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!

Single frame… Renault Juvaquatre Break

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Renault Juvaquatre Break, the Nièvre, August 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 320

I’ve mentioned before my fondness for photographing old vehicles wherever I find them…

This Renault Juvaquatre Break was spotted in a small town in the Nièvre department of France in August last year. Based on the Juvaquatre Camionette (van) introduced in the late 1930s, the Break (also known as the ‘Dauphinoise’ post 1956) was introduced in 1950 and remained in production until 1960, just a few months before its replacement arrived in the shape of the Renault 4.

The French (at least in rural areas) seem to keep using their old vehicles long after we (in the UK) would’ve either confined them to classic car shows or the scrapyard.

Single frame… Triumph T120 Bonneville

Triumph T120 BonnevilleTriumph T120 Bonneville
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 34mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 1600

I paid a visit to the Erewash Museum‘s Motorcycle Open Day today…

There was a fantastic variety of bikes on display: custom Harley-Davidsons, modern tourers, a couple of ‘Rat‘ bikes and more classic Brits than you could shake a stick at!

The above image shows one of the many Triumphs on display and I’m reasonably certain that it’s a 1960 T120 Bonneville (but I’m happy to be corrected if I’m wrong).

Single frame… St Mungo Mural, Glasgow

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 28mm, 1/350s, f8, ISO 400

Last Saturday saw four people undertake a madcap 550 mile round trip to Glasgow so that one of them (hi Mark!) could go to a football match.

Mark’s wife (and my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel), my wife, Joy, and myself had a few hours to explore the city (and have a wee drink or two) but we were all keen to see as much of the city’s Mural Trail as possible.

The above image is of the first mural we found… Painted by Australian artist ‘Smug’ (Sam Bates) in 2016 it depicts St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.

Btw, Rachel’s image of the mural is currently gracing the BBC’s ‘Your pictures of Scotland‘ page!

Single frame… Knife Angel, Coventry

Knife Angel, CoventryKnife Angel, Coventry
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/420s, f8, ISO 400

Currently on display in Coventry, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, more commonly known as the ‘Knife Angel’ is a towering, poignant tribute to the lives lost to knife violence.

Artist Alfie Bradley disinfected and blunted more than 100,000 weapons before welding them together to form the angel. Thirty percent of the knives used in the sculpture were bloodied on arrival and came in biohazard bags.

It’s an incredibly moving piece of art and ironically I almost had a moment of ‘violence and aggression’ myself while viewing it… The urge to slap senseless the person who insisted on telling me ‘it’s a statue dedicated to Mick Dagger! Geddit? Mick DAGGER!’ was almost irresistible…