Saturday, 12 October 2019

McInroy's Point, Portavadie and Back to Hunter's Quay

This set of pictures was taken in December 2015 whilst taking a delivery to Portavadie, Argyll & Bute, Scotland. At the time I was taking a delivery of Doors to a redevelopment near Portavadie Marina and realising I would probably never be in this area again snapped a number of pictures.

The journey started at the ferry terminal McInroy's Point, Gourock on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth and once across the Forth took in a number of A and B roads until I reached Portavadie on Scotland's west coast a distance of over 30 miles. The journey is one of outstanding views and passes through a number of small settlements as well as Tarsan Dam, Kylies of Bute, Holy Loch, Riddon Loch and Striven Loch.

The pictures were taken on the 15th December 2015 using a Polaroid is2132 bridge camera.

The clip features all the images in a slide show video. The images below are a selection of the ones pictured on Flickr and Clickasnap that were taken on the journey. The rest can be seen on the Flickr album or video above.

McInroy's Point Pier, Scotland
McInroy's Point ferry terminal, the start of the journey.

Ardnadam Pier, Argyll & Bute
Ardnadam Pier

Snow Capped Scottish Hillside

Tarsan Dam, Scotland
Tarsan Dam

Loch Striven
Loch Striven

Portavadie, Argyll and Bute
Portavadie

Kyles of Bute, Scotland
Kyles of Bute

Loch Riddon
Loch Riddon

Hunter's Quay and the Holy Loch Shore
Hunter's Quay and Holy Loch

The full set of 69 pictures can be seen below,
Gourock to Portavadie, Scotland

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Watford North Railway Station

Watford North is a railway station serving the Hertfordshire suburb of North Watford. It is the first stop on the Abbey Line, a branch line that runs from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey. The station is adjacent to the Bushey Mill Lane Level crossing.

Watford North Railway Station

The line from Watford Junction to St Albans opened in 1858, with the station at Watford North not following until October 1910. Upon opening the station was called Callowland, which then was a developing residential and industrial area north of Watford, which in 1927 led to the station being renamed North Watford which is the name it has retained since. The station has been unmanned since the infamous Beeching cuts of the early 1960's and has fought off closure threats a number of times.

There have been plans to improve services along the line and at the station in recent years but to date non have come to pass, these include a passing loop nearby to increase services from the current 45min mins each way to less than 30. There was also a plan to run trams along the route in recent years as well as extending the branch line to terminate at St Albans City Railway Station.

These pictures were taken with my Sony phone on the 9th July 2018. The following are taken from the album of 5 shown above.

Train Leaving Watford North

Watford North Station

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Saturday, 28 September 2019

J300 RAJ. Daf Truck

J300 RAJ was my final chariot at RAJ transport a company I happily worked at for over 11 years. The company closed in November 2018, unusually for a transport company for a simple reason, the boss Bob decided it was time to take that well earned retirement. 

This picture was taken a few months earlier to this, normally the trailers we ran with were not sign written along the side, featuring just a yellow stripe along a green curtain. On this day I did have one of only a couple of sign written trailers on the back of my unit as I headed down to Wolverhampton from Huddersfield, this only occurring to me as I stopped off at Stafford services southbound. So I took out my camera snapped the truck and trailer parked up and until today forgot about it. After a little tinkering with the trees in the background, taking the colour away from them this is the end result. Now sadly a distant memory but an enjoyable company to work for. Just thought I would share it as it brought back good memories.

R.A.J Transport Artic Wagon

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Sunday, 22 September 2019

Bronte Waterfall, Bridge and the Ruins at Top Withens

I have been sorting through some of my old pictures recently and came upon a set I took in March 2014 whilst walking the moors to the south of Haworth in Search of the Bronte Waterfall and the farmhouse ruins at Top Withens. I have added a number of them together to create a short video of images which can no be viewed here and on YouTube.

The Bronte Waterfall Is a small waterfall located to the south of Haworth. The falls are part of Bronte Country and area of outstanding natural Beauty with links to the famous Bronte family. The bridge that crossers South Dean Beck was washed away by flash flooding in 1989 and rebuilt the following year. There is a plaque there to commemorate this. Following the Bronte Trail in a westerly direction from the falls will lead you to the ruins of Top Withens Farmhouse.

