BulwellBrian

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  1. I have a feeling that my mother said that there were once two morning papers, the Guardian and the Journal before they merged into one.
  2. Another good photo thanks Cliff Ton. The "marble arch" stands out. and the curve from Bulwell Common to Basford & Bulwell stations.
  3. White stearing wheel - 8'0" wide trolley.
  4. I have a vague memory of two shops on Albert Street, both on the right hand side going down from Highbury Road.
  5. The no5 is a model of a "Shay" locomotive, these were an american design of a geared loco for slow speed high power 0n logging railways. The boiler was ofset to oe side to make room for the vertical cyliders and gearing on the other side. The red loco underneath is a model of a Ffestiniog Railway double Fairlie articulated loco, three of which are i use on the railway from Porthmadog, North Wales. Brian.
  6. Sorry TBI I misunderstood. I have not been to Bulwell for many years, last time in the 90's was to visit my parents grave in Hempshill Lane. I live in Hertfordshire near St. Albans and my health has been poor for years. Brian.
  7. More my area, you can see the house I lived in on Henrietta Street, the diagonal road near the bottom right corner. You can make out Makemson's coach garage on the other side of Piccadilly next to Highbury Road. Highbury Schools on Albert Street and the railway junction for the Bennerley line show bup well. Thanks again Cliff. Brian Sorry TBI but I never went into that supermarket, only the one that was originally the Highbury Cinema as seen on Cliff Ton's second photo.
  8. Thanks for the photo, its real nostalgia. I lived in Bulwell from 1942 to 1970, what I realise now is how little exploring of the place I did. It is interesting to see how difficult it is to pick out the course of the River Lean. In the early 1950's the factory near tha Adelphi was "The Bulwell Finishing Company". The large building almost in the centre of the photo on the corner of Ragdale Road was "Christ Church" Methodist Church, it still exist but is now owned by a different denomination. You can also pick out the Palace cinema towards the top left hand corner. I can only remember it as being closed, it later became a Co-op supermarket. I have much enjoyed the photo, thanks again. Brian.
  9. The cost of generating electricity is not simple to answer, each method of generation has different cost, but the cost must include the capital cost of the plant, the operating costs (manpower etc), and the cost of fuel. The cheapest fuel costs must lie with wind and hydro, but only when the wind blows, not generation saves nothing. Nuclear power also must generate full on as well. The highest fuel cost must lie with fossil fuel. The whole thing is very complex.
  10. The sound of Rolls Royce testing jet engines at Hucknall, and like Col trains at Bulwell Common.
  11. I have the Hepburn book, he was one of the best railway photographers.
  12. No Col the bridge on Cliff's map is the one I remember but the perspective of the photo make it look closer to the viaduct than my legs remember. My memory of the common is like yours with lots of gorse but no trees.
  13. Cliff. Ton, The bridge on the last photo is on the GCR/GNR connecton which was built at the same time as the GCR main line on the viaduct. The bridges were iron on blue brick abutments not red brick arches. I am a bit puzzled as I recall such a bridge on this line but I remember it as further towards Moor Bridge. Perhaps I mis remember. Fly2, there were two fish trains about 20 minutes apart in the 1950's. My mates and I called them big fish and little fish, I am not sure where they came from (Grimsby or Hull) or where they went, they always had some fish vans behind the guardsvan. In those days big fish was usually hauled by a K3 2-6-0 and little fish by a B1 4-6-0, in latter years Britannia 4-6-2 appeared.
  14. I think chocks were sometimes used by trolley buses on route 43 when they parked on the hill on Highbury Road near the old town hall.
  15. Thanks Clif, what I like to see nostalgia! Victoria Station never looks quite right with LMS locomotives. It should be a B1 and a O1. Good photo though.
  16. Stanley Middleton the school teacher & author was organist at Bulwell Wesley Methodist Church.
  17. My first car was a Ford Anglia like the one in the top picture. The second picture shows trolley buses with the tram tracks still in place. I always like the old photos you post Cliff, thank you.
  18. I never saw a B17 on the GCR, the footballer series with larger tenders did work there but went to east anglia before I was old enogh to be a train spotter. I think the B1's replaced them.
  19. I am not trying for one up manship but its just a factor of advanced age but I saw 990 and 251 in 1953 at the Doncaster plant centenary. I was 10 years old and my mother took me on a special train from Bulwell Common to see the locos. I particulaly remember 60022 Mallard as I walked through the tender to the footplate, I also remember 26020 as it was the first electric loco I saw. Also B17 61604 Elveden which was on the scrap road.
  20. My father worked for Sloans on the right of the Carrington Street view. I also remember the Bulwell Floods and similar ones in 1947 when I was 4 years old.
  21. I like the photos, this is why I joined, nostalgia.
  22. Thank you Cliff Ton, they bring back memories of former days 50+ years ago.
  23. When I was a child the family would travel to my Aunt & Uncle who lived near Grimsby. We would go from Bulwell down Oxclose line and up the A614, opposite the Clumber Park gates was a road that led to Retford that road was lined both sides with small corrugated iron huts that my Father told me were used to store amunition. This would be about 1947 to 1949. I remember the red centre lanes, I think they were common on trunk roads at the time. Of couse then traffic was much lighter and slower, it was quite common to come accross a lorry doing 20mph when the car was doing 35mph. What was safe then became leathal in later years.