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100_0019 Vign3   Robert and Barbara Darlaston  

Birmingham childhood, family scenes and steam railway photographs,;  compiled by Robert Darlaston


PHOTOGRAPHS     To celebrate our Golden Wedding in June 2019 we set up an album of eighty photos of our family and

                                                a few of its activities during those years.   You are welcome to view the photos:  please follow this link:


                                                       Fifty Golden Years  1969 - 2019


                                                                                    Note:  with some browsers it is best to right click and open in a new window.

                                                (When the page displays, click on the down arrow, and again on the first photo. Use the further arrows to view other photos).


                                                            You may also like to view our Album with one photo from each year from 1953 (when Robert

                                                                                    first had a camera) to 2015:   Click here > One a Year: .





    Meet the Darlastons : Family photos from the 1940s to date, plus our selection of “Desert Island Delights”

                                                (from music, art and literature).   Updated 2/4/2018


    Harebells on the Common:       -Birmingham in the war and 1940s:  rationing, hospital, early days at school,

                                          trams, wireless, schoolboy nonsense, Welsh farm holidays, and Robert’s first pin-up. Updated 2/4/18


    Amberley.                   Memories of Amberley Prep School, Birmingham, illustrated by childhood mementos  Updated 3/9/2017


    KingEdwardsSchool:    A memoir of Robert’s school days at King Edward’s School, Birmingham in the 1950s

                                                 with contemporary photographs, plus an account of a return to K.E.S. in 2006  (updated, 6/3/2008)


    Trams:                         Memories of the last years of Birmingham trams, 1947-1953, with photographs and press-cuttings plus

                                          details of tram 395, preserved in Birmingham.  A glimpse of Birmingham’s 21st century trams Updated 24/10/18


    1959 - Revisited          Colour photos from the Midlands, South Wales and Scotland, taken in 1959   Added 7/9/2009


    Birmingham Pictorial:     Photos of the city in the 21st century, including a few bits of history.   Additions, 6/4/09


    Goostrey:                    Pictures of our Cheshire village with Goostrey weather statistics from 1987 to 2017  Updated regularly


    Family Trees:             The family back to the de Harlastons in 1373.   Seven generations of Hopkin Smith, plus our link

                                          with Ivor Novello.  Historical narrative about the family with photos from 1890 – 1958  Additions 25/1/09


    CruiseHolidays. :      Ships and cities from Canberra at Istanbul, Aurora in New York to Arcadia in Cadiz (Updated, October 2018)


    Banking Years:         Some mildly humorous incidents from Robert’s career, with rather embarrassing photographs




RAILWAYS        image147 About 400 photos by Robert Darlaston of steam trains, mostly from 1953-1965

    Railways 50years ago:  Steam in the 1950s:  Birmingham and West Midlands, South Devon, Swindon, Wales; GWR Slip Coach   (new 14/2/08)

    Railways1:                     West Midlands;  train-spotting at Birmingham Snow Hill;  South Wales (incl Llantrisant and Afan valley) 1953-62 Updated 23/10/14

    Railways2:                     Mid-Wales railway journey via Brecon in 1959 and West Country railways from 1957-62 

    Railways3:                     Railways in the Scottish Highlands in 1959 - 1961 and the Isle of Man Railway in 1965       New material added 23/7/08.

    Railways4:                     Birmingham New St; steam scenes from around England plus the GWR in North Wales from 1961 to 1963.   New material: 16/3/08

    Railways5:                    The decline of steam from 1964 to 1968.  Closure of the old Birmingham Snow Hill.   New material added 13/7/08.

    Moor St and Tyseley:    Scenes at the GWR stations and loco depot in Birmingham, 1953-2010.  (New material 12/12/2010)

    SevernValley&LlangollenRlys.   Scenes on two preserved GWR lines, 1957 – 2017 

    Welsh Narrow Gauge 1  Talyllyn Railway from 1955; Welshpool & Llanfair from 1956, Vale of Rheidol 1953 -1985

    Welsh Narrow Gauge 2   Ffestiniog Railway from 1955, Welsh Highland Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway.



Railway Chronology of Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1954-2017

A year-by-year account of changes to the area’s railway network since 1954

I have compiled this Chronology to form a supplement to that compiled by Mr C.R. Clinker and published in 1954.

It is available in three sections accessed by these links:

RAILWAYS of W. MIDLANDS pt 1.  Modernisation and Reshaping, 1954-74

RAILWAYS of W. MIDLANDS pt 2.  Recovery and Sectorisation, 1975-93

RAILWAYS of W. MIDLANDS pt 3.  The Privatisation Years, 1994-2017

                                                (pages added 22nd June 2015, updated 1st Sept 2017)



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