British Steam in black and white

Alan Feb 26, 2009

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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    So do I Jim, although we do have a fairly good selection of locos preserved, with a few sad exceptions. But I guess we cannot have one of everything!
     
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    Alan, Fabulous collection indeed!

    I am getting ready to purchase a similar scanner for prints and slides so that I can digitize photos from the 80s. I think this is an excellent example of why we SHOULD photograph trains since, as you say, the majority of these beautiful engines are now gone, but oreserved by your photographs.
     
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    An A4 on freight in 1961? I wouldn't have expected that so early. And an A1 as well... did those cement trains consistently get such glamorous power?
     
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    This is really great, keep putting them up ;)
     
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    Alan, another fine collection. It calls out questions and comments. How in heck did you afford film to do all of this in the 1960's? Did you have your own darkroom? I love the series on 60150, especially the "wedge" shot so popular with early rail photographers. How and when did the Dwight D. Eisenhower get donated to and shipped to the museum in the US at Green Bay? Thanks in advance. :tb-biggrin:
     
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    Yes, for some reason the cement trains always had an A1 and on the one occasion I saw, an A4. An A4 on freight was unusual at that time, but it was maybe a matter of loco availability. As can be seen in some of the other pictures, A3 pacifics were by then being regularly used on freights, as English Electric and "Peak" type 4 diesels were taking over many of the express trains.
     
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    To stand the cost of capturing so much on film in a short time, I used to buy film, have it developed, but not printed. This saved initial expense, then after steam was mostly gone had the films gradually printed.

    60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower was withdrawn from service on 20th July 1963. After cosmetic restoration at Doncaster works, she arrived at the US museum in May 1964.
     
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    What sort of transparency film were you shooting in those days Alan?
     
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    Gee, Alan, in 1961 you were just a teen. I wish I had done what you did. Another great collection. :tb-biggrin:
     
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    Thanks Jim, I just wish I had taken more - you never appreciate anything enough until it is gone.....:rolleyes:

    Kev, I was using either Ilford or Kodak print film. The scans are actually taken off the prints.
     
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    I always enjoy your photos of UK locos, especially the older designs. The designs are so different from US locos of the same era. For instance, the designers of 41763 made little attempt to have the cab protect the driver from the elements, except maybe being hit in the face by bugs while traveling forward...:tb-wacky:
     
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    Hank, these 'half cab' tank locos have an interesting history, as the one shown and a couple of others were retained for shunting at Staveley Works due to an agreement by the Midland Railway to provide them for 100 years! This meant that these ancient machines outlasted all the others of the class!
     

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