43069, 43193 and 43197 were once operated by Virgin Trains and later used on the Midland Main Line before joining the Great Western fleet in 2006. 43069 was originally delivered new to the Eastern Region in November 1977 as part of set 254007; I noted it under construction at the Crewe Works open day on 24th September that year. The other two were among the final batch to be delivered (to Laira) in time for the HST takeover of NE-SW services during the autumn of 1982.
Regards, Guy Vincent.
The end of May
The threat of the reduction in the Castle sets on the long-distance services has seen the camera busy clicking the various duties they cover. Digital allows a "machine-gunning" of trains traditionally you wouldn't have wasted film on.
Here are some late entries for the month, including an evening sojourn to Laira to see the now rather jaded looking blue power cars destined for scrap. 56081 made a trip down from Leicester to collect three such power cars bound for Newport. Quite poignant to remember the windowless Westerns and Hymeks here in the mid 1970s.
Also included some pictures from Angarrack and St Erth following a shift there on Sunday. The lunchtime Tuesday working of the Exeter to St Blazey empty JIAs has brought another notable daytime freight to record. 66139 doing the honours today seen at Tywardreath.
Best wishes, Craig Munday
Bolitho & Moorswater
Lucky timing at Bolitho viaduct enabled me to capture old and new in the same photo - the HST heading west is the 0655 Exeter St Davids - Penzance, whilst the IET is the 0710 Penzance - Paddington.
A walk to the footbridge at Moorswater then allowed me to photograph the 1218 Penzance - Paddington under a gorgeous blue sky, lead by 802 019.
Best Regards, Chris Harvey.