Engine ‘47406’ rounding the corner at Caddaford on the South Devon Railway bound for Buckfastleigh Station.

‘47406’ was built by the Vulcan Foundry. First based at Warrington and Crewe South, in 1928 she started an long period of work at Carnforth, which lasted for 32 years. From 1960 many more allocations were made, ending at Edge Hill in 1967. Delivered to Woodham Brothers in the summer of 1968, all mechanical parts had been sold by the time she was rescued by the Rowsley Locomotive Trust in 1983. In 1989, owner Roger Hibbert took her to Loughborough, where restoration was completed in early 2010. Boiler ticket expires in 2019.

Pentax K-X
Sigma 55-200 DC lens (at 55mm)

Kodak tripod
cable release/ bracket system

1/45 second

Pseudo-HDR created from 3 split_RAW processed TIFFs (at -2, 0, +2 ev equivalents) in Photomatix Pro 3.26

Further work in Adobe Photoshop 6.0


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An emerging landscape photographer based in Totnes, South Devon, UK – Phil Hemsley (a.k.a. ‘Morpheus71’ – from his graffiti days) is incredibly lucky to live between stunning beaches and fantastic moorland – he loves walking in the moors, climbing the cliffs and catching waves.

He is passionate about using visual imagery to capture the emotions, atmosphere and action of his subjects. His highly detailed work reflects his passion for rich light, colour and contrasting textures.

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture!

  • Thank you ever so much Donna for your encouraging comment and favouriting:)
    It was a cool enough autumn evening to get a decent amount of steam and nice of the driver to lean out of the cab to add that human element to the photo :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 3 years ago

    Great shot. I love those old steam trains & you’ve captured this one really well.

  • Glad you like it Micheal – thanks evr so much for your encouraging comments and for adding it to your favourites too:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture!!!

  • Very grateful for your kind comment Ellanita:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsabout 3 years ago

    Just awesome and a big WOW! What a magnificent scene… the shot is picture book perfect and such great tones and light!!

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    SEPTEMBER 13th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
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  • Wow! Thank you ever so much for the feature Mary:)

    – phil hemsley

  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsabout 3 years ago


  • Much appreciated:)

    – phil hemsley

  • moor2sea
    moor2seaabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot, steam and all. :-)

  • Thanks so much for the encourageemnt. Glad my visualisation came to fruition:) So nearly packed up to early, had no idea of the timetable for that day as the computer wasn’t playing ball and having seen a deisel trundle by a few minutes before thought they had stopped for the day.

    – phil hemsley

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchabout 3 years ago

    fabulous capture

  • Thanks very much for your encouraging comment Lissywitch:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Chelei
    Cheleiabout 3 years ago
  • Very grateful for that thanks:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Barbara  Glover
    Barbara Gloverabout 3 years ago

    This is a great image. Love it.

  • Thanks very much for your encouraging comments Barbara:)

    – phil hemsley

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