taxi ray

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  1. I have 2 copies of the old Nottingham maps, 1881 and 1899, I cant see that place on the map. The area seemed to be mostly factories then.
  2. Try this simple quiz, It is surprisingly accurate.
  3. West's are still going, they do a lot for boots. There is not really a big haulier left in Nottingham, this is probably due to the lack of work from, all of the old big companies.
  4. I also went to padstow, jock Gallagher was the headmaster then, he must have been head for a long time as he was still head when I left in 1983, I see his replacement quite often, and spoke to him today. He tells me that he was headhunted for the job at Padstow, he is from Ramsgate, the kids must have loved him, being a more liberal man than jock Gallagher. I never had any problems with jock Gallagher, I just thought that all head teachers were as hard as nails.
  5. That is quite an old photo, the 2 brothers split the company into 2 separate companies. John Pownall kept the steel part of the business. Michael pownall kept the non ferrous side of the business. John sold out to the Sims group, and made a fortune. Michaels business went bust about 18 years ago. Michael pownall, passed away last year.
  6. this is a link to 1 of there restorations
  7. I have been to the farm, where the buses are, it is on the left hand side going from risley, I used to have the restoration of 1 of there buses on my favourites, but as I have not used it for a while I have lost it. I think that they had a bus that was restored by an ex Ilkeston bus driver, and he chronicled his experiences.
  8. By a strange coincidence, I had to collect a train driver today, He works out of Immingham, and was taking a load of coal to Toton depot, to be delivered to Radcliffe power station tomorrow. His train was stopped, near to market rasen, due to another train having a brake problem. The other train was delivering fuel to Kingsbury. So a nice trip from Toton, to Wickenby and Immingham, in the sunshine.
  9. I bet they wish that all the lorries were that clean nowadays. I have never seen an 8 wheel tipper that clean.
  10. I saw NCT666 at Nuthall last week, it looked to be part of a transport museum. Was 666 the first digital display?
  11. Not quite Trinity Square, but near enough. Demolition of Victoria Station.
  12. Most of the banger and stockcar drivers that used to race at Long eaton stadium used Coates to make or alter seat belts into a full race harness.
  13. taxi ray

    Alfreton Road

    There is a new pub opening at the top of alfreton road, in the old bank - fancy dress shop. It should have opened last week, but there must be a delay.
  14. taxi ray

    Alfreton Road

    Yes that is the 1, if you look on google streetview you can still see the sign, which looks quite ornamental.
  15. taxi ray

    Alfreton Road

    The next pub down on that side of the road would have been the windmill, which is quite a long way down and after the forest road junction.
  16. taxi ray

    Alfreton Road

    That would be the rose and crown. Converted into flats probably 15 years ago.
  17. The rover that was before the sd1 I think it was the p6 had an aluminium bonnet and boot, if only all the panels were alloy, the rear wings used to rust away terrible.
  18. Going off on a slight tangent, I saw 1 of the medi link electric buses on the back of a recovery truck yesterday. It was travelling along the ring road heading north. The buses are not that old, and don't cover many miles, as they only run 5 days a week.
  19. Theres some old buses and trolleybuses in this film from 1951. I found this on a Glasgow website.
  20. On another forum that I am on, someone mentions a way of getting photobucket photos back. I have no idea if this works, but I will include a link to the article.
  21. The crane was not pile driving, it was basically dropping a large steel weight onto the ground repeatedly, it would have been about 15 foot long by 8 foot wide and 2 feet thick. I noticed it a lot as I used to walk my dog in that area.
  22. I have never heard of any refuse being tipped in that area, but prior to building the Tesco at top valley, they were using a crawler crane with probably a 10 tonne weight that they just dropped all day long for weeks, probably to consolidate the ground. Probably be in the late 80s.
  23. Someone told me about this house only yesterday, it is owned by a young Chinese man that lives on parkside, he had the house on Ringwood converted into 6 bedrooms, these he lets to Chinese students. They stay for 2 years and then move on. The lady that told me about it was the cleaner who by the sounds of it only cleans the house every couple of years, everything is thrown away as nothing is worth saving, she said it was disgusting. She also mentioned the Romanians taking everything out of the skip. Just remember that these will be your next doctors and dentists.
  24. Nottingham has quite a few electric buses, all of the medilink buses are electric. They are charged up at the Riverside park and ride site.