Railway Preservation Society Ireland Number 4 at Claude Road in Dublin, 13 March 2016.

Sunday morning was warm but dull.

Railway Preservation Society Ireland had scheduled a trip to depart Connolly Station Dublin for a run out the Sligo Road to Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle.

Where to catch it?

There’s a bit of a pull up toward Glasnevin Junction with the stiffest climb as the line passes Croke Park.

At Claude Road a pedestrian bridge over the line offers an excellent view to the east.

On a clear day this isn’t a preferred mid-morning view, because you’d be fighting the sun (to no advantage).

No chance of the sun presenting a problem yesterday morning.

I could hear number 4’s shrill whistle as the engine departed Connolly, followed by more than five minutes of stack talk as the engine worked its consist of Cravens upgrade.

Using my FujiFilm X-T1, I exposed this sequence of digital images as the train worked by me.

The Croke Park stadium looms in the distance as RSPI number 4 barks up grade.
The Croke Park stadium looms in the distance as RSPI number 4 barks up grade.
Using my 18-135mm zoom lens, I pulled back as the locomotive approached.
Using my 18-135mm zoom lens, I pulled back as the locomotive approached.
Old number 4 is working 'bunker first', and that's cool, after all its a tank engine!
Old number 4 is working ‘bunker first’, and that’s cool, after all its a tank engine!
I had my camera in 'turbo flutter' and was exposing pixels at light speed. (Metaphorically speaking).
I had my camera in ‘turbo flutter’ and was exposing pixels at light speed.
Looking toward Phibsborough.
Looking toward Phibsborough.

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I wonder, perhaps I’d have been better off with my old Nikon and 400mm Tokina telephoto to hone in on the working engine? That would be a slide of course. Maybe next time.

 

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