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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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361 of 874  Mon 5th Aug 2013 5:05am  
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morgana
the secret garden
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362 of 874  Mon 5th Aug 2013 10:56am  
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Baz
Coventry
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363 of 874  Thu 8th Aug 2013 8:50pm  
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7th Aug 2013 marked 50 years from the date of the Great Train Robbery, and still they have not found all the loot. In 1963, £2.6 million was taken from the T.P.O (Travelling Post Office) £46 million in todays money. Pulled by a Class 40 diesel loco. The driver, Mr Jack Mills, based at Crewe, had constant trauma headaches due to the hit on the head he got from one of the robbers. He died in 1970 from leukaemia. Sad
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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364 of 874  Sun 11th Aug 2013 6:37pm  
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Hi all Wave My train-spot afternoon today was even more of a delight as I had Pam with me, pictured munching her bag of Revels. She did share a few with me. Revels that is. Pam does know her trains & locomotives, as on days when I was working away, she would take our son to various train-spot locations up & down our country, when he was a child on school holidays.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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365 of 874  Sun 11th Aug 2013 7:22pm  
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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366 of 874  Mon 12th Aug 2013 8:51pm  
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Hi Dreamtime, Pam says thank you very much. She did save a couple for later. Wave Thumbs up
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NormK
bulkington
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367 of 874  Thu 15th Aug 2013 5:23pm  
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Philip, have you any information on what is happening at Hawkesbury Lane signal box? A friend of mine says the boarding has been taken down and the ivy has been cut back, have you heard anything?
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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368 of 874  Thu 15th Aug 2013 10:38pm  
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No, nothing Norm, but I will enquire on Sunday. Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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369 of 874  Sun 18th Aug 2013 5:00pm  
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Hi NormK, Hi all Wave Still no news regards your question about Hawkesbury Lane signal box. I will keep asking. Wave
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NormK
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370 of 874  Sun 18th Aug 2013 5:36pm  
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Thank you Philip. My friend was quite concerned about it because he is a long serving railway fanatic (much like yourself) and is curious as to what is happening there, indeed if anything at all. Cheers. Cheers
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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371 of 874  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
Coventry
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372 of 874  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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373 of 874  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
Holbrooks
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374 of 874  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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375 of 874  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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