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Rain… and plenty of it!

Posted in Ängelholm, Helsingborg, Sweden by folkestonejack on May 15, 2010

Awoke to heavy rain which didn’t leave me optimistic about the prospects for the day ahead… a first impression that was quickly confirmed on the dash from the hotel to the railway station.

I took the first diesel-hauled service out of Helsingborg in the hope that conditions might have eased by the time we reached Ängelholm but no such luck. A few brave souls had ventured out lineside, some buried beneath umbrellas and others making a last-minute dash from their cars.

At Ängelholm I decided it was definetly a morning for the easy option and boarded the southbound train for a run from Ängelholm-Helsingborg-Ängelholm via Astorp. If nothing else, it gave me a good chance to sample the different types of stock behind the diesel – as well as a brief, but wet, photostop at Astorp. I liked the rather luxurious armchairs in one of the coaches… very relaxing. I could do with one of those on my commute to London Bridge every morning!

The rain had lessened by the time we returned to Ängelholm so I decide to take a chance on the hour long walk to Skälderviken harbour and was rewarded by two trains in opposite directions around 1pm. Typically the rain started pouring down before the first of these, but a few minutes made all the difference for the northbound service hauled by NSB Di3 616. Feeling satisfied with some good footage and an ok looking shot I headed back on foot.

After a few more shots at Ängelholm I took the train back to Helsingborg to get some video footage of the Tb/DLL climbing out of the station and over the ramp from the unusual vantage point of the beach. It’s hard to recreate the incredible atmosphere – the sound of the sea gradually overwhelmed by the sheer noise of the diesel and then returning as the locomotive disappeared. All the while black clouds threatening overhead. Quite something else – and quite a curtain call for the event.

A few locals asked me what was going on and I tried my best to explain, though I’m sure it probably sounded quite mad. I think it’s something I am used to by now! Anyway, all credit to the museum for putting on an amazing event and for supplying such an enthusiastic and friendly welcome.

More photos from Dieseldagar 2010

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