Tonight we find out retired Engine Driver John Anthony, thoughts on electric traction…
Will you follow me please, off to the railway holding sidings… Hush, her majesty is fast asleep! Silent as sin, (she’s a type 86 electric loco,) right, lets wake her up. Battery switch IN, and she purrs, (auxiliary compressor) Look! She’s reaching up for her breakfast (volts) and with a swip/ swap of her wipers she wipes the sleep from her eyes. Slowly, she creeps from her bed, grinding sleepers and keys and thinks her drivers a happy bunny. Well I’m not; give me that lilac and hyacinth smell of a dirty great big black five, and then I’m happy!
Many thanks to John for sending this in! John’s contributions can be found on a dedicated web page (please click here.)