For those who are partial to this kind of thing. My crankhandle smugmug site (in all its much better new version glory) is now home to some new photostories on the heavy duty cranking thrills that can be had behind the former Iron Curtain. First up is a trip along the Baltic coast from Hel […]Read More Eastern Bloc cranking exploits
Photo story of ten days in Ukraine featuring pickpockets in Odesa, the hypnotic escalators of the Kiev Metro, the lost cosmopolitanism of Chernivitsi, and the bleak backstory of Uman. And overall – way too much Soviet RealismRead More Ten days in Ukraine
The photo story of my exploration of the Viseu de Sus logging railway can be round hereRead More Exploring the last Romanian narrow gauge logging railway
Enjoyed a tribute the Leeds locomotive building industry (RIP) that was D2578’s Homecoming Weekend at the Middleton Railway. In my related internet explorations I came across the Leeds Historical Exploration Society’s site – which is a site of record of their various expeditions. Among their explorations is one of the last surviving of evidence of […]Read More Viva Hunslet!
Before the de-industrialisation of the North, and the unit-isation of the railways, the youth cult of bashing was in full swing. Bashing being the art of accumulating haulage behind railway locomotives – either by type, or by distance, or by both. At that time the railways were still stocked with rolling stock from the ‘modernisation’ […]Read More Dayrover days in the early Eighties
Added to my fotopic site is a ‘photo essay’ of some hours in the life of Sanchi station in Madhya Pradesh in India.Read More Indian Metal Music
1,800 kilometres of rail travel from Transylvania to London by train. Enter a trance state – addicitve – as Europe roles by. From crumbling platforms and clapped out second hand trains in Romania the trains progressively speed up and the economy solidifies into prosperity. The edge disappears. The golden fields unspool into the mountains and […]Read More Transylvania to London by Train
Bus station cafes are not renowned for their imagination or attention to detail – and they don’t usually make many design concessions to the mode of transport their customers departed and arrived on (unless its some faux references to Greyhound buses). However in Szekelyudvarhely (Ordorheiu Secuiesc) which is in Szekely Land in Translyvania in Northern […]Read More Cool bus station cafes of Central and Eastern Europe: an occasional monograph
Bradford once had its own car industry…not only that but its products were Class winners at Le Mans and featured in Raymond Chandler. And only in Yorkshire would vehicles be be named a Curlew or a Weasel (pictured below outside Bradford Town Hall)! The company was established in 1902 in Bradford before moving to the […]Read More I want to go Jowetting…!
Stuck for a plan for a day, or an evening out? Can I suggest you make your way to Scunthorpe steel works (or Appleby Frodingham to give its proper name) for a tour of the works. Leave time to find the assembly point – because it’s not easy. But somewhere near one of the admin […]Read More Scunthorpe steel works – a great Northern day out