Anyway, the 30742 Charters event with 4270 ran on Tuesday. Unfortunately, we forgot to book the sun, so all the photos that I took look best in B&W. As the sun was hiding and showing absolutely no sign of appearing, we started off by heading south instead of the more usual north (Stanway and Didbrook photograph best in the mornings if the sun is out)
We started off with a few runs past on the Cheltenham side of Greet tunnel:
|The headlamp code is for a partially fitted freight|
From there we moved on to Dixton cutting, you'll note what a wonderful job the lineside clearance team have made of keeping the undergrowth in check. There were even a few clumps of primroses and daffodils in places to add a splash of colour (yes, I know, that doesn't stand out too well in B&W).
A little further down the line at three arch bridge:
Gotherington station is a highly photogenic spot:
The station building at Gotherington is a private house, so the platform on that side is usually out of bounds. On this occasion, we had an agreement with the owner who kindly granted permission for us to use it.
|Gotherington station from the wrong side of the track|
Another advantage to Gotherington, is that the loop does a fair impression of a section of double track if you get it right.
|Double track effect|
|4270 nicely caught where its exhaust obscures the modern TV aerials on the houses in the background|
|I bet they got a great view from up there.|
We closed the day off with a few runs past at Didbrook, before heading back to the start point at Winchcombe.
Didbrook is a nice open location (again, many thanks to the lineside clearance team) and a very handy location for getting a pan shot. I found myself alongside a small group of people all trying to achieve the same thing, earnestly discussing optimal shutter speeds. For the benefit of any who might be interested, I always shoot these at 1/15 Second, using my 100-400mm lens at the 100mm end of the scale and the image stabiliser in mode 2 (stabilises in vertical, but not horizontal plane).
|Mark enjoying the view ahead|
Many thanks indeed to all involved in making this day such a success, from the organisation, the preparation of loco, freight train and lineside and the crewing/guarding/signalling on the day itself, as well as of course the participants who came along to support the day.