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Date: 04/02/2009
Name: Jim Apps
Email: apps_j@yahoo.com
Location: Worcester
Website:
Message:

Have just looked around your web page and it is great. Just a wonder if you had any information on Spetchley station or any photos of it. It was only in existance for a few years and I am trying to gather information about it. Does any of your visitors have any info on it. All I know is that the waiting room on platform 2 on Worcester Shrub Hill id from there


Webmaster:

Hi Jim, I've emailed you some further details but for anyone else interested, Spetchley was a goods station on the stretch of line South of Bromsgrove along with Dumhampstead and Droitwich Road. I haven't got around to visiting the sites yet but Mark Norton's website (see links) has some good photographs of the latter two sites.

Date: 22/12/2008
Name: Dave
Email: dave.aquarius@hotmail.co.uk
Location: Coventry
Website:
Message:

Hi Andy
Just a short note to pass on some information after seeing some very evocative pics of the "old" Snow Hill station, as it was, derelict, and a car park, circa 1977.
Did you know that it was possible to travel through the south tunnel from Snow Hill to Bordesley by CAR!! Yes, it's true, and I have done it. One evening, about 11.30 at night, three friends abd I entered the tunnel by car, (quite illeagally, of course) from the car park in Snow Hill, via the trackbed, and then negitiated the tunnel to Bordesley. We came out of the tunnel at Moor street, kept to the left of the running lines from there and went along the viaduct to Bordesley, and exited by a slope on what I think was the enterance to the cattle dock at Bordesley. This brought us out in the side stereet virtually under the bridge at Bordesley Station by Camp Hill flyover (was it built then?).
We had a fairly smooth surface to drive on, as the track had been lifted and the ballast removed. There was ample room at the side of the running lines for us to do this. (no track in the tunnel at all)and we had enough light from the car headlamps to see.
I'ts only later that I learned of the unloading facillity for the Bank Of England that is supposedley in the tunnel, away from prying eyes, and was used by special GWR trains with bullion vehicles to deliver cash ans valuables to the bank. Of Course, our aim for going through the tunnel was pure adventure and had no other motive whatsoever, including bullion robberies!
When I think back now, I shudder with fear at what may have happended, but luckilly, nothing untoward did, and we can now tell the tale.
I would be interested to know if this was done by others, because there was no secirity at all, one just drove in!


Date: 17/12/2008
Name: Roberta Djan
Email: pinkyroxxxy@aol.com
Location: Anglesey
Website:
Message:

hi it was great to come across this site, brought back memories as i child i use to train spot satley station spent most of my childhood ther 1950s/1960s. the train master at that time his name name (Les) he taught me day to day about the trains, i can rember pulling tha old lantins on..at the station,sweeping up on the platform, and him sharing his cheese/onion sandwiches with him.. he was a sweet man, it been nice looking at the pics of the railways thankyou x


Date: 15/12/2008
Name: roger baldock
Email: rogerbaldock@msn.com
Location:
Website:
Message:

This web site was a good find !
Reference the milk float at Soho - when I was working for RR/Central Trains as an auditor mid 90's we were at Crown Point and I actually went out in that float with one of the fitters to collect spares around Norwich.


Date: 05/12/2008
Name: Phil Betts
Email: pandjsbetts@hotmail.co.uk
Location:
Website:
Message:

Anyone any information on car transporter trains I refer to in my November entry ie where they came from, where they delivered to? Any suggestions as to where to find information would be appreciated.


Date: 23/11/2008
Name: Antony McCormack
Email: antony66@blueyonder.co.uk
Location: Shirley
Website: www.jetphotography.moonfruit.com/
Message:

Love the changes to the site, still a great resource for local information and now with a very modern layout. A unique and inventive site of the highest quality, don't know how you find the time to keep it up to date.


Webmaster:

The redesign has turned out quite well - should give me the scope to keep adding and expanding the site for another couple of years at least before I get tempted to recode it again!

Date: 10/11/2008
Name: Phil Betts
Email: pandjsbetts@hotmail.co.uk
Location: West Bromwich
Website:
Message:

Stumbled across your site looking without success for information on early 60's new car and vehicle transporter trains through West Bromwich station (from Birmingham in direction of Wolverhampton). As a new Chronehills secondary school pupil in 1961 I passed West Bromwich Station cycling to and from school. Over the next five years I often waited for the car transporter on my way home, as the train usually came through the station between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. The trains were usually headed with a 9F or if lucky a Britannia. I waited watching from Lyng Lane bridge, the exact spot your site picture of a D1000 standing at West Bromwich station was taken.(Was the cameraman standing on his bike crossbar?) What memories this brought back!The plume of steam appearing over the distant Spon Lane bridge, and the excitement of what the loco heading the train would be that day.Look forward to visiting your site on many future occasions


Date: 06/11/2008
Name: Dave Spiers
Email: britney1089@hotmail.co.uk
Location: Nottingham
Website:
Message:

I spent the years 1961 to 1968 watching the changing scene on the WCML at Coventry(tile hill)everything from Duchesses and Brits to diesel and electric traction. But.by far and away my favourite haunt was Dorridge station on the Snow Hill-Paddington line a seven mile bike ride in all weathers as i recallbut well worth it for the atmospheric air the location had in those days.Have not been back for forty years and now i must go for one more look thanks to RAB rekindling those childhood remories.Many Thanks.


Webmaster:

Thanks Dave, it's receiving comments such as yours that make the project seem all the more worthwhile.

Date: 24/10/2008
Name: Jim Radford
Email: jjointj@yahoo.co.uk
Location: kent
Website:
Message:

Lovely site I used to go to see the 8.30 train (namers usually) at Crossfield road overbridge on a roundabout way to school in the late 50's. As craftsman with the MEB I worked at the substation by the bridge.
In the eighties I worked at the substation at Spring Road station the station does not appeared to have changed at all


Date: 03/10/2008
Name: Mick Spicer
Email:
Location: Sheffield
Website: www.trivago.co.uk/west-midlands-40988
Message:

I really enjoyed looking at some of the old photographs on your website. I was in Bromsgrove only a few weeks ago and it is virtually unrecognisable from your old images. Thanks for sharing them with others and keep up the good work. Mick



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