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PhilipInCoventry
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361 of 842  Sun 18th Aug 2013 9:30pm  
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Hi NormK, hi all Wave I have enjoyed being & describing myself as a trainspotter, but the real truth is that I am really a 'rail reminiscer'. When I started as a trainspotter, there were over twenty thousand locomotives, as well as a huge array of differently designed rolling stock, leave alone the civil engineering sights to be seen. The sounds too. Not just the puffing of a steamer, but the excitement when moving along on a train when it was entering a station area. First I would see the ends of sidings with their well rusted iron-work, next the line of wagons & if we were travelling slow enough, the hissing sound of the steam loco at the head of the goods train. All of that has gone, but my memories have not. Even when steam had gone, I still enjoyed watching with my then young son, the shunting going on in what is now Central Six, with the distinctive sound of wagons buffering up. Watch any period movie or drama, & you may well hear that recorded sound, being played in the background of wagons being shunted. So, when I am sat relaxing on a station platform somewhere, I might just be daydream spotting. Have a good week, all. Wave
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Robthu
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362 of 842  Mon 19th Aug 2013 7:48am  
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We as the Friends of the London Road Cemetery are going to have our usual Cemetery open days at the Heritage Weekend 14th and 15th Sept 2013. I would like to know if any of you have a picture of the pedestrian bridge that used to link the north and south sides of the Cemetery over the railway line. Years ago on many occasions I used this bridge with camera in hand and not once did I think to take pictures. I kick myself on many occasions over this. Here's hoping and many thanks. Regards Derek.
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Disorganised1
Coventry
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363 of 842  Tue 20th Aug 2013 1:28am  
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I read somewhere that a number of 'fine' railway signal boxes were to be preserved. Could this be happening at Hawkesbury? If so I hope they'll keep the one at Coundon Crossing too.
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PhilipInCoventry
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364 of 842  Thu 22nd Aug 2013 4:55pm  
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Hi all, I am trying to obtain details of twenty six boxes earmarked for preservation by English Heritage. Cheers
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NormK
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365 of 842  Fri 6th Sep 2013 11:53am  
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On 18th Aug 2013 5:00pm, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi NormK, hi all Wave Still no news regards your question about Hawkesbury Lane signal box. I will keep asking. Wave
Hi Philip. I had a look up there yesterday, I think they are just having a general clean/tidy up down there. The verges have been smartened up etc. I read in the Tribune today they are closing the road in order to inspect the crossing, so this is probably the reason for the box tidy up. Thumbs_up
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366 of 842  Sun 8th Sep 2013 8:35pm  
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For anyone who wants to see the new-build A1 locomotive 60163 "Tornado" up close, it is currently scheduled to call at Coventry next Saturday (14th Sep) at around 10.30am to pick up passengers on a railtour from London Euston to Worcester As is the norm these days, neither the loco nor the tour itself can at this moment be guaranteed, but I'll keep watch during the week, hopefully to confirm that it will be here Thumbs_up For diesel enthusiasts, another railtour is due at Platform 2 on Wednesday (11th Sep) at 10.03am, to pick up passengers for Bristol - haulage will be Class 47 and 57 locos
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NeilsYard
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367 of 842  Sun 8th Sep 2013 9:24pm  
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Thanks for the heads-up Red - will take my lads down.
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PhilipInCoventry
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368 of 842  Mon 9th Sep 2013 12:40pm  
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Hi all & thank you for the info Midland Red, Thumbs_up I have a busy week, which means in spite of being in the centre of Coventry on both of those occasions, I shall miss them. Wave
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Midland Red

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369 of 842  Wed 11th Sep 2013 8:11am  
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Today's diesel-hauled railtour was on time leaving Crewe at 07.13 today, so still due in Coventry at 10.03 Thumbs_up
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Midland Red

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370 of 842  Wed 11th Sep 2013 11:59am  
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Oh dear, I have the Real Times schedule and it is showing Saturday's rail tour as not picking up at Coventry (pass platform 3) - I have emailed the operator for clarification. Oh_my
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Midland Red

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371 of 842  Wed 11th Sep 2013 12:08pm  
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Immediate response (impressed!) Thumbs_up Good Morning, Saturday's trip will be steam hauled throughout but unfortunately we have not been granted a stop at Coventry as planned. Kind Regards Steam Dreams
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PhilipInCoventry
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372 of 842  Wed 11th Sep 2013 12:35pm  
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Hi all Wave Thanks to Midland Red's spot-on info, I was able to sneak out of a high-powered meeting & record this. Wave Gosh! These meetings in retirement. I ask you! Cheers Sadly Sad I will not be able to breakaway on Saturday until mid-day.
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Midland Red

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373 of 842  Wed 11th Sep 2013 12:51pm  
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I take it your hi-finance meeting was in The Rocket, then, as you only caught the tail! Cheers
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PhilipInCoventry
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374 of 842  Wed 11th Sep 2013 12:57pm  
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Hi Cliff, No, not the Rocket, but it is the first time a bank meeting has taken place with me on Warwick Rd, before returning for a coffee at Cafe Italia. Big_grin Smile Lol This pic from platform level.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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375 of 842  Wed 11th Sep 2013 8:46pm  
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Thanks gents - Will still be worth a trip to see her steam through methinks. I'll try to repay the favour Philip and get a shot or two. Thumbs_up
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