Digital Photographic Library by Colin J. Marsden
Above: Usually when there is a full rainbow near a railway line there is never a train about. But on 24 March 2023, this full rainbow turned up in Dawlish during a very heavy storm shower, just as the sole full 3-car Great Western Class 158 No. 158798 passed by forming tran 2F28, 17.19 Paignton to Exmouth.
WELCOME to the Digital Photographic Library website Dawlish Trains, owned and operated by Colin J. Marsden. This continually growing site houses many of the rail and transport images I have taken over the past 50 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 also 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 170 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 D850 and a mirrorless Z7 II, 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. Also today, the trustworthy Apple iPhone is frequently used to capture hi-res images, especially vehicle interiors.
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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:
25 March 2023
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