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Preston station, again

Sunday 10th March 2019, 11.25am (day 2,754)

Preston station, 10/3/19

This is, of course, a quite different photo of platform 2 of Preston station than the one I took sixteen days ago: and I was heading in an entirely different direction — towards home instead of away from it. That’s my excuse anyway. No repetition!

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Arches at Bradford Forster Square station

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 3.20pm (day 2,743)

Forster Square arches, 27/2/19

Went into Bradford today just for something to do that wasn’t sitting on my arse at home, and it did help me get some writing done. These arches stand outside Forster Square railway station, but above them is a road, not the railway line, which sticks to the lower ground: Bradford is a very bloody hilly city, as I was frequently reminded today. They look like they need something to fill them; like they are a row of little stages, micro-theatres perhaps, waiting for performers.

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Platform 2, Preston station

Friday 22nd February 2019, 3.55pm (day 2,738)

Platform 2, Preston, 22/2/19

Beautifully — some might even say, ridiculously — warm day today for February, with temperatures up to 20ºC in Hebden Bridge. It’s the half-term holidays as well as the weekend and all this tempted people out, including me, as the afternoon saw a decamp up to the in-laws’ place in Morecambe. Preston station was busy and well-lit; on such days it’s hard not to admire the durability and aesthetic qualities of your basic Victorian station architecture — love those pillars.

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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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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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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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On the way home

Monday 26th November 2018, 11.40am (day 2,650)

In Munich Hbf, 26/11/18

Travelling, and working, and having a cup of tea, in Munich central station, which is so huge that you  go two stops on the S-bahn train before you actually leave its awnings. I found my little corner of it for a time. A decent trip to Germany, but time to go home.

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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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Chester station

Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 2.35pm (day 2,616)

Chester station, 23/10/18

Another day, another railway station to add to the collection. Though unlike yesterday, no giant purple aliens: just this couple having a snuggle before one or both of them heads off for wherever.

With this shot Chester nicks, from Amsterdam, the record of ‘place with the biggest gap between appearances on the blog’. On 10th June 2012 the picture (of burlesque artiste Ginger La Rouge) was taken here, but nothing since, making the gap 2,326 days.

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Subway renovations, Hebden Bridge station

Wednesday 19th September 2018, 4.20pm (day 2,582)

Subway renovations, 19/9/18

We are getting longer platforms! And lifts to and from them, from the subway! It’s a miracle…. or will be, if we ever get the train service to match.

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