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The Leica IIIa had a 1/1000th shutter and this was to remain my camera of choice for black and white work until the mid 1970s.I did try a Dufacolour film once, but only one image has survived.

Okay, perhaps the steam versus diesel debate may have lost some of its sting over years, but even the most placid spotter still bellyaches about the sad demise of Britain's railways during the Sixties, much of it inextricably linked to the decline of BR's ageing steam fleet and the dastardly Beeching axe. All night shunting in the 1940s, overnight freights in the 1950s and 1960s and now East Lancashire Railway locomotives whistling in Heywood station.

This performed very well until superseded by a zoom lens model by Bolex which in my opinion was a very indifferent performer in poor light.

The Agfa camera suffered a series of breakages of the main spring and each repair shortened the time that one 'wind' lasted and eventually it had to be retired. As mentioned above, the first camera I purchased in 1951 was an Ensign Ful Vue box camera but only a handful of images remain, including this shot of Class D49/1 62701 Derbyshire at Seamer in August 1952 and this shot (below) shows an unidentified WD journeying along the up main line under clear signals at Rochdale in 1953. The starting signal for the down main line is at clear but the Rochdale Goods Yard Box distant is at caution.

There are a series of additional projects that are on the list to tackle as well. Thank you once again to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the Open Days a success.

Whether you were slaving away for hours at the BBQ, directing traffic, or involved in preparing and running the engine itself, you all played an integral part in making the event a success!

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