FEBRUARY 22nd 2003

February Part 2

The rugby special season returns and the first one out is 37418 "East Lancashire Railway" seen here about to leave Crewe for Shrewsbury and South Wales.

Approaching Shrewsbury.

 Waiting for a unit to clear.

 Ready for off.

The journey back to Crewe was affected by a failed freight train South of Shrewsbury so we were diverted via Chester. We arrived just in time to see the next train reversing into the platform with 3 up front.

 The motive power was provided by the two Class 37's, numbers 37179 leading with 37038 behind. 47839 was in the consist to provide electric power - some power station! 37038 is fresh from overhaul and looked resplendent with its new paint job.

 The lead locomotive.

 The triple header (well almost).

 47839 has been recently acquired by Riviera Trains and was repainted from Virgin livery. The locomotive lacks any form of branding at the moment.

 A lively getaway........

 ....indeed a smoky getaway as the three round the curve for the Welsh Marches line.