Dutch in the Desert

Dutch F-16AMs J-0010 (ex 88-0010) and J-366 (ex 84-1366) of the 148th FS based at Tucson Arizona fly in close formation over the desert on 6th December 2017.

Dutch F-16AMs J-0010 (ex 88-0010) and J-366 (ex 84-1366) of the 148th FS based at Tucson Arizona fly in close formation over the desert on 6th December 2017.

Dutch Air Force F-16s train all year round in the US Desert

In November 2017, our aviation photographer John Stiles visited the West Coast of the United States with a COAP (Centre of Aviation Photography) visit to a number of airfields and aviation sites. A few days were spent with Dutch pilots who train with the 148th Fighter Squadron based in Tucson, Arizona.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force aren’t blessed with the best climate to train their pilots, so it has relied on partnerships with other air forces to provide a base suitable for training pilots all-year round. The most obvious place is the desert areas of the United States; and so, the current training partner is the Arizona Air National Guard’s (AZ ANG) 162nd Fighter Wing based opposite the commercial terminal at Tucson International Airport. Tuscon lies in the Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by a number of mountain ranges that provide an environment perfect for training pilots in various combat scenarios that mimic their most likely theatre of combat operations.

The 148th Fighter Squadron currently hosts the traininee F-16 pilots from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The 148th FS flies ten F-16 aircraft; five F-16AM single-seat fighters and five F-16BM twin-seat fighters all owned and operated by the Dutch Air Force. All aircraft within the training wing are identical to those aircraft flown by the 306 and 322 Squardrons back in Holland, and any modifcations are immediately made to the US-based aircraft so that pilots do not need to undergo any further training when they move to an opeartional squadron back home.

We are slowly making photographs from John’s trip available to buy, and the photographs from John’s trip to Tucson as well as a visit to the ‘Top Gun’ school at NAS Fallon can be found here.

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Introducing ellybelly pictures

Introducing ellybelly pictures

Introducing ellybelly pictures

Introducing ellybelly pictures

We are proud to introduce a new brand within Lineside Photographics called ellybelly pictures. Our photographers are not just interested in railways, and whilst the theme of transport may always be strong, we hope EllyBelly Pictures will allow other subjects to be covered; including transport, wildlife, military and the odd person or too!

Our first new photographs available for sale are from a well known steam railway photographer, John Stiles! John has had many images featured in many railway magazines over the years; but more recently has concentrated his efforts on vintage transportation, vintage re-enactments and mainly military aviation, both historic and modern.

For those of our customers who favour railway photographs, don’t worry! We are working through a large collection of negatives and slides to add to those currently available, and we intend to keep adding!

In addition to John, Ian Simpson will be showcasing some of his none railway images too. If you feel that you would like to sell some of your images, but don’t want the hassle of the sales process, then make contact with us through the form below and we will see how we may be able to help.

We have also decided to move back to Loxley Colour laboratory for prints. Whilst they are a little more expensive, their attention to quality and detail means that customers are assured of a high quality photo or product at all times. This switch will not be instant, but will be completed over the next few weeks.

The move back to Loxley allows us to widen our product offering too; although some products will not be available directly through the website, we will be giving details on how to order things such as wall products to show images off to their maximum potential. Look out for further announcements in the coming weeks!

 

 

Updates to recent posts on the Lineside Photographics Blog

Its always great to get constructive feedback on our posts, and more importantly to gain additional information on the photographs as well. Using FaceBook and Twitter is a great way of getting in touch with ex-railwaymen and enthusiasts who are far more knowledgeable than myself!

Our last two posts raise some questions about locations, dates and services, so its nice to be able to put up another post with some updates to the accompanying information relating to the photographs.

Please feel free to add any additional information about posts on the Blog, or any photographs available to buy at Lineside Photographics.

A Rural Deltic

Class 55 Deltic, 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier' arrives at Gainsborough Lea Road station during ECML diversions some time in 1981.

Class 55 Deltic, 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier' arrives at Gainsborough Lea Road station during ECML diversions some time in 1981.

This image was posted without any information on the location, train or date. Well thanks to some folks on Facebook I can say that the train is a northbound express from King's Cross which is arriving at Gainsborough Lea Road station where passengers for Retford will take another connecting train. 

