Wheelbarrow Rail

A German wheelbarrow poses in front of two Meyer 0-4-4-0 tanks at Mugeln in (then) East Germany; 1 August 1990


This is the jumping off point to the various photographic sections.


The display of photographs will change on a yet to be decided time scale (a euphemism for 'as and when I get round to it' basically). Some of the photographs will have been seen on the Usenet group "alt.binaries.pictures.rail" at various times in the past and future. If your service provider gives access to this news group it is worth while keeping an eye out for the many interesting photos that appear (not just mine) - however, a warning! Make sure that you use a Newsreader with an offline facility set to 'browse' as the individual posts can be large and numerous. Download the headers first and select what you want from there then request the 'body' - the actual JPEG file. An average photo on this newsgroup and on these pages is about 60 - 90 Kbyte in size - it takes a lot of bandwidth to transfer 50 or 60 at one go!

I've noticed that in every area that an ordered railfan or enthusiast network exists certain things hold true. The clergy are usually part of it (!) and everyone yearns for what has gone before. In my own case I was fortunate to be able to watch British Railways in the death throes of steam. Unfortunately, the end of steam coincided (roughly) with the teenage discoveries of "wine, women and song" in 1967 and railways were forgotten for many years. On my return to the hobby, having become interested again through railway modelling, I realised that I was interested in steel wheel on steel rail and that the actual technology was almost incidental.

At every location I went to I suddenly found people of about my own age and slightly younger who knew little or nothing about steam but thought that diesels, and certain classes in particular, were the bees knees. They held in awe some types (like Westerns and Warships in England) that had bumped my beloved steam engines from the trains and sent them to the scrap heap. But these diesel classes themselves were now being threatened with the scrap heap and due for replacement with more modern technology. There is obviously a moral contained somewhere.

As my interests broadened and I discovered that life (railway life, at least) existed beyond the English Channel I found that this same phenomonon repeated itself in the countries with a railfan contingent. Holland had its EM2 electrics (which had already undergone this metamorphasis once in England!), Germany its Class 220/221 diesel hydraulics and its Class 194 electrics, Austria its Class 1020 electrics, Switzerland its Ae3/6 and Ae4/7 electrics and so on.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered the USA with its huge railfan fraternity to find that the E and F units were held in a particular awe and as for an Alco......., well, suffice it to say that an Alco PA was (almost) an honourary steam engine!

The pages that follow will contain thumbnail sketches of the photos. The full size photo will be on a seperate page with caption details and any other relevant notes. Each page will have links to return to the Buriton Wheelbarrow photo page index (this page) or the site home page.

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United States of America



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