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Your Bio

After 45 years service within various BR train planning units I retired in 2007 and have subsequently penned several articles which have been published in the railway press. Higher management "awarded" me the nickname Mr Mixed Traction because all other diagramming managers at Waterloo (SR/NSE) dealt only with EMU passenger work - my responsibility being all other NON EMU work. Having had two books published - The Great Iron Horse Chase:Europe (2009) and The Great Steam Chase (2013) my third, titled Riding Yorkshire's Final Steam Trains will come out early in 2015.

Using this site I have placed my entire photographic collection on it - taken over 50 years from 1963, initially steam, and then after 1968 anything loco-operated.Most steam shots are available for purchase on either SouthernImages or Railway Images websites.

Thanks for looking in.

Keith (Wild Bill) Widdowson


South Western Division

This gallery contains all shots not catered for in the Waterloo, Wesse ...

Updated: Nov 03, 2014 12:33pm GMT

Central Division

The Central Division of the SR was my nearest source of steam train tr ...

Updated: Nov 03, 2014 12:32pm GMT


Scotland was visited on 6 occasions during the steam era (1965-7) then ...

Updated: Oct 28, 2014 12:11pm GMT

Preston Division

The Preston Division of the LMR became the last stronghold of "The Iro ...

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 7:22pm GMT

The West Country

The West Country was first visited in 1963. With the WR having taken o ...

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 7:14pm GMT


Wessex, comprising of the present day counties of Hampshire, Dorset an ...

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 7:07pm GMT

The Eastern Region

Being steam free by the time I started travelling the ER was rarely vi ...

Updated: Aug 18, 2014 7:23pm GMT

South Eastern Division

The South Eastern Division of the Southern Region was my "home" territ ...

Updated: Aug 18, 2014 6:37pm GMT

The Orange Zone

To a southerner, used to 3rd rail territory or ex GWR types, my first ...

Updated: Feb 20, 2014 3:05pm GMT

The London Midland Region

This London Midland Region gallery excludes the Preston Division and W ...

Updated: Feb 20, 2014 2:52pm GMT

The Western Region

This Western Region gallery excludes the West Country and Wales but in ...

Updated: Feb 19, 2014 11:39am GMT


Waterloo is where the steam bug addiction first took hold. Having join ...

Updated: Feb 19, 2014 11:10am GMT

Isle of Wight

My first visit to the island was in the August of 1964. It was like st ...

Updated: Nov 05, 2013 11:44am GMT

Wales & the Welsh Marches

Wales was visited during 64 for purely line closures, during 65 for th ...

Updated: Apr 26, 2013 1:42pm GMT

West Germany

I visited West Germany on 4 occasions in the search for steam and accu ...

Updated: Jul 06, 2012 2:17pm GMT


The steam locomotive in Italy was sometimes hard to locate and even wh ...

Updated: Jul 04, 2012 12:44pm GMT


Although often passing through en route to steamier destination in Eur ...

Updated: Jul 03, 2012 8:41pm GMT


With time running out in my personal ambition to travel behind 1,000 d ...

Updated: Jul 03, 2012 11:58am GMT


Ireland has been visited but once (train wise) by myself. It was the l ...

Updated: Jul 03, 2012 11:09am GMT

Kent's Heritage Railways

This gallery highlights my visits to Kent's heritage railways i.e.the ...

Updated: May 09, 2012 10:36am GMT

Hither Green

Hither Green Depot (73C) was visited on many occasions when, as a diag ...

Updated: Mar 05, 2012 3:07pm GMT

North Kent - Hoo to Faversham

Residing at Sittingbourne during the early eighties made the taking of ...

Updated: Mar 05, 2012 2:25pm GMT


With the increasingly short supply of British steam in 1968 France was ...

Updated: Feb 06, 2012 12:52pm GMT


Austria was visited in 1968,1969 and 1987. The first two occasions wer ...

Updated: Nov 29, 2011 6:22pm GMT

Isle of Man

I have visited this jewel of an island in the Irish Sea twice - in1974 ...

Updated: Nov 28, 2011 6:42pm GMT

My Smug Mug

Keith "Wild Bill" Widdowson

Updated: Nov 26, 2011 9:29am GMT