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Old 9th June 2021, 19:32   #1
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Default Demolition of Longbridge.

Did anyone else see the demolition of Longbridge on 'Scrap Kings' tonight on Quest 5-6pm?
It was a sad sight to see.I think the figure of 5,000 tons of scrap metal was mentioned.It was certainly an impressive complex.
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I'll have to check that out on catch-up.

Sad though.
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Sad though.

Yes it was hard to watch.So final.
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Did anyone else see the demolition of Longbridge on 'Scrap Kings' tonight on Quest 5-6pm?
It was a sad sight to see.I think the figure of 5,000 tons of scrap metal was mentioned.It was certainly an impressive complex.
Impressive all right, but nothing compared to what is still on the road!! (tongue in cheek!):
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Did anyone else see the demolition of Longbridge on 'Scrap Kings' tonight on Quest 5-6pm?
It was a sad sight to see.I think the figure of 5,000 tons of scrap metal was mentioned.It was certainly an impressive complex.
Seen that Scrap Kings before and again with that repeat. Yes, very sad to see.

Had an official guided Factory Tour of Longbridge at the height of MK1 Metro production in 1982. Had no idea of the size of the site or scale of the operation. Lots of worthwhile jobs and careers there all now gone ... forever.

Always interested in UK Industrial history both past and present. Going back to my junior school days when I paid my sixpence for a conducted factory tour of Swindon Railway Works. Saw newly built steam Britannia Class locomotives being prepared for use on the Western region and many other older steam locomotives being serviced or refurbished ... looking brand new too. Wish I could afford a camera and film in those days. Many official visits to other UK Industrial Sites such as Scanthorpe Steel Works - including a tour of the extensive rail network on site in a steam locomotive hauled refurbished railway carriage. A refurbished 0-6-0T Industrial Locomotive was a delight to enjoy and see. Again had no idea of the massive size of the site and scale of operation. I took lots of images only to be told at the end of the tour photography was not allowed, owing to adverse Green Meanie FAKE NEWS. They let me keep my films though.

The last factory official tour was to the site of where my MG Montego Turbo and Rover 620ti were made. COWLEY.

Lots of very busy workers there all in bright yellow and weighing a few tons each. Bashing out BMW Binis.. and I do mean bashing out very loudly and incessantly. Ear defenders were issued to all on the site tour. I saw very few actual staff. Only a few keeping an eye on the untiring Big Yellow Robots and even larger automated machine processes..

Yes, these factory sites are massive. One memory of the Longbridge visit was seeing a few Allegros about the place... all had the same number plate FERRY. No doubt used for getting about the huge site quickly.

Yes, the demise of Longbridge was very sad as is the way UK's Industrial Spine has been allowed to degenerate to be not even a shadow of its former self.

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