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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:08 AM   #101
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Yeah - I recall it - it was there for quite a while before they finally dismantled it - Manchester had a similar one at Chester Road junction - which also went once the Mancunian Way was extended below it to connect with the western side of Regent Road junction. It was pretty useful that Camp Hill flyover and one wonders why they didn't just leave it as steel flyovers are actually pretty rare in the UK (North London still has a few dotted about somewhere).
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:11 AM   #102
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I love that pic, it seems strange seeing the M1 signposted in the city centre
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:12 AM   #103
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Christ this is amazing! I never knew this was originally exposed to the elements.

It's so sexy, so elegant, so mmm, it looks like something from Brasilia Anymore pictures? I can imagine it was cold though. I always thought the roof and extraction looked like additions. Now I've seen this I really, really don't want to see her demolished.

I'd want to see this section retained/restored and incorporated in whatever the new (office?) scheme may be. Surely the Large floor plates could be turned into office space? and look at the ceiling height! If I was in charge this would be planar glazed like the front of the Mailbox with a minimal bullring style sky roof. It reminds me a little of the ground floor level of the Glenn Howells tower proposed for the mailbox.

There are too many melancholy pictures of long gone builings which we would love back and this shouldn't be one too. Both Central Libraries have been such hugely significant buildings in the history of Birmingham it would be a terrible mistake to loose this one too.
MMM..I can assure you that when it was exposed to the elements it was ******* terrible. The wind would howl through, and people would scurry about trying to get through as quickly as possible. Then they created Paradise Forum and it improved things 100%. We now need money spent here again though, coz it looks decidely tatty!.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:28 AM   #104
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MMM..I can assure you that when it was exposed to the elements it was ******* terrible. The wind would howl through, and people would scurry about trying to get through as quickly as possible. Then they created Paradise Forum and it improved things 100%. We now need money spent here again though, coz it looks decidely tatty!.
It was, it was awful! I remember at some point in the late 70's/early 80's going there with my parents because my mum needed to renew her train pass. The wind in there was cutting. And then there was all the unfinished bit, there were sections out the back towards where the Copthorne is now with rebar sticking out, and unfinished water features, and past that there was a bit of a car park and a scaffold bridge down to a subway which you used to get to the Bingley Hall...
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:32 AM   #105
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I love that pic, it seems strange seeing the M1 signposted in the city centre
I know what you mean, but that was before the M6 finally reached the city I take it? Mind you - Brum STILL has exactly the same lamp-posts as those shown in that pic on most of its main roads. Only the actual lights are different (if they're not still the horrid sodium ones, that is).
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:44 AM   #106
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Have you got a Lamp post fetish martin?
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:50 AM   #107
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No.

Why?
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:53 AM   #108
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Now look at this old pic showing the rail alignment towards Snow Hill prior to the reinstatement of the trains through the tunnel in 1987.....




Some of our current rail lines are as overgrown with greenery as it appears here!
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Old August 14th, 2005, 02:04 AM   #109
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No.

Why?
just wondered

You're coming up with the goods on this thread Martin, did you take that pic above?
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Old August 14th, 2005, 02:17 AM   #110
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No - it was taken from an old Brum rail website:

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/s...m_moor_street/
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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:04 AM   #111
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Now look at this old pic showing the rail alignment towards Snow Hill prior to the reinstatement of the trains through the tunnel in 1987.....




Some of our current rail lines are as overgrown with greenery as it appears here!


**** me!!!!!
these all deserve to be hosted!








No Pavillion shopping centre!
(look at the state of those platforms)


not seen this angle before:

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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:22 AM   #112
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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:34 AM   #113
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ha ha thats what i thought.
Martin G you are a star!!
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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:47 AM   #114
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ha ha thats what i thought.
Martin G you are a star!!
What that he's a lamp post enthusiast...I think we've all got our suspicions
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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:55 AM   #115
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ha ha, yeah whats that all about?!? strange man
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Old August 15th, 2005, 02:30 AM   #116
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What are you all implying now?
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Old August 15th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #117
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Probably involves lamp posts
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Old August 15th, 2005, 02:07 PM   #118
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Nope, you've completely lost me there.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 02:27 PM   #119
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I know what you mean, but that was before the M6 finally reached the city I take it? Mind you - Brum STILL has exactly the same lamp-posts as those shown in that pic on most of its main roads. Only the actual lights are different (if they're not still the horrid sodium ones, that is).
Won't everything be replaced with this £2 billion PFI?

A friend of mine works on environmental stuff and he says that Birmingham's light pollution is awful...
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Old August 15th, 2005, 04:26 PM   #120
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I used to play a role in designing street furniture for Stockport Council [well, 10 years ago now], so maybe I do have something to moan about after all!
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