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These are of the New Moor Bridge almost completed in 1940, the bottom picture shows the old bridge in the background which was demolished  down near the Cottages that are still there;

 

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Great pics Stuart. 

As far as I know the last remaining pier of the old bridge remained in situ until very recently. last few years I think.

Think I've told this before.. Mum, who lived just across the bridge on the 'Bulwell end' of Grindon Crescent from the late 1920s, always told of how her younger brother Jack was quite disturbed about the old bridge being taken down, and one night was heard shouting in his sleep " Put that bleddy bridge back!"

Last remnants of the old bridge can still be seen here.. just across the tracks from the blue/green containers:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.0145911,-1.1891712,82a,35y,110.81h,62.76t/data=!3m1!1e3

 

And here, you can see how the Bulwell Hall Est. houses which front onto Hucknall Lane at the end of Aston Drive, were set back from where the road now runs, presumably to allow for traffic using the old bridge, whereas to the right, you can see the very tight two lane roundabout on the Bulwell side of the new Moorbridge, which was built after Bulwell Hall Estate, where the houses are much closer to the road.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.0144243,-1.1905847,81a,35y,110.81h,62.76t/data=!3m1!1e3

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Here's a good one, with a blown up snip out of it;

New Moorbridge plus by the looks of it, the old bridge mid demolition in 1950, note arch still there and stubs of pillars between tracks.

 

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Looks like there are men on the track clearing up.

 

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Thank you for the pix Stuart, looking at the blow up reminded me that I  stood next to that arch, at the side of the track with a rail enthusiast mate who wanted me to film a couple of diesels, correct me if I'm  wrong but I  think they were AC or A3 Deltics, (if that means anything). My mate told me they had been waiting up at Newstead branch, waiting time to go. I believe  it was their last run before shuffling off to York. I've  still got that film, it was back in 1985/6ish. Tony LeGrys, if your out there, call me.

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Great photo's Stuart,,,,the piece of bridge on the lower pic. is still standing.   Behind that is a body of water that attracted us lads down there from Bestwood estate,,,we called it ''Jelly Lake''' on account of all the Frog spawn that could be seen,,,its also the place were i got shot in the Ankle (still got the scar) trying to defend some Frogs from being shot by big lads with Air Guns...........

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Think it's finaly gone now Ben.  What intrigues me in those pics is the large pond beyond the old bridge and backiing onto Moorbridge Cottages. That's not there now, but the one between the two bridges is still there, though it looks a bit weed infested now.  Also, the trees around the old Bull Well are very much bigger now.  It used to be a pretty much open area.

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You've lost me there B. I can't recall any York bound diesels. Unless it was a special working. Although I do remember a couple of Southern Region class 33's on a special around here.

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Sorry Fly, I'm  not a brilliant railway enthusiast, but I  do remember my mate telling me that the two engines would be coming along together, travelling light. They were heading in the Bulwell direction although obviously not going there. I'll  have a look on my film archives and see if I  can find any identifying info on there which may help.

I do know that my mate told me that this would be the last time they would be seen. We did see some other locos but these diesels were what he wanted filming. When they passed we went into the signal box, as the operator was my mates chum, ( i didn't  know him). I filmed them on full size VHS and have since transferred them to DVD, (Along with, Flying Scotsman, Sir Nigel Gresley, Duchess of Hamilton etc). B.

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Just finished reading 'The Back Line'. (Great Northern Railway) by Hayden J Reed. It's the definitive history of the eastern reaches of the GNR's Derbyshire Extention (The Friargate Line) It starts at Colwick and finishes at Basford & Bulwell. It doesn't exactly cover this section of line, as it branched off at Leen Valley Junction.

A fascinating read all the same. 

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Found this photo of Leen Valley signalbox on http://www.annesleyfireman.com//index.html. The site owner is Chris Ward, who was the loco fireman on this engine. It depicts the 0620 Daybrook pick-up goods at Leen Valley Junction Signalbox but the date on the photo is 23/12/64. Although the track was still in-situ until 1965 the line had actually closed to al traffic on 1st June 1964; apart from use for a short period of time as a carriage and waggon storage facility, so a bit of a puzzle there.  [photo credit: Chris Ward]

 

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I regularly look in on Chris's site. It gives a great load of information on Annesley. A mine of anecdotes, pictures, lists of visiting engines etc. Brilliant.

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I often look in too Fly,,,i knew lots of the faces on there,,mostly from my days working at the Railway club,,,also found photo's of my Dad and Grandad....

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In the book I've just mentioned, there's a picture of stored carriages, and it states that they are destined for Rigleys for disposal. 

The pic is taken from LVJ signal box looking westwards. 

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If anyone is sufficiently interested, the book is available from Book Law Publications. Carlton. Nottm. £27.95, but I was charged  about £25. A feast of info and pictures on Daybrook, LVJ, and of course Colwick.

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     Compo's photograph is missing, but I know which it is as I regularly look through Chris Ward's Annesley web pages.

     Am pleased you have found a photograph of the stored coaches, as I was wondering if I had remembered correctly.

    Have also taken Fly's recommendation and purchased The Back Line.

    I seem to recollect that 9F's had a route availability issue on the Leen Valley Line. The only stretch I have seen photographs is on the Bagthorpe Junction triangle where they were sometimes turned, being too large for Victoria's turntable. Someone will now produce a photograph and prove me wrong. Such is life!

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Think you're correct there DA re 9F's not fitting on Vics turntable. They  didn't have the same problem at Annesley I don't think. I'm pretty certain I've seen them turned there. 

Glad you've bought The Back Liny. It'll keep you busy for days.  There's also three other good books by Reed covering all areas of Nottm.

Check them out on Book Law's website. Best of luck.

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Think I know the pic you're referring to DA. Is it the one of a 9F, a B16 and an O4 ? It's in virtually every book I've seen on the GC in Notts.

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