D1015 & 40145 Tackley 15 May 2010

The bizarre combination of a 'Western' and a Class 40 worked the Class 40 Preservation Society's 1Z40 05:20 Crewe to Penzance 'East Lancs Champion' railtour on 15 May 2010. The colourful combination of D1015 Western Champion (masquerading as D1012 Western Firebrand on this side of the locomotive, and D1009 Western Invader on the other) & 40145 East Lancashire Railway are pictured rounding the curve near Tackley in perfect lighting conditions. Both a 'Western' and Class 40 have very distinctive engine sounds, but in combination the resultant noise is something else entirely. Long before the train came into view there was certainly no doubt what was approaching!