Why have I just related all that? Well last night I was back at Lowestoft for yet another test train with yet another loco to die for. I had known that D6757, also known as 37057 was part of the test train. This particular 37 is in BR green and quite frankly looks amazing. I was praying it would be at the country end of the train so to be under Lowestoft's superb lighting, and indeed it should have been, but due to a late start Norwich was bypassed instead of visited and so was on the wrong end for me. Or so I thought. 37219 looking great in Colas colours brought the train into Lowestoft.
Tim had ventured to Yarmouth earlier to capture D6757 and this is the result - makes a change to see them in daylight!
|D6757 at Great Yarmouth yesterday pic (c) Tim Miller|
|D6757 at Lowestoft|
|The builders plate on D6757|
One of the quirks of the East Suffolk Line is that at night the car is quicker than the train and so I made it to Darsham in plenty of time to wait for the spectacular. The driver had promised me a show, and I think you'll agree he delivered. Once again I recommend listening to this over headphones - nothing like it!
What an evening. I'm not going to name the driver as there's always one Moaning Milly who will object to someone being nice, but quite simply he made my day, just as that bus driver did 45 years ago. Another test train in 4 weeks time and if he's on it again I'll be there. An iconic loco being driven by a legend. Nice combination.
I'm off to Peterborough for a double header trip - half at the rail station and half at the bus station or near to it anyway. There's also a diesel gala taking place nearby but who needs that! It won't get close to last night. I will though have something about buses to post for once - it is so quiet on the bus front right now I just don't have anything to post. Hope it picks up soon.