Before I talk about my visit to the Great Central Railway 1940s weekend, I want to share some good news about two photos that I took at this event in 2010. I recently entered these two image in the Great Central Railway Print section of the annual exhibition run by Leicester and Leicestershire Photographic Society.
This picture of an engine driver looking out of his cab was commended:
“Engine Driver British Railways” Great Central Railway 2010
This picture featuring a young soldier and a beautiful land army girl, which was a grab shot taken as a steam train was drawing into Rothley Station, was awarded second place in the same competition:
“Young Lovers In Wartime” Great Central Railway 2010
This year (2012) was the fifth time that my good friend Barry and I have photographed this event in the last 6 years. Not only is it a great event for photographers, but it is a great day out with plenty to see and enjoy, good food and interesting people to meet and share experiences.
Members of the Pitsford Home Guard Living History Unit at Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Great Central Railway 2012
The weather turned out so much better than expected with the forecast for Sunday being wet and windy. As it turned out, it was a beautiful day for re-enactors and visitors alike.
A British Spy attempts to escape by running along the railway track – Great Central Railway 2012
I don’t think there were quite as many period costume “characters” as there were last year but there was still plenty going on, certainly on the Sunday when we were there. The Das Heer re-enactment group were on patrol at Rothley Station as in previous years.
A member of Das Heer Living History Re-enactment Group fires a warning shot – Great Central Railway 2012
At Quorn and Loughborough Stations we encountered the Pitsford Home Guard Living History Group who carried out various exercises, parades and drills throughout the weekend. There was also a rarade featuring members of the Royal British Legion and guest dignitaries including Montgomery among others.
Members of the Pitsford Home Guard Living History Unit on patrol at Loughborough Station – Great Central Railway 2012
This was my first re-enactment of the year following a long lay-off due to my back problem earlier in the year. It was great to be out taking photos again and I hope to be able to cover more events through the remainder of the year now that my back is improving.
Standard Bearers of the Royal British Legion at Quorn and Woodhouse Station – Great Central Railway 2012
All the photos here were taken with my Canon EOS 5D (Classic) and EF 80-200mm F2.8L lens. All photos were shot in RAW format and processed using Lightroom Version 3.6. I’m still using Windows XP and so I am unable to upgrade to the latest version of Lightroom but to be honest it doesn’t concern me that much.
Loughborough Station in the 1940s – I love the shadow pattern being projected onto the carriages by the platform canopy – Great Central Railway 2012
As always, credit must go to the event organisers, especially everyone connected with the Great Central Railway, including all the volunteers. Also thanks to all the living history groups and re-enactors, both military and civilian, who make these events such a great photo opportunity for the many club and enthusiast photographers like myself.
A Well-Dressed Professional 1940s Style – Great Central Railway 2012
You can see more of my photos from the Great Central Railway 1940s Weekend 2012 on my website here.
Photos from the 1940s GCR Weekend 2011 are still available to view here. Photos from 2010 can be found here, photos from 2008 here, and from 2007 here.