Railway Photography by Phil Trotter

“Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it.”

Paul Theroux
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Spotted Elsewhere
An occasional series...

The 'Ship Railway' proposed by an American inventor for transportation across the Isthmus of Panama, before the building of the canal.
This railway was to have had twelve rails, on which it was proposed to run a gigantic moving slip-way carrying the ship.
The vessels were to have been manoeuvred onto or off the slip-way at high tide.

THIS collection has its origins in the erstwhile 'Fotopic' setup which became insolvent during 2011. Since then, all the rail and tramway photos from that site have been (re)uploaded here, with many new additions. The pre-digital era photographs have been scanned from transparencies, negatives or prints and colour corrected using Photoshop.

Recent improvements in scanning technology mean that many BR era pictures which had been rejected on quality grounds have now been scanned again and are included for the first time. Over 25,000 rail, tram and bus photographs are now included and the number continues to grow steadily; latest additions are listed in the right hand column.

More photos are continually being added - hardly a week goes by when this doesn't happen - so remember to visit again soon. Meanwhile, why not add this site to your favourites.

For a better view, try pressing F11 on your keyboard; the right and left arrow keys also can be used to move through each gallery. Note that keywords now have been added to all modern rail photos, making it easier to find photos by locomotive class, running number, location or operator/livery. A full listing of keywords (and numbers) can be found on the Keyword page which is accessible through the navigation above.

Thanks are due to all the 'gen' providers who regularly supply information about what is happening and when; without their help very few of the more interesting rail pictures would have been possible. Thanks too, to those hardy and dedicated souls who often engage in (largely meaningless - !) conversation on platform ends and remote bridges around the country in all weathers, sometimes at unearthly hours; a touch of Last of the Summer Wine perhaps?
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EARLY film cameras included a Kodak Brownie Six-20 Model E (which boasted such refinements as an imitation pigskin covered metal body, built-in yellow and close-up filters, 'I/B' function, a shutter lock switch and flash contacts), a 1950s Kodak Duaflex II (above) which made a very satisfying 'ker-lunk' when you pressed the shutter and from which you could get just 12 exposures from a roll of 620 film - almost unbelievable today!

This was followed by the photographic equivalent of the Mini, an Instamatic 56X (yes, I know, but I was a student at the time...), an early '60s Brownie 44B, a neat little Agfa Optima 335, a secondhand Pentina E which had been made in Dresden, an Agfa Sillette and, from 1982 until digital cameras became available, two Canon AE-1Ps which proved to be remarkably reliable workhorses and which still are capable of many years service. I covered many miles recording tramways and railways in Europe with these two, normally using one for transparencies, the other for black and white film; I still miss using them, but film became too expensive and scarce.

For me the digital age dawned when I obtained a little Fuji FinePix A403 'free' with a PC. Enthused by the possibilities of digital photography, this was followed with a Canon EOS 350D and more recently a 550D. A little Canon A580 is kept as a backup pocket camera. Examples of the cameras previously used are still owned - together with other vintage models which have been collected - so perhaps one day there may be an opportunity to indulge in some 'heritage' photography!

MOST images can be made available for use by publishers at competitive rates upon request.
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From the Archive

Derby Lightweight single car unit 79900/RDB 975010 running as 'Test Car Iris' at Westbury in September 1988.
This unit has been preserved at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
On the Blog...

VISIT the Blog site for additional historical articles and miscellaneous bits which don't fit here.

66513 passes Garnswllt with 4G05, 0420 Aberthaw Power Station to Gwaun Cae Gurwen on 7th October 2016.

Welcome back! 40145/D345 whistles through Stroud with The Class Forty Preservation Society's 1Z40, 0639 Castleon to Oxford, 'The East Lancs Stalwart' on 7th June 2014.

Welcome back! 40145/D345 whistles through Stroud with The Class Forty Preservation Society's 1Z40, 0639 Castleon to Oxford, 'The East Lancs Stalwart' on 7th June 2014.

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