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(NNR). 8572 is a London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) class B12 4-6-0, built in 1928 by Beyer, Peacock & Co Ltd and withdrawn from British Railways service in 1961.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.

Throwback Thursday… Radio Times ‘ghost’ sign

HRadio Times 'ghost' sign, DerbyRadio Times ‘ghost’ sign, Derby
Olympus Stylus XZ-10, i.Zuiko 4.7-23.5mm f1.8~2.7 ED at 11.1mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 160

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was this ‘ghost’ sign in Derby. I have a fondness for old painted, carved or tiled signs advertising long defunct businesses and I photograph them whenever possible.

This one has obviously been repainted at some point as two sets of ‘Radio Times’ lettering are clearly visible…

Throwback Thursday… Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480

Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480 (tail section)Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 32mm, 1/1000s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was this gently decaying Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost trainer aircraft XM480.

Delivered new in July 1960 to No.27 Maintenance Unit (MU) at RAF Shawbury XM480 moved to No.1 Flight Training School (FTS) at RAF Linton-on-Ouse three months later. A transfer to No.6 FTS at RAF Acklington followed in June 1962 and a return to No.27 MU in December 1967 for storage.

Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 48mm, 1/320s, f8, ISO 200

Declared non-effective in March 1969 XM480 was transported to No.1 School of Technical Training (SoTT) at RAF Halton for ground instructional use and allocated the maintenance serial no. 8080M. A final transfer to RAF Finningley came in February 1994 before finally being tendered for sale in February 1995.

Jet Provosts were regular visitors to the skies above my childhood home and I used to watch them for hours…

Throwback Thursday… Cley Windmill, March 2015

Cley Windmill, March 2015Cley Windmill, March 2015
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 33mm, 1/25s, f3.6, ISO 3200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was the windmill at Cley next the Sea in Norfolk.

The light was fading rapidly and unfortunately my tripod was packed underneath everything else in the boot of the car so I had to rely on the 18-55’s Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and a high ISO to get any image at all…

Throwback Thursday… Snowdrops

Snowdrops, February 2012Snowdrops, February 2012
Panasonic Lumix GF1, Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8, 1/50s, f4, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Seven years ago it was this clump of Snowdrops (Galanthus) in our garden.

To get the camera level with the flowers I reversed the centre column of my tripod, composing the image on the GF1’s LCD screen (a spinal injury means that I can’t get down to ground level anymore…)

The Micro Four Thirds fitting Leica Macro-Elmarit 45mm lens is a beautiful piece of kit… I miss it.

Throwback Thursday… Ford Thames 300E van

Ford Thames 300E vanFord Thames 300E van
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 52mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was this sorry specimen… A Ford Thames 300E van seemingly abandoned in a field.

The Ford Thames 300E was derived from the Anglia/Prefect 100E saloon car and shared its 1172cc side valve engine. Almost 197,000 were produced between July 1954 and April 1961, its replacement, the Thames 307E (based on the Anglia 105E saloon) was introduced in the following June.

Throwback Thursday… S and L Ltd, Langley Mill Basin

S and L Ltd, Langley Mill BasinS and L Ltd, Langley Mill Basin
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5~6.7 OIS at 107mm, 1/250s, f5.6, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago I was wandering around Langley Mill basin on the Erewash Canal and this barge rudder caught my eye.

I believe the ‘S and L Ltd’ refers to the firm of Stewarts & Lloyds Ltd who owned and operated a fleet of canal boats until the 1970s.

Throwback Thursday… Vivit Post Funera Virtus

Vivit Post Funera VirtusVivit Post Funera Virtus
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 14mm, 1/500s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Six years ago it was the City War Memorial, Nottingham.

Designed by T. Wallis Gordon, City Engineer and Surveyor, the memorial was unveiled on 11 November 1927 to commemorate the ‘Men of Nottingham who gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War. 1914 – 1918’.

The memorial was later adapted to commemorate those lost in the Second World War.

The Latin inscription ‘Vivit Post Funera Virtus’ is the motto of the City of Nottingham and means ‘Virtue Outlives Death’.