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The Christmas Fellsman

 

Saturday dawned fine but cold so just the day to travel up to Ribblehead to catch the last Fellsman train, the Christmas Fellsman, hauled by 5690, Leander. A fine sunny morning, a light covering of snow and a cold crisp feeling in the air giving rise to a decent exhaust plume as the train came over the viaduct.

 

The shooting gallery was well populated with photographers making the most of the occasion as the Fellsman approached the viaduct.

 

5690

 

and then as she emerged on the other side.

 

Ribblehead

 

The Christmas Fellsman

 

Saturday dawned fine but cold so just the day to travel up to Ribblehead to catch the last Fellsman train, the Christmas Fellsman, hauled by 5690, Leander. A fine sunny morning, a light covering of snow and a cold crisp feeling in the air giving rise to a decent exhaust plume as the train came over the viaduct.

 

The shooting gallery was well populated with photographers making the most of the occasion as the Fellsman approached the viaduct.

 

5690

 

and then as she emerged on the other side.

 

Ribblehead

 

comments (13)

  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 29 Nov 2010, 01:05
Love them the third is the best in my eye
Les Auld: Thanks Vintage, appreciate the comment.
  • vz-nostalgia
  • The Kingdom of Delightful Madness
  • 29 Nov 2010, 02:29
I think you made teh most of teh occasion as well, Les. Lots of power comes from this image. Beautiful.
Les Auld: Many thanks, appreciate the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 29 Nov 2010, 06:15
The first image is great Les but for my money the second is absolutely fantastic
Les Auld: Couldn't agree more Zed, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Nov 2010, 07:48
Oh wowee - these are the perfect conditions for photographing steam locomotives. But you don't need me to tell you that Les
Les Auld: Perfect but cold Chris, thanks for the comment.
You could flog the middle one for a calender pic Les. Great place and some cracking shots
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, One of the great photography places on the rail network.
A fine set Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Michael, well worth standing about on the cold fells waiting for the late running train.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Nov 2010, 09:49
That layered b&w makes an excellent picture.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, appreciate the comment.
Any decent engine driver will make sure that huge amounts of steam and smoke errupt from the engines orrifices to creat impact for the photographers.

Apparently David Lean instructed the engine driver of the train used in the Film 'Brief Encounter'to use plenty of steam and whistle for impact as it roared through the staion at night.

This is a fantastic series Les ... for me one of your best. (especially the middleone ...it's iconic)
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, I must admit in retrospect the middle image is rapidly becoming my favourite.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Nov 2010, 10:24
Love the central shot Les, with the viaduct dwarfing the Fellsman. You were lucky to have such great light for the occasion.
Les Auld: I was indeed Mike, that is also my favourite. Thanks for the comment.
Three cracking shots Les, 5690 really has got about this year hasn't she.
Les Auld: She has indeed Brian, and worked very well indeed. Thanks for the comment.
Wondeful pic's Les..Great processing too.
Les Auld: Wonderful location Ron, thanks for the comment.
excellent capture
Les Auld: Thanks Derek.
These are just so stunning! I never had an interest in these engines, but your images have converted me. Wonderful. (:o)
Les Auld: Glad I could help convert you Rosalyn, many thanks for the comment.

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