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Turntable from wartime tank target railway on Bossington Hill Panorama of Minehead station with 9351 in steam Crowcombe Heathfield station

I have been hom-based and taken very few railway photos during 2020, with only one moving train on the West Somerset Railway (see Home page). These shots show the turntable from the WW2 tank target railway on Bossington Hill; Minehead station during one of the 'Living Railway Museum' events in the summer, with 9351 in steam, and Crowcombe Heathfield station sleeping in the autumn sunshine.


Railway Photography

Having lived the first 11 years of my life in a Victorian vicarage overlooking the West Coast Main Line at Bushey & Oxhey station, and with a father who was a railway enthusiast and photographer, it is probably not surprising that I became interested in railways. Studying Geography and History at University broadened my knowledge, as has extensive travel at home and overseas. My interests currently embrace both the heritage and the modern railway scene in Britain and abroad - particularly the off-beat and unusual. Examples of the latter can be seen in a three editions of Velocipede, a free online newsletter about hand-powered railway vehicles, in the special issues on Slovenia, Australia and Norway. They are available on the Velocipedes website (go to 'Newsletters' and select 'Number 55' for Slovenia, 'Number 90' for Australia and 'Number 109' for Norway).

Still photography has long been a part of my railway activities - from black-and-white through colour transparencies to digital. My photos, old and new, appear regularly in print and online. Living in Minehead means that the West Somerset Railway is my most frequently photographed subject and many of my pictures are posted in the Pictures section of the informative (and regularly updated) unofficial website run by Steve Edge.

Below are some scenes from Switzerland in October 2019:
Left, a train for Arosa leaving Chur on the street section; centre, a busy scene at Gornergrat station, with the Gorner Glacier in the background; right, Pontresina station, with a St Moritz-Tirano train in the platform.

Arosa train stree-running in Chur Gornergrat station On the Berninabahn at Pontresina

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