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Green Energy?
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Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-18
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II, Jessops 58mm Skylight 1A
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Steam Railways, Friday theme 2008/03/14 "Green" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-13 2:42
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Points: 28
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No. 246 "Morayshire" all steamed up and ready to go.

Yet another railway picture taken at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society depot at Bo'ness station.

Perhaps coal-fired steam locomotives were not the "greenest" of machines but I reckon, considering the number of passengers which they could transport, they were perhaps a lot "greener" than the present situation in which lots of individuals ride around in hordes of gas-guzzling motorcars.

A little of the history of this particular machine, taken from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society website (www.srps.org.uk and www.srpssteam.com):

"From the 1880s, the majority of Scottish express trains were hauled by tender locomotives with a four-wheeled bogie leading four driving wheels. By the time Britain's railways were reorganised into four large groups in 1923, many of these engines were old, and Nigel Gresley, as Locomotive Superintendent of the LNER, started looking at the provision of a suitable express passenger engine for intermediate duties in the North Eastern and Scottish areas. At the end of 1925 he gave his design to the Locomotive Works at Darlington, and the first of the new class of 4-4-0s emerged in October 1927. From then until February 1935 a total of 76 engines were completed. 'Morayshire' was out-shopped in February 1928.

"The new engines had to be sufficiently powerful to match the big North British Railway Atlantic (4-4-2) locomotives on the East Coast Main Line and on the Waverley route. To achieve adequate power, they had three cylinders. The centre cylinder valves were driven by Gresley derived motion. Morayshire has an unusual feature in Woodward connecting rods.

"No.246 was based variously at Dundee, Perth, Haymarket and St Margaret's. Withdrawn as the last remaining member of her class in July 1961, she was moved to Slateford Laundry in Edinburgh for use as a stationary boiler, and in January 1962 was put into store at Dalry Road Shed, Edinburgh.

"In 1962 Ian Fraser, who had worked on this class of engine at Darlington, had become interested in the fate of 'Morayshire' and successfully negotiated purchase from BR. After a repaint at Inverurie Works, 'Morayshire' was officially handed over to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. In 1974 the Museum loaned the locomotive to the SRPS who returned it to steam just in time to attend the 150th Anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in August 1975. Used on main line railtours thereafter, the locomotive is now operational on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway."

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Hi John,

You'd wish it would be! :-) But you will probably be right that it would be better than a situation in which everyone would drive around in motorcars.
Well, point is that people who did not have the transport option, suddenly became mobile due to the railway. One can wonder how many people who were owning a car are making up for the entire group of railway travellers.

The early English railway was only to transport coal, not people. These railways were built and paid by the owners of the coalmines. The Oystermouth Railway was the first to transport passengers. All these early railways started with horses and later on steam locomotives. And all of them were originally coal mine and steel factory tracks. And as such, they were transporting labourers - who surely did not own a car ;-).

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway' (L&MR) was the world's first intercity passenger railway in which all the trains were timetabled and operated by steam locomotives.

The first railway in Scotland was the Kilmarnock and Troon Railway. The line began life as a 4 ft (1,219 mm) gauge waggonway which opened on 6 July 1812. At first it was operated by horses, but in 1817 locomotive haulage was trialed, using one of Stephenson's locomotives. This was the first use of a steam locomotive in Scotland.
The first public steam railway in Scotland was the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway.

I do like your photograph. But i feel that the perspective from right to left is too little to create depth. And it's too much to give a full-frontal feel. I would have either choosen for more depth and diagonals, or for straight lines, patterns and symmetry. This compo is a bit in between. Just my feeling!


Hi John,
A nice close up, she could do with a clean and polish but nice to see her still in use, I don't think there is anything better than a steam engine working, with the smells and sounds, anyway a nice shot that fits the theme well.
Regards Andy

hello jhon

nice and sharp
beautiful subject

Manuj Mehta

Hi John...great saturated colors. Nice sharpness and details. Well composed.


Excellent presentation! I love the full color, details, contrast is very well done. :)
Awesome crop/ point of view to make it more eyecatching.
Thanks for sharing John.


Hello John,

I think this must be Percy!

Certainly trains could be our answer to part of the GREEN problem!
Green is my favourite colour so I'm in Heaven today!
I like the colour of this engine and I particularly like how you captured the shades and the shadows to accentuate the barrel shape of the engine. It is a lovely, sharp image!

kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your kind feedback on 'Green, grass and a life style'

Hi John,
Beautiful photo,thanks,
Best regards,

Hello John

An excellent shot here, nice clear detail and superb colour. I like the angle of this capture and a good play with words too. Also very interesting notes.

TFS regards Helen

Hi John.
I like this picture. Really green indeed. Nice crop and good sharpness. Great subject.

Hi John. Your photo asks a good question. The decision to close a lot of branch lines and move from coal-powered locomotives to diesel and electrified networks - combined with what Thatcher did to the coal industry are two shameful episodes in British history. There's hundreds of years worth of coal left in the seams of South Yorkshire and South Wales and yet the mines are now flooded and it's gone forever. These beasts had class. I'm just old enough to remember riding on these as a small child in the early 1960's and, though I'm not a train-spotter, we're the poorer for not having them around. I love the vibrancy of your shot and the bright, yet even, lighting. Really nice work. Paul.

Good singleminded crop and crisp focus, just the right mix of bright green and grubby oil and soot stains.

I'm not a big fan of the 90s-style titles-in-frames but the shot itself - beautiful!


I do like the over saturation and crop you achieved here John, what a wonderful well preserved machine this is and you showed just enough to make me want to see more .. you do seem to have a good eye for cropping .. like to share the secret ?


Green Power I would say ;-)

Nice colour effect here.
Good crop.


Hi John
This is a Briliant Green Livery and as you say we both like mechanical things but I specialise in Steam Locomotives. I have added this to my Steam Railway Theme. Thank you for sharing this.

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