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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



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

Updated: Oct 28, 2014 4:11am PST

Preston Division

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

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 11:22am PST

The West Country

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

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 11:14am PST

South Western Division

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

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 11:08am PST


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

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 11:07am PST

Central Division

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

Updated: Oct 05, 2014 4:43am PST

The Eastern Region

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

Updated: Aug 18, 2014 11:23am PST

South Eastern Division

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

Updated: Aug 18, 2014 10:37am PST

The Orange Zone

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

Updated: Feb 20, 2014 7:05am PST

The London Midland Region

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

Updated: Feb 20, 2014 6:52am PST

The Western Region

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

Updated: Feb 19, 2014 3:39am PST


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

Updated: Feb 19, 2014 3:10am PST

Isle of Wight

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

Updated: Nov 05, 2013 3:44am PST

Wales & the Welsh Marches

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

Updated: Apr 26, 2013 5:42am PST

West Germany

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

Updated: Jul 06, 2012 6:17am PST


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

Updated: Jul 04, 2012 4:44am PST


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

Updated: Jul 03, 2012 12:41pm PST


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

Updated: Jul 03, 2012 3:58am PST


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

Updated: Jul 03, 2012 3:09am PST

Kent's Heritage Railways

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

Updated: May 09, 2012 2:36am PST

Hither Green

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

Updated: Mar 05, 2012 7:07am PST

North Kent - Hoo to Faversham

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

Updated: Mar 05, 2012 6:25am PST


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

Updated: Feb 06, 2012 4:52am PST


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

Updated: Nov 29, 2011 10:22am PST

Isle of Man

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

Updated: Nov 28, 2011 10:42am PST

My Smug Mug

Keith "Wild Bill" Widdowson

Updated: Nov 26, 2011 1:29am PST