40145 Barrhill 9 June 2007

40145 darkens the sky as it pulls way from Barrhill station with the SRPS 1Z11 05:28 Darlington to Stranraer railtour on 9 June 2007. The noise was spectacular as the lumbering giant struggled to get to grips with the 1 in 67 gradient from a standing start in the station. Note Barrhill's up home signal on the wrong side of the line due to sighting problems caused by the sharp curve in the cutting. Apart from all the heads out of the windows this could well be a scene from the 1970s. Classic English Electric traction, semaphore signals, and bullhead track. Even the milepost has a bit more character than the standard ex BR item.