#233 – Super D Part 2 – on the footplate

I’ve written before about people in railway photography, and how you don’t see much of it. Well, the opportunity came up again to ride up front with the crew on the footplate (thanks to Nigel for organising this again!) which is always a privilege. It was also a bit of a squeeze, as the Super…

#232 – Super D Part 1

All aboard for an early start! Well, maybe not, but driving from Chorley to Bury at rush hour always takes a little longer than I think it will, especially when going the scenic route to avoid the dick-dance that is the M61/M60 in the morning. The reason for my brisk cross-country drive was Richard Newtons latest charter…

#181 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit part 5 – Self Portrait

Unlike many explorers, I rarely do self portraits, in fact I’m rarely photographed at all, as I’m usually on the other side of the camera. Plus, I rarely bother to take a tripod out when I explore, without which self portraiture is troublesome. Hence, I suffer from a crippling lack of imagination when I do it,…

#180 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit Part 4 – 3 Kings

Similar to a photo from my last visit, but with a slightly different sky, I captured this just as the mist was clearing. It’s still a colour photo, but you’d be hard pressed to tell as it’s a somewhat monochromatic scene.

#179 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit part 3 – Railway Miscellenea

Like pretty much all power stations, Thorpe Marsh was rail linked, in fact it sits alongside the East Coast Main Line. For some reason, the sidings are still intact, albeit heavily overgrown with those trees that seem to grow spontaneously on all disused railway lines. Intriguingly, there are also bits of the signalling insfrastructure still…

#178 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit part 2 – Inside The Egg Cup

Ever wondered what it looks like inside a cooling tower? It looks like this:) Well stripped out ones do. Normally they have all kinds of cooling gubbins in, but this is just a shell.  The fog had just lifted, although the sky is still slightly hazy, but the hint of a shadow shows that the…

#177 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit – part 1

I’ve been fascinated by power stations and cooling towers since my dad took me to see the massive cooling towers at Kearsley Power Station in Bolton being blown up in 1984. Dad had grown up in their shadow in the 50’s and 60’s and it was fairly poignant for him to see them come down….

#139 – East Lancashire Tornado Part 1 of 3

  Last train of the day at Rawtenstall. I must have misread the timetable as I didn’t think Tornado was timetabled for this train, but I nipped over anyway to experiment with some low light shots, and was pleasantly surprised to see Tornado hauling the train in. It wasn’t as dark as I’d expected or…