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Class 71 memories


Some of my earliest railway memories are seeing the ‘Golden Arrow’ as I was coming home to lunch from infants school.  In those days, it was steam-hauled, a 4-6-2 ‘Britannia’ and Pullmans to follow.  Some years later, my first solo train spotting expeditions were to the same spot, but in the early evening after school.  If I timed it right I could spot the return run of the ‘Golden Arrow’ back from  Dover to London Victoria.  No Britannia, though, but the train was still Pullmans and headed by a Class 71 electric locomotive.

Despite their rather plain appearance, the Class 71 has always been a firm favourite of mine.  After the demise of the Golden Arrow, a train journey up to London past Hither Green yard and depot would usually turn up one or two locomotives.  They survived to carry the BR blue livery, but having only electical third rail power…

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