Linz Urfahr, 1992

Charlie Hulme's photo collection

Index to the Collection | Manchester Locomotive Society website

Since joining the Society in 2014 I have been involved in the technical aspects of the Society website, including the scanning and cataloguing for the Society website of many slides and negatives inherited by the Society from deceased enthusiasts. Often the captions for the pictures are either hard to read or non-existent. Why not, I thought, include my pictures collection while I'm availableto caption them?

So I have made a start on the project, starting with some very old pictures from the 60s and 70s which are in poor condition but may be of some historic value. I have been using a digital camera since 1997, and from 2002 the results have enough definition to include here. One of the many advantages of digital storage is that they don't gather dust.

I was born in 1949, and lived in Whaley Bridge (with a break to study engineering - and trains - in London) until my marriage in 1985 since when I have lived in Davenport. Various themes run through my photographic oeuvre, notably the local area, trips to Austria, Switzerland, Germany and other countries, modelling research, and in particular a fondness for short diesel-hauled passenger trains of the kind that can be modelled in a small house.

From 1971 until retirement in 2007 I worked for The University of Manchester Library, from 1975 as Computer Support Manager for University Library system.  In this role I was involved in some of the earliest computerised Library systems for issuing books and later for cataloguing. In the 1990s we were one of the first Libraries to have a website, and from my experience I was able to purchase some web space and create a number of websites related to my own interests, including the North Wales Coast Railway site which reached its 20th anniversary in 2016.

For more about me, see my Home Page at

I don't have any desire to claim copyright on the images; if anyone wants to use them in a reasonable way, feel free - but it would be nice to know about it. I hope they give some enjoyment.

Charlie Hulme -

Last update January 2017. Comments welcome.