This is a collection of photos taken by my late Uncle, Tony Lower. Based in Nottingham He worked as a hardware salesman with his patch being mainly the East and West Midlands before settling down as Hardware buyer for the Wilkinsons "Wilko" stores group. The photos are a record of many long lost scenes mainly around the Midlands. During school holidays I used to travel to many of the places with him, my near duplicate photos are not listed. Many of the places visited have either closed or have changed beyond recognition. I hope you enjoy them. There are over 300 photos, more to upload and all captions are now completed....even if they are wrong! Corrections and more info always welcome.
I started work for BR in 1978 with my first day on the railway as a CO1 relief clerk working in the Old Steine Travel Centre in Brighton. When possible I had my camera with me, these views from around the Brighton area date from the late 1970's through the 1980's. Locations include several in Brighton, Preston Park, Shoreham, Newhaven, Lewes, Three Bridges and Gatwick and many more. Also included are images I own taken by other photographers and where known these are credited.
This gallery will hold newly uploaded images for about a month or so before they are filed off to the correct regional gallery.
Latest additions include even more class 47's to fill the gaps and lots of SR images plus some Westerns and some great images from the mid 1970's
Several new Medium Format B&W negatives have been uploaded including steam, several EMU and DEMU's and WR subjects.
A new line of images is that of buses around Brighton both in the Tillings/BET era and later as part of the National Bus Company. A large number of images of the Crosscountry services to and from the south coast has also been added.
The most recent uploads now appear first!
The BRCW class 33's were amongst the most successful of British Rails Diesel classes. Built for the Southern Region they were seriously underexploited until the 1980's when they spread their wings and worked services to far flung destinations such as Penzance, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham as well as on home region such as Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Brighton, Salisbury and of course Exeter. I have images of almost every locomotive and they are all displayed here. Most are 35mm slides or negs but there are also some Medium Format negatives.
A recommended website for more information on the Class 33's is http://www.class33crompton.co.uk/
This gallery contains copies of all my class 47 images ( from the regional galleries etc ). There are a reducing number of gaps in the photos. I hope to eventually have images of every single one of the class, this includes all the renumbering.
The class was the largest mainline class of locomotive on British Rail with 508 examples constructed. Images are mainly 35mm slides but there are some negatives and Medium Format negatives too.
For full details on the class check out the excellent www.class47.co.uk website........I do!
Now over 50 years old the Class 73/1 is, along with the Class 33, the ubiquitus Southern Region locomotive. With almost universal route availabilty they could be found all over the region on anything from Express passenger working to shunting.
This gallery contains photos of every single locomotive, including the older 73/0's and more will be added over time.
The West London line is a busy route linking various parts of the former Southern Region to the former Midland and Western Regions. It has had a lot of ups and downs over the years including the loss of the Intercity services thanks to the DfT in 2008, but currently supports five passenger trains an hour in each direction and a variety of freight services.
Here are a variety of photos both of the station ( for a modelling project ) and services over the route through the years.
Quite a lot of new images added mainly taken from Latchmere Jct, Kensington South Main or North Pole Jct signal boxes.
My late father worked for Brighton, Hove and District at Conway Street and later for Southdown at the Central works in Victoria road Portslade. As a result I've always had more than a passing interest in the Omnibus. Here are a number of slides and black and white images of buses around Brighton and Sussex.
This gallery will hold images of cross country passengers services from the 1990's until the privatistaion of British Rail.
I will also host phots from other photographers for use in www.1S76.com