Black and White Photography

A barn lit from the side by low winter sunlight yesterday.

There is always something special about seeing the age of steam trains depicted in black & white. I guess it could be that back then, a small box camera and the prohibitive cost of colour film made black and white the choice of millions.

One of the vintage festivals that we enjoy is at the Great Central Railway, a preserved section of what was once a mainline between London, The Midlands, (central England) then on to both the northwest and the northeast.. The festival, called: "War on the Line," goes back to the 1940's to remember the important part that the railways played in winning that war.

We can be forgiven for dressing the part and joining in all sorts of celebrations.


My wife, looking so much like her mother.
During the 40s we traveled by train everywhere. We could only use our car sparingly as gas and tires were rationed. I loved trains and still do today.

When I got to Europe in the 50s, I fell in love with their trains and used them extensively. Very different from those here in the U.S.
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Train technology shaped the twentieth century and seems poised to help shape the 21st, but it’s hard to imagine another locomotive will reach the iconic status of the Flying Scotsman, the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded reaching 100 mph, during the 393-mile trip for London and Edinburgh.

Sir Nigel Gresley, the designer of Flying Scotsman, went on to produce an even
faster steam train, it was called: "Mallard," It was like Flying Scotsman on steroids.
Achieving the fastest speed ever for a steam train, at 126 mph, a feat that has never
been beaten.