A 'period' classics pictures thread (Mk II)

A 'period' classics pictures thread (Mk II)

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Turbobanana

2,945 posts

165 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Escort3500 said:
Johnspex said:
P5BNij said:
Mallory Park in '67, the Broadspeed Mini fastback now resides in Japan....

They really didn't that poor Mini any favours in the looks department.
Have to agree. It’s like a bad cut ‘n’ shut job
Well, I've actually driven one and can confirm they were as well built as any of the other Mini rebodies around at the time (eg Ogle SX1000). Headroom wasn't great.

Also, the long sloping tail worked wonders for the aerodynamics, compared to a standard Mini. A well tuned 1293cc was reputedly good for 125mph.

V6 Pushfit

16,208 posts

74 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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P5BNij said:
Mallory Park in '67, the Broadspeed Mini fastback now resides in Japan....

Pink Elf?? Love those cars but they’re underrated compared with minis.

threespires

3,754 posts

175 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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P5BNij said:
Mallory Park in '67, the Broadspeed Mini fastback now resides in Japan....

Good memories of John Fitzpatrick in his Broadspeed days

bigothunter

915 posts

24 months

Thursday 4th March
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Turbobanana said:
Escort3500 said:
Johnspex said:
P5BNij said:
Mallory Park in '67, the Broadspeed Mini fastback now resides in Japan....

They really didn't that poor Mini any favours in the looks department.
Have to agree. It’s like a bad cut ‘n’ shut job
Well, I've actually driven one and can confirm they were as well built as any of the other Mini rebodies around at the time (eg Ogle SX1000). Headroom wasn't great.

Also, the long sloping tail worked wonders for the aerodynamics, compared to a standard Mini. A well tuned 1293cc was reputedly good for 125mph.
When turbo charged with a following wind? scratchchin

Escort3500

7,951 posts

109 months

Thursday 4th March
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threespires said:
P5BNij said:
Mallory Park in '67, the Broadspeed Mini fastback now resides in Japan....

Good memories of John Fitzpatrick in his Broadspeed days
I didn’t realise JF had driven the race version of the car; I’d always associated him with Anglias, Escorts and Capris, before he moved on to BMWs and 911s

Huntsman

7,235 posts

214 months

Thursday 4th March
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Johnspex said:
They really didn't that poor Mini any favours in the looks department.
I really like them!

P5BNij

8,517 posts

70 months

Thursday 4th March
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Polmadie Depot, Glasgow in the early '70s, the locos inside the shed are al redundant Class 17 'Claytons'....


Yertis

16,072 posts

230 months

Thursday 4th March
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P5BNij said:
Polmadie Depot, Glasgow in the early '70s, the locos inside the shed are al redundant Class 17 'Claytons'....

Are there any old engine sheds like that still in use?

I've just realised that they're among my favourite types of building, but I've never been in one.

P5BNij

8,517 posts

70 months

Thursday 4th March
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Yertis said:
P5BNij said:
Polmadie Depot, Glasgow in the early '70s, the locos inside the shed are al redundant Class 17 'Claytons'....

Are there any old engine sheds like that still in use?

I've just realised that they're among my favourite types of building, but I've never been in one.
Quite a few still dotted around the country although they're a dying breed, in recent years the large sheds at Bescot and Old Oak Common (where I used to work) have been demolished, although the one at Bescot had been out of use for many years. The large 'roundhouse' at Wellingborough is now listed, after BR ceased using it a shoe manufacturer moved in but it's now empty and will become a museum. The roundhouse at Barrow Hill is a working museum and well worth a look. The roundhouse at York became the National Railway Museum in the early '80s. The 'half roundhouse' and turntable at St.Blazey in Cornwall still stands, but might be in private use now.

Some of the older brick and stone built sheds are still in use, but most of the working depots I know are of the modern concrete / steel type built in the '60s and '70s. Our firm had a brand new five road shed built at Basford Hall Yard in Crewe a couple of years ago and the huge diesel depot at Toton in the East Midlands is still in regular use (it's gynormous!). Also fairly recently, the '60s built diesel depot just south of Crewe station has been extended to cater for mainline steam locos, with new watering and coaling facilities.



Dapster

5,093 posts

144 months

Thursday 4th March
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Camden Roundhouse








P5BNij

8,517 posts

70 months

Thursday 4th March
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Old Oak Common roundhouse (a large square building with four turntables inside) being demolished and the new diesel depot being erected inside it, whilst day to day running carried on....





I had two very happy years there at the start of my railway career, it's all gone now, the site is now the concrete depot for Crossrail. Apologies for the diversion wink


RichB

44,908 posts

248 months

Thursday 4th March
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P5BNij said:
Yertis said:
P5BNij said:
Polmadie Depot, Glasgow in the early '70s, the locos inside the shed are al redundant Class 17 'Claytons'....

Are there any old engine sheds like that still in use? I've just realised that they're among my favourite types of building, but I've never been in one.
Quite a few still dotted around the country although they're a dying breed <clip>
Ah the joys of mooching round old engine sheds! I used to do this during the summer holidays 50 years ago. It was the dying years of steam on BR an Nine Elms was a favourite because it was still a proper steam shed and the blokes working there didn't mind a few kids wandering around looking at the engines. Stratford was massive a you could lose yourself in there for a day! I remember one shed where a lot of the engines destined for the National Railway Museum were stored. Distinctly remember getting in the cab of Princess Elizabeth and Britannia but there were other notable engines n there too. I saw the LMS diesel prototypes D10000/10001 laid up at Derby sheds - wonder what happened to them? Some of the regions were going electric and they were a bit more difficult to get into, I remember being apprehended by the railway police at Willesden. I think the clue was that it was called Willesden Depot not Willesden sheds! Chap went on about us getting electrocuted but as our dad worked at Acton Depot on the London Underground we knew about running rails and live rails and in any case they didn't have live rails in the sheds. All good fun but it was a long time ago now.

