Storming Shap

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You will see I have a fondness for steam engines, so here is another shot of Ex LMS 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' on the outward run of 'The Cumbrian Mountain Express' which I displayed a week ago.

The location is Greenholme near Tebay in Cumbria, at the foot of the infamous Shap incline, another classic railway photography location.

Sometimes you just get lucky with a view as I did here, because a few minutes before the train came by, the sky which was a murky grey started to clear on the right/from the West. This allowed a little sunlight to catch the steam and highlight it against the sky.

My regret was setting an exposure of f8 @ 1/250 when 1/500 would have been better.

Taken with K10D/16-45 and shot as PEF.
14/03/2010 - 10:35pgweber
Shutter Speed1/250
Focal Length34mm


Link Posted 14/03/2010 - 11:41
Good railway photography this. The exhaust shows the engine is working hard on the long gradient.


Link Posted 14/03/2010 - 17:56
Wonderful shot. I love to see a bit of mainline steam, and what a setting!

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Link Posted 14/03/2010 - 19:37
Lovely shot and has David said she looks to be working hard.

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Link Posted 15/03/2010 - 21:38
Thank you David, Andrew and Cliff for your kind remarks.

You may sometimes see the same location but from a higher viewpoint. Behind my right shoulder was a country lane which ascends eventually to a bridge over the line. It is about 5 mins walk from the car park of Tebay Northbound services on the M6.

I did look at the view from the higher viewpoint, which would have set the steam against the distant hills, also with the possibility of framing the shot between a couple of trees. There were 3 or 4 other photographers to my left so I might have caught their heads in the bottom of the alternative shot.

I think this worked out well though, with the changing light to illuminate the steam and the feel of size and power when looking up to the engine.

I expect the driver let rip through the Lune Gorge & Tebay to charge the bank- he looks like he is enjoying himself. From a video I shot on my Fuji compact I estimate the speed was 60mph. It was a more exhilerating sight than the shot I got in the afternoon approaching Ais Gill.


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