Railway Photography by Phil Trotter
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“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
The Great Railway Bazaar
Who Operates What?
Barry Doe's 2015 Great Britain TOCs map.
Spotted Elsewhere
An occasional series...
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Most readers will be familiar with Nederlandse Spoorwegen's BR class 11-derived 600 class shunters. Less widely known are their Australian cousins.
Victorian Railways purchased ten 0-6-0DE locomotives in 1951 from English Electric. The locomotives were built at EE's Preston workshops in the UK and entered service from October 1951 onwards. A further 6 were purchased in 1952.
All had been withdrawn by 1987, although six have been preserved.
The picture shows F206 at South Dynon Locomotive Depot, Melbourne in 1978.

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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!

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On the Blog...
VISIT the new Blog site for additional historical articles and all the bits which don't fit here.
From the Archive
One of the UK's 'forgotten' preserved locomotives, GWR 0-4-2T 1442 was bought for display in Tiverton by Lord Amory in 1965 soon after working the last 'Tivvy Bumper' from Tiverton Junction to Tiverton in October of that year. In 1979 it was moved from its plinth in Blundell's Road to a new building at Tiverton Museum where it remains.
What chance a return to steam on one of our heritage railways?
Resources
Continuing the tradition of a steam working to South Wales on St. David's Day, BR-built LNER B1 Class 4-6-0 no 61306 'Mayflower' provides an unusual sight passing Coedkernew with Steam Dreams 1Z61, 0858 London Paddington to Cardiff Central, 'The Catherdrals Express' on 1st March 2015.
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The first two of the six class 458/5s (458531 - 458536) which are being rebuilt by Wabtec from the former Class 460 'Gatwick Express' units are now undergoing test running. 458531 leads 458534 into Staines forming 5Z14, 1251 Reading to Staines Up Loop on 16th January 2014.

The first two of the six class 458/5s (458531 - 458536) which are being rebuilt by Wabtec from the former Class 460 'Gatwick Express' units are now undergoing test running. 458531 leads 458534 into Staines forming 5Z14, 1251 Reading to Staines Up Loop on 16th January 2014.

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