Railway Photography by Paul Robertson
Welcome to this website which I have created to illustrate some of my 20000+ colour slide & digital collection, depicting images taken between
the early 1990's and the present day. I may also add some of my print collection in due course from the 1980's. I also collect slides taken "before my time" and some of these will be added to the "PR Collection" section of the
website - I hold copyright for these images and they can be provided for
commercial/editorial purposes on request.
I decided to create this site after running a fotopic site for some time, which was convenient and easy to use, but I just wanted more control and to put my own 'stamp' on the site, rather than stick with fotopic or similar now FP has disappeared. I do have a FlickR site though, as this does provide ease in which to upload images and I do like the ability to be able to leave comments and feedback.
I live near Toton yards and have been regularly taking photographs of the changing scene in the area since the early 1990's, hence the
choice of site name. There is a page dedicated to the Toton Yard area, which gives a flavour of the layout of the Toton complex
and a variety of photographs to show the changing scene in the area in the last
20 years or so. There is also a separate page detailing the workings to, from and at Chaddesden Yard in Derby which provided a wealth of traffic and variety in motive power until
the spoil trains operated by EWS ceased a few years ago. These workings were a mainstay of 'heritage' power to and from the area and as such created a lot of interest with photographers.
I have been photographing railways since the early eighties during my spotting days on print film, and changing to
colour slides and making a concerted effort to improve my photography in the early nineties.
My first cameras were of the 126 & 110 varieties, later being given a basic manual 35mm SLR by a friend which got me
further interested in photography. A subsequent birthday gift being a Praktika MTL5B, followed by an Olympus OM10.
The 35mm colour slides are scanned in using an Epson 4490 flatbed scanner, and tweaked with photoshop elements3 or
CS3 and Neat image. Neat Image is highly recommended for removing noise from 35mm scans:
In creating this website I must thank the assistance of Andy Williams with my crash course in learning HTML, without his advice
the journey would have been far more difficult, if not impossible. You can view Andy's excellent website here:
The pictures on this website may not be used or published for commercial/editorial purposes without permission. Legal action WILL be taken in respect of any breach of copyright law.