Today being Easter Sunday meant that there was a special event on the Manx Electric Railway; the special event being the use of No. 33 (open tram) hauling a Manx postal van from Douglas to Laxey. You will note that this photo shows the changes to Laxey station after the winter rebuild. In the background shows No. 7.
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.
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).