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  1. The trains (4 in each direction each day) are no bother at all. Lorries hitting the level crossing are, however, another matter! When working in the garden the train drivers always give me a toot on the horn and a friendly wave as they pass. Here in the country the old ways are not yet fully dead.
  2. That's a real b*mmer! What an opportunity to have missed
  3. In the early 60s we lads hero worshipped a fellow called Paul Harwood - a local cyclist of some note (I think). None of us had ever met him but he was said to be the bees knees of the Midlands cycle world.
  4. I had been told that there used to be a signal frame in the station office. Recently, we installed a multi-fuel stove in that room and I took advantage of the floor being bare to get underneath and see if there is any trace of it remaining. I discovered the severed remains of a two lever frame still in situ beneath the floor alongside what I now to be a tunnel leading onto the trackbed - which was nice :o)
  5. WARNING! Trainspotter alert! I live in the former Watten station near the end of the Inverness- Wick line. Milepost 154 is at the end of the garden. The following link should take you to a couple of photos in Picasa - I hope. If not I'll try again.
  6. An introduction: Ayup mi duks...... Name: Compo Origin of name: Wore Parka and wellies whilst riding my motorbike to work at Plessey in the early 70s when Last of the Summer Wine was new. Named after the character Compo Simmonite. Formerly nicknamed Simo at school. Birth name: Paul Simonite. Gender: Male. Born 1950 in Arnold. School: St Bernadette's Sneinton Dale. University: RGU Aberdeen Served with the RAF until they became disenchanted with me and my antics. Hobbies: Nostalgia; Mountains and wild places; Travel - particularly South America. Have lived in Ethiopia, Falkland Isla
  7. Would that have been on the Oxton By-pass?
  8. BTW the Mermaid (Hatters) is smaller than I remember. Must be that it seemed bigger due to its importance in my younger life.
  9. I reckon the chippy in question was beneath the "155" sign in picture No4. What say you?
  10. Another great Nottm Chipy was George's chippy on Sneinton Dale. He used to hide we schoolkids in the back of the shop when the headmaster drove down the dale looking for us at lunchtimes.
  11. The one in question was on the left a few yards before you get to the cross roads at Cross St. & Coppice Road. I think Fine Fare had a building on or adjacent to the site in later years.
  12. Salop or Slop Street Chippy was run by a German lady. Many years after she left Slop Street I found her in a chip shop on Carlton Road and then later still, about 1975-80ish in a chippy in Dunkirk. She was a lovely lady but I suspect she may have had problems with locals being German and running a business just after WWII. I think a fish'n chips in the late 1950s was one shilling. Fritters 1d each and chips 3d for a huge bag.
  13. Hatters was the chippy of choice for my gang of lads in the 60s. If flush we would go upstairs and sit in the window seats to watch the world go by. It was actually called Hatters before being taken over by the Mermaid. Our rival gang used the chippy at the top end of Front Street. Can't remember the real name but we knew it as "Joe Borwn's Chippy" after the leader of the gang who used it most.
  14. I too remember Arnold Wakes. My gran used to live on High Street opposite Wharton's dairy and adjacent to Harry Fish's bakery. A visit to gran's was always great - the smell of baking and the taste of fresh ice cream made in the dairy across the road. The wakes was a landmark in the year. The rides, music, noise of the generators and engines plus the sideshows and fairground stall owners selling their wares and games of skill to the punters. If I was lucky I would have as much as two bob to spend and savoured spending every last penny~~~~~~~Happy days indeed!