Men at work, running steam on the South Devon railway

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by grebeman, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    A set showing the volunteer crews of the steam trains on the South Devon Railway.

    Coupling the engine, pannier tank 1369 to the leading carriage, a job carried out by the fireman

    The driver of the engine above about to move the reversing lever from full forward gear to full reverse gear

    The fireman on Collett 3205, note the tea brewing on the shelf above the firehole door

    The driver on Collett 3205

    The guard giving the all clear to the crew of pannier tank 1369 at Staverton

    The fireman of Collett 3205 hosing down the coal dust at Staverton

    The train crew in conversation at Staverton

    The driver of Collett 3205 at Staverton awaiting the all clear from the guard

    All with the Panasonic G1 and my much underused Panasonic 14-45mm, f/3.5-5.6

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  2. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Excellent shots Barrie. Really nice to see the "workers" :smile:
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  3. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    some lovely tones again Barrie ... and "the train crew in conversation" just confirms how enviably well you capture people and construct an image

    are you going to go back with a Mamiya?
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  4. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group


    I'm expecting my Bessa R back on Tuesday. They've found nothing wrong with it, some doubts as to my processing. How I can engineer to get a small fogging mark in the same place on different frames and 2 different rolls is beyond me. I've bought a roll of Super XP2 locally for an arm and a leg and found somewhere to process it, so I'll be going back with that later in the week, then get it processed and see if there is still a problem.

    I hope you're fully recovered.

  5. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    yes, saw in another thread that was the case ... rather annoying!
    If you are anywhere near a Boots in the next week or two, they are doing "3 for 2" on all film, including XP2S.
    As for me... well I am improved, but when someone stabs you in the kidney with a knife, (however carefully), it takes it's toll. I'm sleeping a lot!
  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    A wonderful trip back into yesteryear, Barrie. A great series of captures, well narrated, and I like the tinted monochrome look.
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  7. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    That really was a lucky accident, the signalman had opened the gates for the train but forgot to pull off the home signal, so the engine stopped short still in the platform. With the length of train it would normally have carried on somewhat out of the platform and across the road, so that shot would not have been possible.

    Yes, I saw your previous post, my Kingsbridge Boots only has colour negative film, that's why I went to this other shop. They only had one roll at over 2x mail order price, still for just one roll to test the Bessa and their processing. If it proves to be OK I'll probably get some more mail order, as well as use up my HP5 and chemicals.

    I recall having my gall bladder out in 1975, so can relate to your pain. Odd thing is I've recently been diagnosed with gall stones again :frown:

  8. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    ,ah but you can order the film at Boots' online shop and have it "delivered to store" and still get the 3 for 2 ... I can't yet find it cheaper elsewhere in an online store, but it's only a matter of more diligent searching
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Barrie, these are wonderful. You live in or near such photogenic people and scenes. I know, I know...we can all photograph those around us...or in our various haunts but these men at work on the steam train do feel as though they're from times past. I think that it's just that many of us don't have the good fortune of seeing these scenes. I should get my daughter to photograph the commuter railroad scenes around here.:rolleyes:

    Beautifully done!
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  10. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    really like the B&W look you have given these.
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