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PhilipInCoventry
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361 of 844  Sat 30th Mar 2013 4:30pm  
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Hi & thank you for your comments on this. Even more so, for coming from our lady friends. Wave Earlier on this thread, we were talking about water troughs & here we can see them in use with some locos actually performing water pick-ups as they travel at speed. Note too the dire state that most of them were in during their last years of service. Most of the locos in these shots were nominally rated at about 2,000 hp, but it was a fact that a steam loco could be coaxed into doubling that figure when required. Counting the vans & trucks behind one of those locos & knowing the approx speed & the climb, even the Black Five was chucking out over 3,000 hp. Few of our present day single engined diesels can put that out even now. The General Motors diesels of today are really good, but at today's date, one of our preserved 9F steamers holds the current record for drawbar hp in the UK. Electric locos are not the same, as they draw their power from being plugged in to the national grid, just as we do with our vacuum cleaners. Wave That is why some of them are often rated at over 5,000 hp. Wave
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Dreamtime
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362 of 844  Sun 31st Mar 2013 3:09am  
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PhilipInCoventry
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363 of 844  Mon 1st Apr 2013 1:28pm  
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dutchman
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364 of 844  Mon 1st Apr 2013 2:17pm  
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I may have mentioned it before Philip but there was a mature oak tree alongside the Kenilworth line where boys in blue blazers (but without caps) could often be seen lounging on its trunk which was conveniently split into two about half way up. I was one of them of course Wink
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Tricia
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365 of 844  Mon 1st Apr 2013 6:17pm  
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PhilipInCoventry
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366 of 844  Fri 17th May 2013 8:59am  
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Hi all Wave This Sunday sees the opening of a new, park & ride railway station in Stratford. Sad to say that the new promised station at the Ricoh still awaits the go-ahead (probably because the council have spent the money elsewhere!!!) (calm down Philip). Anyway, as soon as possible, your forum team will bring you a report back. It is also sad that such a historically significant close town has no direct rail link with us here in Coventry. A journey by train means a change either at B'ham or Leamington, both of which involve platform changes. The Stratford station was built because the council there acted promptly in order to secure capital funding, whilst Coventry didn't. What is also sad is that there is no freedom travel ticket for Warwickshire county as there is for the West Midlands. Even without an OAP bus pass, anyone can buy an off-peak West Midland go anywhere ticket for £6 which includes the train & trams. To get to Stratford from Coventry, Stagecoach have all-day tickets on their frequent services that depart from outside Sainsbury's in Trinity St. Wave
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Gilly
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367 of 844  Sat 18th May 2013 12:35am  
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Dreamtime
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368 of 844  Sat 18th May 2013 3:14am  
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PhilipInCoventry
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369 of 844  Sat 18th May 2013 8:35am  
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Hello to you both Wave Wave Stagecoach is the current operating name of the old Midland Red bus company. It's original name from which Midland Red comes from, "Birmingham Midland Motor Omnibus Company" or BMMO for short. The vehicles were painted red originally, as it was a subsidiary of the Midland Railway Company whose corporate colour was what they called crimson lake. Their original depot was in Carlisle St in Birmingham. That spelling at one time was Carlyle St. Wave
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370 of 844  Mon 20th May 2013 6:35pm  
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On 18th May 2013 8:35am, PhilipInCoventry said: Hello to you both Wave Wave Stagecoach is the current operating name of the old Midland Red bus company. It's original name from which Midland Red comes from, "Birmingham Midland Motor Omnibus Company" or BMMO for short. The vehicles were painted red originally, as it was a subsidiary of the Midland Railway Company whose corporate colour was what they called crimson lake. Their original depot was in Carlisle St in Birmingham. That spelling at one time was Carlyle St. Wave
Hi Philip, you're 99.99% correct, the full legal title was; "Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company". To quickly distract you from the correction, here's a ticket in my collection
