87024 Basford Hall Junction 3 July 1985

87024 Lord of the Isles slowly moves across from the down main to the down relief line at Basford Hall Junction on 3 July 1985. Due to the total shutdown of Crewe station, all traffic was being routed via the avoiding lines. My main reason for visiting the area was to get some pictures of the Class 40s that had been temporarily reprieved for use during the work. This was only partially successful, with just a single picture of 97407 (40012) running light engine. However, in retrospect a picture of a Rail Blue Class 87 on a rake of blue and grey Mk3s (and single InterCity BG!) was certainly worth recording. The train is the 1S45 13:45 Euston to Ayr.