Single frame… Great Central Railway steam gala

Southern Railway 'Schools' class 4-4-0 925 'CHELTENHAM'Southern Railway ‘Schools’ class 4-4-0 925 ‘CHELTENHAM’
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 45mm, 1/400s, f6.3, ISO 500

Today’s ‘Photography Friday’ involves a trip to the autumn steam gala at the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.

The above image was captured at the same event seven years ago and shows Southern Railway ‘Schools’ class 4-4-0 locomotive No.925 ‘CHELTENHAM’ at Loughborough Central station, preparing to couple on to its first train of the day…

Coincidentally a classmate of ‘CHELTENHAM’ should be running today… No.926 ‘REPTON’ is visiting from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and I’m looking forward to having a ride behind it.

Throwback Thursday… Fat Stan

Singer.jpgSinger
Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM at 95mm, 1/250s, f2.8, ISO 1600

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was local rock band Fat Stan, strutting their stuff in the Crossed Pistons Saloon at the Rock and Blues Custom Show in Derbyshire.

I don’t think I’ve ever had such good access to a stage as I did here, not only that but I’d got two massive bikers keeping a watchful eye on my gear!

Fat Stan, July 2009.jpgFat Stan, July 2009
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 31mm, 1/250s, f6.3, ISO 1600

Drummer.jpgDrummer
Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM at 17mm, 1/30s, f5.3, ISO 1600

Throwback Thursday… Burnham Overy Staithe Windmill

Burnham Overy Staithe Windmill, July 2009Burnham Overy Staithe Windmill, July 2009
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 45mm, 1/320s, f9, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was this Grade II* listed tower mill at Burnham Overy Staithe on the North Norfolk coast.

Returning home (the pretty way, around the coast on the A149) from my first trip to Norfolk and just had to stop and photograph this most East Anglian of buildings!

Built in 1816 for miller Edmund Savory, the mill last worked in 1919 and was turned into holiday accommodation by Cambridgeshire architect Hugh Hughes in the late 1920s. Following restoration in 1957 the mill was given to the National Trust and today is available to rent by holidaymakers.

Throwback Thursday… Swanwick Junction

Swanwick JunctionSwanwick Junction
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 52mm, 1/400s, f10, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Nine years ago it was this Running in board at Swanwick Junction station at Midland Railway-Butterley (MR-B).

Running in boards tended to be positioned at the end of station platforms and were designed to allow passengers to determine their location as a train entered the station, possibly while still moving at speed!

This example is/was a modern construct as Swanwick Junction station didn’t exist until the heritage line arrived there… I say is/was because the last couple of times I’ve visited there’s been no trace of this particular board.