Gricers and Rail Enthusiasts from far afield made their way up to The Park Finsbury - beloved home of the once mighty Deltics, R-I-R [rest-in-rust] for The Spanish Inquisition - The Rail Tour which was taking us from north London down to Plymouth and back home behind brand new Class 67 GM engined locomotives.
Grown men had paid good money to travel behind (or, to Bash-the-Traction) indeed, some had festered there all night... and, to take those oh so important pics of the Data Panels (I saw ya Panda, and you too Kelvin ... er, I know many of them, good hard working lads most of them). Needless to say, the Class 67 EWS liveried 67014 was a brand new 125 MPH locomotive which had been designed for the Express Travelling Post Offices - before they decided to take the mail by road .. now no-one knows what to do with these Spanish built machines ... 'why was it called The Spanish Inquisition'? ...I don't know, probably because they had just arrived from the makers in Spain.
points of interest for locals; 0.45 the top floor of The Sir George Robey (pub) home to punk bands on Seven Sisters Road, with the three sisters behind (the notorious tower blocks of Harvist Estate), Drayton Park Overground Station (world famous, sort of). A quick photo-opportunity as another 67 (67010) runs-round-it's-train and is coupled up to the other for some Double Headed Thrash n Bash - much to everyone's merriment and excitement of the thrills to come .. there was much Throbbing going on .. even the women joined-in.. and suddenly the excitement of Westbury was brought to an abrupt halt with a parp of the Drivers Horn everyone scurried back-aboard the special Mark 1 carriages - the ones with the compartments made from old polished wood and etched glass windows. and then for the Finale - a long bash at 100+MPH down to Devon and a trip along the World Famous Dawlish Sea Wall - man we were comfortably numb by now but soon recovered as the sea air breathed new life and vigour into these old bones and by the time we approached the magnificent Isambard Kingdom Brunel's majestic Royal Albert Bridge over the River Tamar which marks the border between Devon and Cornwall.. everyone was in deep reverential mood in recognition of the Great Man and Spot-on Engineer so we broke out the beer and had a party.... it was well worth the day out and great to be able to say 'we-bashed-the-bridge-too-far - and had a great day out into the bargain!
Tags: Finsbury Park, A Bridge to Far, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Royal Albert Bridge, River Tamar, Rail Tour, Dawlish Sea Wall, thecleaner001, gricers, bashers, traction junkies, all night festerers, and back home to norf landan,
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