28th September 2010
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff
1497, named Freshwater in 2005 after it had been refurbished and dedicated to the Lymington branch, was subsequently sold to the Mid Norfolk Railway. Exceptionally conveniently for me, the move of 1497 from Bournemouth T&RSMD to Dereham was not only diagrammed to traverse the Lee Valley Line, but also on a day I was off duty. So what will probably be the first and last opportunity for me to see a Southern Electric unit pass through my local station was far too good to miss
So already off the Southern, here is 1497 speeding through Brimsdown on time at 16:18 on Tuesday 28th September 2010.
It must have been going at maximum line speed - judge from the distance it had gone in the time it took me to turn round not even 180 degrees. Though since it was pathed between the 15:50 Liverpool Street - Cambridge (semi fast) and the 16:10 Liverpool Street - Stansted Airport (express) I should not have been surprised by the lick of speed; shame it was all down to diesel haulage. But these shots were nearly bowled by the 15:45 Stansted Airport - Stratford stopper, so I breathed a big sigh when the Class 315 (what luxury from the airport thanks to National Express East Anglia!) just cleared out of the way in time.