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On 22/05/2016 at 7:20 PM, Mark_A said:

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 ...).

http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-rails-into-ghost-town-1966/

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I regularly travel up to the West Midlands by Chiltern Rail from Marylebone, now the centre of travel to Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street rather than Paddington.  Ex GCR Marylebone is probably the nicest of London termini, very small and laid back. Chiltern Rail trains are really smart compared to the crap we have to endure in East Anglia. 

I was amazed at my first journey up there to note that Banbury still had lower quadrant semiphores and GWR signal boxes. On my last journey 3 weeks ago, these had all gone, replaced by colour light signals.

Interestingly, I travelled from Kidderminster to Hereford, at Droitwich onwards everything was GWR, signal boxes and lower quadrant signals. Hereford station is fantastic, like something out of the 60's, the buildings are beautifully preserved and looked after.

A bit of a rambling reply, but bit's of the GCR exist and I use it.

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Anyone who is too young to have been to it would never understand or comprehend the beauty and atmosphere of the place. It was huge but cosy. The glass roofs were mottled with decades of soot and sm

It was good to see the photo of Cliff Ton's photo of Victoria Station (#105). It was the exact spot where I met my wife on our first date. I'd met her a couple of days earlier at a Nottingham Cit

Before and After.

Referring to Mark_A's question of 22 May (which I obviously missed!) in 1962 the Bournemouth - York was scheduled to leave Banbury at 2.58 and arrive in Nottingham Vic at 4.36 (pm - in the days before the railway had been invaded by the 24 hour clock!)

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On 07/04/2016 at 0:35 PM, Merthyr Imp said:

They did have the benefit of 'Steam Navvys' (i.e. excavators) plus steam cranes and other steam-powered machinery.

According to some of the usual books excavation of the station site itself began in early 1897 and the station was open for traffic in May 1900.

Steam Navvies like this

Image result for great central railway construction

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On 25/09/2016 at 10:51 PM, StephenFord said:

Referring to Mark_A's question of 22 May (which I obviously missed!) in 1962 the Bournemouth - York was scheduled to leave Banbury at 2.58 and arrive in Nottingham Vic at 4.36 (pm - in the days before the railway had been invaded by the 24 hour clock!)

 

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.

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On Wednesday, September 03, 2014 at 11:30 AM, firbeck said:

Following the closure and demolition of Vic Station a bar was opened up under the Victoria Hotel called 'The Whistle Stop'. This displayed many of the signs removed from Vic Station as well as a section of a non-corridor carriage within the bar area. I must have left the area when this bar eventually closed and I've always wondered what happened to the items that were displayed in there, surely they were'nt chucked in a skip, though with pub franchises, it wouldn't surprise me.

 

Now I understand why it was called "the whistle stop" trains & all that!

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It was good to see the photo of Cliff Ton's photo of Victoria Station (#105). It was the exact spot where I met my wife on our first date.

I'd met her a couple of days earlier at a Nottingham City Transport dance at the Elizabethan Ballroom on Parliament Street. I was over an hour late but she still waited for me. When I showed her the photo tonight she said that she was glad she did wait. So was I as we've had a great life together. :)

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It was Miduck. We really were skint most of the time. When we couldn't afford the train fare (quite often), it had to be the x99 bus from Mount Street to Birmingham, then the train to W-ton. I'd be interested to know the fare (1964/66) if anyone has the information. A long time ago and my memory is a little faded round the edges. :)

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