Steamed Up

A few weekends ago the Epping Ongar Railway held one of their steam weekends.
This image shows one of the locomotives noisily ‘exhaling’ steam at a ferocious rate – and sending debris and suchlike into the air.

Mostly steam and not so much of the locomotive, but I think it works!

Somerset Steam

Another image from our weekend visit to Taunton and Exmoor.

We were lucky enough to come across the West Somerset Railway ‘Spring Steam Gala’.
This image was taken from the beach just outside Blue Anchor station ( or Bailey Gate as it had been renamed for the Gala ) with the train heading west to Dunster and then on to Minehead.
I think the locomotive is fleet number 53808 ( an SDJR 7F 2-8-0, apparently ) – but only by matching the timestamp on my image and the Gala timetable ( which was running late! ) – so apologies if the info is wrong.

I’ve removed the many enthusiasts that were near the track – but I left in the dog – and gave the image a sepia treatment which seemed to fit the mood of the setting.

Hope you like it!

Getting Ready for Lift Off!

Last Friday we had a balloon trip from near to Colchester in Essex for 11 miles south-east towards Chelmsford.
We had a perfect afternoon – lovely skies, and a few fluffy clouds just to add photographic interest.

This shot was taken just before we lifted off – with the Virgin balloon having left several minutes previously.
Not surprisingly, we followed on along the same track and then landed minutes apart in neighbouring fields.

Comment of the afternoon, from one of our companion travellers – “Why don’t they just fly it around in a big circle and take us back to where we parked our cars?”
They clearly understood exactly what they were experiencing!