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Great Western

By robincoombes
A total contrast in almost everyway to yesterday's upload yet only a few miles and hours apart. Great Western 4-6-0 Castle Class No 5029 Nunney Castle in late afternoon sun crossing the River Thames near Cholsey along the Great Western main line between Reading and Didcot.

The black smoke is very 'un-Great Western' like, in that it used to pride itself on clean exhausts due to the design of the firebox for burning high calorific Welsh steam coal, sadly no longer used, the indications are that this is a low grade dirty coal which is probably making life difficult for the fireman, though there is a whisp of white steam from the safety value indicating that there is plenty of steam available in the boiler for the driver to call upon.

It was shot across the playing fields of an Independent School with the Thames Valley beyond making it a quintessentially (almost) timeless English early autumn scene. I rather like the arms raised pose of one of the boys.

Tags: Photo journalism Transport Castle Steam Landscape and travel 5029

Voters: peterboyce, LynneJoyce, JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY and 38 more

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Comments


30 Sep 2008 1:13PM
LOVELY SHOT....PETER

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 1:18PM
Beautiful Big Boys' Toy in the midst of lovely Autumn colours.
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
30 Sep 2008 1:36PM
Great image, Robin, but is certainly adding to the pollution problem! Carol
iancam 9 23 England
30 Sep 2008 1:47PM
Great shot, Love it

Ian
Briwooly 11 452 5 England
30 Sep 2008 2:37PM
What a great scene like it alot

Brian.....................................
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
30 Sep 2008 3:07PM
Super image, like the figures giving everything some scale.
John
mark1309 10 13 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 3:50PM
Great shot,
Mark.
30 Sep 2008 4:05PM
A very good shot,
Peter
harrattp 10 11 4 England
30 Sep 2008 5:17PM
A cracking shot and like you I like the boys arms in the air too.

Paul
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 8:42PM
Super shot this.

John.
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 9:30PM
Yes I agree the boy in the playing field adds to this great image
Glynnis
Nikon_Tog 9 105 England
1 Oct 2008 8:08AM
Another great shot, the exhaust, the boy with his arms in the air and the autumnal colours all contribute to an excellent shot.

Barry.

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