When I was a child, like many boys, I loved steam trains. Diesel trains were all well and good, but steam trains had a bit of magic about them.
Believe it or not, I’m not old enough to remember the heyday of steam trains, but I vividly remember the first time my grandmother took me for my first train ride – a short trip to Durham city and back in an old, first class carriage, with doors that opened out onto the platform and a corridor running the full length of each carriage (just like the Hogwarts Express).
Needless to say, I was the proud owner of a Hornby train set, and the pride of my model train collection was The Duchess of Sutherland, in her original red livery. I loved watching my model trains roll by, with my eye level very low to the ground.
At the end of a recent portrait shoot, for my friend Alan Gunston: Railway Artist, I heard that ‘The Duchess’ was passing nearby, so off I went to set up.
It was a real treat to see the full size reality of my ’00’ scale model. Sadly though, unlike my model, The Duchess glided by and didn’t keep looping around. It was all over too fast and I was so mesmerised, I almost forgot to press the shutter. Click here to see the full image.