7 Days in Zombieland

For the last week I have had the joys of working my night shift rotation at work.  For those of you who don’t know, I am employed at Rugby (GB) train station as a Train Dispatcher.  My night shifts are till 02:00 hours, thankfully not through the night, but by the end of the week my body clock is totally out of synch with the rest of the world.  Thankfully I do get the option to get the camera out when at work, which is very useful as I have taken delivery of a new camera set-up.

Nikon D5300 with a Sigma

Nikon D5300 with a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM lens plus a Solmeta N3-C Geotagger

Decided to spend the night shifts testing out the new camera set-up.

Nikon D5300 body
Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM
Solmeta N3-C Geotagger

I’ve been wanting to Geotag my images for a while and in theory the new camera should be able to do this without having an add-on.  Alas though, even though the new camera is brilliant, the GPS function on it is appalling!  The new camera does have one brilliant feature which is the ability to link to my mobile phone via wireless, enabling me to be able to upload direct from the camera to the internet from the lineside.  Expect to see highlights of the day being posted directly to the Flickr account when I get back over to Mainland Europe later this year.

Vossloh UK Light 68 003 & 68 002 power through Rugby (GB) station nearing the end of their journey from Mossend (Scotland) to Daventry (GB) whilst working 4M48 the 19:04 hours Intermodal service on This service departed on Tuesday the 17th of February even though the exif data will show it was taken on the 18th.

Vossloh UK Light 68 003 & 68 002 power through Rugby (GB) station nearing the end of their journey from Mossend (Scotland) to Daventry (GB) whilst working 4M48 the 19:04 hours Intermodal service.  This service departed on Tuesday the 17th of February even though the exif data will show it was taken on the 18th.

So how did the camera do? Well this train doesn’t hang around as it passes through Rugby.  If memory serves me right this was powering up as it came through the station, increasing from 50mph up to 60mph+.  I am pleased, with this shot, taken at ISO 6400, with a shutter speed of 1/800.

Another multiple class 68 move occurred, this time the light was fast going but instead of going for the safer (more light) photograph from the platform I risked an over the track shot from platform one.  It’s a better shot but it takes a lot more light to pull it off. (ISO 4000. 1/500 shutter speed)

Multiple class 68s.  Vossloh UK Light Chiltern Railways liveried 68 010 & 68 015 plus Direct Rail Services (DRS) 68 009 pass North through Rugby (GB) station on Saturday the 14th of February 2015 whilst working the 14:52 hours 0Z74 Wembley Yard to Crewe Gresty Bridge light engine move.

Multiple class 68s. Vossloh UK Light Chiltern Railways liveried 68 010 & 68 015 plus Direct Rail Services (DRS) 68 009 pass North through Rugby (GB) station on Saturday the 14th of February 2015 whilst working the 14:52 hours 0Z74 Wembley Yard to Crewe Gresty Bridge light engine move.

Moving on from the very new to the very old.. Built the 22nd of April 1967, BR class 20, number 205, had a run up the West Coast Main Line along with 56 301 in tow on the very same day. (ISO 500, shutter speed 1/640)

20 205 & 56 301 head South through Rugby (GB) station on  Saturday the 14th of February 2015 whilst working 0Z20 the 12:15 hours light engine move from Butterley (Midland Railway Centre) to Willesden Euro Terminal (London).

20 205 & 56 301 head South through Rugby (GB) station on Saturday the 14th of February 2015 whilst working 0Z20 the 12:15 hours light engine move from Butterley (Midland Railway Centre) to Willesden Euro Terminal (London).

Last shot for this update. I have included it as the original had a yellow cast to the exposure. A quick clean up in Lightroom 5 sorted it out but I still need to work out why in decent light I had it occurring with the new set up.

DB Schenker 66 185 sits in the Up Goods Loop at Rugby (GB) station whilst working 4L56 13:17 Trafford Park (Manchester) to London Gateway service on the 16th of February 2015

DB Schenker 66 185 sits in the Up Goods Loop at Rugby (GB) station whilst working 4L56 13:17 Trafford Park (Manchester) to London Gateway service on the 16th of February 2015

Galleries updated:

Class 20
Class 56
Class 66 (66 001 – 66 250)
Class 66 (66 401 – 66 434)
Class 66 (66 501 – 66 599)
Class 68
Class 70

I am still working on the 2014 images from Germany.  All being well I might get start to get them uploaded in a month or so.

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~ by gingespotting on February 19, 2015.

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