Waiting for the 4pm Departure

Waiting for the 4pm Departure

This is a view looking down the platform of Pickering Station as we waited for the 16.00 departure for Whitby on the North York Moors heritage railway.


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10 thoughts on “Waiting for the 4pm Departure”

      1. John, I’m look forward to them. I think you should approach a curator to promote these images. Do train stations in your area have exhibition areas? If so, it sounds like a good match.


      2. Ah, I wish! The local railway closed in 1963, though the town museum has a good selection of pictures. Most of my early photos were taken in the English Midlands. Just preparing a talk for the camera club and showing some trains, though the title is ‘what we did in the dark room’ I have found the preparation quite a validating experience!


      3. John, that’s too bad about the lack of availability. Keep looking.
        What a great opportunity to show and talk about your work and work in the dark room. I did some dark room work but never got into it seriously. Is the club recording presentations and posting them?


  1. I’ve stood on that platform many times – my wife was living in Whitby when I first met her back in, well a long time ago 🙂 She remembered it a a girl.
    We catch the steam train on & off for the fun of it, they do a very nice dinning experience with a round trip to Goathland & back.
    Beeching was very short sighted when he cut a lot of this rural network.


      1. Funny how we forget the soot & grime, although I do miss the more sedate travel experience.
        I remember Whitby when one could buy fish just in on the morning tide & fishing boats 3 deep on the quayside.


      2. It’s also funny because yesterday I found some black and white negatives taken of the boats in the harbour in the 70s. I suppose we tend to think that film was the golden age of photography but most of my negs are crap! There again, perhaps I’m better at it than I used to be!


      3. “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes”
        Oscar Wilde. 🙂
        Been there done that & still do.
        Selenium toner got me out of many thin negs when I first started using two bath developing, because I didn’t give enough time compensation for new thinner emulsions.

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