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#16 charlie

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:08 PM

Fascinating, thank you Zirconium - I'm really getting into the Local History section of the forum. It's an oasis of calm and a great retreat. Interesting to read about Rikaitch's dad's CP crockery discovery. Might be an idea to have some limited archaelogical excavations across the park?

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 08:52 AM

Last night we watched the classic Ken Russell movie, The Devils, on DVD. The disc also contained an extra short film called Amelia and the Angel, a delightful and quite amateur short film made by KR in 1958. I wasnt fully paying attention until suddenly the little girl, Amelia, runs into an old station. For a moment I thought it was the existing CP station, and then I realised it was actually the old high level station, looking very decrepit. It must have been shortly before it was demolished. It was a thrilling surprise to see this footage. I believe KR was a local wasn't he? Here is a link to the very extract from the film where she goes into the station. Behind her are the Victorian terraced houses on Farquhar Road.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for posting jb - watched this through twice now - it's delightful. "So, the station was the only home they could afford.They both had platform tickets so they weren't breaking the law." What a lovely line.

Fascinating to see footage of the old station. Still can't quite picture it on Farquhar Road though. Looking at the photos it was huge.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:27 AM

Thanks for posting jb - watched this through twice now - it's delightful. "So, the station was the only home they could afford.They both had platform tickets so they weren't breaking the law." What a lovely line.

Fascinating to see footage of the old station. Still can't quite picture it on Farquhar Road though. Looking at the photos it was huge.

Main entrance was on the bridge here http://www.disused-s...l/index18.shtml

The film also contains scenes shot at the Albert Memorial and Italian fountains in Ken Gardens

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:29 AM

Fabulous! Thanks jb

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:35 AM

Main entrance was on the bridge here http://www.disused-s...l/index18.shtml

The film also contains scenes shot at the Albert Memorial and Italian fountains in Ken Gardens


Ah - thanks - I can see where it stood now. So the only bit left of the high level station at 'high level' is the retaining wall along the parade? It certainly was a monumental structure - shame it was demolished.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:46 AM

Yes, a great shame. Sorry they couldnt see the potential of using the building as a replacement exhibition space for the palace which had burnt down by then. Very short sighted. The other bit that still remains is the subway of course, which linked directly from station to palace.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

somewhere I have a train ticket of the last journey on that line in 1954 + a couple of old pics ...
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:43 PM

you dont look old enough !
Your obviously mistaken me with someone who gives a fig

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

it's the olive oil dazza and the mediterranean dieat, I am actually 158 years old
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 06:17 AM

somewhere I have a train ticket of the last journey on that line in 1954 + a couple of old pics ...

Do scan them and post them up here! Would be great to see them

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:57 PM

Congrats on digging this out jb. It's very... Crystal Palace.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:03 PM

JB ... as soon as I move all the stuff in CP (currently in storage) I will scan few things ..... assuming I will find them of course !
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

Joseph Paxton's Crystal Railway

http://www.ianvisits...line-ouroboros/
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:25 AM

Those were the days for dreaming big. Sigh.