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London A1

By robincoombes
I have been knocked out by the response to my last upload particularly as I was away at a conference last week so difficult to access epz an enormous thanks to everyone for their comments and awards. I knew when I took it, it was one of those "yes" moments and so pleased to share so others can enjoy it as well.

Saturday saw three steam specials departing London, including the new A1 loco Tornado seen here approaching Clapham Junction late afternoon. V2 is a traditional 3/4 shot at Woking and a going away shot. V4 is West Country Class No 34067 Tangmire with an excursion to Somerset passing Reading West and V5 is the third loco Merchant Navy Class No 35028 Clan Line on a Orient Express lunch special.

Tags: Photo journalism Transport Steam A1 Tornado Landscape and travel Clapham

Voters: Mynett, Skye24Blue, ray_paul and 88 more

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Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 1:09PM
v1 is stunning with the light hitting the rails and the early evening light wow

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ray_paul 9 17 England
16 Feb 2009 1:09PM
wonderful set of images great colours and detail v1 & v4 my favourite-ray
16 Feb 2009 1:11PM
V1 is absolutely brilliant. Such a great set,
thetriguy 13 23 12 United States
16 Feb 2009 1:13PM
I agree: V1 is best shot of bunch. 5 is close though.
Best, Bill
Cormy 10 3 England
16 Feb 2009 1:19PM
Great set Robin,but No.1 is in a class of its own.Ist I think.
16 Feb 2009 1:23PM
I am happy to be the first to congratulate you on these fine photos. I love them. A great combination of two hobbies. Thanks for sharing
Nikon_Tog 9 105 England
16 Feb 2009 1:24PM
Have to agree V1 is the best of a really good set.

16 Feb 2009 1:25PM
oops... seems i was beaten to it, im no longer the first to congrat... took too long to add the comment too busy browsing your photos lol
Robgrist 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 1:42PM
Love the graphic properties of the lit rails. Nice.....
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 1:55PM
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
16 Feb 2009 1:58PM
I must admit, I don't usually 'visit' transport photos, but this one's thumbnail really caught my eye. I love the lighting, the way it catches not only the side of the train, but the way it hits the rails. A beautiful image, well seen and caught.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
16 Feb 2009 2:03PM
Like the light and tones in version 1 Robin fine capture.
Good details and tones in this others.
Regards RIchard.
Cor 8 Belgium
16 Feb 2009 2:09PM
Go for nr 1 TOP!
MandsH 10 England
16 Feb 2009 2:10PM
great set of shots Robin
Ray42 9 3 England
16 Feb 2009 2:16PM
Great set again Robin - v1 I like for the light and v4 for the full effect of steam - they are all very good each worth their own individual slot
16 Feb 2009 2:46PM
Love the curves of the tracks, good capture of the train. Den
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
16 Feb 2009 3:10PM
What a fantastic set.
TyChee 12 275 1 United States
16 Feb 2009 3:14PM
Awesome shot. Love those sunlit rails.
16 Feb 2009 3:19PM
Superb shot, those rails are obviously made of pure gold. Excellent work. helen
dtomo68 14 9 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 3:36PM
A cracking set of shots ,hard to say which is best ,for me V1 I like the way the light falls on the track and leads your eye into the shot .

NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 3:38PM
its a bit special with those lovely sparkling tracks in the foreground
twainey 9 4 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 3:43PM
V1 is my all time favorite of your train shots....... ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.....Trev
16 Feb 2009 5:18PM
Wonderful tarin shots. Paul
harrattp 10 11 4 England
16 Feb 2009 6:14PM
a superb set Robin. I am a little bit miffed as the local radio anounced today that a Tornado sped through Woking (a local town) on Saturday, then announced it was the A1 Pacific Tornado and I missed it; damn.

David 16 32 Scotland
16 Feb 2009 6:47PM
All great locomotive shots but version one is the show stopper! Lighting is wonderful with a great lead-in from the rail tracks.


GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 6:57PM
V1 & V2 are my favorites out off all them they are cracking shot, thats not saying the others are bad just I like the other 2 more
TonyFrith 10 3 6 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 7:08PM
Tornado still has that bright light
16 Feb 2009 7:15PM
Lovely shots, all of them.
Iain_Proudfoot 11 40 2 Ireland
16 Feb 2009 8:28PM
A great photograph. Nice work.

Warm regards, Iain.
mark1309 10 13 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 8:56AM
Cracking set of shots, v1 is excellent, love the light on the rails leading you into the image,
spikemoz 10 2
17 Feb 2009 11:19AM
Hi Robin,
A superb series of pictures, can't fault 'em!

samfurlong 11 2.5k United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 8:08PM
I think the images here are a mixture, ranging from fantastic (the 1st one of Tornado) to 'i'm not really sure why you uploaded this' (3rd one - tornado going away.

It's a quandry I have raised with the team on how we should judge as I think the 1st image is fantastic and would like to nominate it for an HC or PA as I know a few very good pros who covered Tornado's first run and got nothing approaching as good as the first image but I feel it's let down a bit by one or two of the others which are generally decent images but nowhere near award material.

(still added a vote though!!)
17 Feb 2009 9:50PM
I love the railway lines working as lead lines and then the curve of the track to show off the carriages, magic!

DHouston 13 8 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 1:21PM
1st image fantastic
Sloman 8
27 Feb 2009 2:23PM
Great composition, lead in lines. Stunning.
STUARTHILL758 15 37 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 10:09AM
a stunning set of shots ,just love the light on the tracks in no1
18 Mar 2009 12:48AM
V1 is an absolutely stunning image also like v5

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