philby

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  1. did someone mention the spitfire Mk XVIe? heres one i made about 2007-
  2. blimey! in 2012 i was working at the house next door to leicester villa (above the D in road) history is indeed all around us.
  3. That's interesting to read, and kind of ironic bearing in mind that me and my mates would be playing army all around that area which would be British versus Germans, so in a way the wermacht got to invade dobby bridge!
  4. chulla, what were the anti invasion fortifications you mentioned on dobby bridge? i lived on the estate at the back of the standard of england (now gone) in the 70's and those abandoned railway cuttings and embankments were my playground, there was still a concrete pillbox on the wallis street side right up until the whole area was built over in the early 80's.
  5. i have some film and pics of that train track laying machine from last year taken at basford crossings.
  6. one day i intend to build a model railway based on the G.C.R. around basford/bulwell i do have space once i've sorted out my garage, but i've never really built a big layout, and i may be looking at something like 5-10 years to complete! i've made a start though,- this is a dapol evening star kit built as a workaday 9f. i can just remember the toy kiosk in central market, it was an absolute alladins cave of cars trains and aircraft, but i can only remember dinky stuff there.
  7. from my watching of time team, a lead lined coffin is most likely roman!
  8. if i remember rightly ash, the bridge round the bend that connected the GNR to the GCR was brooklyn bridge.
  9. it would certainly ruin the view of that pyramid behind it!
  10. my dad was a member of that gun club roundabouts 1980-82. aged 14-15 I myself have blazed away with both a 357 magnum (dirty harry) and a 9mm browning automatic pistol (definatly well supervised!) when he used to take me there.
  11. steve naylor seems to ring a very faint faraway bell ash, but i can't put a name to the face. the arnold road bridges had all gone before i moved there, its the park lane bridge we called bottom bridge, which thinking about it must be the only bridge left today in the area.
  12. two of them have ash! my mate bought what was the greengrocer/cooked meat shop (actually two shops knocked into one) in the middle of that block,and they were converted back to a pair of houses last year. i know because i did all the decorating on them both!
  13. hello ash! it was actually about 1982 when they came back to level out all the embankments and sidings, it was where me and all my mates would hang out. they did indeed use the bridge under arnold road to get big dumper trucks from one side to the other, but the tunnel was not used, what they did was to cut a sloped ramp from what was the G.C.R. embankment towards the bridge, that ironically looked like a slanted railway cutting! there was no trace of the rathole as the bottom of this slope must have been over the demolished and filled in arnold road end of the tunnel. what was semi uncovered at one point was the brick buttresses for the G.C.R. bridge over the lower railway line. at this point in time i had no idea that there had ever been a tunnel there, so completely was its demolition and in-filling. one more thing, those bikers might not have been as local as they made out, as those embankments were called "top banks" (the G.C.R. line) and "bottom banks" (where the rat hole was) also the bridge over park lane was bottom bridge, with the halfpenny footbridge being top bridge (if you lived on the gayhurst estate this then makes sense!)
  14. i saw that whilst sat out in the dark corner of my garden, a VERY bright, silent light moving roughly west to east. thought it might have been the ISS, but i didn't realise it could get that bright, it was certainly the brightest thing in the sky at the time.
  15. ash, what i'm thinking is that park lane is there first, then the GCR is built across it, but, by coincidence its right at the point where the ground is level with the track level, so i'm thinking it may have had a small possibly ungated level crossing there, basically one of those farm crossing that still exist out in the countryside, then later still st albans road comes along, joins with park lane, forming the kink, leaving the little bit of park lane from there to hucknall road to become nothing more that a shortcut footpath. i'm also assuming that this is around the same time as the estate the other side of marble arch is built on the site of the farm there, making this level crossing somewhat redundant as the kersall drive bridge then became the main traffic crossing point over the GCR.