My husband and I went to Irwell Valley where the steam trains run regularly. After photographing the approaching train, we boarded a steam train and journeyed to Bury Station.
It was a steam addicts paradise!
Everywhere, there were steam engines puffing and steaming!
Some fans were photographing, some were mesmerised, some thought they had gone to Heaven; there was certainly a lot of passion on show that day!
The train in my shot is The Duke of Gloucester. It was puffing and billowing, ready to go! If you would like to know more about this fine steam engine, click here for all its history and news.
Many thanks for stopping by.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this steam train and learning about its history, Bev :-)
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SnapRJW (23704) 2012-04-24 12:07
Good Evening Bev - Nostalgic and quite lovely. The passion with which aficionados drool over these magnificent beasts and spend their free time up to their eyes in coal, steam, smoke and heat shows dedication. A fine shot where the brilliant red brings the shot to life. I love the puffs of steam around the wheels. I can hear the whistle blowing and the chuff chuff as the engine leaves the station! Warm regards Rosemary
mesutilgim (73062) 2012-04-24 12:37
Veyr nic capture of this old steam train.
Goot chosen format. Nice framing.
TFS and best regards
tyro (15721) 2012-04-24 12:50
Oh, Bev! What a picture! And what a subject!
A magnificent photograph of 71000, risen like a Phoenix against all odds and here seen in all her wondrous glory! A true testament to all who worked on the restoration and not only gave this fabulous machine another lease of life but also addressed several original design faults which reduced her originally planned performance. So now she runs better than she ever did and, ironically, she is now more powerful than the English Electric Type 4 diesel locomotives which replaced her in service!
But, oh, so sorry Bev, I digress. Your photograph is wonderful: perfectly composed and with the added human interest of spell-bound onlookers who also help give an impression of scale here. Glorious colours, good lighting and exceptional detail and sharpness.
Did this locomotive pull the train you boarded? And did you get any more pictures of her?
golus (2893) 2012-04-24 12:59
You have presented here a nostalgic steam train from a great point view. It's nice to see these good old machines are preserved well and still working. I'm sure children love to see them at work. I liked all the details about this composition, colors, sharpness, clarity and the vertical format. The smokes looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. Have a good evening.
rbassin (13381) 2012-04-24 13:20
Très bonne composition, vue sous un angle intéressant.
Bon cadrage aussi avec le rouge qui accroche.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-04-24 14:14
a splendid photo with beautiful composition and spectacular details, the POV is superb, nostalgic atmosphere with beautiful realization, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
chrisvek (6995) 2012-04-24 14:51
Fantastic capture of daily life.Very nice "strong" red color and perfect ligthning.Very nice POV.Great details.Very well done.TFS
Have a good night
Nicou (105903) 2012-04-24 20:37
fantastique cpatage et compo de cette locomotive surperbe iamge nostalgique , ave cla fumée uqi sort de chaque côté ce rouge, quel cadrage et captage.
Bravo et amitié
annjackman (15541) 2012-04-25 0:11
Lots of nostalgia here. A super close crop so that we can see all the detail on this old engine. The splash of red against the steely greys just adds that extra bit of 'punch'. Excellent.
Best wishes, Ann
jhm (128073) 2012-04-25 3:52
Steam train are truly a nostalgia, every year I makes different picture during the steam days in my municipality.
Smoke, steam and a lot sound this is always the ingredients of steam trains. Steam Centre
Very well compostion, excellent captured.
Sharpness and clarity care for a good image.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ikeharel (44081) 2012-04-25 4:09
A most impressive machine still in use (something we do not have in Israel), taken POV show it's front, convey a very "massive" appearence.
Fine shot on the "bow", people gathered just minutes before an amazing ride, i suppose.
timecapturer (37152) 2012-04-25 5:42
glorious shot of this old beauty. Wonderful detail and of course the steam gives the shot its atmosphere and magic. Executed and presented perfectly.
Regards - Brian.
francio64 (38254) 2012-04-25 6:24
ottimo close up sul frontale di questa antica locomotiva.
Luce ben gestita, ottimo sharp e bella resa dei colori.
Bartleby (13238) 2012-04-25 9:19
this makes me think of the Hogwarts Express! Nicely framed!
adramad (30951) 2012-04-25 9:56
A fascinating picture of this old and beautiful engine, vertical composition with the diagonal of the rails, the machine and part of the station is ideal, the presence of people give a touch of vibrancy to the image.
A superb sharpness, to delight in every detail, very natural color in this image is appreciated.
A great job, I like.
Have a great evening.
All the best.
ChrisJ (91292) 2012-04-25 19:26
They used to have old steam trains like this on the suburban rail network in Brisbane in the 1960's & early 1970's when I was a kid/teenager, before switching to diesel & then electric. Brings back memories. Good sharpness & excellent colour & saturation. The diagonal rails add dynamism. Tfs!
danos (78134) 2012-04-26 0:23
nice the view of the steam train that is still in run yet.I like the beautiful snapshot with the clarity and the light management to makes the image so effective.
Have a good day,danos
CLODO (26472) 2012-04-26 1:25
it's amazing to look at these old locomotives, the result of the man's expertise, created and built without the computers. Clever shot which restitute the atmosphere of the fifties.
Glint (5919) 2012-04-26 6:40
what a lovely old train.Your close crop gives us a platform view. The splash of red lifts the picture. I like that you have een able to include some steam train lovers.
Never been on a steam train, so that's a to-do when I retire.
delpeoples (48660) 2012-04-29 2:57
Hi dear Bev
I think I know someone here who would be dead chuffed (excuse the pun) with this train shot. He lives slightly north of the border over there. It really is a passion eh? Love the vertical frame, the vivid colours and the inclusion of the people to give us a sense of scale.
TFS, and I wish you a happy Sunday
COSTANTINO (44179) 2012-04-30 23:57
nice capture of this train
your idea was nice to present it
to all of us,excellent chosen point
of view showing this photo in details
saxo042 (33934) 2012-05-01 8:43
These old steam engines are indeed very beautiful. The red "front" really brightens up the picture and I like the inclusion of the men around. I get a feeling they were all train-spotters when they were children.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (21517)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-24
- Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D-70, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): francio64 (Old trains) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-24 11:55