Pro-Story Photographer, Gareth Harrison has had a selection of his images published in this month’s Bulliver magazine, which is the members magazine for the South Devon Railway.
For the past four years Gareth has been a volunteer with the South Devon Railway, where he currently volunteers as a Guard. He has had a lifelong interest in railways, but has always had affection for Steam locomotives. It was not until he was 13 years old that he had his first ride on one at the South Devon Railway. Whilst undertaking a project at college on the railway 21 years ago, he managed to get a ride on the steam locomotive 1369, he has always remained fond of that locomotive ever since.
A couple of weeks before the Coronavirus lockdown, the South Devon Railway held their season opening event, Spring Steam Gala ‘Old Friends Reunited’. The Gala featured a former SDR locomotive 4555 which is now based on the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway; which made a long awaited return for the weekend. Gareth’s favourite locomotive 1369 was also making a return after a recent three year overhaul.
Gareth is fortunate to hold a line-side photography permit, he took the opportunity to go out for the day and take photographs from various points along the line. He managed to capture some very pleasing photographs throughout the day. As he knows many of the drivers and firemen they would make sure they opened valves on the locomotives to give some more drama to the images. He subsequently sent these into the railway members’ magazine, Bulliver and is very pleased to see that three of his images have been published in the latest edition.
The first image is on the front cover of the magazine and features Prarie Tank locomotive 4555 which was the star attraction of the gala. The photo was taken at a location called Nappers Crossing which is just outside of Staverton, a particular favourite location for Gareth and just before the train came along the Sun came out for just enough time to take the photo (the only bit of Sun all day!).
The image on the right is Gareth’s favourite locomotive; Pannier Tank 1369 which was also back in service for the first time in three years, after being recently overhauled. The locomotive was in charge of a Goods train working to Buckfastleigh.
This was the first time Gareth had photographed at this location and felt abit spoilt with the different angles he could photograph from, but decided on this position next to the river. He was also joined by an army of other photographers on the other side of the river who are not allowed trackside.
Gareth’s photo which is bottom of the two on the left was taken from the riverbank of the River Dart as the train makes it way along to Totnes Riverside station, on the opposite side of the river is the grounds of Dartington Hall. He used a telephoto lens to take the photograph, which also allowed him abit more of a safer location to take the photograph, again this was a first time shooting at this location.
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Pro-Story Photographer, Gareth Harrison has had a selection of his images published in this month’s Bulliver magazine, which is the members magazine for the South
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