50008 Heap Bridge 7 March 2010

The highlight of the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala on 6 & 7 March 2010 was the return to service in 'Laira Blue' livery of 50008. The immaculate loco is seen here passing Heap Bridge on Sunday 7 March with the 2J77 13:05 Heywood to Rawtenstall service. Although the shade of blue looks a little light, and the omission of the Thunderer nameplates gives the game away, this is certainly an excellent recreation of the 1991 period, and a welcome return to service of one of my favourite Class 50s.