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4464 Bittern speeds past Harringay. Down Great Britain V. 21-Apr-2012.MOV

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Published on Apr 21, 2012

London & North Eastern Railway A4 Class No: 4464 bittern speeds North through Harringay on the East Coast Main Line at the head of the Railway Touring Company Down Great Britain Railtour V from London-King's Cross to Edinburgh-Waverley. Bittern will take the train to York where it will replaced by 70013 Oliver Cromwell for the Scottish leg of the run. Bittern looked and sounded superb storming along the East Coast Main Line Down Fast line and particularly noticeable is that synchopated 3-cylinder beat.. It is Saturday 21st April 2012 at 08:25 and Bittern was right on time. My view is somewhat unusual as I had to lift the camera to view over the fence. I was surprised Bittern was running at speed on the Down Fast. Bittern had 27 minutes to do the 12 miles from London-King's Cross to Potter's Bar therefore I assumed it would run on the Down Relief or Down Relief No: 2 so I stood on Platform 2 which since the 1970's has been fenced off from the Down fast.
From Harringay the Great Britain Railtour V will stay on the ECML all the way to York, passing Peterborough, Grantham, Retford and Doncaster. The tour comes back to London on Sunday 29th April and is scheduled to run from Bristol-Temple Meads to London-Paddington and be hauled by 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.
Trivia time. This was the 20th Down main-line steam excursion of 2012 in the London area. At this stage last year there had been 22. This was the 1st London run by Bittern in 2012. Last year Bittern had appeared in London but as long lost sister engine Dominion of New Zealand. This is the 4th DownRailway Touring Company steam special in London this year. 3 less than last year. This was the 5th Down steam special to pass through Harringay in 2012. Last year there had been 3.
There are just two platforms at HGY. Platform 2 is the Down platform and generally, receives a four trains per hour, First Capital Connect service, two going to Welwyn Garden City, one to Stevenage via Hertford and one to Hertford. The trains run on the Down relief. I stood on Platform 1, which is the up platform, up relief line. During the week, outside of peak hours, there are four trains per hour to Moorgate. At weekends, all trains go to King's Cross.

Hrringay opened 35 years after the line opened from King's Cross to York, on 1st May 1885 and had the platform I stood on as an island between the Down fast and Down Relief. The up Platform was, as it is now, facing the Down relief only. In 1900 the Up Platform was made an island between the Up relief No: 1 and the Up relief No: 2.

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