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In the course of helping to rescue a
dozen about-to-be-scrapped steam
locomotives from sub-Arctic Finland, the
crew and I stopped off at a place called
Haapajarvi, where a rail museum had
been established. Being out of season,
much of it was locked up, which was a
shame since, from photographs I saw
later, we'd missed much of interest both
steam-wise and photographically-wise.
It was here that I, being a steam newby, found a full sized locomotive that had been
sliced laterally so that you could follow the physical process of steam generation from
firebox to smoke box. I began to understand the fascination.
This 'Risto' engine, an old stalwart of the Finnish rail system, was one that we finally
brought back to the UK. My priority at the time had been making the film of our
endeavours, not photography as such, so this is one of the few pictures that I took on
those two memorable trips. The film subsequently gave us an intro to the BBC's 'Great
Railway Journeys', of which I've written elsewhere. When so much else was grey and
gloomy, the colours in this detail shot, on the one sunny day we had, were what
appealed. I wish I'd taken more.
In the course of helping to rescue a dozen about-to-be-scrapped steam locomotives from
sub-Arctic Finland, the crew and I stopped off at a place called Haapajarvi, where a rail
museum had been established. Being out of season, much of it was locked up, which was a
shame since, from photographs I saw later, we'd missed much of interest both
steam-wise and photographically-wise. It was here that I, being a steam newby, found a
full sized locomotive that had been sliced laterally so that you could follow the physical
process of steam generation from firebox to smoke box. I began to understand the
fascination.
This 'Risto' engine, an old stalwart of the Finnish rail system, was one that we finally
brought back to the UK. My priority at the time had been making the film of our
endeavours, not photography as such, so this is one of the few pictures that I took on
those two memorable trips. The film subsequently gave us an intro to the BBC's 'Great
Railway Journeys', of which I've written elsewhere. When so much else was grey and
gloomy, the colours in this detail shot, on the one sunny day we had, were what appealed.
I wish I'd taken more.
In the course of helping to rescue a
dozen about-to-be-scrapped steam
locomotives from sub-Arctic Finland,
the crew and I stopped off at a place
called Haapajarvi, where a rail
museum had been established. Being
out of season, much of it was locked
up, which was a shame since, from
photographs I saw later, we'd missed
much of interest both steam-wise and
photographically-wise. It was here that I, being a steam newby, found a full sized
locomotive that had been sliced laterally so that you could follow the physical
process of steam generation from firebox to smoke box. I began to understand the
fascination.
This 'Risto' engine, an old stalwart of the Finnish rail system, was one that we finally
brought back to the UK. My priority at the time had been making the film of our
endeavours, not photography as such, so this is one of the few pictures that I took on
those two memorable trips. The film subsequently gave us an intro to the BBC's
'Great Railway Journeys', of which I've written elsewhere. When so much else was
grey and gloomy, the colours in this detail shot, on the one sunny day we had, were
what appealed. I wish I'd taken more.

Rusting 'Risto', Finland

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In the course of helping to rescue a dozen about-to-be-scrapped steam locomotives from sub-Arctic Finland, the crew and I stopped off at a place called Haapajarvi, where a rail museum had been established. Being out of season, much of it was locked up, which was a shame since, from photographs I saw later, we'd missed much of interest  both steam-wise and photographically-wise.  It was here that I, being a steam newby, found a full sized locomotive that had been sliced laterally so that you could follow the physical process of steam generation from firebox to smoke box. I began to understand the fascination.

This 'Risto' engine, an old stalwart of the Finnish rail system, was one that we finally brought back to the UK. My priority at the time had been making the film of our endeavours, not photography as such, so this is one of the few pictures that I took on those two memorable trips. The film subsequently gave us an intro to the BBC's 'Great Railway Journeys', of which I've written elsewhere. When so much else was grey and gloomy, the colours in this detail shot, on the one sunny day we had, were what appealed.  I wish I'd taken more.
A grey mount and a polished black frame suit the mood of this picture.

A grey mount and a polished black frame suit the mood of this picture.

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