Manchester Piccadilly—August 2014

Victorian Utilitarian Splendor and Modern Trains

Virgin Pendolino from London at Manchester Piccadilly. Lumix LX7 photo.
Virgin Pendolino from London at Manchester Piccadilly. Lumix LX7 photo.
Cast Iron decoration. Lumix LX7 photo.
Cast iron decoration. Lumix LX7 photo.

One of two functioning railway terminals in Manchester, United Kingdom. The third, Manchester Central Station has a vast balloon shed but neither tracks nor trains, and is a lot like Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal now.

I spent a few minutes at Manchester Piccadilly wandering around making photos. There’s a constant unceasing flow of passengers and trains. Many trains serve stub-end tracks below the shed, which a few serve through tracks on the west side of the station.

The contrast between the shed and its cast iron columns and the humming multicolored self-propelled trains below makes for interesting images. But what to focus on?

Afternoon sun illuminates the old shed. Lumix LX7 photo.
Afternoon sun illuminates the old shed. Lumix LX7 photo.
Electric train arrives. Lumix LX7 photo.
An electric train arrives. Now look where they put the crossover, smack in the middle of the platforms! Lumix LX7 photo.
A bouncy railcar departs Manchester for the hinterlands. Lumix LX7 photo.
A bouncy railcar departs Manchester for the hinterlands. Lumix LX7 photo.
Playing with the HDR feature on the Lumix LX7. Possibly the subject of a later post.
Playing with the HDR feature on the Lumix LX7 to reduce contrast and improve detail in shadows; possibly the subject of a later post.
Old and new; selective focus with my Lumix LX7.
Old and new; selective focus with my Lumix LX7.

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