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Done Bunking

Grosmont MPD and Ex-GWR 0-6-2T, No.6619, awaits the fitter’s attention as Ex-LMS  Class 5MT, No.44871, sits by the column, ‘brewing up’, before going off shed. A scene played out a thousand times a day, at sheds around the country, back when the railways were steam powered. Many of you reading this will have witnessed this scene, as you bunked round your local shed, or one further afield, on some shed bash trip. For the fitters and crews it was all just part of the day’s work, but for the ‘spotters’ bunking the shed was just a ‘big adventure’ – a bit naughty with the added frisson of ‘we might get caught’ by the foreman or ‘gaffer’ and chucked out on our ear.

Today, ‘bunking’ the ‘heritage’ railway  shed is considered, in all probability, socially irresponsible behaviour and it is often the very enthusiasts, who climbed through windows, or crossed the tracks, to enter some ‘steam age’ MPD or other, who now condemn such antics. This equally applies to track side trespass where, in the final days of steam, it was rife, way beyond anything seen with ‘Flying Scotsman, earlier this year. The real difference between then and now, in this regard, is that then there was little by way of ‘outside’ broadcast, no rolling 24 hour news agenda, no internet, no Facebook or Twitter to spread the pictures and gossip. Funny what 50 years and a revolution in social and mainstream media has done to folk and their attitudes.

If you enjoy my photographs why not have a look at my 2017 Calendar, which, for the first time, is being published by calendar company Calvendo and sold on line or by order at your local bookshop using this ISBN number: Steam Age Daydreams (Wall Calendar 2017 DIN A4 Landscape) / 978-1-325-22545-3

Here are the online links to it.:

http://www.bookdepository.com/Steam-Age-Daydreams-2017-Dave-Wilson/9781325225453?ref=grid-view

and on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steam-Daydreams-2017-Wilson-Dave/dp/1325225452/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479291987&sr=8-1&keywords=steam+age+daydreams+calendar

If you have enjoyed my blogs – I have written a book about my 60 years involvement with railways, from trainspotter, via steam age footplateman, to railway author and photographer, this is a link to it:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

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Taking the mickey

44871gbblackfordThere was a time when these engines were so commonplace that we barely noticed them – just another Mickey, just like the one before and all the other 842. Yes, I know some had Caprotti valve gear and a double chimney, there was one with outside Stephenson link motion and an odd self-weighing tender or two – I suspect, as much as anything, they were built, simply,  to relieve the monotony. Oh! and mustn’t forget those Timken roller bearings and that flash of yellow paint on their axle boxes.

My journey, nay pilgrimage, to Blackford to take this shot was around 40 miles; followed by ‘chasing the train’ to Blair Atholl and over Crubenmore to capture the slog up to Slochd summit. A whole day’s journey,  200 miles of motoring, through the highlands of Scotland, to take pictures of the same Black 5 at three other locations. If any of my chums, in the 1950s, had told me that I would spend loadsa money, a whole day,  and  drive 200 miles, just to photograph a Black 5 – I would have known they were taking the mickey.

No.44871 is just about to pass under the A9, between Blackford and Gleneagles, with this year’s GB Rail tour.

I have written a book about my 60 years involvement with railways, from trainspotter, via steam age footplateman, to railway author and photographer, this is a link to it:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

These are some totally unsolicited comments from people who have already read  Gricing:  Amazon Customer on 6 Jan. 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase:  “Brilliant and interesting book”

By Amazon Customer on 17 Mar. 2016

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“Not a murder mystery, but one that I found hard to put down. One of the best additions to my collection of books about railways.”

‘treated myself to a copy of “Gricing” for Christmas, excellent reading.’

‘I’m enjoying your book. It’s a real page-turner, thought provoking and great photos, to boot’

‘I bought and enjoyed “Gricing” etc and would heartily recommend it to readers’. 

‘I was given what I believe to be your book called “Gricing” the other night.  Very much enjoyed the book if it is yours!

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