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Event at Kidderminster Railway Museum for information:

16th March 2019
Film Show -  Never Again - Tales from the Master Neverers with members of the MNA

Towards to end of steam, a number of young men covered steam workings wherever they could with their cameras in the search of that elusive 'master shot'.  In order to get this, they travelled widely in the country, visited engine sheds, sometimes in the early hours of the morning and sometimes clandestinely and cleaned engines which they knew were working the following day and which they wanted to photograph.  They would then leave notes for the crew as to where they might be photographing, sometimes with a ten bob note attached, and requested a little more smoke for a better effect.  They often travelled on footplates if possible, took reels and reels of film, both 35mm and medium size format, and even now they still hold reunions at Ribblehead each year to coincide with the Fifteen Guinea special date of 11th August 1968, the very last steam working by BR.  They became legends in the train enthusiast world and were known as the MNA, or Master Neverers' Association.  Although they were a product of the fifties and sixties and lived life to the full (usually cars and beer and trains, but not necessarily in that order) they are of course now respected pillars of society, and have recently pooled their memories to produce a four volume set of books about their exploits and showing some of their finest collective work from 50 plus years ago.  The book sold out within weeks before Christmas, but we are going to have the chance to hear about some of their exploits and see some of their photographs.  We are privileged that this is their first ever public outing and it should be a most entertaining evening as they enlighten us as to what the Master Neverers did all those years ago in the pursuit of their 'master shot'.  The show starts at 7.30pm and goes on till about 10pm.

 

 

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On 19/02/2019 at 15:46, Stephenwolsten said:

Event at Kidderminster Railway Museum for information:

16th March 2019
Film Show -  Never Again - Tales from the Master Neverers with members of the MNA

Towards to end of steam, a number of young men covered steam workings wherever they could with their cameras in the search of that elusive 'master shot'.  In order to get this, they travelled widely in the country, visited engine sheds, sometimes in the early hours of the morning and sometimes clandestinely and cleaned engines which they knew were working the following day and which they wanted to photograph.  They would then leave notes for the crew as to where they might be photographing, sometimes with a ten bob note attached, and requested a little more smoke for a better effect.  They often travelled on footplates if possible, took reels and reels of film, both 35mm and medium size format, and even now they still hold reunions at Ribblehead each year to coincide with the Fifteen Guinea special date of 11th August 1968, the very last steam working by BR.  They became legends in the train enthusiast world and were known as the MNA, or Master Neverers' Association.  Although they were a product of the fifties and sixties and lived life to the full (usually cars and beer and trains, but not necessarily in that order) they are of course now respected pillars of society, and have recently pooled their memories to produce a four volume set of books about their exploits and showing some of their finest collective work from 50 plus years ago.  The book sold out within weeks before Christmas, but we are going to have the chance to hear about some of their exploits and see some of their photographs.  We are privileged that this is their first ever public outing and it should be a most entertaining evening as they enlighten us as to what the Master Neverers did all those years ago in the pursuit of their 'master shot'.  The show starts at 7.30pm and goes on till about 10pm.

 

 

 

Will have to try and get to this - should be a wonderful evening.


Any other like minded RMwebbers out there?

Phil

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And sods law - have just realised I am out of the country that weekend....

 

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David Postle has just posted an update on the KRM site.

Bill

 

The positive news to relate is that March 2019 is the month when the book finally gets printed.  Some of the running sheets were received on 13th February and the quality of the print was just what we had hoped for, so our confidence is high that the rest of the book will now be printed to our exacting standards.  Currently pdfs are being completed for the remainder of the book and will be with the printer before the end of this week.  The actual print schedule will then become available and will be posted on this site.  Arrangements have been made for us to see the remaining running sheets off the end of the press and this will provide an extra layer of quality control now that we have hopefully solved all the technical problems. 

So as we finally reach the finishing straight with hopefully no more hurdles to overcome, the updates will become more frequent as we post positive dates for each of the stages in the process.  The actual dates will become clearer over the next couple of weeks as we progress each stage. Once we know an exact delivery date (now to be counted in weeks rather than months!), then we will try and organise another launch of the book, maybe to coincide with one of the events on the SVR.
We very much regret the delays in the production of this book but hopefully we can appreciate that when it finally does arrive, it will be a fitting example of the work of one our finest railway photographers in Colin Gifford.

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50 minutes ago, Bill Jamieson said:

David Postle has just posted an update on the KRM site.

Bill

 

The positive news to relate is that March 2019 is the month when the book finally gets printed.  Some of the running sheets were received on 13th February and the quality of the print was just what we had hoped for, so our confidence is high that the rest of the book will now be printed to our exacting standards.  Currently pdfs are being completed for the remainder of the book and will be with the printer before the end of this week.  The actual print schedule will then become available and will be posted on this site.  Arrangements have been made for us to see the remaining running sheets off the end of the press and this will provide an extra layer of quality control now that we have hopefully solved all the technical problems. 

So as we finally reach the finishing straight with hopefully no more hurdles to overcome, the updates will become more frequent as we post positive dates for each of the stages in the process.  The actual dates will become clearer over the next couple of weeks as we progress each stage. Once we know an exact delivery date (now to be counted in weeks rather than months!), then we will try and organise another launch of the book, maybe to coincide with one of the events on the SVR.
We very much regret the delays in the production of this book but hopefully we can appreciate that when it finally does arrive, it will be a fitting example of the work of one our finest railway photographers in Colin Gifford.

 

Thanks Bill

 

That relates to the new Colin Gifford book - Never Again appeared in November

 

Latest update here - possible reprint pending

 

https://www.mnabooks.com/latestnews/

 

Cheers

 

Phil

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Oops, brain not engaged yet this morning! - will repost on the correct thread.

 

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I see that a reprint of 'Never Again' is being undertaken, if anyone missed it first time around. Also , a new colour album entitled 'West Riding Steam' (compiled by Derek Huntriss and featuring the work of the late Gerry Dixon) is now available from Never Again Publishing. 

https://www.mnabooks.com/westridingsteam/

Bill

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On 13/07/2019 at 07:38, Bill Jamieson said:

I see that a reprint of 'Never Again' is being undertaken, if anyone missed it first time around. Also , a new colour album entitled 'West Riding Steam' (compiled by Derek Huntriss and featuring the work of the late Gerry Dixon) is now available from Never Again Publishing. 

https://www.mnabooks.com/westridingsteam/

Bill

 

My copy of West Riding Steam arrived yesterday.

Gerry Dixon's superb, often 'from a high distance' shots are an absolute  joy, putting the railway firmly in context within the 'urban industrial' landscape.

Even in close-ups the railway seems just a natural part of the everyday scene.  His work is complemented nicely by that of Derek Huntriss and a few others.

Highly - no, very highly - recommended.

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I received my copy today. I had read it was good but wow. What a set of books. It really is fantastic. 

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Second run has now sold out as well, according to Derek Huntriss last night. 

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Absolutely incredible set of books - I'm happily going through a page at a time in pauses between 'modelling activities' - I constantly turn a page and am blown away by the power of the image. If there ever were a 'Desert Island books' this would be my choice! 

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