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MINEHEAD BRANCH LOCAL

Monday, 8th May 2017

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

Several visiting locos have been agreed for the 2017 season on the WSR. The first of these is Llangollen based large Prairie No. 5199, which is currently in BR unlined black livery. Therefore I plan to use this loco on a charter with 4 red/cream coaches to recreate a classic Taunton to Minehead branch train of the 1950’s. Very much a right loco/train on right line.

The charter will commence at Minehead at 07.00hrs and run between there and Williton throughout the day with a longer than usual lunch break/crew change/water back at Minehead. The day will recommence at 15.30hrs with the loco facing the opposite direction for the afternoon session. The charter will

finish around 19.30hrs.

Parking is available at Minehead (chargeable) and there is also plenty of accommodation available in Minehead with a new Premier Inn now available.

MINEHEAD BRANCH LOCAL (1)

Tuesday, 28th March 2017

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

FURTHER CHANGE OF LOCO FOR THIS CHARTER.

This date will now revert to being large Prairie No. 5199 as the 7F won't be ready in time and 5199 has arrived at the WSR in time after all.

The charter will commence at Bishops Lydeard at 08.00hrs and run between there and Williton throughout the day with a lunch break/crew change/water back at Bishops Lydeard. The day will finish around 17.30hrs.

I intend to have the loco train heading north for our photos and to use a number of unusual downhill locations for run-pasts that are not possible with “steam on” on service trains.

Parking is available at Bishops Lydeard and there is also plenty of accommodation available in both Bishops Lydeard itself and Taunton which is just 4 miles away with 3 Premier Inns and a Travelodge available.

MENDIP LOCAL

Monday, 27th March 2017

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

This charter sees an opportunity to recreate a classic S&D local train of the early 1950’s with the genuine S&D based 4F No. 44422 on three red/cream coaches so typical of Bath to Templecombe and Bournemouth locals of the period.

The charter will commence at Bishops Lydeard at 08.00hrs and run between there and Williton throughout the day with a lunch break/crew change/water back at Bishops Lydeard. The day will finish around 17.30hrs.

I intend to have the loco train heading north for our photos and to use a number of unusual downhill locations for run-pasts that are not possible with “steam on” on service trains.

Parking is available at Bishops Lydeard and there is also plenty of accommodation available in both Bishops Lydeard itself and Taunton which is just 4 miles away with 3 Premier Inns and a Travelodge available.

SEVERN VALLEY IVATT

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

I am now offering a days charter with the popular Ivatt tank No. 41312 on the Severn Valley Railway, which will run with 2 maroon Mk.1’s. The charter will start from Bridgnorth at 08.00hrs and run throughout the day with a short lunch break back at Bridgnorth for crew change/water etc. and finish around 18.30hrs. This will be a very authentic charter for either the Severn Valley line itself in the early 1960’s, as these locos worked the local trains on this line in that period, or a Southern Region branch in the same period – depending on your feelings about the lamp brackets etc.

This charter is expected to be very popular.

B1 IN THE DALES

Friday, 10th March 2017

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

My latest charter offering takes us back to the KWVR and the great opportunity to photograph the BR Black B1 in an industrial Yorkshire setting, much like the areas they actually worked not so many miles away in the Leeds/Bradford area. The loco is visiting the line for the spring gala and the opportunity has come up to do a charter.

I have chosen to use the railways rake of BR Maroon Suburban stock, 4/5 vehicles, for the day. The charter will start at Haworth, where parking is available, and commence around 08.00hrs and continue through the day until 17.00hrs.

AUTUMN PRAIRIE

Monday, 14th November 2016

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

POSTPONED DUE TO LOCO FAILURE - New date to be advised.

Autumn on the Llangollen Railway can be particularly spectacular and with a classic combination of large BR Black Prairie tank No. 5199 and 3 suburban coaches we will hopefully be on for a great days photography, particularly if we are rewarded with a pleasant sunny autumn day!

My plan is to pick up from Berwyn station around 08.15hrs and proceed through onto the Glyndyfrdwy to Carrog section for some back-lit shots and then onto the Corwen section before returning to the start point and running out again to do the Garthydwr area around the middle of the day and then proceeding again towards Carrog to finish around 4.15pm (sunset). This plan is subject to confirmation with the railway. This should lead us to get some different shots to those traditionally obtained on Llangollen charters at other times of the year.

S&D RELIEF

Monday, 17th October 2016

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

The charter will use the WSR based 4F 0-6-0 No. 44422 and one of the S&D 7F 2-8-0’s, most likely No. 53808 as its not certain that 53809 will still be at the WSR at that date, on a passenger rake with as many red/cream coaches as are possible at the front of the train (3 or 4 as things stand). The charter will commence at 08.00hrs at Bishops Lydeard and run throughout the day until 17.30 – 18.00hrs with a short lunchbreak back at Bishops Lydeard whilst crews are changed and locos watered etc. The plan is to face the locos north for this charter so that we can cover some more unusual downhill locations between Bishops Lydeard and Williton, which is the section of line we will concentrate on for this charter.

DEVON AUTOS

Thursday, 5th May 2016

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

This is a second attempt at this very attractive combination on the South Devon line after the previous one was adversely affected by bad weather! This is indeed a classic combination from Devon with 64xx Panniers and autos often appearing on Plymouth to Tavistock and Launceston line services as well as the famous Plymouth – Saltash shuttles before the new road bridge was built making these services less attractive for commuters.

Again we shall start from Buckfastleigh at 07.30 hrs and photograph the train between then and the start of public service at 10.45hrs. As we have done in the past we can venture out along the line in the middle of the day for some run pasts in between service trains if the weather conditions make it worthwhile. We will later have exclusive access to the line again for a late afternoon/evening session starting around 16.00hrs. The long daylight hours should enable us to get some decent shots in the early evening spring lighting.

DOCK PANNIER GOODS

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

Having now entered the last year of its current boiler ticket the South Devon have repainted small Pannier No. 1369 into BR Black. Therefore I intend to take the opportunity to charter the loco with a short branch goods, similar to those on the old Wenford Bridge line in Cornwall where this loco (and the others in its class) worked once displaced from Weymouth Quay line duties by diesel shunters and in turn replaced the ancient Beattie Well Tanks on the Cornish line.

We shall start from Buckfastleigh at 08.00 hrs and photograph the train between then and the start of public service at 10.45hrs. As we have done in the past we can venture out along the line in the middle of the day for some run pasts in between service trains if the weather conditions make it worthwhile. We will later have exclusive access to the line again for a late afternoon/evening session starting around 16.00hrs. The long daylight hours should enable us to get some decent shots in the early evening spring lighting.

DOUBLE 7F DELIGHT

Friday, 4th March 2016

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

Somerset & Dorset 7F 2-8-0’s Nos. 53808 & 53809

We will start our day at Bishops Lydeard around 08.00hrs and proceed tender first to Williton with 53808 alone, to run round and be joined by 53809 coming light engine from Minehead, ready to start our photographic day back from Williton towards Bishops Lydeard. We will have short break at Bishops Lydeard and the return to Williton for the afternoon session. The slightly more complicated start to the day is due to the likelihood that 53809 will not arrive on the WSR with sufficient coal for two straight days of charters and will go to Minehead for coal half way through the previous days charter having been replaced by 53808.

I would expect us to be back in BL for the finish around 17.30 – 18.00hrs.

Stock will be 7/8 coaches. It is planned to have the railways new red/cream vehicles at the front of the train for our photo sessions, but please note that the full rake is not red/cream (yet!) so the rear of the train will be in standard WSR choc/cream livery, not ideal I know. However I’m sure that for the rarity of the loco combination this can be overlooked and sorted in post processing or use of black & white if seen as a problem.

MENDIP REMEMBERANCE

Thursday, 3rd March 2016

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

7F 2-8-0 piloting Bulleid No. 34070 ‘Manston’

We will start our day at Bishops Lydeard around 08.00hrs and proceed tender first to Williton to run round ready to start our photographic day back from Williton towards Bishops Lydeard. At this point we shall have 7F No. 53809 (from Butterley) as pilot and Battle of Britain No. 34070 Manston as train engine. We will have short break at Bishops Lydeard and the return to Williton. On arrival 53809 will be replaced by sister No. 53808, which will have come up from Minehead light engine with a full tender of coal. 53809 will then go to Minehead for coal. Our afternoon session will the proceed with 53808 leading 34070. So you will get to photograph both 7F’s on this day, as well as the Bulleid, due to the likelihood that 53809 will not arrive on the WSR with sufficient coal for two straight days of charters.

I would expect us to be back in BL for the finish around 17.30 – 18.00hrs.

Stock will be 7/8 coaches. It is planned to have the railways new red/cream vehicles at the front of the train for our photo sessions, but please note that the full rake is not red/cream (yet!) so the rear of the train will be in standard WSR choc/cream livery, not ideal I know. However I’m sure that for the rarity of the loco combination this can be overlooked and sorted in post processing or use of black & white if seen as a problem.

STANDARD IN THE DALES

Tuesday, 1st March 2016

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALEY RAILWAY

CANCELLED - Loco failure.

I am now able to confirm the new date for my charter with BR Standard 4 No. 75078, with a mixed goods train on Tuesday 1st March 2016.

We will start from Haworth (parking available on each day) at 08.00hrs and continue with full line access until late afternoon/sunset, with a short lunch break at Haworth.

This charter is run as part of a two day event (see Midland Goods Classic below) and the railways winter gala.

MIDLAND GOODS CLASSIC

Monday, 29th February 2016

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALEY RAILWAY

I am pleased to announce that my charter on Monday 29th February 2016 at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway will now run with Midland 4F No. 43924 on a goods train.

