A native of Essex, I moved to Bath with my job in 1989 and currently live in Bathampton, a village on the edge of the city. My railway interests centre on 'classic' diesel traction, steam having vanished from East Anglia in the early 1960s when I was a toddler. Photographically, however, I acknowledge that steam can produce a stunning image when everything comes right! As well as railways and photography, I am fond of country walking, real ale, good curry and good literature, interests that I now have more time to indulge following my retirement in 2012 after 35 years in the Ministry of Defence. My thanks go to my wife, Lesley, for her indulgence and to the huge community of railway enthusiasts who share information and devote so much time and money to keeping our railway heritage alive.