Bob Wilsons pics of Welly TBs are great.
Thanks Bob and Richard for posting them
I loved Welly when I was in NZ, EE Sparks, ex BR carrages also the TBs
The Beer is ok also, esp Speights Old Dark
On 18/03/2017 9:58 AM, Richard Youltressteleg@... [TramsDownUnder] wrote: >
> Another great offering from Bob Wilson.
>> This is the last part in my series of photographs that I took on a
>> recent holiday in the North Island of New Zealand.Today I feature the
>> trolley buses of Wellington.Wellington is the capital city of New
>> Zealand and is situated in the south of the North Island.Parts of the
>> surrounding suburbs are situated in hilly terrain as you will see and
>> it is partly in these areas that the trolleybuses operate, as well as
>> through the city.
>> I found information about the Wellington trolleybuses a little
>> difficult to readily obtain but I understand that the network
>> comprises 9 routes over a distance of 50 kilometres, using a fleet of
>> 90 modern vehicles.Some of the routes operate during peak times only
>> and no trolleybuses run at weekends.I managed to ride five of the9
>> routes, the train to Waikanae and back and walk quite a few
>> kilometres before finishing at about 6.30 pm. A very productive day.
>> The routes from Wellington Railway Station are –
>> 1 Island Bay, 2 Miramar, 5 Hataitai (/trolleybus use on this route
>> ceased in Sept 2015),/ 6 Lyall Bay, 7 Kingston, 9 Aro Street, 10
>> Newtown Park Zoo, 11 Seatoun plus route 3 from Karori Park to Lyall Bay.
>> They are included in the map below. Sorry for the lack of clarity but
>> I am trying to keep the file size down.
>> I believe that some of the routes are in jeopardy if proposed route
>> changes are implemented, (/It is proposed to cease trolleybus
>> operations after 31 July 2017) /so I spent much of my transport day
>> in Wellington riding and photographing the trolley buses as I had not
>> done so on my previous two visits.Weatherwise I was extremely
>> lucky.The day before had been cold and miserable with typically
>> strong Wellington winds and little sunshine. The following day was a
>> total contrast and most welcome.
>> I started my day in the city at 7 am in the morning peak, walking
>> some distance and taking photos as I went.Buses of both types end up
>> beside Wellington railway station at a major interchange and layover
>> point.At times, the parade of vehicles near the station seemed
>> similar in number to that of trams in Swanston Street Melbourne.
>> A disadvantage of starting early in a city of tall buildings is that
>> the sun is low and that can set a few challenges for photography of
>> moving objects. Nevertheless, I believe I achieved my objective and
>> obtained some reasonable photos of trolley buses in action.
>> 20120430RW1963 3 trollebuses in Manners St Wellington
>> Three vehicles are seen outbound in Manners Street, Wellington. 30
>> April 2012.
>> 20120430RW1966 Decorated trolleybus 332 in Manners St Wellington
>> Decorated bus in Manners Street promoting Public Transport’s greenest
>> 20120430RW1976 Outbound buses in Lambton Quay Wellington
>> At the end of the morning peak many buses were heading back to
>> depots, until the process was repeated in reverse that afternoon.
>> Buses arrive at the city terminal beside the railway station to a set
>> down only stop.The vehicles can then go to one of the layup bays as
>> shown below, turn around to go empty back to a depot or make their
>> way to one of the pick up bays. Many people coming off trains board a
>> bus to take them downtown to their final destination.
>> 20120430RW1993 At the bus terminal Wellington
>> At the Wellington City Bus Terminal. Vehicles returning in service
>> undertake a wide U turn to reach the pick up bays.
>> 20120430RW2116 Trolleybus 302 at the Wellington bus terminal
>> Later in the day bus 302 has made the large sweep around to pick up
>> passengers for its next trip.
>> 20120430RW1995 Trolleybus overhead at the bus terminal Wellington
>> Some typical trolley bus overhead.
>> My first trip was on route 7 from the station out to Kingston.I chose
>> well as this route gave me a delightful introduction to a typically
>> hilly part of suburbia.I enjoyed seeing the different styles of
>> housing and just the general environment.I rode to the terminus, then
>> came back a short distance to commence a walk of several kilometres
>> photographing whatever interested me.
>> 20120430RW2011 Kingston bound route 7 trolleybus 362 at Brooklyn
>> Kingston bound trolley bus 362 at Brooklyn.
>> 20120430RW2018 Citybound route 7 trolleybus 362 at Brooklyn
>> The same vehicle on its way back to town.Note the hilly terrain in
>> the background.
>> 20120430RW2026 Route 7 trolleybus 364 in Brooklyn Rd Brooklyn
>> Part of the Kingston route involves a steep sweeping curve through
>> parkland.Perhaps this is similar to part of the former Sydney tramway
>> network .
>> 20120430RW2034 Citybound route 7 trolleybus 343 in Brooklyn Rd
>> A citybound trolley bus descending the sweeping curve along the
>> Kingston route.
>> Trolley buses pass through two tunnels in Wellington.One is a former
>> tramway tunnel and is for the exclusive use of diesel and electric buses.
>> 20120430RW2048 At the Bus tunnel at Mt Victoria
>> Trolley bus 351 is about to enter the former tram tunnel on route 2
>> under Mount Victoria.
>> 20120430RW2057 At the Bus tunnel at Mt Victoria
>> Bus movements through the single lane tunnel were frequent even at
>> off peak times.
>> 20120430RW2063 Trolleybus 359 approaching the bus tunnel at Mt Victoria
>> Trolleybus 359 on route 2 from Miramar approaching the Mount Victoria
>> 20120430RW2120 Trolleybus 371 broken down in Manners St Wellington
>> Late in the afternoon I came upon bus 371 broken down at a critical
>> point in Manners Street.
>> 20120430RW2121 Trolleybus recovery truck on way to rescue vehicle
>> Soon after, I passed the recovery vehicle on its way to the rescue of
>> 371.A similar sight to that seen in Melbourne from time to time when
>> the recovery vehicle is on its way to
>> rescue a tram in distress!
>> 20120430RW2126 Buses in Pirie Street Mt Victoria
>> Inbound buses in Pirie Street, Mount Victoria.
>> 20120430RW2130 At the bus tunnel at Mt Victoria
>> At the other end of the tunnel under Mt Victoria.
>> 20120430RW2137 Trolleybuses 355 & 364 at the route 11 terminus at Seatoun
>> Trolley buses 355 & 364 at the route 11 terminus at Seatoun.
>> 20120430RW2139 Aboard a route 11 trolleybus in the Mt Victoria tunnel
>> Aboard a route 11 trolley bus passing through another tunnel under Mt
>> That concludes my New Zealand series.
>> I thank all the public transport people who gave me their help and
>> friendship during our all too short holiday.It was appreciated very much.
>> Bob Wilson