Railway Photography 2021
As you all know, I love taking railway photographs as a hobby of mine. The year 2020 has been a bad year for railway photography.
The terrible Covid 19 virus had reduced or cancelled many mainline trains, steam and diesel rail tours and even heritage railways.
Like many other railway photographers, I would try and go out as much as I possibly could to photograph the trains in my area. During 2020 in South Devon (my area) there had been hardly any rail tours coming down to Devon or Cornwall.
The South Devon Railway opened in early March but then closed at the end of that month. Since then it has not been open to run a passenger train. As it is within walking distance for me, I really missed seeing steam and diesel trains running on this railway line. The Dartmouth Steam Railway train services ran as normal but did have restrictions. Sadly, their very popular Christmas trains were cancelled.
Let’s hope that 2021 will be a better year for all of us, and the railway operations.
On some websites there are many rail tours being advertised for this year. Some are advertising more than usual to make up for last year. Let us hope that they actually get the chance to run them this time. I just love seeing and photographing steam tours here in Devon!
I, like many others would like to have their local heritage railways running again as normal. Most tend to run nearly every day from March to December, which is great for our camera’s.
How will we cope if we had more lockdowns and railway tours etc were cancelled again? I think we will all be annoyed and find it hard to cope with once again. If this is the case, why not try something different than railway photography. In 2020 I started taking photos in my garden of colourful flowers and plants etc. Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed it, maybe you will too.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Enjoy but please keep safe.
GWR Class 2-6-2T No: 5542 and No: 5526 are seen at Stretchford on the South Devon Railway working the 12.15 Buckfastleigh to Totnes Riverside service on the 26th August 2017 during the Rails and Ales Festival.