Monthly Archives: June 2016

National Tramway Museum journals disposal …

I am the Librarian at the National Tramway Museum and we have recently been going through our archives to see if there is any material that we no longer need. We have a number of journals that we are planning to dispose of [all transport related] and we wondered if you might be able to send a message to your members to see if anyone is interested in them. They would need to collect them from Crich or pay postage if they would like them sent.

Click National Tramway Museum Journals for Disposal list June 2016  for the list.

Robert Morris
The National Tramway Museum

Tel: 01773 854337

Motorcycle Studies Conference (IJMS) and Motorcycle Cultures Exhibition, 14-16 July 2016 …

The 6th International Journal of Motorcycle Studies conference will be hosted at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 14-16 July 2016. This is an interdisciplinary conference with a curated exhibition to include examples of designed objects, advertising, fashion and photography, film and textiles to coincide with the conference.

The conference themes will aim to encompass art, design, cultural studies (sub- and pop- culture, gender, identity etc.), fashion studies, sustainability, history and visual culture, science and engineering.
The event itself aims to attract a mixture of delegates from different academic disciplines, designers, enthusiasts and people from industry.

Making the Connections: transport and its place in history, 16 November, University of York …

Making the Connections: transport and its place in history Wednesday 16 November, 2016, Kings Manor, University of York

Transport has played a pivotal role in history, transforming and shaping communities, society, economies and nations. Naval power – military and merchant – was the basis upon which empires were built from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, while canals stimulated the expansion of industries and trade, becoming popular leisure activities decades later. The railways of the nineteenth century connected previously isolated individuals to the wider world, pushed through cities to re-configure urban living, while the companies themselves became the largest industrial enterprises of the age. The internal combustion engine allowed more flexible distribution of goods and commodities, facilitated the growth of consumerism, while car ownership changed personal mobility and people’s perceptions of their own social status. The aeroplane allowed new forms of military reconnaissance to be conducted, transformed the nature of war, and revolutionised the holiday as well as notions of time and space. All forms of transport have been the subject of great artistic, poetic and literary works.

It is easy to find such examples of transport’s impact on history, but for several reasons it has proven harder to study its intricacies and effects, and over the last thirty years the subject has received little attention, with some even arguing that it has been progressively marginalised within scholarly circles. Whereas decades ago, no book on the nineteenth century would omit the construction of the canals and railways, now their existence and role in shaping the period’s history receives little acknowledgement. The ‘Making the Connections’ one-day workshop seeks to re-invigorate the study of the history of transport by bringing together scholars of different historical periods and from different disciplines. Sponsored by the National Railway Museum and run by the York Transport Historians Group, which was established in 2015 and is a joint venture by staff at the National Railway Museum and the University of York, the workshop aims to demonstrate and celebrate transport’s central importance to the grand tapestry of human existence. Papers are welcome on the development and activity of transport in and of itself, although principally the workshop will examine how transport has connected with, shaped and influenced many areas of history, and how studying this relationship can enrich and add value to different strands of historical and academic study.

Please submit abstracts for 20 minute papers of no longer than 300-500 words to by 7 August. Proposals for papers on transport in history are accepted on the following subjects, although any relevant papers will be considered:

  • Speed, time, and travel.
  • Building, destroying, and rebuilding networks.
  • Children and the experience of travel and communication.
  • Business, organisational and managerial dimensions of transport
  • Women and transport.
  • International transport.
  • Transport and finance, economics and law
  • Advertising, promoting, and selling transport.
  • Staffing and running transport.
  • Writing or reading about transport.
  • Transport conflicts: danger vs safety, public vs private, work vs leisure.
  • Transporting animals, goods, or other materials.
  • Accessibility and disability.
  • Transport and the military, politics or ceremony
  • Sensing and experiencing transport modes.
  • Impact of transport on people, landscapes, and environments.
  • Connections of assistance or animosity.
  • Presenting, studying, or researching transport history in universities, museums, or further afield.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 28 August 2016.

Full registration fee for the workshop will be £29, and there are 10 student places available at £10 each.

Rare Dinky toy collection fetches £150k at Devon auction …

A Dinky toy collection of about 3,500 cars has fetched £150,000 at an auction of “international significance”.

John Kinchen, from Portsmouth, collected the vehicles for decades before his death last year, with models dating from 1937 to the early 1970s.

