to a colleague - idea for project formed
||Initial web page shown to
friends and colleagues
appeared in the Birmingham Evening Mail
||Inner Ring Road pages completed
||New Street Station page added
||Site history added to enable
updates to be tracked by site visitors
||Added Hill St to City Centre,
Ringway Centre to Inner Ring Road South and another Suffolk St picture
to Inner Ring Road West
||Seperated City Centre into two
sections - inside and outside the Inner Ring Road. Relocated the
Broad St and Horsefair pictures to the outside ring road page.
Also added several pop-up pictures of modern locations - Moor St
Station, Worcester St, Station St, Queens College, Council House and
||Added Peter Walker's article on
the Inner Ring Road linked from the Birmingham page. Also added
some navigation buttons
||Made a start on the Trams and
Buses pages - City Centre pictures posted
||Added Trams North of City Centre
||Added cracking John Bright St
from Horsefair picture to Inner Ring Road West page
||Updated notes re tram photos
following feedback from site visitors. Also added pop-ups
containing detailed notes
||Added Trams Stratford Road page
||Added Trams Bristol Road page
||Added Trams Pershore Road page
||Added notes for Pershore Road
||Added some modern views of some
of the Pershore Road tram pictures. Also improved usability of
the site a little. Updated note re. Nr Hall of Memory photo on
Inner Ring Road North page
||Encouraged people to go and
photograph the old G & S Brough factory while they still have the
chance - link added to Birmingham page
||Re-organised the ring
road! I was never happy that I didn't stretch it out as far as
Lancaster Circus but a lack of suitable photo's made it
difficult. Having found some more, the ring road is now complete.
The old Inner Ring Road East page has been re-titled Inner Ring Road Central. A new Inner Ring Road East page features all new photo's. Also added an extra photo to Inner Ring Road North.
Finally, a modern view of the tram near the Central Fire Station has been added to the Trams City Centre page.
||Made a long overdue start on the
Railways section with pages for Birmingham and Local Stations. A
mammoth task lies ahead...
||Added two pages of pictures of
the Halesowen Railway
||Corrected text re. Hunnington
Viaduct and added a pop-up showing detail of the structure
||Updated New Street Station notes
following visitor feedback
||Made an announcement regarding future updates
||Added some pictures and notes
regarding the demolition of the Birmingham School of Speech and
Drama. This is a link from a new page on current Birmingham
developments, accessed from the Birmingham page
||Added modern views for the first
three pictures on the Trams Pershore Road page
||Added a page about the
relocation of the Birmingham Register Office, accessed from the
Birmingham Developments page. Also, added a link to the Halesowen
to a web page containing a Railway Clearing House junction layout
diagram from 1903
||Added a page of pictures of the
Cromford & High Peak Railway to the Railways section
||A distressing update to the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama page, accessible from the Birmingham Developments page|
||Final update to the Birmingham
School of Speech and Drama page. Now contains the sorry tale of
15 Lower Severn Street
||Added a page for the Welshpool
& Llanfair Light Railway. Also added a modern view for the
Pershore St tram photo on the Trams City Centre page
||I know I said the Inner Ring
Road section was complete back in December, but now it really is!
Work on the book has revealed a few more photo's and given me the
opportunity to visit the sites. Added Easy Row to IRR West, two
views from under the railway bridge on Great Charles St to IRR North
and views of Lancaster Place and Corporation St to IRR East
||Added modern views to all but
two of the Trams Bristol Road pictures
||Added more modern views of tram
pictures - all four on Trams Stratford Road, three Breedon Hill shots
on Trams Pershore Road, four shots on Trams North of City Centre and a
shot of Deritend on Trams City Centre
||Added three new pictures to the
City Centre Outside Ring Road page - St Luke's Road, Snow Hill /
Constitution Hill and Legge St / Aston St.
For the rail fans, I've finally got around to producing the long-promised Ffestiniog page! It's in the Railways section
||Brief page of pictures of the
Severn Railway Bridge added to the Railways section
||A long overdue update - sorry,
but the book really is taking up (nearly) all my spare time!
While having a meal with my brother back in January, he asked me, "What
do you think of the slides?". I didn't know we had any
slides! In fact, there are over 400.
