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    Guess the Station...

    Aberdeen?
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    Stations where spotters were not welcome

    Back in the early 1960s you weren't allowed on New Basford station. At Grantham at the same time I (aged 11) could only get on with a platform ticket if I was with my father (although they didn't seem to mind spotters arriving and departing by train - but insisted they stay on the island...
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    Railway lines crossing at right angles

    The line south of Bottesford in the Redmile direction was closed completely in the early 1970s. The line from Bottesford West Junction to Newark remained in use until 1987 mainly for oil trains from Immingham to the oil terminal at Rectory Junction, Colwick. After closure these trains then ran...
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    Railway lines crossing at right angles

    Yes, I think it was in the Beeching Report that the Nottingham-Lincoln line would close (whether the cost of the crossing was a factor I don't know) and the Lincoln-Grantham line remain open for Lincoln to London traffic. However, it was decided instead to construct the spur from the Lincoln...
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    Railway lines crossing at right angles

    Although I'm not an engineer myself that sounds easier said than done! Proposals for the Newark-Lincoln line to be put on a flyover seem to crop up every now and then but never seem to get any further.
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    Railway lines crossing at right angles

    They couldn't do a Retford-style dive-under at Newark because the river (or the Trent Navigation, I think to be precise) passes under both lines too close to the crossing. This 1900 map from the book 'The Railways of Newark-on-Trent' (Oakwood Press, 1999) shows the situation - and also the...
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    John Schlesinger’s Terminus (1961)

    The child was five years old. According to Wikipedia, the child: "Matthew Perry, was temporarily abandoned deliberately by his mother Margaret, an actress relative of Schlesinger."
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    TRIVIA : Most Unusual names for bus/coach operators (current/historical)

    A quick Internet search produces two or three photos of actual vehicles with the above branding but not many.
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    TRIVIA : Most Unusual names for bus/coach operators (current/historical)

    Both photos are my own. I don't think 'Gay Hostess' appeared on the vehicles - at least not in my time. One of the Standerwick (Ribble subsidiary) Atlanteans photographed on the M1 in the late 1960s: Another one at Victoria Coach Station, London in the late 1960s:
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    TRIVIA : Most Unusual names for bus/coach operators (current/historical)

    I remember Syd Jenkins Coal & Transport Co. of Newport around 50 years ago. Don't know what happened to them.
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    TRIVIA : Most Unusual names for bus/coach operators (current/historical)

    Felix the Cat appeared on the side of the vehicles: 1623403529 Sheffield United Tours. Yes, there sometimes was confusion with the football club, with some supporters under the impression that is was the club themselves who ran the coaches to away matches rather than a bus company with the...
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    Vehicle History - The Daimler Roadliner

    One of the Black & White Roadliners in National Express days (pictured below): 1623402715 One of the Potteries Roadliners with grills prominent (pictured below):
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    Vehicle History - The Daimler Roadliner

    An example belonging to Red House Motor Services of Coventry seen in Nottingham in about 1969:
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    TRIVIA : Most Unusual names for bus/coach operators (current/historical)

    On a par with the West Bridgford Urban District Council Passenger Transport Department.
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    Reference books on British trains

    A book I've had for years is 'Locomotives of British Railways' by H. C. Casserley and L. L. Asher, published by Spring Books in 1961. It has photographs and brief details of every class and variation of steam locomotive to pass to British Railways in 1948 plus all the Standard designs. I...

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