Railways Illustrated

37425 Sir Robert Mcalpine/concrete Bob on the Cumbrian Coast on May 9, 2017.

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Here we have 37425

Sir Robert Mcalpine/ Concrete Bob pounding along the Cumbrian Coast, working 2C47, the 17.31 Barrow to Carlisle on May 9, 2017. This is another of my favourite photograph­ic locations. The beach at Nethertown, pictured as the tide goes out. Perfect timing for me, as many of the rock pools were left holding water.

I well remember being able to hear Concrete Bob for an age before the locomotive finally appeared.

Before that I could hear only the sound of passing oystercatc­hers and the shifting tide behind me.

This, to me, was the perfect way to end a day’s superb photograph­y.

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