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Old 05-26-2008, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Take a look at the catenary pickup on these trams.

The only reason I can think of that the catenary is so high is that they may have had double-decker trams at one time. Does anyone know if my guess is right?


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Old 05-27-2008, 01:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not only did they but they still do. I do not have them here but I will try and fish out some pictures when I am on the mainland again. I am sure if you google you will find them.
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Well that is different , thanks for the link to the video , enjoyed that .
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Both single deck and double are still in regular use in Blackpool. There are lots of pictures on the web - a couple of examples are at:





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Dennis - over here in UK we have a thriving small and large-scale model tramway society whose members exhibit their beautiful models at a number of large-scale shows throughout the year.

They are they are usually well-represented at the biggest large-scale show at Llanfair at the end of August.

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Hi Stan and Dennis,

You may have seen this Museum site before but just in case you haven't:

www.tramway.co.uk

I am sure it will be of interest to many others as well.
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Nice site, Alan! Someday I'd sure like to "drive the tram for a day"...
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Great site. But they still drive on the wrong side of the road.
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Posted By Madman on 05/27/2008 8:06 PM
Great site. But they still drive on the wrong side of the road.



Hi Dan,
Not quite true. They mostly ran in the MIDDLE of the road, They caused inconvenience to automobile users - so they had to go - it also meant that people had to cross part of the road to reach the tramcar when boarding it.
In many cities, once the trams had left the downtown area, they gained a central reserved track which left other road users two roads either side and separate from their area. (rather like some American railroads)
I would post pics, but a) I can't see how to and
b) maybe only 1st, Class members can do this
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The Blackpool system was the first electric tramway in the UK and, until the recent reintroduction of trams to major cities, the last. The pantographs are relatively new, when I was younger they still used trolley poles. Blackpool is one of the largest of not the largest seaside resort in the UK and was popular with the workers from the industrial centres of the NW. The tramway now runs fom the southern border of Blackpool on its own trackway on the promenade. To the north it has its own reservation away from the prom until it gets to the Town of Fleetwood where it runs in the street. Fleetwood is a ferry port for Ireland and used to have a major fishing fleet as well as docks. The trackage internal to Blackpool town itself has been long gone

At the end of the season the Blackpool prom is lit up with fancy lights, the 'Illuminations', which are best viewed from a double deck tram. The tram fleet also includes illuminated tramcars, I remember there being one tricked out as a space rocket, and another as a US 'Western' Locomotive. See...

http://blackpooltrams.fotopic.net/c51057.html

A number of odd designs have been used including open single deck cars, but probably the strangest was the old double deck 'Dreadnought' Car. Each end had two sets of stairs to the top, either siide of the motorman's central cabin> See...

TSO (FTS) Blackpool Tramcar Fund (PDF file)

I believe the idea was to facilitate fast loading and unloading. I believe the name came from the resemblance of the front to the bows of the old 'Dreadnought' Battleships.

There was also a steeple cab loco used to move coal wagons along the tramway, to a facility at Thornton's Gate.
Hope that this is of interest.
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