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22 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Vintage London bus in Broadway, Worcestershire from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Heading under the railway bridge into Broadway, within the Cotswolds in Worcestershire (not far from the Gloucestershire border), I saw this classic red London Routemaster bus heading from Broadway Station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway into the centre of Broadway. Later coming back saw a steam train called King Edward II.

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Vintage London bus in Broadway, Worcestershire from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway





Heading under the railway bridge into Broadway, within the Cotswolds in Worcestershire (not far from the Gloucestershire border), I saw this classic red London Routemaster bus heading from Broadway Station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway into the centre of Broadway. Later coming back saw a steam train called King Edward II.


Broadway is a large village in the Cotswolds within Worcestershire. The picturesque village is popular with tourists from all over the world for it's beauty. Nearby is the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway which was extended to Broadway Station in 2018.

Sunday is the perfect day to get out of the City and to explore the local countryside villages and stately homes. Even the steam railways.

On Sunday 21st July 2019, on the way to Snowshill Manor in the nearby village of Snowshill in Gloucestershire, I saw this vintage red London Routemaster bus heading from the station, up Station Road and then the High Street in Broadway.

Routemaster RML2478 - JJD 478D - a long way to Trafalgar Square on the 6 if you are in Broadway! Already the village is looking picturesque.

Turning onto Church Street in Broadway towards Snowshill Manor, while the bus continues towards the war memorial along the High Street in Broadway.

Later coming back from Snowshill Manor, now heading back up Station Road in Broadway towards the Low Bridge. Broadway Station is to the right of here. You can get steam trains towards Cheltenham Racecourse. I've never been on this heritage railway line. Wasn't aware of it before heading through Broadway.

This modern single decker bus from Marchants was on route 606 from Stratford-upon-Avon towards Broadway. Seen behind on the railway bridge was the steam locomotive 6023 King Edward II.

6023 King Edward II. Great Western Railway (GWR) 6000 Class 6023 King Edward II is a preserved steam locomotive. I don't think it is part of GWSR's collection of Steam Locomotives so it was probably a visitor. Was nice to see before leaving Broadway though.

The roads from Broadway back to Birmingham takes you up the A44 towards Evesham, nearby where the Battle of Evesham 1265 was fought (and Simon de Montfort was killed). A bridge is named after him. Near the A46 is the Evesham Country Park with the Evesham Vale Light Railway (which I saw back in August 2014 - a possible future post). North of Evesham along the A46 towards Alcester. Then through Coughton and Studley on the A435 towards the Maypole in Birmingham.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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19 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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BRUM! at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Do you remember watching BRUM! back in the 1990s (if you were a kid back then like I was). The little car BRUM! travelled in the episodes from the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-in-the-Water in Gloucestershire towards the Big Town (aka Birmingham). You would see Centenary Square and Brindleyplace as they were in the '90s! I went to Bourton back in August 2014.

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BRUM! at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire





Do you remember watching BRUM! back in the 1990s (if you were a kid back then like I was). The little car BRUM! travelled in the episodes from the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-in-the-Water in Gloucestershire towards the Big Town (aka Birmingham). You would see Centenary Square and Brindleyplace as they were in the '90s! I went to Bourton back in August 2014.


Back in August 2014, had a day out in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, and that including a must see visit to the Cotswold Motoring Museum, the home of Brum!

BRUM is seen inside the museum where he starts his journey in each episode heading to the Big Town! (as in Birmingham). Eyes lit up.

He got up to many advetures in the Big Town. Objects may end up inside him!

They had a clip of the title sequence on the TV behind BRUM.

Getting BRUM from many angles. There was other full size cars in here too.

BRUM from the back.

The museum from the outside. This view might be familiar to viewers of BRUM!. The bridge that BRUM! drives over in the title sequence. The view of the museum and bridge with the River Windrush. The bridge is Grade II listed and dates from the 18th century.

Closer up to the Motor Museum from the bridge on the River Windrush.. At the time was various classic cars outside including some Mini's.

"Home of Brum". This sign confirms that I was at the right place. Areas of the museum include "Car Heaven", "Memory Lane" and a "Toy Collection".

In the show, BRUM would driver out of the museum this way, then cross the bridge to the right on the way to the Big Town (Birmingham). More of those classic cars on display back in August 2014.

This balloon outside celebrating BRUM being on TV for 20 years. BRUM was first shown on CBBC in 1991 in it's original run. There was 5 series between 1991 and 2002 (not every year). It's now 28 years since BRUM first started on the BBC. It was developed by Ragdoll Productions. The museum owner Mike Cavanagh the real life museum owner was a character in the show (usually at the beginning and end of the show). He owned the museum until 1999.

 

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18 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum

I saw trains converted to look like Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum, in Wakes Colne, near Colchester in Essex (not far from the Suffolk border) on the 20th June 2019 (during my week in East Anglia). This was not a steam day so they didn't have their "faces" on! The museum was pretty quiet, felt like their was no one around at the time.

