Once again our photographers have been out in force today to record a steam railtour. 'The Cumbrian Coast Express' ran Crewe - Carlisle on the WCML but returned to Crewe via the S&C.
This post (3rd July 2010) comprises three pics from different photographers. Each pic was taken early this morning, at different locations along the local Warrington - Winwick - Red Bank northbound route.
The train was hauled by Riddles 'Pacific' class 8, 71000 Duke of Gloucester and the first pic is from Geoff Monks taken by Dallam sidings. Geoff's pic involves some digital manipulation which he has fully described in his legend. I am happy to accept such digital enhancements as long as a full description is supplied and no deceipt is involved. Corrections and/or improvements are acceptable. I know some enthusiasts won't be happy with any picture manipulation but, lets be honest, the latter is almost as old as photography itself. Comments please below.
The second pic is from Jeff Nicholls and this was taken at Winwick. The only negative aspect of this railtour was the multi-liveried passenger rake behind the locomotive.
John Smith took the final pic in this post as the charter was rounding the bend up to Red Bank. The rosebay willowherb in the adjacent field certainly adds that extra pictorial element to John's picture.