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stoob



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:14 pm    Post subject: Transport  Reply with quote

"Pent" Sarge was on this one so I caught the next one.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:21 pm    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

that must be an old blue and yellow Jones bus?  It really was the best route to Ebbw Vale and back. I found it invaluable when we moved to Ebbw Vale and I wanted to get back to Aber and Six Bells to see all my pals.  Shame it closed down.
But for me the railway line from Brynmawr to Newport is a romantic memory. Beechings head on a platter! Many lovely memories of standing on the platform at Six Bells Halt, specially the old steam trains with those chunky engines!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AEW, Saturday morning pictures, Six Bells Halt to Abertillery then up the Palace to watch Zorro
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Anthony
Six Bells Halt, April 1962, with Vivian Pit in backgroud.
Had to omit me coming down from Barrels with a sack of spuds

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:40 pm    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

Hi, stoob,
                    I am thrilled to bits to have this!!! Such memories.
Also love the one of the Jones bus outside the Cottonwood.
Many thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anthony - bit strapped for time today I'll try and get hold of Haydn in the week he has a good collection of transport nostalgia.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

Do you remember "Winky"? He was the "stationmaster" at Six Bells Halt who used to cycle down the Cemetery Road from his home in Brynithel. I used to go to Hafodyddol school by train, and fondly remember Winky. If the weather was very cold, he used to let us go into the ticket office to warm up.
Happy memories.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

Jeff, well, I don't remember Winky but my older brother Derek would - he also went to Nantyglo Grammar from 1948 till 1955 when Dr. Silk was Headmaster.  Were you there then or later?
Derek then went on to read Chemistry at Cardiff.  He was silly not to do his National Service first, in my opinion, because he had to do it afterwards! I think Dad might have told him that National Service might be abolished before he was called up!  Derek always resented the fact that I didn't have to do it - quite illogical, since hardly my fault, and he admitted he enjoyed most of it anyway!!
Do you remember how the engine coming up from Aberbeeg to Six Bells Halt always made much more noise than the engine going down to Newport. That really sticks in my memory.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:07 pm    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

Hi Anthony
Yes, I remember Derek, although he was older than me. I went to Hafodyddol from 1954-62. Mr. Silk was only Headmaster for my first year before Mr. Burton took over.
As far as the engines are concerned, I remember the steam coming from the funnel as the train came round the tip in front of Victoria Road. If I was late for school, it was a sprint to get to the station before the train set off. No sweets from Buttons shop on those days!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:24 am    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

Jeff,
       Did most of those allocated to Hafodyddol travel by train up to Nantyglo?  And (maybe a silly question) did you all congregate on the platform at about 8.30am?  Or was there a school bus in those days? So that some went by train and some by bus.
It's not really to do with transport, but is it true that boys and girls who passed the 11+ in Six Bells/Abertillery resented being sent up to Nantyglo? I remember Derek saying that I "was lucky" that I could still walk to school - ie. Abertillery Grammar!! He resented quite a bit about me (which is probably why we now don't even speak!!) - those 2 particular things, that I was lucky enough to go to Aber Grammar and secondly that I missed National Service.
Anyway, that railway line down to Newport was just brilliant. I recall, as a lad, going to Bracknell on several occasions, to stay with my aunt Betty (dad's sister who also went to Abertillery Grammar) and a sort of exhilaration as the Newport bound train came in! Holidays, of course. I hope others will get pleasure from the photo that Stoob has posted.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys can't place a "Winky" from Brynithel but remember the warm ticket office.
I Did know a "Winky" from Arrail Street, I used to see him in Jack Nadals buying something for the weekend. Being a fine upstanding Presbyterian lad I never understood it myself.
Henley's 1969, it's stopped so Jack Gould must have been driving.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:04 am    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

Hi Anthony
As I remember, those kids who passed the 11+ strongly went to Abertillery Grammar. Those who also passed, but not as highly, went to Hafodyddol. My dad's family originally lived in Blaina, so they thought that Hafodyddol was THE school to go to. Despite passing the 11+ strongly, I had to carry on the family tradition, so went to Hafodyddol. In the first few years, the few of us from Six Bells ( Colin Jarrett, Derek Lewis, Pat Griifiths, etc) all went to school by train. But, as a result of Dr. Beeching's axe, the line closed and we all ended up going by bus.
Stoob's photo of Six Bells station was brilliant......it seems like a different world then, but they were great times.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:59 am    Post subject: Transport Reply with quote

Jeff,
          What you say seems to imply that Hafodyddol was a less academic school than Abertillery (??) which I can't think was the case.
How did you hear about passing the 11+ strongly or less strongly, and thus going up to Nantyglo?
Not exactly transport related, but just a query!
Was there a fare concession for the train journey to school? I know that pupils from Cwm who went to Ebbw Vale Grammar went by a school bus which was paid by Monmouthshire Education Committee, so presumably your fares were paid too and you had a Pass.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: transport Reply with quote

Hi Stoob, I think the bus was actually parked near Henllys garage as I think the building in the background is the Bridgend pub a hostelry that I was in last October during a Blaenau Gwent rugby reunion of sorts. Sarge was someone I have fond memmories of, always got on very well with him, I can still picture him with his great danes, they were as tall as him.If ever I caught a Jones bus Sarge always seemed to get on at some stage, and I caught a few in my time, Aber to Aberbeeg whilst working on the forestry, and Aber to Ebbw Vale as an Ebbw rugby suporter since 1958. My bus work was with Abers red and white depot and when they closed the western welsh in crosskeys, 28 years altogether. Did a couple of years in the office on Blaina station just before the line closed, and also did class one heavy goods driving during the final 15/20 years of my working life, so transport has played a massive part in my life as a whole.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi "Pent"
I can remember "Sarge's" Great Danes.
His actual name was Des Warren.


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