Sunday, 14 April 2019

Great Western Railway, Long Rock Open Day April 13th 2019

Great Western Railway held an open day at their Long Rock Depot. A variety of engines were exhibited from Steam to Modern day diesel and even model train running undercover.  One of the new intercity Class 802 trains was renamed in honour of  the RNLI Lifeboat crew of the "Solomon Browne" who were all lost at sea in 1981 and Rick Rescorla who lost his life guiding others from the Twin Towers in 2011, so very well done to GWR on that one, great gesture.  A Network Rail support vehicle, some emergency service vehicles and a WW2 US jeep were also present.

As usual with these events unless you find a way of getting a preview without the public it is an uphill task getting images (without people). Although some with people do give an overall scene of the event. Overall it was a good event, good to see the engines up close but my preference would be to see the alive and moving!!!!

On the whole I think the event from GWR has to go down as a success, I wll certainly attend another should the opportunity arise.

Here is a selection of images from the day.






















Great Western Railway, Long Rock Open Day Preparations

A change from Aviation but still involving some heavy machines. Long Rock depot will be hosting an open day led by GWR (Great Western Railways). There will be a variety of engines/locomotives at the event. Also at the event GWR are going to name one one their new 802 Inntercity express trains in the memory of some Cornwall heroes (more on that on the day. Here are some images of the engines attending and some scheduled trains that passed by whilst I was there.












Monday, 18 March 2019

Newquay Coastguard Helicopter on Excerise with Penlee Lifeboat 17th March 2019

The location was Mounts Bay for a winching exercise between Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Newquay based Sikorsky S-92 Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ. This is essential training for all involved, added to this the weather was not playing ball for photography but must of added a more realistic element to the exercise. Conditions were tricky, sunshine, dark skies, heavy showers, low visibility, all thrown into the mix during the exercise. Images were the best I could get due tothe weather and distance off shore. So they are not stunning but give a good record of the training exercise.

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on winching exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on winching exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ training in Mounts Bay

 Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ training in Mounts Bay

Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ training in Mounts Bay

Penlee Lifeboats on Exercise in Mounts Bay 10th March 2019

Both the Inshore Lifeboat "Molly and Ivor Dent" along with the Severn Class, Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen were on exercise together in Mounts bay. It looked like a towing exercise and then heading out offshore away from the camera for further training. Here is a small selection of the images I recorded.

Penlee Lifeboat towing the Inshore Lifeboat

Inshore Lifeboat "Mollie and Ivor Dent"

Inshore Lifeboat "Mollie and Ivor Dent"

Severn Class, Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen"

Severn Class, Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen"

Inshore Lifeboat "Mollie and Ivor Dent"

"Poroniec" taking shelter from the stormy weather in the bay. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Glossy Ibis at Helston

Unusual visitor for Helston, a Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) near Helston boating lake. A very approachable bird, unfazed by dog walkers etc. Very busy continually feeding most of the time. A bit more sunlight would of been good for photography but think I got some images during the suns brief appearances.







Thursday, 7 February 2019

RAF Coninsby

My first visit to RAF Coninsby and is was rather a good day. Very productive with lots of Typhoon movements, power take off and missed approaches. So here are some images from a great day out, another base to visit again in the future.