Over the past few months Didcot Railway Centre, home of the Great Western Society and all things Great Western, has been invaded by visitors from the London North Eastern Railway.
In August the centre was host to the famous A3 class no.60103 Flying Scotsman and A4 class no.60009 Union of South Africa, then towards the end of October it was announced that A1 class no.60163 Tornado would take possession of the centre’s main demonstration line.
This was, of course, too good an event to miss so a couple of friends and I headed out to Didcot to take advantage of the opportunity to both have a ride behind the loco and, hopefully, get some good photographs and video of Tornado in action.
The LNER didn’t get all its own way, the GWR Steam Railmotor no.93 was also in action and flying the Great Western flag on the branch line.
I took up several positions along both the main demonstration line and branch line and was able to get what I thought were some good shots of both locomotives in action.
These are the two videos I made of my visit. The first featuring Tornado, the second featuring the steam railmotor. I hope you enjoy watching them. They’re best seen in full screen mode.
Some of the photographs I took of the two locos can be found on my website here.
Hot on the heels, or should that be hot on the wheels, of the Flying Scotsman’s visit to Didcot Railway Centre I found out that LNER A4 no.60009 Union of South Africa would be in steam on the 30th August, the loco had arrived at the railway centre on the Sunday during the Flying Scotsman’s visit. Continue reading “Photographing trains: Union of South Africa”
The most popular page on my website, the Dragon Sanctuary, is the one about the City of London Boundary Dragons, so I thought it was time there was a post about them.
Continue reading “London Boundary Dragons”
This post is about using your mobile phone to take photographs and videos, the idea for it came from watching several videos that were posted on-line that could have been really interesting and informative but were spoilt by a very simple mistake, and it’s one that the photographer can see when they take the picture.
Continue reading “Mobile Phone Photos”
Sorry, cricket fans this post has nothing whatever to do with cricket, it just seemed an appropriate title.
50 years ago on 9th July 1967 steam locomotives ceased running on the Southern Region of British Railways. The once proud gleaming products of British engineering were towed away to scrap yards to be cut up. Continue reading “50 Not Out!”
The Cotswold Festival of Steam is the name that the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway give to their annual steam gala and is usually held over the May Bank Holiday weekend. This year the gala’s theme was ‘Workhorses of Steam’. Continue reading “Cotswold Festival of Steam.”
This year’s Spring Steam Gala was held over the weekend of 27th to the 30th April. If you wanted to put a theme or title to the gala it would have to be “Black Engines” because nearly every loco was in BR black livery.
Continue reading “West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala 2017”
We live in a world of colour so it’s only natural that when we take photographs we do so in colour, but for many years black & white was the only type of film available but black & white photographs still have a place.
Do away with colour and it concentrates the attention on the subject and can produce a much more dramatic and powerful picture.
Continue reading “It’s all Black & White”
For about half of my working life Battersea Power Station dominated the view of the skyline from my office window, for around 14 of those years the power station was operational and smoke could always be seen billowing up from one or more of its chimneys.
Continue reading “The Silence of Power”
Way back in 2009 while driving across the Somerset levels I saw something through the trees that I didn’t expect to see, a group of thatched roundhouses, this I thought required investigation.
Continue reading “Into the Iron Age”