Saturday, 22 April 2017

London Midland Class 153 364 DEMU at Bedford

Class 153 DEMU Trains

Night photo of London Midland City Train Class 153 364 DMU standing in a bay platform at Bedford railway station in 2015
Class 153 364       Photo: Charles Moorhen

This London Midland 'city' DEMU, Class 153 364, was lucky to make it onto my camera's memory card on one particular visit to Bedford railwaystation in 2015.

On that particular day I had been photographing a small variety of trains when, during a quiet spell just as the evening was beginning to draw in, Class 153 364 slid into the station following a run from Bletchley.

I hadn't seen an example of this class of diesel multiple unit up until then and I was eager to photograph it. However, there was a problem that immediately raised its head. I had no tripod with me, which I really could have done with for a longer than usual exposure time.

Looking around for something stable on which to place the camera, it quickly became apparent that nothing was usable within the area that would make the picture work. So, if I wanted to record the image, there was nothing for it but to hold the camera in the usual way and hope for the best.

Setting the camera to a four second exposure I planted my feet shoulder width apart, tucked my elbows into my sides, framed the shot, held my breath, pressed the shutter button...and prayed that I would not cough, sneeze or feel the need to scratch my nose.

After what felt like four minutes, rather than four seconds, the shutter clicked closed and my breath came out in one loud whoomph!

Tentatively I looked at the rear screen, dreading that the whole exercise had been a complete waste of time.

However, my anxiety turned to delight when I saw, apart from a little softness to the picture that, in the end, all things considered, things had worked out quite well in the end.

Though I would not want to repeat the same process too many times.

Other 'London Midland Trains' blog posts you may wish to see:

Class 350 250 EMU at Wolverton Station 

Other Class 153 DEMU's:
Class 153 366 DEMU at Bletchley 2015
GWR Class 153 370 Super Sprinter DEMU Entering Truro

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Railway Track Machines 73919 and DR73925 at Ely

Railway Track Machines

Colas Rail Track machine 73919 and Plasser & Theurer Track machine, DR73925 'Europa' photographed on a siding at Ely railway station, Cambridgeshire, on the 22nd of June 2014.

Night photo of Colas Rail track machine 73919 on sidings at Ely railway station
Colas Rail 73919      Photo: Charles Moorhen

Photo of railway track machine DR73925 'Europa' on sidings at Ely railway station
DR73925 'Europa'     Photo: Charles Moorhen

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Class 66013 and 66502 Locomotives at Rugby 2016

Class 66 Locomotives at Night

Night Photo of EWS liveried Class 66013 stops at Rugby station during a rain shower in 2016
EWS Class 66013       Photo: Charles Moorhen

Photographing a Class 66 diesel locomotive, or any other class for that matter, alongside a platform at Rugby railway station at night has, since the glory days of loco-hauled passenger trains of the 1980's/90's, has always been out of reach for me.

At least that was the position prior to the 25th August 2016 when everything changed.

I was visiting Rugby station on that day photographing the station buildings on a windy, rainy night.

At one point during the evening I was sheltering beneath the platform canopy waiting while a shower of rain to pass by before venturing out into the open once more.

Glancing towards the southern end of the platform I saw Class 66013 diesel locomotive coming slowly into the station, stopping about 25 yards from where I was standing; my camera on its tripod stood close by and ready for action.

As I jotted down the number I noticed someone jump from the cab and walk towards one of the nearby station buildings.  Was it the driver?

I didn't wait to find out.  Grabbing camera and tripod I ran as fast as was safely possible towards the EWS liveried locomotive.  At the instant the tripod feet settled on the platform surface I saw a man - the driver or new driver? - leaving the same building.  Would I have time to grab a shot?

Knowing I would need around twenty seconds exposure for a photograph I framed, focused as fast as I could, prayed, and hit the shutter button.

The seconds crawled by and I willed them to move quicker towards the magic 20 seconds.  I was certain that Class 66013 would begin to move before the time was up.

Finally exposure time was up and the shutter closed with a satisfying click.  I'd done it!

But this was not the end of capturing a diesel locomotive on my camera that night.

Night photo of Freightliner diesel locomotive Class 66502 standing in Rugby railway station in 2016
Freightliner Locomotive Class 66502         Photo: Charles Moorhen

A short while later, after photographing Virgin Trains Class 390 128, I was amazed to be going through the whole nerve-shredding process again.  I could hardly believe my luck.