Made a start on the Birmingham In Colour page, accessed from the Birmingham page. Putting slide scans on the web is a lot more involved than black and white prints (as I have described on the About page) so please bear with me. There's more to come...
||Minor updates and corrections
only. Added picture of the slide collection to About page.
||A couple of minor updates to the
City Centre Outside Ring Road page. Also added a new page about
the redevelopment of the Rotunda, accessed from the Birmingham
||Time for another announcement re. site updates - this
time a positive one!
Added a couple more Birmingham in Colour pictures. Also, started a Buses and Trams in Colour page accessed from the Trams and Buses section
||Made a start on the colour
pictures of Birmingham and local stations accessed from the Railways
||Added two fantastic colour
pictures of the interior of New Street Station accessed from the
Local Stations in Colour page. Included three pop-ups to show
some more detail
||Added three pictures of Lifford accessed from the Birmingham and Local Stations in Colour page|
||Added another picture to the
Rotunda page, accessed from Birmingham Developments
||Some more colour slides added. Views of Moor Green Lane added to Birmingham in Colour. A nice shot of a pair of Wilts & Dorset buses added to Buses and Trams in Colour. Finally, Marston Green and Northfield stations added to Birmingham and Local Stations in Colour|
||Two more colour pictures added -
Site of Brighton Road Station and Camp Hill accessed from the
Local Stations in Colour page
||Completed the Buses and Trams in
Colour page. Added a bus picture from Ledbury railway station,
two superb photo's of Cardiff trolleybuses and three shots of Blackpool
trams from 1956. Also added a modern view of Haunch Lane terminus
||Seeing how the site has grown,
and given that it will continue to grow, I decided it was high time
that I added a Sitemap page. It will provide a quick and easy way
to jump to any page in the site
||A major update to the Halesowen
Railway section. Added three new pages - some extra pictures not
originally discovered, a page of colour slides and my experiences and
pictures from a trip to Dowery Dell. Also, added a very important
shot to the page now referred to as Halesowen Railway - Virtual Trip
||Completed Birmingham and Local
Stations A-K in Colour. Added another shot of Camp Hill, two of
Hazelwell, two of Kings Heath and three of Kings Norton
||Three more pictures added to the
Colour page - Dogpool, Peshore Road and Holly Bank Road.
||Four more pictures added to the
Halesowen Railway in Colour page
||Added a page about the Liverpool
Overhead Railway to the Railways section
||Added three recently discovered
pictures to the Cromford and High Peak Railway page. These were
in a book of contact prints that I had thought were just duplicates of
the larger prints until I re-examined them and found some real gems!
||Enhanced some captions on the
LOR & C&HPR pages following visitor feedback.
Added four more pictures to the Birmingham in Colour page
||Added the final four colour
slides to the Halesowen Railway in Colour page. The Halesowen
Railway section of the site is now complete
||Yes, I know I said the Halesowen
Railway section was complete but... Changed the colour slide of
the viaduct to a more colour accurate one. Also, added a pop-up
to show the remaining railway bridge at Frankley. These changes
affect the Halesowen Railway in Colour page.
Added four pictures of the site of Moseley Station accessed from the Birmingham and Local Stations in Colour page. Included a pop-up to show Kings Heath Ballast Sidings
||Added a page about my
forthcoming book. Links can be found on the Birmingham and Trams
and Buses pages
||Split the Birmingham In Colour
section into two pages - one for the 1950's and one for the
1960's. The 1950's page is complete. Added four shots of
Cotteridge to the 1960's page
||Added pictures of the site of Rotton Park Road Station, Selly Oak and Smethwick accessed from the Birmingham and Local Stations in Colour page|
||A bit of a binge on Birmingham
Developments! Added a new picture of the Rotunda and two new
pages covering the refurbishment of the Civic Centre tower blocks and a
redevelopment affecting Unity House, Bromsgrove St
||Added five superb pictures of
Stechford accessed from the
Local Stations in Colour page. That section of the site is
||Added a pop up to show the
quality of the latest slide scans. It shows Stechford No.1 Box
and is accessed from the Local
Stations N-Z in Colour page
||Added four pictures of Rubery to
the Birmingham In Colour 1960's page. Birmingham In Colour is now
||Added a page of colour slides of
the Clee Hill incline cable-operated railway. This will be the
last of the slides for a while as I will be concentrating on the black
and white prints for the next few months
||Another addition to Birmingham
Developments with a page discussing the future of the Nat West Tower on
Colmore Row. Also, updated the text on the Railways page to
capture the work of the last year and my plans for the future.
