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Terrific Trio ...

By sut68      
A once in a lifetime opportunity occurred on Saturday morning, where three Gresley A4's were lined up before service in the yard, past Deviation, at Grosmont.

In order [from left] is 'Union of South Africa' [60009], 'Bittern' [60019] and 'Sir Nigel Gresley' [60007]. For those of you in the know the engine far right is Schools Class, 'Repton' which wasn't runing this weekend.

I heard later that morning that this is highly unlikely to happen again, as one of the owners doesn't want his lined up with another A4 ... I hope this isn't true as it's a sight to behold in 'the flesh'!!!

Met up with Andy [Hailwood] and Graham [Graysta] for a great morning at the yard ... cheers for all your time and help guys. Fran even made a friend for life by the look of it ... hi Peter if you're looking in Wink

Also bumped into the Friths - Tony and Glynnis - nice to finally meet you both, and also Stephen [Wigge] after we were last there nearly 12 months ago. Was like a mini EPZ meet Wink

Originally shot with a this format in mind ... anyway, have a gander at the large on if you've got the time ... after all, it's BIGGER Wink


Tags: General Transport Bittern Grosmont Sir nigel gresley Union of south africa

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robincoombes 10 1 5 Wales
31 Mar 2008 8:18AM
Once in a lifetime shot Excellent


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31 Mar 2008 8:18AM
Great crop. The picture is full of GRUNT. Love it.
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 8:22AM
Wonderful to see these locomotives together - also a powerful image full of atmosphere.

franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 8:22AM
Powerful and dramatic, a superb scene.

Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
31 Mar 2008 8:23AM
Stunning work

goso 11 2 1 Australia
31 Mar 2008 8:25AM
Theres a few horsepower there - great shot....Bill
AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
31 Mar 2008 8:28AM
Excellent shot Paul.
Very effective format.

Did you have your anorak on? Wink

markharrop 13 191 England
31 Mar 2008 8:28AM
Very powerful image. You can almost smell the smoke!
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
31 Mar 2008 8:30AM
Fit for a cover of " Steam Railway " or any wall ! Superb, large is fantastic Paul. Ron.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 8:34AM
Thanks folks ... yes Alley, I had my anorak on proud display :-P

Later all,
Powerful image of the terrific trio, nice work Paul, the line up is aided beautifully by the smoke and the shining rails, great composition.

All the very best
CliveA 11 5 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 9:52AM
A sight which mirrors Kings Cross "Top Shed" in the 50s. Superb lighting conditions and smoke quality. One of the strongest loco images likely to be seen for a long while.
Curious bit of politics going on with the owners. Who is the miserable blighter I wonder and why ?
LesF 11 182 9
31 Mar 2008 9:55AM
This one must be viewed large, terrific sight you captured Paul and the format works a treat now get it printed and on the wall.
Bet you got a bit exited when you first saw these three together.

Les F
Chriscj 12 96 1 England
31 Mar 2008 10:02AM
Class stuff mate. Where has the year gone?

Fluke 10 59 Wales
31 Mar 2008 10:03AM
that is a corker, well done!
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:04AM

Quote:Bet you got a bit exited when you first saw these three together.

... I think my undies have just dried Les LOL Wink

I'm not sure which owner is miffed, but it's a real pity for everyone else, 'cause this is certainly a once in a lifetime occasion!!!

Thanks everyone, glad so many of you have got to view this and the large version too.

kaybee 13 5.6k 25 Scotland
31 Mar 2008 10:05AM
Dirty, polluting things

But My God ............ don't they have life and soul
rossi 14 142 11 England
31 Mar 2008 10:08AM
Superb, as usual.

Tho I prefer the 'other one' taken from further left.

dazzaman 11 631 England
31 Mar 2008 10:10AM
just been reading about this in the paper.
excellent shot fella

DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
31 Mar 2008 10:14AM
I'd perhaps crop a bit off the far right, but otherwise this is the best chuff-chuff shot I've seen in a good while Paul. Superb and packed with atmosphere.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:19AM

Quote:I'd perhaps crop a bit off the far right

... Fran said that too Dave, but I like the inclusion of Repton in the shot, rightly or wrongly, I feel it just adds a little more context. Cheers though!!!

Thanks all, fair comment Ian ... that'll appear sometime this week I'm sure Wink

geniehawk 11 181 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 10:21AM
Powerful image in all respects!

DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
31 Mar 2008 10:22AM
One day you will learn Paul ..... women and DaveU's are invariably right Wink
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:27AM
... gotcha Dave ... so how does that go with Mrs U??? She must be right all the time Wink

Thanks Jeannie, glad you like it, can't wait to see this in print and framed!!!

WelshKiwi 10 3.2k 2 Wales
31 Mar 2008 10:30AM

When I first opened this I immediately thought about all those old black and white movies that evoke so much emotion.

Very powerful and very historic.

This should definately be a limited edition if its so rare. Wink

I love how the tracks lead you in and the one train is in front of the others.

You, Fran and Bev are fast turning me into steam train addicts.

Love it Paul.

Have a nice day.

