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Old tram routes in birmingham

smithy82/3

knowlegable brummie
morris, there was NO tram route down Rocky Lane, I worked at Hercules Cycles Rocky Lane in 1944 (my 1st job on leaving school). There were 3 routes along Lichfield Rd Aston Cross. the No. 2, 78 and 79 ( Erdington, Short Heath and Pype Hayes) plus the 3X from Witton which came down Park Rd, all passing top of Rocky Lane on way to City centre. I lived in Queens Rd and if weather was bad would catch the 3X otherwise I would walk. Eric
can any one tell me please if trams ran from nechell green down rocky lane to aston cross its on the number 8 route. I always thought my granddad died on tram in rocky lane,but someone said it could not be a tram because they never run down there only buses.my granddad john bullock died 6 jan 1943. Has anyone any ideas as to find out if it was in local papers.
Many thanks reg morris
G'day, Cookie, Have you any info of this Tram/Bus? I came across it browsing old pics, looks like Stockland green to Short Heath
We have in Adelaide one simular it's called The O'Bahn but it runs on a guided track system most of the way once out of the city.
Thanks..
 

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Radiorails

master brummie
G'day, Cookie, Have you any info of this Tram/Bus? I came across it browsing old pics, looks like Stockland green to Short Heath
We have in Adelaide one simular it's called The O'Bahn but it runs on a guided track system most of the way once out of the city.
Thanks..
This was, as far as I recall, a guided busway, located on the former tramway trackbed. It was not a success.
I never saw this experiment and I am sure others on this Forum will have more details; the dates and time scale of the experiment. I believe, but cannot recall in which other city, a similar trial was made.
 

OuterCircleBus

master brummie
This was, as far as I recall, a guided busway, located on the former tramway trackbed. It was not a success.
I never saw this experiment and I am sure others on this Forum will have more details; the dates and time scale of the experiment. I believe, but cannot recall in which other city, a similar trial was made.
Tracline 65 was the experimental guided bus system that was laid in 1984 to take buses on a concrete track of about 600 metres from Stockland Green along Streetly Road to Short Heath. This was the first of these systems in the UK and was used to test how ell the system worked.
A new fleet of specially adapted buses were provided for the service. They had special guide wheels fitted ahead of the front wheels to guide the bus along the track. Although trams once used the central reservation where Tracline ran they had stopped running there over forty years previously. When the concrete Tracline track was laid it is said that many mature trees were destroyed.
When the contracts to put out to run the service were put out to tender, the company that won the right to run the weekend service refused to run modified buses, so the guided busway was dismantled just three years after it started.
There have been a number of guided busways opened in the UK, the best known probably being the one in Cambridge, which was thirty-one million pounds over budget and almost two & a half years late opening.


8106 - Tracline 1985.jpgTracline - Streetly Road, Perry Common, 1986.jpgTracline 65 - Short Heath 1986 02.jpg
 

Radiorails

master brummie
There is an interesting and dedicated thread for Tracline of 26 posts.
 
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