Dawlish Trains – Digital Photographic Library by Colin J. Marsden www.dawlishtrains.com
Above: Yet more new liveries for the Dawlish Sea Wall, this time GBRf blue and Caledonian Sleeper teal green. During the early evening of 2 June 2019, GBRf Class 47s Nos. 47749 City of Truro in Rail Blue with GBRf branding and 47727 in Caledonian Sleeper teal green head a single barrier coach through Dawlish station as 5Z47, 14.47 Reading depot to Laira depot for a stock movement to Long Marston on 3 June. After a day of dull light and even rain, the sun light arrived just when needed.
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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Last Site Update: 9 June 2019
How Dawlish used to look. Recorded in July 1957, 'Castle' No. 5004 Llanstephan Castle, pulls away from the station with a westbound express. Although the view is basically the same today, a number of details have changed. This loco was built in June 1927 and allocated to Plymouth Laira until August 1950 when it was transferred to London Old Oak Common. In March 1959 it was transferred to Swansea Landore and eventually Neath, before being withdrawn in April 1962. Unknown photographer
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