Mike Roberts' favorite photos
Great Central Railway Loughborough 30th September 2004
GCR/LNER O4 63601 departs Loughborough station on a "Windcutter" minerals train Photo Charter - I worked the morning firing turn on the same charter & after handing over to the relief crew took the opportunity to take some photos myself.
Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 31st January 2017
Southern Q 0-6-0 30541 departs from Loughborough Central with the van train during a Photo Special Charter
Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 20th November 2016
It's 07.09, still dark, still raining, and both BR Standard 2 78018 and GW Modified Hall 6990 Witherslack Hall have been lit up on this last day of the GCR's Last hurrah weekend.
Other engines out today were 70013 Oliver Cromwell, 48624, 45305 and Class…
Great Central Railway Rothley Leicestershire 5th November 2016
British Railways Standard pacific 70013 Oliver Cromwell departs Rothley station past the Up Starter with its train for Leicester North.
Storming past Biligou
Early morning and consecutively numbered QJs 7038 and 7037 storm up the west side of the Jinpeng Pass on the Jitong Railway. I loved seeing such big steam in action on this line right into the 21st century.
Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 9th October 2016
Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 45305 comes off shed with drain cocks open generating its own weather system.....
Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 7th October 2016
A Great Western scene on Loughborough shed. Visiting from the Severn Valley Railway Small Prairie 2-6-2T 4566 was being prepped on the second day of the Autumn Gala. Alongside was resident Modified Hall 4-6-0 6990 Witherslack Hall.
Great Central Railway Loughborough 18th August 2016
Photo by Joseph Connell.
Caught on camera as I was closing the smokebox door of Stanier 8F 48624. It was the end of the afternoon shift and I was disposing the engine. Next job was to go under & empty the ashpan. Ah, the "Romance" of Steam
Derby Station 24th September 2016
Derby station is almost lost in the fog generated by Stanier Princess Coronation 4-6-2 46233 Duchess of Sutherland as it departs for Scarborough with the Yorkshire Coronation.
Old Nice Rooftops
As a former Parisian, I loved Paris rooftops.
I must say I'm charmed by provencal rooftops.
Our heart aches.
But as stated in the blog the whole team is safe.
We stand with the people who have been touched.
Into the quarry
Hudswell Clarke 1173 of 1924 - 0-6-0WT+T 'ALPHA' heads into the Threlkeld Quarry on a recent 30742 Charters event. The locomotive was restored to working order in 2016 at Statfold Barn.
Switzerland - Lake Brienz
Lake Brienz: looking westward from the jetty in Brienz.
Great Central Railway 50th Anniversary of Closure Gala 3rd September 2016
Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 44984 returns to Loughborough as train 1B01 at 09.20.
It's 50 years to the day that the Great Central route to London Marylebone was severed south of Rugby and the Last Main Line was no longer a main line. The present-day GCR is mar…
Rhyd Ddu Garratts
A pair of Garratts stand in pouring rain at Rhyd Ddu on the Welsh Highland Railway. It was so wet that a photo with the notice boards in fron of the locomotive was the only option from the shelter of the station building. At least the Braithwaite tank is…
Kassel Hesse Germany 19th May 2016
These Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (KVG) vehicules built by Alstom RegioCitadis in 2004 are dual voltage DC/AC tram-trains for use on the electrified network in and outside of Kassel. RBK712 & RBK714 are both heading away from Kassel Hauptbahnhof while…