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Title: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: townie on November 22, 2017, 07:01:42 PM
Memories of your Railway experiances


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on November 22, 2017, 07:42:04 PM
Best means of travel. Always looked forward to going on a train pulled be a steam engine.
Toot Toot
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on November 24, 2017, 08:30:39 PM
Do the steam Plum trains still run from Evesham. About 50 box vans taking plums all over Britain.
Remember the Stratford on Avon Cannery. Crop picked in the morning in tins during the afternoon.
How fresh can you get.
In Evesham now the Spring Onions are pulled on Sunday and in the Supermarkets the following
Friday. Stale by the time you get them.
GROW YOUR OWN.
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Twm Sion on January 04, 2018, 08:03:42 PM
As train spotters in the early days, we were more excited when we knew a steamer was coming. More time for anticipation as you could see the steam way off in the distance. And the smell and noise of he engine. Should be bottled and sold......


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 04, 2018, 08:59:38 PM
Hello Twm
Some allotments had the railway line on one side like BordesleyGreen, main London Line. The Driver would give you a toot and a wave
plus great views of the engines. Then we would go and pinch an apple or carrot.
Great days, how did we mange with no drugs.
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Edifi on January 06, 2018, 02:22:55 PM
Why is it that most of us oldies were all train spotters in our childhood and found it great fun.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Twm Sion on January 06, 2018, 08:59:29 PM
Hello Twm
Some allotments had the railway line on one side like BordesleyGreen, main London Line. The Driver would give you a toot and a wave
plus great views of the engines. Then we would go and pinch an apple or carrot.
Great days, how did we mange with no drugs.
Gerald.
On talking to may neighbour this week, he's 85 been farming all his life. We chatted about all the rail lines that were in our area. One of his memories as a child working on the family farm in the summer, was the 7pm mail train leaving Llanidloes station, and sounded the whistle as it pulled out. It was only then that they could go in for supper.

No drugs in those days we had too much to do....
Twm Sion


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Twm Sion on January 06, 2018, 09:01:43 PM
Why is it that most of us oldies were all train spotters in our childhood and found it great fun.

I don't think it was always to do with the numbers, I think for me it was the experience, fascinated by the trains and still am, no train spotting these bays thogh


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: townie on January 07, 2018, 08:31:18 PM
We used to bike it or walk it to the Dog at Water Orton sit on the wall and watch the steamers go past a lovely sight, smell and sound.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Edifi on January 08, 2018, 10:03:29 AM
Townie Brilliant,Was that Gerald or you wearing the short trousers


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Edifi on January 08, 2018, 10:07:23 AM
Used to do most of my spotting down at Bromford Bridge or Saltley Sheds sometimes at Aston Shed.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: townie on January 08, 2018, 02:19:22 PM
Townie Brilliant,Was that Gerald or you wearing the short trousers

Not me I think its Gerald  ;D


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 08, 2018, 03:09:12 PM
Hello
In Water Orton our garden ended right at the side of the railway line. Used to get a wave from the drivers and the guard hanging
out of the guards van. I wonder how many fell out.
Did you know that when we started to use North Sea gas it was not strong enough. Trains of Methane Gas tankers used to go to
the back of the Lurgi Gas plant. It was put into big gas holders and fed into the gas mains. This was all Hush Hush.
Coleshill Railway Station now has a rather large car park. The Railway station in Water Orton I am told still looks the same.
My son had to do some business in Water Orton about 3 weeks ago, I never went because the old legs are not so good these
days. He said that compared to some parts of Birmingham it looked very good.
Please keep posting and encourage some friends to do so.
Best wishes,
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: townie on January 08, 2018, 03:37:49 PM
Gerald I'm trying to work out where you lived in Water Orton. Did you live over the bridge by the Dog and then turn left. 


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 08, 2018, 04:40:20 PM
Hello Townie
If you are coming from Minworth you are right.
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Edifi on January 12, 2018, 07:12:27 PM
It was good at Tysley Station to see the Kings,Manors,Halls come roaring through from London and later the Brittaniass


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Norman on January 13, 2018, 07:52:57 PM
When I was a youngster I lived in Balsall Heath Road and often went with my father to the Lickeys, usually by tram but, sometimes, as a special treat we would go by train to Barnt Green. We might take the tram into the city and get the train in New Street station, the platform, I think, was next to Station Street and always stank of fish or we would walk up the hill to the Moseley Road and get the train at Camp Hill station.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Edifi on January 13, 2018, 08:32:17 PM
When we moved to Kitts Green in 49 my father would take us down to Stechford station and catch the train to London on a Sunday,.Still remember the price 11/- for dad 3/6dhalfpenny each for me and my brother,


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 13, 2018, 08:38:49 PM
Evening Boys.
We used to go on day excursions from Stechford. The Mystery trips were quite good apart from the trip
to Grange over Sand. We got on another train at Grange over Sands and went to some railway sheds
That was a great day out.
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 13, 2018, 08:43:22 PM
Norman
The smell of the fish trains was quite strong. A quantity of that fish went to my Grandad to be
cured and turned into Kippers.
Those were the days.
54 Trawlers at Milford Haven and now 4. Very sad.
Have you ever been Kipper fishing on the long pier at Milford.
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 13, 2018, 08:47:06 PM
Townie
Please help Norman with the size of pictures.
Thanks
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Norman on January 13, 2018, 08:52:59 PM
Gerald, you know very well that they do not catch kippers at Milford, they are bloaters or smokies.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: townie on January 13, 2018, 08:57:41 PM
Gerald I have sent Norman a PM.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 13, 2018, 09:01:40 PM
Hello Norman
You caught me out. Bloaters are fish that fall off the racks before being full smoked to become kippers.
Smokies are smoked in a different way.
Now of course its drugs that get smoked. Stupid people. We had a lot of fun without drugs.
Best wishes
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 13, 2018, 09:03:00 PM
Townie
Many thanks
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Twm Sion on January 16, 2018, 06:23:34 PM
Tysley station has happy memories for me as a nipper in the late 50's early 60's. This is the station we would set off from for our Christmas trip from Bakelite Sports and Social Club. All the kids would be on the platform chattering away. We were given a white paper bag which contained sweets, spangles, lollipop, small bar of Cadbuys' chocolate. Off we would go to a Panto one year we went yo the circus. Funny thing is I can never remember coming back by train....


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Edifi on January 20, 2018, 08:47:15 PM
When my mother worked at Marsh & Baxters ,Mr Walter Marsh would take all the parents and children to RHYL by train for the day.Like you TWM we all had a lucky bag with sweets a small bottle of orange juice and of cause a small Marshs pork pie.Those were the days.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: GardenGerald on January 21, 2018, 05:14:33 PM
Blow the Whistle
Do you remember New Years Eve at Midnight all engines would blow their whistles for one minute.
Those were the days lets bring em back.
Question for you.
What very big engine worked on Washwood Heath Sidings. About fifty tracks there.
On the Footplate
Gerald.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: townie on January 21, 2018, 05:36:19 PM
When I was at Tyseley at midnight New Year they used to place detonators on the rails and get an engine to drive over them and when they explode believe me they explode.


Title: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
Post by: Twm Sion on January 22, 2018, 11:47:36 AM
I remember a Copper coming to speak to us at school about safety on the railway. I remember him waving a detonator about when he was on the stage doing his bit. I think a box had been nicked from somewhere and they guessed it was kids (never!!!). I remember sitting there listening and wishing I could get a box.  ;D