Presenter: Richard Barber
Richard Barber presented North East Photographers Visit Scotland, Part One, Newcastle to Aberdeen, to a Newcastle audience of 28 on Thursday 9th January. Using images mainly from the Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust, superbly scanned by David Dunn, and supported by the collection housed in the Ken Hoole Study Centre at the Head of Steam, Darlington, we were treated to a journey of photographic excellence from Tyneside to the Granite City featuring the work of famous and not so well known 20th century cameramen. Diverting from the ECML near the Scottish border, we journeyed along rural byways via the Border Counties and reached Auld Reekie along the reopened Borders Railway. Shed visits to 64A, 64B and 65A followed, with sight of a Glasgow Blue Train in original livery as we continued north via Fort William, Mallaig, Crianlarich, Killin, Crieff, Stirling and Dundee to name but a few locations. Locos varied from an N.B. Atlantic at speed near Edinburgh to Pinza leaving Riccarton Junction, with as diverse a range of LNER and LMS motive power, large, medium and small as one could wish to see. Landscapes, details of the infrastructure and the associated industries were all seen in a talk that will be remembered for a very long time.