Unfortunately the K1 loco is not now visiting the KWVR line for their gala due to over-running winter maintenance work.

We will start from Haworth (parking available on each day) at 08.00hrs and continue with full line access until late afternoon/sunset, with a short lunch break at Haworth.

This charter takes place the day after the railways winter gala so you can combine a visit for the charters and gala.

FAREWELL PRAIRIE

Saturday, 2nd January 2016

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

On the anniversary of our last photo charter visit to the WSR I am pleased to offer an opportunity to photograph large Prairie No. 4160 (BR lined green livery) which sees the end of its 10 year "boiler ticket" later that month. The train formation will be 3 coaches to recreate the feel of local services so often hauled by these versatile tanks. There maybe a surprise with the coaching stock! The charter will commence at Bishops Lydeard at 08.00 hrs at work between Bishops Lydeard and Williton twice during the day to give us the opportunity to cover locations where the light is best in both the morning and afternoon.

STANDARD IN THE DALES

Monday, 9th November 2015

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALEY RAILWAY

POSTPONED TO EARLY 2016 - NEW DATE TO BE ADVISED ASAP.

I am now able to confirm the plans for two days of charters with BR Standard 4 No. 75078, with a passenger train of Maroon subs/Mk.1's on Monday 9th and a mixed goods on Tuesday 10th November.

We will start from Haworth (parking available on each day) at 08.00hrs and continue with full line access until late afternoon/sunset.

This booking is for DAY 1 - Monday 9th November.

DEVON AUTOS

Thursday, 5th November 2015

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

A lined BR Green 64xx Pannier tank to enjoy on the truly delightful and friendly South Devon Railway.

We shall utilise small 64xx Pannier No. 6412 with a Maroon auto coach (and maybe two for part of the day). This is a combination that was regularly seen in Devon on the Saltash push-pull services (sadly we don't have a gert big bridge to include in our compositions!) and sometimes the ex GWR Launceston branch.

The day will start at Buckfastleigh around 08.00hrs and work with exclusive line access throughout the day, as there are no service trains at this time of year, and cease around sunset.

'TORNADO VALLEY'

Wednesday, 7th October 2015

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY

An opportunity has come up to have a charter day with the A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado, currently in early BR Apple Green livery, on a train of matching Teak coaches (plus 2 x red/cream Mk.1 on the rear to make up the train length) at the Severn Valley Railway when the engine visits the line for its autumn gala and a few weeks afterwards.

We shall have exclusive use of the line for the day starting at Bewdley with the loco facing south and later in the morning running upto Bridgnorth for a photo session heading south back to Bewdley and finish between there and the tunnel for the early evening glint (hopefully!).

It is planned to have breakfast available at Bewdley an hour before we start.

This charter is being run in conjunction with Matt Fielding (thank you to him for his assistance in arranging this day) & Martin Creese who are running a similar day on Friday 9th October and Russ Hillier (Thursday 8th October). Bookings for the other dates can be made direct to the organisers.

ISLAND CLASSIC

Saturday, 9th May 2015

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

BOTH DAYS

05/01/15 - I CAN STILL TAKE A FEW MORE BOOKINGS, BUT OTHERWISE FULLY BOOKED AND CONFIRMED TO RUN.

An opportunity to take part in a recreation of two days of classic island steam of the 1950/60's on the award winning Isle of Wight steam railway.

These charter will run on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 2015.

We had two very successful charter events there in autumn 2010 and since then I have had a wish to return in the spring for the different lighting conditions and clearer lineside that this time of year offers. The railway are always very helpfull which makes doing a charter there a pleasure.

The two days will comprise of the classic BR Black 02 class loco No. 24 'Calbourne' with a mixed rake of red and green coaches just as it often was in the 1950's and I may run with just a short rake of red vehicles, details are yet to be confirmed 100% on this. I also have permission to renumber/name the loco as a different 02, but I am making no promises at this stage as it will take quite a bit of extra work and indeed research to ensure we get an accurate recreation of a differenet island 02.

We will have full exclusive line access throughout each day as the railway does not operate public services on these dates.

I am expecting these charters to fill quickly so please be quick to ensure your place. Price is per person per day.

ISLAND CLASSIC

Saturday, 9th May 2015

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

DAY 2 (SAT 9TH MAY) ONLY OPTION

05/01/15 - I CAN STILL TAKE A FEW MORE BOOKINGS, BUT OTHERWISE FULLY BOOKED AND CONFIRMED TO RUN.

An opportunity to take part in a recreation of two days of classic island steam of the 1950/60's on the award winning Isle of Wight steam railway.

These charter will run on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 2015.

We had two very successful charter events there in autumn 2010 and since then I have had a wish to return in the spring for the different lighting conditions and clearer lineside that this time of year offers. The railway are always very helpfull which makes doing a charter there a pleasure.

The two days will comprise of the classic BR Black 02 class loco No. 24 'Calbourne' with a mixed rake of red and green coaches just as it often was in the 1950's and I may run with just a short rake of red vehicles, details are yet to be confirmed 100% on this. I also have permission to renumber/name the loco as a different 02, but I am making no promises at this stage as it will take quite a bit of extra work and indeed research to ensure we get an accurate recreation of a differenet island 02.

We will have full exclusive line access throughout each day as the railway does not operate public services on these dates.

I am expecting these charters to fill quickly so please be quick to ensure your place. Price is per person per day.

ISLAND CLASSIC

Friday, 8th May 2015

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

DAY 1 (FRI MAY 8TH) ONLY OPTION.

05/01/15 - I CAN STILL TAKE A FEW MORE BOOKINGS, BUT OTHERWISE FULLY BOOKED AND CONFIRMED TO RUN.

An opportunity to take part in a recreation of two days of classic island steam of the 1950/60's on the award winning Isle of Wight steam railway.

These charter will run on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 2015.

We had two very successful charter events there in autumn 2010 and since then I have had a wish to return in the spring for the different lighting conditions and clearer lineside that this time of year offers. The railway are always very helpfull which makes doing a charter there a pleasure.

The two days will comprise of the classic BR Black 02 class loco No. 24 'Calbourne' with a mixed rake of red and green coaches just as it often was in the 1950's and I may run with just a short rake of red vehicles, details are yet to be confirmed 100% on this. I also have permission to renumber/name the loco as a different 02, but I am making no promises at this stage as it will take quite a bit of extra work and indeed research to ensure we get an accurate recreation of a differenet island 02.

We will have full exclusive line access throughout each day as the railway does not operate public services on these dates.

I am expecting these charters to fill quickly so please be quick to ensure your place. Price is per person per day.

DEVON PRODUCE

Tuesday, 14th April 2015

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

Two lined BR Green locos to savour on the truly delightful and friendly South Devon Railway in the spring lighting when lineside foliage is at its tidiest on this line.

On day 1 (Monday) we shall utilise recently overhauled (its planned to be out-shopped this Autumn) 64xx Pannier No. 6412 with Maroon auto coach and maybe two Maroon autos if the second one has been out-shopped in Maroon livery by that date. This is a combination that was regularly seen in Devon on the Saltash push-pull services (sadly we dont have a gert big bridge to include in our compositions!) and sometimes the ex GW Launceston branch.

On day 2 (Tuesday) we shall use the ever popular, and now lined out, BR Green Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205 on a milk train (this maybe the last chance to do this for a while as the tanks are due for overhaul) for part of the day and a mixed branch line goods for the remainder. The weather conditions we are presented with will dictate when the swap takes place and what is preferred by those present on the day.

Both days will start at Buckfastleigh around 08.00hrs and work with exclusive line access until service trains commence, and then in between service trains during the day where possible and then after these cease during the mid-afternoon until sunset. The railways caf will of course be open through the day for meals and tea/coffee etc.

Cost for these charters is 45.00 per head/per day or 85.00 per head for both days.

This booking option is for DAY 2 only.

DEVON AUTOS

Monday, 13th April 2015

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

Two lined BR Green locos to savour on the truly delightful and friendly South Devon Railway in the spring lighting when lineside foliage is at its tidiest on this line.

On day 1 (Monday) we shall utilise recently overhauled (its planned to be out-shopped this Autumn) 64xx Pannier No. 6412 with Maroon auto coach and maybe two Maroon autos if the second one has been out-shopped in Maroon livery by that date. This is a combination that was regularly seen in Devon on the Saltash push-pull services (sadly we dont have a gert big bridge to include in our compositions!) and sometimes the ex GW Launceston branch.

On day 2 (Tuesday) we shall use the ever popular, and now lined out, BR Green Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205 on a milk train (this maybe the last chance to do this for a while as the tanks are due for overhaul) for part of the day and a mixed branch line goods for the remainder. The weather conditions we are presented with will dictate when the swap takes place and what is preferred by those present on the day.

Both days will start at Buckfastleigh around 08.00hrs and work with exclusive line access until service trains commence, and then in between service trains during the day where possible and then after these cease during the mid-afternoon until sunset. The railways caf will of course be open through the day for meals and tea/coffee etc.

Cost for these charters is 45.00 per head/per day or 85.00 per head for both days.

This booking option is for DAY 1 only.

TWO DEVON DELIGHTS

Monday, 13th April 2015

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

Two lined BR Green locos to savour on the truly delightful and friendly South Devon Railway in the spring lighting when lineside foliage is at its tidiest on this line.

On day 1 (Monday) we shall utilise recently overhauled (its planned to be out-shopped this Autumn) 64xx Pannier No. 6412 with Maroon auto coach and maybe two Maroon autos if the second one has been out-shopped in Maroon livery by that date. This is a combination that was regularly seen in Devon on the Saltash push-pull services (sadly we dont have a gert big bridge to include in our compositions!) and sometimes the ex GW Launceston branch.

