All appears to have gone well with 5029's light trials last week as preparations for the loaded trial run via the East Midlands circuit on the 25th June went ahead as planned, with a departure from Tyseley shortly after 6pm, it was always going to be a big ask from finishing work at 5pm to getting in a decent photting position, in the end I decided doing battle with the rush hour traffic in central Birmingham wasn't worth it and decided to see 5029 on the return run instead.
I checked out various locations for the return journey back to Birmingham, but settled on Tamworth High Level in the end, which was due to be passed at a rather late 21:45, Tamworth presented a few advantages in this respect, a fast stretch of line where 75MPH is easily achievable with a clear road, if the sun was still up, the location presented the best angle on the North East/South West Mainline, and if the light started failing, a well lit station would still offer a reasonable picture with a prime lens bolted on.
After a quick blast up the M42, I was in Tamworth in plenty of time, at this time of the evening, freight workings were in full flow on both levels as the passenger service tailed off, shortly after 21:47 and luckily just after a northbound 66 passed by, the unmistakable sound of a Castle at speed could be heard, soon Nunney was seen sweeping through the station on the canted curve at around 65MPH with the regulator open making plenty of smoke, wonderful! http://daviddepperphotography.zenfolio.com/p1063789895#h618dce48
As was always a possibility, the light was really going by this time, but a decent picture was still obtained with a prime lens on F3.5 and 5000ISO. while grain is inevitable at such a high film speed, the D5100 is far better at hiding it than most.
Presumably Nunney will shortly depart for Bristol now to take up regular duties to Weymouth & Cornwall over the summer with a move to her new home at the Severn Valley Railway beckoning after, it's always welcome to see another Castle on the big railway.
Saturday see's 46233 Duchess of Sutherland's massive proportions out to play, heading from Tyseley to Scarborough, the prospect of seeing this mighty machine at speed is mouth watering...