Photographers of trains & locomotives
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The bulk of railway photographers were content to concentrate on photography, but many also assembled collections of their own work (or as in the case of Fenman published as a group) and a few contributed to railway literature in general, some (notably Casserley on a substantial scale).
Adams, John H.L.
John Adams joined the Railway Photographic Society in the mid-1930s while he was studying art and photography in London. During the war he served as a photographer with the RAF, and eventually formed his own photographic company, which specialised in advertising. Whilst working with the Tal-y-llyn Railway Preservation Society in 1951, he first met Pat Whitehouse. They began a prolific partnership and over the years produced a series of books and magazines, as well as fifty instalments of the Railway Roundabout television series for the BBC.
The Adams collection at the NRM is mainly composed of 2¾ x 1¾ to 5 x 4 ins glass and film negatives. These cover the main British operating companies and show locomotives built for the GWR, LNER, LMS, Southern, LBSCR, Great Central, Midland, London, Tilbury & Southend and Great Eastern Railways, together with railways on the Isle of Wight, in Wales and Scotland. There are also images of the Kent & East Sussex and Festiniog Railways, the Wantage Tramway, preserved lines, industrial railways, photographs of railwayana and railway art, and a small number of copy negatives showing stations and trains from the 1880s. The British Railways era is well represented whilst overseas railways featured include the French SNCF and scenes showing engines at Bulawayo in Rhodesia in 1944.John Adams died in September 1997. (from NRM data). See also short Backtrack feature (2017, 31, 444) with photograph of him in 1936.
Alexander, Philip M.
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain: Practicing architect based in Chippenham. Pictures date back to 1920s. Took still pictures during making of The Titfield Thunderbolt.
Allen, Ian Cameron
Educated Westminster School: friend of Hamilton Ellis. Qualified as a medical practitioner at St. Thomas' Hospital. Spent most of WW2 as army medical officer working on troopships.Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain: Author of several compilations including 55 years of East Anglian steam (dedicated to Driver Bill Last).
Anderson, William (Bill) J.Verdun
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain: born Edinburgh on 28 March 1932. Educated at Rugby. Family paper mill business at Leslie in Fife. Marvellous pictures of Scottish trains. Died 23 September 1989. see also W.J.V. Anderson. Take four. in Rly Wld, 1967, 30, 162: Brief biograpphical note; cameras used and photographs taken in Britain, Spain, Switzerland and Finland and portrait of photographer..
Ashcroft, W.H. (Bill)
Died 10 April 2017 aged 82. Worked at County Hall Preston. Took colour transparencies avaliable Colour-Rail
Ashman, H. John
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain:
Born 1934: died 29 March 2013 at Cannock Hospital, following a stroke. Lawyer who was Company Solicitor to the ATS tyre shop business. Lived in Eccleshall, Staffordshire. Excellent photographer and compiler of Steam in Colour series published by Jane's Transport Press with outstanding picture quality. Backtrack, 2013, 27, 381.
Eastern steam in colour. 1986
London Midland steam in colour. 1984
Scottish steam in colour. 1987
Southern steam in colour. 1985
Barrett, Richard Henry
Very early railway photographer whose premises adjoined the Gloucester railway viaduct. Photographs of broad gauge locomotives. Previously considered to be work of R.E. Bleasdale, but he merely saved the collection. Parkhouse, Ian.The braod gauge at Gloucester, Rly Arch., 2010 (27), 2.
Colour transparencies taken in July 1956 at Gloucester (Backtrack, 2013, 27, 224) and at Grantham (Backtrack, 2014, 28, 155)
Died 30 December 2014. Worked briefly in Stratford Drawing Office under E. Thompson and even met Gresley, yet failed LNER medical, but accepted for military service and lived to what must have been a great age.Exploring the GWR in Wartime (Steam World, 2005 (219) 42) includes photographs taken at Oswestry on V.E. Day 1945 of the Tanat Valley motive power (reproduced herein)
Bedford, Edward John
E.J.Bedford of Lewes: photographer of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway by John Minnis: Bedford, some of whose work is included in this collection took his first railway photographs in the 1880s, and in 1889 began to experiment with the idea of taking photographs of moving trains, an approach which revolutionised railway photography. Initially, the quality of his work went unrecognised and only a few of his photographs were published. It was not until they were reproduced by J E Kite in his '1850-1925 Vintage Album' some years later that the quality of Bedford's photography was recognised in a wider field.
Begbie, Thomas Vernon
Born in 1840; died in 1915. Edinburgh photographer included stereo pairs. Remarkable clarity. Almost chance survival. Mainly architectural, but also street and water-side scenes. North British Railway Study Group have made intelligent use of collection to study the history of Waverley terminus and its bridges; and by the use of extreme magnification the locomotives and rolling stock visible by accident.
1837-1897. National Archive notes that R.H. Bleasdale's railway photographs are among the earliest that survive, and are also remarkable for the range of subjects they cover: he is believed to have taken some 3000 photographs. It is thought that Bleasdale, who lived in Warwick and later Birmingham, began taking photographs in about 1857, and over the following years he paid visits to the works of many of the main railway companies. He photographed many of the early engines of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, including Locomotion, as well as other well-known engines now in the National Collection, such as Puffing Billy and Agenoria. The majority of his negatives however, are held, uncredited, in the archives of the Locomotive Publishing Company. R.H. Bleasdale stopped taking photographs in about 1892 but the NRM collections contain nine negatives credited to Bleasdale which date from about 1905. These images of static Great Eastern Railway locomotives were probably taken by his son, R.E. Bleasdale. See also Bob Miller The Sacre singles which includes several photographs attributed to R.E. Beasdale (Modellers Backtrack, 1992, 2, 141). (The Locomotive Magazine feature below credits the two photographs published to "R.E.". A further collection of some 200 of R.E. Bleasdale's negatives is held by the Manchester Model Railway Society. R.H. Bleasdale negatives in the LPC collection are listed, but not credited to him. A catalogue, dating from about 1890 and held in the NRM's archives, lists many of the images once marketed by the Bleasdales and some of these photographs are now in the NRM collections.See Locomotive Mag., 1924, 30, 249-50. D. Baxter gathered 130 prints in a collection called Victorian locomotives published by Moorland and reviewed somewhat sharply in Railway World, 1979, 40, 167.
