Throwback Thursday… Stephenson’s Rocket

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Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 80mm, 1/400s, f10, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Twelve years ago it was Stephenson’s Rocket! (albeit the replica built by Locomotion Enterprises (1975) Ltd in 1979).

This replica of the famous 1829 original was in action at the National Railway Museum at York, running up and down the Warehouse Line with a replica Liverpool and Manchester Railway 2nd class coach (built in 1930) and I managed a ride in the latter…

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Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 18mm, 1/400s, f10, ISO 400

The 1979 built replica is currently on display at Locomotion in Shildon but the 1829 original is currently on display at the NRM (along with another, part-sectioned replica, dating from 1935).

Monochrome Monday… Motor Rail Ltd Bedford England

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Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai-S, 1/60s, f8 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

An image from the Golden Valley Light Railway (GVLR), a narrow gauge line only a mile or so from here.

Motor Rail Ltd (or the Motor Rail & Tramcar Co Ltd) built many narrow and standard gauge locomotives powered by either diesel or petrol engines at their works at Bedford… The company also used the trade name ‘Simplex’ and parts from at least two (unidentified) locomotives are visible here.

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Musée d’Orsay, September 2000

Musée d'Orsay, September 2000Musée d’Orsay, September 2000
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

Yet another image from my honeymoon in Paris way back in September 2000.

The Musée d’Orsay is housed inside the former Compagnie du chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans (PO) railway station on the left bank of the River Seine and I seem to remember visiting it was the only ‘touristy’ thing we did all week!

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Handyside Bridge, Chester Green

Handyside Bridge, Chester GreenHandyside Bridge, Chester Green
Nikon FA, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 Ai-S, 1/250s, f11 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

Last Friday I had a gentle stroll around Chester Green in Derby and crossed the River Derwent on this bridge.

Known as ‘Handyside Bridge’ it originally carried the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Extension of the Great Northern Railway and was built in 1878 by local engineers Andrew Handyside and Company.

The riveted wrought iron structure saw its last train in May 1968 (when the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Extension closed) and was converted to a footbridge in 1976.

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & 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… Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

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Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4~5.6 at 200mm, 1/1000s, f8, ISO 320

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Derbyshire.

The 1 in 27 Ravenstor Incline heads north out of Wirksworth station and didn’t originally carry passengers (leading as it did, to Middlepeak Quarry) but on special event days the line is in operation and is well worth a visit.

Throwback Thursday… Peak Rail

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Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 55mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 320

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Seven years ago it was Peak Rail in Derbyshire.

LORD PHIL (built by the Hunslet Engine Co Ltd for the War Department in 1943) was in charge of passenger services and had no problems handling a five coach train.

This Midland Railway wagon was looking every bit its almost hundred years age though… ‘For Internal Use Only’ refers to a vehicle not allowed out onto the main line but still used in an industrial location.

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Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 18mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 400