1808 Swanley 30 May 1998

Class 421 4-CIG 1808 approaches Swanley on 30 May 1998 with the 10:11 Victoria to Ramsgate Connex South Eastern service. This is one of those rare locations that now actually has less lineside vegetation than this. Hidden behind the trees in this view is a vintage coal tax post, which signified the point beyond which all ingoing coal trains had to pay a tax to the City of London. In 1998 this unusual survivor could only be seen in winter, but now it is clearly on view, even in summer.