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Sign the petition to ensure this doesn't become history - [link] #BackOurBritishRailwayHeritage

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Since I last shot this prestigious train:



A lot of things have changed, quite noticeably.

It's thanks to ~Edelroark that you're getting to see this image, as he complained on my previous offering that the Northern Belle cost the customer £800 per head, and the train was hauled by skips.

Well, no more. As you can see, the motive power has changed, as the contract to provide motive power for the train switched from DBS to DRS, who are quite fond of their heritage fleet of locomotives. So much so, that they took two Class 47s numbers 47790 "Galloway Princess" and 47832 "Solway Princess" and dedicated them to this train almost exclusively. In the process, the locomotives received a new livery to match the Pullman chocolate and cream coaches, with Northern Belle branding on the sides. These locos are kept in tip top condition, however as there are only two, it isn't unknown to see blue 47s on these trains deputising for an unavailable loco.

On this day, October 20th 2012, the train featured both branded 47s, and here 47790 "Galloway Princess" soaks up the sun at the south end of Crewe's platform 5, working an excursion from Manchester Victoria to Bath Spa.

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SWT442 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! Have seen this train, but was just before the repainted 47's were used.

Isn't it speculated that one of DRS' new Class 68 will be painted into this livery? I'm hoping they don't wipe out the 47 fleet...
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wouldn't know, but having seen the projected Class 68 designs, I'm not too keen on seeing them instead of 47s on this. Give the customer and the passenger something to show for it.
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SWT442 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed, if you're paying to go on the train you want the proper locos to go with it!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Very elegant livery!
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed fully, and looks miles better with the repainted locos than DRS blue ones.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
For me West Coast is the worst livery, It certainly doesn't age well!
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And it's terribly plain too I feel. At least they have BR Green, BR Blue and BR Large Logo Blue liveried examples in their collection to break the monotony.
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45407and44871 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
DRS have completely revamped this, they do a ten times better job of it than DBS. Always a pleasure to see this out and about :)
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, makes a far better impression than a pair of skips in any livery.
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Edelroark Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Hehe! Thanks for posting this. Doesn't that look SO much better? The matching livery looks great.

Nice shot too. Nice placement of the loco, 3 quarters view with 4 coaches in shot, across the line so it shows the platform it has stopped at. Really good one.
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