Top Withens is the remains of a moorland farmhouse. Once you arrive you find it hard to imagine that how people made a living in what is a lonely area of moor with only a couple of nearby farms for company, these were abandoned in the 1870's and demolished during the years afterwards. Top Withens farm was also abandoned in the 1870's but a Mr Ernest Roddie brought the farm back into use in 1920 before it was finally abandoned and left to become a ruin in 1926. The house is said to have been the inspiration for the Earnshaw house in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights 


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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Lincoln Cathedral.

I am at the moment going through some old photo's, slides and postcards I own and found a vintage postcard of Lincoln Cathedral that I thought I would have a play around with on Photoshop.
The original un edited scanned postcard.

I took the scanned picture above and crop the pictures and reduced it to 6x4 inch sized. I then inverted it to give the appearance of a negative before tweaking the selective colours of neutral and black. I then tidied up some of the blemishers to give the picture below.
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Saturday, 24 August 2019

The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman, probably the most famous train to run the UK's rail network. The picture below was a slide which I recently bought and I was assigned copyright to during the purchase. 

The image shows the LNER Class A3 4472 Pacific Steam Locomotive passing a DMU passenger service at Chorlton, Manchester in 1964. The line they are passing on is no longer used as a railway, closing in 1964. The stretch of track is now part of the Manchester Metrolink Tram service which opened along this stretch in 2011.

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Vintage Pictures of Lancashire in the 1970's

I have not had much of an opportunity to post anything recently having started a new job and found that is taking up a large amount of my time. Recently I acquired a large 35mm slide collection and I am slowly digitising and restoring the images and uploading them to my Clickasnap profile. Below are a set of images taken in Lancashire during the 1970's. The images shown here are not the restored, full size, and resolution images, they can only be seen on my Clickasnap profile via the link underneath each image. The images shown on Clickasnap do not feature a watermark either.

 Barrowford Locks
Taken in 1974, Barrowford Locks is on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in the Pendle district of Lancashire to the north of Nelson.

 Burnley
The town of Burnley pictured in 1974.

 Haggate
Pictured in 1975, the village of Haggate, which lies to the north of Burnley, Lancashire
 Pendle
Pendle Hill pictured in 1974.

Pendle Hills, Lancashire
This was taken in 1975 looking across the Pendle Hills.

The copies shown on Clickasnap are full size, resolution un-watermarked images of the pictures above. The pictures are from a collection I bought and had the copyright assigned to me during the purchase. In addition to my own photography I also collect 35mm slides and postcards, I find they give a small glimpse in to the past, and with that in mind I will try to upload them to my blog and Clickasnap account for others to also enjoy.

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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Donkey Bridge 20th March 2019.

Donkey Bridge is a wooden crossing over Maple Dean Clough. The bridge forms part of a path connecting Copley Village with Pickwood Scar, a area of the township of Norland.  The crossing was once made of stone and the supports up from the water are still the original stone constructs, although the actual bridge is now made of wood. 

Maple Dean Clough, the stream that flows underneath the bridge has it's source at Norland Moor approx. 3/4 of a mile to the south of the bridge. It flows down the hillside through North Dean Woods, joined by Norland Stream along it's length before discharging in to the River Calder near Copley Bridge.

The pictures below were taken on the 20th March 2019 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.







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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Exploring the Rishworth Branch Line.

The Rishworth Branch Line was a double track railway that ran from Sowerby Bridge through the villages of Triangle and Ripponden before terminating at Rishworth near Slitheroe Bridge. The plan had been to continue on to the main line at Smithy Bridge, Greater Manchester by tunnelling under the moor but sadly despite the surveys being done this plan was abandoned due to cost overruns and land slip issues with the line already built. 

The line opened in 2 stages with the first section from Sowerby Bridge to Ripponden completed in 1878, and then the final stretch to Rishworth opening in 1881. Stations were added at Triangle in 1885 and Watson Crossing Halt in 1907. The line was already in decline by the end of the first world war and in 1929 was closed to passengers, with goods services continuing to Rishworth until 1953 and Triangle and Ripponden until the 1st September 1958. The track was removed between then and 1961 and the line was left to abandonment and nature. Despite this many of the bridges remain as well as Scar Head Tunnel (inaccessible), and even the station platform at Rishworth although overgrown still remain. It must have been a great regret to the railway company that the lines completion to Lancashire near happened, had it done so I have wonder if it would still be open with 1 station serving the villages of Triangle, Ripponden and Rishworth.

