Train Over Frozen Canal

Train Over Frozen Canal
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Image by tj.blackwell
A Transpennine express train glides out of Leeds Railway Station high above frozen waterways; beginning a tough journey through snowdrifted northern mountain ranges towards Manchester. All of the ice currently encrusting the overhead wires of our railway lines makes for a quite a show whenever an electric train is in motion. They’ve been sparking like dodgem cars during the cold snap.

25,000 volts of misplaced current can generate some stunning blue arcs of electricity, which is a pretty spectacular sight at night. I’ve wished I had my camera with me on a few evenings coming home from work lately – the effect looking out of the train window is so surreal when the passing countryside is illuminated by the electrical contacts above the train glowing and flickering like a welder’s torch.