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A train steams into the outskirts of Loughborough on a cold, slightly misty but otherwise clear winters day. Not big dramatic steam but gently under stated British semi rural idyll. The Great Central Railway is Britain's largest mainline steam trust and one of the major tourist attractions of the area I live in.

i think that engines often produce far more dramatic images when leaving the frame when shooting from the height of a bridge - it's certainly where I put more effort. Here it paid off handsomly with the capture of the little girl who's wonderment just says it all - the magic of special childhood moments.

This line is very important historically because it is where the idea of holiday trips is said to have originated in the first 'steam excursion' - a temperance day out from Leicester to Loughborough and a mass picnic in Queen's Park in the town. This took place in the 19th Century. The success of this inspired the organiser on to bigger and brighter things and a real explosion of holiday travel and destinations in the 20th Century.

His name - Thomas Cooke - the first person in the UK to 'create', market, sell and provide transport to 'holiday destinations'. A revolution in middle class and working class experience....the very idea of Holy Days was just that - the week or fortnight in Skegness, Benidorm or Split was non-existent - people were simply not given that kind of time off work.

So little girl look in wonder, the world could have remained so different but for this magic railway line and a man with an idea. Thankyou Mr Cooke for the social revolution you sparked!

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