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  1. Consist. Not easily replaced by anything that doesn't sound clunky in a sentence, but it just offends my ears in a 'from the get go' sort of way.
  2. Interesting article here: http://www.merseytart.com/2021/06/ Remembering Birkenhead as a busy place in the 60s, I too would love to see some attempt at regeneration. Don't suppose it will happen (it never does), but I just thought the above link provides food for thought on the opening up of the old dock branch through the heart of town. I'd be interested to hear what others think, good or bad.
  3. Two from me: Latchford (Warrington) in 1983 ...and Chester (No 5, I think?) in 1981
  4. Many thanks! That's a mystery solved. Thought you would have had something to do with it...
  5. Probably one for LNERGE, but the photos in this post reminded me of it... does anyone know where the signal box cabin in Patrick Brothers reclamation yard at Murrow comes from? Often wondered whenever I've seen it, but I have Wisbech in mind for some reason? This one: Of course, there's the old Murrow box just across the road there too (converted into a house).
  6. Birkenhead Woodside. A two-company station which had a compact, interesting layout, plenty of atmosphere, and a ‘big station’ presence, in a ‘minories’ sort of way. Tunnel one end, river ferry terminal at the other, plus a bus terminal one side, ship dry-dock the other. Fascinating to me as a child - I loved it, and treasure it’s memory.
  7. Thanks for the info re: the Supermarket Bernard, appreciated. Yes, that's a Britains tree, nicked from my sisters' 'Floral Garden' set, and all those MINIX cars meant that there was an empty Triang-Hornby Cartic car carrier circulating the layout somwhere! Note too, the (somewhat blurred) back end of a Dublo Dinky Volkswagen Van disappearing off stage, bottom left. Just looking at the photo now, 50 years on (), I recall that that erm, 'landscape feature' painted green in the foreground was made from a spare dollop of actual concrete that my Dad was mixing for building a brick wall. All go
  8. My first attempt at a 'proper' layout (off the carpet) in 1971 - Superquick to the fore, including the country shops and a (later?) supermarket.
  9. Dockside remains at the filled-in Bromborough Dock, Wirral - including a crossing and location of a wagon turntable. Line (Lever Brothers internal) closed to this location late-60s/early-70s. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bromborough,+Birkenhead,+Wirral/@53.3556335,-2.9772804,94m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x487ad8cf8fd355eb:0x9bb55bbd9f9556cc!8m2!3d53.3321915!4d-2.9772937
  10. Class 503 plunges into the gloom of the short tunnel on the approach to Dacre Hill. (Yes, I know, there is an 'elephant in the room' here - 3rd rail will appear eventually... honest!)
  11. I'm 99% sure it's Hooton South Bruce - I grew up about 3 miles from it. The station can just be made out in the background, and the pylons around there are a dead giveaway (there are no pylons around the Chester No 1 area that I can recall). Still, there are more versed persons on here than I. This is a view from flyingsignalman's post on 'Merseyside Signal Diagrams' (here: Same?
  12. I'm pretty sure that your Chester No1 is actually Hooton. I expect Beast or TheFlyingSignalman will be along soon to confirm (or not).
  13. Brand new EE Type4 D368 rumbles (or whistles) into Dacre Hill.
  14. Some great modelling on this thread! Just a quick question if I may, as I intend to place at least one pylon on my layout? I've just had a quick trawl through the thread, and the pictures reveal that most of the towers are painted in anything from a light grey to dark grey - however, all the towers that I recall from my youth (mid-60s) were very definately a light green. Can anyone tell me if that was a 60s thing, or even a regional variation (I grew up on Wirral)? I can't see any refererence to the colour of the steelwork on (my addmittedly brief) skim through the
  15. <Adenoidal nasal voice> "....I think you'll find, that that is not Hornby Dublo, but Tri-ang" <As you were>
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