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  1. The Green Tram...

    The ex-Bradford tram (330) converted to a railgrinder has two large water tanks in the saloon part of the tram, hence being described as a 'water car'. The rail grinding was carried out by lowering carborundum blocks onto the track and running backwards and forwards over the required piece of track. I believe some other tramways used rotating grinders, probably why the were referred to specifically as 'railgrinders'.
  2. Some points were sprung to be in a certain direction. The single line section on Neepsend Lane had spring points at each end, the tram approaching from the single line would be directed to the left hand line when reaching the double track. Trams going the opposite direction would run through the points pushing them across with the wheels, and they would spring back. The points man at Houndsfield Road was required because it was not possible to coast through the junction because of the steep incline on the approach.
  3. BEATTIES toy and model shop

    Hamleys opened a store on the Moor, possibly the old Roberts building.
  4. Goodbye Wicker Arches?

    Looking back through the posts everybody seems to be bashing the council (as usual) for the problems with this bridge, but actually it is nothing to do with them. It is the responsibility of Network Rail to deal with any structural issues as the bridge was originally built by the railway company to cross an existing road.
  5. Think Charlie Peace had association with the houses at the top of the path on Psalter Lane.
  6. I would agree it is the Banner Cross pub. The lad standing by the kerb looks to be at the bottom of the path that leads up to Psalter Lane. Looking at Google maps, most of the buildings have been rebuilt over the years.
  7. There were two types of electric locos used, the EM1's later class 76 that ended up running in pairs, and the EM2's that would have been designated class 77. The 76's ran until closure of the line on the coal traffic. The class 77's were designed as express passenger locos, but deemed surplus to requirements by 1968. There were only 7 locos in the class and were all sold to the Dutch railways. Two of them have returned to Britain, one at the Midland Railway centre at Butterly and one at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
  8. Name the building & tell us its history

    For those who haven't visited it recently, it's now a TESCO!
  9. P. Sunderland photographer

    Thanks for the information. The picture we have is a family photo and would tie in with late 1880's to early 1900's judging by the outfits.
  10. We have a photograph labelled P. Sunderland, 6 Norfolk Row. Does anybody know when he operated there? Nigel L
  11. The Goodwin Fountain

    There were lights around the edge, red, blue and yellow definately and possibly green, but I'm not sure on that. Each box had a lamp behind a coloured filter, which I think was gelatine between 2 sheets of glass. There were also lights under the water in the centre, same colours. It was all controlled from a huge electro mechanical box in the gents toilets under the Town Hall, all chain and gear driven and fed by cables to the island. We used to check it out once a year just before the illuminations were switched on and replace filters/lamps as necessary. Nigel L
  12. Sheffield Re-planned - 1945

    Back in the 1970's Cambridge House (now Lloyds bar) on Division Street was the City Engineers department and I started working there in the lighting department. Upstairs was the architects and planning department and there were piles of this book, maybe about 50 or so, in the storeroom. When everyone moved out into the Town Hall extension, a lot of stuff was left to be burnt including these books. I took about half a dozen copies, kept one for myself and gave the others away over the years. Nigel L
  13. What was this please?/ Police Boxes

    There used to one of these police boxes built into the wall of the playground of Hunters Bar school, on Junction Road. It was there in the 60's as we used to climb on the roof from the playground, until we got caught! The box was removed and the wall rebuilt, you can still see the different stonework where it was.
  14. SHEFFIELD 'HELIPORT'

    The landing site at Rutland Road was managed by the Council, a guy in the next office to me had to go and unlock the gates when a helicopter was due as it was most likely to be a ambulance that would meet it to transfer a patient to the Northern General hospital. They also laid out a pad in Weston Park just behind the gates next to the museum for patients for the childrens hospital. I know at least i heli landed there as a trial, but i think that was the only one, it was a really tight space to get into and right by a busy road and i think they has to stop traffic.
  15. Another remarkable Sheffield house

    Agreed the council is not perfect, but unfortunately money talks, and when the budgets have been consistently cut for 20 years or more something has to give. 1) Not all of the Jessop hospital was demolished, the original Victorian parts still stand and are being reused. 2) As for the gas lamps, well we've been here before, but they are redundant and have been for many years, they haven't carried outs their intended function since the 1960's, remember they were never classed a 'street lights'. Some have been refurbished, and they look okay, but it costs money I'm not defending Amey (left them after 8 weeks!) but as a city we have to attract investment, it has always been the case and in years past, and great swathes have been cleared in the name of progress. Should we have not done a slum clearance programme because the houses were 'part of our heritage'? Was it any better when the Lib Dems were in charge? Of course if you don't agree with how Sheffield is run, you can always put up for election and try and change it yourself.
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