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Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum





I saw trains converted to look like Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum, in Wakes Colne, near Colchester in Essex (not far from the Suffolk border) on the 20th June 2019 (during my week in East Anglia). This was not a steam day so they didn't have their "faces" on! The museum was pretty quiet, felt like their was no one around at the time.


These trains have been converted to look like the characters from Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry.

I visited the East Anglian Railway Museum in Wakes Colne near Colchester in Essex on the 20th June 2019 during my week in Suffolk and East Anglia.

Seen in the Restoration Shed was:

Thomas: 0-6-0 Saddle Tank No 54 Works No 7031 / 41

Built by Kitson and Company Ltd, Leeds. Spent it's life hauling iron ore wagons at Stewarts and Lloyds, Corby. Withdrawn from service in 1969. In 2008 it had side tanks added and looks similar to Thomas the Tank Engine.

Percy: 0-4-0 Saddle Tank 'Jubilee' Works Number: 2542 / 35

Built in 1935 by W.G. Bagnall & Sons Ltd of Stafford. It came to the museum in 1976. Returned to traffic in 2007. Painted bright green and received some cosmetic changes to be Percy the Small Engine from Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.

Toby: John Fowler 0-4-0DH Works No. 4220039 7

Converted cosmetically to be 'Toby' for Day out with Thomas events. Painted in brown and grey along with the Number 7 Magnet. Seen outside along with other trains of the museums collection.

Seen in the Goods Shed was:

Henrietta: Replica build, four wheeled coach.

A former 4-wheeled Ferrywagon built at Shildon in 1978, was converted in their workshops between 2000 to 2004 to becoem a replica Wisbech and Upwell Tramway coach.

A look inside of this coach. Looked a bit like a street tram or light rail train. Was also Thomas the Tank Engine books on the seats. During Steam Days, visitors can have a ride on this train. It's unlikely that I'll go back for a Steam Day to ride on it though.

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16 Jul 2019 - Barry Whitehead
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A collection of Barry Whitehead's photography from the annual 1940's event at the Black Country Living Museum July 2019

Above photograph by Barry Whitehead

Barry shares his love of photography, taking us back in time with a collection of great photography, taken at the annual 1940's weekend at the Black Country Living Museum   

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A collection of Barry Whitehead's photography from the annual 1940's event at the Black Country Living Museum July 2019





Above photograph by Barry Whitehead

Barry shares his love of photography, taking us back in time with a collection of great photography, taken at the annual 1940's weekend at the Black Country Living Museum   


The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings in Dudley.

 

Till we meet again.........

We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 British song made famous by singer Vera Lynn. The song is one of the most famous of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight as well as their families and sweethearts.

 

A senior officers uniform - There are many uniforms worn by the armed forces, clearly identifying ranks.

Women typically wore head scarves & turbans during the 1940's

Dress colors were cheerful & vibrant from pastel pink, yellow, blue and purple to mint green & gold. During the war fashion as clothes were in short supply and rationed, people were encouraged to 'Make do and mend'. Older clothes were transformed into modern style. Ladies hats came in many shapes, styles and colors.

The bowler hat & pipe were common place during the 1940's

In 1940, two million British men aged between 19 - 27 years, who were not working in 'reserved occupations', were ordered to fight. This was known as being "called up". They were trained and sent off to war.

All photography courtesy Barry Whitehead 

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08 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Fountains around Birmingham (past and present)

There has been many fountains and water jets in the City Centre. Not all are still on or working. With the new one in Centenary Square going on. Time to look at other Birmingham fountains. When they were working (some of them are now off for a variety of reasons). Some got replaced and others went into storage.

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Fountains around Birmingham (past and present)





There has been many fountains and water jets in the City Centre. Not all are still on or working. With the new one in Centenary Square going on. Time to look at other Birmingham fountains. When they were working (some of them are now off for a variety of reasons). Some got replaced and others went into storage.


Centenary Square

The new Centenary Square was officially opened on the 3rd July 2019, along with a big area with water jet fountains. Which people can walk into or have fun in. I popped along on Sunday 7th July 2019 to see what all the fuss was about! Along with the new lighting columns, the various buildings are reflected in the water.

This view: Symphony Hall, The ICC, The REP and Library of Birmingham.

This view of The REP, Library of Birmingham, Baskerville House and the Hall of Memory towards Paradise Birmingham.

This isn't the first time a water jet fountain has been in the square. From about 1991 to 2009, the Spirit of Enterprise fountain by Tom Lomax. Seen below during April 2009. It was removed to storage and is still at the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre. Unlikely to ever return, which is sad.

It was such a nice fountain. This view towards Symphony Hall and The REP. This is now the site of the Library of Birmingham Amphitheatre. I believe there used to be another fountain in the gardens that preceded the 1991 Centenary Square, but not sure what happened to that. It didn't end up in the Peace Garden like the Colonnade did.

