rob237 89 Posted December 25, 2005 Report Share Posted December 25, 2005 As a frequent user, might I suggest that the service which ran to Cinderhill was the 41 - from Trent Bridge. To a young lad the turning of the 'trackless' at the Bell's Lane/Nuthall Road roundabout was a sight full of wonderment with the conductor pulling the rod to activate the overhead pointwork enabling the vehicle to turn tightly around the roundabout, which was about 5% the diameter of today's monstrosity! Regular entanglement of the poles often ensued, requiring the use of the special re-railing pole which was located in a tube stored along the length of the trolley. The 37's route was King Street to Haydn Road. The wires certainly ran all the way to Ripley, and the MGO - in their dark blue livery - trackless service was the A1. Link to an excellent site on the "Ripley Rattlers", in their pre war form as trams: http://uk.geocities.com/jg4fun2001/contents.html Especially recommend their Rattler Trail section which refers to the Alpine Street, Basford tram disaster of 1917 - in which, apparently, many perished. That section also has some interesting pics of buildings on the route. Further claim to fame for the Nottingham - Ripley service was that it was mentioned by Eastwood's DH Lawrence in a couple of his novels, and several of his short stories. Specifically recall a Lawrence reference to 'Dark Lane' which took the trams behind Cinderhill Park, adjacent to the modern day college, and is pictured on their site. Cheers Robt P. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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