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05 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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British Airways diverts at Birmingham Airport (December 2016)

I headed to Car Park 5 back during December 2016 at Birmingham Airport. During a period of bad weather that caused several British Airways planes to land and take off from Birmingham Airport instead of Heathrow. So a rare sighting of BA's world famous Boeing 747-400! Wish that BA would start regular flights from Birmingham again, we mostly just have the budget carriers such as Flybe.

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British Airways diverts at Birmingham Airport (December 2016)





I headed to Car Park 5 back during December 2016 at Birmingham Airport. During a period of bad weather that caused several British Airways planes to land and take off from Birmingham Airport instead of Heathrow. So a rare sighting of BA's world famous Boeing 747-400! Wish that BA would start regular flights from Birmingham again, we mostly just have the budget carriers such as Flybe.


There are several plane spotting points around Birmingham Airport. One of them is in Car Park 5. I got a X1 National Express West Midlands Platinum bus to the bus stop outside of the car park. I've got a bus here a couple of times (but not recently).

On the 17th December 2016, there it was day of bad weather over London, which resulted in British Airways being forced to divert their famous planes to Birmingham!

My first glimpse of a British Airways Boeing 747-400.

A zoom in of this BA Boeing 747-400. The distinctive Union Jack tail fin at the back.

The side view of this British Airways Boeing 747-400 next to a Birmingham Airport sign. A rare sighting these days.

Seen taking off was this British Airways Embraer ERJ-190SR.

Another angle of this BA Embraer ERJ-190SR.

Bonus photos taken at Malaga Airport in Spain during June 2014. This was before I flew back to Birmingham with Monarch (not with BA). At the time there was a French Air Traffic Control strike so we were waiting at this airport for hours.

This photo of another British Airways plane taken from the Monarch plane I was on. Was stuck on the plane for hours before it was given permission to take off. Has been several occasions in the past being at airports when Air Traffic Control strikes have been on in France (usually resulting in not being able to fly over French airspace).

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01 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Evesham Vale Light Railway in the Evesham Country Park (August 2014)

Heading towards Snowshill Manor recently, I was reminded of my visit to the Evesham Country Park in Worcestershire 5 years ago in August 2014, when I saw the Evesham Vale Light Railway. It's not far from the A435 and A46 route from the Maypole, going past Alcester. At the time was in the country park for a few hours before heading onto Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.

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Evesham Vale Light Railway in the Evesham Country Park (August 2014)





Heading towards Snowshill Manor recently, I was reminded of my visit to the Evesham Country Park in Worcestershire 5 years ago in August 2014, when I saw the Evesham Vale Light Railway. It's not far from the A435 and A46 route from the Maypole, going past Alcester. At the time was in the country park for a few hours before heading onto Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.


Five years ago back in August 2014, was on the way for an outing to Bourton-on-the-Water. We stopped for a few hours in the Evesham Country Park for around 2 and a half hours. While in the park I saw the Evesham Vale Light Railway. If you are in a car or on a coach, you head down the A435 and the A46 from the Maypole in Birmingham, heading down the Hollywood Bypass. On the way you pass Studley, Coughton and Alcester before getting to near Evesham.

For my Bourton-on-the-Water post on BRUM! follow this link BRUM! at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

This place is also home to The Valley Evesham, an outlet shopping park. It's probably changed in the 5 years since I was last there.

 

This sign tells you that you can take the train through the old apple orchards to the picnic and viewing area. You can break your journey any time walking through the countryside before later returning by the train.

Exmoor 0-4-0STT St. Egwin with several carriages behind it.

Close up of  Exmoor 0-4-0STT St. Egwin (at the front). Here you see it had three carriages behind that you can ride on.

No 2 at the back, then No 8 in the middle. No 1 carriage at the front behind St. Egwin.

Another look at Exmoor 0-4-0STT St. Egwin. It was stationary.

First look at the station with a carriage you can ride on. At the front was Severn Lamb 0-6-0STT Dougal. Seen at Twyford Station.

Severn Lamb 0-6-0STT Dougal seen in Twyford Station with passengers ready to go.

A close up of Dougal at Twyford Station. Excited kids can't wait to ride this train!

The light steam engine Dougal is now on the way up the lin with several carriages full of passengers behind.

Dougal and the carriages were quite small, maybe half the size of a full size steam locomotive. Also the rail gauge was much smaller.

Close up of Dougal as it passed me on the path I was walking on at the time.

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30 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018

I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.

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Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018





I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.


The other bus garage near to where I am is in Yardley Wood (Acocks Green is closer). It is on the Yardley Wood Road, close to the Stratford-on-Avon Canal. Bus routes such as the 2, 3 and 18 stop nearby to here.

Birmingham City Transport opened the garage here on 9th November 1938. It is now operated by National Express West Midlands. They are home to the world famous number 50 bus route.

