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B & W
framing suggestion:
Unlike the rest of Europe, which upgraded its railway rolling stock after WW2 - out of necessity
as much as a desire to improve the passenger experience - Britain left it until the 1960's and
then made a right dog's dinner of a re-invented rail system. Cue the scrapping of all our steam
locos, the loss of thousands of miles of rural track, and the imposition upon the hapless traveller
of an inefficient diesel/electric system. If it weren't for the steam enthusiast movement, we
wouldn't have preserved any of our old locomotives, except perhaps for Stephenson's 'Rocket'.
And it was only when a private enterprise team raised the money for, and eventually built, a
brand new LNER A1 Pacific (called 'Tornado') to Arthur Peppercorn's original design - with a few
modern safety modifications - that we had an example of this most beautiful engine to gawp at
today. The entire class had been scrapped, but now Tornado sometimes runs up the Ipswich
to Cambridge line, thundering past our house in Needham Market. This photograph (not of an
A1 Pacific) was taken in the Salisbury loco sheds in the mid-1960's, on a 5x4 Gandolfi plate
camera, probably as a student exercise in perspective control. The engine was likely, by then,
to be getting up steam for its last outing: to the scrap yard at Barry Island in South Wales.
Unlike the rest of Europe, which upgraded its railway rolling stock after WW2 - out of necessity as
much as a desire to improve the passenger experience - Britain left it until the 1960's and then
made a right dog's dinner of a re-invented rail system. Cue the scrapping of all our steam locos,
the loss of thousands of miles of rural track, and the imposition upon the hapless traveller of an
inefficient diesel/electric system. If it weren't for the steam enthusiast movement, we wouldn't
have preserved any of our old locomotives, except perhaps for Stephenson's 'Rocket'.
And it was only when a private enterprise team raised the money for, and eventually built, a brand
new LNER A1 Pacific (called 'Tornado') to Arthur Peppercorn's original design - with a few modern
safety modifications - that we had an example of this most beautiful engine to gawp at today.
The entire class had been scrapped, but now Tornado sometimes runs up the Ipswich to
Cambridge line, thundering past our house in Needham Market. This photograph (not of an A1
Pacific) was taken in the Salisbury loco sheds in the mid-1960's, on a 5x4 Gandolfi plate camera,
probably as a student exercise in perspective control. The engine was likely, by then, to be
getting up steam for its last outing: to the scrap yard at Barry Island in South Wales.

Off to Barry Is.!

Looks better without being float-mounted - more direct, more dynamic.
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