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
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There is a further album with eighty steam railway photographs, taken from 1953 – 1968 which may be accessed via:
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 Sep2023
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 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
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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