JB’S ON THE RIGHT “TRACK”
Club member John Bagshaw, ably assisted by his friend Jared Thomson, projected a host of “first class” images of preserved steam and heritage traction to a good size audience.
John began with a 5 minute audio/visual before narrating on scores of shots taken at various locations throughout the country. These included locomotives at The Great Central Railway at Loughborough, The Sussex Railway, Bluebell Railway, Butterley, and Leen valley Railway to name a few. There were close up images in the Barrow Hill sheds, and we saw a prototype locomotive The Duke of Gloucester. There were also a few diesel engines shown. He included shots of drivers and firemen at trackside and working in the sheds, along with his excellent sunset and afterglow images, ending the first part with the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct scene.
The highlight of the second half had to be the rare capture of the recent great gathering of the 6 A4 locomotives at York Museum. Prior to this we saw the “new” A1 class Pacific Tornado completed in 2008, having taken 18 years to build, costing £3million pounds, on its maiden voyage from York to King’s Cross. There were also many shots from his photo charters, and more famous locomotives like The Princess Margaret Rose and Elizabeth and The Duchess of Sutherland in it’s red and Brunswick green liveries. We were taken down south to The Swanage Railway and the waterside at Torbay and then up north to the 7 Valley Railway at Bewdley and picturesque snow scenes at Butterley.
John concluded his show with another audio/ vision depicting notable atmospheric shots from a night-time photo charter accompanied by “haunting” Van Gellis music.
Our thanks to John and Jared for their presentation, showing outstanding quality images, and for sharing their experiences.