This year's annual West Highland Charter was characterised by 'challenging' weather conditions, drizzle or driving rain for the most part! In one of the few brighter interludes, Black 5 No.44871 p... (more)
Chocolate cake and ice cream (I think) provided by the restaurant car staff refresh two of 44871's support crew, having recently arrived in Inverness after an all-day run from Wick in the far nort... (more)
Another of the haunts of my youth was Hopton, just east of Mirfield in the Calder Valley. A lovely reminder of those days was to see a 'Black 5' crossing the River Calder this morning, albeit in l... (more)
The LMS 'Black 5' 4-6-0s are widely (and rightly) acknowledged to be a classic British mixed traffic design. They are regarded by photographers as a mixed blessing probably because no less than ei... (more)
The other side view, a line of photographers wait to capture that magic moment 'alone' on a remote Scottish moor wiith a steam in the landscape shot
Approaching 5:00pm on a chilly January evening and Black Five no. 44871 calls at Ramsbottom with the last train of the day for Bury.
The weather forecast was set for day of grey misty gloom but high up in Cumbrian Mountains on the climb to Shap Summit the sun broke through briefly just as the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express pa... (more)
Brooksbottom Viaduct spanning the River Irwell must have featured in thousands of photographs over the years. I confess to having my fair share and why not? It's a classic location and with the ri... (more)
British steam at its very best, the remote Rannoch moor in the Scottish Highlands, wonderful early morning light on a crisp still autumn day. The unmistakable beat of a Black 5 pounding up the in... (more)
On a perfect autumn morning (rare in Scotland's Western Highlands), 44871 performs a runpast for participating photographers across the desolate but hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor with the annu... (more)
In the wilds of Rannoch Moor between Rannoch and Corrour, 'Black Five' 44871 peforms in perfect light, doing an almost perfect recreation of a Glasgow Queen St to Fort William train in the early 1... (more)
LMS Black 5 No 44871 in full flight crossing Rannoch Moor in the Scottish Highlands in wonderful autumn early morning light
Black Five no. 44871 departs from Rawtenstall, on the East Lancashire Railway, with the Thursday 11:00 service to Bury.
A slhouette under a threatening sky of Black Five no. 44871, running in reverse, at Burrs, on the East Lancashire Railway, with the Wednesday 10:00 service from Bury to Rawtenstall.
Black Five no. 44871, departs from Rawtenstall, on the East Lancashire Railway, with the Wednesday 11:00 service to Bury.