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Travels with my Camera

David Connor, 15th May 2018

As the title suggested David covered a number of topics seen on his travels and more specifically they were all taken since his previous presentation to us in September last year The first place we saw was Tallinn with pictures taken on a winter visit in December 2017 when there was a little snow on the ground to add to the scene. Unusually built to the 3' 6" (1,067 mm) gauge there are currently four services in operation served by a mixed fleet of Tatra KT4 and CAF low floor articulated vehicles. The former blue and white colour scheme has been replaced by a red white one with just a few cars in the older colours dumped at the rear of the depot.

In January David was in Belgium and in Charleroi he covered the entire system with the exception of the Petria to Anderlues section which was undergoing reconstruction. In Gent it was noticeable how the three current services are able to cover quite a complex network. Engineering work meant that line 4 was being worked in two section that did not quite meet at Muidebrug and was also diverted from its normal terminus at Moscou to terminate at the depot. The other Belgian system we saw was that at Antwerpen where there had been numerous recent extensions with ongoing engineering causing several services to be split and diverted. A temporary service during the diversions was designated 'P' in contrast to usual numeric notation. Work was seen underway on several further new or reinstated lines that will add to this extensive system.

Nearer to home a visit to the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture in the Olympic Park at Stratford gave the opportunity for some spectacular aerial views of the DLR between Stratford and Pudding Mill Lane stations. A visit to Amsterdam on the first public Eurostar service offered opportunities to ride and photograph a variety of the blue and white cars serving that city.

David's most recent visit was to Manchester for the Festival of Model Tramways where he visited Metrolink and the heritage line in Heaton Park. However the final pictures we saw were of Seaton at the end of December when construction of a new Seaton terminus meant that the Riverside Loop had been paved to act as a terminus for the service northward to Colyton. The cars we saw in traffic maintained the single-deck theme of the evening and included enclosed bogie car 15 recently rebuilt form the MER style crossbench car 17 and car 19 a much rebuilt former Exeter Corporation vehicle.

The selection of pictures was excellent and was enjoyed by those present.

Geoffrey Tribe

London Area - 15th May 2018

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