The rarest model, a South African issue Dinky 139 Ford Consul Cortina, sold for £800 in Exmouth, Devon.

Auctioneer Piers Motley said the collection had been “well known amongst the Dinky world for decades”.

As a child Mr Kinchen was bought a couple of pre-war dinkies as a child, which sparked his enthusiasm for the miniature vehicles, Mr Motley said.

“He went on Blue Peter to promote collecting”, Mr Motley added.

The collection, which passed to Mr Kinchen’s cousins on his death, was expected to raise between £140,000 and £200,000.

Toy expert Bob Leggett said collectors were “very much a grey-haired audience” who were willing to spend a lot of money “to recreate their youth”.

“When we were young we didn’t have as many toys as people have today and therefore they were treasured much more”, he said.

He said part of the “thrill” for collectors came from chasing the more elusive models they did not have during their childhoods.

“The golden era of Dinky Toys was probably the 1950s to the 1960s and there’s a lot of people who are retiring in their late 60s who are still collecting, and they have disposable income, they’re the baby-boom generation”, Mr Leggett said.

He said Dinky toys, which were manufactured from the 1930s to the 1970s, largely had the model vehicle market to themselves until the 1950s, and therefore had a “slightly larger collecting fraternity” today than later rival brands such as Corgi Toys.

All change: plan to stop councils running new buses …

The Times, 8 June 2016,

Councils will be banned from setting up bus companies to run their own services under a major reform of public transport, it emerged last night.

A clause introduced to the Bus Services Bill was criticised by Labour as a “senselessly partisan” attack.

Ten municipal bus operators remain in England and Wales after a drastic reduction in the 1980s, and many are highly rated. Reading Buses was operator of the year in 2015 and Nottingham City Transport has the best passenger satisfaction rating of any provider. As existing companies, they will not be affected by the law change.

The bill, which the House of Lords will debate today, was part of the Queen’s Speech and had been introduced as an attempt to boost local mayoral control over buses, which provide more than 60 per cent of public transport trips. More than 4.65 billion journeys were made in England last year.

It will give mayors in cities such as Manchester and Birmingham the power to franchise services, with more control over ticketing, routes, frequency and fares, and raises the prospect of Transport for London’s operation being emulated in other major cities. The new clause seeks to prevent councils directly running their own buses rather than franchising to private companies such as Stagecoach and FirstGroup.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said the bill would give councils more influence over services and so it would “not be appropriate for them to also provide these services”.

Lilian Greenwood, the shadow transport secretary, said: “A ban on municipal ownership was not mentioned once in the government’s consultation and it’s incredibly disappointing to see this ideological and divisive clause appear.”

South Wales Transport Bristol VR VTH 941T under threat …

4 June 2016,

David Llewellyn says the south Wales Metro has potential to unlock further growth.

As successful city regions throughout the world, such as Stuttgart and Øresund (Copenhagen/Malmö), are increasingly demonstrating, working smarter and more innovatively with our natural environmental assets is necessary and vital for underpinning sustainable economic growth and wellbeing.

 The Cardiff Capital Region Metro provides myriad opportunities to enhance the region’s sustainability. In addition to direct reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced energy-efficient land use, effective strategic planning should enable create better connected, more cohesive communities. Moreover, the Metro affords great opportunities to maximise the potential of the region’s Green Infrastructure and tourism assets, providing both increased economic and environmental benefits, as well as improving health and well-being, and contributing to the creation of a sustainable, forward-looking city region.

It is understood that a number of options and projects are being considered for Metro, each with its own challenges and benefits. Conversion of the Rhymney Valley Line to light rail, for example, opens up the potential for more frequent services and the re-opening of the line to Treharris via Nelson to passenger services. This brief discussion paper primarily highlights two major ways in which this specific development could support the economic and environmental aims of the Metro. First, linking the Metro effectively with the environmental (and, indeed, heritage) assets that lie close or adjacent to its routes should encourage greater recreational use by local communities and, vitally, add to green growth in the region by helping to develop the still largely untapped potential of responsible tourism in the valleys. Second, development of the transportation corridors themselves can enhance the ecosystem services they provide, boosting resilience to climate change as well as creating biodiversity gains and increases in ecological connectivity.