On day 2 (Tuesday) we shall use the ever popular, and now lined out, BR Green Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205 on a milk train (this maybe the last chance to do this for a while as the tanks are due for overhaul) for part of the day and a mixed branch line goods for the remainder. The weather conditions we are presented with will dictate when the swap takes place and what is preferred by those present on the day.

Both days will start at Buckfastleigh around 08.00hrs and work with exclusive line access until service trains commence, and then in between service trains during the day where possible and then after these cease during the mid-afternoon until sunset. The railways caf will of course be open through the day for meals and tea/coffee etc.

Cost for these charters is 45.00 per head/per day or 85.00 per head for both days.

This booking option is BOTH DAYS.

BoB ON THE VALLEY

Monday, 23rd March 2015

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

Since its restoration a year or more ago I have had my eyes on this one with thoughts of a Bulleid on a secondary line passenger, or dare I say it the S&D!

The charter will comprise re-built Bulleid "Battle of Britain" Pacific No. 34053 "Sir Keith Park" with a maroon rake of stock.

I am planning a Bridgnorth start at 08.00hrs working our way south through the morning until sun becomes too head on when we will return to Bridgnorth for lunch. The afternoon session will comprise further locations with the south facing loco and end at Sandy Lane, Bewdley for the potential glint shots. I will arrange for the buffet to be open for breakfast etc.

Stock for the day will be a set of Maroon MK.1s.

ASHBURTON GOODS

Wednesday, 4th March 2015

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

17/02/15 - A couple of places available due to late cancellations.

The visit of No. 4566 to the SDR is one not to be missed, those who remember the very authentic charters we did with sister No. 4561 in 1998 will probably agree that its one of the most authentic charter recreations seen. I have secured 3rd and 4th March for charters and intend to run with a branch passenger on day 1, probably a single red/cream coach (ala Princetown branch) with additions of van(s) for part of the day and a mixed branch line goods on day 2. We will have exclusive access (no service trains) on these dates.

This booking is for the goods train on 4th March

ASHBURTON PRAIRIE

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

17/02/15 - A couple of places available due to late cancellations.

The visit of No. 4566 to the SDR is one not to be missed, those who remember the very authentic charters we did with sister No. 4561 in 1998 will probably agree that its one of the most authentic charter recreations seen.

I have secured 3rd and 4th March for charters and intend to run with a branch passenger on day 1, probably a single red/cream coach (ala Princetown branch) with additions of van(s) for part of the day and a mixed branch line goods on day 2. We will have exclusive access (no service trains) on these dates.

This booking is for the passenger train on 3rd March

ASHBURTON BRANCH RECREATION

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

17/02/15 - A couple of places available due to late cancellations.

The visit of No. 4566 to the SDR is one not to be missed, those who remember the very authentic charters we did with sister No. 4561 in 1998 will probably agree that its one of the most authentic charter recreations seen. I have secured 3rd and 4th March for charters and intend to run with a branch passenger on day 1, probably a single red/cream coach (ala Princetown branch) with additions of van(s) for part of the day and a mixed branch line goods on day 2. We will have exclusive access (no service trains) on these dates.

This booking is for both days

THE PURBECK U

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

SWANAGE RAILWAY

DAY 2 ONLY OPTION

I have now arranged a fresh date with the Swanage Railway for a charter with the now home based U class Mogul No. 31806 and 4/5 coaches (incl two Bulleid coaches), as a recreation of a through train onto the Swanage branch, following the postponement of the original November date due to a very poor weather forecast - a rare opportunity to do so for which extra thanks to the Swanage Railway.

The charter will start from Norden Park & Ride station at 08.00hrs, slightly later than the previous days M7 charter, and we will have full line access throughout the day. I am running this charter in conjunction with a day with the M7 (23rd Feb) in order to make it more attractive for photographers to travel down to Swanage for a couple of days.

SWANAGE - TWO DAYS

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

SWANAGE RAILWAY

BOTH DAYS OPTION

I have now arranged a fresh date with the Swanage Railway for a charter with the now home based U class Mogul No. 31806 and 4/5 coaches (incl two Bulleid coaches), as a recreation of a through train onto the Swanage branch, following the postponement of the original November date due to a very poor weather forecast - a rare opportunity to do so for which extra thanks to the Swanage Railway.

The charter will start from Norden Park & Ride station at 08.00hrs, slightly later than the previous days M7 charter, and we will have full line access throughout the day. I am running this charter in conjunction with a day with the M7 (23rd Feb) in order to make it more attractive for photographers to travel down to Swanage for a couple of days.

SWANAGE LOCAL

Monday, 23rd February 2015

SWANAGE RAILWAY

DAY 1 ONLY OPTION

I have now arranged a fresh date with the Swanage Railway for a charter with the classic combination of M7 No. 30053 and two Bulleid coaches, following the postponement of the original November date due to a very poor weather forecast - a rare opportunity to do so for which extra thanks to the Swanage Railway.

The charter will start from Norden Park & Ride station at 07.00hrs in order to take advantage of the early light and sunrise on Townsend Common (hopefully!). The loco will face North.

HALL A NEW YEAR!

Friday, 2nd January 2015

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

Manor No. 7828 Odney Manor & passenger train in winter conditions (we hope!).

Its been sometime since we have been able to do a charter on the WSR, the last being with 7812 Erlestoke Manor in March 2011! As New Years day falls on a Thursday we have the opportunity to do a charter on Friday 2nd January before the line is closed for the winter, which will involve some heavy engineering this year with major alterations at Williton.

The requested engine was BR Green Hall No. 4936 Kinlet Hall, but the engine is currently subject to soem running maintenance so will not be available for the charter - one another day hopefully! We will therefore run with Manor No. 7828 Odney Manor (not as "Norton Manor").

Stock for the day will be a set of 5/6 coaches and planned start time is 08.30hrs from Bishops Lydeard. We will run through to Minehead with stops and run pasts at various locations throughout. On arrival the loco will be turned on the turntable and serviced for the return run to Bishops Lydeard with further locations covered along the line.

Due to the railways safety case it does have a strict lineside access policy. However we will be given full lineside access for run pasts etc. but all participants will be required to attend a short safety briefing at the beginning of the day and observe the instructions of the railways officers and charter organiser on the day.

THE PURBECK U

Tuesday, 11th November 2014

SWANAGE RAILWAY

This charter is confirmed as running.

We will now use the BR Black U class 2-6-0 No. 31806, which has recently been transferred to the Swanage line.

There are some excellent glint shot opportunities on the Swanage branch in the Autumn months that I think are well worth giving a try if the weather allows, and the start of the day would give just such a chance with a backlit glint shot.

An 07.00hrs start has been agreed to facilitate an attempt on the early morning sunrise shot. Its also been some while since the Bulleid coaches were in regular use on the line and they have only seen limited charter use since restoration was completed in winter 2013/14, these coaches will be at the front of our train, which will be made upto 5 vehicles.

COTSWOLD MANOR

Monday, 27th October 2014

GLOUCESTERSHIRE & WARWICKSHIRE RLY

FULLY BOOKED

Its been a long while since I was involved with a charter on the GWSR, but via the help of volunteer and charter regular Ray OHara I have been able to secure 27th October for a charter with Mnaor 4-6-0 No. 7820 "Dinmore Manor" on a train of 4 or 5 maroon coaches as a secondary train recreation of a type often seen in Gloucestershire.

I am hoping that we can weather the loco for the day and discussions regarding this are ongoing with the loco owners who have no particular objection so long as we can remove the weathering easily afterwards.

I have requested an 08.00hrs start from Toddington, with finish around 17.00hrs (the clocks will have changed that weekend). It is not certain at this point in time which way round the loco will face, but I have requested North facing.

WADEBRIDGE TO BODMIN

Tuesday, 6th May 2014

BODMIN RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

The return of Bulleid West Country Pacific No. 34007 'Wadebridge' to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

The railway are hiring the engine for their Spring gala event and I am supporting them by running this charter to help cover the costs.

It is planned to make an early start (07.30hrs) and run the charter until services start at 10.30 and then again after services cease for the day. We will therefore get the best of the light available on a May day. Train formation will be 3 coaches and a PMV van.

The cost will include a traditional Cornish Pasty lunch.

WYE AT THE DART

Thursday, 1st May 2014

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

I have taken the opportunity to recreate typical scenes from the old Cambrian upper Wye Valley route through mid Wales from Moat Lane Junc. to Brecon using visiting Ivatt 2-6-0 No. 46521 at the South Devon Railway. The engine is visiting the SDR for the spring period between mid April and early June.

On Weds 30th April we will use the railways unique pair of ex GW coaches in BR Red/Cream livery, which will suit the BR black loco very well, and on Thurs 1st May we will use a mixed goods rake.

Start time each day will be 07.00hrs at Buckfastleigh to get the early light and working until 10.30am when service trains start (on which 3205 is expected to work) and starting again around 3.45pm until sunset after service trains cease for the day. If weather conditions justify it we will also venture out for some shots in between service trains during the day.

Please note that those on my regular mailing list will get full booking details in the next few days, but the charter is open for bookings from the website.

This booking is for Thursday 1st May.

WYE AT THE DART

Wednesday, 30th April 2014

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

I have taken the opportunity to recreate typical scenes from the old Cambrian upper Wye Valley route through mid Wales from Moat Lane Junc. to Brecon using visiting Ivatt 2-6-0 No. 46521 at the South Devon Railway. The engine is visiting the SDR for the spring period between mid April and early June.

On Weds 30th April we will use the railways unique pair of ex GW coaches in BR Red/Cream livery, which will suit the BR black loco very well, and on Thurs 1st May we will use a mixed goods rake.

