Hello! I've just joined (waves), and I've got something I'd really like to get off my chest! I'm not particularly old -born 1983- but ever since I can remember I've always been fascinated by the railways.. I think steam train gauges were the first thing I ever learnt as a kid.. I also grew up overlooking the site of the old Sherwood Station on the old Nottingham suburban line. It wasn't until recently, after moving back to the area after living in the Scottish Borders (Waverley Line!!!:mad::mad::mad: ) , that I have really taken the time to explore / discover the real extent of the railways that used to be, around Nottingham. In particular I'm fascinated by what was once the GNR (e.g. the east Nottingham loop, Colwick loco yard, Mapperley tunnel, etc etc.. The Nottingham Suburban Railway.. And of course, The old Great Central mainline, especially the route north out of the city. The architecture, design, and sheer building of all of the above, especially the Great Central really leaves me sick to know what was once there in my stomping grounds. I feel a real sense of loss and grief for what once was and one of real wonder for what might have been today if Beeching and his cronies hadn't so hastily wielded their axes. Is there any other country that has put so many resources into creating whole transport networks, only to absolutely obliterate them just decades later?? I can only imagine what those who were lucky enough to see and remember the old lines (nationwide) must feel. Must have felt like their guts had been ripped out. Bleugh.. anyway, rant over for now! I'm just sitting here waiting for Marty and Doc. Brown to pop over in their Delorean!! Apologies if this is in the wrong section, I hope not.