Sunday, 26 February 2012

Exchanging the Token

Exchanging the Token at Leekbrook
(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 70mm, 1/160s @ f/7.1)
This weekend the Churnet Valley Railway ran two steam trains through Leekbrook Junction along the recently opened section of line to Cauldon Lowe. This is a single track and railway practise requires some means of ensuring that only one train at a time is within each section. In this photo you can see the fireman leaning out with a line working token to exchange with the staff member at trackside. The engine is a "Black Five" on loan from Mid Hants Railway. The engine was built in 1937. She was withdrawn from service in 1965 and restored to working order and first re-run in 2010. She's looking good for a 75 year old!

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