89001 Abbots Ripton 16 August 1988

The unique Class 89 89001 entered service in July 1988 and was put to work on the ECML initially working the 07:00 Peterborough to Kings Cross and 17:36 InterCity return workings. It proved outstandingly reliable, but its non-standard design caused problems in later years due to shortage of spare parts. After withdrawal in 1992 it was bought for preservation, only to re-enter service a few years later with GNER, until more problems with sourcing components led to its withdrawal again. The 'Flying Badger' is pictured here passing Abbots Ripton at the full line speed of 125 mph with the 07:00 Peterborough to Kings Cross service on 16 August 1988. Directly behind the loco is converted HST driving trailer 43013.