Crich Transport Museum

That was a bit of a shock, go in to YouTube and find that the channel is totally blank and you can’t see the videos you have been uploading for years. It looks like YouTube/Google were messing about.

Anyway, this is a video I shot at the Crich Transport Museum, Derbyshire, UK. This is quite an amazing place given the sheer range of trams they have available, not just static display but plenty of working examples. This was taken at the end of July 2013.

London Transport Museum

Today I took an afternoon off and decided to do the type of thing that you will not tend to do when working somewhere: be a tourist. It has been my objective for some time to visit the London Transport museum during its 150th anniversary of the London Underground, although it would suffice to visit at any other time also it seemed more appropriate to do it this year. Entrance is a rather steep £15 but this is effectively a season pass to visit as often as you’d like within 12 months of visiting.

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Whilst it seems like there isn’t too much to see here it is probably well stocked with exhibits considering the size of the place; if you bother to read and digest everything on offer this is good for at least two hours. The time line is well presented and there is plenty to see throughout the history of any firm of transport within the city.

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Of particular interest is the poster art exhibition showing off 150 years of posters in the underground, which you can conveniently but reproductions of in the shop afterwards.
Talking of which, this seems to be very well stocked with plenty of things you never knew you wanted and I managed to convince myself that I didn’t need anything – except for the Picadilly line badge which I did rather like. All in all this is worth a visit especially if I decide to visit again within the year that my entrance ticket is valid for.

Light Rail – Manchester and Jerusalem

Manchester, UK

First off, it was announced today that Manchester is to get 500million in funding towards the tram system that is being built in the city/area. This will be a long term funding loan (at low interest rates) to help run the system over the next 30 years. The Independent I must admit I’m quite impressed with the way the system has developed, it seems like a long time ago I was there when it first opened (it actually has been a long time), and since then they have added more routes and are now extending out to the airport. Metrolink Its really good to see this network actually being expanded, used and relatively successful. A model project for the UK perhaps.

 

Jerusalem Light Rail

A rather impressive light rail system that runs through the city has been catching my eye this week. Firstly, I’ve no idea how I missed this project, but thanks to a number of articles and an eMail I’ve been catching up. The system uses the very impressive looking Alstom Citadis units and runs almost 14km almost diagonally West to East. There are plenty of plans for expansion for the system, including a rapid bus transit system. Its always good to read about new systems and one day, you never know, I might actually make it out to see them some day (hence the lack of photos).