Frozen in time

by Helen Hooker February. 04, 2017 1806 views

You can really get a sense of how wet it was from this picture - hardly ideal tourist weather!

I only ever seem to visit north Somerset in the winter, which means a lot of the potential photo opportunities are closed.  This includes the West Somerset Railway, although that wasn't going to stop me trying!  Yet again it was pouring with rain first thing this morning, so I headed for the station in Minehead to see if I could persuade them to let me take some photos on the rainless platform.  Sadly, even my most persuasive tones weren't successful so I contented myself with taking some photos from outside. 

One of the volunteers told me about some work they're doing at the moment, relaying the line just outside Minehead, and suggested a good vantage point from the car park of Morrisons supermarket so I drove over there and caught a shot of the industrious work through the fence. 

After a good soaking I then drove to Blue Anchor Bay to have lunch a cafe recommended to me by a friend.  I discovered that Blue Anchor had its own station and, as luck would have it, the gate to the platforms was open.  I took a stroll along the platform, photographing the railway architecture, before finally admitting defeat and heading to the cafe to dry out and buy some food to fuel me through the rest of the day.

3 February 2017

Looking back towards Minehead from the crossing at Blue Anchor

I think this is my favourite photo of the day, with one of the old Great Western Railway seats in the foreground

Looking east, straight down the railway lines

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Mark Lineberger 2 years, 10 months ago

Very interesting B&W series. #1 made me feel like I was there with the rain. Such a unique perspective too.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Mark Lineberger 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Mark 😊

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Giancarlo Fosci 2 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful images!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you so much Giancarlo!

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Adrianshot 2 years, 10 months ago

Love this black &a white series.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Adrianshot 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you very much

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Thomas 2 years, 10 months ago

I always think trains are romantic and somerset railway is no different. Nice pics!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Thomas 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Thomas - I love old railways, with or without trains!

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Holly Hassall 2 years, 10 months ago

beautiful location, we have GCR down the road for us, i never really took interest in the location myself but your images have inspired me to talk a littke walk down there some time soon.

thanks for posting
holly

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Helen Hooker Replied to Holly Hassall 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Holly - I'm delighted I've inspired you!

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Jim Hooker 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes, love them all. My favourites are the GWr seat and the last one which really captures the period charm of a small country station. Congratulations for the photos and perseverance.

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Gillian Parsons 2 years, 10 months ago

They are magical places......great captures even if wet.......B&W matches the mood of these shots.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Gillian Parsons 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Jill!

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Tomie Poodle 2 years, 10 months ago

Excellent report and B&w shots !

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Helen Hooker Replied to Tomie Poodle 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Max 😊

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Loren Knoppi 2 years, 10 months ago

I love the close up of the bench... and you know I have to ask... with the train scenes - when can I expect to see photos of Platform 9 3/4????? :)

They are gorgeous and I really love them in b&w

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Helen Hooker Replied to Loren Knoppi 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Loren! Check your inbox for Platform 9 3/4!

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Jill Bahm 2 years, 10 months ago

I love everything about this series! From your perseverance to find better vantage points while in the dreary weather to the composition of the photos! Wonderful!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jill Bahm 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Jill - it was worth the effort!

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Brilliant series Helen. The mono treatment is so appropriate to enhance the gloomy weather and post-peak nature of the railroad's heyday...Wonderful perspectives, in spite of the restrictions...Thanks for braving the elements and regulations, to provide these stirring images....

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

Great work Helen. Pity they didn't let you take photos on the platform

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Antonio

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Ram Ya 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for inspiring all of us, Helen!
I love the use of black and white for this series. Most of these go to my favorites.
I absolutely love their compositions and clarity. Did you take your tripod with you?

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Helen Hooker Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Ram! I had my tripod in the car but didn't use it on this occasion - it was too windy to keep it steady!

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Kay Hooker 2 years, 10 months ago

I love the way you never give up. You make your mind up for railway photos and stick with it, until the bitter end. (perhaps that should be very rainy and wet end). Well done Helen, they are great.

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Brenda Nelson 2 years, 10 months ago

What a nice set of images, Helen. I especially like the scene in #4 and the point of focus in #6. I should live near you - I LOVE rainy, cold days! So far this winter, we've had not a flake of snow or much rainfall! :(

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Helen Hooker Replied to Brenda Nelson 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Brenda!

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Becky Brannon 2 years, 10 months ago

#4 - I really appreciate the perspective of this one, fading into the background

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Helen Hooker Replied to Becky Brannon 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Becky!

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