Photographing Trains: Tornado

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.

Photographing trains: Union of South Africa

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”

It’s all Black & White

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.

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