08/10/13 AGM and Speaker: Peter Bragg

On Tuesday 8th October St Agnes Photographic Club held their Annual General Meeting followed by a talk about railways.

We held a highly efficient AGM, starting with a run down of club finances and a brief recap from our chairperson of club activities held throughout the year. Claudia commented on what a successful and enjoyable year it had been for the club with highlights being the Geevor Mine trip and our annual exhibition which was the best ever and resulted in many encouraging comments from photographers from other clubs. This year we have a fantastic varied programme to look forward to including sessions and a field trip with David Chapman. Thanks must go to the Committee for their combined efforts this year.

Our speaker this month was Peter Bragg and his subject was a wide ranging and informative talk about the Railways.

Peter gave a varied and entertaining talk that started with a fascinating 1940s photo of a locomotive in Malaysia. He went on to include local views of Bodmin, the Truro – Penzance line and the Falmouth Branch line (to name a few), through to an overview of the role of the rail network within the China Clay industry. Following this there were “snapshot moments” in St Pancras and the Eurostar service, London Bridge Station and beyond. The pictures of the German rail network and double decked locomotives were especially interesting.

One outstanding photograph showed a train and carriages high above trees on a local viaduct. Peter went on to modestly tell us that this picture was used within a bid to government which went on to secure £8 million of funding for the modernisation of a stretch of line through Cornwall.

Interestingly Peter was quick to point out that his weapon of choice is a small compact digital camera which he finds more convenient than a larger camera in the varied environments associated with the Railways.

Our thanks to Peter for sharing his pictures and his enthusiasm for his subject, of which he assured us he had barely skimmed the surface!

By Ginny Norris and Jane Sawle.