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Spotters

Post by Deepol » Tue May 17, 2016 11:43 am

Some photos from the collection gathered over the years featuring the legions of boys- and some girls - who lined platforms with small notebooks and/or Ian Allan abcs to record the passing traffic.
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Ian-Allan-6100-obituary-photo.jpg
The man who is credited with starting it all after the end of WW2. This is the photo which appeared in most papers on his passing at the age of 92 in July 2015.
IanAllanLocologBook-cover.jpg
Cover of my LocoLog book which contains some interesting stuff, especially strange locos drafted in when the Blue Trains went off in 1960-61!
IanAllanLocospottersClubAd.jpg
The Ian Allan Locospotters' Club which did bring spotters together through the wearing of a badge although most spotters tended to do it themselves. Classic chat up line was "anything doing"
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Tue May 17, 2016 11:53 am

Spotters in action.....
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SpottersBarrow.jpg
The barrow was the favourite seat and plaything until evicted by porters wishing to use it for its intended purpose....
Spotters-Newcastle.jpg
The classic pic on the New Castle overlooking Newcastle Central at the North End's famous crossings.
10001-10000-spotter-Crewe-r.jpg
Wonderment at Crewe with these new fangled diesel things...
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Fri May 20, 2016 11:28 am

Some more spotters indulging in their passion.
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69189-spotters-QueenStreet.jpg
N2 69189 and two spotters at Queen Street
DP1Deltic-Doncaster-spotters200.jpg
The Classic shot of the spotters at Doncaster with the Blue Deltic prototype
DP1Deltic-HornbyCover.jpg
And brought to life on this old Hornby catalogue cover
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:12 am

And some more
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BlueBirminghamPullman-SnowHill-spotters.jpg
Admiring a Blue Pullman at Birmingham Snow Hill.
92022-Spotters.jpg
How many spotters does it take to cover a Crosti 9F...
70012JohnOfGaunt-Spotters -Lancaster-1967.jpg
Appropriately at Lancaster, John of Gaunt with entourage.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:53 am

More spotting memories.
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34006Bude-Woking-spotters.jpg
Eyeing up 34006 Bude at Woking.
60513Dante-spotters-Ebay.jpg
This one was on Ebay but sadly bought. Spotters at Kings Cross with A2 Dante named after the 1945 Derby winner.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:16 pm

More spotters' attention.
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70052FirthOfTay-spotters-Bedford1965.jpg
Britannia 70052 Firth of Tay seems to have caused quite a stir at Bedford in 1965.Possibly Midland Main Line appearances by Brits at this time were not very common.
60128Bongrace-spotters.jpg
A1 60128 Bongrace named after Lord Roseberry's 1926 Doncaster Cup winner with spotters at an unknown location.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:11 pm

Spotters on their own.
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D9007Pinza-spotter-KingsCross.jpg
D9007 getting a bit of close attention at Kings Cross. Not sure if she was named or not.
601xx-CowlairsBank-QueenOfScots-spotter.jpg
Another loner watches an A1 taking the Queen of Scots Pullman up Cowlairs Bank from Queen Street.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:23 pm

Some more spotting memories
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18100MerchantVenturer-spotters-.jpg
Gas turbine loco 18100 gets the onceover at Temple Meads when working the Merchant Venturer to Paddington.
70020Mercury-spotters-Euston-poss..jpg
I've no details of this, lost through time but I'm sure it's Euston and Britannia 70020 Mercury is possibly on some sort of special or even a railtour.
Deltic-Doncaster-spotters.jpg
And the other classic of the Prototype Deltic in the Dock Platform at Doncaster South End surrounded by spotters!
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:07 am

Modern day spotters and an oldie.
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AlastairFyfe-spotters-D20040122-Dundee-12291173_1041377602559713_2561292973690390718_o.jpg
Courtesy Alastair Fyfe D200/40122 at Dundee in the 80s when usually purloined for Edinburgh to Dundee services...
66779EveningStar-WBBMineralsTrain-Doncaster-spotters.jpg
From the recent Trainspotting Live tv programme, 66779 Evening Star the last Class 66 to be built at Doncaster.
34046Braunton-Basingstoke1964-spotters.jpg
Now of course preserved, West Country 34046 Braunton with spotters at Basingstoke in 1967 from an old mag cutting.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:33 am

I remember this but not the circumstances in this old cutting of either 60027 MERLIN or 60031 GOLDEN PLOVER leaving Buchanan Street I think for Dundee. The reason for all the spotters eludes me.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:04 pm

More spotters in action.
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10000-spotters.jpg
From a tv documentary a spotter getting to grips with 10000 on one of her first outings.
34108Wincanton-spotters-1967Weymouth-poss..jpg
End of steam on the Southern Region in 1967 as 34108 Wincanton prepared to leave Weymouth for Waterloo in that summer.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Mon May 15, 2017 1:19 pm

"Cabbing" was just as popular as "copping" and it was great if you could do both at the same time! Here some spotters alight from A4 60026 MILES BEEVOR's cab at Perth doubtless when she was working an Aberdeen to Buchanan Street service.
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Re: Spotters

Post by Deepol » Mon May 15, 2017 1:24 pm

Towards the end of the Deltic era on the East Coast nameplate rubbings took off and in this cutting taken at Doncaster some spotters do the business with 55005 PRINCE OF WALES'S OWN REGIMENT OF YORKSHIRE. One hopes they managed to complete it in time before departure! MELD or PINZA might have been better!
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