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Added 30 September 2020 - Local Bits (28/29 September 2020)
Some local captures.

Added 30 September 2020 - Defford (27 September 2020)
A quick trip over to Defford for a pair of LSL 47s on a charter train.

Added 30 September 2020 - London Underground, RAF Fairford and RAF Brize Norton (26 September 2020)
This was one of those days which at one point looked like it was going horribly wrong, but by the end of the day, looking back, it had turned out pretty mega. I got up early and headed down to London for my first picture of a battery loco since early March. This was a very pleasant shot at Sudbury Hill with cab lights on, although I was very nearly bowled by a Piccadilly Line train going the other way. I then headed across to Northfields where there was a Jubilee Line train of 1996 Tube Stock visiting for brake testing on the South Ealing test track. All this time, I was regularly checking the NOTAMs website to see if RAF Fairford was going to open as I had heard a rumour that the B52s on deployment there would be flying back to the USA on this day. While waiting for the 1996TS to move onto the test track, the NOTAM went in so I jumped in the car and headed for Fairford. The journey was a nightmare, the M4 was closed and the diversion through Maidenhead produced gridlock. I diverted onto the M40 and made my way via Oxford. Once off the motorway, I stopped and checked my phone, the B52s had left....oh hang on, only 2 of the 6 had gone, so I carried on in the hope that the other 4 might be following later. It was all quiet when I got there, but there were ground staff fussing around the aircraft and within an hour the engines began to fire up. 3 of the 4 taxied out (the 4th requiring repairs and departed a few days later), and I was treated to 3 B52 taking off in sunshine. On the way home, I called in at RAF Brize Norton, and just as I got out of the car, an Antonov flew over my head and circled to come in to land. I ran to get right side for the sun and nailed a few shots of its approach before going for a walk around the perimieter fence of the base and grabbing a few pictures of parked up aircraft.

Added 30 September 2020 - Thurmaston (25 September 2020)
A local shot of a HST - note the appearance of new pallisade fencing at this location.

Added 25 September 2020 - RAF Lakenheath (22 September 2020)
It was a bit of a mad leap, but as the weather was good, I decided to head across to Suffolk after work to see if I could catch a few F16s taking off in the evening light. I got there just as they taxied down towards the runway. I was there less than an hour, but I'm glad I made the move.

Added 25 September 2020 - Greater Anglia Unit Drag (22 September 2020)
A lunch time pop out for a pair of 47s with a class 720 unit.

Added 25 September 2020 - Local Drone Bits (21 September 2020)
Several drone pictures taken locally.

Added 25 September 2020 - East Midlands Airport (20 September 2020)
Two 747s were due in, so I spent a couple of leisurely hours in the sun.

Added 25 September 2020 - Ships (19 September 2020)
A day out in Norfolk resulted in me capturing a couple of images of King's Lynn Docks on the way home.

Added 25 September 2020 - RAF Coningsby (17 September 2020)
I ventured across to Coningsby as the BBMF were putting up a few aircraft in the evening. There were also a few Typhoons strutting their stuff.

Added 17 September 2020 - Leicester Buses (13 September 2020)
A single shot of the First Leicester bus depot.

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Added 17 September 2020 - Local Bits (14/15 September 2020)
A few local pictures, all taken with the drone.

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Added 17 September 2020 - GCR DMUs (13 September 2020)
The Great Central Railway was operating a DMU shuttle between Nunckley Hill and Leicester North.

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Added 17 September 2020 - Staycation Express (12 September 2020)
With 40145 working the Stacation Express on the S&C, I couldn't resist making a move. Unfortunately, I didn't get a single sunny shot of the 40, but I did end the day with a pleasing shot of the Scotrail 47 on the other end.

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Added 17 September 2020 - RAF Lakenheath (11 September 2020)
Some USAF F16s were on deployment at RAF lakenheath from their usual base at Aviano in Italy, so I headed across to see if I could grab a few shots. I wasn't to be disappointed as 11 of them took to the sky, along with a similar amount of F15s.

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Added 17 September 2020 - RAF Fairford (10 September 2020)
With six B52 bombers on deployment in the UK, I had a couple of days off work, the first of which, I used to try and capture some B52 action at RAF Fairford. I had to wait a while, but two went up, which I caught taking off and then returning later in the day. A couple of U2 spy planes also provided a bit of entertainment.

Added 9 September 2020 - London (6 September  2020)
A trip down to London for a bit of Underground action.

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Added 9 September 2020 - RAF Coningsby (3 September  2020)
An afternoon off work to visit RAF Coningsby. It was a productive session, with quite a few sunny shots, some glints, a decent sunset and a couple of night shots.