Died in 1976 whilst still young: see Post-War Southern Steam in East Sussex and Kent featuring the photographs of Geoffrey Bloxam. Holne Publishing. 96pp. reviewed by JC in Backtrack, 2015, 29, 382
Photograph of broad gauge train takenn from another train on mixed gauge track near Highbridge or Brent Knoll. See Locomotive Mag., 1934, 40, 144
Robert Brookman 1899-1922. An album (possibly owned by Edward Talbot) was believed to be the personal property of Robert Brookman and to contain mostly photographs which he took himself between those dates although some may have been taken by his brother.The album contains some 460 photographs of which roughly 160 are Great Western, 150 of the Great Northern, 100 of various other British companies, mostly radiating from London and about fifty of overseas subjects. The Great Western Railway. Volume 1. From Dean to Churchward. compiled by Glyn Edwards (the album begins with some short historical notes on the locomotive classes featured and then presents a selection of high quality images with informative captions).The remaining photographs of the other companies will eventually be featured in two further volumes. Information off Robert Hudson website: the published album does not appear to heve been deposited at the British Library; and a review has still to be found. Talbot included some in Railway Archive.
Bruton, Eric Duncan
Autobiographical material (he was born in 1917 and died on 15 May 2002). His negatives are held at NRM. Included in: Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. Also an appreciation by Bob Essery in LMS Journal, (2), 26.
Buckley, R.J. (Ron)
Born in 1917; joined Birmingham Locomotive Club in 1932 wher he met W.A. Camwell. Joined LMS as wages clerk at Lawley Street goods depot. WW2 in Royal Engineers. Post war career took him to Kings Heath then to Derby in the Divisional Generl Manager's Office. Scottish family holidays in 1946, 1950 and 1959. Steam in Scotland the railway photographs of R.J. (Ron) Buckley; compiled by Brian J. Dickson. History Press, 2015. Reviewed by Ian Terrell. NBR Study Gp. J., 2015 (124), 50
Budden, Tice Fisher
Born on 6 October 1866 at Canonbury Prk in London. Died 25 March 1949. Educated at Cleaver House in Windsor and at Gonville & Caius College in Cambridge being admitted on 1 October 1885. Passed the Natural Sciences Tripos and awarded Batchelor of Arts in 1888. In 1895 he was awarded MB and BC and practiced as a dentist in parnership with Henry W. Breese at 5 St. James Court, London SW1 which was also Budden's home address. The partnership was dissolved in August 1933. Later he lived at Staneride, Roman Road, Dorking. He took up photography whilst at Cambridge starting with stationary locomotives and moving on to trains in motion. Edward Talbot. Backtrack, 2017, 31, 500.
Minnis, John. Dr T.F. Budden in Cambridge, 1889: steam locomotive studies from the dawn of snapshot photography. Br. Rly J., 1990, 4, 108-9.
Tice Budden acquired a Kodak camera which took 100 2½in diameter circular photographs and was then returned to the company for processing. Four of these early snaps are reproduced and show a Stirling 2-2-2 No. 229 on a service to King's Cross, a LNWR Special DX 0-6-0 No. 1742 on a train for Bletchley. and two GER Sinclair Class Y 2-4-0s Nos. 361 and 372. The short article also notes Budden's contribution to the photography of moving trains and the significance of T.F. Budden and R. Bucknall's Railway Memories (1947): Ottley 7866 which cites the authors in the reverse order and notes that 204 of Budden's photographs were included in the book published by the Authors. A further illustration of GNR 2-4-0 No, 206 probably shows the photographer looking at the locomotive in Cambridge Station (information from Walter Bell of the Locomotive Publishing Co.). See some reminiscenses of the late A.C.W. Lowe (signed T.F.B.) who met each other at Cambridge: Locomotive Mag., 1942, 48. 56. Dover boat train taken at 45 mile/h near Chislehurst on 29 May 1899. Locomotive Mag., 1900, 5, 25 (plate facing page) Smoke effects. T.F. Budden.. Rly Mag., 1941, 87, 125-8. [including modification of photographic images]. See also remnant of Brunel's atmospheric railway with Budden photograph. Locomotive Mag., 1921, 27, 10-11. Brief obituary in Locomotive Mag., 1949, 55, 55 which mentions Rixon Bucknall's Railway memories which contained Budden's photographs. Locomotive Mag., 1939, 45, 356 notes a contribution from Budden with photographs in G.W.R. Mag. on reminiscences of broad guage. See also Rixox Bucknall Railway memories.
Lived in Aberdovey facing onto the harbour. He was a professional man and could afford photography. He took pictures of Cambrian Railways locomotives and trains mainly from near his home between about 1905 and 1925. Many of the these are reproduced in Railway Archive: No. 3 page 81; No. 5 page 61; No. 9 page 51 and No. 16 page 27. T.J. Edgington wrote about specific photographs in the the collection in Number 10 (page 43)
Frank Carrier was born in 1900 and died in 1952. Following military service in WW1 he joined the Midland Railway at Derby Works, and eventually worked in the locomotive drawing office. The picture of the Beyer Garratt with dynamometer car and passenger rolling stock demonstrates his priviledged position. His son Michael shown in photograph of Coronation died in 2006. Collection housed Kidderminster Railway Museum.
