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A junior boy’s memory. In the late 40s, one Saturday morning, this young lad and his brother would be squeezed into a taxi along with baby brother’s pram and all the luggage plus mam and dad and

A P.Bucket test? or a rail photo with a difference. It was so difficult to do I didn't have the heart to break it up so I framed it!

Now I am even more confused!

On that basis would a train going from Sheffield to Birmingham be on the up line? Yet a train going from Sheffield to Derby be on the down line even though it is the same line?

No wonder we cannot get the trains to run on time if we don't know if they are going up or down!

I guess its a bit like the Interstate highway system in the USA where the road is identified by the general compass direction it takes. It took me a while when travelling between Detroit and Port Huron which is north east of Detroit to work out that I had to take the I94 East

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I did say 'generally speaking'!

 

But in that example, the whole Sheffield to Birmingham line would count as one line, so anything heading towards Birmingham no matter where from would be an up train.

 

In any case, it's based on the line rather than the train service, so whether a train is only going from Sheffield to Derby or whether it's going all the way to Birmingham it's still an up train

 

I doubt it's anything at all like American highway systems.

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I know this is drifting from the topic, but it has been mentioned -  American freeways are numbered evenly for East/West direction, and odd for North/South direction. What I like about them is that that the junctions are not numbered sequentially as they are in this country, but are numbered as the number of miles from the dedicated starting point. Why we don't do this I'd like to know. We add junctions and have to give them a suffix letter. 

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Re #454. Interstate 40 which goes from Barstow, California to Wilmington, N. Carolina, the mile markers start in the west, and go back to 1 at each State change. The mile marker to our home in Williams is 161, which means it is 161 miles from the California border. Here endeth the geography lesson.

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Found this on Pinterest.  Picture credit Michael Cox [Caption: Northbound coal train approaching the Great Central viaduct and Weekday Cross, heading north through Victoria Station, Nottingham, early 1960s.].  I am wondering why a coal train would be travelling northbound into Nottingham Victoria....can anyone help?

 

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It could be from Gedling Colliery, which produced industrial fuel, and could have been heading for Lancashire, it would have to go this way after Mapperley tunnel was closed. I do know that East Midlands coal did go to Lancashire factories in the 1960's.

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I seem to remember that some of the coal from this area was sent to Garston Docks at Liverpool.

Whether it was fuel for ships, or for export, I don't know. I'll have to do some investigating.

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Coal to Garston Dock was House Coal for Northern Ireland and the Republic.

 

The coal looks smaller ie Singles (1"x1/2") or Washed Smalls (1/2"x0) both produced at Gedling. Most of the wagons look to me like 21t hoppers.

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We have been looking for some artwork for one of the walls in our house and thought of something from Nottinghamshire.

Whilst searching I came across this site which includes quite a few railway prints of Nottingham and surrounds

 

http://www.theparnhamgallery.co.uk/html/steam_train_pictures.html

 

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Brilliant, just buy the ones that are relative to your original area, and of past memories....... No..... Get the lot. They're fantastic!

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One of the renowned TG Hepburn pictures I believe. I've got his photo album which is marvellous.

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3 hours ago, BulwellBrian said:

LNER 2554 Woolwinder as a class A1.

 

11 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

One of the renowned TG Hepburn pictures I believe.

 

I'm sure you're both right.  I'm not a railway specialist so I look at the background and the scenery first; the fact there's a train in the photo is a bit secondary !

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Ian, great photos and is the last one of the footbridge just past Ruddington station? We always knew this as Fifty Steps, and you can just see through the structure the dormer window of our first house on Churchill Drive. We left there in 1971 and the bridge looks definitely the worse for wear than I remembered it.

Before the Wimpey estate was built, the area down to Fifty Steps was known as Western (Weston?) Fields.

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A junior boy’s memory.

In the late 40s, one Saturday morning, this young lad and his brother would be squeezed into a taxi along with baby brother’s pram and all the luggage plus mam and dad and set off to the Victoria Station. Once there and through the sacred reverberation of the booking hall, the entrance to the trains opened onto to the metal footbridge over the platforms and lines, and there below us, a shock, a mesmerising panorama like nothing else, as far as you could see, a monstrous industrial underworld of clanking and shouting, hissing steam and wafting up to us, the tempting enticing sweet smell of locomotive smoke. A struggle down the steps with the cases and pram to the platform level and we were engulfed in its titanic busy-ness, a tannoy barking out indecipherable orders, smart adults walking quickly here and there, cigarettes being lit, unheard conversations drowned out by the noise, a wink from a passing porter, his laden trolley rumbling along on cast iron wheels towering above me; this was the centre of the universe, this was the mechanicals which operated the world. And there, the most important man in splendid uniform with white shirt and black tie, with mere whistle-blow ordered the lumbering trains about their business. Dad took me to the end of the platform to see the engine. As we approached there was a malevolence about its clicking, hissing and ticking, it seemed keen to be off somewhere, its huge body was so impatient that it was scorching hot if you got too close and if it had an eye I’m sure it looked sideways with disdain at this little mortal. And just to prove its superiority it let out a deafening shrieking hiss in a geyser of steam which, save for the roof, would have blown a hole in the sky. Mam’s waving us back to get on board. The noises subdue as we move into the carriage, dad stowing things in “our” commandeered compartment as doors thump shut. A sigh of relief from mam, and that station master signals the ok, there’s a contemptuous toot from Leviathon at the front and with a gentle jolt the “Master Cutler” is taking us on our holidays, eventual destination Broadstairs!

 

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On 1/6/2016 at 9:20 PM, radfordred said:

#404 Sherwood rise

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800px-Weekday_Cross_Tunnel_South_Portal.

That's Garner's Hill on the right the tunnel is the Thurland Street tunnel leading to the south end if Victoria station

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