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New or modified photos added to any php photo gallery ( currently Austria, China, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom ) can be found here, arranged in the order that they were added, latest first. One year's worth of pictures, up to a maximum of 1000 are shown, divided into separate galleries for the last 14, 15 to 30, 31 to 90, 91 to 180 or 181 to 365 days.

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China

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China is probably the most interesting country for railway enthusiasts today. Whether your preference is for working steam, big diesels, powerful electrics or high speed trains, China's got it. These galleries show everything from narrow gauge 0-8-0s deep in the forests of Heilongjiang to double headed QJs on Jingpeng Pass and from the ancient electrics at Fushun to big diesels on the main lines of northern China. There are almost 100 galleries, organised into categories such as location, loco class, type of operation etc.

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Turkey

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Turkey is a fascinating country with both European and Asian influences contributing to a unique culture. The railways are also the result of numerous foreign influences and in the last days of steam, locomotives from America, Belgium, Britain, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany and Sweden could be seen working side by side. The current scene is a lot more uniform with EMD products working most main line services. Most of my Turkish material is on film and will need to be scanned before it can appear here. In the meantime, here are a few images from 1984 and 2006 trips.

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Slovakia

Another small central European country with an interesting rail system. Although both the Czech Republic and Slovakia share a common railway heritage, there are significant differences in some areas such as liveries and the rates at which some of the older classes have been withdrawn. One thing that the two countries do share is a very attractive landscape. The galleries now contain over 200 photos from trips in 2003 and 2011.

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Spain

Spain used to be home to an incredible collection of charming narrow gauge lines but most have now closed or lost much of their appeal through modernisation. The Soller Railway on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca is an exception and still retains its unique character. There are also pictures of the superb metre gauge Ponferrada - Villablino line in steam days and broad gauge main line diesels around Murcia.

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France

Although France is Britain's nearest neighbour, French railways haven't featured on many of my trips. These pictures were taken on visits to the superbly scenic but lightly trafficked main line along the Mediterranean coast, north of the Spanish border, on the trunk route through the Saverne Gap west of Strasbourg and on the long cross-country Paris - Belfort route, before DMUs took over long distance passenger traffic from the CC72100 diesels . All the photos were taken on trips since 2008.

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Cuba

The big attraction in Cuba was the sugar cane harvest that took place in spring every year. Most mills had their own rail system to bring cane from outlying loading points to the mill and many of them still used steam locomotives right up to the end of the 20th century. An unbelievable variety of engines from the main US builders could still be seen at work in the mid 1990s, most of them over 70 years old. The pictures here are from a 1996 trip but others will be added when time permits.

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United Kingdom

Britain's railways have become progressively less interesting over recent years but it wasn't always that way. Most of my British material is on film and I've made a start on scanning some of the early 35mm slides. There are plenty of digital images taken before I lost interest in 2003 and many more from the last few years after it came back. Most pictures are from my home turf in central southern England but other areas feature as well, with many more still to be digitised if I ever get round to it.

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Zimbabwe

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Almost twenty years of UN sanctions kept steam alive in Rhodesia through the 1960s and 1970s and, by the time the country entered the 1980s as the newly independent Zimbabwe, it still had a fleet of Garratts, over 80 of which were in the process of being modernised. Steam remained the mainstay of operations on the lines to Victoria Falls and West Nicholson until the early 1990s, making Zimbabwe a prime destination for railway photographers.

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Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, a.k.a. Czechia, is one of Europe's smaller lands but its railways were among the most interesting in the early years of the 21st Century. In an era of demanning, DMUs and standardisation, it was a pleasure to find a railway with manned stations and locomotive hauled trains, a variety of traction and an almost infinite multiplicity of liveries. The landscape is extremely attractive with plenty of hills, forests and picturesque villages to include in the pictures. Sadly, modernisation is now taking its toll, making the railway more efficient and less interesting every year.

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Germany

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It all started with a chance encounter with a 4-6-4 tank in the Black Forest in 1973. From then on I was hooked on foreign railways in general and Germanic locomotives in particular. Trips to Germany were sporadic at first but I’m now a regular visitor and the galleries have expanded to over 1250 photos covering many of the country’s scenic diesel and electric lines. All of the photos here were taken since 2006 but pictures from earlier trips will be added as time permits.

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Switzerland

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Switzerland is famed the world over for its beautiful alpine scenery and its excellent transport system. The railways are a real delight with a huge variety of gauges, railway companies, locomotives and liveries all running through the picturesque Swiss landscape. The 60 galleries contain more than 530 photos of standard, metre and narrow gauge operations across the country, with the emphasis unashamedly on the superb Rhätischebahn network in Graubünden and the busy Gotthardbahn.

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Denmark

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Denmark isn't the most obvious destination for railway photography with little in the way of dramatic mountain scenery, limited freight traffic and few loco hauled passenger trains. However, it was certainly worth visiting Jutland in July 2014 and July 2015, when freight traffic to Germany was diverted via Esbjerg and Tønder with diesel haulage.

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Austria

Austria has long been a natural target for the railway photographer. Its steam locomotives were very distinctive and pockets of steam operation lasted well into the 1970s, its electric locomotives worked to a grand old age and usually outlasted their contemporaries in other parts of Europe and the scenery was magnificent. In recent years most of the variety has been swept aside but the scenery is still superb. Most of my Austrian material is on film and will need to be scanned before it can appear here. In the meantime, here are a few digital images from trips in 2003, 2010 and 2014.

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