NPhoto - - The Apprentice -

We had got to the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way at dawn, hop­ing for great light, but things didn’t quite work out for us. By the time the weather started to im­prove I had had the chance to prac­tise some of the things Phil had been teach­ing me, so was all set for this shot of the Ivatt Class 4 loco, af­fec­tion­ately known as “The Fly­ing Pig”, as it left Bewd­ley sta­tion. Win­ter is the best time to pho­to­graph steam trains as you get more steam in the cold weather, but Phil ex­plained that as the sun re­mains low in the sky, it is also bet­ter as you can get light on the side of the car­riages and lo­co­mo­tive for longer. In sum­mer, he says, you can only get shots for the first and last hour of the day… and most pre­served rail­ways are not op­er­at­ing at these times!

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