BulwellBrian

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  1. I am sorry but I do not like the title of this topic.
  2. Sometimes I think film makers are blind. You see trains going into a tunnel and coming with a totally different engine on the front. One of my favorite railway films is "The Railway Children". The original not the TV remake. I understand that some of the fast trains going through Carnforth were actually shot at Watford Junction.
  3. I was a junior member of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in the 1950's, The membership card said "Must be shewn at the gate on entry".
  4. Many years ago I was in Nottingham when a car pulled up and the passenger asked how bto get to "Looboroo" in an obviously US accent. Ever since then Loughborough has become Looboroo for me.
  5. Our first house had redifusion wires and we used it for radio & television. We received a "wayleave" for the wires, I think it was one shilling a year but I may be wrong it was almost 50 years ago.
  6. I made many visits to Cleethorpes, Skegness & Mablethorpe but never got there by train! At Cleethorpes the station, the prom and the pier and of course Grimsby docks were all built by the Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway later changing its name to Great Central Railway.
  7. Pigeon releases also regularly happened at Bulwell Common.
  8. This shows why the seaside places had so many platforms and sidings. Blackpool even had three stations.
  9. The LNER info site is a direct crib from the RCTS books.
  10. Re the Sentinel steam railcar #156, These were built between 1925 & 1933 and withdrawn between 1939 & 1948. The coachwork for the early ones was built at the Cammell Lairds factory in Nottingham which I believe became the ROF. 9 different cars were at Colwick over the years with no 43301 Commerce there the longest. They were also used at Annesley for the dido to Bulwell Common. There is a photo of 43301 Commerce with a GNR coach attached at Bagthorpe Junction in Vol 10B of Locomotives of the LNER by the RCTS. Some were initially red & cream but later green & cream.
  11. The Methodist Church was until 1932 quite fragmented when the three main factions joined together as the Methodist Church. The three churches that joined were the Wesleyan, the Primitive Methodists and the United Methodist Church. The United M C was is self a joining up of The Methodist New Connexion and the Bible Christians.
  12. I was born in Peel Street hospital and lived in Bulwell until about 1970 when I moved to Newthorpe Common near Eastwood, then in 1974 I moved south to near St. Albans. I knew of Bulwell Colliery but didn't know it. It closed 1n 1946. I lived on Henrietta Street off Highbury Road so my wanderings took me up to the Forest not up to where the pit was. I did work for the NCB firstly at Cinderhill Laboratory, then at Eastwood Hall and finally at Hobart House in London.
  13. GT3 did run trials on the Great Central main line I saw it heading north one evening. I didn't know what it was as I had never seen anything about it. It made a deep humming noise not a bit like a diesel. Another unusual loco I saw working was 10100 the Fell diesel mechanical on a southbound express at Derby. Another unusual happening was at Trent where 10000 & 10001 came down the Erewash Valley line with a train with Royal Scot headboard. there must have been a bad disruption on the West Coast Main Line that day. Unfortunately I do not have any records of these days just memories.
  14. My recollection of the early 1950's is that 60009 Union of South Africa was a regular on the "Elizabethan" provided by Haymarket shed, South one day and North the next, with 60028 Walter K Wigham the King's Cross engine on the other train. The non corridor Gateshead based A4's were the rarest. The scottish A3's were not often in the south, particularly those based at Carlisle for working the Waverley line to Edinburgh. All the pacifics were overhauled at Doncaster and so did come south on running in trains.
  15. Bulwell Common was my usual spotting place but I did travel to other places ether by train or bike, I went to Grantham, Newark, Toton, Derby, Rugby and Tamworth. I also went on spotting trips to March, Cambridge, and New England (Peterborough). to Edge Hill, Walton and Aintree (all Liverpool).With the RCTS railtours to Eastleigh and Swindon (behind City of Nottingham), to Crewe and Gorton and Horwich. (two different trips). I went on Holidays to relatives and spotted at Grimsby, from there I had a runabout ticket and went to Hull via the New Holland ferry and to Doncaster. Incidentally when I
  16. I think that history is more of an interest at a post school age.
  17. Water here in St Albans is hard, it comes from the chalk of the Chilterns.
  18. I also use McAfee. It is also important to install all updates and patches as they are released for all programs.
  19. Could that building be a sunday school/church hall belonging to the main church? The architecture looks very similar.
  20. The canal met the Erewash & Cromford canals at Langley Mill. Part of it disappeared in an opencast coal mine at Shilo near Bennerley at the same time as the forty bridges also disappeared.
  21. We had an Anderson shelter in our back garden in Henrietta Street, Bulwell. After the war my Dad dug it out and made it into a large work shed. There was a brick & concrete shelter in the playground of Highbury Schools, Albert Street, Bulwell.
  22. I remember the Les Bales family there were 3 daughters and a son I think.
  23. I will always remember Bulwell Viaduct on the Great Central. I also agree about Monsal Dale viaduct on the Midland line to Manchester. One still very much in use near where i now live, Welwyn viaduct on the Great Northern main line.