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    I have many memories of Grantham station, but not of trips there from Nottingham, as my Dad used to take me there when we were still living in Lincolnshire. It was a magical place to a 9-year-old (in 1959). You'd go over the footbridge to the island platform, and there seemed to be an endless vista of lines stretching to the shed area where you could see engines moving to and fro. There was no turntable by that time, and a triangle had been laid out instead, so that engines would steam off into the distance and then return facing the other way. Back in 1959 I can remember seeing the N2 tanks (695XX series) which were used for, I suppose, shunting and station pilot duties - I don't believe they saw service on passenger trains - but a year or so later they had all gone, and the L1s had appeared (677XX series) which were used on the Nottingham services - later saw plenty of them at the Rat Hole! As well as the express engines there was also an allocation of freight types - I remember the O2 2-8-0s which were used on the High Dyke iron ore trains. My time for trainspotting there was roughly in the 1959 - 1963 period. I would estimate about half the expresses stopped there, many of them to change engines (the main reason for the shed). At the north end of the station there was an engine siding next to the end of the island platform where you could inspect the engine waiting to take over a northbound train. At the south end, the engine siding was beyond the platform end past the little signal box, so you only saw the relieving engine when it backed onto the train. We trainspotters mostly gathered at the northern end (and it was always the island platform), mainly because the bay platforms were at that end for the Lincoln services (all dmus by that time) and the Nottingham and Skegness lines. Would sometimes go to the south end though. The 'up', or southbound, platform had a colour light signal at the end, so if it was green you knew a 'run-through' train was coming (i.e. non-stop). At the north end you could see a bracket signal around the curve. If it is was 'single-pegged' - i.e. one signal was clear - you know a train was approaching which would stop. 'Double-pegged' - i.e. both signals were clear - meant a non-stop. Same with the signals visible from the south end of the station for northbound trains. Passenger services of course were all handled by Pacifics plus V2s. Standing at the north end it was always fun if one of them slipped in getting the train under way - the A1s seemed particularly prone to that. The worst case of slipping I ever saw, though was an A3 - I think it was 'Centenary' - at the south end, when it could hardly move the train at all, slipping violently with the train just inching forward. After some time of this it appeared that there was some defect with the brakes on the train which had not been released! I particularly remember the 'Streaks' (A4s) on non-stops approaching from the south when you could see them coming from some distance away - it was always a thrill to see the strangely-shaped front end taking shape and hear the chime whistle as it neared the station - 'Streak!!!' The first diesels had made their appearance in 1959 - the D200-ers as we called them at that time. In other words the early class 40s, with numbers such as D206 and D208 etc. I remember they had a regular working on the 'Heart of Midlothian' express. We had to admit it was noticeable how quickly they could accelerate a train compared to steam. By 1961 the great days of steam were over, with the Brush Type 4s (class 47) and the Deltics starting to appear, and steam began to be in a minority. I still used to go, but it was never the same. When my Dad used to take me he would often sit in the buffet on the island platform with a cup of tea and a cigarette while I was on the platform outside. I do remember that on the buffet counter one of the two sandwich and cake display cabinets had the initials LNER on it! After a break of several years I visited Grantham station again in about 1974. Some changes! Of course the shed and sidings had all gone, the Lincoln bay had been filled in, the canopy over the other bay platform had gone, the buffet on the island platform had gone - in fact all the buildings on that platform have now been replaced, plus there's a new footbridge. In 1974 there was still a proper buffet on Platform 1, but now that's been replaced by a little coffee and sandwich place. I did spend a little time on the station with my own son a few years ago and noticed one thing hadn't changed - the battered railings at the north end of the island platform. I'm sure they're still the same as I used to lean against all those years ago! The only photos I have date back no earlier than the 1970s and the age of the Deltics, but I'll see if I can put a few on here.
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    I did that the other night I made myself Steak & Garlic prawns with every spice I had in the rack, Woke up in the middle of the night & only just made it to the porcelain before projecting fish goo into it,
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    Drinking in a nearby hostelry could be a risky business, if addressing the local heavy one asks..."Where do you come from,Twatt?" It's not easy to point out the comma and question mark in everyday conversation.
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    One of my earliest Clifton memories was an "earthquake" in the playground at Swansdowne Infant School about 1955? This might sound dramatic, but to a 5 year old this was the only explanantion! The ground shook and rumbled for what seemed ages and everyone in the playground stopped, frozen to the spot as if the teacher's whistle had blown. A few seconds later the spell was broken and the rumbling sound was replaced with the usual excited chatter that school children everywhere make. Never did find out what it was?? Other brief recollections of this school are safety glass on the dark wooden fire doors, you know, the type with a very fine wire insert. Large red fire reels and conical fire extinguishers in the corridors. The feel of warm tarmac on a hot summers day. A selection of full size cardboard red indian tepees and canoes in an outside play area. A variety of galvanised climbing frames and a sand pit in the playground. A weekly "nature walk" to collect all sorts of plants and bugs. Dust floating in the shafts of sunlight streaming through classroom windows. Spelling tests ! Later, not sure when, we all moved to Brinkhill Primary School somewhere near Varney Road shops. I remember this being quite a large place and next to it was another school, (up a kind of grassy bank) but we were banned from going into that area of the site. for some reason? Brinkhill had larger classrooms and an assembly hall easily converted into a gym / sports area. You know, coconuts mats, ropes to swing on and netting to fall out of etc. School milk / orange was supplied to everyone. A teacher I remember was Miss Wright, she had one blue eye and one brown eye... Next came Fairham, circa 1961 - 1966 I think, Fleming House (Blue & Grey) Mr Hind, House Master. Mr Thom, Head Master. I could write for ever about my time at Fairham, perhaps the subject of a another post in the future? More to follow when times allows.......