Postle, David and Kidderminster Railway Museum. The Frank Carrier Photograph Collectlon. Rly Arch., 2009 (23) 25-34.
Casserley, Henry C.
Coles, C. R. Lewis
Joined Kodak in 1927. Admmitted to Railway Photographic Society in 1930s. .Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Explained his working methods in Br. Rly J. LMS Special Ed., 1988, p. 19 et seq
See letter from Eddie Johnson in Backtrack, 2019, 33, 189
British Rail Album No 1: North & East. Ian Allan Ltd 80pp. Reviewed Railway Wld., 1975, 36, 211
Photographer in Gloucestershire area: Archive, 2014, (84) 15 shows remains of track of Brain's Tramway taken in late 1940s and British Rly J., (5) 156-9. shows photographs taken illicitly during WW2 of strategic widening between Cheltenham and Gloucester. This work was completed in 1942.
Cowan, S. T.
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. KPJ: Father (who supplied him with lineside permits) had a very high opinion of Derek Cross for his charm and courtesy.
First encountered his photographs through Bill Hobson at Delph Junction signal box. Jeffrey Wells (Backtrack, 2011, 25, 314) notes that worked at Lees shed which accounts for many photographs of Delph Donkey.
Dodds, William Harvey
Born in Nottingham in about 1830; he had a business in Wolverhampton in 1862 where he photographed a boiler explosion at Millfield Ironworks, Bilston; in 1868 he had a business in Banbury (where he photographed LNWR 2-2-2 and 2-4-0 locomotives); in 1879 he was declared bankrupt; but must have recovered as he was subsequently in business in Sheffield. The photographs are of London & North Western Railway (LNWR) locomotives and the first and third were probably taken at Banbury and consist solely of the locomotive: See Rly Archive, 2012, (35), 56.
Photographs near Naburn swing bridge in 1936. Locomotive Mag., 1943, 49, 100-1.
Earley, Maurice W.
Born in Reading in 1899/1900 and died in 1982. Associated with Great Western Railway. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Edgington, Thomas John
Former railwayman who had worked in Control Office in Birmingham New Street during WW2, then in Public Relations Office at Euston and joined NRM in 1975. Died in York on 14 September 2017 aged 92. Took many record photographs in colour and appears to have had a highly organized collection. Appreciation by Michael Blakemore and collection of his black & photographs taken at New Street.
Authority on Irish narrow gauge railways, but collection held by NRM is composed of a small body of negatives showing GWR locomotives at Bristol Bath Road. There are images of King Henry IV, Castle, Hall and River class locomotives, some including the enginemen. There are also photographs of LMS locomotives. Fayle, who lived in Bournemouth, is best known for his extensive photography of Irish railways in the early years of the twentieth century and these negatives are held by the Irish Railway Record Society.
H Fayle & A T Newham, The Dublin & Blessington Steam Tramway, Locomotion Papers No. 20 (Oakwood Press, 1963)
H Fayle & A T Newham, The Waterford & Tramore Railway, (2nd ed, David & Charles, 1972)
H Fayle, Narrow Gauge Railways of Ireland, (republished by S R Publishing, 1970)
Vast number of photographs and many books, notably the autobiographical Around the world in search of steam (David & Charles, 1987). Recorded the end of steam from Britain to the ends of the earth, including Patagonia and China.
Garry, Arthur W.M.
Born in 1890; won scholarships to Eton College and King's College Cambridge and worked in Colonial Service, at least 20 years were spent in North Borneo. In 1921 he had married a GP's daughter from Minehead and eventually retired there and died in 1969. He left his photographic collection to Peter Darke who compiled Great Western locomotives on the main line: scenes from an Edwardian Railway (Ian Allan, 2012). Most of the photographs must have been taken from near Reading whilst Garry was a student
Excellent series in Steam World: see also letter from XXX
Gilks, John Spencer
Mainly associated with record photgraphs in Backtrack: see autobiographical article therein: 2010, 24, 284.
Good, W. Leslie
The Good collection was acquired by the NRM in 1994 as part of the Millbrook House holding. It is composed of 4¼ x 3¼ ins glass negatives and features locomotives and trains of the 'Big Four', primarily LMS locomotives built originally for the Midland, Lancashire & Yorkshire and LNWR together with the LNER's constituent engines constructed for the Great Northern, Great Central and Great Eastern Railways. There are also small numbers of photographs showing the GWR and Southern Railway. W Leslie Good, who for many years marketed his work as 'Good Photographs', lived at Kings Norton near Birmingham and the collection is particularly strong in photographs taken in the West Midlands.
Gray, Peter W.
Died 2 October 2017; aged 89. Associated with Devon and Cornwall: Steam in Devon (Ian Allan 1995) and Steam in Cornwall (Ian Allan 1993) are both colour photograph albums. Appreciation Amyas Crump Backtrack, 2017, 31, 764.
Groom, Bernard Wren
Born in June 1791 and based in Cambridge: see Rly Arch., 2012 (76), 71.
