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Featuring the railway photographs of Jim Carter; I. Some names are less well known than others, yet each and every one was responsible for converting thousands of youngsters into 'wannabe' railway photographers.

(Above-Below) Established in 1887, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways's Horwich Works had a long proud history of locomotive construction, the first to roll off the production line being John Aspinall's 2-4-2T No 1008 in 1889, now preserved at the National Railway Museum.

During Aspinall's tenure as Chief Mechanical Engineer (1886-1899) a further 677 locomotives were built, and another 220 under Henry Hoy who became CME when Aspinall was appointed General Manager of the LYR.

Richard adds - 'The Calder Valley and the Copy Pit line were largely ignored by most photographers in the early 1960s but, living as I do in Rochdale, they were on my doorstep.

However by spring 1963 I acquired an 8mm film camera and so concentrated on cine with only a few still photos after that date...' Needless to say, I apologize unreservedly for wrongly crediting his photo…after all this is one of the best photos on the entire site, stirring up fond memories of lazy lineside trysts with a camera in the early Sixties; indeed compared to the frenetic jostling for elbow room among the rat pack of steam photographers today, railway photography was largely a relaxing pursuit in the old days - at least, that's how I remember it.

Unlike landscape photography, you can't wait for the right light, a speeding train is gone in the blink of an eye!

As a result, several factors have to be taken into consideration, such as type of film, angle of shot, focus, choice of lens - and, the most important of all: a fast shutter speed.

Morten; Mike Mitchell, Peter Batty, Andy Sparks, Bill Wright, Phil Spencer, John Stoddart, Keith Long, Alex (Mac) Mc Clymont; Dave Salmon; Roy Lambeth..a few words about copyright legislation The term 'labour of love' is an idiom that has become unbearably clichéd with overuse in recent years, but railway photographers deserve such an accolade, because had it not been for a small number of dedicated amateur cameramen a huge amount of our railway heritage would never have been recorded on film.

But taking pictures of express trains is a lot harder than it looks.

By 1907 the Works had produced its thousandth engine, a four-cylinder compound 0-8-0.

Then in 1923, the LYR became part of the LMSR and its irst Chief Mechanical Engineer (1923-1925), George Hughes, was responsible for the design of a 2-6-0 mixed traffic loco, better known among enthusiasts as the 'Horwich Crab'.

It is seen at Castleton as CMD pilot, running in on 21 November then setting off for Sowerby Bridge, its home shed the day after Needless to say, unlike the opening shots (above) I had more failures than successes, but when a picture entered the category of one's personal best, it was sent to a publisher in the hope that it would appear S Carr, ER Morten, Kenneth Field - plus many more too numerous to mention here.

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