Class 43. The High Speed Train.
On the day of the FIFA World Cup 2018 final, 43304 passes Shippen House Farm near Garforth with the 1S53 Plymouth to Edinburgh. A bridge of the ELOR (East Leeds Orbital Road) is visible in construction to the left. The new road will link Thorpe Park with Shadwell, significantly affecting some peaceful suburbs such as Manston or Scholes.
A fortnight after LNER had taken over from Virgin Trains on the East Coast Main Line, it was common to find one HST power car in temporary LNER branding whilst the other still with the Virgin logo. Such is the case here, where the leading 43320 already has the LNER vinyls, as it’s about to depart Leeds for London Kings Cross with a Sunday morning 1A22. The LNER rebranding is estimated to cost a trifle £8 million.
43208 ‘Lincolnshire Echo’ passes Hambleton South Junction with the 1E07 0830 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross. The road bridges along the North Yorkshire section of ECML provide decent photo opportunities. This one was taken from Field Lane bridge with A63 embankment and bridge visible in the background.
The Flying Banana is riding the yellows on final few miles of its move from Heaton to York. Timetabled to leave Leeds at 1733, it was quite hard to fit this train in between the others leaving the city in the afternoon peak. Due to this, the HST has been held at Neville Hill West Junction for almost an hour.