THIS PAGE IS all about exactly what the title says, my favourite railway photographs.

I don’t really fancy myself as much of a photographer. My job brings me into contact with many individuals who have a much better eye for this kind of thing and it reminds me that no matter the results I get, I still have a long way to go.

Still, every now and then I fluke a shot which makes me quite happy, and you can see a few of them illustrated below (in broadly alphabetical order):

The busy industrial location of Pratteln, just east of Basel, Switzerland, is the scene for double-headed BLS Lötschbergbahn Re 4/4s Nos. 184 Kandersteg and 189 Niedergesteln at the head of a westbound tank train on October 12th, 2006. Despite their appearance, not helped by the old looking brown livery, these machines were built in 1974, making them a similar age to the UK Class 87s!

You don’t get many more stunning vistas as this in railfanning. Having almost completed their long slog up Cajon Pass, California, on April 19th, 2007, Burlington Northern Santa Fe D9-44CWs Nos. BNSF 4448, BNSF 5243, BNSF 4743 and BNSF 5365 crawl around the long ‘S’ curve at Cajon Summit with an eastbound intermodal service. Note the two pushers Nos. BNSF 4848 and BNSF 4119, both D9-44CWs, at the rear of the train in the far distance.

One of my all-time favourite railfanning locations is 2nd Avenue Interlocking, in the Alabama steel town of Birmingham. On May 12th, 2006, I spent a couple of hours there and this was one of the many freights that I saw passing through. CIT/Capital Finance Inc. SD40-2 No. CEFX 2789 (showing its Union Pacific SD45 heritage) and Norfolk Southern sibling No. NS 6081 drag a manifest under the imposing signal bridge on their way to Norris Yard, Irondale, just a few miles down the line.

DB Schenker 155 Class electric (ex DR 250 Class) No. 155 093-8 still looks good in its, albeit faded, orient red DB paint job as it approaches Lehrte Bahnhof, Germany, with a container train on April 22nd, 2008. The locomotives seem to be one of those stereotypically no-nonsense East German designs that look like they will run forever.

My first published picture! EWS Class 37/4 No. 37401 Mary Queen of Scots crawls down the branch from Cliffe Hill to Stud Farm quarry with a rake of empty MEA opens for loading on August 8th, 1998. The ETH-fitted ‘Tractor’ was assisting on duties on the branch due to engineering work which meant trains had to make an extra reversing move to access the quarry.

GP40-2LW No. MEC 505 and GP40 No. MEC 348 reverse train MOAY, Mohawk Yard (Schenectady, NY) to Ayer into Hill Yard, Ayer, Massachusetts, on March 6th, 2005.

Almost the complete opposite of the previous Japanese railway picture I posted. This view shows Kyushu Railway Company ‘Sea Side Liner’ (types Kiha58 + Kiha65) DMUs Nos. 58701 and 65517 departing Nagasaki with a local service on May 8th, 2001. The narrow gauge track, being just 3ft 6in (1067mm) between the rails, is most evident.

The beautiful surroundings of Flüelen, Switzerland on banks of Lake Lucerne is the backdrop for SBB CFF FFS Re 4/4ii No. 11115 working the IR2173 12.04 Basel SBB-Locarno Inter-Regio service on October 16th, 2006. Picturesque white-painted churches that look to be straight out of a Faller box seem to be ten a penny in this region!

One of my favourite parts of US railroading is street running, and what could be better than street running with a couple of battered old six-axle EMDs in the lead. This is Union Pacific SD60M No., UP 2349 and unpatch ex Southern Pacific SD40M-2 No. SP 8681 trundling down the middle of South 9th Street in Colton, California, on April 17th, 2007.

The beautiful location of Caliente, in the Tehachapi Mountains, California, is the backdrop for this northbound Union Pacific manifest freight on April 24th, 2007. Heading the train are SD70Ms Nos. UP 5184 and UP 4855, C45ACCTE No. UP 5380, SD70Ms Nos. UP 3995 and UP 4956 and C45ACCTE No. UP 5450.