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“The Jacobite”

“The Jacobite” is the vintage steam train which runs from Fort William, through some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland, to the picturesque fishing port of Mallaig.

While this trip has always been a popular attraction with tourists visiting the Scottish highlands, the “Harry Potter” movies where the ” Hogwarts Express” crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct has helped boost the popularity of this nostalgic journey. On its journey the “Jacobite” does cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct just like in the movies.

The image of the train below, was captured last week, during a short visit to the Scottish Highlands, as it travelled along the shoreline of Loch Eil, 4 – 5 miles from Fort William, on its way to Mallaig

More details at http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/Jacobite_Details.html and for a journey across the Glenfinnan Viaduct on “The Jacobite” click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_GjT9nlAeM&feature=related

The Jacobite


11 responses

  1. lovely to shoot something like this 🙂

    May 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    • Thanks for your comment Joshi.

      May 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

  2. Great photo, Jim…I love the way the train is framed between the grasses and the loch and mountains. “Purple mountain’s majesty!”

    May 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    • Hi Judy and thanks for your praise. I did research this a little. The day before we were in Mallaig and I stopped the car a few times on the return journey, to determine a suitable position to capture the image. I managed to get the train timetable and estimated when it would pass my chosen viewing location. I was there about 15 minutes before it arrived, mounted my camera on the tripod and set up the composition and then waited for the train. I took several shots as the train approached and chose the best image. From the time the train appeared, I had no more than about 15 seconds to capture the image.

      May 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      • I imagined you standing on the grassy bank, Jim.
        I was sure you must’ve chosen that spot ahead of time.
        Your pre-shot planning helped immensely with the short time span! 😉 It’s an awesome shot!

        May 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

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