Bord na Mona, Lanesborough, October 2013—Part 2


Close Ups, Details and Alternate Views: A Look Beyond the Obvious.

While photographing Ireland’s Bord na Mona narrow gauge last week, I was looking for different angles. I’ve made nearly a dozen trips to the Bord na Mona in the last year and I wanted to capture the essence of the operation up close.

Bord na Mona
Link and pin coupler between track panel bogies. Lumix LX3. Notice the photographer’s shadow.

This is a gloss free industrial railway. It’s like a big beat-up tin plate train set that has seen lots of use, and doesn’t adhere to prototype railroading in any normal conventions.

Tracks are laid down here and there. Curvature is very tight, in many places there’s no ballast. Junctions appear with little notice. And the trains bounce along at a grinding amble.

Points. Lumix LX3 photo.
Points. Lumix LX3 photo.
Bord na Mona
Level crossing warning. Lumix LX3 photo.
Bord na Mona.
Track panel train. Lumix LX3 photo.
Track panels and panel train. Reminds me of Lionel or American Flyer. Somewhere out in the bog must be the world's largest Christmas tree! Lumix LX3 photo.
Track panels and panel train. Reminds me of Lionel or American Flyer. Somewhere out in the bog must be the world’s largest Christmas tree! Lumix LX3 photo.
Bog tracks. Lumix LX3.
Bog tracks. Lumix LX3.
Photographing an empty. Lumix LX3 photo by Brian Solomon.
Fellow photographer documenting  an empty train near Derraghan Cross. Lumix LX3 photo by Brian Solomon.
Bord na Mona
Tight telephoto view of an empty train scuttling along behind a Wagon Master locomotive. Canon 7D with 200mm lens.
A cow observes an empty train. Lumix LX3.
A cow observes an empty train. Lumix LX3.

See previous posts for more views on the Bord na Mona:

Bord na Mona, Lanesborough, October 2013—Part 1

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