Added 31 August 2020 - Cotswold Airport and RAF Brize Norton (30 August 2020)
I visited Cotswold Airport near Kemble to see the British Airways 747s which have gone there for scrapping. After that, I called in at RAF Brize Norton and ended up staying there for the rest of the day.

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Added 31 August 2020 - Sheffield (29 August 2020)
While having a walk round Sheffield, the sun tried to come out while I was stood by the Cathedral tram stop and while I was trying to catch the attention of a grey squirrel.

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Added 31 August 2020 - Cossington (24 August 2020)
A couple of sunny pictures on my way home from work, then an attempt at night photography at EMA.

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Added 23 August 2020 - East Midlands Airport (23 August 2020)
I went to East Midlands Airport in the hope of getting the AirBridge Cargo 747 in sun. I started at the Kegworth end of the airport, and when the heavens opened with the 747 just 12 minutes away, I jumped in the car and headed down to the opposite end of the runway in the hope of getting something half  dramatic as it landed on the wet runway. I am pretty happy with the result.

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Added 23 August 2020 - Nottingham (22 August 2020)
A sunny spell while shopping with my wife resulted in a few bus pics and a tram pic in the Old Market Square.

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Added 23 August 2020 - London Underground (20 August 2020)
I have had a few trips over to RAF Coningsby of late, and other than a couple of pictures of planes parked up, I have had no sunny pictures. With a good forecast, I took half a day off work and took a chance. I was rewarded with 22 aircraft launching and was able to grab some shots at a few spots around the base. Getting some sunny pictures has really scratched an itch.

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Added 20 August 2020 - London Underground (16 August 2020)
Ooh, it was like relaxing into a nice comfy sofa....for the first time since February, I took a trip on the London Underground. I have missed it a lot, and I kept away for a while for obvious reasons. but it was really nice to be back riding and photographing a railway system that is close to my heart. The system was very quiet making it easy to grab fairly clear pictures at places that are normally busy like Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road. I would much rather see it busy though if I am honest.

Added 20 August 2020 - BBMF at RAF Coningsby (15 August 2020)
Although the weather was crap, I took a trip over to Coningsby to see the BBMF go up to mark VJ Day.

Added 20 August 2020 - EMA (14 August 2020)
An evening trip to East Midlands Airport.

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Added 20 August 2020 - EMA and Thurmaston (11 August 2020)
An evening trip to East Midlands Airport and a HST at Thurmaston.

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Added 10 August 2020 - HST (10 August 2020)
A quick snap at Thurmaston of a HST.

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Added 10 August 2020 - EMA and 91s (9 August 2020)
A 747 at EMA followed by two 91s at Barkston.

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Added 10 August 2020 - Settle & Carlisle (8 August 2020)
A superb day on one of England's most scenic lines, the Settle & Carlisle railway. This was to photograph the LSL operated tourist trains, but also gave the bonus of a mainline steam special.

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Added 10 August 2020 - RAF Lakenheath (again!) and Brandon (7 August 2020)
With the new lens safely in my possession, my wife suggested a repeat visit to Lakenheath, and I didn't need a second invitation. A cracking morning there was followed by a nice afternoon in Sheringham (no photos), and on the way I paused to photograph the disused signalbox at Brandon.

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Added 10 August 2020 - RAF Coningsby (6 August 2020)
An evening at Typhoon heaven. The weather was pants while I was there, but I came away with a couple of pan shots that I was pretty pleased with.

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Added 6 August 2020 - East Midlands Airport (4 August 2020)
Testing a new lens at EMA.

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Added 6 August 2020 - RAF Lakenheath and Hunstanton (3 August 2020)
As part of a day out with my wife, I called in at RAF Lakenheath to see some USAF F15s. They were taking off to the east, so made for some very nice pictures from the adjacent road. It was then off to the coast, and I have included a drone picture of Hunstanton.

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Added 10 August 2020 - Drone Pictures (31 July 2020)
Wyfordby and Bulkington.

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Added 26 July 2020 - East Midlands Airport (26 July 2020)
What a line up, an Antonov AN124 followed by an Ilyushin IL76, plus a few other bits. Sadly, the sun didn't play ball for the IL76, but came out just as the Antonov was approaching.

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Added 25 July 2020 - RAF Coningsby (23/24 July 2020)
An after work visit to RAF Coningsby to watch the Typhoons.

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Added 22 July 2020 - Syston, Skeggy and RAF Coningsby (20 July 2020)
A day out to Skegness which also included a class 66 hauled unit drag at Syston and a quick visit to RAF Coningsby.

