Steam to Kilkenny, August 25, 2013—Part 3

Up Close with Locomotive 461.

RPSI 461
461 at Athy. Lumix LX3 photo.

Excursions are a great opportunity to make detailed photos of railway equipment. In addition to the traditional angles, I like to get close and focus on characteristic elements of locomotives and railway cars.

Locomotive 461 is an old favorite. I’ve been photographing it for more than 15 years, and I think it’s safe to say that I have a fair few photos of it. But that’s never caused me pause; I keep looking for new ways and new angles on this old machine.

Here’s just a few from The Marble City trip on August 25, 2013.

Locomotive 461
461’s builders plate. The Lumix LX3 allows for exceptionally close focusing for macro views such as this one. I switched off the auto focus and set the focus manually which gave me better control. Lumix LX3 photo.
Locomotive 461
Classic three-quarter ‘roster shot’ (rods down), a photographic style that evolved from the 19th century ‘builders photograph’ used to document new locomotives by their manufacturers. I made this image with my Canon EOS 7D, classic builders photos were exposed on glass plates.
Dublin & South Eastern Railway
Wheel bearing cover with the initials of 461s first owner, the Dublin & South Eastern Railway. Lumix LX3 photo.
Dublin & South Eastern Railway
461 drive wheel. Lumix LX3 photo.
Dublin & South Eastern Railway 461
461 detail view exposed with a Canon EOS 7D.
Hose draining at Kilkenny.
After watering the locomotive, RPSI crews laid out hoses on the platform to drain. This is an important part of the process, but rarely photographed. Lumix LX3 photo.
Dublin & South Eastern Railway 461
A wisp of steam wafts by the cab on locomotive 461. Canon EOS 7D photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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