Harvey, Sidney Arthur Willis (Arthur)
Died suddenly at the age of 52 in 1964. He had worked in the Post Office and was a member of the Stephenson Locomotive Society. His photographs were published in the Southern Railway Magazine and Railway World. He was an ethusiastic recorder of locomotive performance and Nock published some of his records in Locomotives of R.E.L. Maunsell and in Southern steam. The Railway Performance Society hold his logs on its database. Photographs reproduced in Railway Archive: Issues 18 page 39 et seq; 19 page 33 et seq; 20 page 46 et seq; 21 page 43 et seq; 22 page 15 et seq
Hebron, Frank R.
Most of his work was taken before 1937. Liked to photograph trains at speed. Retired to Balcombe in 1960s, Died in 1980' .Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain.
Heiron, George F.
Photographer and artist. Born in Bristol in 1929. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. See also Rly Wld, 1967, 28, 292.
Hepburn, T. Gordon
Born 11 February 1905. worked in coal trading in Nottingham. .Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
T.G. Hepburn railway photographer. Ian Brown & Brian Stephenson, Nottinghamshire County Council/RAS Publishing. reviewed by Phil Atkins. Backtrack, 1998, 12, 577
One of the Fenman group of photographers: public school teacher: sadly his death in June 1992 was due to being murdered. . Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
David Hepburne-Scott appreciation. Richard Ray. John Coiley. Steam Wld, 1992 (62) 34-8.
Obituary notice: subject was a superb photographer and physics teacher and housemaster at Westminster School. Portrait and illus. both colour and b&w. He was a perfectionist who demanded sunshine, and tended not to take pictures in winter. Neither writer notes that subject was murdered.
Herbert, C.C.B. [Cyril]
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. Joined LNER in 1925: favoured the Leica..
Died 2017. Contributed to Backtrack
Hopwood, Harold L.
See Rly Archive Number Issue 18 page 31: Harold Hopwood was born in 1881 and joined the Great Northern Railway in January 1897, becoming a clerk in the Locomotive Department in 1902. In July 1907 he was moved to the Train Running Section at King's Cross and following the Grouping he was moved to Liverpool Street before returning to King's Cross. He was a founder member of the Railway Club. He died in 1927: obituary Rly Mag., 1927 June. Arman also relates how he obtained the collection of prints and it is noted that the glass photographic plates are held by the Locomotive Club of Great Britain as part of the Ken Nunn Collection. Michael Hardy (letter Issue 19 p. 70) states that death was on 23 April 1927, citing Locomotive Magazine for 14 May 1927). Also notes that Hopwood advertised his prints for sale in Locomotive Magazine in 1904. Also notes that Steam in camera 1898-1959 (Ottley 10465) records the movement of the Hopwood collection by Ken Nunn and Bernard Maycoack.
Railway Club papers:
The G.N.R. West of Grantham 1917 see Locomotive Mag., 1917, 23, 67.
In 1961 purchased a pre-1939 Leica and took about 8000 negatives leading to 500 acceptable pictures: some reproduced with a portrait of photographer in Rly Wld, 1967, 28, 198.
Household, Humphrey G.W.
Archive held by NRM. Prolific. his images are generally good quality, atmospheric views of trains in motion. He photographed the GWR, including both trains and ferries, the LMS, Southern and London Electrics (Metropolitan) trains, the NER, Great Central, Great Eastern the Midland & South West Junction Railway and for the LNER locomotives, trains, engine sheds and Hull docks. He visited and recorded the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway and the Derwent Valley and Nidd Valley Light Railways. The collection also includes views of narrow gauge railways, Welsh railways, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, and the Harrogate Gas Co Railway. Household also photographed the Wisbech & Upwell Tramway (of the GER/LNER) in 1927 and 1928, and the construction of Scar House Dam in North Yorkshire between 1923 and 1928. He had a keen interest in industrial locomotives and quarrying, photographing the Leckhampton Quarries Co Ltd in 1923 and 1924. Other locations Household covered include the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway, the Swansea & Mumbles Railway and the Kent & East Sussex Railway.
Southern steam in the 30s. Railway Wld., 1973, 34, 200-2
Johnstone, Archibald Clive
See Railway Archive, 2014 (43) 42
Mainly recorded Irish railways and locomotives. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Kite, John E.
Born Westcliffe-on-Sea, where he remembered the transition from green to red on LTSR line. Educated at Hurstpierpoint, where he hated the physicality of the regime. Collected and took photographs. Entered wool trade in Bradford, and after two yesrs operated as a representative selling bolts of cloth to gentlemen's tailors. Travelled widely in Britain and Europe. Active member of Stephenson Locomotive Society: friend of J.N. Maskelyne. Commissioned 7mm models from Bernard Miller. Active service in Navy during WW2. Post-war he worked for YMCA where he enjoyed the travel and collecting rare books. Considered acquiring Cotterell & Co. (specialist railway bookseller), but decided against and collection was acquired by Norman Kerr. Instead he became a partner in Holleyman & Treacher between 1947 and 1963 where he specialized in music. He was a friend of C. Hamilton Ellis and read some of his manuscripts. He continued to collect rare books and latterly lived in Seaford. He especially liked the GNR, the GER and LBSCR and Irish railways. He compiled Vintage album 1850-1925 (Hatch End: Roundhouse, 1966), (102 unpaginated pages which makes citation difficult: Ottley 10433) and the less successful Vintage steam. (Ian Allan, 1969). John Minnis. John E. Kite. Br. Rlys J., 1995, (52), 196-7.
Photographer at Cowlairs Works, NBR: see NBR Study Gp J., Issue 86 page 22
Mace, Arthur W.V.
LNER employee probably based in Newcastle: see Backtrack, 1999, 11, 102.