Start time each day will be 07.00hrs at Buckfastleigh to get the early light and working until 10.30am when service trains start (on which 3205 is expected to work) and starting again around 3.45pm until sunset after service trains cease for the day. If weather conditions justify it we will also venture out for some shots in between service trains during the day.

Please note that those on my regular mailing list will get full booking details in the next few days, but the charter is open for bookings from the website.

This booking is for Weds 30th April.

WYE AT THE DART

Wednesday, 30th April 2014

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

I have taken the opportunity to recreate typical scenes from the old Cambrian upper Wye Valley route through mid Wales from Moat Lane Junc. to Brecon using visiting Ivatt 2-6-0 No. 46521 at the South Devon Railway. The engine is visiting the SDR for the spring period between mid April and early June.

On Weds 30th April we will use the railways unique pair of ex GW coaches in BR Red/Cream livery, which will suit the BR black loco very well, and on Thurs 1st May we will use a mixed goods rake.

Start time each day will be 07.00hrs at Buckfastleigh to get the early light and working until 10.30am when service trains start (on which 3205 is expected to work) and starting again around 3.45pm until sunset after service trains cease for the day. If weather conditions justify it we will also venture out for some shots in between service trains during the day.

Please note that those on my regular mailing list will get full booking details in the next few days, but the charter is open for bookings from the website.

This booking is for both days.

MANOR RETURNS TO CARMARTHAN

Thursday, 3rd April 2014

GWILI RAILWAY

CANCELLED - GWILI RAILWAY'S NEW EXTENSION WILL NOT BE READY THIS SPRING.

I am now pleased to be able to offer my Gwili Railway charters with Manor No. 7820 Dinmore Manor which are to take place on Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th April 2014. The charters will use the Manor with a 2 & 3 coach train of maroon stock as worked regularly over the line to Aberystwyth in BR days. The railways new extension into the outskirts of Carmarthan will also be available.

Bookings are now open and places are a very reasonable 55.00 per person/per day.

WITHERED ARM NIGHT SHOOT

Saturday, 29th March 2014

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

I am pleased to be able to announce that I am running another photographic night shoot at Minehead station in conjunction with the West Somerset Railways Spring gala on Saturday 29th March 2014.

The plan this time is to use Bulleid Pacifics Nos. 34007 Wadebridge & 34070 Manston along with BR Black ex GW Mogul No. 5322 lined up outside Minehead loco shed in a recreation of such scenes at Barnstaple Junction shed where ex Southern & Great Western locos were often stabled together. The engines will face towards Taunton on this occasion with the shed buildings and Mineheads North Hill as a backdrop.

The railways spring gala has a Withered Arm theme with the two Bulleids visiting (34007 from the Mid Hants & 34070 from Swanage) plus U No. 31806 (Mid Hants) and Mogul No. 5322 from Didcot and runs daily between Thursday 27th & Sunday 30th March with some additional trains on Wednesday 26th March.

The photo shoot will start at 19.30hrs once the station has been cleared of passengers arriving on the final service train of the day. Finish will be approx. 21.00hrs. You will be asked to confirm your name on arrival at Minehead to ensure we get no freeloaders turning up at your expense.

There will be plenty of parking available in the station car park, but please note that you will need to purchase a parking ticket.

Shots will be able to be taken from both the platform area (which affords a good view of the shed) and the shed area itself. Although of course there will be some control over which shots are taken when to prevent getting each others way. Cost is 20 per head, bookable either via myself or Minehead station with payments for this event being payable direct to the West Somerset Railway Plc.

SORRY NO ON-LINE PAYMENTS AVAILABLE THIS TIME - PLEASE IGNORE THE LINK BELOW WHICH CANNOT BE REMOVED TEMPORAILY.

DRUMMOND TO THE SEA - Day 2

Tuesday, 12th November 2013

SWANAGE RAILWAY

An opportunity to recreate a typical Swanage branch local train of the 1950/60's period, utilising popular BR Black M7 tank No. 30053 on a two coach set of Bulleid coaches (which have recently been restored by the Swanage Railway) and for part of the day adding a classic Southern Region PMV (van).

I am hoping to be able to renumber the engine 30108 which was a Swanage branch regular for many years.

The charter will start at Norden Park & Ride station at 08.00 hrs on each day and have full and exclusive use of the line throughout the day. I hope to be able to turn the loco during the day at Swanage to give varied photo opportunities.

This booking is for day 2.

DRUMMOND TO THE SEA - Day 1

Monday, 11th November 2013

SWANAGE RAILWAY

An opportunity to recreate a typical Swanage branch local train of the 1950/60's period, utilising popular BR Black M7 tank No. 30053 on a two coach set of Bulleid coaches (which have recently been restored by the Swanage Railway) and for part of the day adding a classic Southern Region PMV (van).

I am hoping to be able to renumber the engine 30108 which was a Swanage branch regular for many years.

The charter will start at Norden Park & Ride station at 08.00 hrs on each day and have full and exclusive use of the line throughout the day. I hope to be able to turn the loco during the day at Swanage to give varied photo opportunities.

This booking for is for day 1.

DIRTY FIVE (Day 2 only)

Tuesday, 15th October 2013

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

Limited spaces available on day 2 only.

Ive now completed negotiations with the Llangollen Railway to run two days of charters at the line using heavily weathered Black 5 No. 44806, something many of us like to see as part of a more authentic recreation of the late 50s/60s. The work will be done by the railway using poster paints for these charters only (although it may appear in a similar condition for a gala later in the year) and will be cleaned off again after the charters and the loco returned to a more pristine condition. Some volunteer assistance would be appreciated by the railway in carrying out with this work, so if you are able to assist please let me know.

The engine will be hauling a short passenger train of 4/5 maroon coaches (to look right on the single track line) on Monday and a goods rake on the Tuesday.

Start time will be 08.00 hrs at Llangollen and well have use of the full length of the line for both days.

This charter is 69 per head per day or 130.00 for both days. This booking option is for DAY 2 ONLY.

DIRTY FIVE

Monday, 14th October 2013

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED - Spaces available on day 2 only.

Ive now completed negotiations with the Llangollen Railway to run two days of charters at the line using heavily weathered Black 5 No. 44806, something many of us like to see as part of a more authentic recreation of the late 50s/60s. The work will be done by the railway using poster paints for these charters only (although it may appear in a similar condition for a gala later in the year) and will be cleaned off again after the charters and the loco returned to a more pristine condition. Some volunteer assistance would be appreciated by the railway in carrying out with this work, so if you are able to assist please let me know.

The engine will be hauling a short passenger train of 4/5 maroon coaches (to look right on the single track line) on Monday and a goods rake on the Tuesday.

Start time will be 08.00 hrs at Llangollen and well have use of the full length of the line for both days.

This charter is 69 per head per day or 130.00 for both days. This booking option is for both days.

DIRTY FIVE (Day 1 only)

Monday, 14th October 2013

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED - Spaces available on day 2 only.

Ive now completed negotiations with the Llangollen Railway to run two days of charters at the line using heavily weathered Black 5 No. 44806, something many of us like to see as part of a more authentic recreation of the late 50s/60s. The work will be done by the railway using poster paints for these charters only (although it may appear in a similar condition for a gala later in the year) and will be cleaned off again after the charters and the loco returned to a more pristine condition. Some volunteer assistance would be appreciated by the railway in carrying out with this work, so if you are able to assist please let me know.

The engine will be hauling a short passenger train of 4/5 maroon coaches (to look right on the single track line) on Monday and a goods rake on the Tuesday.

Start time will be 08.00 hrs at Llangollen and well have use of the full length of the line for both days.

This charter is 69 per head per day or 130.00 for both days. This booking option is for DAY 1 ONLY.

BACK TO THE 60'S - A DIRTY DUB DEE

Tuesday, 24th September 2013

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

I am pleased to be able to confirm my plans for a charter at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway with the lines unique Austerity Dub Dee 2-8-0 No. 90733 - now running as locally allocated 'Low Moor' No. 90711.

The charter will run on Tuesday 24th September 2013 utilising No. 90711 on a mixed goods train, starting at 08.00 hrs at Haworth station. We have exclusive use of the line throughout the day and the charter is expected to finish around 17.30 hrs. The railway have agreed to the engine being specially 'weathered into a 1960s work-a-day appearance. Iain Ross, from the Llangollen Railway, has kindly agreed to carry out the weathering for us using poster paints, as he has done at Llangollen for the Black 5 charter in October, that can be removed easily again afterwards.

With this extra request the railway has increased its charge slightly, but I have managed to keep the figure to 69.00 per head. This is an unusual opportunity to be able to photograph a Dub Dee in its more common dirty/weathered appearance of the 1950/60s period.

CAMBRIAN IN DEVON

Thursday, 19th September 2013

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

Limited places available.

I am very pleased to be able to offer you these short notice charters in support of our friends at the South Devon Railway and in conjunction with my charter colleagues Martin Creese (30742 Charters), Russ Hillier and Geoff Silcock (Sentimental Journeys), Mike Tyack (Steamscenes) & Warwick Falconer/Matt Allen. The railway has agreed to hire BR Black Manor No. 7827 Lydham Manor from the nearby Torbay & Dartmouth Railway for their autumn event in September. This is a very rare visit away from the engines home line as that railway very rarely allows its engines to go away anywhere. It is likely that it will go to the WSR after this visit, but we are unable to do charters in the usual way at that line due to restrictions and PTS requirements. After that it will return home to see out the remainder of its 10 year boiler ticket.

The South Devon are able to offer the rare opportunity of pairing the BR lined Black engine with matching 1950s period ex GW coaches in BR Carmine & Cream livery and their riverside locations will look quite like the old Aberystwyth Carmarthan line (part of which is now the Gwili Railway) of the Cambrian system.