Finally, updated a couple of captions on the Cromford and High Peak
||Added a page about 'Big Bertha'
and the Lickey Incline accessed from the Railways page. This will
be the last update before the New Year as I have a big DIY project to
keep me busy over Christmas! So, Season's Greetings to you all.
||Firstly, Happy New Year and
sincere apologies for the lack of updates. My DIY kitchen refit
is occupying all my spare time at the moment. I'll try to add
some new material before January disappears.
Minor update to reflect the fact that my book is now in the shops. I was interviewed by the Birmingham Post on January 8 so look out for a feature in a forthcoming Saturday edition. I shall be appearing on Carl Chinn's show on Sunday 14 Jan at around 2:15pm so please listen in if you're interested.
Added a link to Matt Craig's Birmingham based father and son superhero graphic novella to the Rotunda page, Enjoy!
||Added a page called Dad's Days
Out to the Railways section. This will allow his railway
excursions of the 1940's, 50's and 60's to be re-lived through the
photo's he took. The first trip takes in Trent, Loughborough,
Leicester and Nuneaton
||Just some minor additions to
yesterday's new page following some feedback (thanks Andy & Geoff)
||Added a page of photo's of New
Street Station from 1948 and 1949. These are to be found in a new
section off the Railways page called New Street Station at Work.
Added a note about the availability of my book to the In My Father's Footsteps page.
Updated a couple of captions following visitor feedback, one on the Ffestiniog page and one on the 'Big Bertha' page
||A further update to the In My
Footsteps page following receipt of fresh information from the new
||Completed the New Street Station
at Work section with the addition of a page of pictures taken between
1950 and 1964
||Updated the caption for 10800 on
the New Street Station at Work 1950-1964 page - thanks to those who got
Added a splendid map of the Cromford and High Peak Railway to the C&HPR page. My mother happened to mention that there was a bag of my father's books in the same cupboard that she'd kept the photo's in. This map was found tucked inside a book!
||Made a l-o-n-g overdue start on
the Other Places page. A recent visit to Ledbury provided me with
the ideal opportunity to sort out some pictures and take some modern
views. Other Places is accessed from the home page. For
rail fans hoping to see some additions in the Railways section, note
that the Ledbury pictures include a nice shot of the station as well as
some remnants of the old GWR branch line to Gloucester
||Mostly B'ham Developments
updates - a new Rotunda picture, completion of the Civic Centre
Refurbishment page and a new page, Old Brum Burns, about fires at three
of the city's listed buildings. Also made some minor caption
changes, introduced a couple more pop-up pictures and tried to make
some of the site features more noticeable
||Another announcement, and a positive one to
boot. The first result of the points discussed in the
announcement is the addition of a new page of Cromford & High Peak
Railway photo's accessible from the Railways page. It turns out
that my father went on a High Peak Tour in September 1961 and these
newly discovered pictures capture the day beautifully
||Added a page about the New
Street Station centenary event that was held in June 1954, accessible
from the Railways page
||How many times have I 'finished'
the Halesowen Railway section!? Well, new pictures and a recent
couple of visits to Frankley have seen some reworking to the Virtual
Trip and Enthusiast Pictures pages. I'm very pleased to have been
able to add pictures of Old Hill and Halesowen stations at last.
I promise I'll move on to completely new stuff soon...
||Made a start on a completely new
section that I'm sure will be of interest to many - Birmingham Rail
Sites. Accessed from the Railways page, the initial pictures are
of Monument Lane and Central Goods
||Most of this weekend's updates
are as a result of visitor feedback. I'd like to thank Will for
providing some splendid modern views of the Cromford & High Peak
Railway which you'll find spread over both of my C&HPR pages.
I'd also like to thank Stuart for providing three pictures for use on
the Liverpool Overhead Railway page. There are quite a few
caption updates scattered around with acknowledgement given at the
point where feedback has been used.
