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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:57 am

Thanks for the help and kind comments, 157 is still a mystery because Anglia-GEN puts it on yet another working and it did leave the Potter Group Yard before running around at Ely station.

As for the Canadian pics, I do miss them sometimes and there are a few more workings that have new locos/coaches that I would like to photograph. Also, there is a new parking garage being built beside one of my favourite locations, could be interesting!

I am currently working on a project involving my Canadian photos that may be published... watch this space!! :D
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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:52 pm

A trip to Ely today to try out my new hiking boots and also to find out how not to get to Queen Adelaide by foot! Lots of freight in very odd light and some definite signs that the credit crunch is hitting the railway.

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66121, DB Schenker, 6M76 (Potter Group-Wembley), Ely, 14 April 2009. That is the whole train! Only four wagons long.

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170271, National Express East Anglia, Queen Adelaide, 14 April 2009. The conditions were bad and I think that this shot will have to wait until I buy a DSLR and a serious telephoto lens.

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The Potter Group shunter coupled to the newly-arrived 6L77 (Wembley-Potter Group) which was only two wagons long. This train used to run twice a week with over 10 wagons. I found this location by accident, it is on a public footpath near the avoiding curve.

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66035, DB Schenker, Ely, 14 April 2009. I don't know what the headcode was, any help?

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66731, GBRF, 4E33 (Felixstowe-Doncaster Railport), Ely, 14 April 2009.

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby PTmodeller » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:27 pm

Good shots! It's always nice to see people going out for a wander and hoping to find some spots. You did!

I like the 'telephoto' shot btw, even if it's just with digital zoom. There's hardly any grain or noise at all, what do you the matter with it?

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby davek » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:47 pm

Nice shots - interesting to note that both lines seem to be bi-directional, as both 66 are heading the same direction but on different lines.

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby guitardave_1 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:54 pm

davek wrote:Nice shots - interesting to note that both lines seem to be bi-directional, as both 66 are heading the same direction but on different lines.

I noticed the same thing. Either way it looks a good place, and pretty 'intimate' - you could almost reach out and touch the GBRf loco!

I think the shot with the 170 has potential on a nicer day - the incline could make for an interesting picture, and I assume that's a cathedral spire or similar in the background?

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:33 am

Thanks for the kind comments! I was surprised at the quality of images when I got back home, at the time I thought that the day had been wasted.

PTmodeller - The shot was taken with full 4x optical zoom (Canon Powershot A530) and what you see is a tiny crop of the original image, that is why it is so fuzzy. I found quite a few locations, a few of which I will use again.

DaveK - The stretch of line between Ely station and Ely North Junction is bi-directional and very busy. On top of the freight, the stretch carries all the trains to Norwich, King's Lynn and Peterborough. At least 12 trains an hour when you count trains that reverse at Ely!

guitardave_1 - The photo was taken standing on the road at Kiln Lane Crossing, Ely: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=52.400 ... &t=h&hl=en
It is an excellent location some of the time, if the sun is out, the spot is not very useful because both shots would have been taken shooting into a noon sun. Thankfully, it was cloudy. You are right about the intimate nature of the location, I was on the road shooting right next to a memorial for a man who was killed there in 2006. The 170 shot is popular with people who have much better lenses! It is Ely Cathedral in the background, you can see it for miles!

By the way, 66035 was 6L39 which is supposed to be MWFO, but appeared on a Tuesday, I'm confused!
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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby davek » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:30 pm

47806 wrote:By the way, 66035 was 6L39 which is supposed to be MWFO, but appeared on a Tuesday, I'm confused!


Prossibly clicked over onto Tuesday due to the Bank Holiday Monday...

I like the cathedral shot - that'll be good on a sunny day, but I suspect a long lens would be required :shock:

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:54 am

davek wrote:
47806 wrote:By the way, 66035 was 6L39 which is supposed to be MWFO, but appeared on a Tuesday, I'm confused!


Prossibly clicked over onto Tuesday due to the Bank Holiday Monday...

I like the cathedral shot - that'll be good on a sunny day, but I suspect a long lens would be required :shock:


Makes sense and yes, a long lens would be required!
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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:53 pm

I checked my inbox this morning to find some timings for Cambridge this morning. I had expected a standard 2x67 railtour, it was but with very interesting 67s!

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Royal-liveried 67005 on 1Z76 (Great Chesterford-Torquay) arrives at Cambridge.

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EWS hospitality train-liveried 67029 readies to depart Cambridge, bound for Torquay.

Note to spotters in the south: the train should run ECS Monday night from Cambridge to Eastleigh, arriving between 10.00pm and midnight.
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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby davek » Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:16 pm

Well caught TOm.
If anyone needs times for the return trip on Monday, PM me.
I caught the 'move of the week' which was 47580 + 50026/50035/37308 from OOC to EH!

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:09 am

Up very early this morning to see 1Z47 (Norwich-Paignton Nenta Tour) with 47804 and 47854. I don't much care for the livery, but a 47 is a 47! I took one photo but the loco stopped a bit short of the ideal spot. The video was better.

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:30 pm

A tip-off from my dad lead me to Mill Road in Cambridge this afternoon to see an as-yet unidentified OTP, any ideas?

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby davek » Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:04 pm

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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:07 am

Thank you!
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Re: 47806 Goes Trainspotting

Postby 47806 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:11 pm

I was walking into Cambridge city centre this morning (a beautiful day and the buildings looked very nice in the sun) when I spotted a Freightliner leaving Cambridge station. There are not normally any intermodals routed via Cambridge so it was a surprise (any ideas about what it was?). Even more surprising was the traction:

66588, 86639 & 86613 at Cambridge
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Had I been one minute later, I would have missed it!
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