Welcome to the Siding
The Siding is a collection of British railway photos which I have put on this
site in the hope that they might be of interest to others.
I make no apologies for the fact that the majority of the pictures on this site
are of the type frowned upon by certain 'real photographers'. That is they are
mostly simple ¾ view pictures of trains, rather than pictures of trains taken
from arty viewpoints or pictures of trains in pretty surroundings. That's not to
say that I don't like scenic shots, it's just not what this site is about. Most
of my pictures are simply pictures of trains, illustrating many of the classes,
variations and liveries seen on British railways.
Many of the older pictures are scans of prints, transparencies or
negatives and in some cases may not be of the best quality but are included for
If there is a particular picture you would like to see with less compression
and in it's full resolution please contact me.
If you have any good photos, especially any showing
liveries or classes which I currently don't have, (preferably with date and
location) and would not mind me using them on the site, please
Pictures uploaded in the early days of the site are smaller and might look more
compressed than current pictures. This is because back in 2003, when I started
this site, internet connections tended to be much slower and so file sizes were
kept as small as possible. The following pics show the effects of different
amounts of jpeg compression.
The site was originally designed to look best at a screen resolution of 1024 x
768 or higher although it looks reasonable at 800 x 600. Despite validating all
the pages as being valid XHTML I spent quite a while tweaking the HTML and style
sheets in an attempt to make the site look the same in all the main browsers.
I've tested it using current and recent versions of MS Internet Explorer,
and Safari under Windows and MAC OS X.
Whatever you might be using please let me know of any problems mentioning which
browser and OS you are using.
All photos are the copyright of me, Frank Cox, except where the name of the
photographer is given under the picture. In these cases the copyright remains
with the named photographer.
I don't really mind you using the odd one or two of my own pictures on your
own site should you wish to do so providing that:
1: you acknowledge 'the-siding.co.uk' as being the source,
2: you let me know where they are being used, and
3: they are copied into your own web space and NOT hot-linked directly to this
Please do not attempt to link direct to the images on
you may not get the picture you expect. Feel free of
course to link to
pages on the site, it is just the hot linking direct to images that I
object to for the usual reasons. Unfortunately the method used to prevent this
'hot linking' also affects text links to images, so again please link to the
page and not directly to images.
Please contact me with any comments,
criticisms or suggestions you may have about the site. I really would appreciate
hearing from you.
Finally - thanks for bothering to read this far!