Updated the Photo Opportunity page in the Birmingham Developments section. If you didn't take your pictures in the 18 months since I pointed out that Brum was about to lose another old building, you're now too late…
||A couple of additions to the
Birmingham Rail Sites page - Bordesley Junction and Selly Oak Boxes and
Could I ask a favour? If you've bought my book from Amazon, could you please review it so that people not familiar with this site can make an informed decision about buying it. Thanks
||I hadn't planned an update today
but found another shot of the two signal boxes at Selly Oak that
compliments those posted last week very nicely. You can find it
on the Selly Oak Boxes and
Signals page. Made a couple of minor caption updates following
visitor feedback too.
I received a comment about the upside-down site history compared with other sites. Sorry, but it's too much work to switch it round. If you haven't already worked it out, there is no need to scroll down - just click on the Last Updated link at the top of the page and you'll find yourself down here!
||It's a real pleasure to be able
to add a new page of early 1960's Birmingham city centre photo's to the
site. Practically every single D J Norton picture of this area is
already on the site so I'm very grateful to Bill Stace for allowing me
to display his late father's photo's here. I hope you enjoy them
as much as I have. You can find them via the Birmingham page
||No updates, just a note to say
that I'll be signing copies of my book in the Bullring branch of
Borders on Friday 17 August between 12pm and 2pm. Please pop
along and say hello if you have the time
||Added a page of pictures related
to the Cadbury Works Railway at Bournville accessed from the Birmingham
Rail Sites page
||A week off work gave me the
chance to visit the site of the Clee Hill Incline and I have finally
been able to add some modern views to the Clee Hill Incline page.
I highly recommend visiting Clee Hill if you have an interest in
||I'm very pleased to say that I
have now added more photo's by the late Leonard Stace. The
original page has had some modifications with a few new pictures while
a completely new page shows the redevelopment of the Bull Ring area in
the early 1960's - incredible scenes! Both pages are accessed
from the Birmingham page.
I'm taking a break from the site for the rest of September - back with some new railway pictures in October
||Time for another Dad's Day Out -
this time all the way up to Sheffield (still Midland territory, of
course). Stop offs at Ambergate, Clay Cross and Chesterfield
||A bit of a mixed bag
today... A new page of Worcester pictures has been added to Other
Places. Only three, but all interesting shots. Also added a
couple of colour slides to the Severn Railway Bridge page accessed from
the Railways section. Speaking of slides, added another new page
to the Railways section called My Favourite Slide. A superb view
of the Euston Arch in 1955!
||Added a page of truly marvellous
photo's of Bournville Shed dating from 1948, through to demoltion in
1961 and beyond. Accessed from Birmingham Rail Sites
||Mostly a tidy up with a few
caption corrections and enhancements (thanks to Dave M and David
H). Also, attended to a few broken links - please get in touch if
you find any of these on the site!
Two new pictures have been added. On the Worcester page I've included a view of the rail bridge from which my father took his splendid view of the city. In addition, I've found another picture of the interior of Bournville Shed that I had to include on that page - it's a stunner!
||The discovery of a few more
pictures of Ledbury coupled with a trip to the town in October have
allowed me to expand the Ledbury page with six more past and present
||Sorry it's been a bit quiet
lately - you know what it's like when Christmas comes! I hope to
find some time over the holidays to add some new material.
Added a new page showing interior shots of several Birmingham signal boxes accessed from the Birmingham Rail Sites page.
||Just a few minor updates
following visitor feedback - thanks to Robert, Nigel, Charles and Dave.
Those with an interest in my father's railway photo's will no doubt be interested to hear that some of his work has recently been published in 'Midland Record' and 'LMS Journal'. Here are the details
||With a self imposed deadline of
'end of year' to meet, finally
made a start on the Midland Area Stations section, accessed from the
Railways page. Only three stations so far but it's something to
Happy New Year!
||Added some rare shots of a
couple of Worcestershire goods stations, Droitwich Road and
Dunhampstead, to the recently added Midland Area Stations page.
Updated some captions on the New Street Station at Work 1950-1964 and Ledbury pages - thanks to Kenneth and Chris respectively
||Sorry that updates are a bit
sparse at the moment but I have a lot going on! In the fullness
of time, these activities will be beneficial to this site and to
spreading the name of D J Norton as an important photographer of his
day so please bear with me for a while...
Added a page on Alvechurch Station to the Midland Area Stations page. Also, updated a couple of captions with thanks to Will and Simon for getting in touch. I also have to thank Simon for providing a detailed analysis of the picture of the interior of Bordesley Junction Box on the Signal Box Interiors page
||Started new History page here