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Old November 16th, 2015, 01:41 PM   #121
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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and of the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part ELEVEN.


Here are another ten historic 'yellow bus photos' (not previously shown on this forum, as far as I know) that have recently been posted, from various sources, onto the Facebook Page called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne". Not only do these photos show our famous 'Yellow Buses', they also often show very interesting buildings and general street-scenes, from bygone days around them.

Here is a link to that group, as the immediate source of the below photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/

My understanding is that this group is classified on Facebook as a "Closed/Secret Group" . . . so to view the photos on there you need to be a member of the group.


































Yellow Buses of Newcastle - A Series of many photos from over the years
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4843 (Part 01.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4891 (Part 02.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4894 (Part 03.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4898 (Part 04.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4902 (Part 05.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4911 (Part 06.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5075 (Part 07.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5122 (Part 08.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5243 (Part 09.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5426 (Part 10.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5583 (Part 11.)


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Old November 21st, 2015, 05:31 PM   #122
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Official from Nexus:

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Works completed at Gateshead Stadium and Felling
13 November 2015



Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a programme of modernisation work at Felling and Gateshead Stadium Metro stations.

The work, which forms part of the £389m, Metro: all change modernisation programme, has seen both Metro stations given a fresh new look, with improved seating and lighting.

It has brought the stations up to modern standards of accessibility and provided a better waiting environment

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Old November 22nd, 2015, 01:54 PM   #123
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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and of the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part TWELVE.


Here are another ten historic 'yellow bus photos' (not previously shown on this forum, as far as I know) that have recently been posted, from various sources, onto the Facebook Page called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne". Not only do these photos show our famous 'Yellow Buses', they also often show very interesting buildings and general street-scenes, from bygone days around them.

Here is a link to that group, as the immediate source of the below photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/

My understanding is that this group is classified on Facebook as a "Closed/Secret Group" . . . so to view the photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

From the mentioned site, over recent years, I have accumulated quite a few 'Black and White' photos, covering many different eras of our Yellow buses.

So, the below post could perhaps best be described as "Yellow Buses in Black and White" . . .


































Yellow Buses of Newcastle - A Series of many photos from over the years
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4843 (Part 01.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4891 (Part 02.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4894 (Part 03.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4898 (Part 04.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4902 (Part 05.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4911 (Part 06.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5075 (Part 07.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5122 (Part 08.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5243 (Part 09.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5426 (Part 10.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5583 (Part 11.)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5588 (Part 12.)


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Old March 14th, 2016, 03:37 PM   #124
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From Railway Gazette:

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Tyne & Wear Metro operating contract to end pending new train deal
14 Mar 2016



UK: Transport authority Nexus announced on March 14 that it had recommended that the North East Combined Authority not take up an option for a two-year extension of DB Regio’s contract to operate Tyne & Wear Metro services.

Subject to combined authority approval, train operations and station management on the electrified network serving Newcastle and Sunderland would be taken in-house for two years when the current seven-year contract ends on April 1 2017. This would provide time for a long-term investment strategy to be finalised and a new operating contract to be let

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Old April 1st, 2016, 11:28 AM   #125
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Plans drawn up to use the Victoria Tunnel under Newcastle for a new Metro line
By Graeme Whitfield, The Journal, April 1st 2016


How a Metro train would look in the Victoria Tunnel

Metro bosses being urged to investigate the possibility of using a historic tunnel under Newcastle city centre to provide a new public transport link. The Victoria Tunnel, which runs from Spital Tongues to the Ouseburn, was originally built in the 19th century to transport coal to the River Tyne. The tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter in 1939 and was then repaired in 2008 to be opened for guided tours, but the tunnel’s location, linking Newcastle’s two universities with Ouseburn’s growing zone for start-up businesses, has seen it earmarked as an exciting new new transport link.

