Furness Vale – The Railway House

Furness Vale Railway
Furness Vale Railway

The House by The Railway, seen on a long cycling trip into the High Peak with an exciting after dark return via the Middlewood Way. I think this is a classic and timeless (W H Auden-esque) scene alongside the Buxton line as it wends its way through Furness Vale in Derbyshire. The photo has had a slight HDR ‘lift’ but I much preferred the effect of this mono rendition with isolated colour. Light was fading fast but still quite moody, if a little flat. It is also a nice record of the ancient semaphore signal (Furness Vale station approach ‘distant’) with rare ‘sighting board’ Victorian era relics that are steadily disappearing from Britain’s railways along with the quaint country signal boxes from where the remaining few are operated. The Buxton line is due to ‘upgrade’ to remotely controlled light signalling by 2016.

Nikon D80, 10mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/60sec, Mar 1st 2014 – 17:15

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Oliver Wood