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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 23rd November, 2017)


A steamer heading North emerging emerging at Bradley - from the roof of St Wilfrid’s Standish.

Photo: David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Helen of Troy on 23rd November 2017 at 07:48

Nothing to match a steam engine.

Change the background & it could be on its way from Sheringham to Weybourne Station.

Great photo.

Comment by: stan disher on 23rd November 2017 at 08:00

Loco black5 45231 on test run with support carriage and diesel at rear on route to Carnforth. Great photo David .

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd November 2017 at 08:04

Brief Encounter! Veronica, I wonder if that's the 5.40 to Ketchworth? What a wonderful sight! Thankyou, David, for sharing this.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 23rd November 2017 at 08:58

That is a real panoramic photo of a view rarely seen.
Excellent use of a unique vantage point.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd November 2017 at 09:14

Definitely my dear- Dolly's having a nod - must be the effects of the brandy!
There is a 1940's feel about the scene it's great!

Comment by: Jim tomney on 23rd November 2017 at 11:39

Memories,fantastic photo fired these engines in my youth.

Comment by: Maurice on 23rd November 2017 at 12:03

A rare sight now,when the diesels appeared we all wanted to use them,now we want to go on a steamer,how things change,nice pic of the train.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 23rd November 2017 at 12:20

Jim tomney - I admit to being an old trainspotter. Which depot were you based?
Helen - my elder son lives in Great Witchingham. Was at Sheringham station last summer.

Comment by: Mick on 23rd November 2017 at 12:57

There would have been complaints from all those women who had just hung out there washing on the line

Comment by: Jim tomney on 23rd November 2017 at 14:21

Gary started springs branch then moved to Garston to be a driver then Crewe were I finished my happy career for Freightliner .

Comment by: Gary Leece on 23rd November 2017 at 15:47

Thanks Jim - that was definitely a career. Springs Branch in steam days was a regular haunt of mine. The Freightliner trains - a fantastic sight.

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd November 2017 at 18:02

Gary Leece, you may have read comments of mine on Springs Branch on Wigan World before, therefore I apologise if I am repeating myself, but when I was a little girl, my much-older brother worked at Springs Branch and used to take me with him when he collected his wages. I was lifted up onto the footplates of the shunting engines whilst the firemen shovelled coal into the firebox. Can you imagine the Health-and-Safety lot today?....It would have made their hair curl, and yet I never came to any harm and am here to tell the tale, and it was wonderful!

Comment by: Garry on 23rd November 2017 at 18:30

I remember as a small boy seeing smoke and steam like this, but couldn't see the train. Great days.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 23rd November 2017 at 21:04

Irene - a wonderful story and a learning experience. What do Health & Safety know?
I've seen cab crew fry eggs on a shovel for breakfast - a bit of coal dust added to the taste!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 23rd November 2017 at 22:50

Thanks for the comments. It was by pure chance that I'd gone up on the roof to take pics of the Christmas tree being planted in the Market Square last Wednesday. As I came out onto the roof I saw the smoke of the loco to the East, down Rectory Lane, and I simply followed the trail with my camera - not knowing, until I put the images on screen, whether I'd recorded anything worthwhile.

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