Dawlish Trains – Digital Photographic Library by Colin J. Marsden www.dawlishtrains.com
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 views. 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 or Books. 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 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 and at 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 body being a D810 with a selection of 2.8 lenses covering the range 24-300mm, plus a trustworthy 50mm f1.4. Which I often use for hand held night photography.
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Last Site Update: 24 June 2017
Caption Left: The VERY first daytime run on an IEP along the Dawlish Sea Wall took place on 22 June 2017, when sets Nos. 800004 and 800003 formed train 5X90, the 05.02 North Pole depot to Penzance via Paddington. All previous tests west of Taunton have been by night and this is the first IEP to go west of Plymouth, blowing out the flames of all those who frequently have stated that 800s would 'never' go west of Plymouth. Its just a shame that the sun could not have produced for such an historic working.