Assault on Shap

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A scene reminiscent of the pre 1968 steam era on the West Coast Main Line - a powerful Duchess class loco forging up the slopes of Shap Fell in Cumbria with a heavy express train. But this was shot just last Saturday as Duchess of Sutherland speeds a heritage Winter Cumbria Mountain Express towards Carlisle. The train has got a speedy run through the Lune Gorge before hitting the incline at Tebay and a mile into the long climb is on full power at about 50mph.
It was cold, wet and windy but there were hordes of photographers
at the trackside. The light was murky and I needed a fast shutter speed to freeze the train movement and also to counter the buffeting of the wind, hence ISO 1000
K3+DA*200mm lens; heavily cropped.

02/03/2015 - 19:25davidtrout
Shutter Speed1/1000
Focal Length200mm


Link Posted 02/03/2015 - 20:05
Nice take on a memorable event! Thanks for the backstory as well.
Cheers...Donna 😊


Link Posted 02/03/2015 - 20:30
I'd love to have seen and heard that loco, David. A fine shot.
Best wishes,


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Link Posted 02/03/2015 - 21:43
Conveys the power of a fine loco.

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Link Posted 03/03/2015 - 05:29
I would like to take pics of these steam engine machines...but here all is electric, electronic, computer...and sophisticated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It's very difficult to find and grab piccies "of old situations and subjects"...but I mst admit it is normal and natural...Right word is PROGRESS(rubbish word...with no meaning)


Link Posted 04/03/2015 - 00:05
The colour version is a 'classic' portrait. This one, despite your apologetic comments, captures steam - and this particular big lizzie - doing what it was built for.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 04/03/2015 - 07:58
It's the turn its taking that is captured so consummately. Eye candy in motion - thanks - t
"It's not what you look at that's important, it's what you see" - Thoreau


Link Posted 04/03/2015 - 15:41
Beautiful shot..brave you !!


Link Posted 06/03/2015 - 20:36
Brilliant, great in B&W, well done...Best Regards ... tommyt.


Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 11:17
Worth braving the elements for!

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