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    Right. After the air raid shelters were...

    Right.

    After the air raid shelters were demolished but before the maisonettes were built. So mid-fifties.
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    It's kind of scary isn't it to reflect on how...

    It's kind of scary isn't it to reflect on how much better conditions were 40 years ago than now?

    Not the MPTE's fault of course, it's just the way of the world.
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    Yes that photo looks blackened and exactly like what you would build as a coke bunker. To the side of, rather than directly beneath, the water tower is where you could water and shovel fuel into a...
  4. I know there is mention somewhere of the Waterloo...

    I know there is mention somewhere of the Waterloo tunnel being rope hauled until 1895 or so.

    But it seems that there has always been confusion between the Waterloo tunnel and the Victoria tunnel....
  5. Almost certainly I would think. If cable...

    Almost certainly I would think.

    If cable haulage was used in the Waterloo tunnel but not in the Victoria tunnel it makes perfect sense to keep a little "shunting" engine at the bottom (and to...
  6. What I found significant in the newspaper report...

    What I found significant in the newspaper report is that three "waggons" of coke were to be unloaded there.

    So for what purpose was this coke? Three waggons would presumably be perhaps 15 tons or...
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    Ah how times change! Back in 1962 my dad (a...

    Ah how times change!

    Back in 1962 my dad (a time-served AEU fitter) interviewed for a job at the plant that was soon to open. They let him know verbally how he was considered a bit too old and...
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    Ah, thank you. I was trying to imagine what...

    Ah, thank you.

    I was trying to imagine what services and locos used the troughs in their heyday. They must have been used during the war, or they would not have survived it. Troop trains to...
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    It would appear so, I was reminiscing with a...

    It would appear so, I was reminiscing with a relative on the telephone who suddenly blurted out. "They weren't at Edge Hill, silly. They were at Ditton."
    And so they were, the Crewe stopping train...
  10. Sadly the plan is otherwise ...

    Sadly the plan is otherwise

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/railelectrification.pdf

    The best we can hope for is a non-repeat of history in which the later phase (Edge Hill to Earlestown) is...
  11. Let's hope it extends also to Bootle.

    Let's hope it extends also to Bootle.
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    I'm sure Merseyrail has space going vacant if...

    I'm sure Merseyrail has space going vacant if they would but offer it.

    Isn't there still a disused track at New Brighton station? It wouldn't cost too too much to put a tent thingy over it and...
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    Class 502 EMU holding on by a thread

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    A former Mersey Railway electric train, almost 70 years old is holding on by a thread. It's a disgrace that a permanent home for it on Merseyside has not been found.

    Surely there is space to...
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    They could easily build an indoor helter-skelter...

    They could easily build an indoor helter-skelter affair into the structure. Then eight year-olds would nag their parents to make a day trip there. Add an observation balcony designed with the...
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    The disused tunnel entrance. There were two, now...

    The disused tunnel entrance. There were two, now only one.
    Easy walking distance from the Norfolk Line ferries.
    Wikimapia - Let's describe the whole world!
    Click on link above
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    They are recruiting young apprentices locally. ...

    They are recruiting young apprentices locally.

    But the older time-served tradesmen needed to train and supervise the apprentices who are working on the job have to come from Poland.

    I'm not...
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    Copyright law is complex. There are many...

    Copyright law is complex. There are many considerations -
    1. Copyrights expire, anything over 75 years old is likely to be expired.
    2. Generally if you buy the one and only of something unique that...
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    I'm told that work began track laying at Olive...

    I'm told that work began track laying at Olive Mount Junction last Sunday. Probably photos ops for at least another one or two Sundays methinks.
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    Just how high was that diving board? Too high for...

    Just how high was that diving board? Too high for me ever to risk it! - I can remember people climbing up to the top and then climbing back down again having lost their nerve. Or jumping feet-first...
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    Wales is paying for most of the Borderlands line...

    Wales is paying for most of the Borderlands line electrification simply because most of the Borderlands Line lies within Wales. However, there are economies of scale involved and so the cocktail of...
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    The Welsh Assembly is not likely to fund anything...

    The Welsh Assembly is not likely to fund anything that is not in Wales, I mean let's be real. Their comment, as I recall it, was that the Wrexham-Bidston electrification will provide improved...
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    That's a great photograph Kev, thank you. It's...

    That's a great photograph Kev, thank you.

    It's very nice that the rear of the building (away from the River) incorporates an open air patio that is sheltered from the rain.

    I think it's also a...
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    Yes, that's how I remember Dock Road between...

    Yes, that's how I remember Dock Road between Poulton and Seacombe. Crossed by railway tracks in that area that lead to (substantially) disused goods stations on the North side.

    Flour milling...
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    Wonderful photos. It makes on wonder, doesn't...

    Wonderful photos.

    It makes on wonder, doesn't it, how a policy of continuous and unremitting improvements results in one ending up with something that is a lot worse than it used to be when one...
  25. And, likely, for the Royal train too. That's...

    And, likely, for the Royal train too. That's presumably why one of the sidings has a locomotive run-around track. So the Royal train would not have to reverse on the mainline.
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