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In October 1959 my boss drew my attention to a special offer on Iloca Rapid 35mm cameras; these had a 1/500th second shutter speed, a f2.8 lens and integral (but not coupled) light meter.
Even odder still, railway photography - a natural adjunct to spotting - didn't come cheap either, yet it became one of the fastest growing pursuits for boys - and hallelujah for that!
Fast-forward to the present day and Richard's fifty-odd year old photos of BR's steam days can now be enjoyed by millions on the Internet.
After all, a colour photo will always polarise opinion about the transition from steam and command a scrutiny bordering on obsession. RECONNAISSANCE WITH A CAMERA by Richard S Greenwood MBEI've always lived in a house where you could hear the trains - at least if the wind was in the right direction.
Okay, perhaps the steam versus diesel debate may have lost some of its sting over years, but even the most placid spotter still bellyaches about the sad demise of Britain's railways during the Sixties, much of it inextricably linked to the decline of BR's ageing steam fleet and the dastardly Beeching axe. All night shunting in the 1940s, overnight freights in the 1950s and 1960s and now East Lancashire Railway locomotives whistling in Heywood station.
Some of my earliest memories involve train journeys.
The colour is provided by the typical LYR signalbox with its window high in the gable end and the outside 'necessary' at the top of the steps. There is an enclosed canopy covering a crane from above the siding into the building.