One from the Old RM...73112 ..you can guess where this is if you like..! not you PCM..you sent the train down..!
Go on, can I tell, nobody has bothered to have a guess yet.
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 12:46
A few odds and sods around the B'm'th & Poole area.
Bi-directional working at Poole.
The Bourne Valley viaducts. Both suffered from FW.190 cannon fire damage during a WW2 Biedecker raid on the junctions and the nearby gasworks, in 1943
Branksome depot, again. This time with the Tool & Staff Vans off the B'm'th Breakdown Crane.
Splitting the 4-TC from the 4-REP.
4-VEP on the W'loo stopper in the bay.
At least someone's having a go at preserving the 'Past'.
Above the embankment is one of the ARP Shelters provided for the station's staff and passengers during WW2. Behind this, and to the right of the taller building, was, once, the 'British Railways Staff Association Club'.
Across the Holdenhurst Road, facing the 'phone boxes, the facade of the Bournemouth Central Goods Depot's offices, can also be seen.
The one time entrance / exit to the B'm'th Cen. Goods Yard.
Regards and the Season's best wishes to All. Frank.
Posted 12 December 2009 - 14:46
Season's greetings to you Frank,
I really like the one of the 93 in the bay taken from the road. I used to catch the stopper to Bournemouth and go the the book shop and Bournemouth Model Train Supplies ( I think thats what it was called ) down Holdenhurst Rd.
Oh here's another Christmas card for you.
Posted 14 December 2009 - 07:39
Top Shot, Peter, Christmas Cheers to you too .
I can understand why you sailed away to sunnier shores down under. Frostbitten, no doubt ?
Yep, the book shop on the Holdenhurst Road. One of the 'Great, little shops', in my opinion. Stocked a multitude of transport and model related books, rtr, kits & bits, etc. etc. Sorely missed. I mean, you can't spend an hour or so, thumbing through books on the internet, can you ?.
IIRC the shop opened in the mid / late 70s, situated on the same side of the road as, and nearby 'The Dolphin' pub and was a branch of the Oxford Publishing Co's (OPC) shop in, well, Oxford.
Known, in those days, as 'Prontos, the Railway Book and Model Centre', I seem to recall.
Behind the counter, and managing the shop was Ian Kennedy, always with a friendly and cheerful greeting, and very knowledgeable too. He, and members of the Kennedy family, are now heavily involved in the editing and publication of the monthly mag' 'Steam Days' and the books and videos of the 'Oakwood Press'. I still see them occasionally, at the Poole & District MRC shows in November. A grand bunch of folk.
Another regular inhabitant was Jim Russell, of GWR loco & rolling stock fame, more often than not, seen, and heard, 'thrashing' away on his typewriter, compiling the catalogues for the OPC / BR Joint Venture Drawings & Photos Scheme.
I think it was in the early 90s that the shop moved to the opposite side of the road, on the corner of Lowther Rd., now trading under the name 'Motorail Books' , and a year or so later? was taken over by a certain Mr. Paul Mays of this very Parish (bike2steam), Another very cheerful, knowledgeable and very helpful fellow. Always up to speed with any new release, and if he didn't stock it, he would always order it for you at very competitive prices.
Alas, with the overwhelming competition from the internet, and the local collectors marts, Paul was forced to close, a few years ago, now. A great loss.
But it's good to see he's still holding his head up, and keepin' on, keepin' on, i.e. with the handicapped children and the Blandford Forum layout etc.
There is just the one specifically model railway shop left in B'mth, also on the Holdenhurst Rd., further along, 'The Bournemouth Model Railway Centre' run by Derek Purkess (also of this Parish, I think) and his team. Plenty of model railway stuff and advice therin , along with their own 'Traintronics' signalling / lighting and accessories, and loads of 'Scalextric' too.
Not many books though.
Ah, Those were the days
Cheers and bye fer now, Frank.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 15:37
interesting vehicle behind the stripy 73 - is that a gauging van, with the "fingers" that stick out? Set them to the required position, and if they hit the edge of a structure, you're got some work to do. Think I've a photo of one somewhere. Bit low-tech compared to lasers etc.
Couple of photo's I picked up when back in the UK a few weeks ago, can anyone confirm
the location is Clapham Jnc for both?
Posted 27 January 2010 - 19:00
5838 & 5909 Waterloo.
It's 'Spot the Station Time'.
For a little light entertainment, and, of course, an excuse to post a few 80's/90's, and later pics. of some units' front ends, here's the question.....
Can any one identify the stations featured in the photos ?.
Eeasy eenuff, for you Southern Buffs, but, how 'bout those North of the River ?. 'Ere we go !!.
Unless you consider me staying with you over Christmas, and possibly the New Year, a prize , there are none.
Just a bit of fun.
Regards and bye fer now.
Posted 29 January 2010 - 23:14
Posted 30 January 2010 - 00:58
5838 & 5909 Waterloo.
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 11:31
No- they're Mark 1 day stock. The sleepers had a raised section along the roof centre-line for ventilation, almost like a low, narrow, clerestory.
Are they really sleepers behind that 33?
Posted 07 February 2010 - 12:24
My mistake - perspective made the windows look smaller.
No- they're Mark 1 day stock. ...