Happy New year to you both.
This report is out of our area and you may decide not to use it on the website, but the rolling stock is relevant to Cornwall. The other day, I was in the Cambridgeshire city of Ely and took the 288 spiral steps up to the top of the tower for a spectacular view of the flat Fenland countryside. In the distance, it was possible to spot the freight terminal of Potter Logistics. Its sidings are currently used to store off-lease rolling stock, including Gatwick Express class 442s, recently withdrawn class 317s from Greater Anglia, and the remaining ex Great Western HSTs that have not been recycled as Castle Class 2+4s, or Inter7City units for ScotRail.
It is reported that they are stored, whilst new users are sought, possibly for light freight use, but I can't see any passenger operators wanting to take them on, in view of the profusion of new rolling stock currently in delivery and on order elsewhere.
Although the sidings are behind locked gates, they can be glimpsed from a footpath and the public road.
I hope the attached photos might be of interest.
Kind regards, Peter.
At fear of being accused of putting on pictures ot of our area we see here rolling stock which until quite recently was being chased, photographed and ridden on as the much loved HST's came out of service. Many thanks Peter for these pictures from 'abroad'!!