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    I remember the last day it ran. I worked for Blakes the Ford dealer in Hardman St. The boss there a Mr. Stanley Blake Reece was a train enthusiast and he hired buses to transport the whole company, all branches and closed up shop to take us on the last ride.
    We went the full length and back. Can't imagine todays businessmen doing a thing like that.


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    I am too young for the overhead, but I do remember Blakes in Hardman street
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    I remember the stumps

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    I am too young for the overhead, but I do remember Blakes in Hardman street
    I remember both and Blakes were a cowboy company - I bougt a new car of them once and the big ends went after 2,000 miles...in France. They didn't want to know. I hate the *******s. It took 18 months of legal action to get anywhere. I'm glad they went belly up - they deserved to.

    Now, the overhead I just about remember. You could see the trains through the sleepers underneath. It was a dirty brown colour. I remember the cranes taking it down too.
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    How old are you again Watership ?

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    My Dad used to travel on it from the Dingle to the north end docks for quite a few years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FKoE View Post
    I remember the stumps
    What are the stumps FKoE ??

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    I remember Blakes very well.

    Not the 'Overhead' tho' .. (thank God there's at least something I'm not old enough to remember !!) Ha!

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    Oh tep, I remember the overhead, I remember Blakes in hardman St. and also Bold St. and me dad did his aprentiship (?) in Blakes, Safety Lane. So there! Lol. Nowt wrong with Blakes there watership down. Wouldn't be ya heavy foot and lack of oil that caused ya meltdown would it?

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    Shy, when did you work for Blakes?

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    bobbymac,
    1954-1959, I was at Hardman St. didn't know many people from Safety Lane. I think whoever ran that place had a screw loose though, Safety Lane were distributers for "Cyclemaster" it was a little engine built into a wheel to put on a push bike. Why would a car company this big sell a piece of c r a p like that
    I did know the manager who was there at one time because he came to Hardman St. Percy Gooding was his name.
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    Omg Shy, I remember the 'Cyclemaster' all those old guys who couldn't pedal any more had them. Used to see lots of them at Newsham Pk. gate and Tuebrook when the Automatic knocked off.
    My girl friend worked in the office of Blakes in Bold St. starting around 58.'till sometime in the mid 60's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbymac View Post
    Oh tep, I remember the overhead, I remember Blakes in hardman St. and also Bold St. and me dad did his aprentiship (?) in Blakes, Safety Lane. So there! Lol. Nowt wrong with Blakes there watership down. Wouldn't be ya heavy foot and lack of oil that caused ya meltdown would it?
    Blakes a good company? Read what I wrote. They were cowboys. No idea of customer service and once they had your money they couln't give a hoot. They epitomised everything that was wrong with British service and industry. Cowboys, Sharks. Your Dad din't deal with them from my angle. People will tell themselves lies when it comes to their weekly pack packet.

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    how it once was?


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    Did you ever think Watership, that only you recieved bad customer service, because you maybe were an obnoxious customer ?

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