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Added 22 July 2020 - Derbyshire and EMA (19 July 2020)
A day out in Derbyshire with a quick visit made to East Midlands Airport on the way home.

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Added 18 July 2020 - Friday Bits (17 July 2020)
Leicester at lunchtime and Bulkington in the evening for 4M87 (which I got blobbed on by a cloud)

Added 18 July 2020 - Sunday Variety (12 July 2020)
I have been waiting for a northbound freight to run over Harringworth Viaduct ever since I bought a drone. One was booked to do just that, so I started the day there. This was followed by a 66 at Barrow on Soar, some East Midlands Airport action (got the AirBridge Cargo 747 arriving in sun at last), a 60 at Willington, a drone shot of Toton and a 66 on an engineer's train in Leicester.

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Added 18 July 2020 - WCML and Local Bits (11 July 2020)
I went over to Mancetter in the morning. I know I have already done the sleeper here, so this was almost a repeat, but on my last visit, I just missed the 88 on 4M49, so that was my main target this time. There was then a few other bits floating about, so I moved to Grendon. In the evening, an engineering train at Thurmaston was followed by a 66 on the sand at Rearsby.

Added 18 July 2020 - Searchlight Lane (10 July 2020)
I was there for the 86s on 4M87 but managed a few bonus 66s.

Added 18 July 2020 - Before and After Work Moves (6 July 2020)
Rearsby in the morning, Easenhall and Cossington in the evening.

Added 18 July 2020 - Diverted HST (5 July 2020)
Rotherby with an EMR HST avoiding Leicester due to engineering works.

Added 29 June 2020 - London Underground (28 June 2020)
It has been several months since I last visited the London Underground due to the Covid-19 restrictions. On this day, I made a low key 'non-contact' visit to two locations by car to grab a few photos. The first was Arnos Park viaduct where I used the drone to show the viaduct cutting through the park, and the second was Leytonstone where I was after a location which really requires high summer sun  to get it lit properly. I look forward to the day when I can once again explore this great system free of the currently necessary restrictions and advice to avoid using public transport.

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Added 26 June 2020 - WCML Bits (25 June 2020)
Early morning at Mancetter followed by an evening visit to Ansty with the drone.

Added 26 June 2020 - Rearsby and Kirby Bellars (24 June 2020)
Early morning at Syston for a red HST followed by an evening visit to Ansty.

Added 26 June 2020 - Local Stuff (23 June 2020)
Lunchtime pictures at East Goscote and Thurmaston, followed by an evening visit to Cathiron for the 86s on 4M87.

Added 26 June 2020 - Rearsby and Kirby Bellars (22 June 2020)
A drone shot of 6L75 at Rearsby and St Peter's Church in Kirby Bellars.

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Added 26 June 2020 - East Midlands Airport (21 June 2020)
A Sunday afternoon visit to EMA to capture an AirBridge Cargo 747 and the first commercial passenger flight since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Added 18 June 2020 - Antonov AN124 (16 June 2020)
A lunch time break from work made to coincide with the arrival of a Russion Antonov AN124 at East Midlands Airport.

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Added 18 June 2020 - Leicester Area (13 and 14 June 2020)
A bit of weekend local variety.

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Added 3 June 2020 - Kilby Bridge & Syston (2 June 2020)
A 37 dragging a Crossrail unit, NHS liveried 66731 on the Birch Coppice and some drone shots around Syston North Junction

Added 3 June 2020 - Diverted Sleeper, Biffa 66, Pocket Rocket and a Pair of 20s (1 June 2020)
Some before and after work stuff. In the morning, I headed over to Burton-le-Coggles for the diverted sleeper, and then on the way home paused to capture the Biffa liveried class 66 with the drone as it pulled away from Syston East Junction, followed by the 'Pocket Rocket' HST at Syston South Junction. In the evening, there was a rare move when a pair of class 20s passed through the area towing a rail grinder. This was captured at Rearsby. 

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Added 3 June 2020 - Thurmaston, Crick and Leicester (31 May 2020)
Late morning, I ventured to Thurmaston for a southbound HST which was timed perfectly with when the cutting is fully lit. I then headed off to Crick to capture the class 88 departing from DIRFT with the diverted 4Z45 to Mossend where I also managed a bonus 66 on 4L48. A very pleasant afternoon was then spent walking along the Grand Union Canal, and my return to Leicester was timed perfectly with the 'Flying Tomato' HST heading south on a Nottingham to St pancras service. 