The second time the diesel locomotive in question was Freightliner liveried Class 66502 'Basford Hall Centenary 2001'.

As I headed home that night, damp and happy, a random thought kept running through my mind - 'photograph one, get one free!'.

Other Class 66 locomotive blog posts you may wish to see:
Class 66136 Through Northampton To Form Silk Road Train

EWS Class 66005 Locomotive at Wellingborough

Class 66761 Locomotive Named In Ceremony at Wensleydale Railway

Freightliner Diesel Locomotive 66528 Named After 86 Year-Old Veteran Railway Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Class 20's Delivering New London Underground Stock

Night Photo of Class 20314 diesel locomotive in HN Rail livery pauses at Banbury railway station while operating a London Underground rolling stock service
HNRail Class 20314, Banbury            Photo: Charles Moorhen
Class 20 Diesel Locomotives at Night, Banbury

Night photo of Class 20107 and 20096 diesel locomotives in British Rail livery heading a London Underground rolling stock train at Banbury 2017
Class 20107 and Class 20096 heading London Underground rolling stock, Banbury     Photo: Charles Moorhen

London Underground Train Takes The Night Air

Late evening, on the 11th April 2017, a Derby to London train of new London Underground rolling stock paused for around forty-five minutes at Banbury railway station.

Motive power for the train were four classic Class 20 diesel locomotives.  Heading the train were Class 20107, built in December 1961, and Class 20096 built in October 1961, both in BR standard livery.

At the rear of the train, in Harry Needle Railroad Company livery, were Class 20314, built in February 1962, and Class 20311, built in December 1961.

Night photograph of HNRail Class 20311 pauses at Banbury station whilst transporting new London Underground coaching stock.
Class 20311 standing next to Chiltern Railways DMU 165 015, Banbury         Photo: Charles Moorhen     

The new London Underground stock, sandwiched between the four ageing diesel locomotives, built by Bombardier in Derby, have air-conditioning, more space, improved accessibility and better customer information systems.

The trains have an increased passenger capacity of up to 25%, compared with their predecessors, while providing enhanced comfort.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Class 222015 DEMU Train Approaching Wellingborough Station

Class 222 DEMU Trains

Photo of East Midland Trains Class 222 015 DMU enters Wellingborough railway station during a service to Sheffield
Class 222015 DEMU Entering Wellingborough Station           Photo: Charles Moorhen

In the summer of 2014 I visited Wellingborough railway station on the Midland Mainline to photograph the Grade II listed former Midland Railway goods shed situated at the 'London' end of platform one; something I had been meaning to do for a number of years.

Although the weather was slightly overcast I did manage to record enough images of the old building to make the trip worthwhile. (The results can be seen in a 'Along These Tracks' blog post by clicking here).

In addition to photographing this surprisingly well-preserved example of railway architecture, I also fired off a few frames of DEMU's, locomotives and Intercity 125 Class 43's that came and went throughout my time at the station.

Noting that the available light was deteriorating as the day wore on, I reluctantly made the decision to pack up and go home.
However, as quickly as I had made that decision I reversed it.

I was at the furthest point I could be at the southern end of platform one when the sound of a diesel engine attracted my attention. The noise came from an approaching East Midlands Trains Class 222 DEMU.

It was obvious from its speed that it was a stopping service, but, even so, the distance between train and station was shortening rapidly.

Would it be worthwhile going for the shot I thought as I instinctively grabbed the camera from its bag? Class 222015 - one of a fleet of 27 trains sets - was by now making an impressive attempt at completely filling the frame by this time.

Acutely aware that the dmu was bearing down on me, I hastily checked the exposure, framed the shot, hit the shutter button – all in one panicky movement - and prayed as I was aware a second later of the air turbulence as 222015 swept by me.
Had I been too late? Would this shot become yet another victim of my camera delete button?

Fortunately, this time, there was no need for the dreaded delete button. As I examined the picture on the rear screen I saw that I had captured the only decent image of a train that day!

Other Class 222 DEMU blog posts:
East Midlands Trains Class 222 002 Train at Wellingborough Station

Class 222 DEMU Trains Video Filmed at Wellingborough

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