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By robincoombes
Just once in a while everything comes together.

You can wait (the best part of 50 years), you can plan, dream and then its down to little bit of luck, the combination of steam, snow, sun and a Scot on the S&C (Settle and Carlisle) line, is about as rare as it can get this was the only steam along this the most spectacular and highest main line in England between September and March and until a test run the trip was in doubt up until Thursday. The Royal Scot class has made only a handful of runs in the last forty years. Snow in the UK is all too rare and too much and it would not have been possible to drive up to the higher parts of the line.

So on Saturday, it was the right loco, the right headboard, right stock, A Royal Scot No 46115 Scot Guardman resplendent in Brunswick green livery with a maroon rake of Mk1 coaches and Thames Clyde Headboard, a covering of snow and unbelievably the sun poping out at last moment all that was left was take the shot and then get it off the camera safely. The shot is taken as the train was leaving Moorcock Tunnel not far from the summit at Ais Gill

The fact that this was coupled with the sight of seeing the brand new A1 Tornado blasting away from under the roof at Darlington earlier in the day with the up Talisman to Kings Cross and you begin to wonder if it is all a dream in 2009.

Tags: Photo journalism Snow Transport Sun Steam Landscape and travel Scot S and c

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9 Feb 2009 4:37PM
This is an amazing shot. As you say everything came together at just the right time. Beautiful!
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 4:39PM
WOW...... I am blown away by the beauty and clarity of this amazing shot.
Linda Grin
Well taken, as you say everything has come together....

Miles Herbert Plus
15 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 4:41PM
As you said ... everything comes together once in a while...
9 Feb 2009 4:42PM
Magnificent capture....a winner indeed !

Paul_R 9 5 2 England
9 Feb 2009 4:43PM
Wow & Wow
chensuriashi Plus
11 273 17 England
9 Feb 2009 4:44PM
Top shot and great composition from a beautiful trip out in the cold, with the camera.
You set out for this shot, and got it!!

Congrats. Chen.
EamonnM Plus
9 1 1 Ireland
9 Feb 2009 4:45PM
All the elements came together just nicely Smile fantastic shot really stunning, well captured. Enjoyed reading your photo information.
Briwooly Plus
12 452 5 England
9 Feb 2009 4:52PM
Your description says it all brilliant

Rees Plus
9 14 Wales
9 Feb 2009 4:52PM
That's what photography is all about, right time, right place, right subject and of course, the photographer.
Well composed, good exposure and well done.
9 1.4k 30 England
9 Feb 2009 4:53PM
A cracking shot. One of the best train shots for some time. Andy
9 Feb 2009 4:53PM
Yup.. A good one
9 Feb 2009 4:54PM
Wow wow what an amazing shot beautifull
starliz Plus
13 1.6k 3 England
9 Feb 2009 4:54PM
i think WOW is all I can say as well....viewed large its just picture perfect and 1st class photography.
maryg Plus
9 66 18 Scotland
9 Feb 2009 4:58PM
Thames Clyde Express , I presume this must have been a Glasgow London train. Wonderful shot great detail, worth waiting half a century for.
chrisco Plus
12 59 3 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 5:00PM
it certainly did come together Wink,magic! Smile
James_G Plus
10 166 5
9 Feb 2009 5:01PM
Brilliant shot. An absolute classic. And yes, you needed all those elements to come together, but you also needed to be there and be good enough to get the shot. So well done. Superb.
BernieS Plus
9 243 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 5:02PM
Superb shot - it really has all come together there - good combination of luck, timing & skill!

9 Feb 2009 5:02PM
Gee thanks everyone really really appreciated, amazed at response
Thanks for award Starliz
9 Feb 2009 5:05PM
The best train shot I have seen well done.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
11 2.3k 9 Wales
9 Feb 2009 5:10PM
Wonderful image Robin.You deserve all the accolades for this one.Stunning.
9 Feb 2009 5:12PM
lot of awards for this one i think! superb!
digitall Plus
11 238 6 Wales
9 Feb 2009 5:13PM
All your homework paid off today, ending with this awesome shot.
Seems like you had a great day Robin.
Well done.

phil99 Plus
11 45 6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 5:17PM
Awesome shot . Been waiting since Saturday evening to see this shot.I knew you would nail this one from your question last week about snow conditions above Ribblehead.This is a beauty right up there with your very best shot...Phil
newy17 Plus
12 273 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 5:18PM
First class Robin,
so get it printed large and framed Smile well worth the wait congrats..
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1848 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 5:20PM
Steam, snow and fabulous light - that's a potent mix. Fabulous shot.
9 Feb 2009 5:40PM
Great picture, looks very cold!

9 Feb 2009 5:44PM
I see you found the snow you were hoping for & the sun came out to give you this stunning image

It been siad on previous comments, But What a great shot.
harrattp Plus
11 11 4 England
9 Feb 2009 5:52PM
This image just has to be viewed large. AWESOME. Come on epz team this deserves a HC or Editors choice.

Great shot.
9 Feb 2009 6:02PM
A really beautiful railway shot.

