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(NNR). 8572 is a London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) class B12 4-6-0, built in 1928 by Beyer, Peacock & Co Ltd and withdrawn from British Railways service in 1961.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

Single frame… Christmas shoppers, Nottingham

Christmas shoppers, NottinghamChristmas shoppers, Nottingham
Nikon D600, Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4D, 1/160s, f11, ISO 200

A shot from the digital archives today… I remember getting more than a few strange looks as I stood in the middle of Listergate in Nottingham, apparently photographing people’s feet!

I sometimes miss the low light performance of the full-frame Nikon D600 but I don’t miss the weight or bulk (or the perpetually grubby sensor!)