I hope to be able to identify the possible date some time in the future, but the nose markings on 55019 date the photograph to 1981, the last year of the loco's service with British Rail.

A WD in Darlington

WD 2-8-0 90149 of Mexborough shed (41F) sits at Darlington Works presumably after some attention. The date is Tuesday 19th November 1963, and judging by the shadows it appears to have been taken during an organised shed visit!

WD 2-8-0 90149 of Mexborough shed (41F) sits at Darlington Works presumably after some attention. The date is Tuesday 19th November 1963, and judging by the shadows it appears to have been taken during an organised shed visit!

After yesterday's posting of the WD 90149, which I had been photographed at Darlington Shed, local folks have identified the photograph as being taken on the roads used to steam locomotives recently out shopped from Darlington North Road works. 

I have still to confirm the date as 23rd November 1963, so if this doesn't match up I'll let folks know!

Its always nice to get more information about our photographs, so if you can provide any information please get in touch.

Deltic Finale 35 years on…

An un-dated view of Deltic 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier as it heads north through Retford with a train from London King’s Cross.

An un-dated view of Deltic 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier as it heads north through Retford with a train from London King’s Cross.

The Deltic Finale

January 2nd 1982 was the final day of Deltic haulage for British Rail. Much has been written about the ‘Deltic Scotsman Farewell’ railtour and the last service trains, none of which I managed to see because of illness…

The ‘Deltic Scotsman Farewell’ railtour was hauled from King’s Cross to Edinburgh by 55015 ‘Tulyar’, and the return by 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’. The arrival at King’s Cross made the national news, probably due to scenes reminiscent of the end of steam.

The last service trains had run on 31st December. 55017 ‘The Durham Light Infantry’ worked 1L44 16.03 King’s Cross – York service and would be the final Deltic to depart King’s Cross in BR service. A special headboard (“Deltic City Tribute & 20 Years Service”) was carried by the locomotive. Unfortunately the train was terminated at Grantham due to a broken rail. The headboard was removed and was driven north to meet 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ which was working 1E26 16.30 Aberdeen – York (from Edinburgh).

55017 returned with the 18:58 Grantham – King’s Cross, running in the path of 1A26 15:50 ex York, but the locomotive failed at Knebworth. 47426 hauled 55017 and its train, now designated ECS, back to London.

With the headboard fitted, 55019 arrived in York at 23.06, before going on shed at York MPD.

An opportunity missed, or sound economics?

So was the withdrawal of the Deltics an opportunity missed, or sound economics. With the introduction of the High Speed Train by British Rail, they heralded a new era of rolling stock on Britain’s railway network. Multiple Units were the way forward (apparently), and nothing was going to stop the mass withdrawal of coaching stock in favour of smaller units that could be run in multiple.

I always thought that they could have been switched to other services on a particular route, just like the A4s were, but with a heavy heart I always knew they needed to be run for long periods at high speed, and that really was the East Coast Main Line.

Twenty years, even for a complex piece of machinery, is hardly a lengthy lifetime; just look at the classes of locomotives that were introduced before the Deltics. Did they ever recoup their investment?

Just like other ‘cult’ classes of locomotives, such as the Westerns, the Deltics developed a huge following just as they were about to be withdrawn. Thankfully, and unlike the larger class of ‘Westerns’, 6 of the class were preserved by enthusiasts and the NRM.

Thankfully, the Napier roar is still alive 35 years on from their last days in service with British Rail….

 

Exciting news from Lineside for 2017..

Class 40 40145 approaches Chapel-en-le-Frith. We've got some exciting news for 2017, and lots more Class 40 photos too!

Class 40 Preservation Society’s 40145 approaches Chapel-en-le-Frith station with a railtour

We’ve been through many changes in the last year, but with a renewed vigour we’re back in 2017. We will also have some exciting news in the coming weeks, so please watch this space…..

We have brought a new photographer onto the team too. Peter Collins has allowed us access to over 1000 images taken mainly in the 1970s. Mainly Black and White, Peter took some evocative photographs around the London suburbs as well as the regions.

As well as adding some of Peter Collins’ photographs to the Lineside Photographics website, we will continue to expand the collection available for purchase as well as reviewing our product offerings and services.

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