The potential route would also provide a handy connection from the many new student accommodation blocks being built in the Ouseburn to the universities, allowing students to spend an extra 30 minutes in bed and still be in time for their lectures. A spokesman for the North East Economic Development Initiative (NEEDI), which is drawing up a feasibility of study of running trains through the tunnel, said: “This could be game changing for the region. A link between the city centre and Ouseburn would provide quick and reliable public transport to an area that is home to a growing number of businesses in the creative and digital industries.

A major stumbling block to the plans would be the fact that the tunnel is much smaller than the tunnels used in the current underground sections of the Tyne and Wear Metro, but proponents of the scheme say that it could easily accommodate narrow gauge railways similar to those seen in many parts of the country that are popular with tourists and railway enthusiasts. A 'NEEDI' spokesman said: “The Metro is used by tens of millions of people every year but the opportunity to add a new line is a once-in-a-generation opportunity."

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Plans drawn up to use the Victoria Tunnel under Newcastle for a new Metro line
By Graeme Whitfield, The Journal, April 1st 2016


How a Metro train would look in the Victoria Tunnel

Metro bosses being urged to investigate the possibility of using a historic tunnel under Newcastle city centre to provide a new public transport link. The Victoria Tunnel, which runs from Spital Tongues to the Ouseburn, was originally built in the 19th century to transport coal to the River Tyne. The tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter in 1939 and was then repaired in 2008 to be opened for guided tours, but the tunnel’s location, linking Newcastle’s two universities with Ouseburn’s growing zone for start-up businesses, has seen it earmarked as an exciting new new transport link.

The potential route would also provide a handy connection from the many new student accommodation blocks being built in the Ouseburn to the universities, allowing students to spend an extra 30 minutes in bed and still be in time for their lectures. A spokesman for the North East Economic Development Initiative (NEEDI), which is drawing up a feasibility of study of running trains through the tunnel, said: “This could be game changing for the region. A link between the city centre and Ouseburn would provide quick and reliable public transport to an area that is home to a growing number of businesses in the creative and digital industries.

A major stumbling block to the plans would be the fact that the tunnel is much smaller than the tunnels used in the current underground sections of the Tyne and Wear Metro, but proponents of the scheme say that it could easily accommodate narrow gauge railways similar to those seen in many parts of the country that are popular with tourists and railway enthusiasts. A 'NEEDI' spokesman said: “The Metro is used by tens of millions of people every year but the opportunity to add a new line is a once-in-a-generation opportunity."

Read More / See Video - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...=FB-Chron-main

I see that nobody fell for the above "April Fools Day" joke . . .
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I see that nobody fell for the above "April Fools Day" joke . . .
Yeah, that was very funny But still, if it were in reality, what scale of works would be done to that fantasy extension?
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From Rail Journal:

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£1bn Tyne and Wear rail strategy approved
Wednesday, July 20, 2016



A 20-year plan to invest £1bn in metro and regional rail services around Newcastle and Sunderland was approved by the leadership board of the North East Combined Authority (Neca) on July 19

The Metro and Local Rail Strategy identifies a number of disused or underutilised lines across Northumberland, Durham, and Tyne and Wear, which could benefit from new or improved services

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Map of proposed plan:
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Nexus consults on Tyne & Wear Metro fleet renewal
Wednesday, October 12, 2016



NEWCASTLE-Upon-Tyne transport authority Nexus will launch a public consultation next month on plans to renew the Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet as it prepares a bid for funding from Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT)

The Metro Futures consultation is being led by Newcastle University’s Open Lab and will seek feedback on a range of parameters including seating layout, passenger information, and accessibility. Pop-up labs will be set up at locations across Tyne and Wear and the public will be invited to comment through social media, workshops, and video diaries

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Mini Metros are on track as part of model railway display exhibition on Tyneside

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Mini Metros are on track as part of model railway display exhibition on Tyneside
By Tony Henderson 9 December 2016


Model railway

The Metro in miniature will be on show as one of around 30 model railway layouts featuring in a free attraction on Tyneside this weekend.

