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You know how it is...


... The Great Britain III steam tour is to finish it's third day at Preston at 17.10, so you arrive in plenty of time and walk to the end of the platform. There are a couple of others with cameras there ready waiting. So you wait as well, time passes and the platform ends start to fill up, twenty, thirty, over forty others all with cameras and video cameras. And you wait, 17.30, 1745 passes and someone gets on the phone to find out what is happening. Then he shouts "It's still in Crewe" at least one and a quarter hours away. A ripple of disappointment passes through the crowd the some drift away whilst others stay.

So you think "I fancy some sustenance" so decide to go into the city centre, there must be a McDonalds or Burger King, real food. But you have forgotten this is Preston, the city centre is closed, it is after 5.30 after all, so you wander around for half an hour and decide to head back to the station and put your trust in a Virgin Trains coffee. Then you drift back to the end of the platform along with the others and finally there is smoke in the distance. As it approaches people start moving about so a decent shot is well on nigh impossible, but you do your best.

Then to cap it all the train pulls into the worst platform for photography, but again you do your best. so you head home with some pictures in the camera, hoping they will turn out OK. maybe, maybe not but there is always tomorrow when the train leaves Preston at 8.00am and you know you will go through it all again.


You know how it is...


... The Great Britain III steam tour is to finish it's third day at Preston at 17.10, so you arrive in plenty of time and walk to the end of the platform. There are a couple of others with cameras there ready waiting. So you wait as well, time passes and the platform ends start to fill up, twenty, thirty, over forty others all with cameras and video cameras. And you wait, 17.30, 1745 passes and someone gets on the phone to find out what is happening. Then he shouts "It's still in Crewe" at least one and a quarter hours away. A ripple of disappointment passes through the crowd the some drift away whilst others stay.

So you think "I fancy some sustenance" so decide to go into the city centre, there must be a McDonalds or Burger King, real food. But you have forgotten this is Preston, the city centre is closed, it is after 5.30 after all, so you wander around for half an hour and decide to head back to the station and put your trust in a Virgin Trains coffee. Then you drift back to the end of the platform along with the others and finally there is smoke in the distance. As it approaches people start moving about so a decent shot is well on nigh impossible, but you do your best.

Then to cap it all the train pulls into the worst platform for photography, but again you do your best. so you head home with some pictures in the camera, hoping they will turn out OK. maybe, maybe not but there is always tomorrow when the train leaves Preston at 8.00am and you know you will go through it all again.


comments (8)

like this one Les, great shot
Les Auld: Thanks Derek, the best of a bad bunch.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Apr 2010, 07:08
Your passion is your passion and you spend time on it. The people on the platform, half obscured by the steam adds life to the shot.

A great shot in my estimate.
Les Auld: Or maybe it is an obsession Louis, thanks for the comment.
You are a dedicated man Les
Les Auld: Or a fool Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Apr 2010, 07:50
Very fine stuff Les: I can almost smell that wonderful steam. Yesterday I went to Wickwar & videod this train as it approached the tunnel. It was a beautiful spring day: the sort I dreamed of having in retirement. I wonder how easily it climbed the Lickey?
Les Auld: I have seen some fine pictures on the web of it on the Lickey, looked great. Thanks for the comment Chris.
You've done a great job Les. It's nigh on impossible to shoot steam trains without having other people in the way
Les Auld: Sometimes it is OK, other times it gets to be a pain, thanks for the comment.
Yuo have done really well to capture this one then, lovely shot smile
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Linda, appreciate it.
A man full of patience..You truly did well..Great picture Les.
Les Auld: Patience and frustration Ron, thanks for the comment.
You have told such a tale Les I almost feel I was there with you. Anyway, the steam really gives the shot a lot of atmosphere.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, appreciate the comment.

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