The Great Marquess

It’s the time of year when the Fellsman service starts up its summer season, running via the Settle and Carlisle.
Currently, the service is being operated by Gresley K4 61994, The Great Marquess.
I was lucky enough to snap her during her service stop at Carlisle.
I took these photos largely to illustrate the variations of shade and tone on even a clean, well-maintained steam locomotive.
While the images are copyright, you are welcome to use them for private non-commercial purposes.

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8 thoughts on “The Great Marquess

  1. Good pics there and it highlights something so many just don’t get – patina. Far too many just slap a las of limescale stains on something and call it weathered.

    • Absolutely bob-on Jim. That’s why I prefer to call it texturing. You can almost feel the alternate roughness and smoothness of the surfaces depicted here based on their reflective qualities.
      Even geographical location has an impact and a perfect example is the lime-streaking you mention. Whilst common in the harder water areas of the south and the Midlands for example, it’s virtually unheard of in Scotland. Even in the Northern parts of England it’s not universal.
      Looking closely you can see how even the smokebox and running plate are subtly different.

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