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Night Duchess

By robincoombes
The experience of watching a steam train thundering through a station at night is one to behold, almost all the senses are stirred, sound, sight, smell and the platform transmitting the power and speed of the train. Add to this a swirling snowstorm and biting wind. Taking photos in these conditions is not easy particularly as the loco is moving at 60 mph so tripods and slow shutter speeds don't work, so it will never be pin sharp, so able to use only the available platform light.

This is the scene at Alferton Derbyshire on Easter Saturday night as best I could capture it for a returning excusion from Mill Hill to York headed by LMS pacific No 6233 Duchess of Sutherland.

f1.4 at 1/125s ISO equivalent 6400

Tags: Photo journalism Transport Steam Easter Landscape and travel Duchess 6233 Alferton

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Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
25 Mar 2008 8:46AM
Stunning work again Robin so well captured

Rylands 13 1 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 8:48AM
Great pic brings back memories
goso 14 2 1 Australia
25 Mar 2008 9:24AM
Great night shot...........Bill
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 9:29AM
Very evocative, all about the experience. I like the curved line of lights on the left, mirroring the platform edge, the lead-in is very inviting, involving.
cawdor14 13 30 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 9:39AM
great shot
mark1309 14 13 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 10:25AM
Great shot under very difficult conditions that you describe, very well caught image,
Hailwood 14 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 10:26AM
Great shot robin,well captured
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
25 Mar 2008 11:26AM
Love the dramatic look of this.
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
25 Mar 2008 1:45PM
super work Robin very well done.

rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
25 Mar 2008 4:13PM
Evocative, Robin. Ron.
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
25 Mar 2008 6:21PM
a bit soft and noisey with this one
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 6:22PM
Nice shot I saw her getting prepared at Swanwick works on Friday afternoon for this trip out
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 7:03PM
Well captured in those conditions, we saw her the day before been checked over for this trip which was great because before that we had only seen her traveling at speed so not easy to make out detail
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
25 Mar 2008 8:08PM
superb low light shot !
impressive capture...
Nettles 13 England
25 Mar 2008 9:03PM
Super moody scene with great atmosphere.

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