Thursday, 24 September 2015

The View From the Train

Inspired by one of my recent reads, The View From the Train, by Patrick Keiller, and accompanied by a couple of moments of good fortune, I managed to take some rather pleasing photos from the train windown last week as it sped me to and from London Paddington.

The first couple capture the sun setting over the Old Oak Common train depot. I remember as a kid that this used to be a very busy place, full of all sorts of locomotives, but alas much of it has been demolished now, and what's remaining is forlorn and empty, with just the odd shunter and locomotive engine that's used to pull the Penzance sleeper. The rest are rather boring looking multiple units.

Sunset over Old Oak Common train depot
Sunset over Old Oak Common train depot

Good to see the water tower is still there, but not sure for how long.

Sunset over Old Oak Common train depot
Sunset over Old Oak Common train depot

Sunset somewhere between London and Reading
Sunset somewhere between London and Reading

Sometimes the annoyance of having to get up for the early train has its rewards, and not long after leaving Newbury I was greeted by the sun as it rose over misty fields.

Sunrise somewhere between Newbury and Reading
Sunrise somewhere between Newbury and Reading

And as if the sunrise on its own was not enough, a hot air balloon started to rise up through the mist.

Sunrise somewhere between Newbury and Reading
Sunrise somewhere between Newbury and Reading

The only slight disappointment was that the train windows were dirty in places which spoil the purity of the pictures a little, but on the other hand added something too them.

    

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