In memory of my granddad Jim Kirby 1929-2004.
Some time in 2011 I came about some of my granddad's slides, which may or may have not started my steam train hobby... there could have been other factors at work, I did like them as a child, had a train set and watched Thomas the Tank Engine.
My granddad was a keen train spotter, he took lots of photographs of steam trains, most of this history I will never know. I found in his slides he photographed a rusty 60034 Lord Farrington (also know as Peregrine) from back in 1968, which is a Gresley A4 Pacific locomotive that entered service in 1 July 1938. There's even some of the Flying Scotsman, no idea of the date.
I'm not sure when this hobby became a reality, sometime before the 19th January 2013. I speculate that I found out about it via flickr, but it could have been on seeing a steam train on the main line or steam from it at least. On the 19th I went for a walk to a location that could be possible to get good photographs from, it had snowed a tiny bit then.