The Severn Valley Railway needs no introduction - and its "Autumn Steam Gala" (I think they used to call it "Enthusiasts' Weekend") is a long-established tradition. This year the theme was "LMS" - with visiting attractions 6201 "Princess Elizabeth", 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" and "Super D" 49395.
With some fine weather forecast, I thought I'd better take a glance at proceedings.I spent a couple of pleasant hours in the well-known natural amphitheatre on Eardington bank - although photographically this was not a particularly successful foray. There was plenty of clear sky - but also large areas of heavy cloud. Generally, the cloud won, though the Super D nearly got the better of it...I went home for tea - and, as darkness approached, headed for Bridgnorth station with camera and tripod. The weather was not a problem here - but the crowds made it difficult to move around easily (the footbridge is a nightmare! Apologies to the chap whose beer-belly had a close encounter with my camera bag - I didn't see it in the dark...). This was my first serious attempt at digital night photography - and I'm most impressed with the camera's capabilities. It can see far better in the dark than I can!Link:Severn Valley Railway