Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway, Thorne, Nr Doncaster
Latest News Page August 2012

The Manchester Metro 2 August 2012

Left: London Transport Routemaster 1449 this type of motorbus was to replace the trolleybuses in London .  Right: Trolleybus No 260 on loan from the East Anglia Transport Museum. A trolleybus when preserved operated on many private enthusiasts tours in Reading and Bournemouth in the mid to late 1960's  Visit my Facebook album to see these and other photographs in higher quality in higher resolution.

Left: London Transport The line up of London Buses gathers in the square to mark the event.  Right: The public gather for the official speeches.

Part of days events was the launch into service at Sandtoft was London Trolleybus No 1348 which had languished in a museum elsewhere having received no attention since its withdrawal in 1962. Thanks to the efforts of Brian Maguire (right) and his team of vehicle restorers the vehicle is now once again carrying passengers. 

Left: Seen in their window display of the Axholme Stores is this model of 4472 "The Flying Scotsman".  Middle: Model of the Huddersfield Trolleybus celebrating the "Queens 60th Anniversary Event" Right: The actual Huddersfield trolleybus at Sandtoft.

A Visit to Cleethorpes 18th August 2012

Left: The entrance to Platform 2 at Cleethorpes Station.  Middle: Our view from Platform 2 looking towards the imminent departure of the First Manchester Airport train due to depart in 15 minutes time. Right: The station "Track Snacks In the meantime it gave a reasonable chance to look around the railway station that I remember as youngster from about 1948.
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Left: The only surviving station platform lighting unit which must go back to the days of British Railways  Right: A journey along the seafront towards Humberston brings you to the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.

From the Facebook of Keith Fox

Left:  Here's one for the nodding donkey preservation society, taken at Stainforth station -- at taken at Hatfield&  Stainforth station looking to-wards Thorne. Middle: Yorkshire engine company "Janus" loco No1 British Steel Corporation livery, the best livery ever carried on these loco's Right: Jordan's class 03 next to a visiting 04 may 2011. To see these and other photographs by Keith visit Facebook

The electric locomotive "Mufuta" set for a return visit to Wortley Top Forge

Seen here on the 4th September 2011 the electric locomotive Mufuta that used to operate at Sandtoft and Thorne is set for a return visit to Wortley Top Forge on the 2 September 2012. For more information about this event and others click here

Trolleybuses set to return to Leeds by 2018.

The Leeds trolleybus system served the West Riding of Yorkshire city of Leeds in England between 1911 and 1928. In July 2012, plans to construct a new system, the New Generation Transport (NGT) project have been given the go ahead hopefully this form of what was once termed "Railess" transport will be in service by 2018  The government announced £173.5m funding to enable the Leeds New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus network, the first modern trolleybus network in the UK, to go ahead. London and many other transport operators including London are looking into the possibility of introducing trolleybuses.

Left: One of the proposed new trolleybuses for Leeds. Middle: Myself with one of the latter day trolleybuses at Bradford where the Last Trolleybus ran in 1972. Right: Doncaster's Last Trolleybus of 1963 seen at The Trolley Bus Museum at Sandtoft 1n 1973. 

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