The video is taken from my YouTube channel and features images from when the line was in operation as well as pictures taken in 2013 and 2017 along the disused trackbed.


The images from 2013 and 2017 are my own personal pictures, the pictures taken from the days of the lines operation I searched for as public domain and believe them to be so, if I am incorrect I will be happy to add a credit to the video for the pictures owner.
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Friday, 22 March 2019

Sowerby Bridge, Nearly Flooded Again.

On March 16th 2019 after many days of constant rain, the water levels of the Rochdale Canal and the Rivers Calder & Ryburn began to rise causing great concern amongst the residents of the town of Sowerby Bridge. The town was badly hit by flooding on Boxing Day 2015 and it still lingers in the memory of many people who were affected by this. These are video clips I took and have uploaded to YouTube of the night of the high water and the morning after when the town breathed a great sigh of relief.

The first video shows the town as the levels were rising.

And the next 2 show Mearclough Bridge and Sowerby Bridge Cricket Ground on the nights when the levels were rising and the morning after when the rivers were much lower.


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Winter at Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

I haven't posted for a while despite having loads of pictures and videos available, just been busy job hunting. I think that that problem is now addressed so I thought I would post today about a set of pictures I took a year ago at Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge. Last years winter seemed to be the  winter that kept on giving and looking back now after a normal UK mild winter I have no nostalgia for how bad the weather was. I know it was only a few inches at worst but in the UK any weather that is deemed out of the ordinary seems to bring the country to a standstill, we as a nation are just obsessed by it.

Willow Hall Dam is actually 2 dams, with the lower used as a fishing lake and the upper mainly feeding it and looking overgrown. I'm not sure what the dam's original purpose was, there were a number of mills nearby which have long since disappeared so I assume it was to help drive power to one of those. The dam is surrounded by woodland on 3 sides and is popular with locals walking there dogs. Dam Head Road runs across the head of the dam and there is terraced housing either side of the dam head. These pictures were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 18th March 2018. There are a total of 18 that can viewed here and on Flickr, there are also a few available to see of Clickasnap via the link at the bottom of the page.

Winter at Willow Hall Dam.
Use the arrows to navigate the album. The following pictures are taken from this same set. View on Flickr to see a full size image.

Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

Willow Hall Dam Snow Path, Sowerby Bridge

Willow Hall Dam, Sowerby Bridge

The rest of the images can be seen on Flickr with a select few also viewable on Clickasnap.
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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Railway Stations of Calderdale Past and Present.

Railway stations of Calderdale is a short YouTube video - slideshow I put together featuring pictures from the public domain of nearly every railway station that has ever served an area of Calderdale. Of all the stations there were only 4 I was unable to find pictures of which were Brighouse Clifton Road, Halifax Shaw Syke, Rochdale Road Halt (Stainland Branch) and West Vale Station. I managed to get 1 picture of every other station and there is also a picture of every station open today. The opening and closing dates are included with each picture as well as the estimated re-opening date for Elland which is currently 2022.

It sadly shows what a magnificent railway heritage we chucked away in this area, as of the closed stations only Elland and potentially Hipperholme are ever likely to reopen. Had we land banked the closed lines and stations we could have potentially been looking at re-opening the Queensbury Lines with Holmfield or Ovenden Stations giving an extra route to the north via Keighley, The Pickle Bridge line with Baliff Bridge or Clifton Road Stations giving extra capacity on the line between Huddersfield and Bradford. We could also be looking at adding extra stations at Luddendenfoot, Cornholme or Portsmouth (Lancs) and Norwood Green or Lightcliffe to reduce congestion on the roads.

Anyhow here is the video of our railway station heritage in Calderdale.

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Music Videos Reditored. The Clash, White Stripes and John Murphy

I have recently found a new hobby?, I have started to make music videos or similar which features images or video clips relevant to the piece of music playing. I have uploaded a few to my YouTube channel recently with the video - photograph used either personally owned, public domain or creative commons commercially licenced. Some of my earlier efforts have included Talking Heads, George Ezra and Queen. The copyright of the music remains the property of the relevant rights holder and there has been no intention by me to infringe it.

