Category Archives: Railways

Steam locomotives passing Oxford

Network Rail has now built us a new bridge across the railway at Aristotle Lane. The old one gave years of pleasure to children and photographers alike, but the new one was designed, deliberately so far as one can see, … Continue reading

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Network Rail industrialises the Oxford landscape

The railway lines from Oxford to Birmingham and to Worcester run between my house and Oxford’s Port Meadow. Beside the railway line lie the Trap Grounds allotments. On 20 February, I took this photograph of the allotments from the Aristotle … Continue reading

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My photographs of North Devon railways and stations in the 1960s

I inherited from my father his interest in abandoned railway lines and in maps. I learnt to use Ordnance Survey maps from trips we did together to trace closed routes in North Devon, looking for remnants of stations, bridges, and … Continue reading

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Oxford to St Agnes by train, plane, boat and golf buggy

We are on St Agnes, the westernmost inhabited rock of the Isles of Scilly. Years ago, I worked for a while in Uzbekistan (don’t ask) and once got to my flat in Tashkent in less time than it took my family to reach St … Continue reading

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Court closures and their parallel with Beeching and the railways

The random wanderings of an iPad playlist gave me Slow Train by Flanders and Swann one morning recently. “Slow Train” was written in July 1963, shortly after the publication of Dr Beeching’s first report The Reshaping of British Railways in March of … Continue reading

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The tripod police at Oxford station

I referred in a recent article to the risk of being taken for a terrorist whilst taking photographs in London. Mary Ann was due back from Cornwall on a very late train, and I thought it might be interesting to … Continue reading

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Tripping down memory lane as we scatter ashes on Exmoor

My late father had spent 18 months or so in a plastic box on the mantelpiece, and it seemed about time that he was liberated.  Exmoor was the obvious place, and that is where we went last week to find … Continue reading

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