Big, historic day today at Peak Rail, Derbyshire: The first through mainline steam engine to reach Rowsley station, near Bakewell, arrived in style hauling a train of 11 passenger coaches, for The Railway Touring Company. It was the first through train from the south to travel over the line since it has been preserved and rejoined to the national network.
The train, which set off this morning from Kings Cross, was hauled by ex-British Railways Britannia class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell" and made a fine sight on such a beautiful day. This photo is one of several which you will find on my website at www.scenicbritain.co.uk which include also the first use of the restored turntable at Rowsley, before the engine was re-coaled and watered ready for it's return journey to London.
Sunday, 27 May 2012
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Monday, 5 March 2012
Friday, 2 March 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Great scenes often just "happen to be there". If you just happen to be there, at the right time, like I was for this one, you can always later pretend that you waited for weeks for the right conditions!
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
I love this place! Canals, locks (the Lapworth flight), bridges, narrow boats everywhere - yet an idylic rural spot.
This is where the Grand Union Canal passes very close to the Stratford upon Avon Canal. The two waterways are linked by a "cut" between the two, and there are tow paths to walk all around the lot.
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Saturday, 11 February 2012
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
I took this shot several years ago, but it has always been a favourite. I nearly missed it - as I was driving along the nearby coast road, and caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye. Had to brake quickly, pull over and dash across to the water's edge, before the light changed!
Monday, 6 February 2012
Another appropriately snowy scene, actually take this time last year (2011) showing the Cromford Canal, frozen over, at it's terminus in Cromford - birthplace of the industrial revolution - in Derbyshire.