47131 Hampton Gay 12 January 1980

47131 passes Hampton Gay on 12 January 1980 with the 1M11 08:50 Paddington to Manchester Piccadilly, which it would work as far as Birmingham New Street, being replaced there by 86024. When headcodes ceased to be displayed on the front of locomotives in the mid 1970s, the blinds were replaced by a pair of white dots in the position of the outer two digits. Something seems to have gone awry here, as one dot is in the wrong position. Note the vintage telegraph poles, which were replaced by trunked cables shortly after this picture was taken.