47853 Ebbw Junction 22 February 2003

Still wearing its XP64 heritage repaint from the previous year's Virgin CrossCountry loco hauled finale, 47853 Rail Express passes Ebbw Junction on 22 February 2003 with the 1Z42 10:46 Crewe to Cardiff Central rugby special. The livery is an accurate representation of the experimental 1964 colour scheme that eventually led to the more subdued Rail Blue livery. Apart from the modern name, the only difference is the application of TOPS standard size (larger than the original) numbers.