We have been sent these two photos from Keith Turbutt. He tells us that the photos were taken in March 1967. The first, on 12th March, was taken by pure chance.
The occasion was a rail tour with the LNER Great Marquess called the ‘The Marquess Goes South South West’ which departed Victoria for Brighton and a number of other destinations along the south coast. I and some friends positioned ourselves to photograph the special coming through the London suburbs not too far out but I can’t remember exactly where. We waited for the special but unfortunately chose the wrong location because we missed the special, although we thought we heard a whistle on a not too distant line! Meanwhile we were surprised to see the train which I photographed and was headed by a Class 71 electric displaying the Golden Arrow head board. It was travelling in the down direction and we noted that the coaches were blue/grey MK1s rather than Pullman coaches which we might have expected. Unfortunately we failed to note the number of the locomotive.
The second photo was taken at Vauxhall on 29th March when we went to record some of the final steam workings out of Waterloo, due to end within a few months. The photo is unremarkable and must have been taken at a quiet time when there was not much steam action as I normally reserved my limited film to steam shots. I’m not sure what the units are but would appear to be 4 x 2car units perhaps 2BILs?