Snowdon Mountain Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

It was when we started to walk down the mountain that the day became fantastic for photography. We followed the longer, but generally speaking easier walk from Llanberis which followed the railway tracks. This meant I have a few photographs of the train struggling up the steep tracks. This is my favourite of the set and shows Llanberis in the background with Llyn Padrn (the lake) behind.

Eric Treacy Locomotive at Grosmont

Eric Treacy Locomotive at Grosmont

Photographing trains in the station is particularly difficult, especially in a tourist hot spot like Grosmont Station in the North Yorkshire Moors in the middle of summer. The main thing that can spoil a picture like this is the crowds of tourists and so it was my main focus to attempt to capture this scene without the crowds. I was lucky to be able hide the majority of the tourists behind the locomotive but keep the Grosmont sign in the frame. Including one person in my opinion finishes the photograph off as it adds a sense of scale without distracting from the focal point.

Locomotive pulling into the station

Locomotive pulling into the station

As I watched the trains and locomotives coming in and out of Grosmont Station this was one of my best opportunities. The carriages to the right had been left without an engine to pull them as one went off to the service area. This locomotive came along to pull the carriages and I thought that this wider view was needed to capture both the smoke and hopefully some sort of reflection on the carriages on the right. One thing that I think really helps is that there is no sky, due to the hills in the background and the compression in perspective caused by using a long zoom lens.

Steam Locomotive Detail

Steam Locomotive Detail

This is a close up detail of the front of the Eric Treacy Locomotive as it stands in Grosmont Station in the North Yorkshire Moors. I thought that the steam really made the picture worth capturing, there was so much steam that from this angle you can hardly see the platform in the background. I chose to process the image into a black and white image due to the lack of colour in the origina, plus it makes the photograph look older in my opinion.