Full Steam Ahead

The Cathedrals Express organised the trip of this 67 year old steam train making its way across Kent today, carrying passengers celebrating Valentine's Day with a romantic trip down memory lane.

The train is the 70013 Oliver Cromwell, a Britannia Class locomotive built in 1951. Its top speed is 100mph but it's now restricted to 75mph.

I was very glad I arrived at Dover Priory early - two blinks and I'd have missed it!

One for the Flash of Red 2018 with the flash of red for today. It certainly flashed past:)
This is a fav. I love trains
posted February 14th, 2018  
oooh love this, like a cross between the 1940's and today...FAV!
posted February 14th, 2018  
Wonderful! I spend happy hours in our National Railway Museum gazing in awe at these majestic old engines. When I grow up I'm going to be an engine driver driving Mallard. They say if I can get him in my bag I can bring him home. Where is Mary Poppin's bag when you need it???
Lovely image, the flash of red is super.
jx
posted February 14th, 2018  
What a beauty, love the flash of red :)
posted February 14th, 2018  
Love this!!! fav
posted February 14th, 2018  
A beautiful old railway pic. Love those trains. Fav.
posted February 14th, 2018  
oh well done for catching this as it flashed by. what a lovely image.
posted February 14th, 2018  
ah that works so well for the theme!
posted February 14th, 2018  
Wonderful flash of red.
posted February 14th, 2018  
Great idea and pop of red!
posted February 14th, 2018  
Wonderful capture πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
posted February 14th, 2018  
Lee
Imagine 100 MPH on one of these beauties. Good shot.
posted February 14th, 2018  
A great flash of red! A beauty! Fav.
posted February 14th, 2018  
I remember how wonderful it was when walking across the bridge to school in the 1960's when a steam engine passed underneath. Not much in this picture would have been different in that era, just some of the clothing.
posted February 14th, 2018  
Nicely done. I've been enjoying all your B&W shots this month :)
posted February 14th, 2018  
How wonderful, lovely edit too
posted February 14th, 2018  
Wow! Sounds like an awesome trip on this beautiful old steam train! Wonderful 'flash of red' photo! :-)
posted February 14th, 2018  
Excellent use of SC!
posted February 15th, 2018  
Wow! Historical Valentine's Day ride! I love your pop of red and the comp is spot on.
posted February 15th, 2018  
Super b&w capture and SC
posted February 15th, 2018  
Super image for your flash of red ... love the sense of nostalgia this portrays too ... :)
posted February 15th, 2018  
Beautiful capture of this lovely old train!
posted February 15th, 2018  
This is awesome!
posted February 15th, 2018  
nice post processing
posted February 15th, 2018  
This was an instant fav for me! Good job! Trains are awesome!
posted February 15th, 2018  
So much history! Well done for SC
posted February 15th, 2018  
I want to ride it!
posted February 15th, 2018  
Book me a ticket!!! Fabulous old steam-train. Wonderful shot for FoR.
posted February 15th, 2018  
Great photo and the flash of red is perfect. Happy Valentines Day.
posted February 15th, 2018  
Fabulous shot and perfect for the flash of red. It is always nice to see these old steam engines on the tracks again. fav.
posted February 15th, 2018  
Nicely done! I love steam trains - fav
posted February 15th, 2018  
Love the red. Great shot
posted February 15th, 2018  
This is an amazing shot,fav
posted February 15th, 2018  
Love this and it really is a flash of red. Fav
posted February 15th, 2018  
Fantastic photo of the Oliver Cromwell. Such an iconic train of that last era of steam. Must tag a friend who adores trains.... @peadar - take a look at this!

Okay, practical question: how do you get the black and white with just a little bit of red? Is that a Photoshop thing? I don't have that program. Just wondering because I love the effect but have no idea how to do it.
posted February 15th, 2018  
Wonderful shot.
posted February 15th, 2018  
Well, you've certainly hit the spot with this one!! Great for the month and evoking a lot of memories in us of a certain age!! @laroque I remember the same thing and also when they whossed through the station at Surbiton- the smell and the steam - aaahhh :-)
posted February 15th, 2018  
Neat sc
posted February 15th, 2018  
@casablanca I use Photoshop Elements 11. I picked it up on EBay a few years back and just seen version 12 up there for under Β£20. There are lots of videos on YouTube showing you how to use it and you can also get Elements for Dummies books. You get the selective colouring by using layers by making a copy of the original picture, changing the copy to b&w and then using the eraser tool to rub out the b&w bit you want so that the colour from the original pic shows through. You then merge the two pics together. Sounds far more difficult than it is!

The best bit about having Elements is that you can use the free Nik filters download with them. I use these all the time. They make colours sing and b&w pop. I guess it is 'cooking' from a purist's viewpoint but with my limited camera skills, my pics need all the help I can give 'em!
posted February 15th, 2018  
@fbailey Thanks for the info. I did try to load Elements 11 onto my Mac but it wouldn't run. I have a program called Affinity by Serif and it may well have a similar thing, but I don't understand all the jargon yet so I haven't found it!! I used to be utterly opposed to editing and I still prefer to use shots straight out of the camera, but editing can create a different kind of artwork and it's fun playing with it. The only thing I can't stand is people pretending they haven't edited when they have!! I shall have to go and explore this idea further and see if I can achieve it somehow. Many thanks!
posted February 15th, 2018  
Great capture and use of selective colour. :)
posted February 15th, 2018  
Great capture of this beautiful old train, perfect flash of red :)
posted February 15th, 2018  
This is probably one of my favorite flashes of red today!
posted February 15th, 2018  
Excellent. Love the flash of red in it.
posted February 15th, 2018  
love steam trains...well captured
posted February 15th, 2018  
Brilliant, and great S/C...Fav
posted February 15th, 2018  
Nicely done.
posted February 15th, 2018  
Love steam. super photo and edit...fav
posted February 16th, 2018  
@casablanca Thanks for the tip off. A beautiful shot as well. If I'd been in Kent on Wednesday I would have made sure I saw this beauty! By the way, the selective colour thing is really easy in Lightroom, a few swishes of the colour saturation sliders and you're there. πŸ˜€
posted February 17th, 2018  
Lovely shot and edit.
posted February 17th, 2018  
Fabulous shot
posted February 18th, 2018  
Great capture. I live in York and one day trying to find a parking space, I looked up to see the Flying Scotsman, in steam passing on the raised track overhead. Wonderful memory, but that's all, I didn't have my camera with me.
posted February 19th, 2018  
nice choice for selective colour :)
posted February 19th, 2018  
@korky I can really identify with lost photo opportunities not having a camera - today I had the camera but no SIM card ...
posted February 19th, 2018  
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