For my post at Acocks Green follow this link A selection of vintage buses at the Acocks Green Bus Garage Open Day, October 2013.

For the vintage bus ride I took from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood bus garages please follow this link Timesaver 900 - vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages, October 2013.

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day: October 2013

That year I got to the bus garage by catching a vintage bus from Acocks Green Bus Garage (link to post above). On this occasion the bus garage was celebrating it's 75th birthday (was easier that year to hold two bus garage open days on one day).

900 - Private - West Midlands Travel - Timesaver - D912 NDA

18B - Cotteridge - Birmingham City Transport - MOF 9

18 - Garage - WM Travel - JOV 613P

16 - Hamstead Green Lane via Hockley - WM Travel - DOC 26V
 402 - Bloomfield Central Avenue via West Bromwich - WM Travel - WDA 956T

383 - Hitchin - Willian Walsworth - London Transport - RF627

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day - November 2018

For this open day I caught a regular NXWM bus towards the bus garage. On this occasion it was the 80th birthday of the bus garage. I wasn't able to go to the last Acocks Green bus garage open day which I think was held in June 2018.

JOJ 222 - 2222 - Leyland - Birmingham - Bearwood via Dudley Road - B82

I rode this bus during September 2018: Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018.

Also see this post: Wythall Transport Museum heritage buses between Hollywood and The Alexandra Theatre.

Globetrotter - RS-Recovery - 300 movie livery.

(These both later left the garage, the bus taking passengers on a tour - I saw it on the Alcester Road South and the recovery vehicle probably to rescue a broken down bus somewhere).

WM Travel - 74 to Wednesbury via Wednesbury - NOC 600R - 6600

Travel West Midlands - 45 to Kings Norton via Pershore Road - 2811 - B811 AOP

National Express Health Buzz - Faye - C8 NEX

Pippa The Ten-Ton Bus of Fun - Special XX - Yellow Buses - MFX 169W

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30 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Former Travel West Midlands Metrobus back on the 11C with Roberts

From time to time there are rival bus companies that operate on the 11 Outer Circle (11A / 11C). This former Travel West Midlands bus withdrawn back in 2010 I think, is now with Roberts. B789 AOC. With TWM used to have the ID 2789. Seen on School Road in Hall Green. By chance advertising my current Smartphone!

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29 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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West Midlands Metro tram 37 has gone blue, that's Ozzy Osbourne's tram!

Walking along Stephenson Street, in the distance at Grand Central Tram Stop was a blue tram from West Midlands Metro. It wasn't tram 17 or 31. It was tram 37. That was the tram named after Ozzy Osbourne! I got to the tram stop too late as I saw it depart, so got some zoom in's. Here also some older photos from a few years ago when it was pink. I think it has lost Ozzy's name.

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West Midlands Metro tram 37 has gone blue, that's Ozzy Osbourne's tram!





Walking along Stephenson Street, in the distance at Grand Central Tram Stop was a blue tram from West Midlands Metro. It wasn't tram 17 or 31. It was tram 37. That was the tram named after Ozzy Osbourne! I got to the tram stop too late as I saw it depart, so got some zoom in's. Here also some older photos from a few years ago when it was pink. I think it has lost Ozzy's name.


Heading up Stephenson Street, after checking out the new tracks at Centenary Square and Pinfold Street, in the distance saw a blue West Midlands Metro tram waiting at Grand Central Tram Stop.

It started to ring it's bells as a signal that it was departing. Noticed that it was tram 37. This was the tram named after Ozzy Osbourne. So this is at least the second tram to go fully blue in July 2019! The tram may have lost Ozzy's name with the new blue livery.

The newly blue tram 37 pulling out of Grand Central Tram Stop on Stephenson Street on a wet Saturday afternoon in July 2019, as it climbs up Stephenson Place towards Corporation Street. I couldn't see it very well at Corporation Street Tram Stop, also another pink tram was arriving at Grand Central.

Ok, lets flip back to June 2016. This was when I first got tram 37, when it was pink. Ozzy Osbourne himself unveiled the name at Corporation Street Tram Stop during May 2016 (I wasn't there).

The next time I got a photo of tram 37 in Birmingham City Centre was around December 2017. Seen here on the grass track near the Snow Hill Living Wall heading for Priestfield (the line beyond Priestfield into Wolverhampton at the time was closed to enable new tracks to be laid along the Bilston Road).

Shortly after it arrived at St Chad's Tram Stop in view of the BT Tower. Due to the position of the tram stop, Bull Street is now the recommended interchange stop with Birmingham Snow Hill Station. The old Snow Hill Tram Stop remains derelict and abandoned ever since this new tram stop opened. There is also plans to building another entrance into the existing Livery Street entrance on the Old Snow Hill side, not far from St Chad's Circus. Might make changing trams and trains much easier here. Then again, it's better to switch at Jewellery Quarter or The Hawthorns!

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