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Anyone out there like me spent their time trainspotting at Brightside station in the late 1940's and early 1950's ? I lived at Page Hall but grandma lived on Rothay Rd and I went to Grimesthorpe school so Brightside was convenient after school.

I remember waiting particularly for the Thames Clyde Express which I thought was the bees knees !

There were often at least 6 of us there sitting on the wall near the station along from the gas works.

When I was a bit older I went to Retford station a lot and as far afield as Warrington. Happy memories !!

John

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Anyone out there like me spent their time trainspotting at Brightside station in the late 1940's and early 1950's ? I lived at Page Hall but grandma lived on Rothay Rd and I went to Grimesthorpe school so Brightside was convenient after school.

I remember waiting particularly for the Thames Clyde Express which I thought was the bees knees !

There were often at least 6 of us there sitting on the wall near the station along from the gas works.

When I was a bit older I went to Retford station a lot and as far afield as Warrington. Happy memories !!

John

I remember it from the 1970s!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brightside_railway_station

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Anyone out there like me spent their time trainspotting at Brightside station in the late 1940's and early 1950's ? I lived at Page Hall but grandma lived on Rothay Rd and I went to Grimesthorpe school so Brightside was convenient after school.

I remember waiting particularly for the Thames Clyde Express which I thought was the bees knees !

There were often at least 6 of us there sitting on the wall near the station along from the gas works.

When I was a bit older I went to Retford station a lot and as far afield as Warrington. Happy memories !!

John

Hi John - a couple for old times sake - all a bit sad now!

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Hi John - a couple for old times sake - all a bit sad now!

Thanks Dunsbyowl, the first one is taken from just about where we used to sit on the wall when trainspotting. What memories !!

Cheers, John

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Bet this one is not in your ABC's is it

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o24/TRA...COMPACT3126.jpg

Sheffield Midland station 6th November 2008 around 10pm

.....yet another exclusive from Busman ! The first "new" built steam train in around 50 years? still in its primer paintwork , while doing test runs , and cost around 3 million to build ! Well done Busman - hope you didnt have too much trouble with security ! ;-)

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.....yet another exclusive from Busman ! The first "new" built steam train in around 50 years? still in its primer paintwork , while doing test runs , and cost around 3 million to build ! Well done Busman - hope you didnt have too much trouble with security ! ;-)

I was surprsied that I was able to get onto the station there were around 100 people on there two police officers who were over seeing things the only problem was the idots who had to be told to move tripods back. Some had them litterly up to the platform edge when they they were requested to moved them beyond the platform edge paving - which is much nearer than the 6ft that is in the guildlines.

However, a good night a very strange nigth I feel sorry for the diesel 67028 normally if that had been say on a rake of carriages then the gricers would be out in force for photos poor 67028 was ignored by most of those present (Please dont tell anyone I photographed it I will be have my anorak remov ed)

For the record its not under coat its photographic grey !

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Busman, That's the new stream train isn't it? Where was it going? Must have kept that quiet!

Dunsbyowl sorry I didnt reply earlier I missed your post , it was on a loaded test run from NRM York to Barrowhill via sheffield midland (loco run round attach to rear - run - tender first) it then up nunnery to barrow hill loco removed into BH for serviceing (NOT turning as tuntable too small) then back on to what is now rear of train then to YORK via beighton and rotherham masborough

Sorry the times wernt posted owing to the fear of problems I didnt post them one person who had emailed me got them however, after reading comments in the press by the chairman of the A1 group when I get the timings for the future runs they will be put on here

For the diary :

Jan 31st York - Newcastle Return SUPPORTERS TRAIN

Feb 1st As above

Feb 7th Darlington - Kings Cross - 1st Public run

Feb 14 th Steam Dreams Valentines Day Special

ALL DATES ARE PROVISIONAL and are subject to various legal procedures been done

Watch this space

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Evening anoraks the following pictures will almost certainly cause some of you to spit your dandelion and burdock out and possibly choke on your spangles or drop your ABC into a puddle :(:(:(:(:(:(:(

PHOTO A

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o24/TRA...COMPACT3182.jpg

PHOTO B

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o24/TRA...COMPACT3184.jpg

PHOTO C

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o24/TRA...COMPACT3190.jpg

PHOTO D

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o24/TRA...COMPACT3186.jpg

PHOTO E

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o24/TRA...COMPACT3173.jpg

Suspect you will be able to caption the photos as you will know what the bits are photo E is next to the steps from the south end of archer road next to guylees old building

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Just found this my pile of "could be interesting" stuff

For the technical, it looks like a Class 46

Is that a Tetley sign just above the loco cab

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60163 Tornado was unveiled in a small ceremony at York NRM in LNER apple green livery

taken from yorks-rail website with thanks

Edited by madannie77
removed broken (and irrepairable) link

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60163 Tornado was unveiled in a small ceremony at York NRM in LNER apple green livery

taken from yorks-rail website with thanks

Did you see the BBC4 documentary on the building of the Tornado ? Fantastic achievement - and I thought it looked very impressive in the blue-black livery.

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Just found this my pile of "could be interesting" stuff

For the technical, it looks like a Class 46

Is that a Tetley sign just above the loco cab

Great Photo Stuart - yes that is the Railway Pub and the building on the right is the mucky Dearne Street Methodist Chapel - now cleaned up. lol

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Great Photo Stuart - yes that is the Railway Pub and the building on the right is the mucky Dearne Street Methodist Chapel - now cleaned up. lol

Not sure of the Then Photo, perhaps the 50's, open to ideas

Now is today

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Not sure of the Then Photo, perhaps the 50's, open to ideas

Now is today

Just found these in a drawer

06/03/86

10/07/86

No Idea of any train information

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A few members have memories of Trainspotting at Brightside Station, here are a few photos taken today

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Hi

I worked in the  Brightside Junc box at the age of 16  Circa 1963 saw many steam locos Waverley/Thames Clyde/Devonian still running early morning local to Leeds 2.10 am was unofficially called the ghost train. The occasional ER pacific would come along from Newcastle/York with a sat extra or troop special. sadly had to leave the railways because of lack of future prospects, ie Brightside power box then Sheffield Power box taking over the smaller boxes. I was train recording lad but was given the opportunity to work the box, under supervision from the signal man 90 levers I remember diverting fitted freights from the fast to the goods lines ref fast expresses. Central Control at the old Rotherham Westgate station kept a tight control on train times and woe betide anyone who held up the passenger trains. I also worked at Sheffield South 1 and Darnall where I was told to get back to the Midland. My everlasting memory of that box was a great view of Darnall  shed and in the winter frosty morning seeing a V2 and later a A2 simmering after bring in parcels trains from Newcastle. I have lots of interesting tales to tel but will leave for another time. Still have steam trains around me as I now live beside the railway in the Isle Of Man 

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