47848 South Moreton 9 October 2003

After Virgin CrossCountry downgraded their passenger experience by replacing their loco hauled trains with Voyagers in 2002, a large number of Virgin liveried Class 47/8s naturally became surplus to requirements. One such was 47848 Newton Abbot Festival of Transport, which was snapped up by Freightliner Heavy Haul. It is seen here passing South Moreton on 9 October 2003 with the 6M16 13.48 Southampton Western Docks to Crewe Gresty Lane Ford cars and vans. The only evidence of the new operator is a small Freightliner sticker on the cabside.