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Everything posted by Lemmy117

  1. I seem to remember the railway was called "The Glacier Express". The cinema used to give out car stickers "Did ICU at UCI?" Nigel L
  2. In fact the roofs on the trams are still blue, Oxford Blue if I remember, they were never repainted when transferred to Stagecoach.
  3. The inter regional code for the Southern region was the letter 'O'. There was also a class 0 (numeric) which was a light engine movement. The letter 'Z' applied to special workings not normally in the timetables, eg. 1Z45 could be an interregional excursion. During the '70's the Merrymakers excursions carried the 'Z' designation. In 4 digit codes the last two numbers were reporting numbers and didn't refer to any specific routes, but in the two digit codes used on most DMU's it did, must have been very confusing. I think the use of the blinds stopped when TOPS codes started to be used and passed on to signallers automatically.
  4. Occasionally saw Mike Rouse after his lunchtime show on Saturdays, sat on the back steps of the Old Blue Bell, with his sandwich and pint of Guinness - happy days
  5. Well as there is only 1 tram track on the bridge, and no overhead, it must be between 1873 and 1899. As Queen Victoria visited to open the Town Hall in 1897 could it be connected with her visit? Nigel L
  6. Eyre Street underpass. I think it closed early 2000's and was unused for a few years before being filled in when Arundel Gate and Eyre Street were remodelled as single carriageways.
  7. 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'.
  8. 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.
  9. Hamleys opened a store on the Moor, possibly the old Roberts building.
  10. 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.
  11. Think Charlie Peace had association with the houses at the top of the path on Psalter Lane.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. For those who haven't visited it recently, it's now a TESCO!
  15. 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.
  16. We have a photograph labelled P. Sunderland, 6 Norfolk Row. Does anybody know when he operated there? Nigel L
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. One of his many talents is fencing (the sport, not putting up garden stuff) and an interest in Medieval re-enactments. A few times when he's been in the Sheffield area he's been known to join in at local group practices, my eldest son (6 years old at the time) 'practised' with him back in the 90's, really nice guy!
  23. I would have though the 51 was more challenging. Used to travel to Lodge Moor quite frequently and there was always the chance to get a 'demonstrator' from some manufacturer. Take into account Manchester Road and East Bank Road, it's not surprising some of these buses didn't last!
  24. From the Imdb list there were locations all over the place. One that is not listed is the scene on the tram that was filmed at Crich Tramway museum in Derbyshire, the tram used being Gateshead no.5. Nigel L
  25. I would think no one would like to be seated in the back part of the HST power cars, certainly not with the original engines! The guards compartment was built into the power car along with the luggage area, but the noise of the engine soon put paid to that idea and they were moved into the coach immediately behind the power car. The class 91's locos have no space for seating accommodation and the associated DVT's were designed to be the luggage and parcels areas from the outset. Agreed there is a weight difference in the class 91 loco and DVT, (89 tonnes against 43 tonnes) but even heavier locos have come to grief hitting things on the track.