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PhilipInCoventry
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166 of 179  Fri 26th Aug 2016 7:34pm  
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Hi all Wave An errand to Birmingham on Thursday morning, a rainy, misty day until later in the afternoon, I had a couple of free hours in the middle of the day, so I popped to Dorridge again to record some pictures. A friend on You-Tube is considering modelling Dorridge & asked me for some pictures of the area. Dorridge is an interesting subject to model as it has so may typical railway features. The above picture shows a Chilterns three coach train to Leamington, which is held in the up loop. The reason being shown above as a Cross-country express to the south coast passes it at speed. Dorridge has two relief down lines that pass to the right of the platform in the next picture, which is facing in the opposite direction. They can both be seen in both of the above pictures, the one nearest to the platform also behaves as a holding siding for the frequent shuttle service that operates through Birmingham Moor Street. If I was considering a fresh start on a new model, Dorridge would be quite high on my list of preferences. It offers so much operating interest for as well as frequent passenger trains, freight trains are seen thundering through the station. So much so that this freight caught me out, being almost on top of me before I could get my cam-phone out I have always enjoyed watching railway operations, which are an expression of logic, as well as critical path technology, CTP as it was one time known.
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PhilipInCoventry
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167 of 179  Thu 15th Sep 2016 5:41pm  
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Hi all Wave My out & about today took me to Galton Bridge for a photo take as well as delivering a parcel to a friend in Shirley. I have not forgotten our fish & chip time, Midland Red, at Dorridge, but I have to tell you how nice the fish & chips are from Shirley. Yum & yum. My picture of where the suspension bridge over the canal joins the brick arch over the West coast mainline. The next two pictures are views from where I sat munching a small portion of Cod & Chips from Shirley I do realise that these are not everyone's idea of idyllic views & relaxing, but this is so much of my comfort zone. I even changed trains at B'ham international so that I arrived at Coventry station at a time to coincide with my memories of leaving school in an afternoon. What a sad case I hear so many of you say. I saw Flying Scotsman loco in Tyseley yard but not well enough to record a picture, as I went by on a train from Shirley.
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168 of 179  Thu 15th Sep 2016 6:26pm  
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The views look good to me Cheers
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Dreamtime
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169 of 179  Fri 16th Sep 2016 1:47am  
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They do look good, and understandable for an enthusiastic train hopper ! Big grin
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PhilipInCoventry
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170 of 179  Mon 19th Sep 2016 11:06pm  
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Hi all Wave I had some lovely company today during my bit of volunteering. A four year old & his granddad enjoyed a trip to Stourbridge. A change of circumstances meant that I had a lot of free time today, so what a delight to see the delight enjoyed by this couple. I will post a couple of pictures. I knew today was going to be a good day, as when we boarded the No 9a to the railway station, there sat on the bus was a favourite forum friend. It doesn't get any better than that.
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Dreamtime
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171 of 179  Tue 20th Sep 2016 3:59am  
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Lovely Philip, I hope that little boy remembers his day out with his Grandpa as well. Wave Maybe if his Grandpa was a forum member they could see themselves. Happy
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172 of 179  Fri 24th Mar 2017 2:48pm  
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Following my visit to the city last week, on my way home I stopped off in Stoneleigh - amazingly, having lived for some years a couple of miles up the road in Finham, I am certain that I have never set foot in the village before Oh my What a delightful place it is, and in the very short time I spent there I felt I'd been transported back a couple of hundred years I didn't get all around the village or down to the river - but I aim to do so when next in the area Here's a selection of photos I hurriedly took - enjoy Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
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173 of 179  Fri 24th Mar 2017 4:33pm  
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Very picturesque MR. Is there any significance when people place peahens on their roofs as I noticed on one of your photos No.6. Usually on thatched roofs.
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174 of 179  Fri 31st Mar 2017 6:32pm  
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The only comment I can find is: The skilled art of thatching is still alive and well in the UK today. Thatchers often leave their own unique signature on the newly thatched roofs, from decorative ridge designs to reed peacocks and corn dollies.
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Dreamtime
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175 of 179  Sat 1st Apr 2017 1:40am  
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Thanks MR, bet there are lots in Midsomer !
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LesMac
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176 of 179  Sat 1st Apr 2017 10:33am  
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Reed cutters are still busy on the Norfolk Broads.
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Dreamtime
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177 of 179  Sat 1st Apr 2017 12:15pm  
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Oh I have been there. Our 6 berth boat was called the Mayflower in .......... Oh lordy I have forgot, I was only a kid but had a wonderful holiday for two weeks. Thanks for digging up old memories Les Mac.
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LesMac
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178 of 179  Sun 2nd Apr 2017 4:41pm  
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Hello Dream Time. I am not a boat expert but I know a man who is. Mayflower was first owned by Maycraft of Potter Higham. First registered 1949 with Broads Authorities number 313. Later sold to Minstrel Boats and then Bell Marine. It was later used by a diving firm in Loddon but the planking was rotting and so could no longer pass inspection and was broken up. Mayflower was 38ft long an 11ft beam with a 40hp BMC marine engine,very large for a Broads boat. Below is a picture of her sister ship Mayfair.
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179 of 179  Sun 2nd Apr 2017 6:07pm  
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LesMac, what a gem, and to think I actually steered it and my dad said to me 'There you go you have actually been in control of the Mayflower' and I enjoyed sitting in the dinghy at the back too. Thank you so much for the info. Wave
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