Posted on 09/06/2015

Photo taken on August 30, 2015


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Ready to Depart

Ready to Depart
Former Great Western Railway No 5542 waits at Toddinton for the last few passengers to board, before leaving with the 12:20 service to Cheltenham Racecourse station.

These powerful 2-6-2 tank engines were once a common sight throughout the West of England and South Wales, on both passenger and freight trains, and their high power and light weight (61 Tons) meant they were often found on branch lines where heavier locomotives were unsuitable.

This one has almost "come home", because it was deliverd new to Gloucester Horton Road shed in 1928, although it subsequently spent much of it's working life at Taunton, and was finally withdrawn from service in 1961, having travelled 987, 429 miles (1,589,113 Km)

1956 Agfa Karat IV, f2/50mm Solagon lens, X2 yellow filter. Fomapan 200@100 ISO in Thornton's Two Bath, 5+5mins@21C. Scanned @2400dpi on Epson V500.

Kurt Sadjina, Blue rubber octopus, Don Sutherland, Jean Luc Werpin and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo

12 comments - The latest ones
Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska
It is so good to see the beautiful beast in good shape and working :)
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Marta Wojtkowska
Marta, thanks again for your kind words !!
3 years ago.
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
A very nice piece of history, so nicely presented!
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Robert Warren
Hi Robert, thank you for your kind encouragement !!
3 years ago.
Excellent Mike !
& a most beautiful camera !
(there's a manual on Butkus : www.butkus.org/chinon/agfa/agfa_karat_iv/agfa_karat_iv.htm !!)
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to RobbeK
Hi Rob, thanks for the kind words!

This camera came from America (distances in feet!), and it came with the original manual, naturally in English! Very faded and with pages loose, but still useable.

I finally found a small expansion spring to replace the broken lever return spring and it seems to be working fine, although it isn't quite as strong as the original, and I also fitted a single strap lug at the rewind side whilst I had the lid off!

And yes, beautiful - it is my all time favourite fixed lens rangefinder!

Best, Mike
3 years ago.
Deutscher Friedensstifter
Deutscher Friedensst…
Beeindruckend! Sieht wie ein historisches Foto aus.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Deutscher Friedensst…
DF, vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Worte!
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Don Sutherland
Don, thanks for your encouragement !
3 years ago.
Blue rubber octopus
Blue rubber octopus
The composition includes nothing blatantly anachronistic! Very nice framing there - this could be a vintage photograph.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Blue rubber octopus
Ben, thanks for your encouragement! In truth, the standard of authenticity on this line is really very high, and it's a pleasure to be able to recreate an atmosphere from times past. (They even have the car park screened with high trees, so no modern cars can intrude and spoil the scene !!)
3 years ago.