47841 & 47851 Vigo 17 July 2002

After the failure of 47851 Traction Magazine the previous day, the errant two tone green 47 was included in the consist of the 1S48 07:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Edinburgh 'Midland Scot' Virgin Cross Country service on 17 July 2002. In beautiful crisp early morning light the train is pictured storming up the Lickey Incline at Vigo headed by 47841 Spirit of Chester. There was just over a month to go before Class 47 passenger haulage would come to end to be replaced by the ubiquitous 'Voyager' units.