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This website originally only contained my collection of photographs taken of railway locomotives, but I have now started including photographs on other subjects and interests. Of the railway photographs they are of locomotives that have been used on the mainline of Britains railways since I started 35mm film photography. The digital images have been taken since 2006, when I moved over to the digital format. Living in Plymouth there is a strong bias to photographic locations in and around Plymouth and the South Hams on the Western Region mainline. Since my website went 'live' I have received numerous requests to supply prints, so a shop page has now been created SHOP

Many thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy your visit.

Rob Barnes January 2012

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With GWR's entire Class 57/6 locos on display at Old Oak Common open day on Saturday 2 September 2017, the down sleeper from Paddington to Penzance utilized hired in DRS 57310 'Pride of Cumbria' on the previous Friday evening. While located in Cornwall over the weekend the loco plus the day coaches work a return trip to Exeter. Making a welcome break from the usual Class 57/6 normally on this train, 57310 hauls 3 day coaches up Hemerdon Bank while working the 2E75 13.35 Plymouth-Exeter St Davids.

Class 57/6 57604 'Pendennis Castle' approaching Laira Junction with the 5Z77 14.15 Exeter New Yard-Laira TRSMD, consisting of the HST set scheduled to work 1A73 05.46 Exeter St Davids-Paddington. The train was cancelled due to 43164 suffering a serious engine compartment fire while stabled overnight and five fire appliances attented the insistent (note the burnt roof panel near the cab of the power car). 14 September 2017.

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One of my treasured possessions, with Stanier 5MT 45327 of Llandudno Junction shed (6G) standing at Crewe sometime in 1963, with 1A43 Llandudno to London Euston train.
You can't take this type of photograph these days, of a steam engine at a mainline station without hords of people getting in the way!

Photo courtesy: Bob Barnes (father).

Laira shed March 1977 and the final railtours have run and all the 'Westerns' have been withdrawn, never to grace the mainline again - or so we thought!

Photo courtesy: Desmond Curnow

EWS St Blazey Family Day 31 August 2002 with D1015 Western Champion on display.

Who would have thought that a Western would ever work a revenue earning china clay train again in Cornwall when they were withdrawn in 1977. This become reality the previous day when D1015 worked 6G11 and 6G10 between Fowey and Goonbarrow. This was only possible with the hard work and dedication by members of the Diesel Traction Group, which gives great pleasure to many people with each foray onto the mainline. Recently, plans have also been mooted to return D1062 Western Courier to mainline condition.

Anyone fancy a Western doubleheader on the former Western Region mainline.....

Photo courtesy: Nick Perring

The (above) Black 5 photograph is believed to have been taken around June 1963. Other locomotives identified that day from the photo's taken include 44985, an ex works 44837 on a down passenger, 70051 Firth of Forth on 1G14, D233 Empress of England, E3011 & E3067. If anybody has any info or logs to identify the actual date, or 45327's working, could you be so kind as to email me.

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