Emerald Isle Express near Killiney—26 September 2016.

The Emerald Isle Express is an annual tour train operated Rail Tours Ireland in cooperation with Irish Rail and the Railway Preservation Society Ireland.

I had advanced notice of this year’s schedule and planned to catch it running along the Irish Sea south of Dublin on its way down the old Dublin & South Eastern route toward Rosslare Europort.

I rode the DART electric suburban train to Dalkey then hoofed it out toward Sorrento Point, where my planned location turned out to be fouled by undergrowth and related shadows.

‘Uh oh.’ Time to move to plan B.

More walking brought me to this footbridge between Dalkey and Killiney.

Although supremely picturesque, the maze of direct current overhead wires and related masts make finding a suitable angle difficult.

I wanted to include more of the Irish Sea to the right of the train, but putting the train too far to the left didn’t really work as an effective composition. Ultimately I settled on a more conservative angle. Soft sun helps reduce the distraction of the wires.

Emerald Isle Express at milepost 9. To hold detail in the sky and water, I used a Lee 0.6 graduated neutral density filter. This tool has proved repeatedly valuable in Ireland where sky contrast often presents an exposure problem by exceeding the dynamic range of the camera’s digital sensor.
Emerald Isle Express at milepost 9. To hold detail in the sky and water, I used a Lee 0.6 graduated neutral density filter. This tool has proved repeatedly valuable in Ireland where sky contrast often presents an exposure problem by exceeding the dynamic range of the camera’s digital sensor.
This tight view reveals some of the clutter that makes this location challenging as an effective location.
This tight view reveals some of the clutter that makes this location challenging as an effective location.

A minor disappointment; I’d hoped that Irish Rail engine number 071 (in bright orange heritage paint) would lead the train. Instead, I settled for that old stalwart; Irish Rail engine 078.

The trailing view is scenically spectacular but as a result the train is small.
The trailing view is scenically spectacular but as a result the train is small.
Looking across Killiney Bay you'll notice the thin silver streak of the Emerald Isle Express catching the glint of the noontime sun.
Looking across Killiney Bay you’ll notice the thin silver streak of the Emerald Isle Express catching the glint of the noontime sun.

Tracking the Light posts every day!

 

2 thoughts on “Emerald Isle Express near Killiney—26 September 2016.”

  1. Nice to include Ireland’s most expensive terrace of houses, Serrento Terrace, No1 Serrento Terrace was the most expensive house sold during Celtic Tiger, selling for €10 million euro

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