Another year dashes by - almost Christmas - I swear it happens twice a year, it certainly seems like it.
The only visible signs of change here has been the addition of about 100 ship photos from my Isle of Man correspondent. He really is a globe trotter, scenes from New Zealand via Dubai and some shots nearer to home from the Benelux area.
Other than that I have been busy processing photos for people who want to keep their collection private. That is their choice and I am happy to respect their wishes.
If you have lots of photos you want me to digitise I am more than happy to help. It is your decision whether the pictures go public (and earn you a little money!)
October nearly over and the supermarkets are stocking up for Christmas (baa humbug!!!).
Just completed the latest batch of 1000 slides and uploaded them to the Latest Additions. A heavy Scottish bias once again. This time it's all about the late 80's and early 90's, so lots of the new Sectorisation liveries.
The previous batch of slides has been selling well on eBay - the original slides that is, so there are obviously many people out there who like the format of the original 35mm slide. But once I have sold the original the only option is print or digital download.
Well, I intend to change that. I want to start offering brand new 35mm slides taken from the old ones. This means a nice clean slide holder and a crisp and restored image - no dirt, no fungus and no fingerprints, and if the original was badly composed or badly lit, then the new one will be "improved" to the best of mt skills.
To test the water I am going to offer this "new slide" service to anyone who reads this and requests more details - so please get in touch if you want a physical 35mm slide of ANY picture and we can discuss the options.
Once I establish the demand I will offer this on my standard pricelist
Faced with a new batch of 3000 slides and several smaller collections I decided it was time to tidy up my behind the scenes systems. So I have spent some time doing an internal reorganisation and I have removed and re-uploaded all the pictures on this site. The look and feel is still very much the same but the internal structure makes my admin a bit easier. What do you think? Any suggestions for improvements will be carefully considered.
The reorganisation meant that all the pictures in the Latest Additions were moved to their proper places and thus it left me able to upload some of the latest batch in their place - so a quick link to these is here.
The 1600 new pictures have a mainly Scottish theme - lots of stuff from the 70's and 80's. Some Class 06 shunters and the short lived Clayton Class 17, as well as new HST's making their first appearances north of the border, plus lots of day to day workings.
There are also some shots of the last days of the Westerns (Class 52) plus the usual assortment.
Now that I have got to grips with my new structures hopefully future additions will flow a bit more easily.
So hopefully soon to come will be that last of this big batch (about 500 slides) - then I have 2 or 3 batches from my "ship guy" - Canada and Turkey being his latest submission. Then a further 400 slides - not even had time to take a peek. And then I have some stunning albums from a guy sadly no longer with us, but I have been promised his hard drive which means I don't have to scan.
Back from my holidays nice and relaxed. My in-tray is bulging, I reckon I have about 4000 pictures to process and categorise and then load up on to this site.
It's going to take a while as my admin system is groaning under the strain and needs a revamp.
It will take me a few weeks to get all this organised. So while you are waiting I thought I'd give you all a treat and I have lowered all my prices by 10%.
A limited offer as I will put the prices back up when I have finished my updates - so get in quick.
I'll let everyone know when the new photos are on-line, but if you check back regularly you may some before the "grand opening"
Back from a week in Italy - coast to coast (Rapello to Venice) via train. Even the one day strike by rail workers failed to spoil it.
Took a few pictures which may appear here eventually, but much more to do first.
I am ploughing through the 3000+ slides I picked up just before my holiday, still a long way to go, but I thought you would all like to see at least some of them. So I intend to put up the first 800 or so in the next couple of days.
The slides all seem to be the work of one guy - looks like he was based in the South West as Exeter St Davids features heavily. But he also travelled a fair amount and liked the tram systems and preserved railways in Western Europe.
Unfortunately virtually none of the slides have any information apart from the date of processing stamped by the slide producer, so I have done a bit of research from the actual pictures (but if anyone can help extra information is always welcome)
For now I will upload into the Latest Additions area of the website where there will be 5 new galleries (UK Locos; UK units; Europe (old and new); HST (because I can!!) and O&S)
Not there yet - but soon
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