With a beautiful sunny winters day and a travelcard at my disposal (I needed to be in London for the evening) it would have been foolish not to put it to good use. A location I have not visited for a couple of years was the venue for this shot- close to Latchmere Junction where the West London Line dives under both the South West and Brighton Mainlines.
The train, photographed on 8th December was a Northern Belle excursion which has just deposited its passengers at in London for the day and is running empty from Kensington Olympia to Stewarts Lane.
47853 which leads the train is one of the two most recent additions to the DRS fleet and has been fitted with class 57 style cooler groups which can be seen on the roof behind the cab.
The scene was perfectly completed by a passing class 442 on the Brighton Main Line.