I hope I can address the lack of UK Steam railways on Dgrin and Smugmug, by sharing a few photos with you.
Starting with the iconic LNER pacific Flying Scotsman, seen during its visit to the railway last year. This loco is now owned by the nation and has undergone a restoration to running order costing over a million pounds. It draws huge crowds wherever it goes:
Steam trains operate across the majority of the year, not always hauled by the big glamorous locos:
The loco above was built in 1905 and restored to service again in 2012. Preserved steam locos in the UK will be restored for a 7 to 10 year period of operation, before needing major works, which will include a new boiler certificate. Its quite possible at that time, that some locos will find themselves at the "Back of the overhaul queue" which could see them out of service for many years.
At the Bluebell, in common with the major Steam Railways, there will be a fully equipped workshop, where all the repairs are completed, ready for another turn in service. Here we see under restoration loco at the railway:
This loco BR Standard No 80151 is due back in service probably next year (2019). Built at Brighton in the late 1950's
The above photo was taken in 2009 and shows an 0-6-0 loco at the railway, running through some of the lovely countryside. The loco was built in 1896 and returned to service in 2017.
I hope the above is of interest and that I have posted in the right place! Assuming both are right, I will post more railway photos soon.
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The Bluebell Railway can be found running between East Grinstead (Mainline station), through to Sheffield Park in Sussex. bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/index.html
From multiple trips to famous Alabama Hills!
1) Arch Popcorn
2) Mobius Golden Hour
3) Rock Pile
5) Eye of Alabama
6) Arch Light
7) Golden Boot
8) Skull Trails
9) The Hills Have Eyes
Just came back from a 2 day trip to Letchworth State Park and Watkins Glen. Letchworth is located in western New York State and is known as the Grand Canyon of the East.
Comments and feedback appreciated!
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles - Another classic design by Frank Gehry.
A 500 to 1000 year old house on the main canal in Bruges, Belgium
Schooners moored at Pont Neuf Paris.
Thanks much, John
Back in May this year I made my first visit to Chicago from Toronto. As a night photographer, this city has been on one of my top 10 city destinations for night photography. Since I needed some new content for my new online portfolio which I built with Format, I hit the streets armed with my Sony a7r III to catch some night photos of Chicago. The two locations I enjoyed the most had to have been the observation decks on top of Willis Tower and the John Hancock Building. I was able to get some pretty incredible photos from up there!
What top destinations do you guys have for night photos? Looking for some cool suggestions for my next trip! I need to fill up my portfolio some more
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