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: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie November 22, 2017, 07:01:42 PM
Memories of your Railway experiances


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Twm Sion 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......


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Twm Sion 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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Twm Sion 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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie 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.


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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie 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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie 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. 


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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi 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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Norman 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi 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,


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Norman 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.


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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


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


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Twm Sion 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....


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie 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.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Twm Sion 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 


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 19, 2018, 01:51:25 PM
Best train spotting location for me and my pals was Tamworth.  Worth the longish bike ride from Erdington because we got both the local and the London-Scotland lines, crossing at the station.

The latter, of course, was by far the most exciting. I recall hundreds of kids in the school holidays in the large field on the east of the fast line. Just south of the bridge over which the local trains crossed. Anticipation would mount as the first vibrations of the line were heard. A penny (or more likely a halfpenny or farthing) would sometimes be placed on the line by the better off and braver amongst us, just a few feet from where we stood with biros or pencils poised for a possible new namer. Maybe the Flying Scotsman! And then the first glimpse of steam...

Im lucky to have the Bluebell Railway nearby now and we had a visit from the Flying Scotsman last year. I made a nine minute video for friends and family but it may also be of interest to those here:

https://vimeo.com/24623615 (https://vimeo.com/24623615)

Remember to select full screen and best quality - and, of course, turn the volume up if you want to hear that evocative sound from the past!

Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 19, 2018, 02:02:16 PM
For some reason there was no Modify option in my original post. (Maybe because I posted it from my iPad, while this is from my PC?)

The correct link to my video is https://vimeo.com/246236159 (https://vimeo.com/246236159)

Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 19, 2018, 03:08:56 PM
(That Modify option seems to come and go! And I'm using my PC now. Is it meant to be accessible for only a few minutes after sending? Or perhaps only for the last post sent? In either case, that makes it tricky to correct mistakes or add extra info.)

I was wrong about the directions of the two lines. Here's what that location looks like in Google Earth today:

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6h6eayygjn6hlbt/TamworthTrainspotting.jpg?dl=0)

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I don't see the screenshot I just included. In case it continues AWOL, here's a link to it:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6h6eayygjn6hlbt/TamworthTrainspotting.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6h6eayygjn6hlbt/TamworthTrainspotting.jpg?dl=0)


Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi March 19, 2018, 07:01:06 PM
Terry pin,think you got the wrong field,it the one in the bottom right were all the houses have been built,from the island on the map you go under the bridge of the local line,was up that way just before xmas used to go school hols and every Sat when a kid in the early 50s from Kitts Green,great times


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi March 19, 2018, 07:33:56 PM
Terrypin,nice film of F Scotsman very enjoyable.Nearest to us is at TENTERDEN the East Kent railway,


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald March 19, 2018, 08:05:16 PM
Terry and Ed
Us kids of the war were all hooked on steam trains. Something quite magic.
Towards the end of steam engines it was a real surprise to see some
engines in odd places. I saw the Evening Star at Stourbridge.
Ed and I lived between 2 sets of railway lines, New years eve at midnight
the drivers blue the whistle for a minute.
Please keep all the pictures coming Terry and good to see you back on the forum.
Gerald.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Twm Sion March 19, 2018, 08:10:24 PM
Hello Terrypin and welcome. I live in mid Wales these days, left Brum about 38 years ago. I worked in the Southeast for many years. I have visited the Blue Bell railway on two occasions. The railway is a credit to all those that have kept it alive.

I was also on Beckley a few years ago. Out for a walk through some woods I noticed a steam train in the distance, a beautiful sight. I'm not sure if this was East Kent Raikway, even though I were in Susex.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald March 19, 2018, 08:21:04 PM
Hello TwM
Its great to see these old preserved railway. The have added 3 miles to the one in Carmarthen.
The society now own quite a few more miles of the old track bed.
The Rheidol at Bluebell time is great and they have put in more stops for walkers.
Keep the shovel working and please let us burn UK coal.
Just giving the flag and whistle
Gerald


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Twm Sion March 19, 2018, 08:45:29 PM
Hello Gerald. When working on the forestry in mid Wales I came across many old track beds that were reminders of the old days before Beeching. There was one near Llanafan that I think headed towards Tregaron.

