31602 & 31601 Up Hatherley 4 September 2012

Almost like the good old days, with a pair of Class 31s working a real freight train on the mainline. 31602 & 31601 pass Up Hatherley in atrocious light on 4 September 2012 with the 6Z69 13:20 Cardiff Tidal to Chaddesden scrap empties. As I knew that the yellow 31 would be leading, I decided that this was worth recording despite the grim weather. It might have been a different story if 31601 had been leading, as the DCR livery looks drab at the best of times, and of virtually indeterminate colour in this kind of light. As 31602 is now part of the Devon & Cornwall Railways stable, it will presumably loose its former Network Rail livery shortly, making it even more important to get this picture.