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Steam Train Photography

Steam Pioneers: A Journey through the History of Steam Trains in Austria and Germany

The emergence and evolution of steam trains in Austria and Germany marked a transformative era in the annals of transportation history. From the pioneering days of steam locomotion to the eventual modernization of rail networks, the story of steam trains in these Central European nations is a captivating journey through innovation, progress, and cultural impact. The Birth of Steam in Central Europe The roots of steam locomotion in Austria and Germany trace back to the early 19th century when the

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Picture of the Week: 03-2204 AT ARNSDORF

Here we are on one of the Plan Dampfs organised in Germany where the state railways allows for four days preseved German steam engines to work normal service trains in different areas. In this case Dresden and east of. Here are two pictures taken, the first one of East German Pacific 4-6-2 03-2204 seen here storming into Arnsdorf station in the usual fashion with a last minute brake application working the 11.55 Dresden to Gorlitz train number N5111. The second

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Steam Chronicles: 20th-Century Chinese Steam Railways

The 20th century marked a transformative era for China’s railways, as the rhythmic chugging of steam locomotives echoed through vast landscapes and bustling cities. From the pioneering days of railway construction to the challenges of war and subsequent modernization efforts, the story of Chinese steam railways is a captivating narrative of progress, resilience, and a bygone era. Birth of the Iron Horse in China The introduction of steam locomotives in China dates back to the late 19th century, with the

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34086/34101 At Bournemouth

16 years old on this day in 1965 and not yet passed out for firing. Went off to the Southern Region and here I am wandering around Bournemouth shed and two Bullied Pacific’s are ready for the next trip up to London. Battle of Britain 34086 219 Squadron in original condition and West Country 34101 “Hartland”in rebuilt form. A little over two years to go before all this would be gone. 6th June 1965. Regards Ledg. Sent from my iPad

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A Quick Guide to Photographing Steam Trains in Britain

Capturing Photographing steam trains in Britain is not just an exercise in capturing a mode of transportation; it’s an art form that brings to life the nostalgia, power, and romance of a bygone era. In this guide, we’ll delve into the world of steam train photography, exploring the best locations, equipment, and tips to help you immortalize these majestic locomotives in all their glory. Research and Planning Before embarking on your steam train photography adventure, conduct thorough research. Identify heritage

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French and Spanish Railways in the 20th Century

The 20th century witnessed the majestic evolution of French and Spanish railways, where the resounding chug of steam locomotives echoed through picturesque landscapes and historic routes. From the early days of rail travel to the challenges of war and the eventual transition to modernization, the tale of steam railways in France and Spain is a captivating journey through time, technology, and cultural heritage. Pioneering Days: The Birth of French and Spanish Railways The emergence of steam railways in France and

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Picture of the week: East Germany 99-1777

The East Germans had some really nice locations for a number of Narrow Gauge railways of which some are still in operation in various parts of the country today. Here we are well south of Karl-Marks-Stadt right by the Czechoslovakian border which runs along side the line for most of the way. It was one hell of a place to get to as we were only allowed to stay overnight in Dresden although there were plenty of hotels at the

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Picture of the week: 50-485 Buch West Germany

A class 50 2-10-0 50-485 is crossing a deep valley at Buch with a west bound freight train from Crailsheim to Heilbronn. If you look carefully the engine is attached to a tender with a guards compartment behind the coal space. These were not universal though. The engine also has a covered front valance below the smoke box down to the buffer beam, these were rare on this class in West Germany. We had come here to see the last

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Picture of the Week: 62064 Saltley

K1 2-6-0 62046 has come from York on a freight train to Washwood Heath sidings Birmingham and now rests inside three shed at Saltley waiting for a job home some time in 1965. I took this picture whilst at work, it’s not good quality but brings back so much. It gives you a taste of steam at the end of it’s existence on the railway. All the shed roof has long gone through decay. Large lumps of coal have fallen

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Picture of the Week: 001-234 Hof

West German 4-6-2 2 cylinder class 001-234 stands alongside the shed at Hof its home depot in the summer evening sunshine after working the 16.34 from Neuenmarkt Wirzberg. This train was often worked by a 2-10-0 class 50. It will work the 19.12 later to Nurnberg. This was the last strong hold for the remaining few of this large class of engines and this one was the last of the class to be built. They worked all the express trains

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Picture of the Week: Yugoslav 006-020

Date: 17 November 2016 at 09:10:28 GMT This is the Austria Yugoslav border with a Yugoslav 2-8-2 class 06-020 leaving Spielfeld Austria with a passenger train for Maribor. You didn’t venture into Yugoslavia unless you wanted really serious trouble with their police so we stayed in Austria, just! The border post was right behind us. There aren’t many photographs of Yugoslavian engines about! Sunday 20th July 1972. Regards Ledg.

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Picture of the Week: 34027/34053

Here’s a picture or two for sore eyes. This could have been taken quite easily before 1967 if you worked on the footplate of the Southern Region but in 2016? well you have to be in the right place at the right time! Say no more. Two rebuilt Bullied Pacifics passing one another taken from the cab of West Country 34027 “Taw Valley” working the 16.20 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster train looking along that long firebox and boiler approaching Battle of

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