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Real steam on the real railway

By robincoombes
Yesterday's upload 'The Railway Children' was what I believe preserved railway do best, and which I wholehearted enjoy sitting in a field (with permission) on sunny, summer, Sunday afternoons watching beautifully restored trains in glorious countryside alternatively this is from same weekend - Real Steam, in Real Weather on the Real Railway. No 9 at Dent the highest mainline station in England

Pouring with rain, wet through, cold even though 4 August, been standing in same spot for over one and half hours and could hardly see a thing through misty glasses and viewfinder, point and shoot and hope, because once only chance.

Several photographers given up so shot also unique. For those interested in taking pictures of steam on the mainline all dates, times, routes can be found on

One bit of serious advise on persevered railways with a lineside pass (whichcan be purchased from the Railway) it is possible to take shots from the lineside, on the mainline going lineside is a complete No No for good safety reasons. Railway staff and photographers get very concerned about trespass as it is both dangerous on the modern railway and could jeopardize the running of steam in the future and spoil it for everyone. Magazines will not publish any pictures unless they are 100% sure there has been no trespass, normally it is good practice if it does look railside to explain how the shot was taken, this one was from the middle of the platform with a telephoto, if this is not explained one automatically assumes trespass.

It is all the problems and challenges that make steam photography on the mainline when it works so rewarding. Thanks for looking. Worth seeing large, and as always interested in C & C

Tags: A4 Transport Dent No 9 Cumbrian mountain express

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glyndwr 13 73 10 Wales
7 Aug 2007 8:03AM
This is a brilliant.
1. The determination to get the shot. Even though there is a chance you could come away with nothing.
2. The outcome. A well composed shot with bags of atmosphere.
3. The story. I love steam engines but your information is very useful and makes lots of sense.


alfpics Plus
19 374 4 England
7 Aug 2007 8:07AM
A really great photo. Persistence has paid off! And as Robert says, thanks for the above info/ story.
User_Removed 16 4 11 England
7 Aug 2007 8:27AM
Love the atmosphere this image has. The story behind it is well worth reading-thanks for the information. Can I ask what sort of settings you used please, especially the ISO. Sylv.
robincoombes 13 1 5 Wales
7 Aug 2007 9:19AM
From memory ISO 400 but might have been higher but camera was so wet I could hardly see it zoom was 200mm and speed 500 anything less and engine blurrs steam engines on the mainline are allowed up to 75 mph this shot more like 45 - 50mph as working hard climbing up to summit at Ais Gill
BEVZED 14 1.1k United Kingdom
7 Aug 2007 10:03AM
Stunning ..


How many hours are spent waiting in all weathers only to come away with nothing at all or nothing 'useable' - lol for me the story of my life!!!
On the WSR you all too often see irresponsible tresspass, a Lineside Pass is a must as is a high visibility vest, there are rules to be obeyed but a lot believe that the pass allows them to do as they wish and abuse it. A danger to others and themselves.
robincoombes 13 1 5 Wales
7 Aug 2007 10:16AM
Thanks, the hi vis vest is an absolute requirement and also to acknowledge to the engine crew that you have seen them by raising your arm. As Bev says a Lineside pass does not entitle the holder to then tramp into an adjoining field unless on a public footpath.
ian.daisley 16 96 6 England
7 Aug 2007 10:24AM
An excellent image worth the wait. The additional information is also excellent - thankyou.
imagio 14 12 1 England
7 Aug 2007 1:48PM
Superb image in atrocious conditions dedication to one's art is a gift with this image you have 2..

Railcam 14 889 2 Scotland
7 Aug 2007 2:36PM
You have achieved an excellent result in dire conditions. What comes across strongly is the atmosphere. Virtually a monochrome with the read headboard providing the focal point.

Excellent work.
Keith Sanders
spikemoz 14 2
7 Aug 2007 5:31PM
Agree with all above.

jaspernina 14 1.0k Wales
7 Aug 2007 6:07PM
Great capture, well done.
AlanC1 14 1 England
7 Aug 2007 8:06PM
Good pic for the conditions. Agree with all the comments about Steam Photographers.
johngie 13 15 Wales
7 Aug 2007 8:30PM
Superb! Stunning!
7 Aug 2007 10:52PM
7 Aug 2007 11:48PM
What a cracker!!!!! Well done.
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2007 5:27PM
what a great shot under wet damp foggy conditions it rely does add to this photo of the Union Of South Africa
I took 60009 last night from a gated crossing
Thanks for the web site
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2007 6:54PM
if you go to your photo then right click it select Properties then click summary it tells you all the exposure details & settings
STUARTHILL758 18 38 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2007 11:01PM
fantastic shot every time i go there its like this i might take a chance again on saterday ,hope you have this on the wall
peugeot406 14 7 1 England
16 Aug 2007 1:51PM
Excellent shot especially in the poor conditions
gerrymac 13 10 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2007 5:45PM
Superb,you're obviously dedicated,good on you

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