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51 minutes ago, Porkscratching said:

Railings made from ARP stretchers...

We have a winner.

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Something I remember from years ago, may have been from my Gran who drove ambulances in the blitz..

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The sirens were used post war for Fire Brigade call outs  (non-full time areas).

I cant remember when they ceased to be used but presumably the 80's when pagers came into use.

 

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They did one at noon at the weekend, prob Sunday, as I recall, at Fort Halstead, through the 90s certainly..

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1 hour ago, Porkscratching said:

They did one at noon at the weekend, prob Sunday, as I recall, at Fort Halstead, through the 90s certainly..

Certainly did that all over the Orpington area on certain Sundays, used to traumatise my mum. All the best Adrian.

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32 minutes ago, IWCR said:

The sirens were used post war for Fire Brigade call outs  (non-full time areas).

I cant remember when they ceased to be used but presumably the 80's when pagers came into use.

 

Pete

The sirens were decommissioned in the early 90s after the fall of the Berlin wall, but some were kept on as flood warnings.

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There is on at Broadmoor Mental Hospital.  Every Monday they test it first as a warning, then as the all clear.  They are thinking of stopping using it, although not sure when.

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1 hour ago, westerhamstation said:

Certainly did that all over the Orpington area on certain Sundays, used to traumatise my mum. All the best Adrian.

That must have been the same one from the fort, we heard it in Chelsfield so Orpington would have heard it easily too, I'm assuming they don't still do it, I've not been up that way on a Sunday for years!

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We have a siren that is tested regularly for flood alert on the causeway here on Portland, perhaps in past it was an air raid siren?

 

We have been cut off at least twice in the last fifteen years though it used to be more common.

 

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I think everyone would still recognise the old WW2 type siren...as I recall the test blast was the 'all clear'  ie the continuous drone note, rather than the up 'and down' raid tone, presumably so as not to 'alarm' anyone too much !

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On 12/07/2019 at 17:05, IWCR said:

The sirens were used post war for Fire Brigade call outs  (non-full time areas).

I cant remember when they ceased to be used but presumably the 80's when pagers came into use.

 

Pete

I remember the siren in Grantown on Spey in the 1950s. Was there recently and did ask, but the local man wasn’t sure when they stopped using it. We kids used to charge up to the fire station hoping to get the news to pass on to our folks!

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Just finished catching up with this thread, you've really captured the look of this corner of London. The latest pics have a wonderful atmosphere to them.  The air raid siren is a nice touch, if anyone wants detailed pics of these I have one in my workshop.

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Hi Simon, thanks for following and your kind comments.

7 hours ago, simon b said:

  The air raid siren is a nice touch, if anyone wants detailed pics of these I have one in my workshop. 

I only have a smoke detector in our house, but upgrading to an air raid siren seems like a good idea. All the best Adrian.

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11 hours ago, simon b said:

  The air raid siren is a nice touch, if anyone wants detailed pics of these I have one in my workshop.

Is that so you can be told when the tea's made indoors?

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6 hours ago, westerhamstation said:

Hi Simon, thanks for following and your kind comments.

I only have a smoke detector in our house, but upgrading to an air raid siren seems like a good idea. All the best Adrian.

 

2 hours ago, Oldddudders said:

Is that so you can be told when the tea's made indoors?

 

I jokingly told her it was my new alarm clock,  I wont post her reply to that!

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Well worth the effort, got a bit of depth to it.

 

I'll leave you in peace now sitting in you deck chair supping a cool drink.....

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Seriously your new doors look fantastic!...good plan to bung a bit of corrugated up whilst doing the change over btw... otherwise you'd get a load of spivs in there nicking  ACMEs stuff during the lunch break...;)

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25 minutes ago, westerhamstation said:

Out and about some pictures of not a lot happening. All the best Adrian.

 

 

Some super atmospheric pics there.

 

G

 

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The door on that brick hut at the end is a bit near the platform edge there..!

..I can see a bit of Shop Steward trouble on the horizon..;)

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Nice photo's Adrian, I'd def agree with Grahame, very atmospheric, there's a nice inner city feel to them.

Steve

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