Throwback Thursday… A walk across the Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct, July 2007bRibblehead Viaduct, July 2007
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f2.8-4 D at 62mm, 1/400s, f10, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

14 years ago it was a walk across the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

Batty Green from the Ribblehead ViaductBatty Green (with Pen-y-Ghent visible in the distance)
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f2.8-4 D at 24mm, 1/640s, f13, ISO 400

The Grade II* listed structure had been closed for a couple of weeks for maintenance and the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line organised a number of walks for the final day of closure.

The walks set off north across the viaduct from Ribblehead Station with the return being via the area known as ‘Batty Green’ where 2,300 men and their families were housed in temporary camps during the viaduct’s construction.

Ribblehead Viaduct, July 2007aRibblehead Viaduct, July 2007
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f2.8-4 D at 24mm, 1/500s, f11, ISO 400

The viaduct was designed by the Midland Railway’s chief engineer, John Sydney Crossley, and took five years to build, finally opening on 3 August 1875. At 440 yards (400m) long and 35 yards (32m) high, the 24 arch structure is awe inspiring and although no further walks across it are planned I’d definitely recommend taking a trip across it by train!

Monochrome Monday… Mansfield Viaduct

Mansfield ViaductMansfield Viaduct
Nikon F2S, NIKKOR-S.C 50mm f/1.4, 1/250, f11 – Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 320
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

This particular railway viaduct has featured on this blog before, here and here

This 13 arch structure dates from 1875 and carries the Robin Hood Line high above the Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Should I Stay?

Should I…

Should I Stay?Stay
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5, 1/125s, f8; – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 9 mins at 20°c.

…Or Should I…

…Or Should I?Go
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5, 1/125s, f8; – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 9 mins at 20°c.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Square Saturday… Crich Tramway Village, WPPD 2021

Crich Tramway Village, WPPD 2021Crich Tramway Village, WPPD 2021
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 66s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 4 mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the fantastic Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole camera and one of a number I shot on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2021.

Crich Tramway Village occupies a former limestone quarry at Crich in Derbyshire and is home to more than 60 preserved tramcars.

Visible above is former Blackpool Corporation Tramways single-deck ‘toast-rack’ tramcar No.236 which became a permanent member of the fleet at Crich in 2012 and has since covered over 10,000 miles there!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… The Golden Valley Light Railway

KS 'Wren' class 0-4-0ST PETER PAN (works no.4256 of 1922)-20070708Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd ‘Wren’ class 0-4-0ST PETER PAN (works no.4256 of 1922)
Nikon D200, AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED at 31mm, 1/200s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

14 years ago it was the Narrow Gauge Weekend at the Golden Valley Light Railway in Derbyshire.

If memory serves there were five steam locomotives at work on the 2ft (610mm) gauge line, the oldest being IRISH MAIL, a ‘Quarry Hunslet’ 0-4-0ST built in 1903 (and partially visible in the above image) and the newest was…

HE 'Quarry Hunslet' class 0-4-0ST JACK LANE (works no.3904 of 2005)-20070708Hunslet Engine Co Ltd ‘Quarry Hunslet’ class 0-4-0ST JACK LANE (works no.3904 of 2005)-20070708
Nikon D200, AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED at 44mm, 1/200s, f7.1, ISO 400

JACK LANE is another ‘Quarry Hunslet’, but one built 102 years after IRISH MAIL in 2005!