Pennine Puffer

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Another trawl of 2007 reveals this shot of Ex LMS 4-6-0 No. 45407 hauling a circular day trip from Manchester, over the Pennines into Yorkshire and back.

It is taken at Diggle, just before plunging into a tunnel through the Pennines and into Yorkshire.

There was a good pub behind me that did fine food and you can see in the right of the shot the Leeds-Rochdale (I think!) canal attracting walkers to it's towpath.

The shot dates from June 2007, when I'd had my K10D for 3 months. This was the first time I'd shot RAW and was using my MF Tamron 80-210. I was pleased with how well I was able to focus.
21/07/2010 - 11:50pgweber
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/500
Focal Length120mm


Link Posted 21/07/2010 - 12:04
That's a fine action shot Peter. The smoke trail gives the impression the train is speeding but I imagine its climbing an incline through the Pennines.



Link Posted 21/07/2010 - 12:51
Thank you for the appreciation, David.

He was probably doing about 45 mph, with ten coaches on.

I was at a relatively high position on a bridge looking down at the train, which might give a misleading impression of the gradient.

On that route there are Trans-Pennine Express trains every 20 minutes, so the steamers sit in a loop at Stalybridge (7.5 miles back at the bottom of a long 1 in 125 climb). Once the diesel passes, the steamer gets right-away and the driver thrashes the engine on the clear road in the hope that he gets over the summit and into Huddersfield before the next diesel catches him.

You can see one of the firemen leaning on the cab window, not doing much, but in a few seconds they will be in the tunnel and they can roll down the other side into Yorkshire.

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Last Edited by pgweber on 21/07/2010 - 12:53


Link Posted 21/07/2010 - 20:12
Good capture Peter and what a lovely setting.

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