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26 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail

Most of the time I see the Coventry Evening Telegraph van used by the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during the weeks that they have graduations on. Such as in April or July. I once also saw it over at the Tyseley Locomotive Works during an open day I went to. Reg no: H1 CET. Bonus photo at the end of a Birmingham Mail van once spotted in the Austin Village, Northfield.

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Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail





Most of the time I see the Coventry Evening Telegraph van used by the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during the weeks that they have graduations on. Such as in April or July. I once also saw it over at the Tyseley Locomotive Works during an open day I went to. Reg no: H1 CET. Bonus photo at the end of a Birmingham Mail van once spotted in the Austin Village, Northfield.


I first noticed the Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during July 2017. That week was the graduation week, where they put up a marquee on the lawn, and have Johnsons coaches to take graduates and their families to Birmingham Town Hall.

Graduates can get a copy of the paper and their name in the Birmingham Mail of the list of Aston University graduates. This was also July 2017.

In the years since, keep seeing it on campus, and kept resisting taking more photos of it. Took a new photo of it during the July 2019 graduation week. On the hottest July day of the year so far! Was hitting 33°C as I went through the campus.

I've also see it at the Tyseley Locomotive Works. This was during the September 2018 open day, when Vintage Trains was celebrating 50 years of the museum and works being open. Here the Birmingham Mail were giving out goody bags.

Bonus photo taken during April 2012 in the Austin Village near Northfield. When I saw this old The Birmingham Mail van. For G. & H. Purcell Newsagents & Tobacconists. Licence plate no: HPG 98.

 

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24 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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West Midlands Metro tram 17 the second tram to get the full blue treatment

West Midlands Metro released tram 17 in the full blue livery starting from the week from Monday 15th July 2019. The second full tram in blue after tram 31 was unveiled in July 2018. I've so far seen it near Colmore Square. Got this photo from Bull Street, although was hoping to get more. Maybe another time. This photo taken on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Seen passing Martineau Place.

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22 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Vintage London bus in Broadway, Worcestershire from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Heading under the railway bridge into Broadway, within the Cotswolds in Worcestershire (not far from the Gloucestershire border), I saw this classic red London Routemaster bus heading from Broadway Station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway into the centre of Broadway. Later coming back saw a steam train called King Edward II.

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Vintage London bus in Broadway, Worcestershire from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway





Heading under the railway bridge into Broadway, within the Cotswolds in Worcestershire (not far from the Gloucestershire border), I saw this classic red London Routemaster bus heading from Broadway Station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway into the centre of Broadway. Later coming back saw a steam train called King Edward II.


Broadway is a large village in the Cotswolds within Worcestershire. The picturesque village is popular with tourists from all over the world for it's beauty. Nearby is the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway which was extended to Broadway Station in 2018.

Sunday is the perfect day to get out of the City and to explore the local countryside villages and stately homes. Even the steam railways.

On Sunday 21st July 2019, on the way to Snowshill Manor in the nearby village of Snowshill in Gloucestershire, I saw this vintage red London Routemaster bus heading from the station, up Station Road and then the High Street in Broadway.

Routemaster RML2478 - JJD 478D - a long way to Trafalgar Square on the 6 if you are in Broadway! Already the village is looking picturesque.

Turning onto Church Street in Broadway towards Snowshill Manor, while the bus continues towards the war memorial along the High Street in Broadway.

Later coming back from Snowshill Manor, now heading back up Station Road in Broadway towards the Low Bridge. Broadway Station is to the right of here. You can get steam trains towards Cheltenham Racecourse. I've never been on this heritage railway line. Wasn't aware of it before heading through Broadway.

This modern single decker bus from Marchants was on route 606 from Stratford-upon-Avon towards Broadway. Seen behind on the railway bridge was the steam locomotive 6023 King Edward II.

6023 King Edward II. Great Western Railway (GWR) 6000 Class 6023 King Edward II is a preserved steam locomotive. I don't think it is part of GWSR's collection of Steam Locomotives so it was probably a visitor. Was nice to see before leaving Broadway though.

The roads from Broadway back to Birmingham takes you up the A44 towards Evesham, nearby where the Battle of Evesham 1265 was fought (and Simon de Montfort was killed). A bridge is named after him. Near the A46 is the Evesham Country Park with the Evesham Vale Light Railway (which I saw back in August 2014 - a possible future post). North of Evesham along the A46 towards Alcester. Then through Coughton and Studley on the A435 towards the Maypole in Birmingham.

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18 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum

I saw trains converted to look like Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum, in Wakes Colne, near Colchester in Essex (not far from the Suffolk border) on the 20th June 2019 (during my week in East Anglia). This was not a steam day so they didn't have their "faces" on! The museum was pretty quiet, felt like their was no one around at the time.

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Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum





I saw trains converted to look like Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum, in Wakes Colne, near Colchester in Essex (not far from the Suffolk border) on the 20th June 2019 (during my week in East Anglia). This was not a steam day so they didn't have their "faces" on! The museum was pretty quiet, felt like their was no one around at the time.


