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Saturday, 10 April 2010

POLICE Locomotive

In today's post (10th April 2010) I am including two pics from familiar contributors featuring a class 57 and a rather special class 47.

The pic of Virgin class 57, 57316 FAB 1, is from Alan Rigby and dates from 25th January 2006. The locomotive is seen heading Virgin-liveried passenger stock through Winwick. The same locomotive now carries the Arriva Trains Wales blue livery and the name has been removed.

The second pic is from John Smith and was taken at Winwick on 16th September 2003. The quality has suffered a little as it was scanned from a photograph but the historical interest in the locomotive far surpasses the photographic quality. The 47/8 locomotives on Virgin Cross Country services were removed in August 2002. British Transport Police and Virgin then combined in a joint exercise to support a TV advertisement aimed at promoting a safer railway and deterring trespass and vandalism. Class 47, 47829, was painted in Police livery, (known affectionately as the 'jam sandwich' livery) and carried the POLICE name on the side. The locomotive passed to at least one subsequent operator and is now owned by the Harry Needle Railroad Company - it is stored at the ex MOD depot at Long Marston in Warwickshire.

Did anyone photograph the 'Great Britain III' Special through Winwick on Thursday evening 8th april 2010? I only have a single contribution to date and the shot was not at Winwick. Please send something in if you were there.

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