Building Bridges

The final 100 metre centrepiece of Sunderland’s new River Wear crossing was gradually lifted into place in Sunderland on Friday. The £117 million landmark development by FVB joint Venture is the first new bridge to be built over the River Wear in Sunderland in over four decades. The bridge, which will rise to 105 metres, will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus dedicated cycleways and footpaths along its length.

It will be twice the height of Nelson’s Column, and bigger than Big Ben. The new crossing will improve traffic flow across the city from the A19 road through to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland and it is hoped that it will also create opportunities for regeneration and investment along the river bank.

The work continues on Saturday to lift the centrepiece into the fully upright position and the bridge is due to be complete in the spring of 2018.

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Behind the Scenes – The NYMR

A look at the hard work that goes on behind the scenes with the dedicated volunteers, staff, firemen and drivers at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway who start each day at 5am at the engine sheds in Grosmont to ensure that all the steam locomotives used are fired up and ready to go and are in tip top condition and fully ready to carry passengers on this historic Yorkshire railway.

I went on assignment for Getty Images to look at some of the preparations that were taking place ahead of the Autumn Steam Gala that runs from tomorrow, Friday 25 September and continues over the weekend…

 

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The 50th Masham Steam Engine Rally

This weekend sees the 50th annual Masham Steam Engine Rally in North Yorkshire.

The fair which began in 1965 saw over forty steam traction engines, thirty miniature steam engines and displayed commercial vehicles, vintage and classic cars and tractors to the hundreds of visitors who attended the weekend long event.

 

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The engine shed

Work continued in earnest this morning at the engine sheds of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the small Yorkshire village of Grosmont. The work was to prepare the steam locomotives ‘Chiru‘ and ‘Eric Treacy‘ for a short ceremony to mark the construction of a second platform at Whitby train station. This second platform will now provide passengers with more options for travel to reach the popular Yorkshire seaside town.

Whitby is at the end of the line on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This hugely popular railway remains the only heritage railway in the UK that runs over both the Network Rail lines and the heritage line. The line runs for 18 miles between Pickering and Grosmont Stations, and then for a further 6 miles to Whitby. It was first opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway and was planned in 1831 by George Stephenson as a way of opening up further trade routes from the sea port of Whitby.

The two locomotives arrived in Whitby station, under steam, before moving into position side by side – the first time this has happened at Whitby in half a century.

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TECHNICAL STUFF: All photographs in this set were made with a Leica M9 with a 50mm f2 Summicron lens and a Fuji X Pro 1 with an f2 18mm (28mm equivalent) lens. Editing and black and white conversion was carried out using Lightroom 5.5

 

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The Great Gathering

The ‘Great Gathering’ event held at the National Railway Museum in York marks the 75 year anniversary of the steam locomotive Mallard becoming the World’s fastest steam locomotive after its record breaking run in 1938 near Stoke Bank, Grantham where it reached a speed of 126 mph.

The Great Gathering also brought Mallard back together with its five sister locomotives the Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa, Bittern and the Dominion of Canada.

Further pictures showing the arrival of the Dominion of Canada to the Railway Museum in York recently can be seen HERE

 

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Visitors to the NRM York view the six locomotives in the Great Hall – from left – Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa, Bittern, Mallard, Dominion of Canada

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Mallard is shunted onto the turntable in the Great Hall to be lined up with its sister locomotives

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

The Mallard

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

A man uses an iPad to take a picture of the record breaking Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

The Canadian High Commissioner, Gordon Campbell, unveils the name plate on the Dominion of Canada as it is recommissioned

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

 Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell (R) with Sir Nigel Gresley’s grandson Tim Godfrey pose for a picture on the footplate of Dominion of Canada to recreate

a 1937 photo of the then Canadian High Commissioner with locomotive designer Sir Nigel Gresley

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

The view inside the Mallard

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Twin brothers Derick Birch (L) a former carpenter with the railway and Ron Birch, a former fireman and driver pose in front of the Mallard.

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Graham Bell, 90 was a former driver and fireman on all of the locomotives that were gathered at the National Railway Museum in York for the ‘Great Gathering’

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Visitors to the ‘Great Gathering’ at the National Railway Museum in York walk amongst the locomotives

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Philip Eaton and his daughter Sophie, 2, look at the locomotives at the ‘Great Gathering’ at the National Railway Museum in York

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

A rail enthusiast writes notes and engine numbers into his notebook at the ‘Great Gathering’ event at the National Railway Museum in York

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The Jewel in the Valley – A photographic exhibition

On Sunday 31st March at the Saltburn School an exhibition begins looking at Saltburn Miniature Railway and the volunteers who keep this classic Saltburn attraction running.

For a few months at the beginning of last year I photographed the volunteers of the miniature railway as they maintained the locomotives, the track and generally prepared for the season. To coincide with the season this year the exhibition at the school brings together some of the photographs that I shot during that time and some of the equipment used by those volunteers who spend their spare time keeping this attraction running.

The exhibition is launched on Sunday at 6pm and some of the volunteers will be speaking about the work they do with the miniature railway as well as a few words from yours truly about the pictures. One of the volunteers who cannot be there on Sunday is Reg Blacklock who sadly died last year. Reg, who apart from being one of the volunteers with the railway also had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the railway and was also a teacher at Saltburn School for some 20 years back in the day when it was a school before an art gallery.

By clicking the link HERE you can see some of the pictures that can be seen at the exhibition as well as some of the other photographs that I shot on one of my blogs.

You can also view a short photofilm that I made showing the volunteers with the railway and at the bottom you can view a preview of a book that I put together. Please allow a few seconds for the book to load.

I hope you enjoy the pictures if you get the opportunity to visit the exhibition.

View the photofilm below….