Throwback Thursday… The Bluebell Railway

Taking on water, Sheffield Park, June 2017Taking on water, Sheffield Park, June 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 21mm, 1/320s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Two years ago I was travelling on the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex on an incredibly hot day!

Southern Railway (SR) Q class 0-6-0 locomotive 30541 (built 1939, Eastleigh) was in charge of passenger trains and the above image shows it taking a drink from an 1881 vintage water crane at Sheffield Park station.

London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) class A1X 0-6-0T No.672 ‘FENCHURCH’ (built 1872, Brighton) was on display at the south end of the station and I spotted this record of its mileage painted inside the cab.

1,158,420 miles1,158,420 miles
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 39mm, 1/75s, f8, ISO 400

1,158,420 miles seems like a huge figure but it’s only an average of just over 8,300 per year!

Throwback Thursday… Swanwick Junction

Swanwick JunctionSwanwick Junction
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 52mm, 1/400s, f10, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Nine years ago it was this Running in board at Swanwick Junction station at Midland Railway-Butterley (MR-B).

Running in boards tended to be positioned at the end of station platforms and were designed to allow passengers to determine their location as a train entered the station, possibly while still moving at speed!

This example is/was a modern construct as Swanwick Junction station didn’t exist until the heritage line arrived there… I say is/was because the last couple of times I’ve visited there’s been no trace of this particular board.

Single frame… 20.18 to Brighton

20.18 to Brighton20.18 to Brighton
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 21mm, 1/9s, f16, ISO 200

A shot from the digital archives tonight…

An unidentified class 377 ‘Electrostar’ electric multiple unit crosses Worthing Road at Angmering with the 19.32 Southern service from Portsmouth & Southsea (the 20.18 from Angmering) to Brighton on 20 May 2015. I didn’t have a tripod with me so rested my camera on top of a handy fence post and hoped for the best!

This pic cropped up tonight while I was looking for something else entirely, my archives definitely need a good sort out!

Throwback Thursday… Steam on the North Norfolk Railway

LNER class B12 4-6-0 8572LNER class B12 4-6-0 8572
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 50mm, 1/160s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was this beautiful steam locomotive at the North Norfolk Railway (NNR). 8572 is a London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) class B12 4-6-0, built in 1928 by Beyer, Peacock & Co Ltd and withdrawn from British Railways service in 1961.

It arrived at the NNR in 1967 and was finally returned to steam in 1995 after a long and difficult restoration.

I’ve spent many hours photographing heritage railways in general and the North Norfolk in particular and I’m looking forward to more of the same this summer.

I should point out that this image was captured with the aid of a NNR lineside photographic pass.

Single frame… St Pancras Basin

St Pancras Basin, February 2019St Pancras Basin, February 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Portra 800 rated at ISO 400

A couple of hours between trains in London recently gave me the opportunity to explore St Pancras Basin on the Regent’s Canal. It’s an interesting location, one worth further visits (in better weather!)

The dull weather actually suited my purposes with this image though… the drab sky and grey catenary powering the Channel Tunnel Rail Link contrast rather nicely with the colourful boats and brickwork surrounding the basin.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… The Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge, October 2018The Forth Bridge, October 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f16, – Agfa APX 400 rated at ISO 320

The iconic Forth Bridge photographed from North Queensferry a few weeks ago. The rail wheels on the shore provide interesting (if somewhat worrying) foreground interest.

On this particular day I photographed the bridge from both North and South Queensferry and I really do think that I could photograph it month in and month out and never become bored with it…

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Goods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife Railway

Goods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife RailwayGoods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife Railway
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f5.6 – Ilford Delta 100

A shot from last year’s trip to Scotland… this four-plank wagon awaits its turn in the restoration queue at the Fife Heritage Railway. Not much is known about the wagon’s history but it was donated by Tullis Russell whose paper mill at nearby Markinch closed in 2015 with the loss of more than 350 jobs.

Scan by Peak Imaging with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.