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Sunday, 14 October 2012

20th Century Snapshots

Today's post, 14th October 2012, is a little different. Following my request in the previous post for 'retro' pics, pre-1990, I have received many examples. Therefore, this is the very first post totally dedicated to pics taken in the 20th century;  also, I will use December 31st 1999 as the cut off point from now on. All the pics are the results of digital scans or digital copying.
First up are a couple of pics from Geoff Monks, who won the 'Photograph of the Year' competition last year. The first shows IOM Railway No.12, Hutchinson, at Oakhill near the top of the long climb out of Douglas. The loco in the pic, a 2-4-0T, was built by Beyer Peacock  in 1908. The passenger train was photographed on Kodachrome 25 on 25th April 1984 and the slide was scanned. The coal quality looks a bit suspect.
Geoff's second pic, also produced in a similar way, features ex GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie' tank, No.4566, emerging from Foley Park tunnel on the Severn Valley Railway. The service was a Christmas 'Santa Special' from Kidderminster. The pic is dated 6th December 1986. 

The third pic has been sent in by David Wood. Taken on 29th July 1976 two mainline diesels are pictured at Shrewsbury Station. They are BR class 37, 37158 and BR class 25, 25041.
Jeff Nicholls has supplied the next couple of pics. Two class 56s are shown in the first, 56131 and 56018 (which resided at Arpley until recently). The location was Culcheth, the working was Stanlow - Jarrow 'hot oil' tanks and the date, 18th May 1984.

Jeff's second shot depicts two class 37s on a Widnes- Earles Siding, cement empties working. The location was the Bank Quay low level line and the date, 26th April 1983. The BR locos were 37134 and 37139. 

The following two pics are part of my own BR, WR collection of monochrome prints taken around Wolverhampton, Birmingham Snow Hill and Shrewsbury in 1962. The camera was a Halina 35mm compact and the film, FP3. The prints were digitally copied last year. I didn't realise it at the time but I was photographing lines of locos awaiting the dreaded 'cutter's torch'. The first pic depicts a double chimney 'Castle' class 4-6-0, No. 7014 Caerhays Castle, standing in Wolverhampton Oxford Road shed.

My second pic, taken in the same year, shows 'King' class 4-6-0 No.6001 King Edward VII, standing at Wolverhampton Low Level Station by the signal box. Both of these locos were designed by Charles Collett but greatly influenced by his predecessor, G. J. Churchward.
The final four pics are part of a huge batch sent in by David Quayle. The first shows BR, (ER) Gresley class 'A4' No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley, the 100th 'Pacific (4-6-2) designed by the great man. It was built in 1937, for the LNER. The other loco in the pic, taken at Carlisle Kingmoor shed on 1st April 1967, (I'm not kidding), is BR class '9F', 2-10-0, No.92056. This class was designed by Robert Riddles.
Next, from David, is an ex GWR 'Warship' class diesel hydraulic loco, D867 Zenith. The maroon loco was photographed at Paddington Station on 8th July 1967.

David's third pic is of BR (MR) Stanier 4-6-0 'Jubilee' class loco, No.45697 Achilles. The location was Carlisle and the date, 4th December 1965. This loco was built for the LMS in 1936.
Finally, pic number eleven is the fourth from David. BR class EM2, of  1.5kV DC, co-co electric locomotives, was built by Metropolitan-Vickers in 1953-54 for use on the Manchester - Sheffield line, through the famous Woodhead Tunnel. Pictured is one of the class, No.27005 Minerva, at Guide Bridge (Tameside, Greater Manchester). The pic is dated 13th July 1967.

Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month', September 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow September code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All September dated pics posted between September 4th and October 4th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not. 

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