About me and railways ...
I first started to take an interest in railways in the late 1950s when living in north Hertfordshire with the East Coast mainline, particularly Hitchin, close by. A family move to Warwickshire in 1959 took me to the Midlands with Leamington Spa as the local interest. I also had family connections on Southern territory near Portsmouth and periodically visited there.
Student days were spent in Birmingham and I became a teacher there in 1966. Meanwhile, my family had moved to the Southampton area in 1965 so holiday periods were spent with Bulleids and Standards until 1967.
I left teaching and joined British Rail in January 1991 at Saltley depot. I subsequently moved to Littlehampton depot as a driver and drove EMUs between Brighton, Portsmouth and London. Later, I became a Driver Manager at Barnham depot and added Eastleigh and Southampton to my route card. I am now retired.
After the demise of BR steam, I joined the fledgling Severn Valley Railway in October 1968 and initially worked in the Permanent Way department. I also volunteered for footplate work and worked through the cleaning and fireman grades to become a driver in 1984. I was appointed a Traction Inspector in 2003 and, for some years, held the position of Locomotive Crew Manager, although I have now retired from this latter role.
At the September 2016 SVR Pacific Power weekend, I was privileged to drive 60103 Flying Scotsman, with one of my runs being filmed and first shown in an hour long documentary, Flying Scotsman from the Footplate, on BBC4 during the following Christmas schedules. A DVD is now available.
The photography bit ...
My earliest images were taken on an ancient box camera, that took 620 size film, found in my grandparents’ house. The majority of these photos have exposure and/or definition faults, and are unsuitable for a web site, but a few have found there way here.
During 1962 I gained use of a Kodak 66 folding camera and it is this camera I used for the next 10 years and with which all the other images were taken. The camera had a fastest shutter speed of 1/200 second and widest aperture of f4 but many exposures were guesswork, aided by a plastic dial, so were not always the best. Film used was usually Ilford FP3/FP4 for finest grain.
I’ve continued with railway photography since these early days and now use a DSLR camera to record steam scenes at both home and abroad.