Recorder of the broad gauge on the GWR. See: Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Died 6 December 2014. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain: associated by KPJ with colour pictures taken mainly in the West Midlands and published in Backtrack. The Taking the strain comments are mainly related to cameras, the photographer's sadness at the decline in the use of railways, and his tardiness in failing to capture what was still around when he took up photography
Baker states that he was a devout Roman Catholic who specialised in photographing Southern locomotives. Lived in a state of chaos, and greatly assisted Ian Allan in starting his railway publishing business: Allan Driven by steam: was eccentric to say the least: he was overweight, unhealthy and a confirmed bachelor, entirely harmless and benevolent. He was a great photographer though it took him hours to take one photograph with an ancient plate camera and tripod covered with the traditional black cloth under which he spent hours in focusing before the actual shot. When we got him involved with the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Jack Howey, impatiently watching him under his black cloth, dubbed him 'the Professor' and he was thereafter always known as 'Prof. He was an excel- lent journalist and had an intimate knowledge of anything that moved in South London. He was always a great draw at the Model Railway Club exhibitions at Central Hall where we regularly had him on our elaborate stand. On the last evening, rather than have the fag of loading up all the unsold stock we would have a 'sale' during the last hour and a half on the final Sat- urday evening. This caused great consternation to the other traders whom we were undercutting and to the show organisers because we always cre- ated rather a noisy crowd. However, it was our tradition and we always did it through thick and thin and walked away with quite a lot of swag in our canvas bag. OJM went mad one day and started a unilateral sale during the early days of the exhibition as trade was a bit slow. I had to warn him not to but as soon as my back was turned he started off again, even offering somebooks for a halfpenny because no-one was buying them. As he was a director, none of the staff could really gainsay him so alas this and other very odd goings-on he started doing decided us that it was time for him to retire from the Board. He took it very badly and I am afraid things were never quite the same again. I probably mishandled him as I did several others in my time but this one I always regretted..
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
O.J. Morris's Southern Railways 1919-1959. Lawrence Marshall, Middleton. Reviewed Neil Parkhouse in Archive, 1997 (16).
Includes a six page introduction to this photographer's work, mainly in recording locomotives.
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Works photographer at Beyer Peacock. See Euan Cameron, NBR Stuudy Gp. J. Number 132
Irish: recorded Cork area in 1920s and 30s. Work appeared in Rly Mag. IRRS. .Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Ireland: first photographs 1946. Active member IRRS. .Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Newton, Sydney Walter Alfred
Born in Leicester in 1875; died in Beverley in 1960. Photographer and son of Alfred Newton who owned a photographic business. Photographed work on the construction of the London Extension of the Great Central Railway and he estimated that he had taken 3000 photographs of it. About 2250 of his photographs are housed in the Leicestershire Record Office. R.F. Hartley J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2018, 38, 235
Born in Birmingham in 1930. Started photography in 1947. Married in 1959. Moved to Ledbury in 1963. Died in August 1965. See LMS J., 2008, 85th Anniversary Issue, 2 (page 7: see box for appreciation by his son). Major collection of his work compiled by Bob Essery reviewed MJS in Backtrack, 2010, 24, 126.
Nunn, Ken (Kenneth Adrian Clement Roper)
Ken Nunn was born in Broadstairs on 3 September 1891, but his family moved to Brentwood. He was educated at St. John's School in Leatherhead and in 1910 joined the accounts section of the GER at Liverpool Street. He was badly gassed at the second battle of Mons and was invalided out in 1916. He took a long time to recover, but was eventually able to rejoin the GER and following the grouping moved to King's Cross. He married in 1931 and moved to Wembley. Before his retirement in 1952 he worked for George Dow at Marylebone in the PR Department. He took both official and his own photographs using a heavy reflex camera with glass plates. He was a great believer in recording his photographic work, and that of his brother Cyril D.E. Roper-Nunn. He used Cayenne as a pseudonym. He was active in most of the major railway societies and was a founder member of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain. Died 8 April 1965.. Obituary Rly Wld, 1965, 26, 242.
Owen, Trevor B.
Died December 2015 in Aberystwyth: excellent colour photographer. KPJ lived in same corner of Welwyn Garden City as his father who was an avid car restorer and helpful supplier of car bits. He used to love Jowett vehicles.
Parley, Thomas Bernard
Known as Bernard. Born in 1876; died in Chippenham Wiltshire in 1951. Organ scholar at Durham; ordained Chaurch of England priest. Served as curate at Darlington, Snainton, Shirebrook, Pelton and St. Ives in Cambridgeshire. Rector of Tivetshall St. Mary in Norfolk from 1911 until retirement in 1946 when he moved to Chippenham. Model railway enthusiast with large 0 gauge layout in rectory garden. See Archive, 1994 (1), 41
Pearsall, Alan and Ian
A Cumbrian railway album from the cameras of Ian and Alan Pearsall; compiled by Leslie R. Gilpin. Cumbrian Railways Association. reviewed in Backtrack, 2012, 26, 443 by DWM *****
The Pearsall brothers combined a passion for transport and photography with a fascination for the railways of the Lake District and the Northern Pennines. Folowing the death of the elder brother, Alan, in 2006 the collections of photographs passed into the archive of the Cumbrian Railways Association. This elegant album is the eventual result. The photographs themselves are beautifully reproduced; and are supported by detailed captions and excellent maps. Inclues a formal portrait of the brothers alongside River Irt at Dalegarth in 1938. Great variety of locomotives in the photographs: Ivatt Class 4s, complete with double chimney, a sun-dappled NB 'Scott' at Carlisle, Furness, NE and LNW 0-6-0s and a refreshing number of BR Clans which were recently described to the reviewer by a former fitter from Inverurie as 'not really a 'Pacific' but a darn sight better than a Jubilee!
