#98 – Horwich Loco Works

Horwich Loco Works is somewhere I’ve been meaning to look at for some time, but never got round to it. For years I’ve looked at it’s huge long brick Erecting Shop as I pass it on the M61, and last went in the early 90’s when the site was used for car boot sales on…

#97 – The Y

Unfortunately there wasn’t much happening at Loughborough station but a visit to the sheds and a mooch around the bookshop killed an hour. In the distance here is a demonstration freight train, but it’s maybe too far way to see here. Still, I like all the period features in the scene.

#96 – Explosives!

Unlike proper heritage lines, Snibston didn’t appear to have a demonstration freight train running, at least not a steam hauled one (although there was a charter on the Friday, but I only found that out afterwards). That was a shame as they’d brought a steam train in especially from the Chasewater railway and it ended…

#95 – Cobbles and Steam

The area around Keighley station seems pretty much as it was 50 years ago, all cobbled streets, ginnels and old stone mills. I wanted to make a feature of this landscape so I had a scout around the area on foot, which is often the best way as you see things you wouldn’t if you…

#94 – V for V-Bomber

Sometimes, you don’t need to see the whole of the subject in an image. I deliberately composed this picture like this as I felt it showed the most interesting bits of the aircraft (a Handley Page Victor at the Yorkshire Air Museum – I can highly recommend a visit!), and not show anything that distracted…

#93 – Book Review – Hans Steeneken’s ‘All Trains To Stop’

 An enjoyable trip to Peak Rail in Derbyshire didn’t produce any great photos, but a visit to their 2nd hand book wagon did yield a couple of 50 pence gems. First up was ‘Steam’ by Ian Krause, whose work I’d seen in the classic Ian Allan ‘Steam Portfolio’. It’s mainly steam in action, and some…

#92 – Peak Rail 2

Nikon D700, Nikkor 28-70, 1/100 @ F18, ISO 400 Another one from Peak Rail. 8624 waits at Rowsley South to be turned on the new turntable. I wanted to inclde different elements of the railway in the scene, as most photos taken from platforms are, frankly, boring record shots. So I waited for the driver…

#91 – Peak Rail 1

I’d never been to Peak Rail in Derbyshire before, partly because it’s a pain in the arse to get to from central Lancashire. However, I’d read that they’d got an event on, so I braved the windy A-roads and headed south. The line is pretty flat and short (4 miles), and with a stop half…

#90 – Buxton Lime Firm 2

Another one from Buxton. As before, processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro, using the Wet Rocks filter and (I think) the Ilford Delta 100 effect.

#89 – Buxton Lime Firm 1

Converted to black and white using the ‘Wet Rocks’ filter in Nik Silver Efex Pro, and some HP 5 film grain. Not sure why it looks slightly HDR like, it’s only one image, and it’s not seen Photomatix.