The Autumn of 2010 saw an intense period of weekend ECML diversions via Spalding, Sleaford and Lincoln which gave us the opportunity of many rare combinations of motive power and locations. Here is one I found quite intriguing as the rear of 1D32 1200 Kings Cross - Leeds shows East Coast class 225 DVT No 82224 being dragged by 67003 around the curve towards Sleaford North Junction. The contrast between new electric train and old telegraph pole makes me want to share this one with you all. Judging by the blood stains below the cab window the DVT is also showing signs of a previous birdstrike.
The future of heritage AC traction in the UK has been thrown into turmoil following the announcement by Electric Traction Ltd that all of its fleet is to be withdrawn from mainline operations. In a statement ETL said that 87002 Royal Sovereign and 86101 Sir William Stannier FRS would be stood down following completion of the Ice Maiden project on 9 February 2013. I am really gald I managed to get this picture as the loco is to be stored at Wembley prior to it almost certainly being sold for use abroad. The company have explored the possibility of running a farewell tour with both these locomtives but time has run out without any progress being made. Farewell my friends.
The 0730 Daventry to Mossend Tesco Express approaches Carlisle bang on time on Friday 29 July 2011 with Stobart liveried 92017 Bart The Engine at the helm. The daily express takes 20 lorry loads off the roads each day and saves an estimated 4.5m road miles and around 6,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. The service was initailly hauled by a Stobart liveried diesel class 66 but is now hauled by a Class 92.
The Battlefield Line which runs from Shackerstone at the north end to Shenton in the south staged its 2010 Spring Gala over the weekend of 15/16 May. There was a highly varied line up with many unusual combinations of motive power. The resident ED 73114 is seen from the overbridge 'in the field' just North of Bosworth with a southbound working on the Saturday.
The 'Purple Scotsman' as it has become known returns North at Tallington running slightly late due to a fatality at Huntingdon. The new Flying Scotsman service commences each day as 1E01 0540 from Edinburgh and is timed at exactly 4 hours to Kings Cross with only one passenger stop at Newcastle. The set then makes a return trip to Leeds before heading back North to Edinburgh as 1S25 leaving the Cross at 1630