But the layouts in the Blyth & Tyne Model Railway Society’s public open weekend are far more than trains whizzing around a track. The society, the largest established model railway club in the North East, has revealed the level of detail, planning and historical research which goes into creating the exhibits. The event will be staged on Saturday and Sunday between 10am to 4pm at the society’s club house above the ASDA supermarket,in Saville Street, North Shields. There is disabled access to the first floor via a lift.

Organiser Chris Stafford said: “We’re looking forward to showing the public our fabulous club house and the joys of model railways. So come along and play trains with us”.

The Metro layout is set in the mid-1980s and includes the then Rowntrees sweets factory sidings in the representation of part of the Tyne & Wear Metro line at Fawdon in Newcastle. At this time Metro services terminated at Bank Foot station and British Rail had running rights over the line for two daily trips to serve the confectionary factory and the ICI depot at Callerton.

The layout has been built by the North East Area Group of Diesel and Electric Modellers.

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Old December 15th, 2016, 03:34 PM   #134
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Metro delays after train collides with car at Howdon level crossing

Been a while since there was a car versus Metro collision on a crossing - this freom today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...lides-12325732
Metro delays after train collides with car at Howdon level crossing
By Katie Collings 15 December 2016



A Metro train grazed a car that had driven onto the crossing during a red light at Howdon station this morning.

The car partially pulled onto the crossing at 11.40am after the red stop light had been signalled meaning that the approaching train came into contact with the front of the vehicle. Police are currently at the scene talking to the driver of the car and the train has been taken out of service.

A Metro spokesman said: “A vehicle has entered the level crossing when it shouldn’t have and there has been an impact with the passing Metro train. Nobody has been injured. The matter is now being dealt with by Northumbria Police. The train has been taken out of service which means 15 minute gaps in service around the coast through North Tyneside. The incident underlines the need for drivers to be mindful of the red stop lights at Metro level crossings just as they would with a set of traffic lights at a junction.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...lides-12325732

This is the crossing at Howdon, photographed 1st September 2016:


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Nexus completes Metro refurbishment works

From today's insider Media Limited @ http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/...bishment-works
Nexus completes Metro refurbishment works
Matthew Ord 20 December 2016



The owner of the Tyne and Wear Metro service, Nexus, has completed work on a £3m programme to replace the tracks in the iconic tunnels that run beneath the streets of Newcastle.

The work, which forms part of the wider £350m Metro modernisation programme, has been undertaken entirely during night shifts to ensure no disruption to services. Four kilometres of track have been successfully replaced in the tunnels, which run from Jesmond to the QEII Metro Bridge.

It is the first time that the rails in Metro's underground system have been entirely replaced since it opened to passengers in August 1980.

Raymond Johnstone, director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, added: "We have invested £3m in the iconic Metro tunnels that run below the streets of Newcastle to ensure that can carry Metro trains for many decades to come. The tunnels are a challenging environment to work in but the project itself was more straight forward as the actual track beds are concrete and they didn't need to be replaced like in the other parts of the system which are over ground."

Read more @ http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/...bishment-works


This video is featured in the above piece - video from the NexusVideos Channel on You Tube @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpnxX-mzvaU


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Here is a photo recently released by 'Tyne and Wear Metro' of one of the new platforms at Central Station Metro.

Apart from the lack of an overall 'curved' roof, the platform appears to be of the same design and colour scheme (as it should be) as the refurbished platforms at the only other refurbished Underground Metro Station so far, at Haymarket Metro Station . . .


Source - https://www.facebook.com/mymetrotw/p...type=3&theater
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Its looking very well.
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Fleet replacement specifications

Not sure if this has been posted on here yet; apologies if it has.

this is the Transport Committee report on the new fleet consultation

http://www.northeastca.gov.uk/sites/...20Part%202.pdf

one point to note is the timetable for the procurement process

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Nexus will be bringing a high level fleet specification to TNEC in April 2017, prior to it being submitted to the Leadership Board for full approval, in advance of the procurement process commencing. The market research will be available to companies bidding for the fleet replacement contract.
Also interesting to note that consultation favoured two-car trains;

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The possibility of designing new Metro trains as a ‘single unit’
(made up of one inter-connected carriage) as opposed to two
coupled carriages as they are currently was discussed in focus
groups. While single unit designs might offer advantages such as
providing additional space where carriages are currently joined,
Metro passengers tend to favour two-carriage designs.

