Train Guard And Tobacco-Pipe

Colin S Pearson

Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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THANK YOU to the People At Work Group for Featuring this photo in November 2009!

This photo is of a British Railways Train Guard with his tobacco pipe, checking the railway platform from his Guard’s Van window.

Taken in September 1972 on Ilford FP4 film, in my ergonomically all-time favourite camera, my Asahi Pentax S1a with a Takumar F/2.8 lens. Sadly there are still a number of “old film” artifacts evident in the picture in spite of many hours of careful recovery in Photoshop! This explains why I’ve limited the choice of printed medium to cards and canvas.

After some additional research by my son, I’m now sure that the railway station is Crewe Station (Lancashire), and that the train is one belonging to London Midland Scottish (LMS), not London Midland Region (LMR) as I’d entered into the photo’s IPTC Caption field.

Here’s a close-up of the Guardsman’s badge (or ‘button’), which (provided that it isn’t just a blood-donor’s badge or similar!) might help some UK railway enthusiast discover a bit more about this chap, and the railway network that he worked on.

This is a 100% crop from the film-scan, with some minor contrast adjustments and with no digital noise reduction.
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