50008 Ufton Nervet 16 September 1978

A real blast from the past! 50008 Thunderer approaches Ufton Nervet level crossing on 16 September 1978 with the 1B74 12:23 Paddington to Paignton service. The loco had only been named two weeks previously, and was to wait another year before the ship's crests were added. It is still in unrefurbished condition, and at this time less than half way through its career on the national network, having being transferred from the London Midland Region to the Western Region two years before as a replacement for the Class 52 'Westerns'. This was one of my earliest railways photos, taken using a Praktica PLC2 and Kodachrome 64 film.