With a Summer of Steam in full flow there are lots of excellent photographic opportunities out there for the enthusiast. I want to make a point here though – going out to photograph Steam Locomotives should be done in a responsible way. I am very disappointed to see that once again there are idiots trespassing on the railway and causing major disruption to get their ‘Steam Shots’, especially when 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ is out and about 😦 It has to stop and I hope the British Transport Police prosecute the offenders!

I showed a B&W shot of Mayflower passing through Imperial Wharf earlier in the week. I thought that you’d like to see a colour image of the locomotive, so here she is… 61306 is a Thompson B1 4-6-0 and is presented in LNER Apple Green but in a British Railways version. The locomotive entered service after the nationalisation of the railways in 1948.

A totally different type of locomotive here! This is the last new-build Class 66 delivered from EMD to GBRf. GBRf have been very willing to experiment with liveries and for this locomotive they have replicated the BR Brunswick Green livery of steam days. The locomotive has been named ‘Evening Star’ – the name carried by the last steam locomotive built for British Railways, 92220. The addition of the American bell makes a fitting tribute to the end of both eras……This close up shows the lining that was applied to steam locomotives of the 1950’s and the brass nameplate. You can also see the plate proudly proclaiming ‘Built 2015 Muncie USA’ ……Those were taken at Tulse Hill and it was a bonus that 66779 turned up on the freight 🙂

I was actually at Tulse Hill to catch another steamer. This time, on a special from Victoria to Hastings, we have a Stanier 5MT 4-6-0. These locomotives were one of the most successful classes in the UK and they could be found on a wide variety of duties as befits a mixed-traffic locomotive. I believe a total of 842 were built. When they first entered service in 1934 they were painted in black livery and quickly gained the nickname ‘Black Five’ as a result. Here is 44871 chugging around the tight corner at Tulse Hill……and coming almost head-on to the camera……that’s a beautiful loco 🙂

I hope these shots show how a little thought and planning can get you decent steam locomotive photos without breaking the law or risking injury. There are lots of great photo opportunities out there! And… What’s so special about ‘Scotsman anyway??? 😉