I plan to run the following charter combinations;

Tuesday 17th September 7827 on 3 coach Carmine & Cream pre 1948 stock passenger

Wednesday 18th September 7827 on mixed goods (approx. 9 wagons)

Thursday 19th September 7827 on perishables train of milk tanks and vans.

I am expecting these charters to fill fast so early booking is recommended.

This booking is for Thursday only.

CAMBRIAN IN DEVON

Wednesday, 18th September 2013

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED - Places available on Thurs 19th.

I am very pleased to be able to offer you these short notice charters in support of our friends at the South Devon Railway and in conjunction with my charter colleagues Martin Creese (30742 Charters), Russ Hillier and Geoff Silcock (Sentimental Journeys), Mike Tyack (Steamscenes) & Warwick Falconer/Matt Allen. The railway has agreed to hire BR Black Manor No. 7827 Lydham Manor from the nearby Torbay & Dartmouth Railway for their autumn event in September. This is a very rare visit away from the engines home line as that railway very rarely allows its engines to go away anywhere. It is likely that it will go to the WSR after this visit, but we are unable to do charters in the usual way at that line due to restrictions and PTS requirements. After that it will return home to see out the remainder of its 10 year boiler ticket.

The South Devon are able to offer the rare opportunity of pairing the BR lined Black engine with matching 1950s period ex GW coaches in BR Carmine & Cream livery and their riverside locations will look quite like the old Aberystwyth Carmarthan line (part of which is now the Gwili Railway) of the Cambrian system.

I plan to run the following charter combinations;

Tuesday 17th September 7827 on 3 coach Carmine & Cream pre 1948 stock passenger

Wednesday 18th September 7827 on mixed goods (approx. 9 wagons)

Thursday 19th September 7827 on perishables train of milk tanks and vans.

I am expecting these charters to fill fast so early booking is recommended.

This booking is for Wednesday only.

CAMBRIAN IN DEVON

Tuesday, 17th September 2013

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED - Places available on Thurs 19th.

I am very pleased to be able to offer you these short notice charters in support of our friends at the South Devon Railway and in conjunction with my charter colleagues Martin Creese (30742 Charters), Russ Hillier and Geoff Silcock (Sentimental Journeys), Mike Tyack (Steamscenes) & Warwick Falconer/Matt Allen. The railway has agreed to hire BR Black Manor No. 7827 Lydham Manor from the nearby Torbay & Dartmouth Railway for their autumn event in September. This is a very rare visit away from the engines home line as that railway very rarely allows its engines to go away anywhere. It is likely that it will go to the WSR after this visit, but we are unable to do charters in the usual way at that line due to restrictions and PTS requirements. After that it will return home to see out the remainder of its 10 year boiler ticket.

The South Devon are able to offer the rare opportunity of pairing the BR lined Black engine with matching 1950s period ex GW coaches in BR Carmine & Cream livery and their riverside locations will look quite like the old Aberystwyth Carmarthan line (part of which is now the Gwili Railway) of the Cambrian system.

I plan to run the following charter combinations;

Tuesday 17th September 7827 on 3 coach Carmine & Cream pre 1948 stock passenger

Wednesday 18th September 7827 on mixed goods (approx. 9 wagons)

Thursday 19th September 7827 on perishables train of milk tanks and vans.

I am expecting these charters to fill fast so early booking is recommended.

This booking is for Tuesday only.

MOGUL BACK TO SWANAGE

Tuesday, 10th September 2013

SWANAGE RAILWAY

I am now able to confirm details for a charter with visiting U Class 2-6-0 No. 31806 (Courtesy of Mid Hants Rly) at the Swanage Railway on Tuesday 10th September 2013. This charter will be run in conjunction with Warwick Falconer and Matt Allen, but please send all bookings and payments to Steam Recreations at the usual address.

Research has revealed that U class locos , including No. 31806, worked a Basingstoke to Swanage train in the 1950/60s period. Therefore the train formation will be a 6 coach passenger set typical of Southern Region secondary trains of the period and through the assistance of Mike Esau the loco will carry the correct headcode and Southern Region reporting numbers for this working. I have requested that the engine face South on the Swanage branch.

The charter will run around the days service trains with the U class working a number of driver experience runs through the day which will keep the cost to us down. We will have full access to the line before the timetabled services from 07.00hrs commencing at Norden Park & Ride until mid-morning when the engine and set will be taken for the driver experience duties (which of course you can photograph through the day if you wish) and we will be able to restart in the afternoon after these trains have completed their day (earlier than the service trains finish!) and will work between the remaining timetabled workings and then once the line is clear of the services have full access of the line until sunset (approx. 19.30hrs on this date). I will also request an appropriate engine for the days services to add some further photo opportunities, but cannot promise on this just yet.

I hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a day of authentic Southern Region steam.

EDWARD THE BLUE ENGINE

Thursday, 21st March 2013

GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
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The charter with the BR Blue KING No. 6023 KING EDWARD 11 on appropriate Red/Cream coaches on the Great Central Railway took place as planned.

A full report is available on my blog page.

Pictures from this charter are now available in our gallery store »

EDWARD THE BLUE ENGINE

Tuesday, 19th March 2013

GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
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The charter with the BR Blue KING No. 6023 KING EDWARD 11 on appropriate Red/Cream coaches on the Great Central Railway took place as planned.

A full report is available on my blog page.

Pictures from this charter are now available in our gallery store »

DEVON CREAM (2)

Tuesday, 26th February 2013

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
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I ran two days at the South Devon Railway on Monday 25th February and Tuesday 26th February 2013. The Monday was another attempt at a decent day with Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205 and a milk train consisting of 2 milk tanks and the Collett BG in BR Red/Cream livery. On Tuesday we used visiting 14xx tank No. 1450, which was still be in rather weathered Black livery.

A report on these charters can be found on my blog at; http://www.donbishop.co.uk/blog/

Pictures from this charter are now available in our gallery store »

DEVON CREAM (1)

Monday, 25th February 2013

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
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I ran two days at the South Devon Railway on Monday 25th February and Tuesday 26th February 2013. The Monday was another attempt at a decent day with Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205 and a milk train consisting of 2 milk tanks and the Collett BG in BR Red/Cream livery. On Tuesday we used visiting 14xx tank No. 1450, which was still be in rather weathered Black livery.

A report on these charters can be found on my blog at; http://www.donbishop.co.uk/blog/

Pictures from this charter are now available in our gallery store »

IVATT IN THE DALES - RE-RUN

Friday, 30th November 2012

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY
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After our first attempt at this charter was washed out by heavy rain, I re-arranged for another last chance to recreate this classic Northern England branch line train, and one that is authentic to the Oxenhope branch. The train formation was again two suburban coaches, in BR maroon livery, with 2 box vans added to the front of the train to add futher to the branch line feel.

This time we got what we wanted with a wonderful crisp frosty and sunny morning, the exhaust hanging in the air behind the train. A good number of shots were obtained at several locations through the day although we "declared" at 14.30 hrs after the sunshine became rather hazy and any further shots were simply not upto the standards we had achieved in the morning.

Weather rating 9/10.

Pictures from this charter are now available in our gallery store »

CORNISH RAILMOTOR

Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

BODMIN & WENFORD RAILWAY

CONFIRMED AS RUNNING - spaces still available

Part of a two day event at the very friendly Bodmin & Wenford Railway is offered to make it worthwhile for those of you travelling a distance and Im offering two very different trains for our photography.

GW Railmotor No. 93

As part of the GWS Railmotors extensive tour of west country lines this coming winter I am pleased to offer the first charter with this wonderful and unique machine in the south west. The day will again start at 08.00hrs at Bodmin General station and we have exclusive use of the line for the morning session and then share the line with the service trains running on the opposite section of this twin branch line railway. The ease of getting the Railmotor back to Bodmin General without running round etc. to allow the service train to proceed will ensure we have plenty of photographic opportunities around the railways late season timetable. Again no doubt the railway will offer its usual hospitality at lunch time and for tea breaks.

The cost for this day reflects the extra costs involved with the vehicles visit to the SW.

CORNISH HEAVY FREIGHT RETURNS

Monday, 22nd October 2012

BODMIN & WENFORD RAILWAY

CONFIRMED AS RUNNING - spaces available

Part of a two day event at the very friendly Bodmin & Wenford Railway, which is offered to make it worthwhile for those of you travelling a distance and Im offering two very different trains for our photography.

Mon 22nd October

Cornish heavy freight returns

BR Black GW 2-8-0T No. 4247 with mixed goods.

The day starts at 08.00hrs at Bodmin General station for a day with a real Cornish engine (it was allocated to St Blazey for a period in the 1950s) on a mixed goods/clay train. We have exclusive use of both sections of the line, to Bodmin Road (Parkway) and Boscarne Junc, throughout the day, and no doubt the well received Cornish Pasties at lunch time and plenty of cups of tea in between!

TWO DAY CORNISH CHARTERS

Monday, 22nd October 2012

BODMIN & WENFORD RAILWAY

CONFIRMED AS RUNNING - Spaces still available.

THIS BOOKING OPTION IS FOR BOTH DAYS AT BODMIN.

A two day event at the very friendly Bodmin & Wenford Railway is offered to make it worthwhile for those of you travelling a distance and Im offering two very different trains for our photography.

Mon 22nd October

Cornish heavy freight returns

BR Black GW 2-8-0T No. 4247 with mixed goods.

Day 1 starts at 08.00hrs at Bodmin General station for a day with a real Cornish engine (it was allocated to St Blazey for a period in the 1950s) on a mixed goods/clay train. We have exclusive use of both sections of the line, to Bodmin Road (Parkway) and Boscarne Junc, throughout the day, and no doubt the well received Cornish Pasties at lunch time and plenty of cups of tea in between!

