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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 view some of our favourite photographs from the

                                         last two years right click to open in a new window:

                                                 Memories of 2017 

                                                 Memories of 2016  

                                                                        (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:   Right click here > One a Year: . then select “open in a new window





    Meet the Darlastons : Some family photos from the 1940s to date, holiday scenes in Scotland 1988-1995, plus

                                           our selection of “Desert Island Delights” (from music, art and literature).   New material 10/12/2013


    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 25/11/2013

                                                        Readers might enjoy poetry by my third cousin Beryl McMullen who sadly died in 2010.  

            For details go to http://www.poetrydjour.com/book.php


    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   Updated 23/9/2017


    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.  Also 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, July 2017)


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




RAILWAYS                 image147 Over 250 photos by Robert Darlaston of steam trains 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)

    Welsh Highland and others  The Welsh Highland Railway 2005-2012;  the Llangollen Rly Spring 2009 gala, with GWR 9017;  Welshpool & Llanfair 2009

with comparative scenes from 1956 (Additional material, 1/4/2012)


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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