Traditional Colours

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??? 😉

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

First day out on the rails for a long time. Main object was to catch up with one of the Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside steam specials.

61306 ‘Mayflower’ runs through Imperial Wharf…

66785 halted by a red signal in Clapham Junction with sand empties as the weather closed in – it’s gonna be a very wet afternoon!..

Catch up with Cee’s Black & White Challenge Here.

The Highland Line

Running north from Perth to Inverness, the Highland railway had difficult territory to negotiate. Much of the route was built as single track with passing loops to control the cost. The gradients on the line were such that the Highland Railway was the first railway in Britain to introduce 4-6-0 locomotives, for freight work in this instance. To this day the line remains largely single track and the issues of time keeping have been carried forward from the Victorian era. It is one of the most scenic routes on Britain’s railways, probably only bested by the West Highland Line and the Settle and Carlisle routes. On our recent holiday I had the chance to visit three stations along the route and take photos. In the second week we had typically mixed weather.

These shots were taken at Blair Atholl. A typical Highland Railway signal box – still in active service…… The ‘Bobbie’ has responsibility to close those gates when a train is approaching even when the train is stopping in the station like this southbound freight…… in case it overruns. For the people spotters – that’s my Son hiding in his hoody under the awning 😉 The freight had to stop here for the northbound Inverness service that was running a few minutes late. It gave us time to have a quick friendly chat with the freight driver and wish him a safe trip south 🙂 Here’s the late running passenger…

This was a day when Epi had dragged us out shopping at House of Bruar which is very close to Blair Atholl. From there we then drove south to Pitlochry. Here we found 43127 and 43021 once again doing driver training before the introduction of ex-GWR HST’s to ScotRail services…… and this rather ornate waiting room on the northbound platform…

In the previous week with better weather we visited Dunkeld – you’ve seen some truck shots from there 😉 Dunkeld and Birnam station produced a couple of nice shots the first of which was a bonus late running Inverness service……with no one expecting it, including me, the driver wisely gave a blast of the horn 🙂

Dunkeld & Birnam station is, like others on the line, a robust but good looking building…

I waited a short time for the southbound passenger train at Dunkeld – running to time despite the late running northbound service – and got this shot……with King’s Seat beside the River Tay as a backdrop 🙂