Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters I or J

An obvious choice for me is Junction… or more specifically Clapham Junction (though I could have chosen many other junctions for this challenge). Clapham Junction is reputedly the busiest station in Europe with up to 180 trains passing through every hour! The station is always busy but especially so when there is an international Rugby match at Twickenham or during the Tennis at Wimbledon.

Looking towards Central London and specifically Waterloo from the bridge that connects Clapham Junction’s 17 platforms. On the extreme Left of the photo are the two tracks curving away to connect with Kensington Olympia and Willesden Junction. They also connect with Denmark Hill and the Kent Coast. The 4 lines going towards London on the Left go to Waterloo. These are the lines on which services to Richmond and Reading operate. The building to the left of centre is the train cleaning plant for units coming off duty and stabling at Clapham Junction. The 4 tracks in the centre also serve Waterloo and it is on these tracks that trains to Basingstoke and the South-West operate. The 4 tracks beyond the row of equipment cabinets on the right serve Victoria station. Trains to Croydon, Gatwick and Brighton use these tracks. Hidden by the trees on the extreme right are another 2 tracks connecting with Kensington and Willesden.

Stairs to one of the Richmond bound platforms.

Boarding a Reading Service.

Stabled units waiting for the evening rush.

Clapham Junction shed with stabled Portsmouth / Weymouth express unit.

Freight through Clapham Junction – empty stone hoppers from Crawley to Acton via Kensington and Willesden Junction.

These photos were taken on two separate days in March 2017

Catch up with Cee’s B&W Challenge and other entries here.


  1. Wow!! I have always thought that operating a railway track system, especially a modern one like Clapham, is truly mind-boggling. Hats off to the controllers that bring order out of chaos every day!

    1. Sometimes despite their best efforts the Chaos becomes Out of Order 😉 It only takes one failed point or signal to create absolute havoc.

      1. Ha ha, I like it. ( Your comment – not the failed point disruption! lol ) 😃

    1. I too remember Steam – mainly out of King’s Cross and St Pancras when going on holiday with my parents… so long ago now! I hope they were happy memories for you 🙂

  2. In the winter, I will keep my parents warm :in the summer, I will keep my parents cool. I will always greet my parents in the morning to show them that I care. At night l will always make sure my parents rest well….Bless you and thank you so much !!!

    1. Yes, it gets pretty busy at Clapham – keeping up with everything that’s passing through is hard work for railway enthusiasts! So imagine how difficult it can be for unfamiliar passengers passing through!

    1. I remember visiting the main station in Harare – so quiet. But railways have to work with what is needed by the customer. Too much commuting to get to work in England and – I’m guessing – not much movement for the workforce in Kenya? I know Zimbabwe relies heavily on its bus network and the emergency taxis – is that the same in Kenya?

      1. Thanks for the info – I don’t know enough about Kenya. It’s always good to find out about other people and how life is for them. I hope the new railway works out really good 🙂 Railways are a good way of shifting heavy loads over long distances – building materials for example! Should be beneficial for the economy.

    1. B&W photos can be kind of timeless – sometimes only the way people are dressed gives a hint of when. Thanks for popping by and commenting 🙂

      1. I have taken a look at your posts 🙂 Whilst they are well written, the subject matter is outside of my core interests and hence I am unlikely to add a comment.

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    1. Thanks 🙂 Two different cameras for these images. Canon EOS 5D3 with Sigma 150mm lens and Fujifilm X-Pro2 with 35mm f1.4 Fujinon lens.

    1. Thanks – I have the advantage in that I’m there for pleasure as a transport enthusiast rather than having to be there to get to work. Maybe that’s why the images are a bit dreamy? 😉

      1. I have never considered photographing trains, but seeing your images maybe I’ll see if I can find something to shoot at Johannesburg Station.
        Jo’burg central is not the safest place to wander round with a camera – I have a Canon too.
        But maybe on a quiet day. We’ll see?

      2. Stations are full of photographic opportunities – but as public spaces you do need to be aware of what’s going on around you. I’m lucky, most London stations are very safe. Trains is my motivation but I’m sure you will find lots of people to photograph and the buildings themselves are often of architectural interest.

      3. I do most of my ”street’ from inside the car, where I will ride shotgun when we are out on business or shopping.
        It’s not that I am shy of pointing a camera at people or things, but rather the attention the camera itself will draw!
        But maybe I will steel my nerves one day?

      4. There’s a irony that people seem to be more offended by having mobile phones pointed at them than cameras! Have a look at Patti’s street images in New York – follow the link in my blogroll for Nylon Daze. She actually asks people to take their photo! 🙂

  4. Dear Cee, or whatever your name is, I am none other than Detective Tony Pastry of New Scotland Yard. My informant has told me that you are the Red Herring, the notorious art thief. And my informant is very reliable: He recently sold me the Moon for £500 and a pint of mild. He’s very big in NASA, you know. He has also informed me that the Pink Panther films are not fictitious but are in fact a series of documentaries about a real Inspector Clouseau. Since then I have modelled my entire career on Clouseau’s achievements and it has not been easy, I can tell you. If you do not immediately hand yourself in at the nearest police station, I will have to come and put you under arrest.

    1. LoL – my name is in my about! – Fine detective you are 😉 I’m not the Red Herring – more a Grey Mullet. Work out which detective I’m referencing 🙂

      Always loved the Pink Panther 🙂

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