Tag Archives: train

Chess and poppies

Sunday 19th June 2022, 12.30pm (day 3,951)

Chess and poppies, 19/6/22

On the move again. A scene on the train to London, where I will be for the whole week to come. The field of poppies outside — somewhere near Doncaster — was so extensive that I had time to see it, get the camera out, set up the shot and still capture it OK, despite moving at around 75 miles per hour at least. I believe black won the game in the end.

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Refractions and reflections

Sunday 15th May 2022, 12.30pm (day 3,916)

Drinks on train, 15/5/22

How decadent, a glass of wine on a train on Sunday lunchtime. (And a bottle of water that may or may not originate from a spa town in North Yorkshire.) I like the refraction in the glass that is in turn reflected in my phone on the table.

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On the way home

Monday 7th March 2022, 4.20pm (day 3,847)

16:22 to Leeds, 7/3/22

In comes the 16:22 to Leeds, about as on time as it gets. It didn’t get me home at the scheduled time but that’s just natural variation in the Northern Rail time-space continuum.

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Data analysis

Monday 28th February 2022, 1.55pm (day 3,840)

Highlighter pens, 28/2/22

Data analysis done the retro way, on the train. Who needs expensive software packages when you have highlighter pens of differing colours. And months after the fact, too — these are interview transcripts from St Helena. But hey, I got to them in the end.

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7am, Todmorden station

Tuesday 15th February 2022, 7.00am (day 3,827)

7am despair, 15/2/22

Another train shot, though this is a portrait of a person rather than a locomotive. Somehow yesterday’s loco just seemed much happier to be where it was. Then again, I sympathise: when is 7am on a Tuesday morning in February a time of vim and vigour?

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Departing King’s Cross

Monday 14th February 2022, 10.30am (day 3,826)

Departing King's Cross, 14/2/22

What goes down South, must come back up North again (at least, unless one wants to be paying hotel bills for an excessive length of time). I don’t know where this train was going, but I was on the 10:30 back to Leeds, and then home.

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In First Class

Friday 28th January 2022, 5.20pm (day 3,809)

First class menu, 28/1/22

The first weekend away of the year. You can tell we’re in First Class because of the menu: stock up on the complimentary drinks and food, and the relatively small premium paid for these tickets is effectively refunded. Sometimes the food you want is even available.

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Sackville Street

Wednesday 9th June 2021, 4.15pm (day 3,576)

Sackville Street, 9/6/21

No particular message today; just an interesting urban scene. I’ve been seeking to, at some point, capture a train coming over one or other of Manchester’s downtown rail bridges, and here it is.

Sackville Street was the subject of the Inspiral Carpets’ rather good track “Sackville“, don’t you know. The place has obviously cleaned up a bit since that came out in 1990, considering the lyrics.

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About to depart

Saturday 22nd May 2021, 12.20pm (nearly) (day 3,558)

Doncaster train, 22/5/21

They’ve still got a couple of minutes before the departure of the 12:21 from Leeds to Doncaster. But we run anyway in these situations, don’t we; almost instinctively. It takes a certain confidence not to do so.

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The 15:10 to Manchester

Saturday 19th September 2020, 3.10pm (day 3,313)

15:10 to Manchester, 19/9/20

Not sure that I have previously managed to categorise a post as ‘sport’ and ‘transport’ simultaneously.  A shame the ball could not make it into shot as well…

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