(All 6.8.1973 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)
This was Reading on my 17th birthday. I'd only been taking pictures for just over two years so was still very much a beginner (as the photos will prove!)
This was pre-HST of course, so all the express trains were loco hauled, mainly by class 47s and 50s. This was also pre-TOPs so they just carry 4 digit numbers. I also managed to catch a Hymek running light engine. To me back then it was just another diesel of course!
I'll use this as yet another opportunity to encourage everyone to get out and photograph everything! The more ordinary and everyday the more it will be valued in the future ...