Despite not being able to get out shooting our glorious landscape much recently due to the weather we were fortunate enough to get a short break recently. This enabled me to take advantage on a weekend event taking place at my local railway station, the East Lancashire Railway. The weekend at East Lancashire Railway had quite a draw for the enthusiast - there were a load of spotters, videographers and photographers about hoping to glimpse a view of these gorgeous relics of our industrial past.
I have to admit, I do love a good steam engine, so when I heard the the flying Scotsman would be doing some runs up and down the East Lancashire Railway prior to going on a UK wide tour I thought I had to pop along and see what it was like.
Fortunately, the refurbishment had been taking place at the Bury workshop of Riley &Son (E) Ltd for much of last year. With the location been too close to ignore, I headed out to Burrs Country Park where you can get trackside to grab some photos. The only moan about it is they chose to run the train boiler first down the hill from Rawtenstall and tender first up the hill. This really made making the most of the light challenging. Another stroke of luck hit me! They had three engines running. The City of Wells and The Crab. Today’s landscape photograph of the week was shot when the ground still had a lovely covering of frost. The engine (I'm told) is called the Crab and was supporting the main event. The direction it is traveling is mostly uphill so you got a lovely bloom of smoke as it chuffed past the early sun, making the smoke look artificial.
I shared this shot on Facebook and it was quite successful. Reaching 15.4k people and gaining 1,064 reactions, comments & shares - all organically!