Another month, another update…
Autumn has well and truly arrived lately with the wet and cold weather, though luckily I managed to mostly avoid this during my weeks holiday in South Devon, I stayed at Waterside Holiday Park just outside Goodrington Sands near Paignton for the week, for any railway enthusiasts, I highly recommend this location as in addition to being local to many tourist attractions and seaside resorts, the site also parallels the sea and the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway on the climb from Goodrington Sands to Churston, indeed shots like this: http://daviddepperphotography.zenfolio.com/p609235610#h2226380 are available almost on the doorstep, a photographers dream!.
No trip to South Devon would be complete without a visit to the famous sea wall section of mainline around Dawlish and Teignmouth, in previous years I have been fortunate enough to see steam charters and Rail Head Treatment Trains (to blast the leaves and crap off the line in Autumn) along this section, but this year proved slim pickings, a couple of HST’s inbetween the constant stream of local DMU’s and Voyagers being all that produced, this rather average effort being the best obtained in over 2 hours: http://daviddepperphotography.zenfolio.com/p609235610/h113d1c61#h1a21d3ed
Later in the week I made my way over to the South Devon Railway, which largely retains the atmosphere of the West Country branch line, Paignton while having stunning scenery, is more geared towards the tourism market and moving passengers to Dartmouth than heritage and trying to recreate the past, unfortunately the duty loco was 5786 in it’s London Transport guise of L92, somewhat blowing the West Country branch line scene somewhat, however I still managed a few decent snaps, this edited one from Hood Bridge being my favourite: http://daviddepperphotography.zenfolio.com/p609235610#h113d1c61 , however later on I was surprised by the rare sight of 3205 on a steam hauled Pway train, which then proceeded to shunt some milk tanks before departing: http://daviddepperphotography.zenfolio.com/p609235610#hba295ec
Unfortunately the hoped for visit to the West Somerset didn’t happen, visiting other non railway attractions during the week meant there was no time to include it, but overall I’m happy with the shots I have returned with.
You may have noticed the photo galleries growing in fits and starts as I gradually transfer pictures over from Flickr and various other websites, I’m doing this as and when I have spare time but the Flickr account is likely to take precedence so I can cancel my subscription (though I plan to keep a free account for commenting and researching locations), I haven’t forget about the Disused Railway’s section, but as these pics are currently hosted elsewhere for free, they are likely to follow in a few months time, most likely the cold dark winter weeks when not much else is happening outside.
So what am I up to in the coming weeks, well 5043 is out yet again on Saturday, this time to Oxford returning via the Cotswold Line through Evesham, I’m currently looking for a decent spot along this line to see it as light will start to go once the train gets north of Worcester, Castles on this route evoking memories of the Cathedrals Express from Paddington to Worcester and Hereford, the last express turn to use the Castle Class in BR service.
I have also booked up for a nightshoot at Didcot in later November, having seen photo’s of previous events at this location and the authentic western region shed scenes that can be created, it’s an event I am now eagerly looking forward to, the opportunity for decent night time photography being rare, as mentioned prior to the SVR gala, who’s results speak for themselves in my opinion.
Until next time.