TRACKING the LIGHT EXTRA! Steam in the Gullet! RPSI No. 4 works the Marble City

At 10:54 am this morning (Sunday August 23, 2015) Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s Marble City (Dublin Connolly to Kilkenny) led by engine number 4 made an impressive display working up the Gullet from Islandbridge Junction in Dublin.

Shortly before the arrival of the special, an Irish Rail ICR eased up to the bridge of signals. While this wasn’t what I anticipated, it makes for an interesting contrast in equipment.

Déjà vu? I think so.

Kudo’s to the RPSI and Irish Rail for running the train. I hope everyone on board has an enjoyable trip!

See: http://steamtrainsireland.com for details on up coming steam trips.

Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 18-135mm zoom lens. August 23, 2015.
Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 18-135mm zoom lens. August 23, 2015.
Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 18-135mm zoom lens. August 23, 2015.
Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 18-135mm zoom lens. August 23, 2015. Contrast and exposure modified in post processing.

With a few of the distant exposures, I found the camera struggled to pick an accurate focus point. However, by using the ‘continuous high’ setting I was able to make up for the problem by making a lot of photos in short bursts as the camera focused in-and-out. Steam can often fool autofocus (especially on dull days) and its important to be ready this degree of uncertainty when making photographs.

Tracking the Light posts new material every day!

Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 18-135mm zoom lens. August 23, 2015.
Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 18-135mm zoom lens. August 23, 2015.

2 thoughts on “TRACKING the LIGHT EXTRA! Steam in the Gullet! RPSI No. 4 works the Marble City”

    1. It is my understanding that number 4 with Cravens carriages is now allowed a maximum of 60 mph.
      That doesn’t reflect the potential top speed of the engine, and it is undoubtedly capable of faster operation.

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