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England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
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was formed in 1953 and differed from most of its contemporaries by catering for both  young and old with an interest in trains, and also welcoming ladies to membership.   The headquarters and clubrooms overlooked the main line near Farnborough station and at its peak the club had nearly 2,000 members.  It soon developed a reputation for exploring parts of the railway network to which others had failed to venture, often travelling in the brake vans of goods trains.  Over the years the club chartered nearly 100 special trains, including visits to Ireland, Denmark, Majorca, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland in the 1950s and 1960s.  Among the members were many competent photographers and in 1972 Hugh Davies (Secretary of the REC from its formation until the early 1960s) began what has become the Photos from the Fifties collection by making his own photographs available.  Other members joined in and there are now approaching 350,00 images either already catalogued or awaiting listing.  The REC still  exists (though primarily as a  thriving model railway club) and has licensed clubrooms in Farnborough, though sadly no longer adjacent to a railway line.
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All photographs were taken by REC members between 1943 and 1968, although for the first ten years this was prior to the existence of the REC.   We invite  you to share our experiences and our memories, through the medium of our photographs, though sadly some of us are no longer here to share your interest.
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This is a service run by enthusiasts and is NOT a commercial operation; the only benefits that we, the photographers, receive are for the use of our photographs in books, magazines and videos. Even here we do not charge societies, preserved railways and other charities for the use of our photographs – provided we receive due acknowledgment and a bit of publicity.
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PHOTOGRAPHS
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STATIONS IMAGES
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DIFFERENT LOCATIONS
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IMAGES A MONTH
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Black and white prints in postcard size remain the most popular line, partly because many are available from  stock and also because we have been able to keep prices at a reasonable level.  However, larger size prints can be produced to order; and a limited number of views (mainly of industrial locomotives) are available as colour prints..
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Many of the photographs in our lists have never been published, and some have never been printed previously.  Many of our customers from the 1970s are still customers today, which we believe is due in part to the friendly, personal service we are able to offer.   We look forward to hearing from you.
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