albert smith

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  • Birthday 12/13/1928

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    home brew wine, sequence dancing. previously snooker, rallying & 22 rifle target shooting.
    Oh yes ,I'm also known to some as Eddie.

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  1. Sorry Scriv I can't put a date to the photo or the closing of the Melton branch, I do think the fireman should be making sure the train is leaving the platform in a 'safe and orderly manner'! I describe leaving a station and firing on that class of work in my 'blog, My Best trip' I've probably posted it before but new members might like it. My Best Trip On Friday evenings back in the days of steam it was usual for the 18.40 St.Pa
  2. "Just a moment I'll get the ladder!". Its obviously a 'photo shoot' but where did they stack them at the end of the day?
  3. Nope! won't do it! I was going to post 2 video clips of my "ride" on the "North Star", quite a trip, like being on a motor bike going round a looong left hand bend passing the Council House about every 6 seconds. I did it twice actually, first time I pressed the wrong button on the video camera and finished up with two sets of still photos. Silly B.
  4. Thanks 'retji' for reminding me of the pleasant times with the Chilwell Rifle club at the Brickyard outdoor ranges. An unwritten rule said 'Men Only' on Wednesday evenings, shooting finished by 9pm and in the "Charltom Arms" by 9.05pm. One evening I played a 'prank' on a Doctor member he was coming down the caravan steps as I went to enter, obviously going for a 'wee' against the nearby wall, I waited while he started and then called out "Good Evening Rosemary" and dived into a wardrobe in the 'van. Oh dear, wee & blackberry juice all down his left leg as he'd tried to hide
  5. One of the LMS Compounds working a 'local' passenger train, probably to Newark & Lincoln whilst alongside is a Stanier designed 'Jubilee' leaving for London.
  6. Back in 1902 the Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) Stephenson of the Midland Railway Co. was asked to design an express locomotive capable of competing with other rail companies. The 4-4-0 engine design was already established so after consultation with marine sources the Midland 4-4-0 Compound engine was the result with 5 prototypes being built, with 2 ‘low pressure’ outside cylinders and a 3rd.‘high pressure’ cylinder inside the frame Despite some starting problems these 5 proved so good his successor CME Deeley corrected the starting regulator problem and ordered 40 more and these 45 eng
  7. Catching up with my reading I came across the post from DJ360, 13,5,1920,, referring to 'coloured engines' especially the Midland Compound No. 1000. I was a fireman back in the 1950's and one August Friday afternoon in 1956 my driver & I were sent to Derby Shops, not the loco., to bring back to Nottingham MPD Compound 1000 ready to work a 'special' on the Sunday. I was told the 'before' photo was taken in 1955, as she's still hauling a local passenger train that wouldn't be a bad record for a 1902 built engine! I have to admit that for almost 50 years I thought I was the 'first' fireman t
  8. If anyone is still thinking ‘cars’, forget it, this is a Nissan Hut - the doors at both ends assuring adequate ventilation! When doing my 2 years Nat. Service (1946-48) I had the misfortune to spend three periods living in one, the first time was a real shocker! Our initial 18 weeks had been at the Victorian barracks at Deal in Kent (nuff said!) moving in September to Lympstone in ‘Glorious Devon’, what a difference. Brick built chalet type huts right on the banks of the River Exe, cafeteria served meals, NO fatigues-guard duties-church parades etc. This ‘holiday camp’ period
  9. The 'Topic' says ''Vikings on the Trent', I recollect reading an account of these 'invaders' not the title but I feel sure it was by Bernard Cornwell, one of his very good historical novels.
  10. Oh Mary ,do Saturday night 'sing songs' still happen? 20mins. ago I could give several but click on 'reply' and my minds a blank, Uncle Len could give a good rendering of "If you were the only girl in the world" whilst my mate ,Jack Thompson, had the ladies attention with "That old Black Magic". Dad's contribution was usually sung outside after about 20mins. saying "Good night", ' It's just a little street where old friends meet I'd like to wander back some
  11. PS to previous post, when I say 'by hand' we did have spades of course!
  12. Sorry HSR but there was a 'Pitch & put course' at the top of Greenwood Rd. opposite Ripon Rd. tickets to play were 'bought' at the Bowling Green keepers hut, trouble was it was out of sight of the keeper so if you had your own clubs no one was around to check you, same problem at Southwold(?) so we lost both of them! Colwick woods have some very good memories for me being in the Army Cadets at Jesse Boot School (1942-46) and training in the woods but before that during the war time "Dig For Victory" campaign the playing field at JB was dug up by hand, quite a lot by Sneinton Boulevar
  13. Many Thanks for replies, sorry i was a bit short on the tecknics 'cos I'm not too sure myself. The camera device is a "Portal" installed as a Xmas present by my son and it clips on top of the TV, it's served via my computer router to my Facebook account and as far as I know my daughter uses a 'messenger app' on her phone to connect Up to last week it's been brilliant as you can see in the first photo it's like having her sat in the corner of the living room, every thing except the glasses clinking! My son will call us tomorrow for his weekly chat but he'll be on a laptop, just a thought I'll
  14. Help needed (again!)2weeks ago Can anyone tell me why the picture has changed, my daughter lives in the Isle of Wight and we have a "drink together" every Wednesday but this week both the image and sound were u elp?