“In this video we take a look at movements around Shrewsbury Station in the mid 1960s as steam was coming to an end. All credits for this video must go to Michael Clemens of B&R Videos who once again kindly gave me permission to use these clips that were filmed by his late father Jim Clemens, who did such a superb job recording these scenes which were taken from the DVD Steaming Through Shropshire Pt 1. Enjoy.”
Video can be found in youtube under “1960’s trains at Shrewsbury”. Now given my Dad drove these engines, you can bet I spent the whole 12 minutes 42 seconds looking for him, but the focus here is the engines and the only thing you can make out about the drivers are the pale blue denim jackets. Other surprises is that the black engines and the maroon carriages don’t always sparkle and it was a bit dirtier than I’d been led to believe. (And check out the recent visit of a steam engine to Salop.) They also seemed very comfortable reversing – in this video seemingly more than going forward. You sense that diesels were smoother as well as cleaner (look out for the cab videos), although I sometimes wondered if they’d kept steam for Wales, whether it might have sustained an interest for tourists. Sometimes.
Arriving at Salop, as I was waiting for a train to Brum, this BR steam engine arrived, pulling a Pullman collection of carriages. A tad emotional cos my Dad was a locomotive engineer, though starting with the LMS part of BR, and serving from Salop, I think it is unlikely he would have driven this engine. (Advice welcome.). – From wikipedia – “Steam locomotives that comprised the Bulleid light pacifics, the West Country and Battle of Britain classes of locomotives that ran on the British Southern Railway network …” – Fuller res photos available.
Meanwhile, works on stage 5 of River Leen Cycle Route project, improving the connection of the former Toll Bridge to Birdcage Walk, has been completed; a couple of snagging works on stage 4 using Birdcage Walk are outstanding (2 lampposts on Rennie Hogg Road).
More positive feedback has been received about the use of the road facility for kiddies learning to cycle on Victoria Embankment.
Enjoyed leafleting rail passengers, and calling for public ownership, during the morning rush hour, with Lilian Greenwood MP and former rail colleagues Anne Peach and Steve Young.
Dropping the franchising system. can save us billions.
For some time, Nottingham was being picked out for projected increases in NO2 and extra plans to tackle it was being expected.
But it seemed odd given it was based on the projected growth of distance covered by cars in the city – and our public transport continues to attract custom.
A motion to do more was adopted at full council.
But the biggest thing we can do is in planning. Two mantras – “cities are good for us” and “put mass transport first”.
Agglomeration – reducing the need for people to travel by bringing people’s homes, work, education and recreation closer together.
Putting mass transport first – and given the ability to expand the tram network seems so far off, we must not do anything that hits at the viability of the bus.
Meanwhile, the Conservative government announcement of measures such as electric car recharging form lampposts by 2040 pails into insignificance against plans of other countries such as the Netherlands who plan to cease the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, and to start making progress on that through focussing on companies’ car fleets.
A book from Edwardian times comprising of a series of articles on cities and towns along the Great Central Line, with 4 pages on Nottingham’s history and the offices, platforms and yards of the freight operations along Queens Walk. Scans of the pages are available. Interesting insights into the industries of “Nottingham – the Capital of the Lace World”.