A few frames from… Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon

On the Fujifilm X-T1…

Some more shots from our wedding anniversary trip to North Yorkshire and County Durham, this time from a couple of hours spent exploring Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon

I take a lot of images of railways, most are just straightforward record shots, nothing more, but a few little details caught my eye on this particular day…

N.E.R. Snow Plough No.12N.E.R. Snow Plough No.12
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 21mm – 0.8s, f8, ISO 400

The lettering on this restored North Eastern Railway (NER) Snow Plough (built in 1891) is impressive, especially given that such vehicles were/are rarely in the public eye and mainly only seen by railwaymen clearing snow from the tracks. Percy Main is a small village (now part of North Shields, Tyne and Wear) that grew up around the Duke of Northumberland’s railway station on the Newcastle & North Shields Railway that opened in 1839.

L&NWR Precedent class 2-4-0 No.790 'HARDWICKE'L&NWR Improved Precedent class 2-4-0 No.790 ‘HARDWICKE’
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 29mm – 1/13s, f8, ISO 400

This nameplate and fine crest adorn the London & North Western Railway (L&NWR) ‘Improved Precedent’ class 2-4-0 steam locomotive No.790 (built in 1892 at Crewe). Originally designed to haul express passenger services HARDWICKE took 2 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 141 miles between Crewe and Carlisle on 22 August 1895 setting a new speed record during the Race to the North. A close inspection of the nameplate reveals a build date of 1873, this is because No.790 was officially a ‘renewal’ (i.e. replacement of an earlier locomotive) that kept the name and number of its predecessor.

'DELTIC'‘DELTIC’
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 27mm – 1/3s, f11, ISO 400

These painted aluminium beadings were designed to give an impression of speed (and visually break up the high bodysides) of the English Electric ‘Diesel Prototype 1’ (DP1) locomotive. A designation it never carried, the loco is commonly known as DELTIC as it employed two Napier Deltic engines giving a combined power output of 3,300hp. Following a serious engine failure DELTIC was withdrawn from service in 1961 and donated to the Science Museum in 1963, moving to the National Railway Museum in York in 1993.

A few frames from… Hartlepool

On the Fujifilm X-T1…

My main digital camera is the excellent Fujifilm X-T1, combined with the Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR lens it forms a superb ‘walk around’ set up.

Last weekend my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a trip to North Yorkshire and County Durham and the following shots are the result of a wander around Hartlepool on Monday, a wander that included some delicious fish and chips from Verrills on High Street!

PSS Wingfield Castle, Hartlepool, September 2017PSS Wingfield Castle, Hartlepool, September 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 52mm – 1/450s, f8, ISO 400

The Paddle Steamer Wingfield Castle is an exhibit at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and was built in the town by William Gary & Company in 1934 for the London & North Eastern Railway’s Humber Ferry service. The PS Wingfield Castle was withdrawn in 1974, seven years before the ferry service ended with the completion of the Humber Bridge.

Northgate, The Headland, Hartlepool, September 2017Northgate, The Headland, Hartlepool, September 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 98mm – 1/450s, f8, ISO 400

Victoria Dock, Hartlepool, September 2017Victoria Dock, Hartlepool, September 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 78mm – 1/500s, f8, ISO 200

Victoria Dock opened in 1840 and although much less busy now than in its heyday it still handles a considerable amount of shipping. The general cargo vessel SP Viking is berthed at the dock in the image above. In the foreground is part of the medieval town wall that once enclosed the whole town.

Railings, The Headland, Hartlepool, September 2017Railings, The Headland, Hartlepool, September 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 41mm – 1/350s, f8, ISO 200

We were pleasantly surprised by Hartlepool, it’s an interesting town, rich in history and we’re keen to return…