British Steam in black and white

Alan Feb 26, 2009

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    And their 19th century designs aren't as different from their later designs as is the case here.

    Now, my favorite steam locomotives tend to be later designs. I can't say I find any 19th century British steam attractive... but they (and their better-looking continental contemporaries) are much better-looking that old US power. Forget about huge cowcatchers and oil headlights, they had no pilots at all!
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That is a cute little animal, kind of ugly, but cute.
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yeah, a lot of people call them ugly ducklings, but I quite liked them. :)
     
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    I wish I had seen more of the Southern Region, but it was the least accessible for me 'up north'. There was a good selection of old locos still around almost to the end of steam.
     
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    Alan, somehow I managed to miss your August 8 group. After reviewing both of the last two, I must say I am jealous of the vast number of locomotives that you were able to photograph. I wish that I were a real fan and had film back then! :tb-biggrin:
     
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    Quite a few more to come yet, Jim. :)

    They do take a bit of time to scan and tweak. ;) Whilst doing them I am reliving the raifanning trips we had way back then. :)
     
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    When I was in the Army, I took a weeks leave and went to the U.K. I flew over on a military transport(FREE!)and back on civil aviation(BEA). I stayed a few days in Salisbury
    and stayed at a small "mom & pop" hotel and public house just adjacent to the GWR(?)multi track main line.(Lincoln Hotel,iirc). My room overlooked the railway and steam was still prevalent at that time(Sept.1964). It was a steam fans paradise. The room was clean and comfortable, the beer in the "pub" quite tasty, mom & pop were both quite friendly and thrilled to have a "Yank" as a guest. The owner had been in the British Merchant Marine and had been to the U.S.A a number of times. He was also a Freemason
    and his Lodge met at his public house. One of his lodge brothers was a locomotive driver
    so I got to chat with him for a while in the pub. Some of the sights I got to see other than the superb steam locomotives were the cathedral(magnificent!!)and Stonehenge.
    This was before Stonehenge was fenced off and made a national monument. I wandered thru the site and actually touched a couple of the stones. BBC was there the same day I was and they were filming a documentary.
    Those memories are still vivid in my mind, I just wish I could see that much steam still in service today. What a sight!

    Charlie
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The tracks through Salisbury would be the ex-Southern Railway (previously LSWR). Steam lasted on this route longer than on the GWR route to the south west.

    We drove past Stonehenge a few weeks ago on the way to and from Longleat Safari Park. Yes, it is now fenced off and usually surrounded by a ring of tourists! :)
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Alan, nice. What is with the white circles? Were they like our classification lights? I don't recall rails at Farnborough. Last time I was there was 1974, and all the photos I have are of Lancasters, Spitfires, Hurricanes, L-1011's, an SR-71 which broke Concorde's transatlantic speed record, and such, at the Farnborough air show. :tb-biggrin:
     
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    Yes Jim, there are trains as well as planes at Farnborough! :)

    The white discs were used on the Southern Region to denote class of train and route or destination. The signalmen knew what they meant. ;)
     
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    Latest set of scans now published. Delayed as my scanner started playing up. The new scanner is excellent and much easier to use.

    http://my.fotopic.net/collection/01774251/

    Pictures at Sunderland shed also Crewe Works and Shed. We were on a railfan trip to Crewe Works hauled by 'Jubilee' 4-6-0 45565 Victoria on a very wet day!

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    Keep'em Coming!

    Have truly been enjoying this topic...

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    Alan, it is always so sad to see scrapyard photos. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were many non-scrapyard photos with locos steamed up and running. You have a marvelous collection. :tb-biggrin:
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks Jim. I have some more collections yet to publish, but I am getting near the end of steam. Some scrapyard shots to come, but also some more in steam and working. :)
     

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