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None of the Glamour

Industrial rilaways have none of the glamour of their main line passenger paying cousins, but thesmall engines work their hearts out shifting goods and materials around for the companies that employ them.

The Heritage scene is a little similar in that the small industrial based lines do not have the glamour of the big passenger lines such as the North York Moors or the Seven Valley, but they do put on a good show for the punters at their steam galas and the staff generally are very friendly as well.

The Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire is a prime example of such a railway, in my opinion one of the best. Seen here are two of it's stalwart little engines hauling a long rake of coal wagons out from the old Foxfield Colliery site up a steep incline during a steam gala event. Plenty of smoke and steam to help make a good image, even though it was quite a grey day.

None of the Glamour

Industrial rilaways have none of the glamour of their main line passenger paying cousins, but thesmall engines work their hearts out shifting goods and materials around for the companies that employ them.

The Heritage scene is a little similar in that the small industrial based lines do not have the glamour of the big passenger lines such as the North York Moors or the Seven Valley, but they do put on a good show for the punters at their steam galas and the staff generally are very friendly as well.

The Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire is a prime example of such a railway, in my opinion one of the best. Seen here are two of it's stalwart little engines hauling a long rake of coal wagons out from the old Foxfield Colliery site up a steep incline during a steam gala event. Plenty of smoke and steam to help make a good image, even though it was quite a grey day.

comments (13)

Powerful image. It can't have been much fun living close to a railway line in the days of steam though!
Les Auld: Dirty, grimey, noisy, probably enough for starters. Amazing how we no look back with fondness to those days. thanks for the comment Ian.
  • Max Black
  • limbering up for todays sports extravaganza again
  • 14 Sep 2007, 10:23
Evocative of all the best stuff that Ian Allen used to publish, top one Les.
Les Auld: I remember my Ian Allan locoshed books, takes me back. Thanks Max.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Sep 2007, 11:33
The equipment, buildings, shaft hoist - everything gives me the idea that you took a time machine back for 60 to 70 years. Excellent and going to my likeys.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, there is a lot of old stuff around here making it look as it did in days gone by. Thanks for the comment
  • Lilith
  • clearing bookshelves
  • 14 Sep 2007, 11:59
Wonderful shot. Steam buffs would really love this one!
Les Auld: Thanks Lilith, couldn't agree with you more.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Sep 2007, 16:01
super shot, lovely old feel to. mal
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Mal.
great shot les.wish i was there.
Les Auld: Thanks Micheal, it was a great day out.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Sep 2007, 21:52
Oh where are my Ian Allen trainspotter guides now? I remember lying in cuttings wathching the trains go by.

This is a powerful photo and not just for the nostalgia. Excellent. Mike
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, never lay in cuttings but climbed on bridges and crept into stations and sheds with my trusty Ian Allen, all gone now though.
Bravo, Les. Great B&W pic. I like!
Les Auld: Thanks Jose, glad you like it.
Amazing shot - the timelessness of it is wonderful and the smoke is so nicely captured.
Les Auld: Thanks Jewlya, it never ceases to amaze me the lengths the enthusiasts will go to to re-creat the past, and then allow us to photograph it.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Sep 2007, 05:13
Super image, Les. B&W is a good choice here.
You have done a great job with the columns of smoke...I shall have to imagine the other great thing about steam locos...the incredible, unique sounds!
Les Auld: Thanks Ray, the smoke is all down to the hard working driver and fireman, I just took the photo. Glad you like it.
I love this and it is going in my likeys. I don't know this line but Staffs isn't far from Worcestershire so I'm going to get up there and have a look.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, I don't think you would be disapointed, it is a very friendly line.
  • Steve
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Oct 2007, 10:46
Wow. I don't understand how I've missed these. I must have been away or something.
Les Auld: Thanks Steve, glad you like it.
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 29 Dec 2007, 14:23
Very impressive, I love the old engines and you captured this very well, a likey to me
Les Auld: One of my favourite preserved lines Astrid, thanks for the comment.

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