Lee Smile
DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
31 Mar 2008 10:30AM
She is Sad
culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 10:35AM
Sharp as hell and superbly composed ... this is one of my favourite grosmont shots of all time I think. I was driving past this weekend but didnt have time to stop and ended up in Whitby for a saunter ...

Hopefully this will pick something up off Pete but its getting my award immediately.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:40AM
Cheers Dan for t'award, mucho appreciato Wink

Thanks too Lee, I loved the soft diffused morning light at this time, really helped with the feel of the shot [6.27 am]. This will definitely be a limited edition ... need to get it printed and framed first ... though admittedly, there might be only one of them, we'll see Wink

LOL @ Dave Smile

Cheers all,
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
31 Mar 2008 10:48AM
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:53AM
Cheers Cole, may be one oor two others appearing on here from this time, as Andy and Graham were next to me. A big thanks to Clive too for making this happen!!!

TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 11:35AM
A goose-pimply shot for me; an amazing sight. I was excited just to see one on Saturday but three together in action is fantastic.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 11:52AM
Cheers Tel, it was quite awe inspiring just being there ... having the luxury of being able to shoot them too was just a bonus!!!
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
31 Mar 2008 11:56AM
Two on the bounce off me mate, what's the world coming too? Wink
Can't be bettered in my very humble opinion.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 12:10PM
... that anorak suits you Phil, though it looks a size or two too big Wink

EDIT: Just noticed the award, ta mate!!! Smile
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
31 Mar 2008 12:19PM
Good as it gets this one Paul!

newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 12:28PM
Hi paul,,
ive only ever given out 3 awards so there rare,,
and youve got another one for this thats 2 out of the 4 ,,not bad hey lol,
you have captured the atmosphere perfectly and the composition is superb the format is right for this and its very powerful,
i want to see it when its printed so expect a nock at the door,,lol
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 12:39PM
Ta Paul and Ian [cheers for the award].

LOL ... you'll have to knock Ian, the bell's knackered Wink

lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
31 Mar 2008 12:57PM
Absolutely fantastic atmosphere. Deserves its 3, so far, awards
MarkT 13 119 2 England
31 Mar 2008 1:08PM
Superb capture Paul - impressive machines.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 1:29PM
Ta John and Mark, appreciate it guys!!!
Ian_Sweet 12 92 1 England
31 Mar 2008 1:36PM
Superb work as allways mate, love it.

Best Regards

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
31 Mar 2008 1:38PM
TOLD YA!!!!! Wink

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 1:53PM
Cheers Ian and make sense woman??? Wink

EDIT: I'm assuming you mean the crop??
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
31 Mar 2008 3:06PM
Pure class!!!take care,AnnSmile
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
31 Mar 2008 3:21PM
...and this

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 3:55PM
Cheers Ann and Jouko, appreciate it!!!
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
31 Mar 2008 4:16PM
Love this shot! Great looking machines.
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
31 Mar 2008 4:31PM

Quote:EDIT: I'm assuming you mean the crop??

No, I'm referring to my comment yesterday about this sweeping the board - - 3 awards already, and I'm sure Pete will catch up eventually Wink
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 5:01PM
Thanks Ty, and also to Ron for the award.

Quote:No, I'm referring to my comment yesterday about this sweeping the board

Ahh, now I understand ... we'll have to wait and see though Wink x
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Mar 2008 5:19PM
I've short-listed this for a special pie award.

nice work...very nice.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 5:23PM
Why thank you Mr H ... praise indeed ... what flavour by the way??? Wink

I hope you get the chance for this next week!!!

MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
31 Mar 2008 6:58PM
This is going to be worth a bit I reckon Paul, wish I'd seen it, what a capture

rangerpaul 10 19 7 England
31 Mar 2008 7:06PM
I see what Fran means.
Hard to beat is this!
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 7:20PM
Cheers guys, and thanks Paul very much for your award!!!

pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1994 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 7:23PM
My my, 5 User Awards say it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 7:26PM
LOL, it certainly seems to Pamela Smile

I wonder what happens if I get a few more ... does it go on to two lines, or will it crash the system??? Wink

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
31 Mar 2008 7:41PM
Your undies have just dried?.... eeeeew!

Can't blame ya though. I have never seen even one of them. This is quite a sight and I bet you were getting nervous worrying about not getting this right. Congrats.

And what is this about the owner not wanting his near the others? What??

elkiebrooks 14 83 5 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 7:47PM
A cracking image. If this is the last time this is likely to happen ou have done it excellent justice. I would re-title it though to "The Charge of the Steam Brigade". Smile
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 7:52PM
LOL Patrick ... nervous - sort of, but I suppose that's the beauty of digital though isn't it??? At least you get to see what you've recorded, so you can spend more time getting things right and not wasting the light!!!

As for not wanting to line his machine up ... that's his prerogative I suppose, but it would be a real shame if this didn't happen again - well, every once in a while that is!!! Wink

Good idea Colin, though I did think '3's Company' was another.

