|A Southeastern Class 395 Javelin heads for Ebbsfleet|
|A Paris bound new Class e320|
|The 12 car Javelin streaks past|
|The test picture with HS1 and Medway Valley|
I have enormous sympathy for anyone who sees the only solution to their problems is jumping under a train. However to my knowledge no one who has taken that ultimate and tragic step has ever taken pics of the trains beforehand. I never did get the pic I was after due to a 373 having technical probs, so I gave up as time was getting on, and went back to the other side to come face to face with a lady from Network Rail who was also checking I wasn't about to end it all. Again she was very pleasant, really interested that I had access to live running diagrams, and in fact we nattered too long as I missed a perfect opportunity to get two Eurostars passing on the bridge. The last train on the video is of the troubled 373 just after another one hammered the other way.
I am very grateful everyone cared so much, but at the same time hope no one was being burgled at the time as I would think the Police response may have been delayed due to lawful activity taking place elsewhere. Anyway here is the vid compilation, enjoy the whoosh of the 373's as some of them are being scrapped, and of course because of the number of Police man hours involved in the production!
It was then time to go to Paddington. The intention was to drive to Bluewater, leave the car there and then bus it to Paddington. I managed to find a parking space 20 yards from the Bus Station and got my first surprise. The 96 from Bluewater to Woolwich is normally operated by E400's or hard seated Scania Omnicity Deckers. However waiting on layover was a Gemini3 Volvo B5LH.
|Stagecoach London 13014 Volvo B5LH BN14 WAE|
It was obvious I wasn't going to make Paddington by bus, so a change of plan was needed. I caught an 89 to Lewisham - a 61 reg E400 that was considerably less rattly than the Gemini - finally invested in an Oyster card, caught a Southeastern 465 to Victoria and jumped on the Circle Line to Paddington, only to be serenaded by what I have to say was an extremely good jazz band most of the way.
|Jazz on the Tube|
PS - despite best efforts didn't win the photo comp!