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    Default Abandoned American light rail train and Gantry crane, Derby, July 2008


    Me and Saigon_Ob were invited to the grand launch of Derby's revolutionary light rail system, unfortunately we wasn't very impressed!



    The tram in particular is a US Standard Light Rail Vehicle which was part of the San Francisco 'Muni Metro' system, and was sent to the UK in 2002 along with a identical vehicle for evaluation for use on the Manchester Metrolink Tram System ahead of the Commonwealth games. One went to Manchester Metrolink, and sits in storage while the other went to the Railway safety testing facilities in Derby and sits rotting away besides the Mainline railway...

    There is a disused gantry crane on site, which I believe Saigon_Ob climbed and photographed (I was too much of a wuss :D )

    More information about this vehicle here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Stan...t_Rail_Vehicle

    Inside team shot, I wasn't getting very far sitting there...


    Controls at one end


    And Saigon playing with the controls at the other end, looking towards Derby Midland Station


    American Twix wrapper


    Signage inside the train


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    Yeah this was one of Thompski`s spotted tours and quite a nice little find..

    WTF ??


    Artwork ?


    Motorola phone


    That gantry shot


    Who`s that ??


    And this could replace the pic of darnell in the title pic and quite apt for this site...

    Although i suppose it`s actually the other round way.
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    Thats an interestingly different one,well spotted and explored.I like the alternative polite "p*** Off"sign at the end:)
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    cool report guys thats 1 crane i would consider climbing

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    Wondered what ever happened to that. Still at least it provided a canvas for the local graffiti artists.:)

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    Interesting find! Got some good shots of it too!
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    love it!
    like the sign in the last pic, yeah you're right......... very apt!
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    Nice find guys, its nice to see something a bit different from time to time, the twix and the please piss off sign are cool :) good stuff
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    Love the gantry and the tram's really cool...always wanted to go to San Francisco to ride one of those. I'm jealous!
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