On my morning constitutional, I stopped for what turned out to be a long chat with a friend. Continuing over the Redhill-Tonbridge line, I spotted a train approaching – and it looked like a real train with a locomotive. Turned out to be two GBRF Class 73’s topping and tailing an engineers train – not sure what type of train this was, though.
Made my day to see a real train rather than an EMU, and powered by two of my favourite locomotives. I’d confess to remembering the originals, Class 73_0, in green, around Hither Green marshalling yard. These are the largely rebuilt 73_9’s but they have the same business-like character that I’ve always liked. Pity they don’t run on the Gatwick Express any more – those push-pull duties must have been their finest hour.