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The Green Godess

By colmar  
Good Morning,

Away from the snow but still with trains.

Todays image taken at Ashford International in Kent is of "The Green Godess" Originally used in the 1950's on the Hastings to London Charing Cross route. Recently been back out for Southeastern on the Marsh Link line.

An extraordinary second career
The train clocked up 200,000 miles on railtours and hires to Train Operating Companies (TOCs) around the country in its first 5 years of main-line preservation; that mileage is now approaching the half-million mark

The highlights of its extraordinary second career have included:

•A fourteen-month hire to Anglia Railways TOC, for use on local services between Norwich and Yarmouth/Lowestoft; this ran from July 1998 to September 1999;
•A sell-out railtour nearly 24 hours long, which ran to Devon to witness the total eclipse of the sun on 11 August 1999;
•Several hires to Wales & West TOC for use between Portsmouth & Cardiff, for rugby-match traffic and for the Glastonbury festival;
•Over six weeks’ work on its original route of Hastings to London Charing Cross, for Connex;
•Over four years’ regular (sometimes daily) service for Connex South Central (later Southern) operating “Marsh Link” services between Ashford and Hastings/Eastbourne.


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Many thanks for the comment and votes on Oast, and indeed a few other images , all votes and comment are gratefully received and truly appreciated.

Tags: Transport Landscape and travel

Voters: User_Removed, heids, cantona43 and 74 more

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Comments


saeidNL 13 3 Netherlands
14 Jan 2010 12:04AM
Another beautiful well composed image .thanks for sharing.
saeid
User_Removed 18 386 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 12:07AM
Excellent head-on shot.
cantona43 17 928 4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 12:08AM
a superb shot wonderful line work
Neil
kilo363 13 3 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 12:11AM
I do like the composition, and colours Smile Where's the funnel thoSmile

I like proper steam trains Wink
JimV 16 6 3 Canada
14 Jan 2010 12:35AM
Great shot Colin, and a most interesting narrative on its career, quite a testimony to its trackworthiness, thanks for sharing!
Rgds., Jim
mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 12:44AM
We had a lot of problems in our cleaning depot with these points,and the trains ''jumping'' them Colin. It is something taken for granted,but the switching gear is a highly specified, high tech' procedure.Network Rail eventually got the problem fixed.(is it still Network Rail in charge of the lines ?) Good shot,but brings back some scary memories for me !!
Mick.
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 12:47AM
Indeed Network Rail still are in charge of both the line and have a great say in toc charges too ! Unfortunately they do not invest as much back the way .... Colin
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
14 Jan 2010 12:51AM
Such great colors and composition, fantastic work Colin.
Bob
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
14 Jan 2010 2:02AM
Ignorant about trains-- is ths a car or a whole train-- it certainly has been busy for a retired goddess--- super image of!
Jennnnnnn
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
14 Jan 2010 4:19AM
Great image..........Sandy
GordonLack 13 3 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 6:42AM
A superb image Colin, brings back boyhood memories
Gordon
FraminL 13 England
14 Jan 2010 6:49AM
? but before you all pelt me with spotter books I did do 12 years with BR
per-way drawing office - may its because of that I just don't get the value of the picture.
pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 7:17AM
I like the angle of this shot and find it very well composed
sherring 15 46 13 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 8:10AM
A very nice image indeed. It is great that the rail companies use preserved stock as the revenue insures it's survival.

Steve.
baclark 13 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 8:19AM
Love the confusion of the lines and the positioning and angle of the engine. Super capture Colin.
Barbara
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 8:26AM
Love your comp here
And I have learnt something new as well
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 8:53AM
Framinl .... I am not a spotter, I do however value the history of our National |Rail network, and have been working with Trains for the past 12 years myself, the social history is the "value" ..... Thanks !
luckybry 13 3 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 8:57AM
nice imge feels like the goddess is coming striaght out of the shot
bryan
Adderwatcher 13 60 19 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 9:04AM
Some nice info and an excellent image too.
Scott
nickyv32 15 135 England
14 Jan 2010 9:07AM
Great image of the No 1, super write up, hope you are relieved to see the going of some of the snow...

