Steam, Diesel and Electric at Bray Head on Easter Monday.

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland operated its annual Dublin-Wicklow Easter Eggspress on Easter Monday.

Irish Rail 218 rests with the RPSI Cravens under the shed at Connolly Station on Easter Monday. Exposed with a Lumix LX7.
Irish Rail 218 rests with the RPSI Cravens under the shed at Connolly Station on Easter Monday. Exposed with a Lumix LX7.

Last year I traveled on the train. See my earlier post: Railway Preservation Society Ireland’s Easter Eggspress.

This year, I opted to take the DART to Bray and hike the cliff-walk around the head to make these views.

Despite clear skies and warm spring weather, wafting sea fog made for a challenging photographic conditions.

Irish Rail's DART suburban service at Brandy Hole, Bray Head on Monday 6 April 2015. Fuji X-T1 digital photograph.
Irish Rail’s DART suburban service at Brandy Hole, Bray Head on Monday 6 April 2015. Fuji X-T1 digital photograph.

I made a point of photographing DART electric trains and Irish Rail’s intercity diesel railcars while in position for the steam special.

Shortly before locomotive 461 emerged from the tunnels near Brandy Hole, a cloud of fog rose to add a bit of atmosphere.

Sea fog made for atmospheric images.
Sea fog made for atmospheric images.
A DART electric skirts the cliffs at Bray Head. Fuji XT-1.
A DART electric skirts the cliffs at Bray Head. Fuji XT-1.
Fog obscures the tunnels at Bray Head as the Easter Eggspress makes its way south toward Wicklow. Fuji X-T1 digital photograph.
Fog obscures the tunnels at Bray Head as the Easter Eggspress makes its way south toward Wicklow. Fuji X-T1 digital photograph.
By the time engine 461 reached the optimal spot for photography it was in bright sun. Fuji XT-1 photograph.
By the time engine 461 reached the optimal spot for photography it was in bright sun. Fuji XT-1 photograph. I exposed some wide-angle views on colour slide film from this spot that take in the whole scene. 
Steam, smoke and sea mist mark the passing of 461 at Bray Head.
Steam, smoke and sea mist mark the passing of 461 at Bray Head.
An Irish Rail ICR from Rosslare works toward Dublin.
An Irish Rail ICR from Rosslare works toward Dublin.

In addition to these digital photographs, I exposed a series of 35mm colour slides on Provia 100F using my Canon EOS-3 with 40mm pancake lens. The mix of stunning scenery, wafting fog and bright sun made for a spectacular backdrop for the annual special.

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