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Chelsea14Ian

The Woolwich Ferry

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Sadly the old Woolwich ferry is now retired.The replacements are due in next January.Have some great memories of the boats.Have said before, as a child my granddad used to take me across on Saturdays.We would go to the docks and watch the ship's.In recent years helping to collect for the RNLI.I hope the sleepers and crew retain there jobs and return in the new year.Looking forward to the new boats.There are a few vids on u-tube.

Ian

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Ah yes I have fond memories crossing from Eltham to Essex for work in the 70’s. I used like waiting in the queue reading the paper and having a coffee from a flask (no Costa or Starbucks then?

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I realise I am going to show my age now but I can remember the old Woolwich ferries powered by steam engines and with paddle wheels each side.

The engine room had  big viewing holes in each side and us kids used to be enthralled by the sight of those big shiny crankshafts rotating. The engineers were very proud of their engines and they were always spotless.

Aah! Happy memories. 

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8 hours ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

Yes indeed 63+ now.

Nowt but a nipper, I doubt if you even have your bus pass yet:default_norty:

Regards

Alan

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Your are wrong Alan.In London you get a Oyster + 60,once you hit 60.so I only pay on br trains up to 09.30.Buses underground,DLR and Overground is free.

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Never managed to use the Woolwich Ferry as it was always out of action when I did want to get on lol

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The smell of those old steam engines! And did you ever use the foot tunnel? Endless spiral stairway! Or it seemed like it as a kid.

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Yes to both,do remember the old steam engine.Used the foot tunnel many times,there's also one in Greenwich.

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2 hours ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

Your are wrong Alan.In London you get a Oyster + 60,once you hit 60.so I only pay on br trains up to 09.30.Buses underground,DLR and Overground is free.

One rule for London whilst the rest of the country has to wait, 62 plus now in Sheffield but with the same travel time restrictions.

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Alan

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20 hours ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

Yes indeed 63+ now.

I am now 70. My young nephew, 18yo thinks I should be a fossil in a museum!

Cheeky little so*.

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Sadly no longer!!I now go to a soulless athletics bowl by train to Stratford .Dont get me started on our so called new home .:default_blink:

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I have used the foot tunnel many times when I was a kid.

Also, I am fortunate to live in Greater London and have a freedom pass which I can use on all transport in London at any time of the day and on buses outside London I think after 9.30am. What a great present that was on my 60th birthday, I use it all the time and the car sits in the driveway and saves me buying petrol. 

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11 hours ago, Jim said:

Never managed to use the Woolwich Ferry as it was always out of action when I did want to get on lol

How in heavens name did you manage to get the car through the foot tunnel then?   :default_unsure:

Sorry, I just could not resist it.

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#He did it one piece at a time, and it didn't cost him a dime#

 

 

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Lol guys, was called Dart Tag, now Dart Charge. Or, when desperate, Blackwall Tunnel as alternatives. The thought of me taking the Passat apart and reassembling on the northern bank conjures up many thoughts.:default_dunce:

 

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