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Preston in the Picture: Friendly Engines

Posted on - 22nd July, 2012 - 9:17am | Author - | Posted in - Photos, Transport

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Last weekend was a ‘friendly engines’ weekend down at the Ribble Steam Railway museum in Preston. Now I’ve got to admit, I’ve never actually got around to visiting the museum but from what I’ve read online it sounds like a great day out, especially if you’ve got kids to impress!

You can ride all-day on one of the steam engines and the new 3D engine faces give each of the engines its own personality. The faces were made by the Blackpool Illuminations team and were introduced for the first time in May.

When I started reading about the tea-room, exhibitions and workshops I made a mental note to myself to get down there one of these weekends. After-all, there are probably plenty more opportunities for some good photos.

I know there is an exhibition explaining Preston’s proud industrial heritage with details of how Preston built locomotives and trams were exported around the world. The Ribble Steam Railway can be found on Chain Caul Way and details of opening hours are on-line.

This picture was taken as the impressive looking locomotive set out across the swing bridge at Preston Docks. You can feel the rumble of the engine as it approaches and it must have been an impressive sight for all those visiting Preston Docks for the UK Corporate Games.

Photo: Nikon D700, 80-200mm f2.8 ISO 400 f4 1/1,000 sec

Paul Melling [Paul Melling Photography]

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