Happy days! Just done something, I’ve been wanting to do for a good number of years! That is getting the Summer Special HST train to Skegness! Big thanks to Mark T for sorting it all out and of course joining me!
Today Mark T and myself went to Elton and Orston railway station, which is the least used station in Nottinghamshire. To watch the one of the Summer Saturday HST specials to Skegness.
So glad, that I went to Grantham railway station on Saturday the 21st of December 2019. To see the LNER HSTs, branded as ‘Let’s Go Round Again’. A 2+7 set was fully repainted into the original InterCity125 livery and the powercars (43206 and 43312) were re-numbered to 253003 and 253029.
It’s the first time, in my life I’ve seen a HST set in it’s original livery. So glad, that myself and around 100 others went to Grantham railway station to get some photos!
More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/grantham/
So looking forward to last ever trip on a HST on the ECML. Getting the train from Grantham up to York (which I believe, will be a InterCity 225), then boarding the Highland Chieftain service, which will be operated by diesel-powered InterCity 125 High Speed Train for the very last time! Going all the way up to Inverness.
This will be my third time using the Highland Chieftain service. Really, really looking forward to it!
Once up in Inverness, hoping to do the Far North Line, for the very first time!
Sad to know, that in the next number of weeks, all of LNER’s HSTs will be coming off the ECML. Really going to miss, seeing and of course hearing the Class 43’s, powering up and down the line.
Many more photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/trains/class-43/
LNER Class 43 at Stirling railway station, which also happened to be my ride between Edinburgh Haymarket and Stirling.
Also very sad, this could well be my very last trip on LNER Class 43 in Scotland. Since from the 9th December, the London King’s Cross – Inverness LNER route, will change over to the Azuma service (Class 800).
Do really, love getting trains from Stirling railway station! Great place to see InterCity 125s and the new Class 385 trains.
More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/stirling/
Here are some more photos, I took at London King’s Cross railway station this week…
More photos from this set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/london-kings-cross/
I can now tick off, Kettering railway station.
More photos can be found over at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/kettering/
Since I was waiting for Mark T to get to Grantham railway station, it was time to take some more photos! Going to really miss, seeing the InterCity 125 trains, when they start being removed from the EMCL. So better get photos of them, while I can!
More photos can be found over at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/grantham/