Early Agfacolour film was very grainy and tended to be contrasty but it sometimes yielded a 'pen and ink' effect which I found very attractive on some subjects.
When the signalbox was demolished a ground frame was provided to operate the junction.
UP NORTH IN COLOUR 1 - BR Steam Days Remembered(Above-Below) To my way of thinking there is no British steam locomotive class more pleasing to the eye than the Stanier Duchess Pacifics, especially those in the BR red livery.
It had its limitations, of course, especially when photographing fast moving trains or in poor light, but it turned out some acceptable work.
In October 1959 my boss drew my attention to a special offer on Iloca Rapid 35mm cameras; these had a 1/500th second shutter speed, a f2.8 lens and integral (but not coupled) light meter.
The locomotive was shedded at both Wakefield (56A) and at Sowerby Bridge (56E) during the 1960s.
The train is a mixed freight rather than a block coal train so is probably from Healey Mills and is heading for Moston Sorting Sidings.After all, a colour photo will always polarise opinion about the transition from steam and command a scrutiny bordering on obsession. RECONNAISSANCE WITH A CAMERA by Richard S Greenwood MBEI've always lived in a house where you could hear the trains - at least if the wind was in the right direction.Okay, perhaps the steam versus diesel debate may have lost some of its sting over years, but even the most placid spotter still bellyaches about the sad demise of Britain's railways during the Sixties, much of it inextricably linked to the decline of BR's ageing steam fleet and the dastardly Beeching axe. All night shunting in the 1940s, overnight freights in the 1950s and 1960s and now East Lancashire Railway locomotives whistling in Heywood station. Even odder still, railway photography - a natural adjunct to spotting - didn't come cheap either, yet it became one of the fastest growing pursuits for boys - and hallelujah for that! The talent to which I am referring are gentlemen born and raised during the 1940s and 1950s, who spent the best part of their youth dashing around the country in the pursuit of loco numbers or taking photographs of trains just for the fun of it. I'm talking about that quintessentially British 1950s curiosity called train spotting; a hobby demanding such high levels of commitment and pricey long-distance train travel, that it's surprising it ever got off the ground in the first place, especially during the penny-pinching post-war years.This performed very well until superseded by a zoom lens model by Bolex which in my opinion was a very indifferent performer in poor light.