Snow and mist

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    It’s March, snow has fallen and a damp fog shrouds the station at Banbury. A spare loco stands in the bay, little used these days but never abandoned because it's convenient for emergencies and so on. The red light is the signal for the northbound main line to Birmingham. Many years ago when the connection to the Banbury Branch for the GCR's London Extension was in place, this bay was used for the "Banbury Motor", the local service with Woodford & Hinton (later Woodford Halse) and the two small halts along the way. It's a relic of times when Banbury was a very busy junction station.

    Best seen large.

    Techy stuff: Loco is 25 154 in BR blue livery. March 1981. Ambient light, approximately 30-sec exposure with tripod-mounted OM-2 on Kodachrome. Scanned and green hue from the fluorescent lights reduced slightly.

    © Copyright Steve Banks, no unauthorised use.

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    1. Mangrove Rat 62 months ago | reply

      A beautiful wintery shot, I love the warm light and the colour of the loco in the snow. Excellent stuff.

    2. tarboat 61 months ago | reply

      The handling of the light here is just wonderful. Absolutely great shot!

    3. JohnGreyTurner 59 months ago | reply

      Superb, Steve :)

    4. ohhh....snap! 57 months ago | reply

      Wow that's beautiful...nice shot:)

    5. polar_RFK [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      beautiful you might like thework of alex fakso

    6. Garter Blue 55 months ago | reply

      Interesting you should mention Alex Fakso: he did an exhibition in Glasgow, "Night Activity" (I think) though his aim is graffii.

    7. polar_RFK [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      yep he doesnt cover graffiti itself he covers the actions and atmosphere surrounding people who paint trains, considering he rarely can use a flash some of his shots are beautiful!

    8. MrGloverman 51 months ago | reply

      One of the best loco shots I've seen.

    9. Sam Tait 50 months ago | reply

      amazing, lighting is perfect you would assume it was taken on a digital SLR after many attempts to get it right!

    10. 2c.. 49 months ago | reply

      Hi Steve! Love to see this pop up again!
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    11. Andy Katsaitis - AirTeamImages 44 months ago | reply

      that is a beautiful image.......I used to love the class 25. Really nice work with this.

    12. marina wainwright 35 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    13. joeri-c 35 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    14. am_kaiser[Happiness for you] 35 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    15. Cèsar Enric 35 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    16. david.hayes77 35 months ago | reply

      Great shot Steve

    17. Adrian West1 24 months ago | reply

      God aint seen that 25 for rnd 30yrs last saw it on freightliner terminal little used now gone ( gosford grn ) coventry.. Former coventry avoiding line

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