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Mind The Doors!

2009 Retrospective - I had a number of images I took last year that I would have liked to have posted on SC but time didn't allow.  For the time being I am posting a number of these, in no particular order, which I hope you will enjoy.

This shot came from my trip, with a friend, to Grantham Railway Station last spring.

The Guard/Conductor was striding down to make sure all the doors were securely shut before he gave the train driver the o.k.to leave for London.  Notice they don't have a flag and whistle anymore, just a table tennis bat :)

Mind The Doors!

2009 Retrospective - I had a number of images I took last year that I would have liked to have posted on SC but time didn't allow.  For the time being I am posting a number of these, in no particular order, which I hope you will enjoy.

This shot came from my trip, with a friend, to Grantham Railway Station last spring.

The Guard/Conductor was striding down to make sure all the doors were securely shut before he gave the train driver the o.k.to leave for London.  Notice they don't have a flag and whistle anymore, just a table tennis bat :)

comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jan 2010, 03:34
Very fine shot, Brian...so much to look at, and the palette is very pleasing.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ray, it has had a touch of Topaz.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:12
Love the guards persuader, just see him hurrying people up smile
Brian Walbey: Some of these guys have the reputation of being right little Hitlers Tony, I suppose it is a responsible job.
I thought Ray would have made some reference to the large ping pong bat he is carryinggrin
Brian Walbey: I beat him to it Bill, give me the old flag and whistle any day.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:31
If he wasn't standing by a train I'd have difficulty working out exactly what he does for a living. Although the bat might be a giveaway
Brian Walbey: They aren't even called Guards anymore I believe Chris but attendants I think.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:54
I like the texture of this image. Very nicely captured
Brian Walbey: Thanks SAVO, it has had a touch of Topaz to help the colours along.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jan 2010, 08:22
So what does he do with the bat, Brian....bop people over the heads if they're not behaving??? grin
Brian Walbey: He might well do Ginnie, my friend Barry and I behaved ourselves, even if we were pretending to be young boys train-spotting again smile
trains....
"all Aboard"

I worked for NZ Railways as my first job.... memories....

Cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Glad to have jogged your memory Rob, thanks for your comment.
Nice shot, Brian - makes a mundane scene interesting. I guess the bat was stolen from the continent. I wonder when that happened?
Brian Walbey: I don't know when "bats" came in to use Tom, I do know they have been used on the continent for years.
What a scruffy looking individual, no creases in his trousers, he looks like a sack of potatoes tied in the middle. Having said that he is a lot smarter than I would be.
Brian Walbey: Are but could you yield the ping pong bat with such flair and aplomb Chad?
Looks like a scorching hot day with the haze on the lower half of the loco. Beautiful, deep colours Brian. Much prefer the flag & whistle days! My guess is he has been playing table tennis on the Wii he got for Christmas and forgot to put the bat down smile
Brian Walbey: Lol. Flag and whistle for me as well Pamela. The image has been boosted in Topaz a bit to deepen the colours.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 11:33
Great colour
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage, a touch of Topaz helped with the colours.
Very nice capture Brian. I like the deep colours!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I did use a bit of Topaz on this image.
Can't beat the old fashioned slam doors and the ability to slide the window down. H and S ... humph

richard
Brian Walbey: Couldn't agree more Richard, and non-corridor stock if the girlfriend was with you. Oops I shouldn't have said that smile
In my days..there used to be leather straps holding the windows up. I do like the PP in this Brian.
Brian Walbey: Those were the good old days Ron. I gave the picture a touch of Topaz to lift the colours.
Looks like he would get on well with traffic wardens. Nice train shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2010, 15:37
A familiar image -the good old proper conductor well equipped with cap, "Kelle" (sorry, I don't know the English term), and whistle -doesn't he look a bit like Bill Phillips? - Some years ago as we said "Farewell" to a dear collegue and railway-fan before he got retired, we played a scene like the depictured one (I myself was the proud guard), and the DB borrowed us a real red cap, flag/Kelle, and whistle, in the background we heard the lovely sounds or noises of those old steamlocs! And then we made "Winke, winke" with tears in our eyes!
Brian Walbey: Sounds like you had fun on that special day Philine. Thanks for your comment.
Its a great picture Brian love the colours, they were using those bat things on the London tube New Years Eve, they were white ones.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda.
  • Alan
  • Southampton. UK
  • 15 Jan 2010, 18:46
Got a feeling that National Express no longer run trains? I think they found it all too expensive and gave it back to the Government to c*ck up again! The paint job really does show the poor finish to the steel (aluminium?) work.
Brian Walbey: Yes there is a new company on the East Coast line now Alan. I have given this a touch of Topaz which has altered the paint finish on the image a bit.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2010, 20:36
Yes, 'bat' may be the right word for German "Kelle", holding up this red sign and whistling the conductor sinalizes the loc-driver: "You can get off!"
Nice!
I like the colours!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much RS.
This is such a good occupational shot. Nicely seen and nicely processed.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Dawn.
  • Scarabaeus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jan 2010, 12:06
Nice shot, I especially like the rippled reflection on the side of the train
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much. The Topaz plug-in helped a lot with the colours and texture.
  • aussie
  • Australia
  • 17 Jan 2010, 14:02
Love the vivid colours and the reflection on the train
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie.
It's good to look back at old shots Brian. Have a good week.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Albert, thanks for your comment.
great shot Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Charles.

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