hover over the names below for more informationKenneth Gray collectionsteam from the 50s and 60s, mostly northernRobin Barbour collectionmostly Scottish steam between 1957 and 1968Bruce McCartney's Waverley Routedecline and fall of a main line - and its branchesSteve Price collectionmostly industrial, from the late 60s - early 70sTim's steamy snapsBR steam in the north, at the start of the 60sGeoff's mouldy oldiesa selection from the archives
Ex NBR 4-4-2T, LNER class C15 no. 67460 at Eastfield (65A), 29 July 1959Robin Barbour
Kenneth GrayKenneth toured the country from the late 50s onwards, in search of the rapidly declining steam locomotive. Many photographers around the end of steam appeared to concentrate on the same things - often the main line express steam. What makes Kenneth's collection interesting is that, while not neglecting the mainstream, he managed to record many of the more obscure types of locomotive.The pages that follow are a selection from the thousands of negatives in his collection. Kenneth used two cameras - 35mm, and a large format roll-film camera - I'm not certain what the format was, but the negatives (which I had some fun scanning) were approx. 2.5" x 4.25" - 116 or 626 perhaps. Many thanks to Bruce McCartney for struggling manfully with the 35mm negs, and of course to Kenneth himself for allowing us to make his photos available to a wider audience.
J25 65645 at Tyne Dock
Robin Barbour: decline of steam: 1957 - 1968The Eccentric Crank...An old acquaintance and former near neighbour of Bruce McCartney, Robin lived alone in Hawick until his death in 2006. Robin's sister Hazel asked Bruce if he would help to dispose of Robin's huge collection of railway books, and perhaps the proceeds could go to an appropriate charity. The first thought was a day centre in Hawick that Robin had attended from time to time - however, that had closed, and eventually the A1 Locomotive Trust was selected to receive the donation.Hazel chose an eccentric crank for the loco, and the following wording for the certificate: "In memory of Robin Barbour of Hawick whose love of steam engines saw him through many a dark day"
D30 62440 “Wandering Willie”
Bruce McCartney's Waverley RouteDecline and fall of a main line - and its branches
16 July 1965 - the last train leaves Greenlaw, on the western remnant of the Berwickshire Railway, which ran from Ravenswood Junction, near St Boswells on the Waverley route, to Reston on the east coast main line
Steve Price collectionAn assortment, mostly industrial, from the late 60s - early 70sSteve was given the negatives some years ago. Mostly industrial, they were taken at some familiar locations - and some less-than familiar locations. We thought they deserved a wider audience...
"Spitfire" Hunslet 3831 of 1955 at NCB Bickershaw, 23 August 1971
Tim’s steamy snapsBR steam in northern England, at the start or the sixties*Tim took these pictures on his Brownie 127 around the early 1960s - possibly as early as 1959, perhaps as late as '64 or '65. He's not sure - it was a long time ago!. Living in the West Riding of Yorkshire at the time, the photos were taken on spotting trips to places such as York, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and even Crewe. But other than the obvious ones, I'm not certain when and where they were taken. If anyone out there can help me, especially with locations, I'd be very grateful. Please use the feedback form if you can help.
60106 “Flying Fox (my first A3) at York
Geoff’s mouldy oldiesa selection from the archives - main line, industrial, steam, diesel....In the days of film, I concentrated on colour transparencies - but from the mid-70s onwards, I usually had a second camera with me. Sometimes I took b&w if the weather (or the subject!) was too dull for colour. Sometimes, a few shots (in b&w) with a long lens preceded the colour photos. I owned a Mamiya 645 for a while during the 80s - it spent most of its life fixed to a bracket with my Nikon, so that I could take colour and b&w at the same time. Here are a few of the results...
790 "Hardwicke" and Midland compound no 1000 near Bell Busk, 24 April 1976