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Col, I drive / walk this stretch of Hucknall Rd, very regularly, but don't recall seeing the brown signs. I'll make a point of looking out for it over the next few days. 

I also walk from the Marble Arch opening, to Tesco's and further on to Bestwood Village. Where the track bed veers to the right parallel to Moorbridge Rd, there is still some track in situ. 

Between Gala Way and Tesco's, there's some brick footings in place near the former station, and up until recently, there was the remnants of the signal box base.

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10 hours ago, DJ360 said:

 

 

Anyway, the point is that someone has erected a sign at the former railway crossing near Gala Bingo/Southglade Road. One blue sign points to Southglade Sports Centre, the other to Hucknall.  That's fair enough.  Then below are two brown signs. One says 'The Railway line was dismantled sometime between 1940 and 1960.' , which is rubbish. At least a part of the line was still connecting Rigleys Engineering works to the BR network via Moorbridge until 1966. The other says 'The line ran for 6 miles from Daybrook to Newstead.  Which is also rubbish.

 

 

 

 

you mean further down the road almost near the junction with bestwood road 

 

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Fly, an uncle of mine worked for Mr Whippy. Their yard was on Lilac grove in Beeston. I used to work for him sometimes. I'm sure they used TVO, it was possibly a Bedford van.

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Ah yes, I passed there twice today, but couldn't see the brown ones. I'll look during the week. As Col says, the information is incorrect, and more should be done to further the importance of the railway in the surrounding area.

The streets near the little industrial park near Rigley Dr are named after important railway centres, and on Arnold Rd, near the BT depot, the newish housing estate streets are named after several Britannia steam loco's. 

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You might be right Den. My grey matter has dramatically decreased over the years.

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22 minutes ago, Enigma. said:

 

you mean further down the road almost near the junction with bestwood road 

 

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No Enigma, I mean where I said, but I don't doubt that other inaccurate signs exist..  :)

 

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51 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

 

The streets near the little industrial park near Rigley Dr are named after important railway centres, and on Arnold Rd, near the BT depot, the newish housing estate streets are named after several Britannia steam loco's. 

 

I live on one of those streets (or Closes as they are)

Been here 30 years since Cavco built them and never knew the railway connection apart from Rigleys

Names are Rigley Dr, Rugby Cl, March Cl, Darnal Cl (should have 2 L's), Kingsmoor Cl.

 

The other houses nearer Tesco were built later by others so don't follow the railway theme.

 

I drive past the Said sign several times a day but have never read what was on the Brown ones.

I'll nip out in the morning and look.

I lived in Arnold when younger and used to trainspot around here, I'm sure the level crossing was still there, but not in use, in the early 60's near where the sign now is at the end of Southglade Rd.

 

And on a topic covered here somewhere, I lived next door to the parents of Cavan , Gordon and the other 11 Pickering children in Arnold, for 17 years up untill I got married.

The 13 had  diverse occupations from a Barber to an Airline pilot.

Jack the Father, worked at Raleigh and also owned a lot of houses in Arnold.

 

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30 minutes ago, Stuart.C said:

 

I drive past the Said sign several times a day but have never read what was on the Brown ones.

I'll nip out in the morning and look.

I lived in Arnold when younger and used to trainspot around here, I'm sure the level crossing was still there, but not in use, in the early 60's near where the sign now is at the end of Southglade Rd.

 

Just on a technicality, it was never really a 'level crossing', in the Highway Code sense or at least not a public one.  We crossed there all the time, and rail traffic was very infrequent after the mid 60's, if any at all.
.  It was a locked gate used by Jarve Goddard from Southglade Farm, whilst the line was still in use.  If I recall correctly, it became a bit more 'casual' later, before finally closing to traffic. I should add that I lived on Southglade Road from the early 1950s until around 1970.

 

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Went to the wedding of a farmer's daughter at the weekend, it goes without saying that 'We Plough The Fields and Scatter' was on the hymn sheet, however, the German bloke 'wot wrote the words' wouldn't have been looking out of his window at this!!!!!

