Pigeons set for train journey

Prior to the 1960s racing, pigeons had always been sent by rail to their starting point.

Here in 1952 members of the Derby, Burton North Road Federation with their baskets of pigeons on Matlock Station are waiting to send their birds to Lerwick in the Shetland Isles - a distance of 485 miles.

Now purpose-built transporters going by road do the job, picking birds up from each club in the district.