I also spotted one last year when heading through Abermule near Newtown. This one heads up the valley towards Kerry or Sarn. It must have been a beautiful sight back in the day. It was running along side a river that must run into the Severn at Abermule. In fact it may have been the Afon Mwl  come to think of it.
Twm


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 19, 2018, 09:05:18 PM
Terry pin,think you got the wrong field,it the one in the bottom right were all the houses have been built,from the island on the map you go under the bridge of the local line,was up that way just before xmas used to go school hols and every Sat when a kid in the early 50s from Kitts Green,great times

Ed,

No, that's what I thought when I wrote my first post. It seems that way because you'd think the fast main line was going North/South at that location. But it isn't. On a smaller scale map you can see it turns and heads NW and SE respectively. And the local line (the one over the bridge) goes south for a while but then heads SW towards B'ham.

Take a look at these images. (BTW, why can I not embed them, like the photos others post?)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/afne7c4hj5ehgcz/TamworthTrainspotting-2.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/afne7c4hj5ehgcz/TamworthTrainspotting-2.jpg?dl=0)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/udbntrkufbejm2l/TamworthTrainspotting-3.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/udbntrkufbejm2l/TamworthTrainspotting-3.jpg?dl=0)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/q5sipj7e1lvdvh1/TamworthTrainspotting-4.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/q5sipj7e1lvdvh1/TamworthTrainspotting-4.jpg?dl=0)

Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie March 19, 2018, 09:06:39 PM
Rwm Have you got the token?


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie March 19, 2018, 09:12:23 PM
Terry pin,think you got the wrong field,it the one in the bottom right were all the houses have been built,from the island on the map you go under the bridge of the local line,was up that way just before xmas used to go school hols and every Sat when a kid in the early 50s from Kitts Green,great times

Ed,

No, that's what I thought when I wrote my first post. It seems that way because you'd think the fast main line was going North/South at that location. But it isn't. On a smaller scale map you can see it turns and heads NW and SE respectively. And the local line (the one over the bridge) goes south for a while but then heads SW towards B'ham.


Take a look at these images. (BTW, why can I not embed them, like the photos others post?)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/afne7c4hj5ehgcz/TamworthTrainspotting-2.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/afne7c4hj5ehgcz/TamworthTrainspotting-2.jpg?dl=0)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/udbntrkufbejm2l/TamworthTrainspotting-3.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/udbntrkufbejm2l/TamworthTrainspotting-3.jpg?dl=0)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/q5sipj7e1lvdvh1/TamworthTrainspotting-4.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/q5sipj7e1lvdvh1/TamworthTrainspotting-4.jpg?dl=0)

Terry, East Grinstead, UK

Hello Terry and welcome back to the forum. You are correct about the field you were trainspotting in and just to let you know it is still a field. Edifi  the new houses that they built are on the same side as the caravan park but further down.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 19, 2018, 09:29:03 PM
Thanks Townie.

Any advice about the image problem please?

Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie March 19, 2018, 11:00:58 PM
Thanks Townie.

Any advice about the image problem please?

Terry, East Grinstead, UK

Terry. Whenever I am posting photos I always use tinypic.   


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi March 19, 2018, 11:29:25 PM
Townie you still have to go under the bridge to the field past were the caffe was.to get to that field were Terrypin says you had to go down to the river and under the bridge


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 20, 2018, 06:56:50 AM
Townie you still have to go under the bridge to the field past were the caffe was.to get to that field were Terrypin says you had to go down to the river and under the bridge

Eh?


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 20, 2018, 07:06:17 AM
Please keep all the pictures coming Terry and good to see you back on the forum.
Gerald.

Id be happy to post a few, Gerald, but the Image tool does not work for me. How about for others? I see no images in this section, but there are several elsewhere, such as in the section on stations.

I paste in a link between the tags as with all the many other forums I use, but after sending nothing appears.

Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 20, 2018, 07:56:02 AM
Thanks Townie.

Any advice about the image problem please?

Terry, East Grinstead, UK

Terry. Whenever I am posting photos I always use tinypic.  

Thanks Townie. I use Dropbox so maybe that's the problem? I'll try again right now in this post.

A couple of Bluebell Railway locos at Sheffield Park Station:

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/9mcuc0tyap9zm9u/Bluebell02.jpg?raw=1)

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Aha, success! Dropbox uses a rather strange format for its URL links and I've modified it for that one.