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    Bilbraborns mention of 'aged' Colwick etc.' locomen struck a chord with me as it was the reason I left the footplate after nearly 16 years. The date you started as a loco cleaner was your 'Seniority' date and stayed with you as you progressed, very slowly up the ladder. First as a 'passed cleaner'you were available for firing duties then as vacancies came above you, you moved on into a link of 12 drivers/firemen with 12 weeks of alternate am/pm's.Initially it would be mostly 'round the castle' servicing the local pits up the Leen Valley then going further afield, P,boro, wellingboro, B'ham, Crewe as you progressed through the links, obviously the 12 Senior drivers & firemen were No. 1 Link working the London expresses etc. time in the 'Spare' link gave you experience of these higher class jobs together with Sunday/holiday specials etc. All the while, of course, gaining road knowledge & experience of driving if you were lucky enough to be booked with a driver prepared to put the coal on for you and I did, just the once, get to drive a 'Black 5' hauled express to London (Thank You Stan Buckby) I was about 3/4qts. up the ladder when the Midland Region boundary was moved about 2 miles east and those 'aged' Colwick, Annesly locomen on the closing of their depots needed to be absorbed! As I said Seniority ruled so I took the hint and left but with loads of memories revived by some of the posts on this topic. S. Ford P.178 B1 on the Cleethorpe/Bham, Nottm. men on duty 2.47am prepare own engine, Class 4 tank, work 3.57 R.Mail to Lincoln shunt train, engine to St. Marks shed get breakfast relieve Immingham men & work back to Nottm. B1 OK but 'letterbox' opening to fire through took some getting used to. 'mobile home' dwellers taking brass fitting possibly moved on to the Calverton branch line when some 3000 wagons were stored there during the pit holidays, several hundred had the axle bearings removed adjacent to the A614, nothing new is there
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    Getting back to DVD,s I have a double dvd on Nottingham between 1920--1980, made by The Media Archives for Central England. It has a running time of 165 minutes. very interesting. Disc 1 , the old market sq ,goose fair, heart of the city, celebration & royalty, war & commemoration, life on the water , a city of culture. Disc 2, Textile & lace, Raleigh, post war, reshaping the city, and champions & heroes. All made up by the University of Lincoln, also a 18 month calendar called Golden years of Nottingham, with some very interesting photo,s in it. Dennis.
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    'My Dream' released by The Platters in 1957.
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    An interesting site about motorways - built, proposed and closed. It includes the proposed extension of the M42 to the very outskirts of Nottingham. http://pathetic.org.uk/
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    I once worked with a Captain Bacon who later married and named his son Egan.
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    Smiffy, in the late 50's we used to enjoy getting a day return from Vic to Grantham and spend the day revelling in the A4 and A3 "racers" but always special to see the streaks coming through, with the tannoy warning everyone to "stand away from the platform edge" before they arrived, and perfecting just the right way of swivelling your head to get the name or number as they thundered through. Trent Junction was a regular "free" spot going there on bikes, and once "adventured" to Birmingham Snowhill - what a dump - but a walk across the City to New street, the nearest GWR spotting from Nottingham was well worth it. Once had a trip from Midland to Rugby, and of course the occasional trip to Derby, but the staff there were not over friendly towards the hordes of kids on the platforms, even though the majority of us were pretty civilised !!
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    An ex Great Northern Railway 0-6-0, LNER class J6
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    basfordred, when we first moved out here in 1964, we lived in a 2 bedroom flat at 154 Ramsgate Avenue at North Bondi for 12 months(the top flat at the rear where the units back onto Brighton Boulevard). The connecting street ran alongside the block between Ramsgate and Brighton and was at least 45 degrees steep. Cars parked on the slope on three separate occasions whilst we lived there ran down the steep hill of their own accord after a while if their owners had only relied on their handbrakes to hold them.....5-10 minutes after parking, the weight of the car would overcome the holding capacity of the handbrake and away it would go. Some years ago, they turn the road into a parkland due to the dangerous nature of the hill. If it was wet, cars slid across Ramsgate Avenue at the bottom after trying to stop going down and if driving up in wet weather, wheel spin was the norm. It was steep! Check out the Google view from Brighton Boulevard. That was our flat on the top floor. As Bazza said, nothing up there to burn....all concrete and brick. She'll be right, mate.