The videos featured today London Calling by the Clash, Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes and Sunshine by John Murphy.

London Calling The Clash

Released on the 7th December 1979, the song reached a UK chart high of number 11.

I took a number of public domain images taken around London and then edited them together to form a background to the song. Images include the River Thames, Westminster, London Eye and many more like them. Iconic images from London.

Seven Nation Army  The White Stripes 

The song released in March 2003 reached number 7 in the UK top 40 singles chart.

Again uisng the song as inspiration I found a number of images from all sides and all forces of pictures taken during the 2nd world war and overlaid them with the track. All the images were once again licenced creative commons commercial or public domain.

Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor) John Murphy

Featured in a number of films including Sunshine and Kick Ass, Sunshine by John Murphy is just 1 of those tracks you know when you here it.

Again using the track as inspiration I found a number of public domain sunrise, sunset clips and overlaid them with the music.

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Friday, 22 February 2019

Unidentified Pictures from the 70's and 80's

I am asking for help to identify a number of pictures I have recently acquired. I have an interest in old postcards and photo slides and recently purchased a set of slides taken in the 1970's and 80's which are unidentified and I have no idea where they were taken. Some from the collection I know but these that I will be adding to Flickr over the coming days are unknown to me or people I have asked.

I would be grateful for any help that can be provided in tracing where the pictures are of, please if you know just leave a comment under the picture on Flickr.

Unidentified
Just use the arrows to navigate the album and please if you know where any of them were taken please comment underneath. Thanks in advance for any help. The pictures below are random ones selected from the album

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I'll be adding a few more to the album of the next few days so any help would be appreciated.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Bicycle Race - Queen

I have recently started making Music videos (I use the term loosely) for songs I like, by loosely I mean I find relevant short video clips or pictures and edited them to the soundtrack of the song. Previous efforts include War by Edwin Starr, Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads and Budapest by George Ezra amongst others. The clips used are from the public domain, creative commons commercial licensed or from my own personal collection.

The song "Bicycle Race" was written by Freddie Mercury and released by Queen from there Jazz album on the 13th October 1978. It was part of a double "A" release along with "Fat Bottomed Girls". The band were recording Jazz at the Mountain Studio in Montreux, when the 18th stage of the 1978 Tour de France passed by inspiring Freddie Mercury to write the song. It chartered in a number of markets including reaching number 11 in the UK top 40.


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Baitings and Ryburn Reservoirs

Baitings and Ryburn Reservoir is a set of pictures taken around the 2 dams in July 2018 that are featured in 2 albums. Album 1 can be seen here and on Flickr, it features 93 pictures, with album 2 exclusive only to Clickasnap which features 28 pictures taken around the dams. They were taken using a Nikon d3300SLR camera.

Ryburn Reservoir

Built in 1933 and surrounded by ancient woodland and rural fields, Ryburn Reservoir was built to supply the people of Wakefield with fresh water. Found to the south of the A58 on the outskirts of the village of Ripponden there are many walks around the dam and you can climb up the valley to the higher Baitings Reservoir.

Ryburn Dam

Baitings Reservoir

Built to supply Wakefield, Baitings Reservoir opened in 1956 and is further up the valley from Ryburn. Fed by a number of small streams it's main supply is the River Ryburn with the dam sitting at the head of the Ryburn Valley. During times of low water levels the original bridge crossing can be seen, and although it was covered on this visit I managed to picture it on a later visit which I will upload another day.

Baitings Reservoir

The full set can only be seen in the albums on Flickr and Clickasnap. All the pictures shown on this page are taken from my Flickr collection.

Rocks at Ryburn Dam

Bench View at Ryburn Dam

Ryburn Dam

Ryburn Dam Bridge

Ryburn Dam Rural Scene

Abandoned Barn Nr Baitings Reservoir

Baitings Reservoir

Damhead at Baitings Reservoir

Back O Th Heights Bridge across Baitings Reservoir

Baitings Reservoir

The rest can be seen on Flickr and Clickasnap. There is a video slideshow from YouTube as well

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