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PhilipInCoventry
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371 of 844  Sun 2nd Jun 2013 11:30am  
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Hi all Wave I visited the new railway station at Stratford Parkway. Plenty of connecting buses & trains to the already existing park & ride car-park service. Only time will tell if the new station will take off commercially. Those of you wishing to visit Stratford from Coventry, the bus from outside Sainsbury's is still the quickest method of getting there, as a rail journey will always involve a change of train. My day out yesterday was marred by a suicide, that disrupted train services between Warwick & Leamington, but I did meet a couple of lovely train-spotters at Leamington. When a train-spotter is accompanied by his wife, who is on a free spend in Banbury & Leamington, then we all have to pull together. They were all the way from Derby too. Smile. Any of you who fancy visiting the SVR (Severn Valley Railway), there is now an excellent service from B'ham Moor St, mostly of at least two trains an hour. Those with Centro bus passes will need to buy a ticket for travelling the short distance after Stourbridge Junc to Kidderminster. Alternatively, an all-day ranger ticket if you have a Warwickshire bus pass which does not give you rail access. I used the day-ranger ticket yesterday as I travelled outside of the West Midland boundary several times. With my Senior railcard discount, the ticket cost £14.85. You cannot buy much petrol or diesel for that & friends of mine (who almost needed a bank loan) had paid a fortune to visit Alton Towers, could not believe how far I had travelled all day yesterday.
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PhilipInCoventry
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372 of 844  Mon 3rd Jun 2013 8:38am  
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Hi all Wave On the subject of new railway stations, I am surprised that a 'Park & Ride' scheme has not been developed years ago in the vicinity of the old Brandon & Wolston station. A huge residential & business catchment area is forced to snake its way into Coventry or Rugby in order to get anywhere.
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DBC
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373 of 844  Mon 3rd Jun 2013 5:54pm  
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It looks as though Kenilworth station has now got the go-ahead:- LINK
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PhilipInCoventry
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374 of 844  Sat 22nd Jun 2013 5:06pm  
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Hi all, Wave Three stalwarts from Coventry railway station. The lady in the centre is more likely to be heard than seen, as she is one of our station announcers. I introduced myself to them. The announcer lady, I thanked her for the most clear diction information anywhere, stations, airports, no matter where. She has been announcing at Coventry station for many years with her skilled pitch changing voice. Most of us think that we can do anyone's job, but this lady really has a skill which she dedicates for our help in Coventry. Thumbs_up
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PhilipInCoventry
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375 of 844  Fri 5th Jul 2013 9:43pm  
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Hi all Wave I have often asked myself why have I such an interest in railways, or transport in general. I just don't know. No one in our immediate family has had any direct railway involvement, but my mum was related to Mr Fearnley, our former Coventry bus manager. I do remember the Harrow train disaster, I was five at the time & when I was seven, I can remember reading "Henry the Green Engine" book one afternoon when I was in Mrs Gates' transition class at KHVIII. I was reading a story where Henry was involved in a accident in snow, which caused the guard to spill his cocoa. Like most people, I have never liked disasters & railway operation, having a sense of order about, disasters should not happen. They do though, like the pictures most of us have of tragedies in our minds, like the one where several lost their lives & many were injured aboard an overnight sleeper that came to grief in Nuneaton a few decades ago. At about this same age period, 5-7, I enjoyed a family holiday in Towyn, Wales where the then newly preserved narrow gauge railway was in action. My dad once told me that I was more interested in the main-line railway, which was located adjacent to the Talyllyn. One thing is for sure that I became hooked on trainspotting almost to the exclusion of everything else. At about age eleven I had a fortnight's family holiday in Bournemouth. I cannot tell you much about the place, the shore line or anything else, other than the three railway stations that I nearly lived on. The same when we had a holiday in Ilfracombe, where I spent most of the time at the entrance to Mortehoe tunnel. So now, well into my retirement age, I think nothing of spending a couple of hours on any day at any of our local stations. Last week I spent time sat in Sheldon Country Park, watching the trains pass over a three arch viaduct, that until last week I did not know was even there. Wave Marston Green Viaduct.
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