The main ingredients were on for a great photo, train due to run, weather improving and me being free to get there. I wondered up to Restormel hopeful for a high Summer treat. The Burngullow to Bow sand is earlier on a Sunday evening, and follows the up stopper from Par. The evening weather had been patchy, but clouds were moving across the sky quickly, rather like a lava lamp. Even two weeks after the longest days, opportunities begin to slide as the sun's angle changes.
In the field the sheep eyed me and my stepladder suspiciously as I took up position. Then it was a case of studying Real Time Trains for the Par timings of the sand train. I knew the loco had run early out to Burngullow, so fingers crossed. The unit passed by around 20.20 and the sky to the west was 90% clear, the 10% still had the potential to ruin the shot though. The sand was right behind.
The light was simply delicious and I cringed to think what I could miss. Bang on 20.30 the roar of a class 66 could be heard and I glanced over my shoulder to see the sun burning like a furnace, the whole area lit beautifully. Some things are worth the effort!!
Best wishes, Craig. Many thanks Craig smashing pictures.