I'm starting a little series, drawn from various visits to Tanfield in the course of the last year.
Tanfield is the oldest railway line still in regular us. It dates back to the late 17th Century, when wagons were drawn along rails by horse-power.
Three miles of track are all that remain of the line that once transported coal from Co. Durham to the Tyne for shipping elsewhere. The line includes Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world. Steam trains still run at weekends, and Tanfield is manned by a team of volunteers ranging from schoolchildren to steam veterans.
I'm starting with my friend Penny in the engine shed. (This image has previously appeared here in colour).
Penny was eyeing up possibilities for photographing the iconic oil cans. The first time that I saw them I innocently believed that I was the first photographer ever to spot their potential. I have since then watched so many others do the same.
But my take will follow tomorrow.
Thanks for looking,
Tags: Photo journalism
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