|Back to back HST powercars haul 1C99 with 57310. |
Photo thanks to Alex Nevin-Tylee.
|DRS 57306 - thanks to Elliott Farrell.|
In Summer 2014, Network Rail yellow liveried 57305 was loaned to FGW from Direct Rail Services for the Night Riviera Sleeper service, and even saw use on the "Day Sleeper" Exeter-Penzance working on Saturdays. This is due to native 57602 being away for refurbishment, and the other three suffering problems from time to time. Sadly, I never manage to sample a ride behind 57305 and it returned to DRS and was later painted into "Northern Belle" livery towards the end of the season.
|57312 working the Northern Belle - thanks to Ben Sweeney.|
|57604 "Pendennis Castle" at London Paddington|
|57303 "Pride of Carlisle" at London Paddington|
Although the 57's seem to be woefully unreliable at First Great Western, and the passengers and staff are being caused headaches, it's certainly been an interesting period for us enthusiasts. There is talks of FGW replacing the Class 57's with Class 67 "Skips" in the Autumn, but who knows...