V6 Pushfit

16,208 posts

74 months

Thursday 4th March
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Oddly there are no photos of Camden Roundhouse in use or before the development. It would be a lot more fascinating than photos of bands on stage!!

P5BNij

8,517 posts

70 months

Thursday 4th March
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RichB said:
P5BNij said:
Yertis said:
P5BNij said:
Polmadie Depot, Glasgow in the early '70s, the locos inside the shed are al redundant Class 17 'Claytons'....

Are there any old engine sheds like that still in use? I've just realised that they're among my favourite types of building, but I've never been in one.
Quite a few still dotted around the country although they're a dying breed <clip>
Ah the joys of mooching round old engine sheds! I used to do this during the summer holidays 50 years ago. It was the dying years of steam on BR an Nine Elms was a favourite because it was still a proper steam shed and the blokes working there didn't mind a few kids wandering around looking at the engines. Stratford was massive a you could lose yourself in there for a day! I remember one shed where a lot of the engines destined for the National Railway Museum were stored. Distinctly remember getting in the cab of Princess Elizabeth and Britannia but there were other notable engines n there too. I saw the LMS diesel prototypes D10000/10001 laid up at Derby sheds - wonder what happened to them? Some of the regions were going electric and they were a bit more difficult to get into, I remember being apprehended by the railway police at Willesden. I think the clue was that it was called Willesden Depot not Willesden sheds! Chap went on about us getting electrocuted but as our dad worked at Acton Depot on the London Underground we knew about running rails and live rails and in any case they didn't have live rails in the sheds. All good fun but it was a long time ago now.
Edit : Camden roundhouse closed to steam in '63 but was still used to house diesels until '66 so there should be some photos knocking around somewhere. It was only built to house the smaller steam locos to start with so by the end of its days I'd imagine the only diesels stabled inside would have been the Class 08 350hp shunting locos.

You're not far off on the timeline Rich - Nine Elms shed closed in July '67 when the last steam hauled express departed from Waterloo, the entire site was cleared quite quickly, in 1970 it was one of the locations used in the Richard Burton film 'Villain' and is now the site of New Covent Garden market.

As for the D10000 / D10001 'Twins', from the late fifties onwards they were both used on local passenger and parcels traffic until about 1962, 10000 was scrapped in 1966 but 10001 sat round the back of the new Willesden Electric Depot until 1968, when it was towed to Derby and cut up there....




Edited by P5BNij on Thursday 4th March 13:30

RichB

44,908 posts

248 months

Thursday 4th March
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P5BNij said:
As for the D10000 / D10001 'Twins', from the late fifties onwards they were both used on local passenger and parcels traffic until about 1962, 10000 was scrapped in 1966 but 10001 sat round the back of the new Willesden Electric Depot until 1968, when it was towed to Derby and cut up there...
Then it must have been D10001 I saw at Derby, couldn't remember which one it was. In '68 I'd have been 12, went up there with my older brother who'd have been 15. Because Dad worked for LTE we got cheap BR travel too. It was tremendous for us to use during the summer holidays! smile

P5BNij

8,517 posts

70 months

Thursday 4th March
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RichB said:
P5BNij said:
As for the D10000 / D10001 'Twins', from the late fifties onwards they were both used on local passenger and parcels traffic until about 1962, 10000 was scrapped in 1966 but 10001 sat round the back of the new Willesden Electric Depot until 1968, when it was towed to Derby and cut up there...
Then it must have been D10001 I saw at Derby, couldn't remember which one it was. In '68 I'd have been 12, went up there with my older brother who'd have been 15. Because Dad worked for LTE we got cheap BR travel too. It was tremendous for us to use during the summer holidays! smile
I used to do the same long before I joined the railway, my schoolmate's dad worked in the BR TOPS office in Brum and used to get loads of free passes, taking us all over the place visiting sheds and yards. Ten years later I was being paid to work at some of them!

I've got tons of photographic material going way back, I might start a thread up in the appropriate place though rather than clog this one up wink

aeropilot

23,919 posts

191 months

Thursday 4th March
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V6 Pushfit said:
Oddly there are no photos of Camden Roundhouse in use or before the development. It would be a lot more fascinating than photos of bands on stage!!
Back In the 1990's you could park in the yard next to it for a quid, and walk down to Dingwalls and the market.


Turbobanana

2,945 posts

165 months

Thursday 4th March
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All this talk of free / cheap travel... I'm about to celebrate 11 years in the Rail industry but because I work for Network Rail I get no concessions whatsoever.

I have driven a Class 37, however smile

RichB

44,908 posts

248 months

Thursday 4th March
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Turbobanana said:
All this talk of free / cheap travel... I'm about to celebrate 11 years in the Rail industry but because I work for Network Rail I get no concessions whatsoever...
That's mean... I guess times have changed.

Hugo a Gogo

22,925 posts

197 months

Saturday 6th March
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Little video clip of Düsseldorf in 1978, I just drove up this road yesterday! Not too much has changed
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_YtBUznrUfM