© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
I can remember - just - travelling on "old" trams in
the UK - in Leeds, just before the end of that city's
tram operation. A year or two later, nearby Sheffield
was the last English system to go (with the
exception, of course, of the coastal part of
Blackpool's system). A little over thirty years later,
trams returned to that city...
Sheffield - a selection
A sequence of short clips recorded near the
centre of the city, and a ride up the tramway to
I should mention that the "running commentary"
occasionally heard is not from one of our party...
On this trip, we paid a visit to Sheffield’s new tramway,
and rode the system as far as we could - parking the car
at Meadowhall, we travelled into the temporary city
terminus at Fitzallen Square, then rode up the section
to Spring Lane. At this time, the rest of the system was
still under construction (must go back and have another
look). The fine modern articulated cars made for a
comfortable and swift journey in each case, complete
with onboard announcements and little of the rumble
and grind of the "old" trams.
A selection of clips recorded at Hagside
Having "done" the system, we then headed across the
Pennines to Manchester, where we drove on up towards
Bury. In the days of the 1200V Bury electrics, I had
visited Hagside level crossing - we would return to the
same spot and see how it looked. The answer? - apart
from the overhead wires, little change.
We moved on to the East Lancs. Railway - only to find it
wasn't operating on this last Friday of the summer
holiday period. So we moved on again, to Winwick
Junction on the west coast main line a few miles further
west, before finally spending a few minutes at Slindon,
much nearer home.
Winwick and Slindon
Diesel and electric on the west coast main line
Stagecoach Supertram - official site for
the Sheffield trams
Metrolink - ditto, Manchester