9 Feb 2009 6:04PM
just a beautiful shot
A super fantastic image.
9 Feb 2009 6:12PM
A Scot on the Thames-Clyde over the S&C! What more could a railway photographer ask for. Only that the elements worked in your favour and they most certainly did here. The snow,sky,sunlight and even the exhaust (although drifting to the wrong side) framing the subject to maximum effect. 100% PERFECTION!!!!!!!
richc Plus
16 15 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 6:17PM
Excellent. Crisp & even seasonal.
Wow This image is stunning, and well worth waitin gfor I would say.
Superb. Sylvia
JohnParminter Plus
11 1.3k 14 England
9 Feb 2009 6:31PM
I'm not particularly interested in trains or photographing them Robin get my user award for the planning, patience, knowledge and enthusiasm to get a shot like this.
Very impressive.
9 Feb 2009 6:33PM
Stunning shot.
OMG Plus
9 51 2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 6:42PM
Fantastic shot and awesome viewed large.
9 Feb 2009 6:50PM
I did tell you there was snow up there.Lucky you having the sun out ,every time for the last 2 weekends , as soon as the loco appears the sun hides behind a cloud

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
9 Feb 2009 7:29PM
Congratulations Robin, worth al that effort and time to get this image. Superbly taken, hear that engine work ! Ron.
9 Feb 2009 7:42PM
Fine winter steam capture, I think the steam mag editor's email must have crashed today with everybody out on Saturday.
chris-p Plus
12 66 England
9 Feb 2009 8:00PM
robin nice pic that wind was a big problem,lunds was one of our possible locations but went for shelter at Blea moor
9 Feb 2009 9:11PM
A truly great image.
TyChee Plus
13 275 1 United States
9 Feb 2009 9:28PM
Absolutely superb
KP Plus
8 6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 9:43PM
I AM IN AWE OF THIS SHOT JUST AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Superb !!!

lurksalot Plus
11 332 1 England
9 Feb 2009 9:51PM
Some people can take photographs , unbelievable photographs .
An absolute testimony to research, patience, determination and technical skill .
Hoffy Plus
13 262 16 England
9 Feb 2009 10:28PM
One of the best train shots for a long time.
Cormy Plus
10 3 England
9 Feb 2009 10:34PM
A winner !! Superb image Robin.
9 Feb 2009 10:41PM
Amazing shot, absolutely stunning,
Sezz Plus
13 617 15 England
9 Feb 2009 11:08PM
WoW - pleased to be 100Th! What to add? Stunning and deserves all the awards Smile

Sarah *
10 Feb 2009 12:13AM
10 Feb 2009 12:22AM
Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic!
User_Removed 14 39 6 Scotland
10 Feb 2009 3:25AM
Should be well proud mate
f8 Plus
14 9.2k 22 England
10 Feb 2009 5:12AM
Could not have been better.
10 Feb 2009 6:51AM
That is a top class shot!!and deserving of all the awards,Dane.
10 Feb 2009 7:22AM

Quote:Top shot and great composition from a beautiful trip out in the cold, with the camera.
You set out for this shot, and got it!!

Congrats. Chen.

Best train shot I have seen yet - well deserved of all the awards given
10 Feb 2009 8:12AM
This is the shot everyone wishes they had taken.

10 Feb 2009 11:07AM
Truly magnificent Robin
I have never seen so many (well deserved) awards on one photograph.
Vespa Plus
11 77 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 12:34PM
This is a superb shot. I recommend you send it to Steam Railway Magazine. My attempts a few months ago, to photograph this loco, all went wrong and I ended up with very poor photos indeed.
10 Feb 2009 1:05PM
Not just an amazing steam train photograph, but an amazing photograph in it's own right!!

Superb Smile
ringyneck Plus
11 315 18 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 2:04PM
Worth all the attention and awards.

Nice one.

10 Feb 2009 2:20PM
Well done on the HC Robin
10 Feb 2009 4:23PM
wonderfull shot we got her at hellwith bridge a realy great day for the hundreds that lined the track
JouŠo Plus
13 56 Finland
10 Feb 2009 6:14PM
One word: STUNNING!!!!

10 Feb 2009 10:46PM
MarkT Plus
13 119 2 England
10 Feb 2009 10:56PM
What a shot - a beauty Smile

11 Feb 2009 11:32AM
A great shot of a 'bygone era' - brilliant
LesF Plus
11 182 9
11 Feb 2009 11:35AM
Congrats Robin on a wonderful shot and the PA

pennyspike Plus
14 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2009 1:36PM
Super, I know one or two railway buffs that will be green with envy.
Well planned, well executed plus the bit of luck that took it to another level.Smile
albi Plus
13 68 1 England
11 Feb 2009 6:00PM
Yes it all has to come together, timing ,good light ,snow, etc,etc but you still have to make it count and you certainly done that with this image....


lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
11 Feb 2009 6:52PM
Absolutely brilliant
TeresaH Plus
12 1.1k United Kingdom
11 Feb 2009 7:40PM
Love your description to go with the dream picture. Well done.

