The Cathedrals Express: Steam Train. by DonDavisUK

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The Cathedrals Express: Steam Train.
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I was given a tip by an RB friend Richard { AKA. Hertsman} that a Steam Train would be passing through several stations in London, so I made my way to London Olympia in Kensington. It was a wonderful sunny day with quite a few Steam Train enthusiasts gathering. I got chatting with a few of them. Some of the regular photographer and train buffs got quite angry with others who were standing in front of the line-of-sight and began shouting at them to move back. I just waited, and waited, the train was late by about ten minutes and it came into the station on the wrong side for the photographers. It was quite a comedy moment as the passengers waiting to board all rushed over the bridge and the photographers on my side all legged it to as well over the bridge to get a good position, but I stayed put and just hoped for the best.
It was my first experience of photographing steam trains and was quite surprised to see so many. Most of the enthusiasts had camcorders and little pocket cameras, with books to take notes of numbers and times etc… I was one of only two people I could see that had a DSLR and a monopod. One young guy was laying down with a mini tripod to get a low level shot. He got shouted at too…
One highlight was meeting an old guy called Dave in his 90s who’d been a Steam Train Engineer during the 2nd World War and had always been keen to see his beloved engines whenever he got the chance. He was covered in medals and badges. When I asked if I could take his picture he proudly displayed his badges and recounted his history to me. What an interesting life he’s had and didn’t look over 75 to me. Picture below.

I enjoyed my morning at the station waiting for the Steam Train to come in, and will try and get some more when I visit the Bluebell Line soon.

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Comments

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 3 years ago

    Greetings Don; A powerful capture of history, great angle of this beautiful image!!!
    steve

  • Hey there Steve, thanks so much mate. I greatly appreciate your continued support. As you may have guessed from my lack of commenting, I’ve been really busy with work and family lately, so RB has had to take a back seat for a while, but I’ll be commenting again soon. All the best, hope you have a glorious weekend. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 3 years ago

    Nice one Don!

  • Hey there Etienne, thanks so much mate. I greatly appreciate your continued support. As you may have guessed from my lack of commenting, I’ve been really busy with work and family lately, so RB has had to take a back seat for a while, but I’ll be commenting again soon. All the best, hope you have a glorious weekend. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    A beauty, Don! What a marvellous old train. Lovely shot!

  • Hey there Mike, thanks so much mate. I greatly appreciate your continued support. As you may have guessed from my lack of commenting, I’ve been really busy with work and family lately, so RB has had to take a back seat for a while, but I’ll be commenting again soon. All the best, hope you have a glorious weekend. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 3 years ago

    Great photo Don, great old train.

  • Hey there Steve, thanks so much my friend. I greatly appreciate your continued support. As you may have guessed from my lack of commenting, I’ve been really busy with work and family lately, so RB has had to take a back seat for a while, but I’ll be commenting again soon. All the best, hope you have a glorious weekend. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 3 years ago

    This is a super shot again Don and I love the action and sense of urgency provided by all that steam. And, of course, the name was a perfect choice wasn’t it? LOL Great work old buddy and I can just imagine the fun you had watching all the fans jockeying for position – I bet not one of them got as good a photo as you did!
    Cheers
    Peter

  • It was great fun waiting and chatting with the others who’d come to see the train Peter. As always I learned some new things about people and their past. Some of those guys waiting are ardent train spotters and took copious notes in their little books. I was just there to see a Steam Train in all it’s glory. Thanks once again good buddy. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    Another great shot from the outing Don, fantastic machine …

  • Hey there Tom, thanks so much mate. I greatly appreciate your continued support. As you may have guessed from my lack of commenting, I’ve been really busy with work and family lately, so RB has had to take a back seat for a while, but I’ll be commenting again soon. All the best, hope you have a glorious weekend. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnover 3 years ago

    Oh, it looks fascinating!

  • Hey there John, thanks so much mate. I greatly appreciate your continued support. As you may have guessed from my lack of commenting, I’ve been really busy with work and family lately, so RB has had to take a back seat for a while, but I’ll be commenting again soon. All the best, hope you have a glorious weekend. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 3 years ago

    Great shot and I loved the story with it. Gunzels (steam train chasers/photographers) van get quite aggressive if you ‘ruin’ their shot. They are truly fanatical.

  • They certainly can Odile, I was quite taken aback by how noisy they were when a woman was showing her son the train. That was going a bit too far I think:-)

    – DonDavisUK

  • RebeccaBlackman
    RebeccaBlackmanover 3 years ago

    wonderful capture Don, I love trains.

  • Hey there Rebecca, thanks so much my friend. I greatly appreciate your continued support. As you may have guessed from my lack of commenting, I’ve been really busy with work and family lately, so RB has had to take a back seat for a while, but I’ll be commenting again soon. All the best, hope you have a glorious weekend. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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