This a steam train at Pickering Station on the North York Moors railway. The station originates from 1836 when it was called the Whitby and Pickering Railway engineered by the famous George Stephenson. The line closed in 1965 but was reopened in 1973 by the North York Moors Historical Trust. It is the most popular heritage railway in the UK and the 18-mile track runs to Grosmont through some stunning scenery.
Having posted it I am not sure that it is a sharp as I would have wished but it is the smoke filled atmosphere that attracted me to the shot.
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gildasjan (40830) 2014-06-19 10:22
J'aime beaucoup l'histoire de ces vieux trains.Ici une image bien composée et parfaitement exposée avec ce bon rendu du noir.
tyro (18588) 2014-06-19 10:57
Ah, ha! This one is right up my street!
As you say, it is the clouds of steam emanating from the locomotive which really add to the atmosphere of this shot as well as, of course, removing any background distractions.
I like the way you have moved close to the locomotive and used a fairly wide lens in order to accentuate the perspective. The white line on the platform edge leads the eye nicely into the distance and, of course, to the railway man who appears to be inspecting the locomotive or its couplings or whatever.
A fine contrast between the shiny jet black locomotive and the bright coach in British Railways "Blood and Custard" livery. Lovely light and colours, fine composition, spot-on exposure (in difficult conditions) and excellent details and sharpness.
P.S. I see that "Cock o' the North" is another creation of the great Sir Nigel Gresley though it appears not to have been one of his most successful. You can read about it (if you're interested!) here.
P.P.S. I note that you say that this picture does not appear quite as sharp as you had hoped. Now, I see that you posted this picture at 800 pixels wide but on the "normal" or "new" TE website it's displayed at only 790 pixels in width. I agree with you that on this website the picture does look less than sharp but if I look at it on "beta" TE (where it's displayed full size) or if I copy the image's url and paste it into another window or tab in my browser, it again is displayed at full size and looks stunningly sharp.
Now, Marius and I have been having a discussion about this with one of the moderators - you can follow this page. Despite our having been reassured that the problem has been resolved, it still appears that images posted at the previous maximum of 800 pixels wide are still being reduced to 790 pixels with, for some reason, very considerable reduction in image quality. Height, incidentally, doesn't seem to matter. Perhaps we should all go back to using "beta" TE - I know for a fact that many "old timers" here do - including Malgo and Gunnar.
rychem (19443) 2014-06-19 21:11
Great romantic atmosphere of former railway travel, old steam locomotives are simply fantastic, I would like to take this train journey
timecapturer (45163) 2014-06-20 2:41
ahh! the days of steam, it still holds a fascination and sense of wonder for us boys. Like this close crop with the steam making it both atmospheric and compelling. Wonderful! A lot sharper on Beta-TE, not sure why they want to degrade the quality on this site, it devalues the beauty of a lot of the images here and to be honest I think it is making the site a little inferior to other sites. As I cannot access the forums can only assume others are as unhappy with this as I am. I do get the impression that the site is a lot less popular than say a year ago.
Have a great weekend - B.
Nicou (116266) 2014-06-20 5:30
superbe iamge de ce cheminot qui contrôle l'ancienne locomotive avec la vapeur qui donne une ambianc quelle scène et vue sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
kasianowak (4888) 2014-06-20 6:40
This truly is a timeless image. I'm not an expert but I think this steam engine and the man may have looked almost exactly the same in the 40s (when Eric Lomax first developed his passion for trains sort of time). Thanks for sharing.
InasiaJones (31376) 2014-06-20 9:10
There's nothing in that scene that prevents the viewer to think that this photo could have been done a century ago, if only the colours and the modern C1 lettering.
This vapour contributes greatly to the charm and the "authentic" effect, while offering a less static impression. The brass sign "Cook o' the North" is the nice detail that brings us to memory lane.
Well done! Have a nice weekend.
abmdsudi (39538) 2014-06-20 14:44
A majestic beast indeed taken from good viewpoint, an image which could have been captured seventy yeas ago in the real days of steam with heaps of charm. So good to see this olde iron horse and the train man, a cracking color one which really lends itself to a feeling timeless nostalgia. A wonderful shot and strikingly stands out, Congrats
SnapRJW (29282) 2014-06-21 0:21
Hello Ann - I haven't been on a steam train for years, perhaps when I visit my son in York we can take a trip. I remember the sights, smells and sounds of these engines from my childhood! (Gosh, am I that old?)
A trip down memory lane, well composed and presented.
Have a good weekend
SWEETFREEDOM (21586) 2014-06-21 0:32
yes the smoke all around is very fascinating as well as the old locomotive in fg.
CLODO (28938) 2014-06-21 1:32
I understand why you took the picture with the big white smoke. The framing is well composed with the golden letter in the red plate and the perspective of the train but I would have preferred to have the man not overlapping the steam engine.
have a sunny WE