Wednesday 22 May 2024

A Tram Mystery (1)

 Trams In Preston

Like many towns, Preston began with horse trams and moved on to the new-fangled but very popular electricity.
But the internet provides some tantalising pictures of more modern trams in Preston ...
... including a depot shot.
There is even a picture of a very unfamiliar vehicle indeed, complete with appendages!
Even fbb's decaying brain registered that these three might not be the Preston we know and love in Lancs, thanks internet. 

This other Preston is in Melbourne Australia! Today's route is line 11 to West Preston.
For the geographically confused (which includes fbb!) the blue blobs are railway stations "a short walk to a tram stop" according to the code on the tram map.  But, oddly, tram stops are not labelled, that privilege being reserved for interchanges only.

Here is a tram at the West Preston terminus.
It looks like the "good old days" of trams, but with updated vehicles. Readers may be a little uneasy with a recent Melbourne "Art Tram"!
Several boos for Contravision!

Wikipedia offers us a map of trams in Preston Lancs (that's back in the UK!), clearly a small network which closed in December 1935!
But the above map presents fbb with some confusion. None of the tram routes crosses the River Ribble which arcs spectacularly round the southern edge of the "traditional" city.

This blog was inspired by a news item showing designs fior a new "Old Tram Bridge" across the Ribble in Preston Lancs.
"How can this be", thought your befuddled bulky blogger, "if no trams ever crossed the silky silver waters of that great river?

Trains cross the river ...
... and roads cross the river!
But trams never did - honest.

Clearly, as Sherlock Holmes might say, this is a three pipe problem; which fbb will begin to unravel in tomorrow's blog.

Meanwhile Some Snippets
Ryde Esplanade Progress
A couple of snaps from Isle of Wight Alan; of the new caff ...
... and the new entrance portico ...
... both nearly finished.

This is what it looked lke before the changes to bus station, pier approach road and the station buildings.

Too Much Trumpet Music
In case you thought it was a joke, here is a bit about Operation Bumblebee!

A Real Bargain
This is what happens when you buy in too many goods that people don't want to buy.
10800 was one of a clutch of experimental one-off British Railways diesels which never made it past the prototype.

The full sized version was nicknamed "The Wonder Engine" because, each morning, the depot manager would wonder if it would start.
It often didn't.

£105 off is some discount. If only fbb had a bigger layout!

And more spending money!

 Next Tram Mystery blog : Thurs 23rd March 

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