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  1. Basford & Bulwell became Basford North which would have had dark blue totem signs and later possibly red ones. Bulwell Common the same Bulwell Market was originally just Bulwell and would have had red signs. Bulwell Hall Halt & Bulwell Forest were both closed to passengers when nationalisation took place, 1948. Each Region of BR had their own colour:- Midland -red, Eastern-dark blue, Western-brown, Southern-green, Scottish-light blue, and North Eastern-orange. They are worth over £1000 each at railwayana auctions.
  2. The Great Central wanted the station to be called Nottingham Central, but of course the Great Northern would not agree, It was the then called Nottingham Joint Station. The then Lord Mayor suggested the name Victoria which the two companies accepted. It was a fine station much more character than the Midland. The finger boards at the bottom of the stairs pointing the platforms for the trains. I didn't do much train spotting at the Vic, I couldn't afford the bus or train fare, I went up the road to Bulwell Common where it didn't cost anything, I also walked to Basford North to see those train
  3. The HST's have been re-engined and have done many more miles than the steam locos we used to delight in. Diesels have proved to be more durable than we steam enthusiasts expected.
  4. The buildings on the backdrop are based on Porthmadog, but the originals were the other way round. The Custom House is still there but the foundry has gone.
  5. I remember the lines in the road just past the 44 trollybus terminus at Bulwell Hall. I am not sure when the last coal was raised at Hucknall No.1, but i must have been the late 1940's or very early 1950's.
  6. I remember that Kirkby colliery (called "Summit" ) by my dad had a tip that was always smoking. I think they called the stuff that came from burnt tips "Burnt Shale".
  7. Colliery sidings were laid out so that wagons could gravitate from the "empty" sidings, under the coal preparation plant and screens, into the "full" sidings.
  8. Slag comes from blast furnaces, not coal mines.
  9. I read somewhere that the site for opencasting was 130 hectares and they expect to mine 1.3 million tons. That make it about 10,000 tons per hectare. 1 hectare is 11960 sq yards. 1 cubic yard of coal in situ weighs about 1 ton. If 1 hectare has coal 1 yard thick it would be 11960 cubic yards, i.e. about 11960 tons of coal. Therefore the coal thickness expected to be recovered is about 1 yard thick on average. I hope I have no slipped a decimal point. I am sure that they or possibly the NCB opencast Executive, as was, made sufficient boreholes to make sure the coal is there.
  10. The first trains to London from Nottingham ended up at Euston. They went from Leicester to Rugby by a line long since closed (I travelled it once in the late 1950's). After that they terminated at Kings Cross via a line from Bedford to Hitchin, also long closed. Then the Bedford to St. Pancras line was built.
  11. Laszio Biro born in Hungary invented the ball-point pen.
  12. We need to stop building silly windmills which don't work for much of the time and build Nuclear plants which are much more reliable.
  13. Was it 67363 a regular performer on the Annesley Dido from Bulwell Common? A 4-4-2Tank.
  14. Bridges, both over and under were numbered so that everyone knew they were referring to the same structure. The civil engineers would need to know. Round our way everything is numbered, lamp posts, bollards, road signs. If you don't give it a number it isn't unique and you cannot be sure of which you are referring to.
  15. Quite right Lizzie, but only water when chemically combined. The reaction when Hydrogen is burnt in pure Oxygen is violent, when in a confined space like the glass bottle its a big bang. The outcome apart from the broken glass is water. We had cylinders of pure Hydrogen and pure Oxygen at the lab. (also Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide and Argon).
  16. The wonders & ignorance of youth! My main experimenting took place after I left school at 16 and went to work at the NCB laboratories at Cinderhill. I remember trying to produce Trinitro Toluene (TNT) but couldn't get the third Nitrogen into the molecule. A winchester bottle filled with 2 parts of Hydrogen Gas and 1 part of oxygen with a bung with a electric coil in it gives a good bang when the wire is plugged into the mains. If you put it under a dustbin all you get is a dustbin taking off leaving powdered glass behind. Nitrogen Triiodide is easy to make, from concentrated Ammonia and
  17. I remember seeing an hexagonal box in Monmouth some years ago.
  18. There is one in the hamlet of Sleepshyde near St Albans. The pillar it is in has been rebuilt and the box put back.
  19. It was supposed to be Slough! Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough, It isn't fit for humans now John Betjeman. 1937
  20. Certainly Lizzie its Snorbans locally but I still sound very Bulwellian. Benjamin, I too bought stamps from the dealer on Henrietta Street when I was young, he was on the left hand side as you went up the hill from Highbury Road, I lived further up on the right hand side.
  21. I do remember the station house, Benjamin, then there was a long concrete wall all the way up to the Kersall Road bridge, you could always make out the paler bit where it was repaired after the Canberra crash. There was a foot path along the road with kerb stones but the path was not made up beyond the station house, I think there were patches of tarmac at the bus stops for Piccadilly and Kersall Drive, (No.17 bus). It is a long time ago over 40 years since I left Bulwell. I knew the area well as a child as I lived on Henrietta Street. I remember that the House on the Corner of Broomhill Road
  22. I cannot remember but did Bulwell Common have a similar lamp fitting? Is there any evidence in photos?
  23. I am pretty sure there was no chime. There are no lovres to let a sound out.