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80105

To finish the week off one of my favourite subjects, in this case the Standard Class 4 tank engine number 80105.

It is shown here at Aviemore on the Strathspey Steam Railway in Scotland where we paid a visit whilst on holiday up there a few years ago.  The engine was built at Brighton in 1955 and after being withdrawn it was sent to Barry Island in South Wales to be scrapped.  Fortunately a group of enthusiasts purchased it from there in 1973 and restored it to full working order.

That's it for this week I think, have a good weekend, back on Monday all being well, when I will be showing pictures from Scotland for the whole week, some old and some not so old.

80105

To finish the week off one of my favourite subjects, in this case the Standard Class 4 tank engine number 80105.

It is shown here at Aviemore on the Strathspey Steam Railway in Scotland where we paid a visit whilst on holiday up there a few years ago.  The engine was built at Brighton in 1955 and after being withdrawn it was sent to Barry Island in South Wales to be scrapped.  Fortunately a group of enthusiasts purchased it from there in 1973 and restored it to full working order.

That's it for this week I think, have a good weekend, back on Monday all being well, when I will be showing pictures from Scotland for the whole week, some old and some not so old.

comments (12)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 13 Jun 2008, 03:10
I think this is a "favourite subject" for boys (and many girls!) of all ages, Brian. smile Enjoy your stay in Scotland.
Brian Walbey: Certainly one of my favourite subjects Ginnie. I was misleading in my comments, I meant next weeks pictures will all be from Scotland, unfortunately I will not.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jun 2008, 07:21
This girl loves trains too Brian gringrin, it is almost as young as I am..great picture, have a great stay in Scotland, will Maureen be with you too?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, unfortunately neither of us will actually be in Scotland next week, what I meant was that all next weeks pictures will be from there.
As I recall it wasn't unknown for these to be used on serious passenger work as they were very powerful. B&W works a treat Brian
Brian Walbey: I think these locos were considered to be "maids of all work" Bill, it was good to see one in steam anyway. Enjoy your bacon butties today and have a good weekend.
Very nice capture of this beautiful steamy one Brian. Have a nice stay in Scotland.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Richard, this is a favourite subject of mine I'm afraid. I'm not actually in Scotland next week, more's the pity, I meant all next weeks pictures are from there.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jun 2008, 13:27
A popular class for preservation Brian, quite a few still survive around the country. Nice capture on an interesting railway.
Brian Walbey: I remember you had a picture from here a while back Les of a different locomotive. It is a pleasant little railway to go to, albeit a long way from us.
Not being a fanatic for trains does not stop me from appreciating the beauty of this golden age, there is nothing more eye catching than an engine rolling through the countryside
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, even better would be a ride in the cab with the crew but it is a long time since I had that opportunity.
Chuffing good ... I've got something which will surprise you brian after my present series. richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I look forward to your forthcoming revalations with some wonderment! Brian
There are few sights more powerful and emotional in my opinion, than a steam train hurtling at full chat through the countryside.

This is a superb photograph which fills me with memories, and happiness and a longing for the days of my youth. It works so well in B&W.

Wonderful
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul, it's nice to know that a picture is appreciated and although colour engine shots work o.k.with modern diesels I feel that B&W is better for some of the old ones.
  • Alan
  • Southampton.. sunny south coast of England
  • 13 Jun 2008, 20:11
A lovely nostalic feel to this, Brian. It's a great testament to the skill of the often volunteer workforce that keep these grand beast running! I can spell the hot oil and the smoke from here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, your quite right, it is mainly volunteers and their fund-raisers that keep these engines going, at a great cost I might add.
These worked on the Somerset & Dorset line during its last 3-4 years hauling weighty trains over considerable gradients. Thisis an excellent & evocative picture
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, glad you like this shot. I have only ever seen the S.& D.on video films of that era.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 15 Jun 2008, 06:13
Lovely capture of this (not that old) beauty. The shot looks as if it could have been taken in 1955. Well done
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie, I toned it slightly to give that "older" look.
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 16 Jun 2008, 20:27
excellent capture and treatment Brian, its got a lovely vintage feel to it well donesmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim, these old locos always look better in toned mono I feel.

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