Tues 23rd October

Cornish Railmotor

GW Railmotor No. 93

As part of the GWS Railmotors extensive tour of west country lines this coming winter I am pleased to offer the first charter with this wonderful and unique machine in the south west. The day will again start at 08.00hrs at Bodmin General station and we have exclusive use of the line for the morning session and then share the line with the service trains running on the opposite section of this twin branch line railway. The ease of getting the Railmotor back to Bodmin General without running round etc. to allow the service train to proceed will ensure we have plenty of photographic opportunities around the railways late season timetable. Again no doubt the railway will offer its usual hospitality at lunch time and for tea breaks.

The cost for this day reflects the extra costs involved with the vehicles visit to the SW.

KWVR IVATT FAREWELL

Monday, 24th September 2012

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

A last chance to recreate a classic Northern England branch line train and one that is authentic to the Oxenhope branch. I say last chance because the engine, 41241, is due to end its 10 year boiler ticket this autumn and the overall queue at KWVR tends to be quite long, due to the in-house volunteer based work programmes.

The charter will commence at Haworth station at 08.00 hrs, there is parking available in the yard, and the engine will be facing chimney towards Keighley for the start of the day. We will work up to Keighley and turn the engine on the turntable before returning down the branch for the remainder of the day.

The train formation will be two suburban coaches in BR maroon livery.

BRANCH COLLETT

Wednesday, 14th March 2012

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

14TH & 15TH MARCH 2012

An opportunity to recreate some typical BR Western Region branch scenes with Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205 goods, milk and local passenger stock.

For this two day event we have exclusive use of the line between Buckfastleigh and Staverton throughtout each day. The engine faces smokebox towards Buckfastleigh so will provide some different pictures to those on our charters in recent years.

Our train formations will include a short mixed branch goods, milk train with ex GW passenger brake and two coach local set of BR red/cream pre 1948 ex GWR stock.

COAL TANK RETURNS

Tuesday, 21st February 2012

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
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My first charter offering for 2012 utilises LNWR design Coal Tank No. 58926 at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Geoff Silcock and myself have been in discussion with the engines custodians, Bahamas Loco Group, to get the sole surviving (National Trust owned) LNWR Coal Tank turned out from overhaul in BR Black livery as No. 58926 for a short while. These discussions were successful, with grateful thanks to John Hillier, and the engine will appear in its new livery around February for the lines winter gala and our charters. The engine will then be changed to its LMS period identity before going into its more familiar LNWR livery.

We have now agreed with the KWVR that 4 days of charters will take place between Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd February 2012.

I am therefore able to announce my charters on Monday 20th February for No. 58926 on 2 suburban coaches and Tuesday 21st February on a goods. Both days will commence at Haworth at 08.00 hrs and continue through the day with full line access and the possibility of turning the engine at Keighley to provide some unusual shots on the line. The charter will continue until between 16.00 17.00 hrs and will be followed by a short night-shoot on Monday only.

A report on this charter apperars on my Blog page.

Pictures from this charter are now available in our gallery store »

BRIT' ON THE GOODS

Tuesday, 17th January 2012

GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
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An opportunity has presented itself to recreate a classic 1960s steam scene. The engine that is available is Britannia No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, a well photographed engine on mainline specials of course - but not seen on a long goods train so typical of the work the class did through most of the 1960s as dieselisation took effect. Therefore I have agreed with the Great Central Railway for a charter with No. 70013 on Tuesday 17th January 2012 hauling a long mixed goods made up of their mixed goods rake plus the mineral wagons on the rear of the train.

The charter will commence at Loughborough at 08.00 hrs and continue throughout the day with only a very short lunch break (if the weather is behaving itself!) to take water and crew change etc. due to the short daylight hours in January. The charter is expected to finish around 16.00 16.30 hrs.

A report and images from this charter appear on my Blog page.

Pictures from this charter are now available in our gallery store »

THE TERRIER & BIRDCAGE

Monday, 7th November 2011

KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

In conjunction with Sentimental Journeys and Alan Crotty of KESR I'm pleased to announce my first charter at the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

We shall have full use of the 10 mile line throughout the day, plus the rare chance to traverse the new Junction Road extension from Bodiam towards Robertsbridge.

Our train will be formed of BR Black Terrier No. 32678, just as it ran on the line in the 1950's, and a single 1920 built "Birdcage" coach in BR red (faded!) livery. The engine and coach will be repainted into earlier liveries during 2012 so this is a last opportunity to record the combination together for some time. The engine will face east/uphill which should also be good for some backlit glint shots in the afternoon.

The charter will commence at Rolvenden at 07.30 hrs and continue throughout the day, and there will be a "nightshoot" at the end of the day at Tenterden Town station.

As with many charters recently I am expecting this charter to fill fast so please be quick to secure your place. If you are on our mailing list you will receive full details of the charter during the next week plus details of the SJ days on 5th & 6th Nov.

BLACK ROBINSON FAREWELL

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY

CANCELLED - All bookings tranferred to alternative date with another organiser.

With the demise of the Blue King charters Russ Hillier has worked hard to arrange a programme of charters at the Great Central Railway on the original dates using the 04 2-8-0 No. 63601. The engine is now expected to be out-shopped shortly following repairs still in BR Black.

Therefore I am offering you your last chance to photograph the engine in BR Black livery as it will be repainted into a fully lined out Great Central livery to see out its 10 year boiler ticket which expires early in 2012. Who knows if it will steam again in the near future, even if it does I very much doubt itll be in BR livery.

I propose to run the day with the mixed goods and mineral wagon sets together to form a fairly long train, starting at Loughborough at 08.00 hrs with breakfast available from 07.00 hrs in the buffet. We have full use of the line throughout the day, finishing approx. 17.30 hrs. A lunch break will be taken but the buffet will not be serving hot food at that time.

I know its short notice but this really is your last chance to photograph this engine in BR black for a long time!

MIDLAND GOODS

Thursday, 22nd September 2011

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY
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The much missed 4F No. 43924, the first engine to leave Barry scrapyard for preservation back in 1968, was our booked engine for this day with a mixed goods rake.

Another slow start due to unforecast cloud, but after this with a little careful calling of the train on the radios we managed to get some decent shots of all locations during the morning session before the cloud thickened up. Typically the sun came out again whilst we were at lunch and promptly disappeared again when we restarted! A number of participants decided to leave us at that point, rule No. 1 on charters - never leave early! The sun then returned for some excellent shots at Damens loop with classic Midland signals and signal box.

Weather rating 7/10.

A report & images of this charter appears on my blog page.

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IVATT IN THE DALES

Wednesday, 21st September 2011

KEITHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY
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This charter ran as planned but with the 4F No. 43924 replacing the Ivatt which was declared too delicate to work on charters.

For this day we had a two coach suburban set and enjoyed mostly sunny weather throughout the morning after a cloudy start. As a result the morning session was extended to after 14.00 hrs before lunch was taken when it clouded over for the remainder of the day.

Weather rating 7/10.

A report and images of the charter can be seen on my blog page.

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THE AUTO PANNIER

Tuesday, 10th May 2011

Bodmin & Wenford Railway
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The Bodmin Railway have recently overhauled their new BR built autocoach and it has been outshopped in BR lined Maroon to match the lines 64xx Pannier No. 6435, in unlined BR Green. A combination not seen in preservation before.

Our charter with the engine was run on 10th May. A mixed day of sunshine and clouds made for some good shots, but it was quite difficult calling the train on the radio at times and timing the sunny gaps!

Weather rating 7/10. Full report on the blog within this website.

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PANNIER FAREWELL

Monday, 9th May 2011

Bodmin & Wenford Railway
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The 10 year boiler ticket on Bodmin based Pannier No. 4612 is due to expire at the end of May 2011. The engine is currently in BR Black livery.

Our charter with the engine was run on 9th May with a mixed goods and single run with passenger stock at the end of the day. A mixed day of sunshine and clouds made for some good shots, but it was quite difficult calling the train on the radio at times and timing the sunny gaps!

Weather rating 7/10. Full report on the blog within this website.

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MILKY WAY

Friday, 8th April 2011

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
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Another chance to photograph the BR Black Dukedog 4-4-0 No. 9017 on the South Devon Railway. The engine is visiting the line for the Easter gala between 22nd April & 25th April.

A full report appears in my bog at http://www.donbishop.co.uk/blog/ and full image library will be uploaded ASAP.

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DEVON 'DOG ON GOODS

Tuesday, 5th April 2011

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
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FULLY BOOKED

DAY 2 ONLY OPTION

A rare chance to photograph the BR Black Dukedog 4-4-0 No. 9017 on the South Devon Railway. The engine is visiting the line for the Easter gala between 22nd April & 25th April where it will work with another BR liveried Cambrian partner Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205.

A full report appears in my bog at http://www.donbishop.co.uk/blog/ and full image library will be uploaded ASAP.

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DEVON 'DOG

Monday, 4th April 2011

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
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FULLY BOOKED

TWO DAY OPTION

A rare chance to photograph the BR Black Dukedog 4-4-0 No. 9017 on the South Devon Railway. The engine is visiting the line for the Easter gala between 22nd April & 25th April where it will work with another BR liveried Cambrian partner Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205.

A full report appears in my bog at http://www.donbishop.co.uk/blog/ and full image library will be uploaded ASAP.

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DEVON 'DOG LOCAL

Monday, 4th April 2011

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
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FULLY BOOKED

DAY 1 ONLY OPTION

A rare chance to photograph the BR Black Dukedog 4-4-0 No. 9017 on the South Devon Railway. The engine is visiting the line for the Easter gala between 22nd April & 25th April where it will work with another BR liveried Cambrian partner Collett 0-6-0 No. 3205.

