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  1. Ycan start one with 38 degrees. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIobv027H58gIVpWLmCh3EiQixEAAYASAAEgIo5vD_BwE
  2. There are 'pieces' all over, including static items. Either the yard is regularly visited by 'artists' (so not very secure) or they perrmit then to practise their work. I hope the tender doesn't get cut up.
  3. Purely from personal observation/experience, I would cite (1) the long term effects of bus deregulation; with fewer subsidies, the less patronized routes suffered reduction or loss of services, leading to more car use. Meanwhile busier areas saw extra buses, competing against each other for business, and the provision of bus lanes which can contribute to congestion. (2) A general increase in wealth among the working population led to 2 or 2+ car families, with working spouses and young people driving to work, further education, shopping and leisure who would previously have used bus/bicycle/motorbike.
  4. It doesn't seem that rare but IMHO is an example of 'Wrenn Madness', being a roofless plywood van body with a coal load.
  5. That bit of the road was originally part of Swaythling High Road, which extended to the junction visible beyond the bridge, where Wide Lane turned left towards Eastleigh. Road layout changes saw part of High Road turned into a new dual carriageway, Stoneham Way, leaving this bit of it isolated, so it was added to Wide Lane. The sensors are on posts in advance of the junctions on either side, and displays indicate the safe route to avoid the bridge.
  6. Those buses have a transponder that gives an audible warning to the driver. The bridge itself has been given false sides to protect the original structure and the railway formation.
  7. Peaks with two brake tenders were common on the Toton-Brent coal trains in the mid '60s, but ISTR the tenders were usually coupled together.
  8. Another one in Romsey today, on Winchester Road rather than Middle Bridge Street. Both get struck periodically. https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19548320.vehicle-crashes-railway-bridge-romsey/ No picture yet.
  9. The last Chaplin photo is probably of his arrival in London off the Queen Elizabeth in September 1952 for the premiere of Limelight. After boarding his re-entry permit to the USA was revoked due to his alleged political views and he did not return for 20 years.
  10. I think I was about 11 when I started travelling alone from Flitwick to St. Pancras in school holidays. Previously Dad would have a day off (he worked in London) for a day out, but if I travelled alone he only needed a half day off. The train was one of the new class 127s; I don't recollect travelling alone on the steam trains they replaced, but I may have done once or twice. I would get a bus from the Euston Road to Millbank, go to his office building and ask Reception to call him, then we'd go for lunch at a Lyons corner house. The afternoon would be a museum (usually the IWM) or a station visit for a short spotting session, followed by the cinema and a quick visit to see what was at KX before the train home. Within about a year I was also going solo or with a school friend for spotting, doing Liverpool St., or taking a return to Vauxhall rather than staying at Waterloo, but Paddington was favourite. Once a random group of spotters with an older lad who knew the way bunked Old Oak. Bletchley and Sandy were other destinations but I never had enough pocket money to go further afield.
  11. I'm impressed by the tracklaying for the NG tramway on the right.
  12. The number plate looks like 7916.
  13. That is St. Bridget's well, an ancient well with a medieval structure above it. The dedication to St, Bridget suggests it was a sacred well in pre-Christian times. St. Bridget was the Christian version of Brid, or Bride, a Celiic Goddess. The tuft would have been left as a symbolic offering by a visitor, probably Pagan.
  14. Seating capacity for two units was 708. Peak period trains could be full and standing from St. Albans.
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