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by will greenwood
28 Aug 2008 08:41
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Milk Machines
Replies: 23
Views: 32933

Milk Machines

Hi I just wondered if anyone remembers using these old milk vending machines, which used to occupy many street corners up until the 1970's http://www.coldal.org/images/remember/milk.jpg They contained ice cold half pint tetrapaks of milk, and also that great staple of summer, the 'Jubbly' http://3.b...
by will greenwood
23 May 2008 16:46
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Croydon Canal revisited
Replies: 19
Views: 18584

I've bumped up this topic mainly to publicise a walk/talk at Mayow park and Dacres woods on 31st May, and will include the remaining section of canal.
Meet in Mayow Park at 9.30 am.
by will greenwood
9 May 2008 15:30
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Req info: view of Anerley Hill and Crystal Palace
Replies: 24
Views: 25083

Well spotted Will, and from the English Heritage site I think, no?
yes indeed...open access material.

:roll:
by will greenwood
9 May 2008 11:18
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Req info: view of Anerley Hill and Crystal Palace
Replies: 24
Views: 25083

I am intrigued by all this...
I just realised I posted that first image on flickr in February...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2093/225 ... 915f_o.jpg

??????
by will greenwood
9 May 2008 11:09
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Croydon Canal exposed!!! (Anerley, Penge)
Replies: 6
Views: 5901

I've been checking some new maps of the Canal, supplied by Steve... I reckon there was a small mooring/wharf directly south of the swing bridge at the Dartmouth Arms..perhaps just long enough for 2 or 3 narrowboats, roughly where the pub Yard is...perhaps the recently exposed bank constituted part o...
by will greenwood
30 Apr 2008 19:38
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

Sorry to keep on I'll stop before I P to many people off.
...not at all peter.
its often an outlandish new theory that shakes up the status quo and leads to he truth.
keep that imagination flowing, mate.
by will greenwood
30 Apr 2008 10:26
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

does anyone know of any photos of Lawrie Park Avenue or the Sydenham gate, contemporary with this railway? ..also, were there any balloon pictures, or wide view panoramas taken of the palace grounds at that time... ...perhaps some photo enhancement might reveal the station or other structure in the ...
by will greenwood
29 Apr 2008 21:31
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

speculation (however fanciful) + hard evidence =working theory. I think all the evidence points to some version of Steve's route. ....and as much as I try, I cant see more than one station....at the Sydenham end....I do think the cutting is part of the trench that contained the tunnel...probably dug...
by will greenwood
29 Apr 2008 13:04
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

Thanks for that Roger!
(I'd just like to add that We couldn't have got as far with the canal research without the work done already on 'London Canals', so thank YOU, Roger)
by will greenwood
28 Apr 2008 22:18
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

I've been checking things out. I personally now believe there may only have` been 1 station, and it was where the cutting is., adjacent to the engine house, as shown in the engraving....also, he carriage is described as being blown and sucked, implying power at 1 end only. theres only 1 engine and e...
by will greenwood
28 Apr 2008 16:54
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

...in fact, that would put the north end up near`the gate at Chulsa rd, and certainly agrees with the positioning of the lower engine house and the suction basin. amended from Steve's route.. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2390/2448790805_14f984dfa0_o.jpg in which case, this would be the site of the...
by will greenwood
28 Apr 2008 15:51
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

I totally agree...push/pull, its all the same..:wink: the`power plant is, however , visible in the engravings, unless there was another one the same at the penge end, which is at least a possibility. I know most atmospheric railways have a pump at both ends, as did the Forest Hill - Norwood atmosphe...
by will greenwood
28 Apr 2008 08:42
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

I'm pretty sure both images are of the sydenham gate station. There would be no need for a turntable. As far as I can tell, the whole train had to be inside the tunnel for the pneumatics to take effect, so would have been pulled into the tunnel at both ends until the seal was complete. If the images...
by will greenwood
27 Apr 2008 15:18
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

I dont think there was a turntable.
the fact that the collar is at one end is of little importance, the pressure would take effect as soon as the collar end entered the chamber.
..and 35 ft is pretty short.
by will greenwood
27 Apr 2008 12:46
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

I think momentum and gradient could explain why it wasnt such a problem.
also, the collar must have been flexable,and the carriage was only short.
by will greenwood
24 Apr 2008 14:24
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

thats brlliant!
thanks, Steve.
by will greenwood
22 Apr 2008 18:28
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

it certainly was like an assault course,
I think it did stretch into that area at some point, because it took up quite a lot of that side of the path.
that excavation report would be useful.
by will greenwood
21 Apr 2008 21:07
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

perhaps when the rifle range was built, they dug back into the tunnel to open up the area...just a thought... the adventure playground was somewhere along the area that was sold off*, opposite the bell. its a mystery that there are no comprehensive maps or blueprints (*I was surprised how much of th...
by will greenwood
20 Apr 2008 17:15
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

hi Steve, yep. I reckon you're pretty close there. I did consider the sydenham gate station being in the hilly area by the gate house...it does make sense, from those pictures. here's a rough overlay; http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2344/2428593094_a0d818a5b4_o.jpg ...it seems as if the cutting is fu...
by will greenwood
20 Apr 2008 10:37
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 93116

..This is becoming very interesting. I just wanted to suggest an alternative. imagine the station at Sydenham gate being in a cutting, with the tunnel entering the raised ground adjacent to the road...then following a course similar to that marked in blue here; http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3140/24...