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Sometimes the things you get a chance to photograph can seem a bit unreal or maybe surreal or perhaps wraithlike, as in these trains wrapped in their own steam and smoke.

I like the weird, unearthly feel this gives to the pictures. Everything feels shrouded in mystery, disappearing into the gloom.

People have a feeling of smokey unreality too, half hidden as if enveloped within a smog of yesteryear.

Steam shrouds footplates veiling details, creating a haze of indistinctness, heightening the sense of the illusory. 

Forms emerge half muted in the steam and smoke giving these huge monsters a nebulous almost ethereal air.

Disembodied faces peer out from the mist, the demigods who drive these fire breathing monsters; coal and water, smoke and steam.

Then again it can be just the 10:30 from Alresford to Alton working hard as it departs the station, though it's pretty spectacular on a bright, frosty morning. The sights, sounds and smells of heritage steam are something to be savoured close up and in person, for the total immersive experience. Oh, and bring your camera.

✧ Jokul Frosti ✧

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