67026 & 67025 Kings Sutton 28 April 2008

There was an unfortunate start to the Wrexham & Shropshire Railway's passenger service on 28 April 2008. The inaugural train - the 1P01 05:42 Wrexham General to Marylebone service suffered loco problems only a short distance into the journey, and time was lost as the rear loco had to be transferred to the front of the train at Wellington. 67026 is pictured approaching Kings Sutton with the disgraced 67025 Western Star, running 37 minutes late. It is a pity that there was no more suitable class of loco for Wrexham & Shropshire to use, as the unreliability of the Class 67s has led to a very public embarrassment on the very first day. Unlike the inaugural northbound train, a pair of scruffy EWS locos hardly did much to promote the service either! I was very lucky with the lighting with this picture, as the clouds were building up very quickly and the sunny spells were getting much shorter!