Smiffy49

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    www.tracksthroughgrantham.uk

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    Twixt Grantham and Lincoln
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    Anything about Nottingham's history. www.tracksthroughgrantham.uk Railways, Photography, Wildlife, Family History.

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  1. Dat47 a Nottstalgia member sadly passed away a few years ago, but his family very kindly let me see the photographs he took during some of his many trips by train from Nottingham Victoria to Grantham. I have taken some time to photographically enhance all of his images prior to creating a gallery on my website about Grantham. The photographs were taken on different dates but represent a typical day trip that Dat47 would have made from Nottingham. I've also added an introduction and a suitable caption for each image. You can find the gallery here http://www.tracksthroughgrantham.uk/recording-the-railway/grantham-railway-galleries/day-trips-to-grantham/ I hope it brings back some great memories for other Nottingham lads on this Forum who also made similar trips in those far off days of steam.
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    Arkwright Street

    Sounds interesting, what's the full name of the website please?
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    Nottingham & Notts Books

    Not about transport, but I'm currently reading a book by Joy James 'Yo'd Mek a Parson Swear' It's very well written and full of funny, sad, interesting and nostalgic memories of her life growing up in Nottingham the 1940s & 50s. With an eye for detail the author takes the reader back to those good and not so good old days during and after the second world war. I've just found out that there are other similar books by Joy James so I'm looking forward to reading those too.
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    Linga Longa Chip Shop

    A nice memory of trips to the seaside in the late 1950s - early 60s was 'newspaper wrapped' fish & chips with loads of salt & vinegar from a place called the Linga Longa. I can't remember exactly where it was on the east coast, but does anyone know if the Linga Longa Chip Shop is still around? If not when did it close? To me the best fish & chips in the world that I've ever tasted and nothing to match since. Anyone else remember it?
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    Trips to Grantham Station

    My first visit was in 1959 hauled by steam. There's an article about the turning triangle on www.tracksthroughgrantham.uk under the heading 'Railway life at Grantham' then 'Footplate and the Loco' then scroll down to the bottom of the drop down list to find it 'Turntables & Triangles'
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    Trips to Grantham Station

    I'm currently doing some research on the change from steam to diesel on our local railways, in particular the Nottingham (Victoria & Midland) to Grantham services. If anyone has any personal memories of rail travel on this route in the mid 1950s to mid 1960s, especially using the early Diesel Multiple Units / Railcars I would love to hear from you. Thanks in anticipation of your replies, please post on here or if you prefer send me a PM.
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    Pits Around Nottingham.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the powers that be at Wollaton Hall moved the model back to public view or perhaps offered it to the Castle Museum or some other place, thus allowing the people of Nottingham to see what things were like 'in the old days' I wonder if the damage occurred whilst it was in 'storage' or was this the reason for it being removed? I seem to remember that it was well protected from potential damage by a transparent casing. An educational gem sadly locked away.....
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    Pits Around Nottingham.

    Can anyone remember a model of Clifton pit inside Wollaton Hall? The model included a cross section through, showing tunnels going underneath the Trent. Is it still there, the model that is? Thinking about, I wonder if the tunnels are still there or would they have just collapsed over time?
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    Anybody NOT seen 'Zulu?'

    Still not seen Zulu despite recording it some years ago! Was it on over Christmas again, or perhaps the new year period? The only Zulu I've seen up to now is the one at Drayton Manor Park...
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    How's your day?

    Went for a nice early morning walk with the dogs on the beach next to the Seal Sanctuary at Mablethorpe to just past Theddlethorpe. Christmas dinner? A couple of ham sandwiches followed by a flask of coffee. Surprised by how many people were about on the beach, but the sun was shining and despite the breeze it was quite warm (11 degrees) Decided to drive into Mablethorpe itself in the late afternoon but the place was like a ghost town... deserted. I couldn't recognise any of the frontage, although the last time I went there was around 1959! Next a meander through Sutton on Sea. Again couldn't recognise the place...? With darkness falling we headed back inland through Alford, it's a lot bigger now than I remember... All in all an enjoyable outing, but somehow some nostalgic childhood seaside memories have been unfortunately 'updated' forever....
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    Co-Op on upper Parliament Street

    I remember as a child going in a lift at the Co-op for the first time up to one of the floors. It was a Christmas Party for the children of R Cripps & Co employees. Must have been fairly young as I wouldn't get out when it stopped and the doors had opened. I had to be semi forced to step outside and go and join the other children. The same thing happened when the party had finished, I didn't want to leave!
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    Christmas Memories

    Thanks for your interesting reply David. Looks like Christmas 'proper' began about a week before the day and finished promptly on Boxing Day, not the 3 month extended epic it is now. I have a vague memory that the tree was donated by a Scandinavian country as thanks for our help during the war, or was this the Trafalgar Square tree? I remember too the wonderful Christmas shop displays in the 50s put on by places such as Griffin & Spaldings etc.
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    Christmas Memories

    Does anyone know when the very first Christmas tree was put up in the Market Square?
  14. I've just seen an artists impression of what the new development will look like....
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    Newspapers in Nottingham

    Can anyone remember the Clifton (or was it West Bridgford?) Standard newspaper? Must have been late 1950s or early 1960s..