21 December 2005

The 12.55 Tarka Line service from Exeter Central to Barnstaple on a Summer Saturday in August 1981(?) passing over Home Farm bridge on the approach to Eggesford.
The fish in the water tickled my feet while I was waiting for the train! Posted by Picasa
Class 47 and two carriages arrive at Barnstaple to form the 14.10 departure during the early 1980's, due to shortage of rolling stock. The practice was to 'borrow' the coaches off the Exeter -Waterloo service. Some times a loco would bring the failed DMU down which had no lights and no heating! A wide variety of locos would visit the branch including class 50's with one or two coaches that just happen to fall off a passing Waterloo service. It was not unknown for the station supervisor at Exeter to 'fail' certain Waterloo carriages due to lack of toilet roll or suchlike and send them off down the withered arm. Most of the rolling stock shortage was due to the poor class 142 (Skippers) performance. Posted by Picasa

19 November 2005

Class 156 in 'one' livery passes over the river Bure at Wroxham on the Bittern Line Saturday 19 November 2005 heading for Norwich  Posted by Picasa

07 November 2005

New Holland Pier - change for the paddle Steamer Ferry to Hull corporation Pier. This was the Humber crossing before the bridge was opened. Coal wagons in the middle are for use by the ferry and cars drove down the opposite platform. August 1974 Posted by Picasa
0820 train from Liskeard to Looe on a misty morning February 1974. To explore this and other Cornish railways please visit www.carfreedaysout.co.uk

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Girvan with the 14.00 Glasgow to Stranraer September 1974 Posted by Picasa

31 October 2005

Romainian Forest Railways CCF lorry on rails near Komandu in the Carpathian Mountains August 1991 Posted by Picasa
Approaching Yeoford Exeter bound on the Tarka Line in September 1983 Posted by Picasa
Off Deception Island South Shetlands Antarctica Saturday 27 November 2004 Posted by Picasa
Braydeston church from Brundall West Field
on the edge of the Norfolk Broads August 2004
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30 October 2005

The Nord Norge Cruise ship lying off shore at Puerto Eden in the Chilean Fjords November 2004 -The ship was en route to Antartica. Posted by Picasa
Lake Louise Railway station in the Canadian Rockies - not a good passenger service, two trains a week during the season! Posted by Picasa

21 October 2005

Picture of the photographer at 10.30pm on top of
Whistler Mountain Jasper in Canada July 2005 Posted by Picasa
From the footplate of the "City of Truro" locomotive at speed near Weybourne North Norfolk Posted by Picasa
Wild goat on the coast in The Valley of Rocks, Lynton North Devon Posted by Picasa

20 October 2005

19 October 2005


Welcome to Tarkaman: Pictures a little text - not too much as pictures speak louder than words.
The name is taken from the Henry Williamson novel but related to a small country railway branch line in deepest Devon England. Rural pictures, railways and some people and buildings - I love different angles and obscure viewpoints - a big fan of reverse logic and Chaos Theory, I can vouch for creating much chaos but very little theory. I'm well travelled, been around the globe a few times and now it looks like I'm going to have to settle down. An old boy am I, too late to learn new tricks but does try. Proud of my award winning photography - for every good picture there are 20,000 duff one's - well it seems like it!
More to come in the future but as time is slipping by faster as I get older it will be a slow progress. Come and visit again -you never know, I might have have done something right.
Cheers
Tarkaman
PS the otter - his name is Midge as in Gavin Maxwell's novel.