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My Two Favourite Train Photos from 2020

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My Two Favourite Train Photos from 2020

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown this year, most rail tours had been cancelled. Here in Devon, we did still have a few tours come down to this part of the country, but not as many as we usually have.

My two local heritage railways, the South Devon Railway and Dartmouth Steam Railway, were also not running as usual, which was a shame.

Here, you will see my two favourite train photographs that I have taken during this year, 2020. I have decided to choose one steam train photo and one diesel train photo. These photos are rail tours that came down to the South West.

Both photographs were taken with my Canon 5D MK3 camera and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens.

Photo 1

Totnes is where I live, and I love visiting the station when something special is due.

I stood where I did on the platform so I could include the old signal box (now a cafe) in the photo.

The main reason why I like this photograph is that it shows other photographers and steam train enthusiasts, and also because the light was just right and both steam locos were working well, giving out a nice bit of smoke.

Reading How to Photograph Steam Trains will hopefully help you get a decent steam train photo.

This photo was published in the Totnes Times newspaper and the Digital Camera magazine.

Photo: LMS Royal Scot Class 7P 4-6-0 No: 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ and BR Standard Class 7 No: 70000 ‘Britannia’ with D1935 (47805) on the rear is seen passing through Totnes working the 1Z47 16:56 Plymouth to Cardiff Central “The Devonian Express” tour on the 12th August 2020.

Photo 2

Dawlish is a forty-minute car drive away from my home. I very often go there, as I just love the location for railway photography.

Standing on the Rockstone Bridge gives you an excellent view from both directions. This photograph was taken looking towards Langstone Rock.

The light was excellent at this time of day, even though it was cloudy. I really like the natural colours of the background, and also that there were not hundreds of people on the beach or walking on the path. The livery of D1935 and the coaches are also nice colours, which makes it stand out in the photo.

I was lucky and had this photo published in ‘The Railway Magazine’.

Photo: D1935 (47805) is seen at Dawlish working the 1Z37 05:37 Peterborough to Paignton ‘The English Riviera Statesman’ tour on the 18th July 2020.


I am happy to say that these two are my favourite photographs that I have taken this year. But, like all railway photographers, I do have many more photos that I am pleased with!

I am looking forward to much more picture taking in 2021, capturing another large selection of interesting shots. Hopefully, this time next year you’ll be joining me to find out my favourite 2021 steam train photos! Do you have a favourite steam train photo that I took this year? And what has been the photo that you have taken that you like the most in 2020? There is no doubt that this year has certainly been a challenging one. Let’s hope that we all will get even more great photos in 2021!

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