Category Archives: Transport

Red lights

Monday 18th February 2019, 8.05am (day 2,734)

Red lights at HB station, 18/2/19

One of those shots where I took it — as one of several attempts to capture the nice morning light at Hebden Bridge station this morning — then thought no more about it. Only when it got uploaded onto the laptop did I notice the effect on this person’s head. Do they have bright pink hair? No, but there is a second red signal light on that side of the tracks.

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Drainage problems

Thursday 7th February 2019, 11.00am (day 2,723)

Mancunian Way splash, 7/2/19

Honestly, the street drainage in Manchester is appalling. It was wet this morning, but not that wet. But from the look of the streets it was as if some tropical storm had washed over.

Anyway, I don’t have to deal with the place so much in the next few months. The next time there’ll be even the chance to take two photos in a row from Manchester will be late March: after that, hopefully, September.

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Blackfriars station

Saturday 2nd February 2019, 10.25am (day 2,718)

Blackfriars station, 2/2/19

It’s not easy to argue against the premise that Blackfriars station, built on its own railway bridge over the river Thames, has one of the best views of any urban railway station — in Britain, only Durham really rivals it (*yet to appear on this blog….). I could have just poked my camera out of the window and, downriver, you’ll have seen the Tate Modern, the Shard (again), Canary Wharf, and — from further up the platform — Tower Bridge. And, as seen here, St. Paul’s. I did take that stock shot but it has, sort of, already appeared on this blog (on 1/11/13) so in the end I preferred this one, illustrating how most people who get on the train here probably don’t really care…

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Father Ted’s caravan

Friday 18th January 2019, 2.20pm (day 2,703)

Father Ted's caravan, 18/1/19

“Scenic caravan site in Yorkshire. Elevated location. On outskirts of Oakworth village (location for The Railway Children movie) and approx. 1.5 miles from Haworth and its famous Brontë Parsonage Museum.”

Anyone remember that Father Ted episode where the priests go on holiday to the worst caravan site in the world?

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Ripples

Wednesday 9th January 2019, 12.40pm (day 2,694)

Ripples on Ullswater, 9/1/19

Another nice visual illustration of a) physics and b) that it was far too nice a day to be sat in an office. I like also the little ‘V’ to the right which, if you look closely, seems to be caused by a swan, maybe mimicking that bigger metal brother. I bet its wake won’t end up spreading across the whole width of the lake though: which the boat’s did manage.

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Birkenhead Central station

Sunday 6th January 2019, 4.30pm (day 2,691)

Birkenhead Central, 6/1/19

The start of a journey home on a Sunday afternoon. A good day out: but I like this picture just because of the melancholy feel to it, because it’s a melancholy time of year, isn’t it. And the yellow.

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Waiting for the bus (that never came)

Tuesday 18th December 2018, 5.15pm (day 2,672)

Chorlton Street, 18/12/18

A damp, soggy evening, and when we potential passengers were told that the bus I was waiting for was to be half an hour late, I gave up and made other arrangements for the evening. So be it — this was my last day of work in Manchester of 2018, and frankly, for now, I’m just glad to see the back of the place. I need some downtime…

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Ducks and barges

Tuesday 11th December 2018, 2.40pm (day 2,665)

Ducks and barges, 11/12/18

The first four-in-a-row for Hebden Bridge since June — the 14th to the 17th June, in fact. Yes, I record these things. I did get a bit further away from home today than on the last two days.

Here, I like the way the red and blue theme is repeated both on the barges and the reflections of the windows in the water. The ducks are a bonus, really.

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Reaction to parking ticket

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 11.10am (day 2,652)

Parking ticket, 26/11/18

This is not my car. But I do sympathise with the owner, as this is taken near my house and they must live nearby (going on how often I see this car). Under such circumstances I too might have a mushroom cloud coming out of my head. Then again that’s one reason I don’t own a car.

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The way out

Saturday 24th November 2018, 12.45pm (day 2,648)

Simbach station, 24/11/18

This is one of those shots that works if one gets the symmetry right — so it’s a shame both trains were not the same. But with this station, Simbach am Inn, lying right on the German/Austrian border, the one on the left goes into the first country, the one on the right, the latter. And who doesn’t love a bit of good old-fashioned Century Gothic font.

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