These trains have been converted to look like the characters from Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry.

I visited the East Anglian Railway Museum in Wakes Colne near Colchester in Essex on the 20th June 2019 during my week in Suffolk and East Anglia.

Seen in the Restoration Shed was:

Thomas: 0-6-0 Saddle Tank No 54 Works No 7031 / 41

Built by Kitson and Company Ltd, Leeds. Spent it's life hauling iron ore wagons at Stewarts and Lloyds, Corby. Withdrawn from service in 1969. In 2008 it had side tanks added and looks similar to Thomas the Tank Engine.

Percy: 0-4-0 Saddle Tank 'Jubilee' Works Number: 2542 / 35

Built in 1935 by W.G. Bagnall & Sons Ltd of Stafford. It came to the museum in 1976. Returned to traffic in 2007. Painted bright green and received some cosmetic changes to be Percy the Small Engine from Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.

Toby: John Fowler 0-4-0DH Works No. 4220039 7

Converted cosmetically to be 'Toby' for Day out with Thomas events. Painted in brown and grey along with the Number 7 Magnet. Seen outside along with other trains of the museums collection.

Seen in the Goods Shed was:

Henrietta: Replica build, four wheeled coach.

A former 4-wheeled Ferrywagon built at Shildon in 1978, was converted in their workshops between 2000 to 2004 to becoem a replica Wisbech and Upwell Tramway coach.

A look inside of this coach. Looked a bit like a street tram or light rail train. Was also Thomas the Tank Engine books on the seats. During Steam Days, visitors can have a ride on this train. It's unlikely that I'll go back for a Steam Day to ride on it though.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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15 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle (July 2019)

Been meaning to return to Stourbridge for a while since I learned that they had put a new orange and purple livery on the Stourbridge Shuttle. This time got the train to Stourbridge Junction on the 13th July 2019. And I got West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139 001 for the first time (previous occasions I rode on 139 002 in 2013 and 2017). Was also new signs inside. Seats green.

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West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle (July 2019)





Been meaning to return to Stourbridge for a while since I learned that they had put a new orange and purple livery on the Stourbridge Shuttle. This time got the train to Stourbridge Junction on the 13th July 2019. And I got West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139 001 for the first time (previous occasions I rode on 139 002 in 2013 and 2017). Was also new signs inside. Seats green.


Previous post here: Stourbridge Shuttle in 2013 and 2017 (in the London Midland era). Since I've seen on Social Media that the Stourbridge Shuttle has had new West Midlands Railway orange and purple livery on their pair of trains I had to check it out. So got a train from my local station to Stourbridge Junction to ride the Shuttle again!

Stourbridge Junction

West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle arriving at Platform 1 at Stourbridge Junction Station on Saturday 13th July 2019. Moments before I had just got off my West Midlands Railway Class 172 train from Birmingham, before getting on this.

Pulling into the platform.

A close up look at the new orange and purple livery. Still yellow at both ends.

Later after I came back from Stourbridge Town Station took these with the newly painted orange and black paintwork at Stourbridge Junction.

Only a 4 minute wait until my train home to Birmingham. Many of the stations from the Jewellery line to the Worcester via Kidderminster line now have these colours, and some with new West Midlands Railway signs.

Stourbridge Town

I had just arrived at Stourbridge Town Station again, this time with West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139 001.

No sooner had the last load of passengers got off, the next load got on!

Buffer view from Stourbridge Interchange. The walk into the Town Centre as usual via the Bus Station and subways.

Later after another look around Stourbridge, which this time included a look around Mary Stevens Park, a short walk later was back at Stourbridge Town to catch the Shuttle back to Stourbridge Junction!

Heading round the bends. Inside they still have green seats, but have put up new purple signs to ready enjoy.

Signs inside and out

External signs of West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139001. On the side this one says 39001. Pre Metro Operations Proudly operated for West Midlands Railway. First photo taken before I got on at Stourbridge Junction. Second photo later taken when I returned to Stourbridge Junction.

Inside when you sit down, there are new signs on both sides of the train.

A (cute) internet sensation. All the Stations: Geoff Marshall & Vicki Pipe went on the Stourbridge Shuttle in summer 2017.

Raise a glass (or two). Stourbridge has produced glass since the early 1600s.

Leaving a legacy to our town. Ernest Stevens a manufacturer. He gifted parks to the town.

A local Lion roars across the pond. The first ever steam locomotive to run in the USA was the 'Stourbridge Lion'.

Some more signs I saw inside.

Welcome to the Stourbridge Shuttle. Enjoy the ride on the Stourbridge branch line.

Thanks for travelling on the Stourbridge Shuttle. They hope you enjoyed the ride.

We're small but mighty. Connection Junction to Town is only 3/4 mile long, and is believed to be the shortest passenger branch line in Europe.

We like to move it, move it. The small little Shuttle is an ingenious little train.

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