If you have been keeping up with events here, you will know that I collected an estimated 14000 slides from the RCTS storage facility with the aim of scanning and presenting them for display and sale on my website.
So far I have processed about 3300 images to the state where they can be presented on my website.
They are mainly here (slides as well as prints available) ; here (BR Loco Collection) ; here (BR Units Collection) as well as some rescued from a really bad batch. (not great compositions – but some interesting historic shots from the late 60’s, including Manchester DC units, North and South)
And that was the disappointment. I have to admit that my camera skills are limited – fortunately those of my contributors aren’t and there are some truly great pictures on my site.
But a large part of the 14000 slides came from one, or possibly a few, individuals who seemed to delight in taking pictures whilst hanging out of train windows, or through several panes of glass at the front of DMUs. Even worse the subject matter was extremely nondescript – one might even say boring. So using my discretion I have consigned about 7000 slides back to storage and will return them to the RCTS who will send them to an auction house.
For the rest (guessing about 3500) I have scanned about 1000 and my scanners is permanently on whilst I do other things (like write this). Over the coming weeks I will get these up on the website – so keep checking back.
If you have any general queries or want to contribute any images then get in touch.
The arrival of 14000 pictures from the RCTS Archive has really given me a lot to do. So how do I do it? I “bend” time that’s how:-
On Thursday 1st March the Beast from the East was blanketing Northern England and Scotland in ice and snow, Storm Emma was doing the same to South West and Southern England.
I dislike winters - particularly the damp and dismal ones like we are currently experiencing.
Back in 1969-70 I spent 4 months on a training course in the Stoke-on-Trent area. We were picked up by a mini-bus and ferried to the course and taken back to our digs each evening. Throughout the time I don't think I ever saw real daylight as it was always dark when we were in transit and the course location had few windows. Still working for the same company - but at least I sit next to a window here :-)
Anyway this was the first morning that I have arrived at work in daylight - so summer ca't be far away.
But to keep me cheerful - here is the February email I have been sending out.
Now over 23,000 railway, and other transport pictures on-line on the TOPticl website
TOPticl Digital Memories is now in its tenth year and I have processed over 20,000 pictures sent to me by people wishing to preserve their photos and memories.
Most pictures are in good condition, but they also show signs of wear and deterioration. And often the ones in the worst condition are the favourites - as those are the ones most likely to have been handled the most.
My job has been to restore the photos to their original state (or better) and provide a future proof and secure digital copy. Not only is it easy to make duplicates I also store every photo here in multiple locations, so even of you lose your copies I can provide another.
If you want to save your collection before the fungus and damp gets to it then let me preserve it for you.
See the Restoration page on this site for some examples of the sort of thing I can do.
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Recent PostsMay – bit of a disappointment. April - "bending time" March - The Beast from the East February - dark and dismal Photo restoration Almost Christmas December rushes in October uploads and a "new" 35mm slide option September rushes by - web site revamped & 1600 new pictures September discount month