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1450's working day

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by grebeman, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    A typical railway branch line locomotive, 1450 prepares for it's working day on an auto train service. The auto train coach has a driving compartment at one end from which the driver can control the steam engine by a series of linked metal rods running below the coach and the engine. Thus at the end of the line the engine does not need to uncouple and run around the train to make the return journey since it can be driven either from the engine or the driving coach.

    On shed and raising steam

    Having left the shed 1450 backs down onto its auto coach

    The fireman descends to begin the process of coupling up when the driver has buffered up

    Coupling up, somewhat more complicated than normal due to the various control likages that also have to be coupled together

    Having coupled up, the train moves off the yard past a typical diesel railcar that replaced the steam engine when they were phased out of service

    A full head of steam as the train departs Buckfastleigh, engine first

    The driver can be seen in the driving compartment, the train heading towards the photographer

    Returning, coach first towards Buckfastleigh

    These coaches are fitted with extendible steps so that passengers can be picked up from simple wayside, ground level platforms, the passenger having held out an arm to request the driver to stop

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  2. Jon MS3

    Jon MS3 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2013
    Very interesting subject and shots! The sky in the fifth picture looks painted on.
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Jon, that's the result of using rather a high structure level in Silver Efex Pro 2, it makes for a somewhat dramatic, but rather false effect. I should probably have settled for a lower, but more realistic level.

  4. 67DGS

    67DGS Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 5, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Great pics and really neat little loco, looks like Thomas the Tank Engine. Just have to love steam era railroading. A wonderful reminder of days gone by, could not imagine a train stopping for me at the side of the tracks nowadays.

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  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Great shots, makes me feel as if we've gone back in time. :cool: 
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