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    Hi,


    At 0:20 on December 6 2008 I went by Riviera Sleeper from Plymouth ...


    ... inside a reclining chair coach (in April 2007 it still had been a normal seating coach) ...


    ... to Reading, arrival 4:40


    Yeah! Signs, my favourites!














    Next I took a Great Western 166 to Gatwick


    From where one of the omnipresent Southern 377 Electrostars brought me to Ford


    Class 377 at sunrise








    Clever, isn't it?





    I found some public footp(b )aths, but sadly British meadows are simply swamps that time of year, and even if I didn't notice any precipitation during daytime the roads were constantly wet. I hade to wade through some kind of pond until I could reach the line where at least a little change came by


    Now I waited for a steam special which was more than an hour late - which in turn meant 20+ class 377 sightings for me





    But it was more than worth it: my first encounter with an A4 under steam, this is A4 60019 "Bittern" (Doncaster #1866, built 1937) en route to Bath

















    The vehicle returned


    A top subject would have been nearby, Arundel Castle and Cathedral, but the line there was quite overgrown, so I preferred the A4 from a closer range





    Back at Ford station I decided not to chase the special because of the delay, but to visit the Bluebell Railway right away, which proved to be an excellent choice.








    Changing at Three Bridges





    About the museum railway more in the next part, now we find ourselves in the morning of December 7 at frosty Dorking Deepdene halt, in the vicinity of which I had stayed overnight


    A CrossCountry Voyager double came by





    Once again to Gatwick





    A Qatar A330 taking off


    A class 460 Gatwick Express


























    My destination as on the day before was Haywards Heath, from where you can take a bus to the Bluebell Railway





    Pub, Christmas decorations, double decker busses and class 377 at Haywards Heath - next time there will be a full dose of winter steam on two beautiful and cold days!
    Greetings,
    Roni

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    Beautiful stuff Roni. I love the image with the passengers on the platform at sunrise- That image is about as quintessentially British as I could ever conjure up in my head.
    ~Nick A.

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    Thanks, Nick!
    Greetings,
    Roni

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