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  1. It *is* Nottingham Victoria's subway. In the background on the left, St Ann's Street, running away from the camera, and other buildings are on the same plots of land even though they've been rebuilt. There's a couple of others in the set probably taken on the same (very claggy) day, from towards the south end of the site looking north - beneath the temporary bridge (which was situated a little south of where the train sheds would later be). I think the subway photo is deceptive, playing tricks with perspective - the edge of the excavation is some way back but the eye assumes it is more to scale with the exposed subway and tends to under-estimate its height. Mark
  2. The last photo on this page ... that's glazed brick, a fragment of one of the station's interior walls in situ? Now, where's that to be found please? Thanks Mark
  3. But for the legal hurdles, it might be a worthwhile challenge to use a drone to take a 'Then and now' photo or two from the original locations of Tom Boustead's historic photos at the likes of Bagthorpe Junction. Given the legal hurdles, it might be easier to have the loan of a cherrypicker though - if one of those offered sufficient height that is. Mark
  4. Thanks for that. 19/10/16. Many more trains, and a connection leaves Banbury at 2.57pm. A change at Birmingham puts you down in Nottingham, but at the Midland station ... and at 5.31pm. So, hats off to the old G.C. and its direct train that dropped you in the city centre an hour earlier.
  5. Off-topic by about 60 miles: a BFI-hosted film of the Banbury-Woodford Halse section of the GCR - various sequences taken close to the time the route closed, including some from the Bournemouth-York. And now I'm wondering how long it would have been before that Bournemouth-York express would have been sitting beneath the roof of Nottingham Victoria (and whether he filmed that too ...). Mark
  6. Working out when these clips were filmed, the sequence from 1.29.06 (the loco with a wreath) - that looks to be the 'Last day last train' to London. The other clips of the working station look less easy to date precisely. Does anyone else think in some ways Nottingham Victoria is under-represented in photographs and history? Many photos of locomotives, but far fewer of the day-to-day life of the station or even parts of it such as the ticket hall. The clock that the overbridge carried, it seems to have been removed at an early date, perhaps it succumbed to the station atmosphere? The roof glazing - removed during WW2? The upper floors of the buildings on the platforms ... used ... for what? It comes across as a cruel twist of fate that Nottingham lost this building (and that line) and it's difficult to imagine the feelings of staff who worked the line in the fifties and later found themselves tasked as crew on one of the freights that passed through the wreck of the station even as it was demolished - and later, through the hole in the ground that the demolition left behind. It's difficult not to imagine an alternate future - with a cleaned and reglazed Nottingham Victoria, an electrified line. Then there's the other things that a station needs now. Where to put the automatic ticket gateline? That narrow entrance doesn't look as though it would have been particularly kind to the need for automatic barriers. Also, step free access to the platforms?
  7. Apologies if a link to this has been posted before. High(ish) quality short film, in colour, includes Nottingham Victoria station in use, and its demolition. Mark
  8. Apologies if this link (courtesy of 'Photony') has already been posted here. In their own words: "1984 - I went a walk down the line."
  9. A couple more images that include Nottingham Victoria's steps to Parliament Street, from Flickr: Mark
  10. Faced with white-glazed brick, solidly built, and beneath the level of the Victoria Centre car park. Here's a photo of it under construction: Is it still down there perhaps? Mark
  11. Trent Bridge, and skiffs, outrigged gigs, for hire on the river. Possibly too far back for nostalgia though.