Monday, December 26, 2022


East Lancashire Railway.  Probably taken at Moss Hall Road facing west.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

Playing Tourist

Burg Al Arab, Dubai UAE.  You know you're in a tourist trap when you're looking for the best spot to take a picture and realize there's a photographer's booth positioned there charging $10 a picture.  This was taken about 15 feet away and 3 feet below the best spot.

Monday, December 05, 2022

No Traffic?

I don't know if you can ever get a picture of the the Bangkok railway station without traffic in front of it, but it certainly didn't happen the day I was there!  This is actually several pictures taken over a couple minutes while leaning hard against a lamp post.  Afterwards I overlaid all the images and erased the bits that had vehicles in them.  It took a little patience, but it did give me an unobstructed view...eventually.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Season's End

Last photo of the evening, October 29 (30?) of 2020.  It was dark enough, I genuinely could not see most of this color with the naked eye.

Saturday, November 05, 2022


It's an incredible station with considerable history.  It's also still quite busy today.  
Take a look here for more photos and an interesting book on Paddington's history

Monday, October 31, 2022

Night Flight

Messerschmitt BF 110G-4 equipped with radar for use as a night fighter.  
RAF Museum in London, UK.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Open Road

 Taken on a drive through the Pennines. I'm not 100% certain, but I believe I'm facing North here and that's Kirkhaugh just off to the right. 

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Because, Race Plane!

RAF Museum in London, UK.  Note the lack of ailerons; this was a wing warping design!

Monday, October 03, 2022


Seen in the Leeds Industrial Museum.  

Can you imagine the sound of the belts slapping?  Just think of all the oiling around necessary each day to keep all the shafts and idlers spinning smoothly.  

I'm reminded of a comment I saw in "Cathedrals of Steel" a small book about the railroad roundhouses at Galesburg, IL.  One 'old timer' noted that the biggest improvement ever made to the roundhouse was the introduction of electric machine tools.  Rather than running a big lineshaft system all the time you had considerably less noise by powering individual machines with individual motors that could be switched off when not needed.  

Monday, September 19, 2022

Soot and steam

According to my 1943 copy of 'British Locomotive Types' this inside cylinder 0-8-0 was originally designated class G2 on the London and North Western Railway prior to being grouped in class 7F of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, presumably in 1923.  

Here is its datasheet.

Monday, September 05, 2022

The Keep

Carlisle castle.  Note the beginning of a long, shallow staircase on the right.  When gunpowder and cannons overtook swords and archers on the battlefield the keep was no longer provided suitable defense against attacking forces.  You didn't need to scale the enemy's walls if you could blow them down from afar.  
  The staircase was added to enable the movement of artillery to the roof of the keep. On the inside, a wall was built, bisecting the keep in order to provide reinforcement for the guns on the roof.  The result is a series of rather odd, narrow rooms.  Not the sort of place you would find comfortable for very long.

Monday, August 22, 2022


Perhaps a bit understated, but there is still water falling.  Beehive Falls,  Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia    

Monday, August 15, 2022

Red Dragon

This 2-10-0 was known as the Evening Star; The Red Dragon placard designates the name of the train being pulled.  I must have taken this picture between 2008 and 2010 because this locomotive was temporarily at the Swindon Steam Museum to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  It was built in March of 1960 making it the last steam locomotive built by British Railways.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Brighton Junction

This particular scene has been gone for several years now as the this junction has been modernized.  I doubt the switchman much enjoyed being stuck in a tiny shack and using a portapot all winter.  

Monday, July 18, 2022

Who needs landing gear?

Me164 Komet.  
Really, if someone straps you into a glider with a rocket and two 30mm cannon shoehorned inside, you can't assume that a safe landing was high on their list of priorities.  

Monday, June 27, 2022


Jacquard looms like this were high level automation for the era.  They used paper punch cards to define the pattern woven into the cloth.  Up until the manufacture of reliable magnetic films this same technology dominated computing as well!

Seen at the Leeds Industrial Museum.

Monday, June 13, 2022


Clearbrook VA. That convenience store has (or at least had?) a nice little lunch counter in the back.  There is plenty of traffic through here thanks to local industries, but somehow this intersection of Hwy. 11 and the Winchester Western feels like it’s frozen in time.  The feed store across the road probably helps with that too.  I hope the encroachment of fast food and boxmarts doesn’t do away with this little scene any time soon.

Monday, May 23, 2022

The postcard was nicer

 Remember, when planning a trip to England, the post card pictures were probably taken on one of the 3 sunny days you can expect on any given year.  

Monday, May 09, 2022

Torpedo room

I don't think the Becuna is ready for much action these days, but I still wouldn't recommend attacking Penn's Landing via the Delaware.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Rails on the move

Gone are the days of the gandy dancers laying segmented rail.  Now rails are rolled in pieces up to 480 feet and welded into quarter mile long sections that are then transported by special trains like this one. 


Monday, April 25, 2022

Not so weak & weary

It's not the most artistic framing for a train picture, but sometimes a wedgie still makes for a good photo.