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#286266 - 23rd Jan 2009 9:01pm duke st police man *****
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my dad took me to work with him when on school hols by pump dock.and i remember a policeman on duke st /corporation rd he stood in a black and white box in center of road controlled traffic with hand signals wore big white gloves.STILL THERE ON WAY HOME
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#286279 - 23rd Jan 2009 9:45pm Re: duke st police man [Re: kimpri]
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That control point at the junction of Duke Street and Corporation road was manned 24 hours a day. The reason was because of the heavy amount of rail traffic that was constanty traveling along feeding the docks. If you look at the old maps and study the amount of railway lines and goods yards that where along the Birkenhead side of the docks you will realize how much rail traffic there was.
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#286309 - 24th Jan 2009 5:37am Re: duke st police man [Re: jimbob]
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And what won't be on the maps are the little bottles of whiskey etc being passed in to the box by the dockers for the lovely policeman. What was that all about,? you may well ask. Keep your eyes on the traffic, lovely policeman.


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#286311 - 24th Jan 2009 9:41am Re: duke st police man [Re: bert1]
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As jimbob pointed out, that was a busy road junction - even then. Right on one "leg" of the junction were the rail tracks. Regular through trains of good vans plus plenty of shunting movements across the road.

Add to this the many occasions when the bridge was up, so everything backed up to the junction as well !

The only reason that the bobby was there 24/7 was that no automatic signals (traffic lights) could control all these conflicting road/rail movements without making a HUGE cock-up. This was a vital pinch point in the whole dock system.

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#286320 - 24th Jan 2009 11:45am Re: duke st police man [Re: ]
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THEM LOVELY POLICEMEN WENT FOR LUNCH IN THE DUKE Pub. DOCKERS TOOK DINNER FROM DOCK CANTEEN TO Pub FOR HIM. A COUPLE OF BEERS WITH LUNCH AND A BUCKET WHEN HE WENT BACK TO WORK. TWO OF THEM WORKED 12 HOUR SHIFTS OR TWO 6 HOURS EACH AND TWO 6 HOURS KIP EACH IN Pub.TRUE..I WORKED IN DUKE FOR A WHILE 1983-85 GOT TOLD AND SEEN A LOT? NEED TO GET SUM History OR INFO ON NEXT TOPIC. THANKS GUYS..
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#286434 - 24th Jan 2009 9:41pm Re: duke st police man [Re: kimpri]
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this is my mates dad and he is still alive mr dave roberts
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#384890 - 30th Jan 2010 3:35am Re: duke st police man [Re: Ducko]
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this is my mates dad and he is still alive mr dave roberts
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this is my mates dad and he is still alive mr dave roberts

haha youve got know mates? smile
empty your pms ta (or pm me when next on line) smile
might give you a knock whistle
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#384898 - 30th Jan 2010 8:43am Re: duke st police man [Re: kimpri]
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These policemen were dock police as opposed to ordinary coppers. I used to work with the wife of one of them. I remember seeing a one bar fire on the floor of the pedestal to keep them warm. Must have had hot ankles!

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#410127 - 21st May 2010 11:42pm Re: duke st police man [Re: Tatey]
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one of these policemen was my mums stepdad

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