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Gloom & Grime

By robincoombes
A dark grey afternoon at Xiamiaozi showing the last days of steam working in the Nanpiao area (and possibly the very last day). This was experiencing steam as it was in the dying days of 1968 as steam officially finished in the UK. This is very different from the shiny world of preserved steam, here there is only gloom and grim but atmosphere in buckets.

Warning there are no 'pretty' picture in this series. But it was precisely to experience this that I travelled half way around the world to witness.

Tags: General Transport Landscape and travel

Voters: NEWMANP, jools59, Rocketman and 23 more


NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 4:15PM
the flag makes it special
PeteGeoff 11 12 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 4:27PM
Looks like you were on the tracks!!! Try doing that here!!!
Fantastic photos.
DHouston 16 8 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 5:02PM
Fantastic, very moody especially the last few.
15 Dec 2009 5:44PM
A cracking selection Robin, bags of atmosphere and history here indicating the last days of REAL WORKING steam transportation. Many thanks for sharing these experiences.
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
15 Dec 2009 7:13PM
It's been a very interesting series of pics you've uploaded from here, as you say, a totally different type of steam train pic from the shiny red and green engines touring the UK occasionally
15 Dec 2009 9:00PM
Wonderful series.
newshot 17 1 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2009 12:18AM
Nikon_Tog 12 105 England
16 Dec 2009 8:09AM
A great series Robin, really shows the reality of working steam.

Just one question though what are the blue signals for ?

16 Dec 2009 1:41PM
Another very good series Robin, you look as though yo had a good time, saw your image in this months mag. well done.
22 Dec 2009 11:56PM
v.1 is outstanding and the perspective of v.6 is striking. - Rob

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