Tuesday, 12 December 2017

More from the Essex album

A few more photographs from the 1920s family album i bought on a whim on eBay. As Clacton-on-Sea features in a number of the photographs i have made the assumption it was a family from Essex who once owned the album. It might not be of course, and if you recognise any of the photos let me know!

Farm animals feature in a number of photos including these lovely cows. This makes me think the album once belonged to a farming family. We need to be always wary of assumptions of course, it could easily be the family were city folk and the photographer just liked taking photographs in the countryside!

Assuming this lovely car belongs to the family then they probably were pretty well off.

This photograph is unfortunately uncaptioned but shows a wedding cake (another photograph shows the cake a bit more clearly).

Finally another photograph from Clacton-on-Sea, this shows the Venetian bridge and the pier behind it. Both are still extant.

Review of 2017 : May

If April was canal heavy May was railway super heavy! The month began with a couple of diesel galas at Chinnor (CPRR) and Wirksworth (EVR). Then i headed up to York to stay for a couple of nights so i could visit the National Railway Museum's two sites in York itself and also Shildon up in County Durham. I was also able to visit the iconic Darlington station and managed to squeeze in a short visit to Harrogate too.

Returning South there was no time to rest as i attended the SVR's diesel gala. One of the highlights of the year for sure. If that wasn't enough i also managed to fit in visits to Walsall and Buckinghamshire including Chesham - the furthest point of the tube map. Quite a well travelled month.

Song of the month was the slightly aptly named "long holiday" by Flyying Colours.
Harrogate station

Aboard a Northern Pacer, proper Pacer!

NRM York

SVR diesel gala



Saturday, 9 December 2017

Review of 2017 : April

After the rail heavy March the next month saw a number of visits to canal stretches for the first time. The Oxford Canal at Tackley canal was visited, the station is also interesting as it has a foot crossing over the line guarded only by a gate.

I also visited Ledbury for the first time and at the end of the month returned to the Oxford Canal, this time a stretch of it at Rugby, and visited the station too of course! I also returned to Ambergate to walk some more of the Cromford Canal.

Song of the month was "Noosphering" by The Ice Choir.
Enslow near Tackley


Rugby station

Canal aqueduct in Rugby


Stratford and a final trip on London Midland

I headed down to Stratford-upon-Avon today. I don't go as often as i used to but i think its still my fourth visit of the year which isn't bad. My main reason to go though was because i wanted a final trip on London Midland before it hands over to the new West Midlands Trains company tomorrow.

Now there is no need to get too mushy over the demise of London Midland, the same trains and staff will be operating tomorrow and it will take years to relivery all the trains. However it is a bit sad personally as when i returned to regular train travel first to go to Stratford for my frequent visits to the archives during my masters and then to work in Worcester for a few months it was with the company i travelled. So i'll miss them, even though really just the name has changed!

I didn't do a great deal in Stratford, just venture around the canal basin though its interesting that some work is taking place there. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 8 December 2017