British Transport Films… a window on a bygone age

StarCruiser Nov 18, 2017

  1. flint

    flint Well-Known Member Supporter I am in great_britain

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    Some of the shovels look a bit like BR issue firing shovels, a bit longer and narrower to fit the firebox opening. I suppose long handled ones could be a bit awkward. A bit regional too, when we moved to Wales, I bought my T handle shovel with me and it was called a shovel with a seat, everyone round here used long handled ones.
     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Every day’s a school day. :)
     
  3. flint

    flint Well-Known Member Supporter I am in great_britain

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    ratrace Well-Known Member I am in uk

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    i try as well just to see what might be there "old british films" and there is a lot of them
     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    This was quite an operation. How they refurbished the London Busses. Enjoy. :)

     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    No hard hats or orange jackets to be seen here.
     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Interesting that. I never knew oil was first mined and extracted from shale. Looks like every bit was used.
     
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    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    No gloves either Rich, even those using creosote and the pressure chamber!

    Liked to see the boy apprentice in the casting shop, helping with preparing the sand moulds.
     
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    Chas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    They bred 'em tough in those days, those that survived anyway.
     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    All part of natural selection Chas. Nature at work, Elfin safety messes with that nowadays.
     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    He did look pretty young didn’t he. He was pulling his weight though. Would probably have earned a clip round the ear if he didn’t.
     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Not quite a BTF but the same sort of subject- with a rather familiar narrator.

     
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    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    Nice to hear John Ravenscroft’s voice again... enjoyed Rich, thanks :thumbup:
     
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    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Is that who it was Clive? I had John Peel in my head.
     
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    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    One and the same Rich, Peel was his professional name as a DJ, but as a journalist I think he went by his real family name, Ravenscroft.
     
  16. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Every day’s a school day Clive. Bit of local knowledge there?
     
  17. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    I don’t really know how I knew that, I think he was on Parky moons ago, a very interesting guy. I loved his shows on radio and his voice is very distinctive. He was from Cheshire originally (like me dad was) so maybe as a Lancashire lad he struck a chord with me.

    I don’t know about his Brummie connections, but anyone moving anywhere near to Birmingham ends up with the accent sooner or later...
     
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    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    I’ve just googled him and there’s no mention of Brum. Born in Cheshire, lived in Suffolk (amongst other places) ... there you go....

    It was on the pirate station Radio London that he used the name Peel, and I think that’s when I would have first heard him on my headphones and an old big-valve radio set, ‘cos my dad wouldn’t allow “pop music” to be played in the house.

    This would have been the mid-late 60’s.
     
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  19. flint

    flint Well-Known Member Supporter I am in great_britain

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    I remember him on Radio London too before it got closed down, his son Tom has a show on BBC 6 music these days
     
  20. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    More on the Scammell explorer. Military training not BTF but along similar lines.





    They seem to run one into the other with a series of films. Listen out for the squaddie humour. :)
     
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