A full report appears in my bog at http://www.donbishop.co.uk/blog/ and full image library will be uploaded ASAP.

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CAMBRIAN COAST MANOR

Wednesday, 9th March 2011

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

The first West Somerset charter for 4 years ran on Weds 9th March 2011 and featured Manor No. 7812 Erlestoke Manor (Courtesy of the owning group and Severn Valley Rly) on a 4 coach local set, typical of the Cambrian coast lines in the 1960's.

The day was one of mixed blessings, but the weather was quite good (given a poor forecast earlier in the week) with sunny intervals in between the clouds allowing some quite nice shots to be obtained, despite a brisk westerly wind. Unfortunately a problem with the water tower at Minehead resulted in delays starting the afternoon session and opportunties were thus limited in the afternoon. Still an enjoyable day and I'm sure we will be able to run further charters on the WSR in the not too distant future.

A full report appears on my blog.

Weather rating 6/10

WESTERN HEAVY GOODS

Monday, 7th February 2011

Great Central Railway
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West Somerset based GW design 38xx 2-8-0 No. 3850 is visiting the Great Central Railway for the winter period and has been repainted into BR Black livery.

Our photo charter with the engine on Monday 7th Feb, and which featured 3850 heading the 16ton mineral wagons in a classic recreation of scenes from South Wales in the early sixties, was affected by yet more cloudy weather! Cloudy and very windy start, but it did brighten up late morning for some success to be enjoyed at 4 locations. We thought that perhaps we would have a nice sunny afternoon, but the clouds had other ideas and rolled back in to block out any meaningful light for the rest of the day. The night shoot was quite successful with lighting provided and set up by Jason Cross - of course by then the sky was clearing!

Images to follow shortly.

Weather rating 5/10.

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CALBOURNE RETURNS (Day 2 only)

Tuesday, 16th November 2010

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

Another much awaited return to traffic is the sole surviving 02 0-4-4T No. 24 Calbourne on its native Isle of Wight. The loco has been (or rather will be very soon!) returned to traffic in lined BR Black livery with the correct profile coal bunker etc. to recreate that period in its life. We will match the engine with the railways rake of Green Bogie coaches which will look simply magnificent. There are no services on either of these two dates so we will have sole line occupancy throughout each day. Full joining instructions and times etc. will be given nearer the time.

This charter booking option is for DAY 2 ONLY.

CALBOURNE RETURNS

Monday, 15th November 2010

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY
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MONDAY 15TH & TUESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2010

Two very successful days on the Isle of Wight again, the Monday started rather cloudy which persisted through the morning but cleared for a very nice afternoon's photography. A cold night ensured we had still cold and misty conditons on Tuesday morning for some stunning back lit autumnal mist shots followed by a full days sunny charter.

Weather rating 10/10.

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CALBOURNE RETURNS (Day 1 only)

Monday, 15th November 2010

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

FULLY BOOKED

Another much awaited return to traffic is the sole surviving 02 0-4-4T No. 24 Calbourne on its native Isle of Wight. The loco has been (or rather will be very soon!) returned to traffic in lined BR Black livery with the correct profile coal bunker etc. to recreate that period in its life. We will match the engine with the railways rake of Green Bogie coaches which will look simply magnificent. There are no services on either of these two dates so we will have sole line occupancy throughout each day. Full joining instructions and times etc. will be given nearer the time.

This charter booking option is for DAY 1 ONLY.

CORNISH GREYHOUND

Thursday, 7th October 2010

Bodmin & Wenford Railway
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THURSDAY 7TH & FRIDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2010

The first opportunity to see the much desired T9 4-4-0 back in Cornwall and in BR lined Black livery. The charter went generally well with mixed rather warm weather resulting in difficulty getting much exhaust on 7th & 8th October. On 21st/22nd October the related Sentimental Journeys/Russ Hillier charters ran with pleasant clear light for much of the day on 21st October and much cooler!

Weather rating; 8/10

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MILK FOR LONDON

Thursday, 29th April 2010

South Devon Railway
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A classic milk train working along a branch line to meet up with mainline trunk milk train from the West Country to London? A common scene from the 1950's with BR Black Prairie No. 5526 on two 6 wheel milk tanks and a BR Red/Cream pre 1948 ex GWR full brake.

Sadly the day was greeted by cloud and rain with some very poor light for photography - the first day of wet weather for some 6 weeks!

Weather rating 0/10

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DEVON DELIGHTS

Wednesday, 28th April 2010

South Devon Railway
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An opportunity to recreate a classic Devon branch line scene from the 1950's, again using with BR Black Prairie No. 5526, this time on its home line - the South Devon Railway. On day 1 we used the loco with two coach BR Red/Cream set of pre 1948 ex GWR stock. The weather was generally fine all day if a little cloudy at times, but I think some good results were obtained by most who took part.

Weather rating 7/10

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1950'S CORNISH CLAYS

Monday, 19th April 2010

Bodmin & Wenford Railway
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A rare chance to recreate a typical Cornish branch goods with BR Black Praire tank, No. 5526 from the South Devon Railway, which visited Bodmin for a gala event.

We had very good sunny weather all day. Add to that the the Bodmin railways usual great hospitality and genuine Cornish pasties and you have the recipe for a very good days charter and photography.

Weather rating 9/10.

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WENFORD LIVES ON

Friday, 16th October 2009

Bodmin & Wenford Railway
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On Friday 16th October we made use of Beattie Well Tank No. 30587 on a short mixed goods. Parts of the Bodmin line really do exude the atmosphere of the Wenford goods branch on which the engine was of course so famous.

Another mostly cloudy day, under a high pressure, however we did get a limited number of sunny images.

Weather rating 5/10.

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BODMIN WESTERN RECREATION

Thursday, 15th October 2009

Bodmin & Wenford Railway
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Two annoyingly cloudy days under a high pressure ridge after 3 days of wall to wall sunshine and a forecast for good weather over the two days following the charter.

However we did get a limited number of sunny images on both days, more espically on the Friday with 30587.

Weather rating 3/10.

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DUB DEE MINERALS

Tuesday, 6th October 2009

Great Central Railway
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A generally cloudy day with only short glimpes of sun in the afternoon, we did get one run past in good light but others in cloudy conditions. However the cloudy conditions did produce some reasonable black & white images which somehow look right for a WD on coal wagons!

Weather rating 3/10.

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DUKEDOG DOUBLE HEADER

Tuesday, 28th April 2009

Llangollen Railway
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After a number of requests I somewhat put my neck on the block and made efforts to put together a full days charter with BR Black Dukedog No. 9017 & BR Black Prairie No. 5526 on a rake of red/cream coaches on Tuesday 28th April.

sadly the day was greeted with cloudy damp conditions throughout and only a few shots in "brighter" lighting were to be had.

This authentic pairing was a very rare opportunity and very unlikely to be repeated in the foreseeable future.

A Dukedog & small Prairie was quite common (including on the Cambrian Coast express portions) and a number of pictures appear in various volumes on Cambrian steam.

Weather rating 2/10.

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WESTERN BRANCH PASSENGER

Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

South Devon Railway
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A chance to recreate a classic BR Western branch line scene, a BR Black Pannier hauled branch passenger of two red & cream coaches.

Generally good weather conditions prevailed for the two days of these charters which produced some decent images of both branch passenger and goods traffic.

Weather rating 9/10.

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WESTERN BRANCH GOODS

Tuesday, 21st April 2009

South Devon Railway
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A chance to recreate a classic BR Western branch line scene, a BR Black Pannier hauled goods.

Generally good weather conditions prevailed for the two days of these charters which produced some decent images of both branch passenger and goods traffic.

Weather rating 9/10.

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CAMBRIAN DREAM - DAY 2

Tuesday, 31st March 2009

Llangollen Railway
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The surviving GWR Dukedog 4-4-0 No. 9017 was painted BR Black and returned to its former haunts in the Welsh hills, thanks to the efforts of the Betton Grange society.

Day 2 of our two day event saw No. 9017 hauling a mixed goods train. The day was again mostly cloudy but some brighter/sunny spells were enjoyed.

Weather rating 5/10.

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CAMBRIAN DREAM - DAY 1

Monday, 30th March 2009

Llangollen Railway
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The surviving GWR Dukedog 4-4-0 No. 9017 was painted BR Black and returned to its former haunts in the Welsh hills, thanks to the efforts of the Betton Grange society.

Day 1 of our two day event witnessed No. 9017 hauling a red/cream and Maroon mix of stock with a van. A mostly cloudy day unfortunately but with some sunny spells to get some very valuable shots.

Weather rating 5/10.

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NORTH EAST MINERALS

Monday, 19th January 2009

Great Central Railway
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The visit of NELPGs Q6 No. 63395 to the Great Central Railway for the lines winter gala presented the unusual opportunity to do a charter with this classic 0-8-0 goods engine.

We had a full days winter steam photography with the Q6 on a rake of 16 of the 16 ton mineral wagons.

Generally a mixed day of sunshine and cloud with a brisk westerly wind. We had some quite reasonable shots as shown on the website page, but did not get all of the shots we would have liked.

Weather rating 7/10.

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SOMERSET & DORSET CLASSIC

Tuesday, 18th November 2008

Bluebell Railway
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An opportunity to recreate a classic S&D scene the wonderful S&D 7F 2-8-0 No. 53809 in BR Black livery running with a rake of Southern Maunsell and Bulleid coaches to recreate a typical through express service over the long closed S&D route. The regular Cleethorpes Exmouth and return workings were rostered 7F turns and one train set was often Southern green stock and the other maroon/red & cream Eastern region stock.

