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  1. THE ABC CINEMA Sheffield

    I remember the plush carpets that your feet sank into. But those seats! I think they were designed to make your bum sore!! While watching Jaws there I banged my knee on the back of one of those chairs pictured above during the scene where the head drops out of the bottom of the boat! Are those grids below the screen air conditioning, or heaters, or something to do with the sound system?
  2. Help Needed To Identify Building

    From Le Tall's Woodhouse. Thomas Dunn lived at Richmond Hill house. The family came from Boston and moved to Malin Bridge. William Dunn lost his house in the Flood, his son Thomas went to live at Richmond Hill. He married a woman from the Horncastle family. But they had no children and he died in 1871 in the house. Thomas was the manager of the Sheffield Coal Company and a Liberal. It is said that he had to jump over a wall to escape from rioting workmen and doing so injured his leg which he never recovered from. He left the Coal Company to the Gainsford family of Darnall. One of which was his nephew. And in 1875 William Dunn Gainsford was in charge of the S.C.C. and residing at Richmond Hill House. Thomas Robert Gainsford went on to live in Woodthorpe Hall.
  3. The Great Central Railway Disaster at Woodhouse Sheffield

    I didn't say that shipping was safe either. I just said that the majority of ships breaking down would simply not result in an accident. I myself was on a job scheme working with British Railways in 1977 for over 6 months. I was instructed greatly on the health and safety aspects of the railways. However while I was on the Master Cutler knock down and killed several track workers. Somebody committed suicide jumping in front of a train. And one worker let a BRUT trolley fall into the line on Midland Station. Though no-one was hurt. These are the accidents that I knew about just in the Sheffield area.
  4. Life in Sheffield in the 1980's

    It was the ending of cheap bus fares that I will remember. The adult fare of just 10p.
  5. The Great Central Railway Disaster at Woodhouse Sheffield

    If you look at the safety record simply in terms of trains crashing it will not be that bad. However add the accidents and deaths and injury were no trains crashed will paint a bleaker picture. From what I have seen recently on TV, especially on Who Do You Think You Are, the railway companies around 1900 were not to concerned about accidents. And it's only after a shocking accident that generated bad publicity did they do anything, but it was often forced on them by government. I don't think you can compare the Airline Industry to any others. Simply because if a plane breaks down in the air it will crash to the ground. If that happened to much they couldn't get anyone to fly in planes. A train, ship, or car, if they break down they simply stop. And 9 times out of ten nothing serious will come of it.
  6. The Great Central Railway Disaster at Woodhouse Sheffield

    I didn't say what was the cause of most accidents on the railways only that drinking WAS a cause. And the human error aspect would of course apply to the people who had been drinking. Don't forget drinking a small amount of beer would not be an offence to the railway authorities at that time. Drivers and staff were not tested for the amount of alcohol they had in their system, because they couldn't test them. We now know that even one or two pints of beer could effect the drivers and staff's ability. As for the other industries, with the exception of a major pit disaster, numbers of lives lost was often small. But a rail crash could take out many lives. Also they were often members of the general public. With children and women dying. The only industry that would be comparable was shipping. Where a great deal of lives were lost. Certainly more than the railways. In the past shipping accidents and the lost of lives, would be the equivalent of an airliner crash a day today.
  7. The Great Central Railway Disaster at Woodhouse Sheffield

    It took a great deal of legislation to get the Railway Companies to introduce safety measures. The vast majority were introduced after a major rail accident. Railways at that point in time were mostly interested in profit for the shareholders. The more trains run and full of passengers in compartments that were often overcrowded was the rule of thumb. Accidents on the railway were as common as muck. Many accidents would have been caused by staff drinking. The demon drink was affecting many areas of life back then. It lead to a Prime Minster commenting on it during the war.
  8. The Great Central Railway Disaster at Woodhouse Sheffield

    Imagine if they did a report like that today! The conclusion someone was to blame! But they don't know if it was the drivers or the signalman
  9. The Great Central Railway Disaster at Woodhouse Sheffield

    The guard who was killed would have been in the brake van at the end of the goods train. Basically a wooden structure mounted on a metal base. An engine that size could have weighed in at above 70 tons. Going at 30 miles and hour it would have smashed the van to bits. The railways at that time were not intrested in safety at all. It's clear that the signals (if they were even present) did not do their job, as it is nearly impossible to run a train into the back of another without doing it on purpose these days.
  10. Life in Sheffield in the 1980's

    That black and white picture was not taken in the 80's. That truck and the car look 60's to me. Perhaps 1970 at the most.
  11. Hammerton Road Street Lamp

    It was common practice to put the names of the police stations on lamposts. That's what I think it was.
  12. Sheffield Markets and The Gallery

    I seem to remember being scared of going on the upper galleries. I can't say if my mum and dad ever went up there, but they never took me up top. Or I don't remember going up there. I think I sometimes came out on the top floor of what was Woolworth, but only to go straight down again to floor level. We went into the markets all the time. And would catch that 71 bus shown in the photo often. It was however always slow going back home as it struggled up Park Grange. The Supertram now has no problem getting up that road and makes it look easy compared to that 71 bus.
  13. Bakeries

    My mum worked a long time at Davy's factory on Paternoster Road. They made a lot of Pork Pies and cakes as well as bread. My brother-in-law worked on repairing the bread machines. When my sister went to work at Davy's my mum introduced him to her. In 1973 they married and are still married. He went to work at Sunblest after Davy's closed down, retiring from there a few years ago.
  14. Electric Map display just above the Bus Station

    I don't suppose Copperbeach studios would mind showing the picture of it?
  15. Here's one of mine getting into a bit of strife with the law!
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