Last on the Card – February 2023

March is underway, so it’s time to catch up with Brian’s Last on the Card challenge.

Once again, the mobile phone camera did not see any use.

The Canon EOS5D mkIII covered several football matches over the month, ending with our home win against Bognor Regis Town. This shot was taken after the match and shows the club secretary chatting with a visiting referee who’d come to watch the way the on-field referee handled the game as an ongoing learning process…

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The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has seen quite a bit of use on trainspotting trips in the second half of the month, culminating with a trip out on the 27th to photograph a freight at Alexandra Palace early in the morning and then to do some more general railway photography down at East Croydon. In returned home via Willesden Junction and Gospel Oak, where I caught a Goblin line train to Upper Holloway. I had a gut feeling when we arrived that there ought to be an intermodal service going through on the other line – I was right! So I stood there willing the driver to move off but they decided to wait for two ladies that were at the top of the stairs (They don’t always wait because the schedule is quite tight). Anyway, between them, they messed up my chance of a good shot – This ‘shot to nothing’ was more about getting the number of the loco because I wouldn’t have been able to see that through the parked train either๐Ÿ™„…

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…You win some – You lose some๐Ÿ˜‚

All photos as taken – just resized for the web.


  1. These are great Martin. Pity about the train. Luckily it’s not the last run of the last model ๐Ÿš‚
    Thanks for joining in ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s one of the hazards of train photography. You just accept that and move on – there’s not a lot else you can do ๐Ÿคฃ

      1. Around here you just have two trains a day. One passenger, the other freight with the same diesels hauling. Both are same time every day.
        Not often another thing rolls through

      2. Sounds like a โ€˜One engine in steamโ€™ operation of a single track branch. Upper Holloway will have 6 passenger trains per hour and could see over 30 freights during the course of a weekday (depending on the need for them to run). The Goblin line is a key freight route to the docks along the River Thames.

      3. Contraction for Gospel Oak to Barking and a reflection of how bad the service used to be. The name stuck ๐Ÿ˜…

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