50044 Heap Bridge 3 July 2011

Positively gleaming in the late afternoon light, ex-works 50044 Exeter passes Heap Bridge on 3 July 2011 with the 2J89 16:35 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Superbly restored to represent a machine in unfreburbished condition, this is a fine recreation of the late 1970s, apart from the working headcode and maroon coaches, which takes it back a few more years! For some inexplicable reason I was the only photographer at this particular location, which after all is one of the better spots on the line for lighting at this time of day.