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Added 3 June 2020 - WCML, Melton Mowbray & Rearsby (30 May 2020)
An early start for what I thought was a one shot move to Ashton for the sleeper. I some discovered though, that there were two pairs of class 86s heading south on container trains, so I did the first at Gordon's Lodge, and the second at Milton Malsor. The afternoon was then spent doing 'civilian' things, during which I managed a drone shot of St Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray. Finally, there was a 37 heading back to Derby in the evening, and I popped out to Rearsby to capture this in lovely evening light.

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Added 3 June 2020 - Grendon & Atherstone (29 May 2020)
I headed across to Grendon with the aim of capturing the class 90s on 4M25 and the pair of 86s on 4M87. Both were captured, although I had been working all day and got away a bit late and had only just got into position when the 90s turned up. I was aware that the 37 I had missed the previous day was on its way back, but I wasn't planning on staying that late, so had dismissed it. I did a line up on realtimetrains and discovered that the 37 was in fact running two hours early, so I dived over to Atherstone station and captured it there. I then did the 86s back at Grendon and had a little play with the drone before heading home. 

Added 3 June 2020 - Crick Tunnel (28 May 2020)
With a pair of 86s on 4M87 and a class 37 dragging a class 317 EMU to Kilmarnock, I looked for a location that I had not done before. This involved watching a couple of driver's eye view videos on youtube and looking for open spaces. I found one near to Crick tunnel and decided to go and explore. It turned out to be quite a pleasant spot, although it was quite a walk to get to it. The 86s were nailed without issue, but the 37 got caught up in a signal failure on the North London Line and ended up running 90 minutes late, and as I had other things to do, I left before it got anywhere near to me. Ironically, I discovered later, that had I just typed in 'Crick Tunnel' in a Flickr search, I would have found pictures of this location as it has been visited by other photographers. I bet the location would have been shadowed up by the time the 37 got there. 

Added 3 June 2020 - Melton Mowbray & Grendon (27 May 2020)
Three pictures, the first being a class 66 on 4L93 captured as it was passing Melton Mowbray just as I was heading home from work. Then in the evening, it was off to Grendon for the pair of class 90s on 4S47 and the class 88 on 4S45.

Added 26 May 2020 - Class 720 Drag (26 May 2020)
47739 and 47727 took a class 720 unit from Worksop to the Old dalby test track. I managed to capture the train at Cossington, and then again as it made its way up the branch from Melton Junction to the Asfordby Test Centre.

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Added 26 May 2020 - Bank Holiday Weekend (23-25 May 2020)
Without having to stray too far, there was a tremendous amount of variety that could be photographed over the course of the weekend, the highlights probably being the diverted DRS intermodals on the ECML which were worked by a class 88/68 combination.

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Added 22 May 2020 - Local Stuff (15-22 May 2020)
There has been a lot of sun recently, so there has been a lot of moves for train pictures, mostly before and after work, plus a handful of purposely timed lunchtime 'pop outs'. It is all local stuff, which is no bad thing as in normal times, I often have a habit of travelling half way across the country and ignorning what is on my doorstep. You may notice one or two very elevated shots among these. In the boredom of lockdown, I bought myself a little drone, which I have been having a play with, it's quite a fun piece of kit. 

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Added 14 May 2020 - Railway Bits (6-14 May 2020)
If you look at my 2020 railway page, due to the coronavirus lockdown, there were just two entries for April! May has already faired better and with the lockdown gently being eased, I hope the sight of trains doing their stuff in the sunshine will replace staring at four walls!

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Added 14 May 2020 - Archive Pages
I have added some archive pages of the UK mainline scene from 1987 to 1996. More will be added in due course. Some of the pictures may be of dubious quality, but hopefully the subject matter will make up for that. 

Added 26 April 2020 - Leicester Buses (26 April 2020)
Yay! I've photographed some trains! It has been over a month since I last photographed a train and I actually managed a couple, both of which were HSTs. I would be lying if I said this wasn't a part of a well executed little plan. I worked out a walking route for my daily exercise which took me out via Welford Road just as one HST was due, and back via New Walk when the next HST was due. Thanks to being able to watch the trains on live maps, I was able to adjust my pace so that I reached each spot at the same time the trains did, so no need to hang around. On the way home, I managed a couple of bus pictures, the Clock Tower with nobody in the shot, and a picture of the (legal) graffiti by the canal at Frog Island.

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Added 25 April 2020 - Leicester Buses (24/25 April 2020)
A couple more pictures of Leicester buses added.

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Added 22 April 2020 - Leicester Buses and Some Birds (21/22 April 2020)
With the lockdown in place since 23 March, this was the first time I had been out with the camera, just popping off a few snaps as I took my permitted daily exercise close to home.

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Added 18 April 2020 - Belgium
A new page has been added which is dedicated to Belgian railways.