11 Feb 2009 7:59PM
Absolutely superb !! I love the way the steam contrasts with the dark cloud. A picture to die for
Great when a plan comes togeather, nice one congrats...
rangerpaul Plus
10 19 7 England
11 Feb 2009 8:59PM
Simply outstanding!!!
BeckC Plus
11 5 England
11 Feb 2009 9:47PM
Stunning ! Well done.
11 Feb 2009 11:07PM
you can sell this ive seen prints for sale not half as good as this 10/10
dathersmith Plus
10 558 12 England
12 Feb 2009 8:48AM
Fantastic, don't you just love it when a plan comes together! I'm very happy for you.

martin.w Plus
15 503 22 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 3:08PM
Like wow! A terrific image, well done for all the awards....all fully deserved! Smile
Kris_Dutson Plus
15 8.2k 1 England
14 Feb 2009 8:44PM
One of the best I've seen, and I've got a book case full of 'em. Wink
cassiecat Plus
9 39 46 England
15 Feb 2009 7:40PM
beautiful. congrats on all the awards.lesley
Alan_Coles Plus
12 178 11 Wales
16 Feb 2009 12:09AM
Your write up compliments the fabulous shot perfectly, awesome!!

Congratulations on getting the shot and the awards.
Ayelet_A Plus
9 11 3 Israel
16 Feb 2009 9:07AM
Certainly worth the wait - Outstanding in every way!
Congrats on all the awards, much deserved.

Amazing clarity in this picture, I really enjoy the crispness here. Great shot indeed!
TerryMcK Plus
9 72 2 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 1:50PM
Highest quality image! Worthy of any "railways" magazine. Well composed & well taken in every aspect.
16 Feb 2009 11:45PM
Just underline all that's said, First class. Mark
18 Feb 2009 10:00AM
19 Feb 2009 1:22PM
21 Feb 2009 12:25PM
What a fabulous shot. This really captures the essence of steam! I would love to have a shot like this in my portfolio. Well done!
Fantastic! What a shot!
IanFlindt Plus
13 740 21 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2009 10:26PM
Can any image on EPZ ever have received so many awards? I doubt it - but my goodness everyone of them is justly deserved. I sprained my wrist scrolling down to the bottom of the comments. Many congratulations.
ketch Plus
10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
26 Feb 2009 10:40PM
Just sublime

2 Mar 2009 11:52AM
So pleased to be 220th! What a wonderful image where everything got together in just one tiny moment - lovely scenery, great engine, crispy winter weather, snow, sun and of course your skills and dedication to steam trains history. All awards much deserved. Congratulations!
riprap007 Plus
13 1.6k 37 England
17 Mar 2009 3:59PM
sad to say I missed this upload before... glad I found it now though!
alwolf Plus
10 341 3 England
21 Mar 2009 4:15PM
Great lovely crisp colours
craggy Plus
13 22
27 Mar 2009 10:30AM
One of the best steam shots taken in the last 40 years or more! I almost made it to this point, but got a canny one anyway, not in this league though.

All things conspired for once in the right way!

Truely magical.

Thanks Craig.
16 Apr 2009 6:06PM
Right place right time stunning
Emmog Plus
8 38 1 England
6 May 2009 6:44PM
Superb shot
12 May 2009 2:27PM
Exquisite! - Jonathan
18 Jun 2009 10:05AM
stunning, two legs and a whole lot of luck
This is the BEST shot i have seen of a steam train, I am very jealous.
Congratulations, Regards Mac. (camspiritbear)
Sweep Plus
11 43 England
6 Dec 2009 10:51AM
O boy a magical moment, fantastic.
28 Dec 2009 11:27AM
Just superb. Chris
stunning! love train. Well done,
Happy New Year and all the best,
robert5 Plus
16 92 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 8:07PM
great shot every thing is just right
Superb image...
Great Photograph - My great-grandfather used to drive this class of loco on the Preston to Carlisle route with LMS. Great to see such a good photograph.
5 Feb 2010 7:11PM
Robin You get my vote. I'd be over the moon with that shot. Every Railway Mag should be chasing you for the image.
25 Feb 2010 12:39PM
This has to be the most comments I've ever seen for a shot. I agree with all the above.. Nice one! Smile
GFJ Plus
7 4 Northern Ireland
8 May 2011 3:44AM
The Polar Express! would have been a good title for this image!
Great photo. Congratulations!!
Looks like the Hogwards Express, beautiful detail.
Bloggs Plus
6 313 England
21 Dec 2011 6:06PM
I doubt you can get any better than this photo in terms of this kind of photo. Clarity is absolutley stunning you must have been thrilled to bits when you got home and had a real good look at this shot.

Congrats and well worth the 50 year wait !!! maybe now lightening will strike twice and you can get another shot soon !! I really hope so it's a beautiful shot and well desreved of all the awards from members. Wink

Just to show how good i think it is .... i,ll stick my humble award on it to !! It's the first time this award has been given.
What can one add?? Truly a shot of a lifetime.

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