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The human factor

By Ericsamson
Steam locomotive 'Omaha' preparing to leave Paignton Station. All that heavy metal and power in the hands of the two people on the footplate: impressive.

Version 1 shows a close up of the tender and Version 2 is just a general shot of the mainline approach to the station.

Many thanks for the very generous and encouraging responses to my last upload - will catch up with voting and messages in the next 24 hours ... ish!

All the best for the remainder of the week, Graham. 😀

Tags: Transport Driver Paignton Dartmouth Steam Railway Omaha steam locomotive Locomotive cab

Voters: RonDM, mike9005, dudler and 40 more

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RonDM Plus
7 367 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2021 6:14PM
Great set of images

1 Sep 2021 7:07PM
Fabulous Graham

I bet he's got Little Eva playing on his caboose radio Grin

Colin Smile
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2021 7:46PM
Great photography ... Excellent images...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
saltireblue Plus
12 13.4k 83
1 Sep 2021 8:53PM
Did you mention to the driver that he had a tender behind?
1 Sep 2021 9:04PM

Quote:Did you mention to the driver that he had a tender behind?

I didn't like to say anything in case there was a pile up. I trust you weren't expecting anything subtle. 🥴

Thank you as always for your delicacy in these matters.

Yours, multi chromatically, Lord Chief Justice Thong. (Departs singing ... altogether now ...🎼... 'Justice Thong at twilight, when delights are low ... ooh er matron and more in the same vein ... )
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2021 9:09PM
A smashing lead shot
dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 835 England
1 Sep 2021 9:33PM
Nice one Graham Smile
leo_nid 5 12
1 Sep 2021 10:43PM
what a fine set
debu 12 India
1 Sep 2021 11:11PM
Beautiful images.
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
2 Sep 2021 12:16AM
A great set, Graham. I especially like the straight-on portrait of the driver in his cab, great colours and pose.
2 Sep 2021 5:44AM
Wonderful subject matter, Graham.
Whatever the power, it still takes people power to make it work.

bluesandtwos 13 542 1 England
2 Sep 2021 9:23AM
At first I thought this an image portraying the 'Oh no, you've got me bang to rights Guvnor' look on the face of light finger Lenny, having previously releved the railway of eight miles of copper signalling wire had started on some nice shiny brass bits in the cab before noticing our hero with his light gathering box. But, as usual, I was wrong.

Jeeves assures me it is, in fact, Steam Handle Henry, the somewhat slower brother of the intrepid Cyril Joystick.

Henry sporting his prefered attire of oil stained overalls with a smattering of smuts, accentuated by a splash of ( and please read the next with a poor French accent) 'Hint of Oil' the new fragrance for men, ( now back to a poor English accent, keep up !) failed miserably with his attempt to woo Madeline, and lets be frank ( or Bob if you would rather. Actually should a married couple be frank and ernest...or should one be a woman?) it just didn't cut it against the flying suit, white silk scarf and goggles, doused in Boots finest Diesel, of his faster and more flamboyant brother who had managed to get the desirable Madeline behind the Orangery in but a flash. A flash of what I know not, but there has been many a rumour about why Cyrils family name was Joystick.

Thwarted in his desires Henry took to the footplate sighed as he shoveled his Nuts ( Welsh, stoking for the use of) into the fire and resigned himself to blowing his whistle whenever the mood took him. A sad tale, but true.Sad

Well, the mermaids said it was true and therefore it must be! Smile

Regards to Matron,

Great lead image Graham, well documented!

TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
2 Sep 2021 11:27AM
A fine trio, Graham, the lead has to be the winner! 😃👍
Trev 😀
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2021 10:35AM
a great set here...and some brilliant replies

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