Over the past ten years I've steadily put together a good sized collection of glass plate, medium format negatives & 35mm original slides. Purchased with copyright from Railwayana auctions, Newark Antiques & Collectors Fair and also from the Internet auction sites. Scanned with the Epson V700 photo scanner and then worked through PS and Nikon software to get the very best from each image. I was born in the final years of steam traction on BR network, if I had a time machine then I would love to be transported back to these glory days of real working steam. I have if known, included the name of the original photographer who took these images now part of my collection, sadly most are not known.
The glass plates are now getting to nearly one hundred years old and the 35mm original slides now 50 years old, so it is vital that they are preserved for future enthusiast to see what it was like in the days of 'real' steam. Sadly I see many fine glass plates and slides purchased that never see the light of day ever again. They are kept in private collections only on show to the purchaser which is a real shame. My objective with any purchase that I make is to share it with fellow steam railway enthusiasts through these pages. I only ask that you respect the copyright in that putting a collection like this together does not come cheap. Taking images from this website will only put in jeopardy the long term project and like those collections mentioned earlier this one will also follow into private viewing should that happen. I have applied a watermark to each image and placed it in a location that I hope will not spoil the viewers enjoyment of the image. Please accept my apology if that does happen.
I hope you like viewing these priceless images of working steam throughout the UK and please bookmark the page, more images added on a monthly basis. I'm always looking to hear from anyone with more information or correction of what I've noted down on any of the images so please do get in touch thanks.
Kind regards, Simon Lathlane
All my railway photography of Main Line steam and on the preserved lines can now be found on my Flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/10257146@N05/
This site will now concentrate on my collection of 'real' steam images taken from various sources like glass plate, medium format negatives and 35mm original slides. All purchased over the years with full copyright unless you know otherwise. This is an on-going project with more images added whenever new ones are purchased for the collection.
Site still under construction so please keep coming back I have lots more to upload just struggling with time.
Thank you for stopping and browsing through the collection....Simon