82210 Great Heck 14 March 2008

82210 catches the early morning sun as it passes Great Heck with the 06:30 Newcastle to Kings Cross National Express East Coast service on 14 March 2008. Note the 80 mph speed restriction on the down. line. This section of the ECML was closed the previous day due to damage caused to the overhead wires by the second lot of high winds in less than a month. Such, unfortunately is the vulnerability of overhead electrification, especially when inadequate strength was built into the system in the first place to save costs.