67021 Ascot-under-Wychwood 8 July 2017

Customers pay a substantial premium to ride in the luxury VSOE Pullman coaches on the Belmond British Pullman's charters, and you would expect DB Cargo to at least provide a couple of presentable locos. However, this was not the case with the 1Z94 08:48 Victoria to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Historic Worcester' railtour on 8 July 2017. While the lead loco 67005 Queen's Messenger was a fitting choice, 67021, seen here on the rear as the train speeds through Ascott-under-Wychwood, certainly wasn't! The battered and filthy loco is hardly an appropriate choice for this luxury train, and shows that DB Cargo does not really care that much about the charter market.