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  1. Tramways de l'Aude

    This next post completes the length of the Tramways de l'Aude from Carcassonne to Lezignan. The post which follows will begin to look at the tramways to the South and East of Lezignan-Corbieres.
  2. Tramways de l'Aude

    It has been a few weeks since my last post on the Tramways de l'Aude This next section is the length from Caunes-Minervois in the Aude to Siran in Herault. Topography in this area means that road gradients and curvature at the time of the building of the tramway were such that at times the tramway had to find its own route. There are two such significant lengths on the tramway in the first part of its journey with the Departement of Herault.
  3. King's Lynn

    This is the third and final post about the Docks Railway in King's Lynn. The post covers the area around Bentinck Dock and has some detail about the Savage's Works on the East side of the dock. Savage's were internationally renowned for their steam-powered fairground attractions.
  4. King's Lynn

    The second part of a study on the Docks Branch in King's Lynn. ...... This post covers the area around the Alexandra Dock. A further post will follow to cover the railways around the Bentinck Dock.
  5. King's Lynn

    The harbour branch left the mainline South of King's Lynn. The docks branch left the mainline close to King's Lynn Station. The post below includes a very short history of the harbour and docks and then covers the length of the branch from the station to John Kennedy Road.
  6. Tramways de l'Aude

    In this post we travel along the tramway from Carcassonne to Caunes-Minervois. This is a pleasant meander through he countryside encountering small historic villages.
  7. King's Lynn

    I was 12 years old when we moved to King's Lynn in 1972 and we stayed there right through my teens until I left home for University in 1978. I have long thought about spending a little time reviewing the railway history of the town. This first post covers King's Lynn Harbour Branch which left the mainline just before that line entered the town in South Lynn
  8. Tramways in Provence

    Currently I am reading a book written in French about the tramways of Nice and the Cote d'Azur written by Jose Banuado. Sadly the book is only available in French. I have to use an internet based translation package to understand the book as my French is very limited. This post is based on Jose Banuado's book and covers the period of the First World War.
  9. Tramways de l'Aude

    Just back now from 6 days in France. We were able to travel along parts of, or along full length s of the lines I have been looking at in this series of posts up to now. On 6the September 2018 we travelled along the line from Fanjeaux to St. Denis and then crossed over to Lastours and followed the line from Lastours to Carcassonne. On 10th September we were able to travel along part of the line from Belpech to Castelnaudary. This post covers the line from Lastours to Carcassonne. This line passed through areas of significant industry in the early 20th Century. Areas which are now essentially rural but which in those days were primarily wealth generating. The decline of this industries and that of the tramway seemed to go hand in hand.
  10. Tramways de l'Aude

    On 6th September 2018, my wife and I visited a series of towns and villages in the Aude before visiting the Citadel in Carcassonne. We managed to combine an interest in ecclesiastical history (Saint Dominic and the Cathars) with some visits to spectacular castles and churches and two of the tramway routes serves by the Tramways de l'Aude. I have been working on the post below with a view to publishing it after travelling the route, which we did today. First thing in the morning, we walked the first 3 kilometres of the tramway which left Fanjeaux heading for Bram. We then drove the route of the tramway from Fanjeaux to Saint-Denis in our little hire car. We went on to follow another of the tramway routes, but more of that on another occasion! I hope you enjoy this post.
  11. Tramways de l'Aude

    This post completes the story of one of the lines of the Tramways de l'Aude. The journey from Belpech to Castelnaudary is completed by a run from Salles-sur-l'Hers to Castelnaudary.
  12. Tramways de l'Aude

    This is the third part part of the overview and covers much about the locomotives and rolling stock on the line.
  13. Railways and Tramways of the Forest of Dean

    A recent visit to the Forest of Dean promoted some reading and reflection on Cannop Colliery. This post is the result of those reflections:
  14. Tramways de l'Aude

    This next post follows up the first overview of the Tramways with information which comes from the first of a series articles from 1961 .....
  15. Tramways de l'Aude

    Here is the first of a promised series of blog posts about the Tramways de l'Aude. It covers half of the line between Belpech and Castelnaudary.