Stoker on Steam Engine 2705

George Petrovsky

Thirlmere, Australia

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Steam Engine 2705 sits at Thirlmere Station, ready to take tourists on a steam train ride. Stoking the boiler is an old fireman, brought up in the era of steam, who will also be driving the train. He was good enough to let me onto the footplate to take this and other pictures of him on his favourite engine. Not easy work, shoveling coal. By the way, he’s not just posing! He has to know how much and when, to keep up an ideal head of steam. Apart from that, he has to know what he’s doing at the controls of this powerful beastie. There was a time when this was his regular job, but now he does it as a very skilled volunteer at the local Thirlmere Rail Museum.

Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20mm lens, @ 10mm hand held, Normal Program, 1/80 sec @ f4.5, ISO 200, Pattern metering, Auto exposure and WB. Cropped and processed in Photoshop Elements 3.

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