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Steam Train Scotland

The Great Marquess steam engine 61994 in front of the Wallace Monument
Steam Train Scotland

The new Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway reopened as many enjoyed Steam Train Scotland. Traditional coaches were pulled by “The Great Marquess” No 61994 on inaugural trips between Alloa and Stirling on 15th May. As the train passed by Causewayhead in Stirling I photographed the engine passing the Wallace Monument in the background. There are passionate train enthusiasts. The area was busy with anxious people waiting for the train to pass.

 

Steam Train Scotland
The Great Marquess steam engine 61994 in front of the Wallace Monument

 

The Great Marquess steam engine 61994 departing Alloa
The Great Marquess steam engine 61994 departing Alloa
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Lowry Theatre

While in Manchester I visited The Lowry Theatre, the home of the works of LS Lowry. As I develop as a Photographer, it is so important to experience a range of visual arts. Seeing with the eye, asking questions why the artist made their choices of context, light, composition, depth, colour etc. This was an excellent display of Lowry’s work. Early sketches in the 1900’s, through oils of his widely recognised Industrial scenes and small ball point sketches. He had a style of his own in representations of people and pets. The people walking as one to/from big smoke-stack factories in single-minded fashion. Whereas the pets seemed to have a life of their own, happy in the landscape, walking against the flow of people. Time very well spent.

Lowry Theatre, Salford Docks, Manchester
Lowry Theatre, Salford Docks, Manchester

The re-development of Glasgow’s old Docks, once neglected then regenerated by the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988 are now transformed into modern office and science buildings. Similarly for Salford Quay. I was in Manchester this week and had a few hours to explore, with my new point’n’shoot Canon G9 camera. The quay has street art which relates to the history of the area. It has opened-up new uses for the Docks. For Football fans, Manchester United’s stadium Old Trafford sits at the edge of these docks (below).

Old Trafford, Salford Docks
Old Trafford, Salford Docks

There is a small sailing school offering hire and instruction in windsurfing and Laser sailing dinghies.

Ontario Basin Salford Docks
Ontario Basin Salford Docks

 

Central Bay Salford Docks
Central Bay Salford Docks