Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

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Ascending from platform level to ground level – Maida Vale underground station, North London πŸ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

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Thursday Doors: Double Doors

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Usually tube train doors only open at one side or the other, as the train is generally accessible from only one platform at most stations. But at Stratford station, the West-bound Central line underground train can be boarded via platforms at either side, so here are both sets of doors opened at once. Although the platforms are above ground at Stratford, there are underground tunnels at either end πŸ™‚

Thursday Doors

Train Stations by Night

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I’m back from my visit to Scotland to see my family – more of that later – but in the meantime here are some dark and moody night-time shots of near-deserted stations, taken from the window of the overnight train I was travelling in. They’re perhaps a little too unlit and shadowy for some tastes, but the dramatic contrast suited my frame of mind in the wee small hours πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Ascend

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Later tonight I will ascend the Caledonian Sleeper train at London’s Euston Station, and early tomorrow morning (having travelled 600 miles overnight) I will descend onto the platform at Inverness Station in the North of Scotland to spend the next fortnight visiting my family – woo-hoo!

These particular images from Euston and Inverness are from previous visits – it’s a trip I take regularly, so have a variety of shots from over the years.

I won’t be blogging at all while I’m away, so don’t worry if I’m completely incommunicado for a couple of weeks – I’ll be back in full flow at the end of the month, and will catch up with you all then πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Ascend

Daily Prompt: Grainy

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I took this shot late this afternoon in Chancery Lane Underground Station, here in London – we were right at the end of the busy East-bound Central Line platform waiting for our train to arrive, and I realised I could see quite far in to the usually dark tunnel.

So I grabbed my camera and took a couple of quick shots of our train coming in along the tracks, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this image is reasonably in focus and not actually too grainy, considering the ISO was set at 1600!

Daily Prompt: Grainy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of Focus

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While travelling through London’s Euston Station at night last month I took a few pictures from the train, looking along the gently curved platform – my lens struggled to focus on a couple of shots, but I took them anyway, and really liked the effect!

PS If you want to see what it actually looks like in focus, see my previous post hereπŸ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of Focus