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The Auld Reekie


Friday's steam charter was "The Auld Reekie" , destination Edinburgh. Originally scheduled to be hauled by 70013, Oliver Cromwell, both ways, the outward journey had a diesel substituted so the only opportunity to catch the kettle was about 21.50, in the dark. So standing about on Preston station into the late evening, not knowing which platform the train would arrive at, it was difficult to decide on the best location. So, as always, you get it wrong and there are always extraneous pieces of architecture that get in the way. Pushing the ISO to 2500 and using a monopod so I could move as quickly as possible, I did manage a shot, not the best ever but a record of the train carrying my surname (even if only accidentally), which was the intent.

(Auld Reekie is actually an old nickname for Edinburgh and means Old Smoky, because when buildings were heated by coal and wood fires, chimneys would spew thick columns of smoke into the air.)


The Auld Reekie


Friday's steam charter was "The Auld Reekie" , destination Edinburgh. Originally scheduled to be hauled by 70013, Oliver Cromwell, both ways, the outward journey had a diesel substituted so the only opportunity to catch the kettle was about 21.50, in the dark. So standing about on Preston station into the late evening, not knowing which platform the train would arrive at, it was difficult to decide on the best location. So, as always, you get it wrong and there are always extraneous pieces of architecture that get in the way. Pushing the ISO to 2500 and using a monopod so I could move as quickly as possible, I did manage a shot, not the best ever but a record of the train carrying my surname (even if only accidentally), which was the intent.

(Auld Reekie is actually an old nickname for Edinburgh and means Old Smoky, because when buildings were heated by coal and wood fires, chimneys would spew thick columns of smoke into the air.)


comments (4)

its a shame in a way that there is so much in the way of the engine but then again it adds to the photo, i like it
Les Auld: Glad you like it Derek, appreciate the comment.
Last time I saw this in the flesh was back in the early 70's at Fleetwood docks along with the Flying Scotsman, they were dragging a couple of Steam specials around the northwest, ta for the memory nudge.
Les Auld: My pleasure David, thanks for the comment.
The whole structure goes well with the engine Les..Great picture.
Les Auld: The old and the older Ron, thanks for the comment.
Everything adds to the atmosphere, very nice Les smile
Les Auld: It all does Linda, thanks for the comment.

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camera Canon EOS 50D
exposure mode shutter priority
shutterspeed 1/15s
aperture f/3.5
sensitivity ISO2500
focal length 30.0mm
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