A North Lancashire Railway Album from the cameras of lan and Alan Pearsall. Leslie R. Gilpin. Cumbrian Railways Association, 111pp. reviewed in Backtrack, 2014, 28, 318 by MB ***
The work of these two brothers is less well known than some but there is some good photographic work here spanning the years 1945-68. The West Coast Main line naturally features strongly but there are some refreshingly unfamiliar locations; the Morecambe and Heysham line is covered along with its electrics, the route through the Dales to Settle Junction, the Morecambe branch from Hest Bank including the rarely seen Euston Road terminus, and the docks and ships at Heysham harbour where some Irish 2-6-4Ts are shown being loaded in dismantled form. Better than many photo albums recently seen, with good reprographic standards.
Perrier, Sidney (Sydney often used)
Early user of Dufay colour: several images reproduced in Modellers Backtrack and more findable by Googling
Best known for his photographic and cinematic studies of the Somerset & Dorset line. The significance of Peters' photographs. including moving images, is intelligently observed by noted by Neil Burgess in the defunct LMS Journal No. 38 p. 42 et seq,who also notes that Peters lived in Royal Crescent in Bath, had the means to use high quality equipment and has a road named after him in Bath. ,See Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. Obituary by R.C. Riley in Br. Rly J., 1989, 3, (27) 352. Friends included Dick Riley and Norman Lockett
Author of book on photography reviewed in Locomotive Mag., 1907, 13, 74.
Pilcher, Percy William
Born in 1866. Many photographs taken from 1892 when he was a teacher at Shrewsbury School. See warm review by Michael Blakemore (Backtrack, 2008, 22, 638) of collection compiled by LNWR Society
Born in Alderney with name Pouteaux, but dropped the "x". Died 14 November 1932 aged 70. Vendor of photogarphs ratther than a photographer
The Railway Photographs of E. Pouteau. Part 1. John Alsop. Rly Arch., 2004, (1) 26-46.
Biography of Pouteau and account of his postcard retailing operation, with lists. Railways South East The Album page 67 has photograph by "A. Pouteau of London & Blackwall Railway locomotive at North Greenwich. Pouteau's work was described by Kite in British Railways Journal, Number 52 page 110. In addition to the tabulated ilustrations there were reproductions of advertising material. Part 2 Issue 2 page 73
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Reed, William [Bill]
Nottingham's railways from the Bill Reed Collection; compiled Peter Tuffrey. Chalford Publishing. reviewed by Phil Atkins. Backtrack, 1998, 12, 577
An appreciation by Kenneth H. Leech. Railway Wld, 1958, 19, 24. Never happier than when photographing locomotives.Everyone called him "Josh," and always in friendship. He was, indeed, a most lovable. person, with his cheery smile and eager enthusiasm, and his ready sense of delight. Railways, and especially steam locomotives, were the. objects of his greatest interest, but his frequent attendance at classical concerts at the Festival Hall, and at rugger matches at Twickenham gave evidence of other interests near to his heart. His professional career was spent with Longmans, Green and Co., Ltd., the well-known publishers, where. he was production manager for many years; and in this field his profound knowledge and artistic acumen made him a very highly regarded authority.
No one would ever have taken him for a veteran of 74 years of age, Slight in build, active in body and bubbling over with the enthusiasm of youth, he looked, indeed, far younger; and until a year or so ago he used certainly to tire out at least one, of his friends, many years younger than he, with his eager energy, still there to .be called on even after a long day. He was the son of a farmer, whose farm at Potters Bar now lies submerged beneath the advance of London suburbia. The circumstances of his childhood undoubtedly evoked in him the great love of animals which remained with him through life: and the Great Northern main line, running alongside the farm, was his first, and greatest, love, though his school years at Brighton brought a strong rival into being, the L.B. & S.C.R., with its Stroudley and early Billinton locomotives.
As time. went on, his railway interest expanded to cover;all Britain, and he ranged far and wide in building up the wonderful and unique collection of locomotive portraits, of which a selection has appeared in the Railway World during the past months. These have formed .for many years probably the main source of photographs of British locomotives, and the fact that only rarely were they credited to him used sometimes to ruffle him the least bit.
Over his lifetime, Josh enjoyed the friendship of several generations of enginemen, starting with Sam Watson, who drove the G.N.R. 8 foot single, No. 774 for 16 years, and there are not a few top-link drivers, still at work or just retired, who will feel with his many other friends a deep sense of loss in his death. His photographs were reproduced in Rly Wld:
Part 4 (1956, 17, 231)
Part 9: 1957, 18, 69
Part 11: 1957, 18, 147
Died in 1976 after falling from Victoria Bridge on Severn Valley Railway in August 1976. Started taking photographs in 1961. Pioneered use of telephoto lens for railway photography. See online material (including photographs)
Riley, Richard C. [Dick]
Author of the section on photography in the Oxford Companion. Marvellous collection of colour photographs by him, taken earlier than by most, other than by Eric Bruton. Highly articulate: frequent writer of letters and contributor of short articles. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Steam in England: the classic colour photography of R.C. Riley by Rodney Lissenden with contributions by Dick Hardy, Nicholas Owen and Christine Riley. Hersham: Ian Allan, 2009.
