several double deckers in the liveries of former operators who became part of ‘West Midlands PTE’ the forerunners to ‘neWM’.

 

BX54 DDJ ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 4601 ‘Walsall Corporation’. transbus Trident / transbus ALX 400

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

BX54 DDJ ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 4601 ‘Walsall Corporation’. transbus Trident / transbus ALX 400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BJ03 EVC ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 4453 ‘national express Coventry’. transbus Trident / transbus ALX 400

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

BJ03 EVC ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 4453 ‘national express Coventry’. transbus Trident / transbus ALX 400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



BL53 EDF ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 4535.  transbus Trident / transbus ALX 400

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

I could not see any indication of the operator on the bus apart from the destination blind but the livery worn is that of the former ‘Wolverhampton Corporation Transport’.

 

BL53 EDF ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 4535.  transbus Trident / transbus ALX 400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

D957 NDA ‘West Midlands Travel’ No. 2957 ‘Timesaver’. MCW Metrobus Mk. 2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

D957 NDA ‘West Midlands Travel’ No. 2957 ‘Timesaver’. MCW Metrobus Mk. 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



A764 WVP ‘West Midlands PTE’ No. 2957 ‘travelcard’. MCW Metrobus Mk. 2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

It also had a spell with ‘Sharpe’ of Nottingham.

 

A764 WVP ‘West Midlands PTE’ No. 2957 ‘travelcard’. MCW Metrobus Mk. 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

WDA 835T ‘West Midlands PTE’ No. 6835. MCW Metrobus Mk.1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

P1080 WDA 835T ‘West Midlands PTE’ No. 6835. MCW Metrobus Mk.1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 839

 

 

V177 MOA ‘Travel West Midlands’ No. 1707. Mercedes-Benz 0405N

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

This bus was voted Best in Show by the visitors to the Buses Festival at Gaydon two weeks previously.

 

V177 MOA ‘Travel West Midlands’ No. 1707. Mercedes-Benz 0405N on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



G266 EOG ‘West Midlands Travel’ No. 1266. Leyland Lynx

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

G266 EOG ‘West Midlands Travel’ No. 1266. Leyland Lynx on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Monday, 26 November 2018

‘Scene’ in Llandudno 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

When I first visited Llandudno in the 1960’s, the local bus services were in the hands of ‘Llandudno Urban District Council’.

 

They operated a fleet of Guys and Commers on trips round the town and around the Great Orme.

 

The buses were always beautifully presented and several have made it into  preservation.

 

JC 4557 ‘Llandudno Urban District Council’. Commer PN3 / Waveney /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New in 1937 which means that it 80 years old and seen at Showbus 2014. 

 

Note the roof which is removable in the better weather.

 

JC 4557 ‘Llandudno Urban District Council’. Commer PN3 / Waveney /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

JC 4557 ‘Llandudno Urban District Council’. Commer PN3 / Waveney /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Seen at Showbus 2017.

 

JC 4557 ‘Llandudno Urban District Council’. Commer PN3 / Waveney /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Now fast forward 50 years and it is no surprise to see that trips round the town and around the Great Orme are still operating.

 

These days they are in the hands of local operator ‘Alpine Travel’.

 

The ‘hardware’ has moved on since the 1960’s and today we are treated to this magnificent vehicle which again has a convertible open top roof. 

 

This one instead of having to be removed can be slid back in sections.

 

 

LR16 XZK ‘Alpine Travel’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi / EVM Cabrio /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

LR16 XZK ‘Alpine Travel’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi / EVM Cabrio /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

LR16 XZK ‘Alpine Travel’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi / EVM Cabrio /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

LR16 XZK ‘Alpine Travel’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi / EVM Cabrio /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



LR16 XZK ‘Alpine Travel’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 CDi / EVM Cabrio /3

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

LR16 XZK ‘Alpine Travel’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 CDi / EVM Cabrio /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 24 November 2018

‘Scene’ in Sheffield. Stagecoach SUPERTRAM Train on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Sheffield’s second generation tramway system (the first closed in October 1960) commenced operation in March 1994.

 

Since 1997 it has been operated by ‘Stagecoach’ as the ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’.

 

In October 2018 an extension to Rotherham Parkgate was opened running over ‘Network Rail’ tracks.

 

This required new rolling stock engineered to a higher standard than the existing fleet to operate on the extension but also to be used on the existing network.

 

Vossloh of Valencia in Spain have supplied 7 ‘CityLink Tram Trains’ which are listed under the British Railway system as Class 399. Numbered 399201-399207.

 

The map  shows the existing system with the extension to Rotherham seen diverging just beyond Meadowhall South/Tinsley station.

 

This line starts at the ‘Cathedral’ stop in Sheffield City Centre.

 

‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ Network Map at November 1st. 2018

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ Network Map at November 1st. 2018 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

This image by Peter M. Rose and reproduced with his permission.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Leaving Meadowhall South/Tinsley station for Rotherham Parkgate with Siemens-Duewag Tram No. 113 about to leave for the City centre and then onto Middlewood passing close by Sheffield Wedneday FC’s ground at Hillsborough in the process.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 201. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train)

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Pictured leaving Meadowhall South/Tinsley station.

 

The new extension  diverges to the right where the silver fence ends before diving under the Tinsley viaduct of the M1 Motorway.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 201. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ power supply at Rotherham Parkgate

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

The end of the line with the complex wiring required to get the 750 volts dc. to the overhead power cables.

 

‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ power supply at Rotherham Parkgate on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /3

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

The drivers driving position showing the excellent view that he or she has.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /4

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

The 3 car double articulated Tram Train is light and airy being well provided with handrails and hanging straps.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /5

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Seating is adequate with a mixture of fixed and tip ups in the low floor areas. 

 

A bit hard perhaps for my ageing bones.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /5 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /6

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /6 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /7

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

The low floor sections line up with the platform edges.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /7 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /8

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

It’s a bit surreal to stand on the articulated ‘turntable’ and see the coaches move around you.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /8 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /9

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

The articulated cars are connected by these flexible connections that move with the train.

 

It’s a bit like watching someone play a giant piano accordion but without the music. 

 

Fascinating to watch.

 

Class 399 ‘Stagecoach SUPERTRAM’ No. 206. Vossloh CityLink (Tram Train) /9 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’