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  1. 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.



  2. 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.




    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.

  3. 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.





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  4. 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.

  5.  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.

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  6. 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.

  7. 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.