So! This is it
then, the final run for locomotive haulage on the ATW Crewe-Holyhead
services. We saw the end to 37 haulage several times, even went
on a two day farewell tour although it wasn't farewell until
some months later. However, the general demise of EWS class 47's
does seem to spell the end for these services at least and there
are no stories of a reprieve. It seems clear that there will
be loco haulage on the coast for a few months more as class 67's
are believed to be in training (!) for duties on the Virgin,
London-Holyhead services through to September.
I decided to travel to Chester on the 15.27 from Crewe which
was hauled by 47750 seen above arriving with the 12.48 from Holyhead.
The locomotive had been fitted with a headboard denoting "BRUSH
FAREWELL CREWE HOLYHEAD" a nice touch.