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Ken Coursey Collection
After leaving junior school, I was faced with a lengthy journey to my new school in Catford by tram (route 74). I soon discovered that by using Southern Electric -
At school, it was possible to see trains go by from some classrooms taking great care to avoid the eagle eye of the teacher. I recall seeing The Sunny South Express on several occasions hauled, I think, by a Brighton Atlantic.
My appetite for train travel was whetted and I tried extending my one stop journey out to Shortlands and Bromley South, where steam was in abundance. Unfortunately, these trips were not recorded on film, and even when borrowing my Dad’s Box Brownie camera the results were disastrous.
Following school I moved on to the School of Building in Brixton where the main line to Victoria passed by.
The great day eventually came when I was able to afford my own camera -
I joined the RCTS photographic portfolio where I learned a lot about railway photography from fellow members such as Richard Riley, J C Flemons and Les Elsey. I am pleased to make my work available through The Transport Treasury and hope that you will find some images to interest you.
Images: (top right) 31794 entering Catford with school in background.
(right middle) 34091 Bromley South.
(right lower) 34016 & 34022 Cannon Street.
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