The natural and cultural assets of the Valleys provide major opportunities to stimulate sustainable regeneration. In the Cardiff Capital Region, direct GVA from tourism is around £535 million supporting an estimated 68,700 direct FTEs. Indirect benefits of tourism extend this with multiplier impacts to a further estimated £250 million expenditure supporting approximately another 8000 FTEs. Although Cardiff generates about 40% of the direct GVA, with the coastal belt also contributing greatly, the contribution of the Valleys is nevertheless substantial. Indeed, through initiatives such as the Valleys Regional Park, the area’s natural and cultural heritage tourism offer has developed greatly in recent years. However, there remains huge scope to develop this further.

The expanding Valleys Cycle Network can develop further as a tourism attraction itself with possible developments such as the reopening of former railway tunnels across the valleys such as that between the Afan and Rhondda Fawr valleys offering great opportunities for cycling tourism particularly as attractions improve their offers for this market. The Metro can also play a key role complementing a programme of enhancement and further development of key green travel routes linking town centres and attractions such as country parks but also the wider countryside, whilst better connecting areas of housing and employment.

Development of the Metro in the Rhymney Valley, with the associated opportunity for conversion of the line across to Treharris through Nelson, will afford enhanced and promoted access to a number of key sites including country parks such as Parc Penallta, Parc Cwm Darran, and Parc Taf Bargoed, and heritage sites such as Butetown and Llancaiach Fawr.

The potential for the Metro to further unlock the tourism potential is enormous by linking cycling and walking routes with the new Light Rail line, increasing cycle parking at stations and providing the opportunities for development of new businesses such as cycle hire and accommodation close by.

These could be integrated; for example, in Belgium, the national rail company offers single B-dag TRIP tickets that offer joint rail travel and entrance to appropriate destinations (it should be borne in mind that many destinations such as museums in Wales are free although attractions such as Caerphilly Castle incur entrance fees) as well as ‘Trein + Huurfiets’ tickets which combine rail travel and bike hire that promote travel to destinations without the need for car use. In Greater Manchester, the recent tram extension to MediaCity at Salford Quays, where there are 300 cycle racks alone, has provided multimodal options linking surrounding areas with the Quays through safe cycling and walking routes.

There are increasing global examples of enhanced coordination of sustainable transportation routes and green infrastructure networks, e.g. through the Verband Region Stuttgart (VRS) in the Stuttgart city region, and in Singapore where there are proposals to preserve areas around rail routes as green corridors to mitigate the effects of ecological fragmentation.

In the US, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District near to Charlottesville, Virginia has made efforts to coordinate GI and transport planning better where the emphasis has been integrating green infrastructure improvements and strategic transport planning rather than simply seeking to offset potential adverse environmental impacts, which is mostly the case at present. In this respect, the Metro offers the chance for the Cardiff Capital Region to be in the vanguard and future-proof transport developments.

The newly-published EU Horizon 2020 programme proposals on Smart, Green and Integrated Transport emphasise the ‘growing need to make infrastructure more resilient, including to climate change, to keep pace with the growing mobility needs and aspirations of people and businesses and to reduce the impact of infrastructure on the environment (air pollution, fragmentation of ecosystems, health and noise)’ with a view to providing innovative and cost-saving approaches to use Green Infrastructure for transport.

In India, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has built a host of eco-friendly energy-efficient features into its developing Badarpur-Faridabad corridor including its first-ever ‘green’ solar sub-station at Faridabad to provide power to a 13.875-km elevated corridor of the route. As reported in Scientific American, there are new development in the US where the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia is combining regenerative braking with new developments in battery storage whilst the new Portland to Milwaukie light railway transit project is aiming to use supercapacitors for storing electricity from regenerative braking. Could similar developments in south east Wales improve energy consumption and efficiency with the intriguing possibility perhaps of producing local energy?

A recent ADAS research report highlighted the benefits of managing ‘soft estate’ areas along green infrastructure corridors adjacent to road and rail lines for enhancements in biodiversity and ecological connectivity. Moreover, it is clear that in doing so, these can also prevent flooding events and the associated negative impacts on passenger travel, such as those seen in the Cynon Valley in December 2013, which are predicted to be more likely to occur through climate change. In Nantes, which was the European Green Capital 2013 and where the current tram system was re-introduced in 1985, green spaces have been developed along the tracks to make it more attractive. In Freiburg, so-called ‘Green Trams’ run on routes where between there is grass between tracks which with adjacent tree planting similarly contributes to noise reduction and this has been combined with the development of pedestrian and cycle routes alongside.