Thanks guys,
TonyFrith 11 3 6 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 8:16PM
Paul So glad you don't look like your avatar mind you I would have been able to recognized you from the crowd .
The 3 x A4 s will be together along side the Mallard at the NRM York later in the year but I don't think they will be steaming
This is a brilliant shot
good to meet you Tony
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 8:23PM
I know why this has done so well it's super shot Paul, it gives you goose bumps looking at them. It's a shame we did not get there in time to see it but thanks for sharing it with us, well worth getting this printed out & framed.
Nice to have meet you & Fran
dave thelens 14 936 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 8:30PM
It works well ... very well indeed

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 8:34PM
LOL Tony, I only look like that very early on in the mornings ... especially after a heavy night before Wink Glad to hear that they'll be lined up again, I hope they will be steaming.

It certainly does give you goosebumps Glynnis, they're fabulous inventions and a great reminder to the golden age of steam!!!

Great to meet you both,
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 8:35PM
Cheers too Dave, glad you like!!!
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 8:43PM
You have captured something really special here Paul. Just fantastic !
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
31 Mar 2008 9:12PM
From looking in your Gallery certainly looks like you have still been producing the good in 08 Paul, your work is always an inspiration.Really stunning mate.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 9:14PM
Thanks Paul and a big thanks too Scott, it's heartening to hear that ... thank you!!! I hope I'll continue to do so Smile

Wigge 10 England
31 Mar 2008 10:01PM
Fantastic shot Paul, definately looks like something from the '50s.....wish I was there that early!!

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:20PM
Cheers Stephen, was definitely worth the early start ... wish we'd got there earlier for some pre dawn shed shots too!!!

chris-p Plus
12 66 England
31 Mar 2008 10:22PM
Fabulous...simple as that Smile
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:26PM
Yay, it turns into a scrollbar Wink

Cheers Chris, appreciate it bud,
martin.w 15 504 22 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 10:34PM
As good as it gets Paul...wish I had been there to see it Smile
31 Mar 2008 10:47PM
A momentous occasion indeed Paul. Congratulations.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 10:57PM
Ta guys, a truly great occasion indeed and many thanks too Pete, made up now Wink
dathersmith 10 559 12 England
31 Mar 2008 11:19PM
Don't know how you consistantly turn out quality like this Paul, truely something to aspire to. Well worthy of all the awards.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
31 Mar 2008 11:33PM
Cheers DArren, very nice of you to say that!!!
Milla 9 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 3:12AM
It really made me speechless so I'll beter shut up for a change.
richardwheel 12 217 2 England
1 Apr 2008 7:33AM
ooh look at you with all the badges, nice one fella,

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
1 Apr 2008 8:14AM
Gosh, you are sweeping all the badges....Smile
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
1 Apr 2008 8:56AM
... and the scroll facility too, don't forget the scroll facility guys Wink

Cheers everyone, really happy with how this one has done, thanks for all your input[s]!!!

Sezz 13 617 15 England
1 Apr 2008 9:32AM
Congrat's for all your awards Paul, so very well deserved! Superb image Smile

Sarah *
ade_mcfade 13 15.2k 216 England
1 Apr 2008 10:01AM
you been hitting the trains again?


this is probably my fave one, looks quite imposing with them all lined up - amost like they're about to attack.
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
1 Apr 2008 11:06AM
all the awards so well deserved, a cracking image, especially as you say, may not never happen again, you have captured that piece of history forever .... Sue
Chriscj 12 96 1 England
1 Apr 2008 11:22AM
Racked up a few awards this one mate. Well done.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
1 Apr 2008 11:28AM
Thanks folks, glad you all like it!!!

Plenty of awards mate, more than I bargained for Wink
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
1 Apr 2008 3:57PM
Wow! The awards scroll. I have not seen that before....

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
1 Apr 2008 4:08PM
... me neither Smile
wamp 11 276 8 England
1 Apr 2008 9:29PM
The crop suites the shot so well Paul and the sheer amount of smoke adds so much to the shot

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 9:48PM
I'm almost lost for words Paul. It's superb. Lets hope they can appear together again.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
1 Apr 2008 10:32PM
Thanks guys for your very kind words, one of my all-time faves this one!!!
2 Apr 2008 2:25PM
Ton up for this one - an absolute belter. Can't make it up there these 2 weekends - gutted.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
2 Apr 2008 2:36PM
Cheers Alan, pity you can't make it ... they're a sight to see I can tell you Smile
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2008 2:43PM
Stunning image and indeed a sight to behold. Wonderful detail and atmosphere and I love the low wide angle
javam 13 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2008 9:45PM
Ohh this is good, great composition and atmosphere of what is an impressive scene to start with. Most awards I have ever seen on a shot and congrats on the HC.

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
3 Apr 2008 7:44PM
Cheers guys, glad this has done well ... though admittedly, the number of awards did surprise me too Neil Smile

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
7 Apr 2008 8:52AM
Thanks Nick, nearly missed it mate Wink
Maddie 12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 1:58PM
and again, loads of awards Smile
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
8 Apr 2008 2:00PM
Thanks Maddie, people got very carried away ... thanks all Wink

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