As any railway enthusiast knows, whether it’s for those working on the railways, aiding in the heritage scene, or chasing round the country for photography, it isn’t just about the railway itself. Having been a railway enthusiast my whole life, an amateur photographer for the past 7 years, and had a brief 4 year stint of working at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway alongside my work for a mainline Train Operating Company, I’ve learned that it’s also about the people and the memories of each day out.
I’m hoping to cover some of these stories, mainly from the photography trips, in coming blogs. And then in the future as well, I’ll update with new stories. Many times I have read books of young trainspotters back in the 1940’s – 1960’s – bunking sheds, running off with just a sandwich and can of tizer for the weekend to the other end of the country ( Where mothers could not contact you on a phone every 5 minutes ) – and from my view, the scene has much changed from what this older generation recall ( From my 21 year old perspective, we have much less variety, much more technology at hand, and no shed bunking! ).
It’s these stories perhaps, that make the eras viewed through rose-tinted spectacles. Many would possibly argue that the railway hobby back then, as much as more mainstream, far more exciting and laid back. But it’s the same today. Totally changed, agreed, but I would like to think that the hobby today is still a great one.
So, with a round up of my railway photography review out of the way next, I will move on to re-telling some stories, my own railway stories in the 21st century hobby.