Being Nosey

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and with that in mind, tonight we hope to flatter the inspiration for this blog post – Akron Railroad Club’s blog’s post; Just Being Nosey With My Camera (click here to read).  It’s interesting to find how relatively few of these shots I could muster, though when you consider how dangerous standing in front of railway locomotive is, I suppose it’s not quite so shocking!  If I was being a little easier going in terms of what counts as a nose shot, there are many others that could have crept in, but I’ve tried to be ruthless in my selection!  So without further ado here’s a collection of heritage railway noses…2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Leaving Ropley - Ex-GWR 14xx Class 1450 and Autocoach W238W

This is perhaps the most debatable shot of the gallery, being (slightly) off centre.  It was taken with a telephoto lens on the Watercress Line in 2014 and features ex-GWR 14xx 1450 pushing its autotrailer .

045 - 2013 - STEAM Museum of the GWR - Swindon - GWR 4073 Class - 4073 Caerphilly Castle

Another Western nose here – but a very special one!  4073 Caerphilly Castle can be viewed from below from a former inspection pit at STEAM Museum of the GWR, Swindon, allowing for an interesting angle without laying on the ground.

2013 National Railway Museum York - The Great Gathering - LBSCR B1 class - 0-4-2 214 Gladstone

LBSCR C1 class 0-4-2 214 Gladstone in the National Railway Museum is the very regale locomotive above!

2012 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet - Ex - LBSCR E1 class - 32110 (front smokebox)Somehow LBSCR locomotives seem to have been recurring subjects of this specific angle, this time we have E1 class 32110 on the Isle of Wight Steam railway.

2014 Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - LBSCR Billinton Radial Tank E4 class B473The next LBSCR subject is a Billinton product – Radial Tank E4 class B473 at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway.Ashford Open Day 1992 - SR ex-SECR P Class 1556This is my first “nose” shot I ever took (well as far as I can find!) Ex-SECR P Class 1556 is pictured at Ashford, it’s birthplace, in 1992.2014 Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - Southern Railway U-class 2-6-0 1638Our second Bluebell Railway resident of this unusual gallery – Southern Railway U-class 2-6-0 1638.

Watercress Railway - Ropley - U class 31806You wait for one U class and then two come at the same time.  Here we have 31806, a former resident of the Watercress Line that can now be found on the Swanage Railway.  Note the lower and curved frames of the K class rebuild (click here to read more.)

026 - Watercress Railway - Ropley - SR Locomotive - 850 Lord NelsonThe impressive 850 Lord Nelson with its handsome and impressive face is pictured above at Ropley.

Watercress Railway - Alresford - Battle of Britain Class - 34051 Sir Winston ChurchillWe move on to the distinctive Bulleid face of Battle of Britain class 34051 Sir Winston Churchill, with it’s distinctive “V” for victory headcode discs.

2014 Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - GWR Small Prairie 2-6-2T Metropolitan Railway L.150 5521

Sheffield Park has proven to be a rich “picking” ground for pictures noses (sorry, I know that’s terrible!  Here we have prairie tank L.150 painted in Metropolitan Colours.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245

There’s no way that I could not include this shot taken from an observation car on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, even if the nose has been cut in half!  Pictured is Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245.

006 - Havenstreet - InvincibleThe Isle of Wight Steam Railway gives us another locomotive’s nose in the form of Hawthorne Leslie 0-4-0 saddle tank Invincible.

2013 Day out with Thomas - Watercress Line - Ropley - Ex-Austerity  class - 1 ThomasI suppose this is the only real nose here!  Thomas the Tank engines bursts under Ropley’s Harry Potter bridge on the Watercress Line.  I have excluded most elevated shots, but a blog post featuring noses just had to include Thomas the Tank Engine and this was the best!

2013 National Railway Museum York - The Great Gathering - BR Standard 9F 92220 Evening Star smokeboxThe last steam engine to be built by British Railways brings this series to a fitting finale!  9F 92220 Evening Star looms majestically above me in the National Railway Museum, York.