Lichfield Trent Valley Departure

Lichfield Trent Valley Departure

A picture taken in about 1961 of a south bound departure from Lichfield Trent Valley Station in the days before the West Coast Mainline was electrified.

This location was a popular destination for me and although I visited here frequently with a school friend Mike Sambrook on his motorbike, I think on this visit I travelled by train.

 

Steaming North

Steaming North

This is one of my favourite photos taken in 1961 at Snow Hill station, Birmingham.

The photo took me a long time to restore as the negative was badly scratched but I feel that the effort was worth it. I am always surprised at how much detail can be extracted from these old pictures and am pleased that the sky plays an important part in the success of the image.

The small boy gives the whole scene a sense of the excitement of the 60s as steam came to an end on the railways of Britain.

 

Smoking Giants

Smoking Giants

An evocative scene taken in the locomotive yard at Wankaner Junction, Gujarat, India in 1997.

These engines were working the service to Morbi and shared with Chittorgarh the distinction of being the last two steam services on mainline railways in India. These engines were all gone by the year 2000.

Wonderful animate machines of true grit….

 

Maintenance

Maintanance

A photo taken in 1997 in the engine yard atĀ Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, India.

This loco was being prepared to work the service to Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Steam services on the metre gauge did not have long to run and these engines disappeared soon after and were replaced by diesels.

I was made very welcome by the shed foreman who plied me with cups of water as I stood and completed a drawing of one of the engines.