Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Vintage Vapour Viewpoint

I've shown a steam train from this vantage point before but this is a much more powerful locomotive than the Castle Class I showed for another letter of ABC Wednesday..  Stopping for water at  Appleby this Britannia 70000 is building up steam.  I know nothing about trains but apart from the joy of seeing them clatter along the tracks my favourite part is this moment, and one that no diesel or electric train can emulate. The only place to experience it is here, track-side.
 The Britannia 70000 was built for fast traffic in 1951, has a superheat boiler and is about to depart, the fire is going the water has heated the vapour is building and then rather than the soft hiss of steam while it has vented and  idled by the water tower, it now builds to pressure
the engineer lets all that power go, the overwhelming awe of pure steam power, the air screams and vibrates, the warm
 water warm vapour surrounds us.  Has it vanished into thin air?
 No the gleaming vintage vehicle is on the move.
 A veritable vision of  steam
it continues on its journey to the sound of clicking cameras.

 The  route the Britannia's has taken on this occasion is a popular one for the enthusiast as it travels on a track through beautiful countryside with no overhead wires or any other visual distraction.  This You Tube video of the same loco (taken the week before my photographs) gives a flavour...

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet. This week it is parked at V


Roger Owen Green said...

I love trains from any VANTAGE points!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Luna Miranda said...

this vintage train is beautiful--locomotives always bring to mind classic films. marvelous photos.

V is for...

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. I love trains. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Leslie: said...

This takes me back to the summer when I was in Yorkshire riding the rails! Loved it!

abcw team

Chubskulit Rose said...

Train is my son's thing nowadays!

V is for..
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team