CD 810 Class Railbus On Zelecnicni Most, Prague, CZ, 2007

Old Flickr Rail Photos

These are basically the rail photos from my old Rail Photos Set on Flickr. When I found the Greasemonkey script for migration I started immediately, although it could be awhile before everything is moved here, if ever. (Under co

First Transpennine Express #185140, Picture 2, Lee…

01 Sep 2007 1 1 298
Not convinced that I had gotten the earlier shot of 185140, I moved in as close as I could while still getting the whole front end, and used my flash. This was what I got, decent, but surprisingly not as good as the first shot. It's that ugly bleaching from the flash, as usual.

Class 185 DMU Arriving At Leeds New Station, Leeds…

01 Sep 2007 270
Here's another shot of a Class 185, only this time pulling into Leeds New Station. It wasn't going anywhere close to its full 125 m.p.h. speed, of course, but was blurred because I was shooting at f4 and 1/30, I think.

Silverlink #321423 At Leeds New Station, Leeds, We…

01 Sep 2007 244
Silverlink normally operate the local services from London Euston to Birmingham New Street, so 321423 is definitely outside of its home territory here. I'm assuming that it was substituting on another service for a diffrent TOC.

Virgin Voyager In The Rain At Leeds New Station, L…

01 Sep 2007 249
The weather was a bit rainy the while time we were in Leeds, so the lighting on this shot is a little dark, meaning a slow shutter, and hence some blurring. I still like it, though.

First Northern #155347 At Leeds New Station, Leeds…

01 Sep 2007 228
This was yet another random shot in Leeds, this one of 155347, which while quite old, was nevertheless painted in the new Northern Trains advertising livery.

First Northern (Metro Trains) #333010 At Leeds New…

01 Sep 2007 400
Maybe the best known service worked by 333s other than the Heathrow Express is the Metro Trains service from Leeds New Station to Skipton. This service, which is monsterously fast for a local service, with 100 m.p.h. sometimes possible, was originally worked by old Class 307 EMUs with slam doors!! I actually had a chance to ride some of the last of those in 1998 before these 333s came into service. When I rode the 307s, it was on the way to Keighley for my first ride on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Class 333s At Bradford Forster Square, Bradford, W…

01 Sep 2007 316
When I went to Keighley to ride the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for the third time, however, I departed from Bradford Forster Square rather than Leeds New. Here my train is on the left, with another 333 sitting over on the adjacent track.

Great Hall, National Railway Museum, York, North Y…

01 Sep 2007 514
This is, as many people know, the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum, formerly a shop. I used to do volunteer work here when I lived in York, and enjoyed every minute of it. From left to right in this photo, we can see the replica "Iron Duke," L&NW #790 "Hardwicke," SR #3030, BR #55019, "Royal Highland Fusilier," the original KF7 4-8-4 exported to China, BR #92220 "Evening Star," and 41001, which was the lead power unit on the original HST.

LMS #7050, Great Hall, National Railway Museum, Yo…

01 Sep 2007 318
7050 was one of the first diesel locomotives in regular service in Britain, being part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway's limited attempts at dieselising shunting duties in the 1930s. Surprisingly, it's been preserved, and this was largely due to its long career in the War Department, which didn't end until 1979.

BR #D6700, "National Railway Museum," Great Hall,…

01 Sep 2007 231
D6700 was the first of British Rail's Class 37 "Growler" diesels, and was also one of the first into preservation. These locomotives, in spite of their meager 1,750 horsepower and 80 m.p.h. maximum speed, are still used today, even occassionally working long-distance passenger services, although these more often than not are charters. #D6700 works charters and excursions exclusively, being a part of the National Collection.

Network Rail #86902, "Rail Vehicle Engineering," Y…

01 Sep 2007 291
The British Rail Class 86 electric was originally introduced in the 1960s for 100 m.p.h. Intercity passenger services on BR's West Coast Mainline, but today Class 86s have been replaced there by Class 87s and by the new Class 390 Virgin Pendolino tilt trains. Since the 1970s, when the Class 87s came into service, however, Class 86s have been used on mail trains, on the Great Eastern mainline after it was electrified in 1987, on charters, on freights, and in this case, in Maintenance of Way service. It is actually a bit rare to see a proper Network Rail locomotive, but since Network Rail took over their own track maintenance one would have to assume that having some dedicated locomotives have become a good idea.

Virgin 220031, "Tay Voyager," York Central Station…

01 Sep 2007 1 289
Virgin Voyagers are primarily used, and always were intended to be used, for "Cross Country" services, in other words intercity services which bypass London. This brings most of them through York, as here.

Svatoplukova Tram Stop Under The Nuselsky Most, Sv…

01 Sep 2007 319
Public tranport is everywhere in Prague, so here we have an example of all three modes. Down at the tram stop is a Tatra T3 tram, up on the lower level of Nuselsky Most are the Metro tracks, and then the upper level of the Nuselsky Most hosts night buses.

Vysehrad Signal Box, Vysehrad, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 283
I doubt if Vysehrad is still an interlocking box, but it is still an active signal box and maintains a feel that the steam era never left. I love this particular spot as a place for watching trains and taking photographs, except for that its cramped and I rarely have my camera to my eye fast enough to actually get anything. I only like Nusle and Vysehrad because they look so authentically steam era as neighborhoods, and well...I love steam era trains or the illusion of them. :-)

DPP #7032 At Namesti Bratri Synku, Prague, CZ, 200…

01 Sep 2007 1 1 256
Although there's a light leak slashing through the tram in this photo, I still like it reasonably well. I love the contrast and the general tones of it.

DPP #8400 At Namesti Bratri Synku, Prague, CZ, 200…

01 Sep 2007 1 330
As the sunset illuminated Belehradska, I couldn't resist taking this.

Tatra T3 At Ortenovo Namesti, Holesovice, Prague,…

01 Sep 2007 286
Ortenovo Namesti isn't far from Mestan Pivovar, and in fact is probably the closest tram stop. This was the tram that was going to take me home as the sun was setting, giving me great late-day lighting to give me a darker, more dramatic shot than usual.

Tatra T3 At Nadrazi Holesovice, Holesovice, Prague…

01 Sep 2007 1 289
This was another dusk shot of a tram in Holesovice, this time at the train station, with similar dramatic late-day results.

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