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The Mail Train

 

Nothing on a railway can compare to the steam and the noise as a large express locomotive thunders past only ten yards away. Britannia class 70013, Oliver Cromwell, heads the Travelling Post Office set as it approaches the changeover mechanism to drop and collect the mailbags at Quorn on the Great Central Railway.

 

Caught on camera during the TPO Charter last Wednesday, a gray damp day.

 

 

The Mail Train

 

Nothing on a railway can compare to the steam and the noise as a large express locomotive thunders past only ten yards away. Britannia class 70013, Oliver Cromwell, heads the Travelling Post Office set as it approaches the changeover mechanism to drop and collect the mailbags at Quorn on the Great Central Railway.

 

Caught on camera during the TPO Charter last Wednesday, a gray damp day.

 

 

comments (16)

You do a great job with these Les. A wonderful shot.
Les Auld: Thank you Frances, appreciate the comment.
As always - love the processing! You're so good at this kind of thing!
Les Auld: Thanks Elizabeth, I've had plenty of practice.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jan 2012, 07:09
I LOVE your collection of trains, Les!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, glad you like them.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jan 2012, 08:08
Perfect! the weatheer and your fine editing has all helped to make this a wonderful image. I saw on one the recent Michael Portillo programmes the mail train at Didcot but the track length there is very small to do it justice (plus it's the Great Western sad )
Les Auld: The GCR is the best line for the TPO but Didcot does its best with a short line. Cromwell had to set back at least half a mile, maybe more, to be able to get up to speed. A fine sight indeed. Thanks for the comment Alan.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jan 2012, 09:39
Your pictures of trains always look great smile
Les Auld: Thanks Linda, appreciate the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Jan 2012, 09:58
This could actually be shades of the London-Glasgow TPO on the WCML back in steam days Les. Terrufic shot!
Les Auld: It could indeed Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jan 2012, 10:06
Great capture and treatment Les!
Les Auld: Thanks Fred.
Nice treatment Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Mick.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jan 2012, 10:28
Another fantastic capture of British Rail, takes me back to my boyhood days.
Les Auld: And me Peter, thanks for the comment.
Great action shot Les.
Les Auld: Great action, thanks for the comment Richard.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jan 2012, 14:29
Super shot Les, not only rail travel but time travel also.
Les Auld: Just jumped into the time machine and headed off to the past, thanks for the comment John.
You can sense the speed and action in this shot.
Les Auld: And feel it Martin, thanks for the comment.
Great stuff Les. Love the smoke and steam really alive!
Les Auld: Alive and kicking Bill, thanks for the comment.
I'm speechless Les, what a great day out you had, roll on next Saturday to see this again with whatever they put on the front.
Les Auld: It was indeed a grand day Brian, Probably catch up with you on Stauray. Thanks for the comment.
Just the thought sets the pulse racing Les, a cracking shot!
Les Auld: It does indeed Frank, thanks for the comment.
great image. those clouds and all that steam makes the image doubly dynamic
Les Auld: Thanks you Ayush, appreciate the comment.

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