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GC operate out of Kings Cross serving Sunderland.Their Trains in the distinctive Black/Orange.Power-Cars used are the distinctive ex-dvt buffer fitted examples.Regarded by other operators as less suitable (why?)
NR's 43013 stands next to 43423 'VALENTA 1972-2010' which is operated by 'Grand Central' out of Kings-Cross to the North-East.This company picked up all the unwanted 'buffer-fitted ' ex-DVT versions and gave them a new lease of life,even fitting MTU-engines.For my money I think these distinctive Black/Orange versions are something quite special.I reallymust get over to the ECML and picture them more often!
..02 may 2016..
Grand Central's service '1A69', the 17:31 from Sunderland going to London-Kings-Cross is seconds away from departure giving me barely enough time to picture the rear power-car 43423 let alone trying to get to the front end! This Company is notable in that its fleet of Class-43 powercars are the buffer fitted variety that nobody else wanted a few years ago.They are of coarse now all fully updated with the latest MTU engines and control gear.Not only that but that Companys distinctive livery adds a bit of variety to the scene as well.
..14 march 2014..
Stylish HST run by Grand Central runs down past Bolton Percy on the ECML with '1A62',the 12:30 from Sunderland going to Kings Cross. 43185 was leading.
..03 february 2011..
At this time the 'Grand Central' were still 'valenta' powered.All the P/C's being the buffer fitted example that were until recently largely unwanted. The franchise was less than a year old when this shot in Kings-Cross was taken of 43123 standing at the rear of a service due to go to Sunderland.Also this set had not yet been adorned with the trademark train length Orange Stripe of that Company.