Not sure if it's the right section though, so please feel free to move it.

Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie March 20, 2018, 07:32:54 PM
Townie you still have to go under the bridge to the field past were the caffe was.to get to that field were Terrypin says you had to go down to the river and under the bridge

Eh?

Edifi The only way I know to get to that field is by going over to the London bound line and walking off the platform and jumping the fence.   


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi March 20, 2018, 11:40:17 PM
Townie ,is there no way under the railway bridge we used to go under passed the cafe from the island


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie March 21, 2018, 07:42:53 PM
Townie ,is there no way under the railway bridge we used to go under passed the cafe from the island

Edifi I may have to apologise to you I have found this photo that shows a bridge. I will have a look this weekend if I can and see what is there now. I know the caravan park is down there.
(http://i63.tinypic.com/wgw12.jpg)


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald March 21, 2018, 08:23:41 PM
Hello Townie
Is that a bridge , some thing looks odd about it
Gerald.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi March 21, 2018, 11:12:57 PM
Townie &Gerald .when we were kids we got of the train at the high level came down the steps turned left went passed the cafe under the bridge into the field to the track,if you wanted to go to the other side you went down the field to the Anker river under the bridge to the other field


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 22, 2018, 12:20:25 PM
Edifi I may have to apologise to you I have found this photo that shows a bridge. I will have a look this weekend if I can and see what is there now. I know the caravan park is down there.

Townie,

That's definitely not a bridge! It's a suspension gantry, part of the electrification that took place in 1962.

It's a view from the high level station of the low level line looking towards Nuneaton. On the left, beyond the water tower, is the field where I did my trainspotting and on the right is the other field.

Here's another photo:

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/t9675rnklgrhwhm/TamworthStation-01.jpg?raw=1)


Terry, East Grinstead, UK


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie March 23, 2018, 10:55:29 AM
Terry. I'm not sure where your looking. If you look towards the right you can see a person with a dog walking along a path that I would say leads under the bridge.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 23, 2018, 02:09:45 PM
Terry. I'm not sure where your looking. If you look towards the right you can see a person with a dog walking along a path that I would say leads under the bridge.

Townie,

Well, my eyes aren't brilliant, but I suppose you mean the River Anker bridge under the railway line?

As mentioned in my opening post, I came to Tamworth by bike. I don't remember how I got to my trainspotting field and made no mention of it. Which is why my response to "...were Terrypin says you had to go down to the river and under the bridge" was a simple "Eh?".


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie March 23, 2018, 02:37:22 PM
Terry this is what I think may be the bridge.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2606hza.jpg)


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Terrypin March 23, 2018, 03:32:47 PM
Townie,

Yes, that's the one over the river.

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/aq7ub3y1g4g1ya0/AnkerBridge-1.jpg?raw=1)


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald March 23, 2018, 08:37:26 PM
Train Announcement
The train standing at platforms, 5,6,7 and 8 came in sideways.
The person who can smile is a rich person.
Being called to down the air raid shelter.
Gerald.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi March 23, 2018, 11:48:23 PM
Always called out Clangers and Main when we were there


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie April 08, 2018, 12:43:50 PM
Did you ever sit here with your pencil and note pad.

 (http://i64.tinypic.com/xfpb2s.jpg)


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald April 08, 2018, 01:41:16 PM
Hello Townie
Is that Hams Hall in the background. The train is pulling tankers.
Either fuel or Methane gas.
Give us a clue
Gerald.


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: Edifi April 08, 2018, 02:35:15 PM
Gerald ,think it's 100 yards from Water Orton Station,I think


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: townie April 08, 2018, 03:11:20 PM
Yes just approaching Water Orton. The wall on the left is the back of the pub the Dog Inn, and yes that's Hams Hall in the background. The Train has just come off the Kingsbury Tamworth line. 


: Re: Memories of your Railway experiances
: GardenGerald April 08, 2018, 03:29:04 PM
Hello Townie and Ed.
The train is on its way back to Pembrokeshire. 2 or 3 leave Pembrokeshire just after midnight and pass our house
that is a mile away but we do hear them. Never troubles us. Thats link between us. That train when loaded is very, very heavy.
Blow the whistle
Gerald.


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