Choo Choo Trains!
Here we are again with another weird diversion from my normal posts! I was reducing some railway photograph file sizes and converting them to jpegs to add to my website, ‘John Stirling Photography’, when I thought I might as well publish them in a post at the same time. The size on my website is larger than on WordPress, so it has meant a double reduction from the original file size.
I took these shots at Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, near Skipton in North Yorkshire a couple of years ago, on a very enjoyable visit with my young nephew, Luke! Having children around is a good excuse to keep visiting! I have been on steam trains as a child, as a parent, as an uncle, and hopefully will have another chance as a grandparent, and maybe even great grandparent if I am lucky enough – but don’t start too soon, please, Jonathan and Russ!
Now, this is not my forte, so I admit myself that they are not very good! In fact, when matched against some of the most skilled railway photographers, they are absolute rubbish! I have included 4 B/W ‘snaps’ of the trains themselves and two colour images of Embsay Station so that you don’t have to suffer too much:
Embsay Station is a lovely, typically English, Victorian railway station built in 1888. It still retains it’s original charm as you can see in these two photographs:
I also love the holiday advertising posters that the railways used to publish, and I have thought about becoming a collector because they are real artworks in themselves. Original railway posters, in excellent condition, can now command very good prices at auction. You can see an example in this next photograph:
I am not a railway enthusiast, and my real passion in photography is for landscape and city images. However, just once in a while, it is fun to have a go at something else!
Thank you for looking in on my blog! I hope you have enjoyed it, even with the average train photographs! I hope you visit again!