Christine, the photographer's widow provides a short memoir which notes the year of his death (2009), his employer (Glyn, Mills & Co., bankers), their two sons, grandchildren and Army service during WW2
The colour of steam: Vol 9, The Great Eastern Line.Atlantic, 48pp. softbound,
Reviewed Railway World, 1991, 52, 506
Died 18 December 2013. Geoff's railway photography had been a splendid resource for magazine and book illustrations for as long as Chris Leigh could remember. He was always willing to look out material on request and was a great person to deal with. He was apprenticed as a cabinet maker at Associated Commercial Cars Ltd (AC Cars) at Thames Ditton and did much of the woodwork inside the five diesel railbuses which the company built at its Taggs Island factory. During the time that Leigh owned W79976, Geoff sent him copies of his photographs showing how the railbus bodies were extricated from the tiny factory. He will be best known and remembered for his colour photos of the Southern Region - Bulleid 'Pacifics' in the SW London suburbs and out into Surrey.
1890-1965. Lived in Darlington. Photograph 4-8-0T: as LNER No. 1353 on Darlington shed on 22 July 1934 in Backtrack, 2018, 32, page 56 and Britannia No. 70009 Alfred the Great on up Bournemouth Belle at Bournemouth in July 1951 Backtrack, 2005, 19, 740; 60034 Lord Faringdon (garter blue) on down non-stop at York on 12 June 1948 Backtrack, 2003, 17, 306.
Photograph taken at Edinburgh Waverley on 1 July 1928 of NBR Atlantic No. 9903 Cock o' the North and St. Margarets steam breakdown crane: see North British Railway Study Group J., 2009 (106) 36.
Russell, Patrick. Steam in camera, 1898-1959. London: Ian Allan,
Includes plates from his brother and photographs by Harold Hopwood and R.P. Angus Lewis. Portrait of Ken Nunn. Some of the photographs are exceedingly interesting: e.g. Stumpf Uniflow S2 4-6-0 on Heaton shed on 14 May 1920
Russell, Patrick. Steam in camera, 1898-1960. London: Ian Allan, 1981. 112pp.
Again some of the photographs are exceedingly interesting: on pp. 70-1 one has Llanelly & Myndd Mawr 0-6-0T Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T Merkland, Taff Vale Railway 0-6-0 No. 359, Brecon & Merthyr 0-6-0ST No. 8 and Cardiff Railway 0-6-0T No. 7 with a push & pull set. Neither book is indexed.
Minnis, John. New century on the South Eastern & Chatham Railway. Upper Bucklebury: Wild Swan, 1985 (Ottley 18856), Album of photographs taken by Selby
Died of tuberculosis in November 1899: contributed to Locomotive Magazine.: death notice: Locomotive Mag., 1900, 5, 25 (plate facing page). Kite collected Sellon's work
Born in Cippenham, Bucks.in 1930. Mainly LMS/LMR in Midlands. Suffered a stroke in 1990..Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
George Smith, when 89 years old, was subject of an article by phototgrapher Bryan Holden. George Smith had been the Chief Photographer at Swindon and had met Churchward and Collett. His work extended beyond the official photographs of locomotives in photographic grey before the adoption of panchromatic film to taking photographs for carriage panels and Holiday Haunts. After military service during WW1 and a brief period in an estate agent's office he joined the drawing office staff at Swindon and became Chief Photographer in 1924. Illustrations to the article include some of his work: inside Swindon A shop in March 1925; Star class No. 4038 Queen Berengaria in photographic grey; third class dining car interior 1934; ship's propeller on special wagon; Kennneth Leech with George Smith in October 1987; and Richard Potts (artist and HST driver) with painting of No. 4901 Adderley Hall; and Kenneth Leech photograph of No. 4901 Adderley Hall taken in September 1958.See Bryan Holden. Focus on the photographer. Railway Wld., 1989, 50, 233.
Smith, George W.
Pre-WW1 photographer who continued after; used heavy plate camera recording L&YR and early LMS from his home near Moston: see Backtrack, 2014, 28, 163 (one of pictures contains photographer)
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain
Stephen, Ranald D.
Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain was unaware that Stephen had published autobiographical material about himself in books publshed by Bradford Barton. See review of Steam supreme in Rly Wld, 1980, 41, 491. Brother was a signal engineer
Brief biograpphical note and portrait; camera used and photographs taken in Britain, Portugal, France, Switzerland and Germany. Picture Editor of Locomotives Illustrated Ian Allan series Take four.reviewed in Rly Wld, 1969, 30, 72-5. Southern express locomotives, lan Allan Ltd, 128pp reviewd in Railway Wld., 1988, 49, 588.
See Hendry, especially pp. 136-9 for this photographer's work in recording the Talyllyn Railway: died on 28 May 1958 (long association with RCTS) see Rly Wld, 1958, 19, 224. Also took cine film see Loco. Mag., 1932, 38, 446
See Rly Arch., 2014, (45) 33.
Stuart, Charles R. Gordon
Charles Gordon Stuart Annex at Didcot Railway Centre.