The Autumn colours were quite pleasant in the autumn sunshine on what was a generally fine day.

Weather rating 8/10.

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DUKEDOG LOCAL

Monday, 6th October 2008

Severn Valley Railway
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Our second SVR GWR Double Frame 4-4-0 charter this Autumn with Dukedog No. 9017 Earl of Berkeley and a short rake of 4/5 GWR coaches.

A day with some great sunshine for the first hour then cloudy conditions for the rest of the day - still the shots were in the bag by then!

Weather rating 6/10.

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DOUBLE DOUBLE FRAMERS

Wednesday, 1st October 2008

Severn Valley Railway
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This charter featured the very rare pairing of GWR Double Framers No. 3440 City of Truro & Dukedog No. 9017 Earl of Berkeley heading an appropriate rake of GWR coaches. These are of course the only surviving GWR outside frame 4-4-0 locos which were once numerous on the GWR network.

A glorious autumn day when we got shots at all locations we attempted, particularly good last shot at Eardington with dark sky in the background.

Weather rating 9/10.

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Cambrian Standard

Monday, 16th April 2007

West Somerset Railway
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Our third WSR charter offering for this spring was a recreation of a 1960's period local train on the Welsh Cambrian system when the BR Standard 80xxx 2-6-4 tanks had taken over many of the services in that area.

The charter ran with Std tank No. 80136 with 5 Maroon coaches between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. The morning session was reasonably successful with mainly bright/sunny but hazy skies. The afternoon proved more difficult due to operating issues and the weather was also rather less sunny.

Weather rating 5/10.

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Summer Saturdays in the West

Friday, 16th March 2007

West Somerset Railway
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SPRING 2007 GALA EVENT CHARTERS

FRIDAY 16TH MARCH 2007.

Castle 5051 Earl Bathurst & large Prairie No. 4160

A very authentic combination from the Devon banks in the 50s & 60s is a large Prairie tank, Newton Abbot shed had a large allocation for this purpose, piloting an express 4-6-0 often coupled inside as well as on the front of Castles and Kings etc.

This combination was recreated for the cameras on 16th March 2007, pretty much 50 years since it was a regular sight in Devon!

The day started bright and sunny and a number of good shots were obtained during the morning session before more cloud appeared after lunch meaning only one location was possible in good light during the afternoon. My own results can be viewed in the steam galleries section of the site.

Weather rating 7/10.

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Summer Saturdays in the West

Tuesday, 13th March 2007

West Somerset Railway
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SPRING 2007 GALA EVENT CHARTERS.

TUESDAY 13TH MARCH 2007.

Castle 5051 Earl Bathurst & Manor 7822 Foxcote Manor

The first of our two WSR Summer Saturday's in the West charters was greeted by a wonderfull cool early and sunny eary spring morning - perfect for steam photography. Although a little cloud was present during the morning session in remained largly sunny throughout the day.

The train made up of 8 SRPS Maroon MK1 coaches hauled by 7822 Foxcote Manor & 5051 Earl Bathurst looked superb. A number of different locations along the WSR line were covered through the day, the results can be viewed in the steam galleries section of the site.

Weather rating 9/10.

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The Churnet Valley Marquess

Saturday, 3rd February 2007

Churnet Valley Railway, Cheddleton
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A simply stunning day - full sun and clear skies all day!

The long out of service K4 No. 61994 The Great Marquess looked great with it's 5 coach passenger train with two vans added to the front to give the appearance of a Scottish Highlands train of the 1950's.

See a sample of the images available on the day in our galleries.

Weather rating 10/10.

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Goods for Ashburton

Saturday, 11th November 2006

South Devon Railway
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Using the South Devon Railway's small Prairie tank No. 5526 in BR Black livery, the charter recreated the atmosphere of the daily Ashburton goods train of the 1950's. The train consisted of a 4 wagon BR bauxite livieried train.

The weather was quite good in the morning with some sunny spells, however it did cloud over by the afternoon making photography quite difficult.

Weather rating 6/10.

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Somerset & Dorset Recreations

Monday, 27th March 2006

West Somerset Railway
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The fourth of our S&D recreations charters, an extra date added to satisfy demand. This charter employed S&D 7F 2-8-0 No. 53809 in the morning and BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No.92203 in the afternoon - classic S&D single headed trains using the SRPS Maroon stock.

This was possibly the worst day of the 4 for the weather! Rain on and off throughout the day made photography quite difficult. Again a few black & white images were possible.

Weather rating 2/10.

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Somerset & Dorset Recreations

Wednesday, 22nd March 2006

West Somerset Railway
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Day 3 of the S&D recreations, and this time we put the 4F & 7F together, both in BR Black livery, to recreate what for many is THE S&D classic - two older design good's engine's on a passenger train. Like the other two days the train operated throughout the day between Bishops Lydeard & Williton where the scenary is not too dissimilar to that around the old S&D route itself. Again we used the Maroon coaching stock hired from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

A little brightness was experienced on this day, but no real "full sun" shots, so at least everyone went home with something.

Weather rating 4/10.

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Somerset & Dorset Recreations

Tuesday, 21st March 2006

West Somerset Railway
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Day 2 of the S&D recreations at the WSR, on this date we exchanged the 4F for a classic Somerset & Dorset 7F 2-8-0 goods engine. The WSR had hired in 7F No. 53809 from the Midland Railway Centre (to accompany their own 7F No. 88) and we paired it the Bulleid No.34067 Tangmere to doublehead our train, again a classic S&D scene. This train was also formed of the Maroon Mk.1 coaching stock hired from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society through the kind offices of FM Rail.

Again the weather was cold and cloudy for much of the day, however a few classic black & white images were possible to record the event.

Weather rating 3/10.

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Somerset & Dorset Recreations

Monday, 20th March 2006

West Somerset Railway
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Day 1 of our special S&D recreations at the West Somerset Railway employed 4F No. 44422 and Bulleid "Battle of Britain" Pacific No.34067 Tangmere doubleheaded to recreate a classic S&D scene of a holiday express of the 1950's or even the famous "Pines Express". The train was formed of Maroon coaching stock hired from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society through the kind offices of FM Rail.

Sadly the weather did not live up to expectations, being cold and cloudy all day. The images shown herewith give an example though of what a truly authentic recreation of the S&D this was.

Weather rating 2/10.

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Great Western country station scenes

Monday, 23rd January 2006

Severn Valley Railway
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This charter was to recreate that classic branch line image of the GWR. A Pannier tank hauling 2 genuine vintage GW coaches. A full days charter with 57xx class Pannier No. 5764 with an emphasis on shots around about the SVR's superbly restored stations and infrastructure by way of a change from the more usual landscape countryside shots. Unfortunately the weather was poor - cloudy & cold all day - so only Black & white photography was really possible, except for some after dark time exposures in Bewdley station that evening. As there is clearly plenty of opportunity in this charter it will be re run soon - keep an eye on this site for details.

Weather rating 2/10.

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Auto Pannier WSR

Friday, 30th December 2005

West Somerset Railway
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A Christmas week "excursion" to enjoy the sight of a small Pannier tank hauling its single coach Auto train. Unfortunately the weather was rather poor, cloudy & damp all day, but some nice after drak shots were obtained at Williton station.

Weather rating 3/10.

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LMR local train

Monday, 31st October 2005

Severn Valley Railway
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A second attempt at this one, the first had been greeted with "disappointing" weather! Our loco was SVR home based Stanier Mogul No. 42968 now in BR Black livery and coupled to a short rake of LMS coaches to recreate an Cross Country local train such as those that worked many secondary lines in the Midland region of BR. The weather on this occasion was also bad in the morning but brightened up for a while in the afternoon allowing two locations to be covered.

Weather rating 5/10.

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E4 Bluebell

Thursday, 3rd March 2005

Bluebell Railway
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A number of photographic charter organisers clubbed together to fund the repaint of the Bluebell Rlys E4 0-6-2T in BR Black livery and run a programme of photo charters with the engine. I paired it with two Maunsell design coaches for a Steam Recreations event on 3rd March 2005. Weather was very good generally with a few snow showers.

Weather rating 7/10.

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Dart Valley branch locals

Sunday, 25th April 2004

South Devon Railway
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A two day visit to the South Devon Railway in April 2004 featuring No. 5526. together with different two coach local trains formed of two Great Western coaches in Chocolate & Cream coaches and two Carmine liveried coaches, very much as they would have appeared in the early 50's. Weather on both days was very good.

Weather rating 8/10.

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Dee Valley local

Wednesday, 7th April 2004

Llangollen Railway
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A typical BR Western Region local train of the late 1950's period with mixed livery coaching stock - Maroon and Blood/Custard - hauled by Llangollen based large Prairie tank No. 5199. Waether was generally good, particularly in the afternoon.

Weather rating 7/10.

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Great Eastern goes west

Monday, 22nd March 2004

West Somerset Railway
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As the WSR's special events planning team had secured a rare visit by the little Great Eastern J15 0-6-0 No. 65462 the opportunity was taken to work a goods train along the line with this loco. The day was sunny throughout.

Weather rating 9/10.

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Cornish clay classics

Saturday, 18th October 2003

Bodmin Railway
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One of these two charters, operated on 10th April 2005 formed a sight I thought I would never see a few years ago - a Beattie Well Tank back working around Bodmin in Cornwall. The charter was to recreate the quite unique sight of the little 2-4-0WT working a china clay train along the Boscarne Junc - Wenford bridge line as it had so many times in the past.

It had followed a previous charter with a similar theme operted on 18th October 2003 featuring BR Green Prairie tank No. 5552, back working as it did some 40 years ago on china clay trains on the branch lines of Cornwall. Weather was very good with good sunny spells throughout on both dates.

Weather rating 8/10.

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