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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The iron lung
« Last post by KenM on 20 June, 2018, 11:22:03 AM »
Jack Dash tried to put a brake on the PLA treating the dock workers like trash.
The morning calling on circus, was like a cattle market, men should have never have been treated like that.
kenm.
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The iron lung
« Last post by MickG on 19 June, 2018, 01:11:30 PM »
Jack Dash once came to a Fire Brigades Union meeting on Plaistow Fire Station. It was a branch meeting where we were discussing pay and the start of the process amongst all fire station branches nationally that eventually led to the 1977 strike in the fire service. Jack Dash had came along to lend his support and that of the dockers. He was in no doubt in telling that he would bring thee docks to a standstill if we asked. That however did not prove necessary.
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The iron lung
« Last post by KenM on 19 June, 2018, 11:29:27 AM »
Hi Ed, the stories of Jack Dash & the dockers battles with the PLA would keep this forum going for yonks.
kenm.
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The iron lung
« Last post by ed styles on 18 June, 2018, 11:21:46 PM »
Lets hope if they do get around to resiting it they give it a bl---y good fumigate , the smell from it was awful . During the build up to the Olympics this was whisked away to asecret location , my theory was the Council was getting rid of any unsitely reminders of the struggles with the Dockers history , bearing in mind they and possibly a few Seamen would have been the only ones to use it , in my time I did have a few occasions to use it but it was dire emergency , although it must be said the Toilets inside the Docks wereno better , still thet 's another topic .
All the best Ed
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East ham Station and Little Ilford Signal Box.
« Last post by MickG on 17 June, 2018, 02:40:19 PM »
Doug, That really is a great photograph of the Little Ilford signal box and surrounding layout.

I have added something of a unique picture of East Ham Railway Station looking east. No date unfortunately but it does tie in nicely with the 1899 map of the area around the station further below. At that time much of East Ham east of High Street North had not been built and the line was the known as The London Tilbury & Southend Railway. It is easy to see why Shakespeare Crescent was built as a crescent as it followed the line of the railway. The location of the future Sibley Grove can be seen, which actually appears to have been a grove. The current East Avenue was originally named Jews Farm Lane

East Ham Railway Station


Map of East Ham Railway Station 1899
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East ham Station and Little Ilford Signal Box.
« Last post by KenM on 17 June, 2018, 11:15:15 AM »
Hi DougT, that is a great photo of a railway signal box.
I can recall seeing pictures of the interior, with all the gleaming brass levers.
kenm.
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Newham memories and nostalgia / East ham Station and Little Ilford Signal Box.
« Last post by DougT on 16 June, 2018, 01:15:36 PM »


Often, as a child, I was dragged from East Ham to Elm Park to visit some great aunts and uncles. In those days It was possible to get a train from the bay platform at East Ham Station to St. Pancras and I think the service finished in the early 1960s. The bay platform later became a garden tended to by the staff of East ham Station. As the District Line train travelled towards Barking the lines to St. Pancras bore to the left behind Shakespeare Crescent and where Hathaway Crescent now stands was the East Ham Underground Depot which was in us until the depot was built at Upminster. This photo of the Little Ilford Signal Box shows the lines to St. Pancras going to the left with the underground depot in the distance.
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About the Forums / Re: is it terminal
« Last post by KenM on 16 June, 2018, 11:48:27 AM »
Hi Mick, thanks for photo posting info, to be able to insert a picture into a message adds interest & may even breath life into our forum.
Shame that admin havn't restored the attachments facility
kenm.
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The iron lung
« Last post by linda co on 16 June, 2018, 11:44:17 AM »
Ken,That would be lovely if they could put it there, back where it belongs.
Linda
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The iron lung
« Last post by KenM on 16 June, 2018, 11:24:42 AM »
Hi Linda, thanks for your reply, it is nice to hear that it is in a secure place & not dumped.
The final resting place could be outside the Connaught Tavern, the original location.
kenm.
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