73096 with

The Cathedrals Express

10th December 2002

The Green Train was hauled from Alton to Waterloo by 37042, with 73096 attached to the rear. It was scheduled to stop at various stations en route to pick up passengers and the train is seen here approaching Ascot on a dim, dull and bitterly cold morning..

Due to very late running by SWT services a down Reading train was terminated and held in platform 2 to form a return service to Waterloo and remaining up and down Reading services were using platform 1 and a Guildford train was occupying platform 3, thus blocking the station. Eventually the green train was routed through platform 1 where it paused only briefly, but just long enough to get the shots above and below before it moved off.

Above, I was about to take another series of shots when it set off again so the departing shots, below, were taken from the wrong end of the platform. The "terminated" train can be seen in platform 2.

Above and below: still in extremely poor light at lunch time the outward train is seen at Worting junction and was putting on a splendid display.

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