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A Weekend in North and east Lincolnshire and East Lindsey

Friday 22nd July 2016 and a visit to the Cleethorpes Coastal Light Railway just as the weather had turned wet. The Platforms 1 & 2 and the tracks have now been taken over by the famous Smallest Pub in the UK on this occasion.   

The Crowle Peatlands Railway 

The Crowle Peatland Railway Society has been formed to promote the heritage and history of the peat railways on Crowle & Thorne Moors. The initial intention was to restore a Simplex loco that used to work on the moors. However they have subsequently been able to purchase a couple of Schoma locos that were amongst the last locos to be used of the moors.

The locos are now in temporary storage whilst we complete negotiations with North Lincolnshire Council on the building of a maintenance shed and running track on Crowle Moors. For further information please visit their website

   The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

On Sunday 24th a visit was made to The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway which is a heritage railway based at Ludborough station, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire, England and the only standard gauge steam railway in Lincolnshire open to the public. Visit their website for more information and photographs.

Platform 0 Doncaster Railway Station as 8th July 2016 .

Progress is being made so that the Hull and Scunthorpe trains do not have use Platform 1 as to the right with the Pacer train awaiting to depart here. Below one of the trains just departing from Platform 1 for Kings Cross. Extensive foundations work for the new pedestrian access bridge and lift  meant that a section of Platform 1 had to be removed for this work to be carried out.

Sheffield Tram Train project sees the first track at Parkgate

At last some major visible signs of development at the proposed Parkgate Tram/Train terminus taking place as seen on the 4th July 2016.

The bases for the overhead line standards have recently been put in place on the left, whilst searching through the internet I came up with this artists impression of the new railway station at Parkgate. According to the article accompanying the illustration it states that despite having a revamped train station in the town centre (Rotherham Central)  and an abandoned station at Masborough, the only viable way to improve rail services to Rotherham is to build a brand new £14m station at Parkgate, consultants have said. The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) commissioned a study last year (2014) looking to identify the level of rail service required to support Rotherham's economic and transport needs. Comments on the internet have suggested that the railway station is to far from the centre of the town. To right I believe three of the new tram/trains have been delivered but none have gone into public service as yet. Driver training is being undertaken in the depot yard.

   1966      Trolleybus meets the trams at Nottingham    2016

Nottingham's Last Trolleybus No 506 of 1966 meets up with the new tram system in 2016 at a special event organised to commentate the anniversary of the closure of the trolleybus system. It was an occasion for ages to recall the occasion that took place some 50 years ago.   

Preserved motorbuses and the specially painted present day motorbus were on display along with the trolleybus in the scenic Old Market Square. 

A Brief History of Nottingham's Tram and Trolleybuses

The first tram system The foundations were laid for the first trams to run in Nottingham when the Nottingham and District Tramways Order of 1877 was passed by the government of the day. This led to the construction of the first routes in Nottingham with a one mile line running from Trent Bridge to St Peters Square in the city centre. There was also a spur off this main line which went off around half way down and served the Great Northern Railway station. The first trams ran on these initial routes on 17 September 1878 and were in the hands of a fleet of 8 single deck trams built by Starbuck and  numbered 1-8. The power was provided by two horses.

The first electric tram system In 1901 the first electric trams  entered service. In 1902 the last open top trams were delivered to Nottingham, with 6 Milnes 4 wheelers, 6 Milnes bogie trams and 16 from ERTCW. The same year also saw the abandonment of the final horse trams when the former link route was closed and it was also the year that new routes started to open, with this process continuing apace until 1915. The final extensions to the tramway were completed in 1927 and the length of the tramway was up above 25 miles. However 1927 was also to be the beginning of the end for the tramway when the route along Nottingham Road went over to trolleybus operation on 10 April, a decision that had been taken in principle 3 years previously by the Corporation.
The Trolleybus system The Nottingham trolleybus system was inaugurated in 1927. By 1930 a number of routes had been converted from trams to trolleybuses. A new bus depot was opened on Parliament Street in June 1929 and is still in use today.
By 1935 the trolleybus fleet had reached its peak at 106 vehicles, making it the largest fleet in the country The last tram ran in September 1936.

By the end of the 1950s, trolleybuses were in decline, the last new trolleybus joining the fleet in 1952 reaching a maximum fleet of 155 vehicles. The first one-man operated bus appeared in 1951. Trolleybuses were withdrawn between April 1965 and July 1966.
The new Light Rail Tramway system (NET) The system opened to the public on 9 March 2004 and a second phase, that more than doubled the size of the total system, opened on 25 August 2015. News that a station for the proposed HS2 line (the East Midlands Hub) is likely to be built on the site of Toton sidings, only a short distance from the Toton Lane terminus has fuelled speculation that the line could be extended to the new station. In November 2015 there was a proposal for the tram network to be extended from Toton to Derby.  Two routes were later proposed by the D2N2 local enterprise partnership for the route to Derby. The first route would be via the A52 while the second would be via Borrowash and Spondon.

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