Tidey, H[erbert] Gordon
Wonderful photographs of old LNWR trains, but none included in Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. KPJ's favourites are those taken of trains leaving Oxenholme on the climb to Grayrigg. Born in 1879: from 1900 devoted one week per annum to railway photography. Collections include: Those were the trains (Ian Allan, 1954 dust jacket has Hugh Le Fleming painting of SDJR 2-4-0 and Introduction explained his methodology). Letter from him published in Moore's Monthly Magazine on p. 30 (requested members of Jeannie Deans class)
He was born in Willesden on 2 June 1907 and died on 13 May 1978 at Appleby station whilst photography a steam special. He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's and excelled at sport, including boxing. He became a committed Christian following holidays in Norfolk. He worked for Toc H teaching boxing to boys from poverty-stricken backgrounds. He became an Anglican cleric who eventually became Bishop of Wakefield. Mainly interested in the scenic aspect of railway photography and David Jenkinson published several articles in Backtrack which sought to extend the captions for much of the best of Treacy's work which frequently suffers from a lack of this crucial information. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. Several compilations available. Being a bishop ensured an ODNB entry (by John A. Hargreaves). One of the best collections is The best of Eric Treacy. Nairn: David & Charles, 1994. (compiled by David St John Thomas and Patrick Whitehouse (who died before the work was completed and aided by John Edgington and David Johnson)). Ian Allan had mixed feelings about him see Driven by steam page 131: Although in fairness I must say he never worried about the money and often if there was any, he would direct that it be given to charity but he was a real stickler when it came to quality. He was never satisfied. Eventually I arranged that he came down to Shepperton every time we were going to put one of his books to bed for him to approve the running sheets. He would duly appear, terrify the lives out of our printers but go away content. We would then meet later to look at further copies and he was wont always to pronounce himself chuffed. Invariably three days later would come a sizzling letter of complaint about minute matters of reproduction, a blob here or a filled in couple of dots there. It would take weeks to placate him and then he would settle down and be happy again. In his 'Palace' at Wakefield it always tickled me to see his engine driver's oil top and a set of greasy overalls hanging in the cloakroom besides his Episcopal mitre and vestments and he always averred he pre- ferred to wear the former. Treacy was a great chap, again an introduction from CJA in 1946 in Vauxhall Bridge Road when we thought up a picture book - probably the first pictures-only railway book ever published - called Steam Up at 10s 6d and printed in photogravure, a process which has long since disappeared. Thereafter followed a whole series of super pictorial books from his camera and somewhat less so his pen.
Reviews of collections:
Spell of steam. Ian Allan Ltd. 208pp. Reviewed by Basil K. Cooper in Railway Wld, 1974, 35, 436.
Vincent, Roy E.
Staff photographer on the LNER/Eastern Region: took some magnificent photographs on the Great Eastern section, notably on Brentwood Bank. Not in Baker's Taking the strain. Early colour photograph taken in September 1948 reproduced in Steam World, 2006 (234) pp. 62-3.
See letters from his son, Martin Walker and John Massey in Steam World, 2006 (227) p. 28: former gives much personal information. Latter records his bibliography.
Photographer of former North Staffordshire Railway area from 1920s: see Rly Arch., 2009 (25) 49.
Wethersett, Ernest Richard
Born in 1893; lived near Willesden Junction. Died on 3 October 1987. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the strain. See also Andrew Dow. That reminds me... Steam World, 2005 (219) 46 in his (and his father's contacts) with gentle man whomn he saw in his Oxford home
At last the man behind Colour-Rail has come to the surface with the appearance of a book under his name (LNER locomotives in colour). He has done more than anyone else to ensure the preservation of colour images from the early days of railway colour photography. His book contains a colour portrait of the wonderful chap.
Whitehouse, Patrick B.
Died 11 June 1993 aged 72. Early user of colour film. Baker, Michael H.C. Taking the train . Whitehouse took up railway photography in the 1930s, but soon abandoned the traditional three-quarters front view of the passing train and began to favour the 'pictorial' shot, in which setting was as important as the subject. Encouraged by 'Cam' Camwell he also photographed what were then considered unusual subjects: branch lines and narrow gauge railways. Initially, the equipment Whitehouse used was rudimentary, but a simple Coronet box camera was soon replaced by a folding Kodak, a gift from his grandmother. In later years he progressed to increasingly sophisticated apparatus, culminating in a 35mm Leica and a medium format Rolleiflex.
Whitehouse served as a navigator in the RAF during the Second World War and on demobilisation a Kodak BB Junior cine camera, left to him in his grandmother's will, widened his interest to encompass moving film. In the late 1950s and 1960s he partnered a fellow member of the Railway Photographic Society, John Adams, in the BBC television series Railway Roundabout and together they began to publish railway books illustrated by their own photographs. Patrick Whitehouse is perhaps best remembered, however, as a pioneer of the railway preservation movement, a founder member of both the Tall-y-llyn Railway and the Birmingham Railway Museum and the first Chairman of the Dart Valley Railway.
A chartered surveyor by profession, Patrick Whitehouse also found time to serve as a magistrate in his native Birmingham, wrote forty-seven books and eventually founded his own publishing company, Millbrook House. He died in 1993, aged seventy-one. The Millbrook House archive was acquired by the NRM in 1994. This collection, which represents only a small proportion of Whitehouse's work, is composed of mainly static views of steam locomotives originally built for the 'Big Four', together with Standards, in British Railways service in and around Shrewsbury.
Photographer: sometimes difficult to find photographs of photographers: see Talbot's Illustrated history of LNWR engines Plate 375. Obituary by W.J. Reynolds and photograph of him: see Rly Wld, 1957, 18, 189..
Williams, Frank Raymond (Ray)
Active in the 1936-39 period and immediately following WW2. Used a Rollieflex. Local government officer who lived in Birmingham. Pictured in photograph by R.J. Blenkinsop on verso title page of Raymond Williams' LMS steam in the thirties; photogrphs supplied by Peter J. Boswell; captions by R.J. Essery. Didcot: Wild Swan, 2002. 90pp. Phil Atkins considered it worth four stars in Backtrack Review, 2002, 16, 654. Surprise find in Millennium "library" now shut until 10.00 hours.
1884-1917. Album owned by Mrs F. Moore Dutton. Two photographs of LNWR locomotives Railway Wld., 1973, 34, 243. Railway Wld., 1973, 34, 22: mixed collection (both in terms of locations and subjects)