 

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That's what you call a tractor, for sale at the moment, one careful owner, £250k if anybody's interested!!

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I've seen these and similar, it's amazing what 'poor' farmers can afford...  :happy:

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Most of this sort of kit is usually leased. The farmers I’ve known have all been mean, tight fisted bastards. Odd people farmers. I spent a day on a tractor once going up and down a field. The work is absolutely mind numbing. No wonder it’s a job with a high suicide rate.

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Case 385 making dust in the field behind my back garden, contractors come in and blitz the fields with the big ploughs and seed drills,next week we'll get the Nitram spreader

 

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Rog

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Yes Rog, the townies think that country life is a rural idyll. In fact it's like living in a big outdoor factory. Oh for the peace of the town where nobody goes 'cause there's nothing to see anymore.

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You can always sell Mayfield Towers and buy a nice little flat somewhere on the 'green' or Forest Fields - always plenty to see down there I'm told..   ;)

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On 2/21/2019 at 2:10 PM, benjamin1945 said:

,,noticed a couple of changes on Main street,,,Catfans charity cafe is now a Barbers,, £9 a shot didnt say owt about pensioners price so assume £9 the same,,,i will be sticking to the lovely lasses in ''Geezers'' at £5.20.

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Cheated on the lovely lasses today,,,,needed a hair cut quite badly,,,,and the above new Barbers were open,,,thought i'd give it a try,,,,first customer of the day as he opened at 10am,,,must say he did great job,,using Razor to finish off (most British Barbers don't put the fine finishing touches to make it look sharp)..........Asked where he was from,, turned out he was a Kurd........very nice chap,,surprised him with my bit of knowledge about 'Kurdistan' ref' war in Syria and Iraq,,,which i knew about from one of my sons...........he did do a Pensioners price £7........so sorry 'Geezers' think i'll be going to the Kurdish man from now on,,,or perhaps a bit of both,,,......Also noticed which surprised me he had a few waiting after me,,although it being a bank holiday,,,,

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23 minutes ago, Brew said:

You can always sell Mayfield Towers and buy a nice little flat somewhere on the 'green' or Forest Fields - always plenty to see down there I'm told..   ;)

Having worked in Basford for 25 years and having been born in Carrington I would feel at home in the area. However as I sit here looking at trees and green fields perhaps I shouldn’t be too hasty!

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Plenty of duty free cheap fags too & the odd bottle or two !

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Well I’ve just had a treat. Just returned from Waitrose in Newark. It’s the only chance I get to wear a suit and tie these days. Just to see the elegant people with their servants pushing their trolleys is a delight. Not a single fat backside or tattoo to be seen. Oh how the other half live!:biggrin:

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I'm pleased there's a Waitrose close by,  It keeps the Riff Raff out of the Asda

 

Rog

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I know where you mean mate, nice walk alongside the river near there either upstream or downstream but never venture down Tolney lane,there is a limit to my stupidity

 

Rog

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22 hours ago, FLY2 said:

Den, I thought the ice cream vans ran on paraffin whilst doing business. On Mr Softee's, they were started on petrol, then after about five minutes, we'd switch over to the other fuel, which I'm certain was paraffin. Then at night, before shutting down, I'd switch back to petrol for five minutes in order to fill the system, else it wouldn't start next morning.

I might be mistaken, as it was over 50 years ago !

Fly, Mr. Softee donkey engines were low compression Ford engines which were started on petrol then switched to TVO and closed on petrol. Mr. Whippy donkey engines were single or twin cylinder American Onan engines running again on TVO. Tonibell ice cream vehicles ran on LPG.and had an electric clutch on the main engine front pulley which powered a shaft to drive the ice cream machine.

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Thanks for clearing that up Dave. I knew you were the man who would know !

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So complicated just to get a Mr Whippy icecream. :laughing:

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