Watching the trains go by

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by grebeman, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    A gala weekend on the South Devon Railway with visiting engines and some demonstration trains.

    The early morning milk train near Caddaford heading towards Buckfastleigh

    A double headed train restarting having had a signal check (stop) approaching Staverton from Totnes

    The early afternoon goods train approaching Staverton from Totnes

    A passenger train entering Buckfastleigh with the signalman waiting to collect the token from the driver. On single lines a train in one direction will carry a token between signal boxes that interlocks points and signals and prevents the signalman from allowing a train to depart in the opposite direction until the other one has cleared the section, thus preventing head on collisions

    The Buckfastleigh signalman collecting a token from the driver. The train is moving as he does this. Likewise the driver of a departing train will pick up the token as he moves off

    The guard gives the all clear to the driver at Staverton. The guard has overall responsibility for the running of the train.

    All taken with a Panasonic G1 and 14-45mm, f/3.5-5.6 zoom

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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    A lovely (nostalgic) set Barrie.
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  3. Don't they look wonderful. I really like the pics of the token exchange.
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  4. Penny

    Penny Veteran

    Aug 26, 2010
    Outside Liverpool Uk
    Very nostalgic photos; I think I've been on that railway a few years ago when staying in Devon with my cousin. I just love steam trains.
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  5. Lovely, just lovely. I am a fan of the way things are not only preserved but still used in the UK.


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  6. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Very nice set, the token exchange is great!
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  7. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Very cool! Our trains here in Texas are blah.

    Reminds me of the train to Hogwarts! It's just missing the train station. And kids. And more passenger cabs.
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  8. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    What an amazing series Barrie. #3 deserves to be printed large and hung high my friend :2thumbs:
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  9. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    A great nostalgic journey back in time that reminds me of my time as a child spent in the signal baox with a family friend - the smell of grease and clunk of levers engaging, bells and also the smell of steam.

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  10. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    the token-passing image is the pick for me
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  11. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Paul, an element of luck with the timing for that shot :biggrin:, it can only be a second when both the driver and the signalman have their hands on the token.

  12. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'm sure we could think up a name for that sort of timing ... hmmm ... how about the decisive second ? ... no, that's not quite right ... how about the perfect moment ? ... no, dammit, I give up ... stupid idea really ...
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