37521 at Bescot
37521 is seen here acting as the pilot loco in the Virtual Quarry at Bescot on Saturday 20th March 2004. This job was originally booked for a Class 08, but the duty had just been abolished as part of the 2004 EWS shunter cull. Main-line locos were used for a while, before the upside pilot took over this work. In this shot the mechanical grab is being used to pat down the ballast to level it off. The sunshine makes it look like a pleasant spring afternoon, but when this shot was taken there was a gale blowing sufficiently strongly that trees were being uprooted in the West Midlands.