|37405 pulls into a murky Lowestoft|
|37422 at Lowestoft|
On arrival at Norwich I decided food was essential and settled for the 1730 to London. Hoping it would be the ex Virgin set with the declassified 1st class coach I was in for a disappointment which turned into a smile when I saw the loco on the front. 90034 has been on loan from DB Schenker for a few months but has seen little action in passenger service. However it was out, still in DRS blue, and looking very smart.
|90034 at Norwich|
|90034 unusually on platform 12 at Liverpool St|
|Hitachi Javelin 395 005 Dame Tami Grey Thompson at St Pancras International|
From the UK's oldest passenger hauling locos to the UK's newest HST's in 3 hours and 50 years. What a journey, and when it works like that what a railway!
The return journey yesterday wasn't as eventful with one very fortunate exception. Traveling half hour earlier than intended I arrived on the Southbound Thameslink platform at St Pancras just in tie for the Brighton train to pull in, the front 4 coaches of which was one of the new Class 387/2 Electrostars which are replacing the 442's on Gatwick Express. I know everything there is to know about the Electrostars and how they ride as I worked them intensively while a conductor on Southeastern a few years ago before my sight problems started. Quiet, smooth and rather boring! So this was all about the interior and if it was suitable for an airport service.
|387 02 attached to a Thameslink 387/1 at St Pancras International|
So we have no luggage space. Gatwick Express also charge more to go along the same rails than Southern or Thameslink do so you would expect the seats to be better and more comfortable to reflect the premium they expect customers to pay. Sorry can't oblige there either.
|Standard Class seats on the 387/2's|
|Ok red and grey!|
|387202 at Farringdon|