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Mike Mitchell Collection

Mike, who is sadly no longer with us, was not one of the more flamboyant or better known photographers of the railway world. He was a self-effacing type yet his output was considerable and the quality of his photographs can stand comparison with the best. From the start of his photography, in 1956, he made it his mission to record the movement of railway traffic in certain districts over much of its journey. His home county of Yorkshire inevitably received his earliest attention but it was the GC south of Nottingham that inspired his greatest enthusiasm and output, to be closely followed by the SMJ. One of his greatest delights was to seek out the wide open spaces and find the most obscure and remote hamlets and stations (often long closed) such as Cotes de Val, Wolfhampcote and Waddesden. Yet these were far from being the only areas he visited. His coverage of the Midlands generally was extensive whilst the range was considerable, stretching from Kent to Northumberland and Cumbria. A writer wanting railway photos of some outlandish, unheard of spot would often find that Mike could solve his problem. Mike’s photographs have been published in numerous magazines and books over the fast 50 years and here is my old friend’s collection for you to enjoy.

Mike Kinder 2013

1. A typical hidden spot that Mike would always find. J27 65844 is about to enter Burdale Tunnel on the Driffield-Malton line on 12 August 1958. Burdale station, with the Station Masters house still in situ, lies in the background, just out of sight below the tree line. Quite a lot of these SM houses in this part of the world became very desirable private residences. The line to the chalk quarry in the middle foreground (quite a complex formation of sidings, point work and head shunt) was still in there but not in use. The quarry enjoyed the services of an Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST, 973 of 1904, and a Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST, 2871 of 1911, over the years. The famous abandoned village of Wharram Percy lies a couple of miles behind the photographer.

2. Whiteout at Collingham Bridge with a goods passing on 30 January 1960.


3. 44993 climbs the twisting gradients towards Copy Pit with a Leeds City-Blackpool special on May 29, 1967. The front two coaches are Mark 1s (the first a Brake 2nd) while the third is a Thompson. Another wonderful photo, letting the loco get just far enough away...

To view the lists available simply click on the links below, or download the complete list from the collections page.

Misc, 1956 & 1957 List

Year 1958 List

Year 1959 List

Year 1960 List

Year 1961 List

Year 1962 List

Year 1963 List

Year 1964 List

Year 1965 List

Year 1966 List

Year 1967-70 List

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