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

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.


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

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

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.


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

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
Location: Sheffield
Website: www.trivago.co.uk/west-midlands-40988

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

Date: 03/10/2008
Name: Joe Brown
Email: niteglo @vic.australis.com.au
Location: Vioctoria Australia

Many thanks for the info proided on the site about the branch line to Harbornes Via Tcnield Port Rd etc As a small boy I crossed the line many times by Summerfield Park to scrump apples over on the other side of the cutting but did not realize where the line went to . I looked for the branch off to Mitchells and Butlers on my Bartholomews bu tould not find it , Wouls you know Cheers Joe

Date: 20/09/2008
Name: Simon Webb
Email: siwbb@yahoo.co.uk

Great site, used your main map and Google earth to trace some of the lost lines in The Black Country. I was working at Wton a few Saturdays ago and noticed you come through buy the time I got out you had gone and my colleague informed me you had asked about R.Court he retired about two years ago.
Regards S.Webb


Thanks for the entry Simon, have to put an end to the rumour though - I'm not the Andrew Doherty associated with Wolverhampton station . . . although I did work at Kings Norton station some years ago.

Date: 30/08/2008
Name: derek hillman
Email: dandkhillman@hotmail.co.uk
Location: wolverhampton

i have just come accross you web site and have found it a real pleasure to look at the old photos of the region i also remember you being my station manager at wolverhampton.
regards derek hillman.

Date: 16/08/2008
Name: Curly
Email: curl5005@aol.com
Location: West Country

Having lived in the Water Orton and Coleshill areas many years ago and also worked on the railways in the Birmingham area I have found this site fascinating espesially as I havent visited Birmingham for at least 10 years.
Keep up the good work as I shall be a regular visitor from now on.

Date: 16/05/2008
Name: Andy
Email: wmcycling@aol.com
Location: Walsall
Website: www.wmcycling.co.nr

What a great website, I recently cycled the South Staffordshire and Kingswinford railway trail, which make up the old Wombourne Line, There are a few pictures on my website, its a lovely cycle with Wombourne and Tettenhall stations still there and a few other platforms can be seen including Himley, A must walk or cycle for any rail enthusiast. Andy

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