New photos

January 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The Christmas/New Year break has given me time to add to the gallery again, developing some new themes introduced in the last year.  A second gallery from South Wales sees my tribute to Pontypridd Urban District Council, later Taff-Ely Borough Council.  With 127 photos it is quite a large gallery and I was rather surprised to find I had so much material on this operator.  Despite being the largest UDC operator the fleet size peaked at around fifty buses.  The gallery can be found at http://davidbeilby.zenfolio.com/f533760805 and here is a sample:

1678816788Subject: Pontypridd UDC 3 (NNY 760E)
Chassis: AEC Regent 2MD3RA
Body: Metro-Cammell H34/26F
Location: Glyntaff depot
Date: 29-Mar-1970

A splendid grouping of Regent Vs in original livery, with 92, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 visible.

From an original slide in the David Beilby collection, taken by Eric Langley

Another theme developed this year is industrial railways.  I visited a lot of installations (mainly collieries) in the early seventies and took a lot of photos almost exclusively of steam locos, but most have remained as negatives until now.  I'm approaching it on a location-by-location basis, adding all my material relevant to the location at the same time.  So far I have covered two pits in the Barnsley area with a small gallery relating to Emley Moor colliery (Skelmanthorpe) and a much larger one at North Gawber colliery (Mapplewell).  Industrial steam photos are at http://davidbeilby.zenfolio.com/f817456669:

NG066_6399NG066_6399Loco: No name or number
Maker: Hunslet 3212/1945
Date: 10-May-1972
Location: North Gawber Colliery
Finally, a bit more on a more familiar theme is a small selection of Rotherham trolleybuses.  Some of these appeared in the recent Middleton Press book on Rotherham trolleybuses and it was only as a result of that I came to realise that the English Electric photographer captured some rarely-seen locations and workings.  Enjoy a few Daimler trolleybuses at http://davidbeilby.zenfolio.com/p216309036:

PND50_275PND50_275Operator: Rotherham C. T.
Fleet No: 91
Registration No: FET 471
Chassis: Daimler CTE6
Body: East Lancs B38C
New: 1950
Rebodied: Roe H40/30R in 1956 and renumbered 34
Withdrawn: 1963

Additional information:
91 turns from Effingham Street into College Street at All Saints’ Square whilst working a short working on the Maltby service to Wickersley. Short workings used different numbers from the main service, giving the impression of a system that was bigger than it actually was.

 

I hope to add another Saddleworth Buses update before long.  Thanks for looking!

 


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