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    Sounds possible Ann , as there is a marriage , also in Southwell district for a Carole E Capewell to a George R.E, Wheeler in 1957 .
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    There was also a birth of a Carole E Capewell, mothers maiden name Hyett, born in Shardlow Registration District in 1938. Have found a marriage of a Capewell to a Hyett in Shardlow Registration Distrrict in 1935, but his name was Ernest H and wife was Florice
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    Can't help much here . The only possible match is : Barbara A Capewell born 1939 Anthony C Capewell born 1942 John Capewell born 1946 All the above share a Mothers maiden name of Hyett but can't see a Capewell / Hyett wedding . There was a marriage for a Barbara A Capewell to a David G Kemp in Southwell district in 1958. Could be connected ?
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    Australia: 3 - England: Zilch, Nil, Nought, Bugger all. The ODI is now home and hosed with our lot winning that series as well with still 2 more matches to play. I hear Captain Cook is going to get 'rested'. Bit of a shame really because he probably can play cricket as well as the next man if given the opportunity. Your lot may as well forget the 3 20/20 fixtures coming up, go home now and get their house in order (like we had to) before the World Cup and the next Ashes Tour over there. We will get some practice in with South Africa in the meantime before the Super Eights. Choking yet, Beefsteak????
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    Digby Court is now on its way down and out. It has an extra significance for me because my grandma lived in this block in the 1970s, so these could well be some of her rooms we are seeing.
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    Whilst holidaying in North Yorkshire several years ago, I encountered the villages of Booze and Crackpot, and in Scotland, there is a village called Twatt. Very amusing.
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    This Forum is infectious. Thanks for posting that wonderful clip from pathe, my older Brother was head choirboy on the day of the filming. Another pathe extended clip of the same event exists somewhere. My younger Brother and myself were "enlisted" into the choir a few years later. I do remember Stephen Verney & later Cristopher Aldridge. One of the attractions of choir membership was a nice fee received for attending baptisms, wedding & funerals. Looking back it was quite mercenary, we continued as "sopranos" after our voices had started to break (so as not to miss out) by miming part of the time. They did not have vacancies in other departments of the choir! A Mr Vasey was the choirmaster / organist, he used to cycle over from Mapperley I think, and would play the organ still wearing his bike clips! We even had a go at (officially) ringing the bell from time to time, but all of this stopped after moving to Fairham, it was looked upon as being a bit soppy by our growing number of school mates. Local shops on Varney Road that I can remember:- Marsdens Grocery, Dewhursts Butchers, Fourboys Newsagents and the Co-op at the top opposite the school entrance. On the days that the latter was closed you could always hear a strange eerie noise coming through the gap in the glass doors "whoooo" Of course it was the wind, but stories went around that the place was haunted on Thursdays! This was probably a way of stopping kids loitering outside on the way home from school.....
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    How about this one from Wollaston.
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    A short ride today after a spell in the Lincoln county hospital, (not the best of starts to the new year but things can only get better) got the trike (jolly Roger) out of the bike shed and thought why not have a blast round on it, nowhere special just along our cycle/foot path between the two villages of Carlton le Moorland and Bassingham, only about 4 miles in total, averaged 15 mph going outward but a miserable 8.5mph coming back, feeling tired for the last mile but achieved what I wanted and that was to get out and ride, bike performed spot on, one of the audible warning systems on the trike failed though, I have a bell to warn folk when I'm approaching, if that don't alert them I usually give a quick blast on the "airzound" a 115db hooter operated by compressed air that is stored in a bottle under the seat, must have an air leak so maybe buy another one, (about £16.00) or maybe one of those rubber bulb type trumpet things, anyway the trike is back on the roads so weather permitting should get some more pics of up and coming rides Rog
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    There are members on here who may be able to help, especially DavidW and Annswabey, as well as those who live or lived in the area, so keep looking for responses.
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    The Elizabethan Rooms have some good memories for me also, carni. This is a post that I put on the thread where the photo came from. I'd also love to see some photos of the ballroom because it was where I first met my wife. It was a Nottingham City Transport Christmas party and my future wife went with a lady friend of her parents. The lady was supposed to go with her husband but he couldn't make it so rather than waste the tickets she took my wife. I wasn't too fussed about going but my brother Archie wanted to go. I'd been in an accident a week or so prior to the party and was still full of aches and pains. As we walked in I spotted my future wife walking along the balcony. I won't say how I felt, because everyone will be reaching for the sick bags, but my Dad got fed up of me talking about her and went over to her and got me a dance. We stayed together at the party and I took her home and we've been together ever since and had a fantastic life together. If the ladies husband had gone to the dance instead of my wife, if I hadn't gone because of my accident, if my Dad hadn't got me a dance without me knowing. It was all down to fate that night.
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    Bump Another Pathe News clip from 1957 , showing the old and the new church in Clifton and the Rev. Verney. Plenty of shots of some of the locals that may be of interest to someone someday ? http://www.britishpathe.com/video/home-made-church/query/nottingham
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