Victoria Square

The remodelling of Victoria Square which was opened in May 1993 by the late Diana Princess of Wales included the bronze sculpture everyone knows as the Floozie in the Jacuzzi. But officially called River and Youth. They were made by Dhruva Mistry. Seen in November 2010 in one of the periods when the Council got the fountain working. This view looking up to the Council House.

But in recent years, there has been a leak that they have been unable to repair. So by 2015, the Council had plants and flowers put here instead. This view towards Chamberlain Square when Birmingham Central Library still stood (closed in 2013, demolished in 2016).

Chamberlain Square

The Chamberlain Memorial in Chamberlain Square also has it's own fountain. Seen below during April 2009, when Birmingham Central Library and Paradise Forum were still open. In the late 1960s, the pools around the fountain were removed, but in 1978, to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee, The Birmingham Civic Society designed and paid for the pools to be reinstated. The Portland stone spire underwent a major clean in 1994. Expect the area to change when Paradise Birmingham eventually reopens the square in the future.

Close up of the pool in front of the Chamberlain Memorial with the small water jet fountain (this was also April 2009). Lets hope that this is opened up again sooner rather than later (at this rate the early to mid 2020s?).

Close up taken during February 2010. Obviously the original pools before the 1960s redevelopment was much bigger, and this replacement was much smaller. Will Paradise Birmingham have room to have the Chamberlain Memorial back to it's 1880s glory? Only time will tell.

Brindleyplace

The water jet fountains seen in Central Square, Brindleyplace back in May 2009. Near Three and Two Brindleyplace. You can walk down the steps towards the Central Cafe (Costa Coffee). This fountain is still on, and regularly maintained by the Brindleyplace Estate.

This view towards Two Brindleyplace and Six Brindleyplace with Costa Coffee to the right. It is still like this over 10 years later.

Bullring

There used to be a Three Cubes fountain sculpture in the Bullring from about 2003 (when the Bullring reopened) until about early 2011 (before the Spiceal Street redevelopment took over this part of the Bullring). This view from April 2009, looking towards Borders and Starbucks Coffee (both no longer there, but there is now a Starbucks further around to the right).

By December 2010, got this nightshot of the Three Cubes. Borders had been replaced by Jamie's Italian (they have recently closed down due to Jamie's Italian going into administration). The Spiceal Street redevelopment resulted in a new fountain near the new steps.

The Three Cubes was replaced by this artwork when the new Spiceal Street development opened in late 2011. Seen here in August 2013. Heading up the step from St Martin's Square towards the statue of Horatio Nelson. Quotes here include "Warms the walls of our city. And will do again".

Heading up the steps during July 2019. The water trickling down the wall is a bit more clear here. More quotes include "Thrums to a different beat beneath our feet".

Eastside

Another lost fountain. This one was near Millennium Point in Eastside close to Jennens Road. I would say that it was probably built in 2001 when Millennium Point was went up. These views from September 2009. Years later it was switched off. And the site was later used to build the new Birmingham Conservatoire for BCU (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire).

It was only a small fountain, but had water jets and a small waterfall. If you go there now you will only see the Conservatoire, and the path leading to the rear entrances of Millennium Point. Aston University is still on the other side of Jennens Road (in 2009 the student residences were still under construction).

Eastside City Park opened in 2012 and it included fountains. Near Millennium Point and the Parkside Building of Birmingham City University was this fountain canal. Seen during April 2013, before it got rusted for the water jets being continually on. The Parkside Building wa under construction at the time.

In this nightshot view from December 2014, the fountains down here were already showing signs of rust on the white walls. More recently on my walks through the park, and out of Millennium Point, I've noticed that this has been turned off, and no water in the canal.

There was one more fountain in Eastside City Park, on this area near The Woodman pub. This view from June 2013. Used to see kids playing in these jets. But more recently it has been turned off (perhaps when the Big Wheel was here last Christmas). Normally see a group of skateboarders doing tricks around this area.

In this April 2014 view you can see the water jets towards The Woodman pub and Curzon Street Station. With the viaduct on the railway lines into Birmingham New Street Station. This was similar to what we now have in Centenary Square, but on a much smaller scale.

Aston University

We will finish off here with Aston University. I see this one in the lake at Lakeside most days of the week. It's the Peace sculpture by William Pye, made in 1985. This view from May 2009 towards what is now the Matthew Boulton Campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College (formerly Matthew Boulton College). You would usually see Canada geese around this area.

Near the main building at Aston University is Tipping Triangles by the sculptor Angela Conner. Commissioned in 1987, started to be made in 1989, then unveiled in 1994. Stainless steel. This view from March 2014. I'm not sure if this is fountain or not as I've never seen water coming out of the sculpture, but obviously the pool below has water.

Closer to the main entrance to Aston University if this fountain / water jets. Looks like flowers spitting water out in every direction! Observed during April 2017. There is a regular water jet behind the two sprouting flower fountains.

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