Holiday Report – 21 June 2016

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Today’s trip was a visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. We caught a steam-hauled train from Cheltenham Racecourse station to Toddington, where we saw the engine change ends:

Today's transport (1)

Today’s transport (1)

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 2500
Taken: 21 June, 2016

And could see the fire burning nicely:

Fired up

Fired up

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 18.7mm
ISO: 2500
Taken: 21 June, 2016

We had a look at some of the railway’s other toys, including this shunter:

Diesel Power

Diesel Power

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 25.7mm
ISO: 1000
Taken: 21 June, 2016

and an engine that probably won’t be going anywhere for a while

Not in service

Not in service

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 21 June, 2016

and we even spotted Thomas hiding on a siding

Thomas in hiding

Thomas in hiding

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 33.2mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 21 June, 2016

We had time to have a closer look at the engine

Today's transport (2)

Today’s transport (2)

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 42.7mm
ISO: 1250
Taken: 21 June, 2016

…before getting some lunch. I had a very good sossy sarnie while Geoff had a bacon butty[1]. We both had some quite acceptable coffee with that. It was then time to get our next train, which took us to the current end of the line before coming back to Toddington and then on to Cheltenham

More of today's transport

More of today’s transport

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 16mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 21 June, 2016

It was a lovely old DMU, and for the return leg of the journey we were once again sitting behind the driver, which allowed us to see things like this through the front window.

Getting mixed signals...

Getting mixed signals…

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 21 June, 2016

And after that we took a scenic, Severn Bridge toll-avoiding route back.

[1] Alliteration at no extra change. That’s the kind of service we provide here.

 

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