No. 55 - p288-292

© AUGUST 1974


    The death of Aidan Fuller on 8th April 1973 occurred only a few weeks before the Society's Annual General Meeting. At that meeting there was unanimous approval of a resolution to honour him as a founder member, former Hon Treasurer, Secretary and, later, Chairman of the Society by the creation of a permanent tribute to his memory. Subsequently the Committee decided that this should take the form of a trophy to be awarded annually to the winner of a photographic competition. For the trophy itself a departure from the traditional silver cup was made in favour of something more in keeping with the hobby that brings us together, and probably as intrinsically valuable - an industrial locomotive maker's plate, suitably mounted on a wooden plaque. Our member Ray Fox undertook to make the trophy and provided the plate of Bagnall 2037, a locomotive that had worked at Castle Firebrick Co Ltd in Flintshire; the choice of plate was influenced by Aidan's particular interest in Wales.

    The organisation of the photographic competition posed a number of problems, as it was the first we had undertaken; but they were overcome, with the help of our lady member, Mrs Audrey Peattie, in receiving the entries, and Lindsay McDougall, in finding a judge eminently qualified by his status as a professional photographer and railway enthusiast. There were approximately one hundred entries from twentynine members, and Mr John Burgess ARPS gave his judgment with speed, commented on the entries generally and gave us a number of tips that will help us to plan next year's competition more expeditiously.

    The first presentation took place, as hoped, after the formal business of the 1974 Annual General Meeting, when the Society was privileged to have Mrs Joan Fuller, widow of the late Chairman, to present the trophy and cheques to the winner and runners up. Mrs Fuller recalled her introduction to industrial railway enthusiasts when accompanying Aidan on trips in the early days; trips that often involved contact with the seamier side of industry, but which we accept as part of the scene. The entries-all in black and white on this first occasion-were displayed at the Meeting, and covered a wide variety of locations in this country and abroad; also locomotives of many types - steam, diesel, electric, standard and narrow gauge. Apparent too in many was an eye for "atmosphere".

    We have in the Aidan Fuller Memorial Trophy something unique embodying the skill of one of our members, which sets it apart. The experience gained this year should enable us to do better in 1975, and we look forward to increased participation by members for what we are sure will become a prized award. (EST)

Judges Comments

    I think the entry was generally of a good standard considering this was the first year of the competition. Although some of the photographs were more "snapshots" than pictures there was a high proportion of very good technical and pictorial quality.

First Prize M.J. Fox This is an excellent picture for both its technical and pictorial content. The locos are shown working hard and the atmosphere generated by the blasts of smoke from both engines adds a great deal. The line of coal wagons, the lorry on the right and the pit head gear on the left, all in good positions, are helped by the darkened sky to give impact. Another good feature is that the train has somewhere to go before it reaches the edge of the picture.

Second Prize B. Rumary Another working engine in somewhat different surroundings from the last, overshadowed by blast furnaces but nevertheless seen in ideal working conditions. The picture, like Mr Fox's, has an atmosphere which generates sound in the mind. Technically well exposed and well presented in a vertical format with dark buildings on all sides, holding our interest to the engine.

Third Prize J.G. Tarrant This is more of a record picture but it is so well taken. The slight angle towards the front has given depth to the engine which also has sparkling detail throughout. The stacked coal, the coat in the cab, the dirt on the brake shoe and the buckled buffers have given life to the engine and I hope show that COWBURN was still a willing worker.

Joan Fuller presenting the first prize to M.J. Fox on 27th April 1974. (A.N.H. Glover)


National Coal Board, Scottish South Area, Polkemmet Colliery, Whitburn, West Lothian, 26th March 1973. 0‑6‑0 saddletanks 25 (Andrew Barclay 2358 of 1954) and 17 (Hunslet 2880 of 1943) storming out of the colliery with a heavy coal train en route for the British Railways exchange sidings.    (M.J. Fox)



Stahlwerke Röchling-Burbach GmbH, Völklingen, Saar, West Germany, 25th September 1972. 785mm gauge 0‑4‑0 side tank 21 (Krauss 5143 of 1903) hauling slag ladles near the blast furnaces.    (B. Rumary)



COWBURN (Hunslet 544 of 1891) at the National Coal Board, West Midlands Division, No.4 (Warwickshire) Area, North Warwick Colliery, 18th August 1962.   (J.G. Tarrant)