After last week's Norwich Bus Running Day, where there were more cameras than I've seen for a long time around, I decided that I wanted to get as far from the madding crowd as possible, so I could get some un-crowded and unique photos. Thus I stationed myself, literally, at Kimberley Park Station, near Hingham, which today wasn't being used and trains were running fast, just slowing down for the level crossing there.
|The platform and level crossing at Kimberley|
It turned out to be an ideal location, and thanks to the amiable Crossing Keeper, who pointed me in the direction of a footpath giving me a great shot of Dereham bound trains, I got some pretty good pictures..
First train to come my way was Class 31 loco 31 271. The advantage to being at Kimberley was I got to hear all these wonderful locos at full throttle - real music to my ears. The timetable claimed this would be two 31's, but due to Colas pulling out at short notice some alterations had to be made.
|31 271 approaching Kimberley heading for Dereham|
|Looking the other way towards the Station|
|The whole train moving into the distance|
|47 596 about to pass over the level crossing doing around 40 mph|
|GBRS 66 733 leading the way back to Dereham|
|And from the other side|
|This time the 47 is bringing up the rear|
Next up was the 31 again, and I managed to get this lovely loco from two more different angles the noise she made on the way back was just magnificent!
|Going a milisecond too fast for the camera 31 271 heads for Wymondham|
|40 mins later thunders through Kimberley on way back to Dereham|
I was unable to stay as long as I wanted, due to other commitments, and I thought I was going to miss out on seeing a Class 37, my favourite loco. Thankfully though DRS sent 37 419 to cover one of the missing Colas, and so I had just about my favourite sight on the railways - a 37 bearing down on me at track level. I wish I could have stayed longer as there were some I missed, but all in all a surprisingly rewarding, and peaceful day. Will have to go there more often for a couple of hours when steam and DMU's are running.
|37 419 at full throttle heading for Wymondham|