Passengers tend to feel that having two carriages offers a way
in which to escape from anti-social behaviour, though passengers
recognise that their opinion is generally formed because the
current design is what they are used to. And, of course, the
concerns about personal security and anti-social behaviour could
be addressed in other ways in the design of new rolling stock.
One consistent story is that peak-period passengers tended to offer rather different views from off-peak. Given that relatively low off-peak usage is a consistent weakness of the currrent Metro business model, I would not be surprised if the outcome were not rather more nuanced towards solutions favoured by off-peak users. Maybe therefore resulting in more of a mixed-seating layout than wholly linear - the report references the Merseyrail replacement fleet design, which is 'mixed' (but with much more generous grab poles and other features to encourage standing passengers to move down the aisles).

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The research clearly indicates that perception of space
in the train is a key issue for passengers on the Metro.
Passengers indicate that they are relatively dissatisfied with
the extent to which the current Metro trains provide space
for bicycles, buggies and luggage. This finding reflects that
of similar research Transport Focus has conducted previously
for Merseyrail in 2014.

While passengers are happy with
the ease of getting on and off the Metro, trains can become
congested and future designs should include features that
encourage passengers to move down within the carriages.
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Passengers identify the current layout of seats to be a key
contributor to a lack of space within Metrocars. Against other
designs, those featuring linear seating (along the length of
the carriage) tend to be favoured as they are felt to provide
plenty of space for luggage and for standing passengers.

Linear seating designs are therefore seen to be most suitable
for commuters. However, designs involving a greater mix
of seating styles are favoured by those travelling outside
of peak times because they offer a variety of seating options.
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• Design trains which encourage people to move down
within the carriage

• A range of types of seats should ideally be available,
but definitely use linear styles to provide space for
those standing and to encourage people to spread
out and not cluster by the doors

• Install more grab handles or poles for those standing
which extend further throughout the carriage

• Consider spaces to store luggage or other bulky items.
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Newcastle Metro's Central Station £6m refurbishment is finally completed

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...on-6m-12724866
Newcastle Metro's Central Station £6m refurbishment is finally completed
By Keiran Southern 10 March 2017


L-R Cllr Nick Forbes, Chi Onwurah MP, Raymond Johnstone, David Land and David Thompson at the newly refurbished Central Station Metro (Photo: Newcastle Chronicle)

The £6m revamp of Newcastle’s Metro Central Metro station has been completed.

The station, which is used by 5.3m people a year, has undergone a major redevelopment over the last 18 months, with transport bosses saying the station now offers passengers a brighter, cleaner, and more modern Metro station. Improvements have been made to disabled access, information displays, and waiting facilities. The station has also undergone a makeover, getting a new-look colour scheme on new vitreous enamel panels.

A well known piece of Metro art work called From the rivers to the sea, By Hilary Paynter, which had been located at platform level at Central Metro station , has been moved to a display in the escalator foyer.

The project has been jointly funded, with a £3.5m contribution from the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, and a £2.5m grant from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund that helps to support economic asset and infrastructure projects across the North East LEP area.

Director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus , Raymond Johnstone, said: “As part of our £350m modernisation programme we are updating Metro stations right across Tyne and Wear, and Newcastle Central Station is the latest one to see the benefits of that investment The concourse and the platforms have been totally transformed and we have improved accessibility for passengers with disabilities. The station’s smart new appearance make it a great place to welcome people into our region.”

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...on-6m-12724866
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Does anyone know if the trains used on the Test Track at Middle Engine Lane ended up being used for passenger service?
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