Throwback Thursday… Fat Stan (again!)

Fat Stan-20061202a.jpgHorns!
Nikon D200, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM at 20mm, 1/4s, f5.6, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Fifteen years ago it was local rock band Fat Stan, playing a pre-Christmas gig at a local pub (the Dog & Doublet in Pye Bridge if memory serves me…)

Sadly neither band nor pub are still going but more pics of the former can be found here.

Fat Stan-20061202b.jpgFat Stan
Nikon D200, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM at 10mm, 1/4s, f4, ISO 400

Throwback Thursday… Mur-de-Barrez

Rue de la Pierre, Mur-de-BarrezRue de la Pierre, Mur-de-Barrez
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX at 70mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

14 years ago it was the French commune of Mur-de-Barrez in the Aveyron department in southern France.

With a population of only 800 or so it was an incredibly peaceful little place to spend an afternoon, in fact we hardly saw a soul…

Rue de la Parro, Mur-de-BarrezRue de la Parro, Mur-de-Barrez
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6 D ED at 130mm, 1/500s, f8, ISO 400

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!

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!