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When driver and fireman phoned signalman before going to the White Lion for quiet pint

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

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I ENJOYED the write-up by Mike Page in The Bugle (July 10 edition) as I was a train spotter myself in the early 1940's, just up the road from where Mike was describing.

I did my spotting in Temple Street. That was when it was all fields from Chapel Street to Brook Street until they built all the new houses there and is now Station Road.

The third line that was mentioned was known as the Loop on which they used to divert the freight trains on to Wednesbury and bring them up as far as Temple Street so they could keep the passenger trains running specially in the holiday season.

When the main lines had gone quiet they would let them go, that's if they could find the driver and fireman.

At times they would telephone the signalman and tell him they were going for a pint.

Then they would descend down the embankment and into the back entrance of the White Lion in Temple Street.

I can remember all the places where the photos were taken.

The one of the goods yard I recall that very well, because in 1951 I left school and had my first job in the goods yard as a messenger so I recall all those sidings in that area.

What they called the top yard is where Latiffs are now.

Yes happy days. Thanks for memories Mike.

Ron Griffiths.


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