Summers here

July 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Or at least that's how it feels, with many of the "repeat itinary" tours starting up and getting into their stride at this time of the year and providing much choice for the mainline photographer (providing your willing to travel).

 

Although one off tours tend to take a back seat during the summer months, there are still a number that due take place, one of which was the Scarborough Flyer on Saturday 30th June which took 46233 Duchess of Sutherland from Tyseley to the seaside at, unsurprisingly, Scarborough, the Duchess would come off the train at Derby to take up summer duties from Crewe, it was originally my intention to go somewhere in the Tamworth area to see this fine machine at speed, however a glance at the schedule and the numerous pick up stops showed I would need to venture north of Derby to achieve this, so in the end I opted for the "safe" shot at Bordesley junction which is good for sun until early afternoon, despite being a low speed section, in the event the Duchess was signal checked about 50 yards in front of me for 2 minutes, but this had the advantage of showing off the power of this mighty machine as it accelerated it's train up the steep climb to the Camp Hill line, taking the load of 11 coaches with ease as seen here: http://daviddepperphotography.zenfolio.com/p297974105#h62137df7 , not the shot I had originally intended, but one I hope that does the Duchess justice in it's all too rare appearances this far south.

 

Sunday saw the start of Vintage Trains successful Shakespeare Express programme through to September, which has been running like clockwork each summer for over a decade now, and feels almost as much a part of the local summer scene now as the workaday units which ply this route, due to engineering works in July, the train for the first few weeks is running north as well as south via the North Warwickshire Line as opposed to the more usual return route via Dorridge, this presented some rare photo opportunities as chimney first runs on the North Warwick are quite rare currently so is not a chance to be passed up, motive power as normal, is usually in the hands of 84E's sewing machine known as 4965 Rood Ashton Hall, my plan for this first weekend was to see RAH exiting Wood End Tunnel on the afternoon run when the sun angle is not so head on as the lunchtime run, in the build up to the run there was some confusion about which route it would take in some quarters, but in the end the North Warwick was used and I took my picture largely as planned, due to the shady cutting nature of Wood End, some photoshopping to the shadow area's was required, but I'm pretty satisfied with the result of 4965 leaning to the canted curve: http://daviddepperphotography.zenfolio.com/p69419517#h6e62c64b , I haven't decided where to visit next weekend yet, but other commitments may dictate that, I certainly plan to try the foot crossing north of Henley in Arden at some point.

 

July generally offers little in the way of events as preserved railways get as busy with summer passengers as Mainline tour operators, that said, I do have my eye on possibly making my first ever visit to the Eccelsbourne Valley at Wirksworth to view and ride the Lancashire & Yorkshire 3F No1300, the combination of new line and new loco for me proving tempting at a quiet time of the year, later in july I hope to visit Stoke Bank for 4464 Bittern on the 3rd and final of it's 90MPH runs later in the month too, A Garter Blue A4 at high speed passing the location that put Mallard into immortality ?, not to be missed!.


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