Fife Circle to Tweedmouth and Back
SRPS (Scottish Railway Preservation Society) Railtours Fife Coast and Border’s Railway steam special. Hauled by Sir William Stanier’s iconic Black Five 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier.
We set off at 08:50 from Linlithgow on time. Our train of 10 passenger coaches + 1 service coach was headed / hauled by Ex LMS Stainier Black Five 44507 “The Lancashire Fusilier” and tailed by a type 37 diesel. The day promised to be interesting and hopefully the weather would be mild with no rain.
(1) Our train arrives
(1) Technical details: Canon 500D, f6.3, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 50 mm, Shutter 1/100th sec ISO 100
On this trip we would cross the river Forth four times. Twice outbound and twice return. We would travel round the Fife Circle picking up passengers at Dunfermline Town (Photo Stop), Kirkcaldy, Dalgety Bay
(2) Crossing the River Forth for 1st of four crossings.[/caption]
(2) Technical details: Canon 500D, f7.5, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 20 mm, Shutter 1/125th sec ISO 100
There was a planned photo-stop at Dumfermline Station whilst we awaited our path on the circle. Most photographers stayed on the same platform. As we would be here for some time I opted for a different less crowed photography point i.e. The other platform.
(3) Dunfermline Photo Stop
(3) Technical details: Canon 500D, f5.6, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 50 mm, Shutter 1/80th sec ISO 100
From Dumfermline made our way around the Fife stopping for passenger at Kirkcaldy and Dalgety Bay before making our way to Edinburgh Waverley to pick up our final passengers. Then it was full steam ahead to Tweedmouth and the Borders Railway
(4) Gathering Speed towards Edinburgh[/caption]
(4) Technical details: Canon 500D, f6.3, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 110 mm, Shutter 1/160th sec ISO 100
We arrived at Tweedmouth on time and made our way to lunch at Abbotsford.
(5) Technical details: Canon 500D, f6.3, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 50 mm, Shutter 1/100th sec ISO 100
(6) Technical details: Canon 500D, f5.6, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 200 mm, Shutter 1/250th sec ISO 1000
Unfortunately due to a signal check we lost our right of way and had to wait for a suitable space in traffic.
(7) Technical details: Canon 500D, f5.6, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 200 mm, Shutter 1/200th sec ISO 1250
We reversed our Outbound route Stopping at Dalgety Bay, Kirkcaldy, Dumfermline and a 45 minute water stop at Winchburgh Junction.
(8) Technical details: Canon 500D, f5.6, Canon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 200 mm, Shutter 1/250th sec ISO 1000
Despite losing time on the return journey prior to Edinburgh we had made up time and arrived back at Linlithgow as scheduled. Throughout the journey the volunteer SRPS staff had provide a very professional service to the passengers.
Scarborough Spa Express
My birthday was in May and my partner asked what I would like as a present. Hmm tough question with so many answers. However, we have a bucket list, not a real fanciful one though it has one really must do before we go trip. On our list was a trip to Scarborough behind steam. A quick check on the net showed that West Coast Railways has an Express to Scarborough on the North route starting from Carnforth. The route – Carnforth, Hellifield, Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse, Wakefield KG and York. Train would be deisel hauled from Carnforth to York (Network Rail’s conditions), Diesel would be swapped for steam locomotive at loop outside York and thence to Scarborough. For our trip we would be hauled by two diesel loco Type 37 and 47 and our steam locomotive would be the ex-LMS Stainier Jubilee class Express passenger engine 45699 Galatea.
(1) Technical details: Pentax K-50, f8, Sigma 18-270 mm Zoom @ 31 mm, Shutter 1/80th sec ISO 800
(2) Technical details: Pentax K-50, f8, Sigma 18-270 mm Zoom @ 31 mm, Shutter 1/80th sec ISO 800
(3) Technical details: Pentax K-50, f8, Sigma 18-270 mm Zoom @ 155 mm, Shutter 1/125th sec ISO 400
(4) Technical details: Pentax K-50, f8, Sigma 18-270 mm Zoom @ 250 mm, Shutter 1/400th sec ISO 1600
(5) Technical details: Pentax K-50, f8, Sigma 18-270 mm Zoom @ 128 mm, Shutter 1/200th sec ISO 200
(6) Technical details: Pentax K-50, f8, Sigma 18-270 mm Zoom @ 128 mm, Shutter 1/200th sec ISO 200
Due to personal life effecting events this blog came to a grinding halt in June/August 2016. However life carried on as did my photography. My partner had been diagnosed with uterine cancer in September 2015. During the operation to remove the cancer her urethra tube (right side) was damaged. It was several months before the tube was healed enough to allow the Chemo treatment to be started. I know my partner was stressed during this time and so was I. However, we did manage a few outings – with rest in between our gentle adventures. Thankfully that is all behind us now and we can relax a little bit. So How to bridge the gap – Part 2?
May 2016: As Susan’s energy level began to recover our occasional outings got longer. We revisited a few places one being a firm favourite is the historic village of Killin at the head of Loch Tay. The river Dochart provides a series of spectacular falls/rapids. On it flood days you senses are assaulted by the scene and roaring of the rushing water deafens the hearing. (Click here or on image at left to view gallery)
June 2016: Visit to our local Zoo/Rescue centre Five Sisters Zoo near West Calder. The zoo has rescued 3 ex-circus brown bears and 4 ex circus lions with the help of public donations. It is one of the most popular attractions in West Lothian (Click here or on image right to see gallery).
July 2016: A three-day trip to Cardiff for the British Final of the 1-Act festival was followed by a three-week construction of a model railway – (see earlier blogs). Susan had recovered enough to join her fellow Mercators for their performance of “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Man of Mystery” in the Edinburgh Fringe. Our one photographic outing was along with our fellow Intrepid Sid Morgan when we visited the Weeping Window exhibition at The Black Watch museum Perth and a wee side trip to Balvaird Castle.
August 2016: Two outings – one in connections with the model railway and my interest in what is now termed as “heritage Railways”, to me it will always remain “Steam Locomotives”. In May we went to see the “Flying Scotsman” at Bo’ness And Kinneil Railway our rail trip in August was to travel to Tweedbank to see 46100 “Royal Scot”. (Click here or on image below to see gallery)