Hello all, it's been a while
Firstly you'll have noticed the lack of an update from the high speed A4 run down the East Coast Main Line, which has been potsponed twice now due to fire risk with hot weather, it's now likely to happen at the end of September but this is still to be confirmed.
In the meantime D1015 Western Champion finally returned to Mainline action after an absence of 3 years for engine repairs, taking in the now usual mainline circuit around the East Midlands from Tyseley, leaving Tyseley before 18:00 on a weeknight is always problematic for me with work and other commitments, so the only option was for a High ISO effort on the arrival return trip at Coleshill Parkway, in the past I've had plenty of problems here with the harsh sodium lighting giving a distinct orange tint after dark, no matter what editing I took to the picture afterwards, however I believe I've cracked the issue now by adding a Tungsten tint and then lowering the saturation a notch, I'm quite happy with the result but what do you think ?.
Also during the last week in August there were increasing rumours that class 37's would work services between Derby & Crewe on Sunday 25th August due to EMT industrial action, these were initially dismissed as the usual kind of rumours you get but to my surprise the working was confirmed as happening by Friday, being so close to Birmingham it would be foolish to pass up the chance of some loco hauled action on the largely unit ran railway in 2013, thus I rocked up at Derby on Sunday afternoon for a round trip to Crewe, never have 3 coaches been so packed before as seeming every class 37 crank in the country descended on Derby for the day!, despite which a good time and laugh was had on the trip with a few record shots of the event at Derby added to the website, including a rather tasty pic of 37425 clagging away.
September looks quite the busy month with something on pretty much every weekend so I'll just concentrate on this weekend coming for now, which see's me sample D1015 Western Champion on it's first fully blown tour since repairs, taking me from the West Midlands on a pleasant day out to Weymouth and back, luckily heritage diesels are not affected by the dry weather!, steam events at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway and Severn Valley Autumn Gala follow in the coming weeks.
To be continued..