Dawlish Trains – Digital Photographic Library by Colin J. Marsden www.dawlishtrains.com
Above:The new order of the day on the Devon Branch lines, Class 166 three-car sets. After the last Class 143s were taken out of traffic on 12 December, the following day the first Class 166 arrived and operated Exeter to Exmouth and Paignton services. On 14 December 2020, First Great Western blue-liveried set No. 166211 heads along the Dawlish sea wall towards Kennaway Tunnel with train 2T14, the 10.23 Exmouth to Paignton. In the background, major progress can be seen with the steel piles being installed from the platform Wavewalker1.
WELCOME to the Digital Photographic Library website Dawlish Trains, owned and operated by Colin J. Marsden. This rapidly growing site houses many of the rail and transport images I have taken over the past 45 years, with a number of pre-2000 non-digital images now scanned into digital format.
Based in Dawlish, Devon, as reflected in the title of the site, the photographic library galleries contain images from throughout the world, showing a diverse selection of train and locomotive types and classes and other rail related subjects. Apart from the UK scene, which I have followed throughout my life recording images almost daily since 1971, a number of picture selections are from Europe, the USA and Canada, I enjoy visiting overseas locations and try and make several visits each year. Light rail and tram systems are frequently visited and documented from both UK and foreign parts.
While concentrating largely on UK material, which is needed for ongoing book and magazine contracts, especially Modern Locomotives Illustrated magazine for which I have been Editor since 2008, I also continue to cover many railway news and media events, gathering a huge resource of material for future projects. To date I have authored over 150 railway book titles.
All images contained on this website are available to editors and picture researchers for use in magazines, books, digital media or by design studios. Please use the contact form to discuss material required. All images can be supplied in digital form at 300dpi, fully colour corrected to any size to suit your requirements.
Several people ask about the photographic equipment i use. Although many years ago I used Pentax 6x7 and Mamiya 645 medium format film cameras, today everything is digital. I use nothing but Nikon equipment, with my main camera bodies being a Nikon D800 and D850 with a selection of 2.8 lenses covering the range 18-300mm, plus a trustworthy 50mm f1.4, which I often use for hand held night photography. For ease when travelling, or when the use of a large camera is not suitable I operate a Panosonic Lumix TZ100 fitted with a Leica lens which has an operating range of 28-300mm.
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Un-named Class 50 No. 50047 approaches Rockstone Bridge, Dawlish on 23 June 1976 with a London bound service.
Last Site Update: 11 January 2021
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