Throwback Thursday… ‘Who Stole Bongo’s Trousers?’

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Nikon D300, AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D, 1/100s, f2.8, ISO 1600

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was legendary performance poet John Cooper Clarke doing his stuff at The Flowerpot in Derby.

It was an absolutely fantastic evening of poetry, humour and anecdotes with the highlight for me being the poem (and preamble to) “Bongo’s Trousers”, the opening line of which forms the title of this post.

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Nikon D300, AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D, 1/40s, f2.8, ISO 1600

Monochrome Monday… Waiting for the last train, November 2020

Waiting for the last train, November 2020Waiting for the last train, November 2020
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S – Kodak T-Max P3200 rated at ISO 1600
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

An image from a roll of film that’s been lurking in a camera for almost a year…

Matlock isn’t the worst railway station I’ve waited for the last train at, not by a long shot (I think that ‘honour’ falls to another Derbyshire station though… Langley Mill!)

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… Midland Railway-Butterley

DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND arrivng at Swanwick JunctionDUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND arrivng at Swanwick Junction
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 45mm, 1/320s, f7.1, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Nine years ago it was more steam trains! This time at the Midland Railway-Butterley in Derbyshire.

London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Coronation class 4-6-2 locomotive 46233 DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND was in operation and looked fantastic in the autumn sunshine.

I also paid a visit to the line’s demonstration signal box, a Midland Railway (MR) structure dating from 1895 that originally stood at Linby in Nottinghamshire.

Lever frame, Swanwick JunctionLever frame, Swanwick Junction
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 21mm, 1/160s, f4.5, ISO 200

Monochrome Monday… ‘F’ in focus

'F' in focus‘F’ in focus
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/800s, f4 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 7 mins at 20°c.

A little detail from a recently spotted (and slightly oddly named) Ford Econoline 250 Chateau van. I can’t imagine any vehicle fitted with a 4.9L (302 cu in) V8 engine being in any way ‘Econo’.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Slide Film Sunday… POW ITALIAN

POW ITALIANPOW ITALIAN

An image from November 2003 for today’s ‘Slide Film Sunday’

Yet again I’ve no notes as to the camera or film used for the above pic but I’m reasonably sure it was taken using a Nikon F75, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D and Fujichrome Sensia film.

This inscription could (can?) be found atop a gate post in the Yorkshire village of Wensley and is believed to have been made during World War Two by a work party from one of the nearby prisoner of war camps.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… SIR KEITH PARK… at Keighley

Southern Railway Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 34053 SIR KEITH PARKSouthern Railway Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 34053 SIR KEITH PARK
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 48mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 2000

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was a steam gala at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (K&WVR).

Southern Railway (SR) Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 34053 SIR KEITH PARK was visiting from the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) but managed to wreak havoc with the day’s timetable thanks to defective sanding gear (something vital for the constant climb up to Oxenhope) and a leaking piston valve.

Built by the Southern Railway at Brighton Works in 1947 as 21C153 (designer Oliver Bulleid employed an idiosyncratic numbering system for his locomotives) and named after Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Rodney Park, GCB, KBE, MC & Bar, DFC, the First World War flying ace and Second World War Royal Air Force commander, the locomotive saw only 18 years service before being withdrawn in October 1965 but luckily preservation would beckon and 34053’s restoration was eventually completed in 2012.