I did see that we had a new train recently, but it hadn't occurred to me there was a historic interest in the old one - I would have gone along to take a pic. Funnily enough the Chairman of our local camera club had a connection with trains in London so I know he has followed developments. Not sure who he used to work for. I believe our train service is one of the most timely in the UKI didn't realise you were on the Isle (guessed from squiggle being red, then checked).
Did you go ride on the last day of your 80 year old tube trains before they were withdrawn this week?
Very shallow DoF there. Nice having a decent sized garden to get shots like this
The Isle was the one place in the UK where you could get off the "Main Line" railway and get onto a heritage train pulled by a steam loco younger than the train you'd just got off of.but it hadn't occurred to me there was a historic interest in the old one
Thanks Jim. Every day I do think to myself that I am so lucky, especially in these strange times. My garden is not as wild looking as I would like for photography, but I love watching the birds and squirrels. We have 3 regular squirrels visit, and I filmed 5 in the summer - probably kittens.Fantastic! You're so lucky to have Red Squirrels near you. I'm glad that you posted this, thank you
Well I wish I'd known that before. Kicking myself now. Interesting that the heritage ones (presumably at Havenstreet) are younger. I would never have guessed.The Isle was the one place in the UK where you could get off the "Main Line" railway and get onto a heritage train pulled by a steam loco younger than the train you'd just got off of.
The tube trains were 1938 stock. The IoWSR has to Ivatt steam locos dating from the mid 1950s (along with some older ones).
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Preparation is everything....I must admit I laughed out loud when I saw your first submission, excellent.
Then you posted this stunning little fella, I am so jealous. I had hoped to see some on my travels when I was allowed to escape last year but never did and you have them in your garden.
I think I would set my own hide up in the garden if I had them visiting my garden.
Fab start for 2021.
It reminds me of the haka dance and thank you for your kind commentThat’s wonderful you can kind of see what it’s thinking....Oh **** I could have sworn I left it here
Thanks. It seems we can't tear ourselves awayYour week off went as well as mine...
Absolutely fantastic pose for your squirrel! Brilliant picture!
Thank you. It is surprisingly shallow, but perhaps there is a bit of a slope there that makes it look narrower than it is. I just checked, it is at f/8 and 560mm on a full frame camera.
Thank you. We've had two chasing each other and apparently they will be mating around now. We tend to see either the two together or one other on it's own. I can waste a lot of time watching themLove it.
We have a pair of squirrels that chase each other around our garden - although I did witness them seeing off a couple of other interlopers the other day. But ours are grey.
They're still cute, but I'd love to see a proper red close up.
Thanks @minx - you have a lovely profile pic Looks like you managed to get quite close!only grey squirrels near me the red ones are so much prettier, great start to the year.
Thanks Dave. They are definitely cute. I have hundreds of photos of them, but rarely anything worthwhile. The frost made a good backdrop on this morning.What a great image of the beautiful Red, wish we all had them.
Oldest tubes are on the Bakerloo, there are some 1972 stock remaining (not many though I believe).Well I wish I'd known that before. Kicking myself now. Interesting that the heritage ones (presumably at Havenstreet) are younger. I would never have guessed.
Are there other old tube trains being used elsewhere?
Wow so ours really were old then... and we're still going to have some of the oldest in the country.... befitting of the sleepy IOW I do wish I'd paid more attention now. I thought the excitement was just about the logistics of getting them across on the ferry.Oldest tubes are on the Bakerloo, there are some 1972 stock remaining (not many though I believe).
The *new* ones coming to the Isle are 1978 stock, ex of the District Line - but with a complete refurbishment including wifi and usb phone charging and toilets. Probably some of the better units on the network to be honest.
How lovely to have a red squirrel in your garden, especially one posing so perfectly, a super start
Ooooooh a red Squiggle! VERY nice!
Great capture Bebop, looks like he (she?) can't decide whether to run or charge.
Cracking shot Bebop. What a great start!
A great shot to start. The expression and stance you captured is fantastic.
Thank you all so much for the kind comments. It appears it's all going downhill already as I haven't checked in here in days! Hopefully will catch up with all of your images soon!Nice squirrel Bebop, lucky to have the red ones where you are.
I like the dof you have used and the compostion also works well in this case.