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Tiny at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

By spikemoz
This sequence of pictures are of the Great Central Railway class 8K 2-8-0 locomotive (LNER & BR O4 class) 63601 at last weekend's steam gala at Barrow Hill Round House near Chesterfield in Derbyshire.

V1, V2, & V3
She has just emerged from the shed and the footplate crew are preparing her for the days activities. V2 is a good representation of what a place like this looked like during the steam era on British Railways. Particularly the fireman trimming the coal on the tender, only a crew of two, no hi-viz vests and another locomotive lurking behind the row of vans. The only thing that gives the game away is the apple green tender on the left, as this livery was long before the 'ferret and dartboard' British Railways crest was introduced. So, I've also converted it to B&W, which I think makes it bit more convincing.

V4, V5 & V6
The GCR 8K (04) made a number of movements about the shed yard during the day and very nice it looked too. For some mysterious reason these locmotives were nicknamed Tinys.

V7 & V8
With V7 I've tried to reproduce the smoke haze that used to hang in the air when a number of locomotives were raising steam. I've used a large amount of zoom to forshorten the distance, tweaked the colours and light levels a bit and I've also coverted it to B&W in V8. Not altogether sure it's worked too well, but I'll try again with future pictures taken at a place like this.


Tags: Transport Landscape and travel Portraits and people

Voters: imagio, Warriorpoet, avent aclew and 17 more

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imagio 14 12 1 England
9 Apr 2009 12:18AM
I can understand the crowds they attract Spike, one day I will make it to a show, maybe Haversham or oswaldtwistle.

Warriorpoet 12 213 3 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2009 12:22AM
All great shots V5 I especially like

gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
9 Apr 2009 1:36AM
Another great series if I had to chose and its a dificult choice I would pick V2 and 3. - gary
Hailwood 14 2 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2009 5:27AM
nice set of shots spike
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2009 8:19AM
A brilliant set of images, with great info.
9 Apr 2009 10:12AM
Excellent! V3 & V8 sure capture the essence of steam days. Is it ever possible to recreate those summer Sunday evenings with 20 or so locos in the yard with the blower just cracked and pungent dark grey smoke just rolling out the top of the chimney and being spread around by the slight breeze. I don't think so but you've had a pretty good attempt here Spike. You'll have the HSE banging on your door.
AlanC1 14 1 England
9 Apr 2009 4:49PM
Fine series of shots.
ZX1400 13 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2009 4:57PM
A very good set of shots and I like V3.
9 Apr 2009 5:54PM
Another excellent set of images from Barrow Hill, I wish I had gone now.
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
9 Apr 2009 6:01PM
v4 for me.lesley

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