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…
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 .
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.
LBSCR C1 class 0-4-2 214 Gladstone in the National Railway Museum is the very regale locomotive above!
The next LBSCR subject is a Billinton product – Radial Tank E4 class B473 at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway.This 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.Our second Bluebell Railway resident of this unusual gallery – Southern Railway U-class 2-6-0 1638.
You 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.)
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.
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.
I 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!