09025 Brighton 20 April 1996

The most unusual feature of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:35 Bristol Temple Meads to Eastbourne 'Southern Coasterman' on 20 April 1996 was the 1 mile 28 chains of Class 09 haulage between Preston Park and Brighton station. Normally shunter haulage on railtours is a rare event for obvious reasons, but with a top speed of 27mph and a distance of only a little over a mile, there would be no disruption to normal services in this case. Pictured approximately half way through its moment of fame 09025 trundles along the main line in the sunshine. Class 71 electric loco E5001 was on the rear of the train. The other notice on the front of the loco above the headboard reads 'Crane swings. Keep well clear' (stuck on upside down for no obvious reason!).