Added 12 April 2020 - Slide Scans (various)
Class 37 hauled passenger trains in the Rhymney Valley from 2005, some pictures from the Netherlands from 2003, plus a few other bits.

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Added 7 April 2020 - Slide Scans (various)
More old scans, a bit of snow, a Belgian liveried 90, the Rhymney Valley and a few pictures from Belgium.

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Added 29 March 2020 - Slide Scans (various)
Ten more old scans added to the site.

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Added 25 March 2020 - Before the 'Lockdown' (21-23 March 2003)
While observing social distancing and avoiding using public transport, I managed a few shots including some WCML pictures, a 56 at Stanton Gate, a 767 at EMA and a couple of 66s at Frisby while on my way to work. Later in the day, after taking the Frisby pictures, the 'lockdown' came into effect and the camera is idle awaiting its next duties...

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Added 25 March 2020 - Goole Docks (15 March 2003)
A new page has been added with pictures of 'Pug' 51218 (disguised as 51222) during a Russ Hillier photo charter in Goole Docks in 2003.

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Added 19 March 2020 - Workington Steelworks (31 March 2001)
I have added a page dedicated to a photo charter that I attended at the Moss Bay Steelworks in Workington in 2001. The works were closed for the weekend and we had free roam of the site with four steam locos which picked up various wagons and provided a spectacular show. It is such a shame that the works closed in 2006 and have since been flattened.

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Added 19 March 2020 - Slide Scans
A selection of oldies have been added to the site. Keep checking back, as there are more to come...

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Added 18 March 2020 - Rare Tractor Working (15 March 2020)
What a whopper! 37218 dropped on a Tesco intermodal working. I managed to get across to Rugby for it and captured it applying the power with a dusk sky as a backdrop. I then hung around for a few minutes for a northbound freight, which turned out to be an 88.

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Added 18 March 2020 - Hoby and Frisby (12 March 2020)
The sun was shining on the way to work, and two freights were heading towards me, so I grabbed a couple of pictures.

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Added 18 March 2020 - Shrewsbury (7 March 2020)
47712 has been painted in Scotrail livery, so I couldn't resist a quick dash to Shrewsbury to take a look and grab a photo.

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Added 7 March 2020 - Melton A4 (7 March 2020)
I headed across to Melton Mowbray, close to the old foot crossing where I started trainspotting in 1978, to capture an A4 on a railtour. It was very nearly in sun...but not quite.

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Added 7 March 2020 - East Midlands Airport (6 March 2020)
Having heard that a Qatar Cargo 747 had flown in to EMA, I was able to divert that way on my way home from work to grab a few pictures. I managed to capture it in the Cargo Terminal in sun, but the light died for its take off, but I like the shot anyway, so I have included it. I wouldn't mind another go at something similar in sunshine, so may well make a return visit soon.

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Added 7 March 2020 - London (3 March 2020)
I presented a slide show to the RCTS Watford branch, and afterwards took a short drive down to North London to grab a few pictures of battery locos. My main target was train 641 which was heading for Kingsbury on the Jubilee Line, which I did at Rayners Lane and again at Kingsbury.

Added 7 March 2020 - East Midlands Airport and Aeropark (1 March 2020)
I attended a Threshold.aero photoshoot at the East Midlands Aeropark, and also stuck my camera over the fence at the adjacent East Midlands Airport. Although all the aircraft in the Aeropark were static exhibits, it was nice to have a good look round and grab several pleasing images.

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Added 7 March 2020 - Merseyside (29 February 2020)
I took a trip up to Merseyside to see the aircraft carrier 'HMS Prince of Wales' which was berthed at the Cruise Terminal in Liverpool. While I was there, I also grabbed a few pictures of class 507 and 508 EMUs as they won't be around for too much longer.

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Added 7 March 2020 - Buses and Landscape Pictures
A few bus and landscape pictures taken in February that I had inadvertently forgot to add to the website.

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Added 24 February 2020 - Midland Metro (23 February 2020)
I thought I would go and take a look at the new extension to the Midland Metro system into Centenary Square in Birmingham.

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Added 24 February 2020 - London (22 February 2020)
This was a day out in London with my wife, but as there was some engineering works taking place at Highgate Depot, I parked strategically at nearby East Finchley and managed a few battery loco pictures without causing too much friction :-)


Added 24 February 2020 - Rugby (21/22 February 2020)
There was a GBRf liveried class 92 on the Caledonian Sleeper, so I went for that and managed a few other bits and bobs too.

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Added 24 February 2020 - Grantham (20 February 2020)
A couple of shots taken at Grantham just before I presented a slide show to the Grantham Railway Society.

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