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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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GM diesels at Ängelholm

Posted in Ängelholm, Helsingborg, Sweden by folkestonejack on May 14, 2010

The opening day of Sweden’s first diesel gala started under overcast skies and ran smoothly enough at first, with everything seeming to run to time during the morning.

The Swedish Railway Museum at Ängelholm had arranged a photobus (a SJ-bus from the 1960s) which I joined for the morning, heading to spots at Grevie and Axelstorp to photograph a ballast train hauled by a noisy Tb/DLL diesel locomotive owned by Banverket Produktion/Infranord. It’s fair to say that any thought of a quiet photospot with a handful of photographers soon disappeared as the crowds gathered, but I think it added something different to the atmosphere…

The event featured main line running in and around Ängelholm, Båstad, Åstorp and Helsingborg. After leaving the photobus at midday I headed to Båstad South but things fell apart with the schedule around this time. I wasn’t really sure what happened so abandoned my plans to head further into the middle of nowhere (and didn’t really get the best out of the next few hours). In the end I headed back to Ängelholm and made the most of the event, taking a few nice shots that kept me happy.

In the evening I took a trip into Malmö to see some of the impressive architecture in the city (not least the turning torso) but after a while tiredness took over and I headed back to the station, catching a slowwwww Pågatåg unit back to Helsingborg under cover of darkness.

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