44422 visited The Nene Valley Railway for their "1968 - The Final Days" event. A celebration of the end of an era, the end of Steam and the birth of Diesel traction. The celebration took place over the weekend 10th and 11th October.

 Below are some photographs kindly submitted by visitors to the line.

 This is the first of three nice shots submitted by Paul Perton, taken on the 6th October 2009.

 This is an interesting panoramic shot submitted by Phill Brentor. Stitching shots together is not as easy as it is advertised, I know, I've tried it. 10/10/2009

 44422 leaving the MPD for a test run. 7/10/2009

Passing the Midland signal box at Orton Mere on the second test run. 7/10/2009

 Second test run at Wansford Tunnel with Paul Roe at the regulator. 7/10/2009

 A shot taken from Wansford Signal Box. 7/10/2009

 Crossing the River Nene on its test run. 7/10/2009

 On freight duty approaching Yarwell. 10/10/2009

 Posing at Yarwell while on freight duty. Note the "Final days" chalked inscriptions emulating the iconic picture "Please don't let me die", which was the message chalked on the smokebox of 48305 at Barry Island scrap yard.. Thankfully 305 didn't die and went on to be steamed in preservation 10/10/2009

 Pure magic! 10/10/2009

 Working with 73050 once again during the 60's event. (See next photo). 10/10/2009

 This shot is taken at Masbury Tunnel located North of Shepton Mallet on the Somerset and Dorset Railway. It was July 9th, 1960 when 44422 was piloting 73050 on a Bournemouth-Derby train. We are particularly indebted to Ian Watson for facilitating the use of this historic image of 44422.
This configuration will be recreated at the NVR weekend event.

 44422 passing the site of Castor Station on October 7th.

  Also at at Castor Station. 7/10/2009