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Very interesting article on the Lex conversions. Ronald Edgley Cox was of course the general manager of Walsall Corporation Transport before his role in WMPTE and it was he who specified the short Daimler Fleetlines among other unique and often odd looking purchases. The finished product from...
A small number of men have managed to get among the girls in the National Express West Midlands fleet usually to commemorate drivers or enthusiasts who are no longer with us, for example bus 6832 is named "Ronnie Morgan" after the legendary enthusiast who left us a couple of years ago.
The first coach is definitely a Maudslay Marathon, a Coventry manufacturer later taken over by AEC although for a time after many of those produced still displayed the Maudslay badge. A similar thing happened after AEC also took over Stockport based Crossley Motors.
Really enjoyed reading that Stuart. As it happens only a few days ago I was reading the commemorative magazine celebrating 75 years of the Lancaster which also details the aircraft you mention above. Wellingtons are always of great interest to me too, designed by Barnes Wallis who also developed...
All of these from Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in Heartbeat:
"You've more chance of knitting fog"
"You must think I came up the river on a biscuit"
" And pigs might......"
"Can a duck....."
"You don't half take chances"
"Come into my office"
So many sayings from one character...
Yes Quinton was the second last one built, opening on 30th October 1949 and sadly closing 18th June 1997. The last one built was Lea Hall opening 19th April 1955 and closed 24th July 2010 although thankfully it still exists but used by a clothes recycling firm.
Personally i'm outraged as that is the original wall of the old Bilston Street Garage dating back to 1931 and could easily have been incorporated into a new development. To smash up all that lovely lettering is a disgrace with no regard given to the transport heritage of the area. The lettering...
That all sounds very exciting. The restoration of the original buildings, reinstating the canal basin and building the lighthouse. Looking at the plans the proposed new buildings don't impose on the originals which is very positive too. Any development that celebrates the history of Birmingham...
Fortunately I was able to get to the gig in Dublin to say farewell to my favourite band, it was touch and go whether I would be able to go having been in hospital most of the day having treatment but I got there, I had to stand near the back and stay quiet but still enjoyed it although sad it...
Most of those sayings I don't recognise Nico apart from the rhyme:
Skinny Malig Malogen legs umbrella feet.
Went to the pictures and couldn't get a seat
(sadly can't remember the rest of it)
As the family weren't from Dublin we tended to hear more English sayings and some from other parts of...
I had quite a long Enid Blyton phase too although in my case it was the Famous Five (I still collect rarer items of them today), The Secret Seven and the Five Find Outers (Mystery series) but do confess to reading Mallory Towers too :eek:. When staying in Brum I used to always use a hotel in...
My earliest memories had photos of the Wombles on the wall, after that it tended to be whatever pop band was in fashion at the time. In later teen years through to adulthood and up to today it tends to be hobby related so photos of buses, trains and aircraft as well as animal photos especially...
We have had the same problem here over the years, before a closer eye was kept on readers and the material they were consulting. Not only photos gone missing but whole books and sometimes maps and photos or whole articles cut out of books and journals (usually with a concealed razor blade)...
That's a Class 105 Cravens DMU (diesel multiple unit) built between 1956 and 1959 and still in original green livery. Photo has to be wrongly dated of course as it was a very different looking station by 1968.