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photoblog image A Great Central Visit  4/6

A Great Central Visit 4/6

I said during a recent posting we visited the Great Central Railway at Loughborough recently.  There was very little happening but I used my new G10 to take a few shots anyway and this week you will see some of them.

Any British person of a certain age on Shutterchance will no doubt recognise one of these. There didn't used to be many stations of any reasonable size that didn't have a W.H.Smith bookstall.  This faces you as you arrive at the foot of the stairs at Loughborough, although I have no idea where it was prior to being brought in, if indeed that is the case.

A Great Central Visit 4/6

I said during a recent posting we visited the Great Central Railway at Loughborough recently.  There was very little happening but I used my new G10 to take a few shots anyway and this week you will see some of them.

Any British person of a certain age on Shutterchance will no doubt recognise one of these. There didn't used to be many stations of any reasonable size that didn't have a W.H.Smith bookstall.  This faces you as you arrive at the foot of the stairs at Loughborough, although I have no idea where it was prior to being brought in, if indeed that is the case.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Oct 2009, 02:21
Great stuff, Brian...picture and presentation.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ray.
hey cool!
love it
Cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Rob.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 22 Oct 2009, 06:33
Is that lady giving you a stoic British look, like the pp Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tony, I suspect the lady wasn't keen to have her picture taken.
Yes i remember them well!
Brian Walbey: Whatever the station, town or city, they all had a W.H.Smith or Menzies didn't they Bill.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 22 Oct 2009, 07:44
Brian this is a great photo I like the processing
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much vintage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Oct 2009, 07:50
Oh yes - these were just about everywhere Brian: nicely captured
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, I used to love looking in these places.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Oct 2009, 08:07
Yes, I like these little charming W.H.Smith & Son stalls- we could face similar stalls on our stations- mow vanished all, very sadly! "Bookstall" may be an euphemism, rather coke and other drinkings stall- and where are the newspapers? England is the great nation of newspaper reading people! Or has that changed, too? A wonderful pic, and I like the lady, too!
Brian Walbey: Thakns Philine, most of the stuff on this bookstall is souveniers of a visit to the railway.
Nice photo Brian. Memory jerker!
That was when WHS was a newspaper, magazine and bookseller. Good old days! Not like now when they sell almost everything, have become post offices, and seem to think power entitles them to give poor service.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila, I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on the modern W.H.Smith.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2009, 09:57
If it wasn't for the cans of coke you would mistake this for a vintage print!
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid, perhaps I should have asked the lady to hide all the tins, or perhaps not, she looks a bit grumpy smile
Very nicely processed Brian. I like your presentation!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
This is great,colemans on a ham sandwich,lovely, You have presented it very well.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda although I am not a mustard lover so I'll pass on that.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2009, 13:09
It has that timeless appeal, Brian; only the Coke tins give an age to this. Well edited!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Alan.
Sat no more Brian..I'm peeking into the past. Wonderful.
Brian Walbey: Glad you like it Ron, thanks for your comment.
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2009, 15:57
Yup, that's me - British; certain age, so remember them well, although I couldn't tell you what I had for dinner yesterday!

Did you have to scuff the woodwork with sandpaper yourself?

I think there's a little barrel distortion going on here. I get the same thing on my G9. I wonder how the new G11 with 28mm wide angle will peform. I want it for its vari-angle LCD and improved noise performance.
Brian Walbey: See what you mean about the slight distortion Colin. Thanks for your comment. I gather the G11 will have a slightly shorter zoom than the 10.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 22 Oct 2009, 17:08
... and the G11 has fewer pixels too - a step in the right direction in my view as too many pixels means smaller pixels that need greater amplification leading to more noise.

I thought the focal length was the same, though, at 6.1 - 30.5 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm).
Brian Walbey: I think you are rught about the lens size Colin.
Is this why Woolworths went bust, they did'nt Downsize. lol
Brian Walbey: Lol You might well be right Martin.
Interesting piece of work Brian, I seem to remember in the days of yore that Airfix had a kit of something similar tot his.
Brian Walbey: I believe you are right Les although I never had one myself. It probably was in the same range as Oakham signal box etc.
interesting, lots of depth.
Brian Walbey: I think seeing a bit of the platform either side helps to give the depth Ryan.

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