57313 at Spring Vale
A new season of Wolverhampton - Nuneaton drags commenced on Saturday 7th July 2007. As ever staple fare was Class 57s hauling Pendolinos, but for a short period the loco-hauled standby set was sometimes turned out for a single Euston - Wolverhampton and return working on Sundays. On 8th July 90031 duly worked 1G09/1B22, the 11:56 from Euston and 16:18 back. 57313 was used to drag both these trains north of Nuneaton, and this photo shows 1B22 passing Spring Vale, just north of Coseley, at 16:24. The picture was taken from the relatively new bridge which takes the Black Country Route over both the canal and the railway. Many years ago, on what may as well have been another planet, Bilston steelworks would have dominated the background to this scene.