Black Prince Tank (GB). Bovington Tank Museum, 20th July 2009.

Black Prince Tank (GB). Bovington Tank Museum, 20th July 2009.

Richard Cunningham

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Dave Rowland sadly passed away on 19th July 2019. He was a good friend and I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to take over and preserve this website. The Ian Allan and Platform 5 folders and galleries are undergoing an extensive and ongoing review and as at September 2022, much has been accomplished. In addition to re-organization, there are much improved scans across the board and additional and revised information. This has taken many months to accomplish. The general style and content of the captions follows that shown for the GWR August 1943 First Edition.

My thanks to John Debens for providing the "Scarcity" ratings. These grade each abc from the age of steam on a scale from 0 to 9 with 0 being the most scarce and 9 being the most common.

Dave wrote the following welcome before he left us:

"Welcome to the Brand New Embryonic Reincarnation of DAVE ROWLAND'S TRANSPORT GALLERY. The story so far: I was created for a laugh by Mr & Mrs G Rowland c.March 1949, and emerged alarmingly early at the Battle Hospital, Reading, on 13 November 1949 (subtle hint). Been a nuisance ever since. I've been stuck in train-free Gosport, Hants, almost continuously since 1959. Great liking for trains, old buses, ships, good music, women, drinking, and playing electric guitar. Allowed out occasionally to take photos, and get beer & ciggies. The silly hat is long gone, the silly grey beard has since arrived.
For the time being, at least, this site will replace my former Fotopic site ("The Tracks of My Years - Dave Rowland's Transport Gallery"), officially known as and "THE FAMOUS IAN ALLAN ABC BOOKS" (* now here in it's entirety), also "THE PLATFORM 5 RAILWAY BOOKS" (ditto). I'll try to recreate everything in a similar (if not improved) form, but this may take quite some considerable time. As with all my projects, this will be an ongoing work in progress, and will no doubt change appearance drastically and often, as I go through the learning curve of what I can and can't do here. Please feel free to comment, either via the 'comments' facility at the bottom of each gallery, or the 'contact' link at the bottom of each page. Comments for individual photographs can be made (and/or viewed) by clicking on the 'show details' tab at the top right of viewed images. A previous/next photo facility is provided in the top middle position of opened images. Anyone can use my photos for whatever purpose, so long as you ASK ME FIRST, and credit me as the photographer (and copyright holder). So there. *WARNING - some images may not contain items of transport.
LINKS: You may like to have a peek at these sites:-
Steam and the Dragon: Chinese Railways by Brian Hawkins (lots of Chinese steam, plus diesel & electric, 1994-2010):-
Ships of The Mersey: superb nautical photographs of a self-explanatory nature:-".
Railion 151 141 passes Himmelstadt with a southbound freight on 20th April 2011.

Railion 151 141 passes Himmelstadt with a southbound freight on 20th April 2011.

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