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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 This former Travel West Midlands bus withdrawn back in 2010 I think, is now with Roberts.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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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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