Bluebell Winter 2014

Some more train pictures before I do another car update. These are all taken at the Bluebell within the last couple of months. I have been going to the Bluebell for as long as I can remember which makes photographing it quite hard. Consequently the pictures I get tend to be experimental but lead to ones like those from my Severn Valley update.

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Platform staff get ready for the last train. This is taken through the bridge which gives rise to the dark edges encroaching into the picture.

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Early afternoon train draws into Sheffield Park.

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Steam heat on but it’s still cold out.

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Taking on water before going on shed.

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Birch Grove drops it’s fire. This was taken with a tripod but recent outings have highlighted I really need a remote shutter release… one day.

Speed Trials ’14

Quick update of pictures from the speed trial earlier this year. Always really hard to photograph because you are against the light but I got a few reasonable ones. Good to see it back after the petition earlier this year.

First off I can’t decide if I like this picture or hate it, you decide.

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It’s too busy, but then Brighton is too busy.

And a more conventional shot of the Ford Fairlane on the return pass.

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The bikes really upped their game this year, or it could be that there were fewer quick cars.

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In previous years I remember the fastest shoot out being close between 2 wheels and 4 but this time the bikes had it hands down. Fastest over the line was, I think 167mph.

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As ever there was a good mix of speed machines and classics, or even classic speed machines! I couldn’t get close enough to see if this was a real Gulf car or not.

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For once the Police aren’t called for a burn out on Madeira Drive!

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I’m not even sure what this is? A trike?

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And another 60’s icon is prepared for another run.