Random Thoughts & Image Gallery


The links and images that appear on this page are just random thoughts, and collections of some interesting train journeys, sights and impressions of railways wherever they happen to be, or may have been.

Digital Images from Denver Public Library

The library holds a fascinating collection of railroad photographs, including hundreds of images by Otto Perry.  Well worth exploring their collections.

Here’s just a sample from the Otto Perry Collection:

D&RGW 4-8-4 No.1703 – Photo by Otto C. Perry

The Legacy of Edward Bury

Sadly perhaps, the name of Edward Bury has not achieved the place of distinction it deserves amongst British steam locomotive engineers. Outside this country his influence on steam engine building has been very great indeed, with his techniques developed to their most advanced level in the USA. The largest steam locomotives in the world, the Union Pacific Railroad’s “Big Boy” 4-8-8-4 articulated giants were using techniques which, basically at least, would have seemed familiar to Edward Bury.

Coppernob at York NRM

Furness Railway No. 3 at the National Railway Museum, York.  This 0-4-0 was one of the first bar-framed designs of Edward Bury, built in Liverpool in 1846.  (Photo: RPBradley)


Union Pacific RR “Big Boy”, 4-8-8-4 No. 4000 in 1941.  (Photo: Association of American Railroads / UP Photo)

NYC_Niagara_1by Otto Perry 30:6:1956

Alco built NYC “Niagara” 4-8-4 – one of the largest fixed wheelbase bar frame locos ever built – seen here in 1956. (Photo: Otto C. Perry/Denver Public Library)


APT – Innovation Ahead of its Time

APT on trials passing Lancaster

The APT designed and developed by British Railways in the 1970s, with gas turbine power and tilting technology was evolved into the 25kV option, intended to run on the West Coast Main Line.  But – the lack of Government investment and strategy in the 1980s, coupled with the usual ‘teething troubles’ saw it consigned to the scrap heap.   However, the tilting technology, sold to Fiat was included in the next generation of tilting trains across Europe, and came back to the UK in the shape of the ‘Pendolino’ trains running today.

The “Electric Scots” Arrived

These 25kV AC electric locomotives, were the last of the “AL” series developed for British Rail, and allowed high-speed rail services to run between London and Glasgow, with numerous stops en-route.

BR Class 87 at Preston

Standard 1980s fare on the UK’s West Coast Main Line, were the Class 87 electrics. Seen here at Preston Station in 1980