L702 Woburn Sands 29 August 1998

After its displacement from Thames Valley services in the early 1990s, L419 (51356, 59508 & 51398) had its centre car removed and acquired the set number L702. In this form it is seen accelerating away from Woburn Sands station with DMBS 51356 leading on 29 August 1998. It is working the 09:50 Bletchley to Bedford service. This picture demonstrates one of the main problems with the Pentax 6x7 camera when used with a 200mm lens. The unit is absolutely pin sharp, but the level crossing in the background isn't due to the very limited depth of field.