Monday, 25 September 2017

Rowlands Castle 1977


(All pics 6.7.1977 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

Four lovely shots I managed to take back in 1977 at the neat station at Rowlands Castle in Hampshire. I took the motorbike up from Littlehampton on a hot summer's day, the roads round Rowlands Castle weaving in and out of Hampshire before I got there.

Back in 1977 the Portsmouth Direct Line wasn't that busy, one express and one stopper per hour I think, but I snapped one train passing through. The station looked in pretty much original condition with few if any passengers. I suspect it's a lot busier now, hopefully all the buildings survive.

A piece of luck was the elderly car in the exterior shot making the picture look like it was taken about ten years earlier!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Wivelsfield 1977


(All pics 4.7.1977 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

A few shots from an oddly quiet Wivelsfield station in July 1977. At this time it was still replete with traditional buildings on both platforms. These black and white shots capture station details nicely and for a change I managed to include a few passengers in the shots!

Wivelsfield is on the Brighton Main Line and in 1977 saw both fast and stopping services from Brighton to Victoria. Trains from Littlehampton to Victoria via Hove and trains from Eastbourne and Ore also passed through, so the lines were quite busy.

Nowadays the stopping service is Brighton to Bedford via Thameslink (2 trains an hour) and Eastbourne/Ore to Victoria (Brighton to Victoria on Sundays) (1 train an hour). The station serves the northern part of Burgess Hill, the village of Wivelsfield is two miles away.


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Grantham 1986


31 119

150 101

(All 4.6.1986 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

Still being paid for travelling around the country in 1986! I dropped into Grantham pre-electrification and got these shots. I'm particularly pleased with the class 31 shot.

All this was to change of course soon after as electrification of the ECML was completed.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Doncaster 7.7.1986


56 091 Doncaster 7.7.1986

31 306 Doncaster 7.7.1986

47 228 Doncaster 7.7.1986

43 050 Doncaster 7.7.1986

E41044 Doncaster 7.7.1986

43 050 Doncaster 7.7.1986

56 091 Doncaster 7.7.1986

37 120 Doncaster 7.7.1986

(All pics 7.7.1986 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

My railway comfort zone is fairly limited - southern England and Switzerland. Outside those areas my knowledge is patchy, and gets patchier the further out I go!

I was a year into my driving job when I snatched the chance to visit Doncaster station. I knew it was a busy place, but didn't know where lines went or what traffic was carried. These pictures are from a visit of about an hour, pre-electrification of course! As well as HSTs and First Generation DMUs there were class 56s on coal trains, a class 31, class 37 and class 47. Not bad at all!


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

East Somerset Railway - 6.8.2017

It's almost becoming a tradition, my birthday trip to the East Somerset Railway! This year was even better as, purely by chance, the dining train was running. This was a superb experience, great food and atmosphere and excellent service throughout. Highly recommended!!

After the meal I trekked round Cranmore station trying to get photos. I've never found this line that easy to photograph, but the shots are there if you look for them! I also got a bargain in the shop - a secondhand copy of The Longmoor Military Railway (David & Charles) at just £3.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Peterborough 1986


43 061 Peterborough 7.7.1986

37 168 Peterborough 7.7.1986

45 046 Peterborough 7.7.1986

(All pics 7.7.1986 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

On a trip to Peterborough in July 1986 less than an hour brought an HST, a couple of classic DMUs and a class 45 and 37 hanging around in the sidings.

The line was electrified soon afterwards, and some electrification poles are already visible in some of the shots.