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Home Page February 2020

Welcome to the "Bob's Railway Days on Platform 2" website. This website used to give all the information about the latest operating days and other information related to the then Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway.  In 2012 the D&DMESL has a new website and new name Thornepark Railway this website has all the information about the railway of the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society including the operating days.  Click here  to go to their website . This website has the Facebook link with the latest information about when trains are operating.  It is most important that you visit their Facebook page for any other extra operating days or events. The railway will should re-open on  Easter Sunday 2020.

A visit to Doncaster Railway Station 1st February 2020

All change at the railway station both outside and inside as developments have taken place,. Most noticeably being the change pf the rolling stock and operators. However its not all change for a Costa Coffee.

Out and About in early 2018

Left  One of the new Sheffield Supertram/trains at the Cathedral seem in 30th January 2018.         Right  A visit to Kirkless Light Railway

Left   Right The battery electric locomotive Mufuta that once  at The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft working on the tracks of  the Wortley Top Forge Railway 2018.  Centre Open Day at Beamish Museum on the May 2018  Right a visit to the Cleethorpes Coastal Light Railway 1st February. 

Birmingham once operated electric Trams and Trolleybuses but the Motorbus was favoured, it five decades to realise the mistake as once again as electric public made a return to the city

The Trolleybus

Left The map of the Birmingham Trolleybus system. Middle Trolleybus No 90 Leyland TB7 awaiting departure on a special tour W J Haynes
Right Trolleybus No 50 a Leyland TTBD2 on the Coventry Road route 17 June 1951 13 days before closure. V. C. Jones

The Tram

Left Tram No 640 seen on iis last days in service photographer unknown. Middle The map of Birmingham tramway network,
Right Tram 578 with wartime headlamp mask and white painted buffer on the famous Bristol Road route  Birmingham  Corporation

Left An early route closure were the Smethwick and Dudley on the 12 April 1939 Tram 93 was withdrawn from service shortly afterwards Photograph by H B Ptiestley Tramway Museum.   Right Tram No 843 was perhaps the most modern looking tram in the fleet seen on LRTL tour on the 23 October 1938 seen at Dudley Photograph by W.K. Jones

In February 1988, it was announced that the first route, Line 1, would be between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, using much of the mothballed trackbed of the former Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton Low Level Line, a route not included in the 1984 recommended network, partly as at that stage the section between Wednesbury and Bilston was still in use, not closing until 1992. The Wednesbury to Birmingham section had closed back in 1972, and the section between Bilston and Wolverhampton was last used in 1983.

Trams are back in a big way to Birmingham, Wolverhampton with plans to return trams back to Dudley. Already the first generation of trams have been replaced by a second generation of trams that have recently been fitted with batteries so that the trams cam operate without overhead wires, so  after turning the backs on electric transport Birmingham has seen its return as have other cities in the UK and Eire. 

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