LNER Route: Leicester to Marylebone
Rugby Central Station: gcrcs287
British Railways Standard Class 9Fs 2-10-0s, No 92093 and No
92074, converge south of Rugby in October 1963. Both locomotives are allocated
to Annesley shed. The 9F approaching in the distance is No 92074 which was
built by Crewe works in March 1956 and was to remain in service until April
1967 when it was withdrawn from 12A Kingmoor shed in Carlisle to be scrapped by
the Motherwell Machinery and Scrap Company of Wishaw. The 9F travelling towards
Rugby on the immediate right is No 92093 which had been built at Swindon works
in January 1957 and was to remain in service until September 1967 when it too
was withdrawn from 12A Kingmoor shed in Carlisle to also be scrapped by the
Motherwell Machinery and Scrap Company of Wishaw.
I quite like the moody shot of the converging 9Fs. Moving
trains can be a difficult subject to capture at the most beneficial moment.
There can be some preparation given that the track is locked in position, but
plans may have to change when that train with a plume of smoky steam appears in
the viewfinder - though sometimes not. The best picture ultimately presented
cannot always be precisely foreseen. One has to compose on on the run, as it
were. Maybe this is already perfectly evident to some, others are not so
particular anyway. For me, always satisfying when a railway event is captured
to (smug?) artistic satisfaction. Just my opinion of course.