So as a sign of this change this train was put back into it's original livery - BR Intercity Swallow design to make this occasion.
Running from London Kings Cross Station up the East Coast to Leeds, this was one event I could not miss. Originally named Bounds Green INTERCITY Depot 1977- 2017 on the Virgin Trains East Coast to mark 40 years service to the rail industry.
The class 91 started to provide a service from March 1991, today LNER use these units to provide the same service. In this original new livery it's first moment from London Kings Cross to Leeds.
My trip to Leeds was not wasted, many enthusiast lined up on platform 6 to watch it's arrival. We were not disappointed, seeing this roll in smoothly - like it's just been built was a pleasure to watch.
A huge thank you to Bounds Green and LNER for bringing a pleasurable vista to the East Coast.
Like many of the steam stock, this is a change in time to newer machines on the network and it's soon time for the predecessors to move over. Class 43, 91's 37's and more that worked the rails for 40 + still work hard today are coming into retirement and so is the variety of trains available for enthusiasts.
In a generations time, the grandeur and sounds of these classic locos will all be reduced to heritage railways where it will be my turn like my parents with steam to say "I used to see these running on the tracks at my station" They were really Happy days!