Nicky Smile
gingerdelight 16 298 11 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 9:35AM
A great shot and very interesting write up - thank you!
Carol
gary_d 14 576 13 Wales
14 Jan 2010 9:59AM
She really is a hard working old lady, nice shot. - gary
imagio 16 12 1 England
14 Jan 2010 10:00AM
Interesting image and commentary Colin

Bernie
accipiter 13 61 England
14 Jan 2010 10:04AM
Great composition and evocative image. Thanks for the excellent history to go with it. A
User_Removed 13 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 10:14AM
Nice info but even better shot. Like the rails and dof with crisp main subject. Romney
14 Jan 2010 10:26AM
Morning Colin

Great shot here, well captured, and great info to accompany it !

Chris
Thushari 13 1 Sri Lanka
14 Jan 2010 10:33AM
Well composed image Colin, great write up too.
morpheus1955 16 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 10:53AM
Morning Colin, great shot here, super composition and interesting write up too

Hugh
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 11:04AM
I remember when i was a lad train spotting these at Weybridge, great shot Colin, thanks for the memories. Brian
Jez22 14 4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 11:16AM
Great Image Colin,i like the angle crossing the lines and great info.
Jez.
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 11:35AM
Morning, Colin. Nicely composed shot and a very interesting narrative. Unlike much built today, this Green Goddess was obviously built to last.
Regards, Ronnie.
clicknimagine Plus
12 1.1k 105 India
14 Jan 2010 11:44AM
wonderful composition...
FraminL 13 England
14 Jan 2010 11:59AM
Colin, hubs is a steward (barman) on Green Express Rail Tours mainly old diesels but occasionally 'Hogwarts' now that is history worth saving.
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
14 Jan 2010 12:33PM
I would agree with you any image that has value for one person is worth saving. I stand by my image here though a definite keeper and worth its value.

Secondly I appreciate constructive critique and indeed the comments above in the main ....... why you choose to deride this image is beyond me. Still it must have some value, you returned !

Colin
14 Jan 2010 12:56PM
great comp and lines takeing you though the photo spot on
john
14 Jan 2010 4:46PM
Railway is my passion because my father is x railway man, excellent expose & nice write up Colin.
Billyray 14 70 3 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 4:54PM
Excellent shot Colin, the trackwork is amazing.
Ray
Dusan 13 Sri Lanka
14 Jan 2010 5:50PM
Superb capture Colin,
Excellent write up too.
Suehh 15 39 6 England
14 Jan 2010 6:18PM
Love this
14 Jan 2010 6:31PM
a wonderful old style train well spotted and captured.
dmhuynh72 14 47 3 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 7:12PM
beautiful image Colin
regards
Yung
Shootme 13 England
14 Jan 2010 7:45PM
Really nice shot Colin, "But its not raining"!! Originally hailing from Doncaster I cannot get rib of my interest ( and Like) for trains, both my Dad and Grandad worked at Doncaster Plant Works building them. Its in the blood.

Jim.
Jekaro 13 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 8:24PM
An excellent shot, Colin, well captured with an interesting write up.
Roy
Roly 15 Wales
14 Jan 2010 9:19PM
Interesting image Colin and a great write up.
Gezina 16 3 6 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 9:21PM
Good dof and interesting write up Colin - Ina
Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
14 Jan 2010 9:33PM
Another great one Colin.
Gets my vote.
Jester.
maggieh 14 4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 9:41PM
You've been counting the points again haven't you? Love the way the engine is approaching into the image. Great shot fueled by lots of enthusiasm.
maggie
14 Jan 2010 9:49PM
A crcking Image of a fantastic subject. Keep up the good work

Regards

Simon
GeorgeBuchan 14 37 Scotland
15 Jan 2010 2:39AM
Great shot, hope you dont mind the mod, had to try a tilt shift effect to see how it looked. (dont know how i managed to upload 2 though!!)
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
15 Jan 2010 7:42AM
Certainly do not mind that is what the mods are for, however I deliberatly kept the focus on the tracks and the train to show the fine lines Smile Colin
Phil1958 13 272 4 Wales
16 Jan 2010 11:37AM
What a super shot, loads of impact and loads going on around as well, thanks for sharing,

Phil
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
16 Jan 2010 12:19PM
Hi Phil thanks for the comment on this and the mod you have done a great mono conversion and we both like it , now I need to retitle the image lol ! Thanks for the comment on the pf too though that also very appreciated Colin
17 Jan 2010 2:55PM
nice lines
Amir
ah, the memories of riding this to college and back on the marsh link.
those sprung seats, the musty smell...

the only train that I actually enjoy travelling on.

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