Photographing trains

Flying Scotsman was a Photography treat

Flying Scotsman southbound from Shrewsbury

My routine work of course leads me to photograph many subjects and take portraits of people both in my Shrewsbury Photo Studio and also at various locations but the opportunity indulge in something different is always welcome.

On 8 June 2016 I was told that the most famous railway locomotive in the world, the Flying Scotsman would be passing my daughter’s house in Shrewsbury.  As a lifelong railway enthusiast this was a photograph opportunity too good to miss and one of my Canon digital SLR’s was made ready for the short journey to a convenient bridge on the railway line between Shrewsbury and Hereford.

After finding a good position for the photography I, and many other steam engine fans, waited patiently for the arrival of 60103 Flying Scotsman, built at Doncaster in my home county of Yorkshire in 1923.

When the adjacent signal lifted it was only a short while before the first sight of this magnificent locomotive appeared having just passed Sutton Bridge signal box.  Very soon my camera was in action, with a high shutter speed to stop the movement, and continuous shooting selected, a series of shots were captured.

The result is here to be seen with a member of the footplate crew clearly enjoying himself.

This image, with other images, is available through my Photo Library with other examples featured in my GALLERY.

Canon EOS 6D, 1/250, f10.