However one survives, 1001, lovingly preserved by Hastings Diesels Ltd and yesterday it was on one of its tours which involved travelling up the Great Eastern Mainline to Norwich, then up to Sheringham to venture on the North Norfolk Railway to Holt. This was not to be missed, and so the legend who is Tim Miller came to pick me up and off we went to find the train that holds so many personal memories for me.
I wanted to hear those engines working hard, so having studied the route decided that the stretch of line just after Whittingham Junction would be the best place. Sure enough we found a footbridge that crossed the line in the perfect place and waited, using the extremely useful Railcam.co.uk live diagrams to follow the Thumper's progress. Then the moment I had been waiting for. Plug your headphones in, turn the volume up to 11 and enjoy.
The next aim was to catch the Thumper crossing the road at Sheringham making the transition from Network Rail controlled line to the North Norfolk Railway. Despite all the holiday traffic we made it just in time and discovered we were not the only ones with the idea - Sheringham was packed and the crossing point especially so. However that meant I had to adopt an unusual camera angle (hold as high above my head as possible and hope for the best) and the resulting pics show a train looking as though it is part of a carnival parade - so pleased with these!
|1001 crosses the road at Sheringham in triumph!|
|And enters North Norfolk Railway territory|
|Thumper meets Black Prince at Sheringham NNR||prince|
Before we rendezvoused with the Thumper though, there was an opportunity to go tractor hunting in the form of the Anglian Short Set, which on Saturdays operates fast services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. So Tim and I set ourselves up at the picturesque Brundall station. Sadly no clag, but 37's at speed have a presence in my opinion that can't be matched, and that made it worth it alone. 37405 is leading with 37422 on the rear.
That hadn't been the only DRS 37 action in the previous day or two. Thursday saw a Network Rail test train come to the area, and it spent the afternoon and evening trundling up and down the lines from Norwich to Yarmouth and Lowestoft, before making a trip down the East Suffolk Line and back. Cameron Robinson sent me this picture he took from a bus on the Acle Straight near Yarmouth.
|37605 with the Network Rail test train|
|Nice 'ere innit! 37605 takes a day off in Lowestoft.|