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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:26 PM   #61
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And here's a VERY RARE pic of the inside of the old library IN COLOUR!!!!!




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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:27 PM   #62
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I completely forgot that this existed like this! I remember standing in a queue as a kid with my big sister waiting in a long line for her to get her bus pass... (or should that be buzz pass...)
It wasn't a WUMPTY (Blue WMPTE mascot) bus pass was it perchance?
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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:50 PM   #63
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Old August 9th, 2005, 01:03 PM   #64
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New Street station in 1885



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Old August 9th, 2005, 01:34 PM   #65
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It wasn't a WUMPTY (Blue WMPTE mascot) bus pass was it perchance?
I think it was a WM Travel one with the arrow on the start of W and end of M if I remember rightly. I was only 4 or thereabouts....
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Old August 9th, 2005, 03:15 PM   #66
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Yeah - like this one....



and as seen on the old train timetables....



I used to have loads of these! In fact I think I still have them stashed somewhere.

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Old August 9th, 2005, 03:19 PM   #67
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That's the fella!
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Old August 9th, 2005, 03:22 PM   #68
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I still think it's a cool logo - they've kept the Greater Manchester PTE "M" logo even after all this time, so why couldn't they have kept the WM one? I always thought the "Centro" logo was a bit cack.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 03:41 PM   #69
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the interior of the old new street was awesome so much light

birmingham airport looks so small in those pictures
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Old August 9th, 2005, 11:23 PM   #70
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Okay - a few more.....

New Street and Snow Hill as was...




Old New Street being rebuilt (previously posted on the BNS thread):






Old Snow Hill




New highways taking shape:






Old street scenes:



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Old August 9th, 2005, 11:42 PM   #71
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right i think someone should email these pics to the mail and make them publish them and start a petition to have a modern style replica of the coach houses and fun things like that rebuilt...so many people in bham will have no idea whatsoever that these stunning stations once existed

right i am going to go and weep silently
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Old August 9th, 2005, 11:54 PM   #72
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Thanks for those Martin. I've emailed quite a few of these pics to friends who know Bham well and they are absolutely gobsmacked by some of the architectual trweasures this city once had
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The 'John Bright Street' pics are fantastic, it was a bustling thoroughfare back in 1950....
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Old August 10th, 2005, 12:31 AM   #74
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I have lots of fascinating exclusive vintage pix of Snow Hill Station I will be putting up next - again taken from a great book that is long out of print.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 02:28 AM   #75
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New Street does look amazing there so light and airy....here's something not quite so amazing but still interesting, Longbridge Pump House in 1959. Sadly it's no longer with us


View from St Pauls Square looking down Ludgate Hill toward the city centre 1960


Newhall street 1960
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Old August 10th, 2005, 03:04 PM   #76
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its amazing how the city is again knocking down its remaining and new heritage, its not so shocking that so many beautiful buildings were demolished, whole districts for new roads etc, but that some dreadful rubbish was allowed to be built in their place
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Stuff like the BBC and the Central (ATV) studios were a case of having to go back to a very basic way of approaching construction design: they were built to perform a function. Both (I believe) were state-of-the-art studios and offices when built, and were built because it was no longer practical to operate such hi-tech functions in old buildings that were being ruined internally by miles of cables, had poor heating systems etc. So it was time to build something new!

Incidentally, the old BBC building was somewhere to the back of the Vale at Birmingham Uni and may well still be standing - I think it might belong to the uni now...
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Carpenter Road to be exact.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 12:03 AM   #79
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Right - here are the exclusive pics of Snow Hill Station (taken from the excellent book below):




The original Snow Hill Frontage:




The first station on the site actually looked like this:



The airy entrance lobby:




Some views of the more familiar [second] station:







The connecting subway passage:










An atmospheric shot of the deserted platform at dusk:



One of the grand station clocks:




Steam gave way to diesel traction - and a very special type of modern train is seen on the left here - The classic Blue Diesel Pullmans!



Rush hour crowds:



Station hotel building as it appeared before eventual closure:



A view from the other side:




The last passenger out of Snow Hill?




Inevitable closure - and the gradual running down of the station:




Deserted platforms that would eventually become car parks:



Demolition in progress:



The old tunnel to Moor Street after closure and trackless...



Desolate scenes as dereliction beckons:



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Facinating pics. I'm glad to see that there was at least some protest at the closure. Even if it was in vain.
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