Athy

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About Athy

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  • Birthday December 22

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    Transport, music, boats, history, travel.

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  1. Thank you, Steve. Yes, that would fit my memory - I was still at Gleadless County School at that time, and I do remember that it was a good summer (if only because it was the year that my parents took me on hols to Brittany for the first time, little suspecting that they were planting the seeds of a lifelong love of France). When I got back to school I got permission from my form teacher, Mr. Iossen, to write the story of our French trip instead of doing the normal weekly English compositions. I think it extended to six weekly episodes, andi t must have bored the ass off the poor man.
  2. Yes, Steve, thanks, I think you are probably right, and that my parents thought that it was Ashopton. I wonder if there was any particular year when the water level dropped so low that Derwent's remains were revealed? I can remember other people as well as us wandering about there.
  3. When I was a small boy my parents took me to Ladybower to walk amongst the remains of Ashopton, which had been drowned when the reservoir was filled; a very dry summer had lowered the water level and exposed the village. I would guess that this was late 1950s. But I don't recall a viaduct towering over it; had it been demolished? Was it not actually at Ashopton but some distance away? Or is it simply that I have forgotten it?
  4. It doesn't sound as if the class 112 and 113 trains were very successful either, if they had a working life of under ten years. What was wrong with them?
  5. Thanks. The internet, which is always right, variously lists Falcon as a class 53 and a class 47! Also, I see that DP2, though I think built seeking the same contract, looked more like a Deltic.
  6. Thanks for those photos, Sheffield History and Gordon. Loco D0280 is a new one on me - I don't remember that class at all. Was it perhaps a prototype? EDIT: just looked at my old Ian Allan combined volume and found that I had seen this loco! I had written it in, as it wasn't included in their listings. It was the 'Falcon' which, from memory, was a prototype built by Brush in Loughborough. I wonder if I saw it at Vic too. I find that I have also added loco DP2 to my "combine" - internet research shows that this was a similar engine, but built by English Electric.
  7. Thanks for those memories. I do recall the Britannias hauling the boat train (from memory, the coaches bore destination boards for "Harwich Parkeston Quay"). The only 4-4-0 compound I saw in Sheffield was the preserved no. 1000. My Dad took me down to the Mid. to see it pulling a special train. I would guess 1961 - ish. It was immaculate, a splendid sight. I';m sure that if I go through his old colour slides I'll find the photos which he took with his new Voigtlander camera of which he was very proud. One of the two stations, or possibly both, always had several wicker hampers of homing pigeons on one of the platforms, presumably awaiting transport to far-away places so that they could fly back again.
  8. Thanks for the proof! I assume that they didn't fly the balloons after the war ended?
  9. Thanks for the term "basket bridge" which I had never heard before, but which makes perfect sense - a bridge with metal latticework, I guess? I wonder if it is a term peculiar to that part of the world.
  10. Eggo, I wonder if I was "wasting time" at the Midland and Victoria stations at the same time as you? The peak of my train-spotting career ran from about 1960 to summer 1962 (after which I left Sheffield).
  11. It would have been extraordinary If they had been born in the same house at exactly the same time!
  12. I grew up about a mile from it, in Gleadless Avenue. My parents always referred to it as "The Balloon Barrage", although I never saw a barrage balloon flying over it as far as I can remember. Did it fly them during the war? Apologies if this has been mentioned in earlier pages - the site will not let me scroll back to previous pages (well, I can, but the spinning wheel and "Loading page" message stays on the screen indefinitely).
  13. Skala, this is of interest (as I am a canal boater). May I suggest that you consider joining the Canal World Discussion Forum web site? Not everyone on there is interested in waterways history, but there are a few real experts on there who may have more information for you. (I am "Athy" on there too).
  14. The Rex was the first cinema I ever went into: my Dad took me to see 'The Great Locomotive Chase' and I went there several times afterwards, at first with Dad and later with my friend. I am sorry to see that it has been demolished. I also went sometimes to the Manor, whose building I am pleased to see survives, and to one of the city centre cinemas - perhaps the Gaumont or the Odeon or maybe both. I think one of them was near the City Hall.
  15. A small part of what? I have consulted several old maps, all of which place Sheffield entirely within the West Riding.