Welcome to my collection of glass plate,medium format negatives & 35mm transparencies showing the glory days of steam in the UK. The collection started back in 2006 and the images have been scanned with the Epson V700 photo scanner, then each image was worked in photo shop and finally run through the Nik Collection software to get the very best image quality(low resolution images shown on this site).If possible I have supplied the name of the photographer but sadly many are not known.
George John Drysdale 1873-1948
I have numerous glass plate negatives taken by this talented photographer who came from Seaforth in Merseyside. He was an electrician by trade working for the National Telephone Company that later was taken over by the GPO. He was also interested in shipping which is not surprising seeing he lived close to the docks, some wonderful glass plates were sold taken at the docks of the 'RMS Mauretania' at auction in 2011 taken by George. Sadly much information was lost which George wrote down on the outer sleeve to each glass plate when the seller who was in possession of his plates tore them open to scan for selling. these things happen when they fall into the wrong hands. George John Drysdale died on the 22nd October 1948 aged 75 years old.
Back in 2011 I purchased a fabulous collection of original 35mm slides from Sarah Noakes of Redurth,Cornwall. These were taken by her late father Brian who lived in the Midlands and travelled throughout the UK taking his camera wherever he went. He managed to get into difficult locations and Sarah told me he was very good at getting into engine shed with his easy manner and lots of blagging. There are some superb shots taken inside St,Margarets MPD whilst Brian was in the north in 1965. All the slides came in the original Patterson Made in England plastic cream mounts with some description on.
Alan Chandler MBE
This superb railway photographer came from Chelmsford in Essex and he started taking colour film in 1958. His first slide taken in colour was at Stafford Road,Wolverhampton on 7th August 1958 of Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No 45613 'Kenya'. He travelled far and wide throughout the UK taking wonderful colour images and I have many of his Kodachrome cardboard mounted originals. Just look of the shot of A2/3 Class No 60513 'Dante' at full flight location Red Hall near Hatfield in 1962 to see quality.
Alan worked for the Provision Trade Federation(Director General) starting there in 1962 and retiring in 1996 and was awarded the MBE in 1995.
John Feild 1937-2016
This superb railway photographer lived in the Chester area and I was fortunate to buy some of his slides from his daughter Susan. He was an avid member of the RCTS in which he had a 60 year association with this organisation. He held various positions within the local RCTS Branch and on his death in 2016 was President of the Chester & North Wales Branch. More about John can be found by reading his obituary written by John Cashen
There are a couple of wonderful Top Shed images taken by visiting US railway photographer Mr C.G.Parsons in the winter of 1962. The late J.A.Sheridan who was at Nottingham Victoria station in the 1960's original negatives purchased from his son Mike. If you see an image and know the name of the photographer then please do get in touch many thanks. My thanks also to those that have left a comment with location information. If you can add anything to any of the images then again please do leave a comment or email me.
The images are available to all publishers and magazine editors,please note down the slide/glass negative number and details, thank you. If you require a print from a particular image maybe an old spotting location or favourite loco then again please note down the slide number and details. I don't do these myself but it can be done locally for you.
Thank you for looking and please bookmark the page as more images are uploaded regularly so do come back. To all those have got in touch supplying information on locations and corrections to captions my thanks to you.
Enjoy the collection......Simon