Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

I’ve been a bit lax recently as time has been at a premium so here goes with a little catch-up on the Photo Challenge front. Movement can be protrayed in a number of ways. Cartoonists used to add speed streaks to their figures to give an impression of speed.   Animators used rapidly whirling feet and sound effects.   Still photographers must (normally) rely upon the visual cues within the image to convey movement.   They can choose to allow the subject to blur or perhaps, to follow the subject and allow the background to be blurred.   Equally, as I have done in the image below, they can allow the picture to tell a story of movement…

Blasting Through Reading

… I hope that the sharp lean into the corner and the black exhaust smoke above the locomotive gives an adequate impression of a train on the move.

This is 47077 ‘North Star’ heading a London bound express through Reading station in 1975.   It’s a nice warm summer day but the passengers will be overheating in their air-conditioned carriages without any windows to open – you see, 47077 doesn’t have the electrical output to power the air-con.   She’s almost certainly standing in for a failed sister locomotive or a Class 50.   And she’s running late – hence the fireworks through the station  🙂


  1. Hi again, and I do love your pictures that seem to draw to my days when I did not drive. I either train, or bus, or the familiar old thumb…:)

  2. Michelle & her Dad wet for a steam train ride the other day to Heartbeat territory. She said it was wonderful. They have been having a great look around. Been south, north, east & west including Wales & Scotland. She has had enough of the rain though. Gets home on Wednesday..

    1. LoL, yeah – tipping down tonight! Glad the train ride was great 🙂 Hope it’s a safe flight back – prayers with you all 🙂

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