5542 on the first train of the day

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by grebeman, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    5542 prepares to run the first auto train of the day between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. Such a train can be driven from either the locomotive footplate or the driving cab of the auto coach, thus the locomotive does not need to uncouple and run around the carriage in order to make the return journey.

    5542 on shed and raising steam

    The fireman climbs aboard to check on the progress of steam raising

    With steam pressure established 5542 backs off shed with the cylinder drain cocks open to clear any condensation

    5542 and a single auto coach back out of the yard

    5542 pulls forward into the departure platform

    The driving cab of the auto coach, the drivers hat hangs on the regulator handle. All the controls are linked to the engine via metal rods running beneath the carriage and the engine

    The driver puts in place the correct headlamp code for a branch auto train

    The signalman hands over the single line token to the fireman on the departing train

    5542 heads off towards Totnes

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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Love the first one for the rivets (if that's the right word?) and the sheets of metal, and love the last one for the composition - so much to see, such a sense of immersion into that part of the world!
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Thanks Bart, rivets is indeed the correct word.

  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Great set, and I love the fourth image.
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  5. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    superb....evocative....timeless. A really well crafted and presented set. Sellers, each and every one!
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  6. Love your steam shots Barrie. Reminds me of my childhood train travel. I think my faves are #3 and #4 but they are all excellent.
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  7. serhan

    serhan All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    I like it a lot also, nice tones and good photography!
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  8. Xuereb

    Xuereb Veteran

    Nov 5, 2010
    W. Australia
    Barrie, these are very good. I couldn't help noticing the driver's leather bag and thinking how this might be converted to a camera bag. I imagine you are going to have a lot of fun with the black and white features of Sigma Photo Pro 5.5.
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  9. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    That rather depends on what it has to offer. I've just been prompted to look at the Sigma site and I see it's available to download, so my task for this afternoon, download and install.

  10. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Totally outstanding shots :biggrin:
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  11. Gary

    Gary All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
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  12. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Lived by a train yard when I grew up, one the largest in the midwest.. loved to hang out back there as a kid and watch the trains, every so often a really old one would be there, wheels bigger than I was. Love these photos, nearly like reliving my own past.
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  13. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Wasn't expecting these to be so good when I looked at the thread title

  14. Awesome train shots. Love to see the old steamers going