2005 saw the complete run down of the 'Electric Scots' by Virgin West Coast and by early summer only two diagrams regularly produced class 87 traction. Generally the two last locomotives to receive F exams with VWC where in charge in the form of celebrity repaints 87012 'The Olympian' in Network South East and 87019 in lined black. This photo was taken on 14th May 2005 with 87012 tailing a northbound service. In hindsight I wish i'd have made more an effort to capture these loco's in their last months with VWC - as they say 'when their gone their gone' and with the photographed loco and the one below expected to be the first two to leave the UK for Eastern Europe then they certainty will be gone.
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