73951 0Z73 WHA 05/05/18
The RVEL 'Ultra 73' programme for Network Rail saw 73104 and 73211 converted into 73951 and 73952 in 2014. They saw little use initially, but were named 'Malcolm Brinded' and 'Janis Kong' after NR Non-Executive Directors. Rare birds, they first arrived in the South East to test their third rail equipment on 15th April 2018, returning from Dollands Moor to Derby RTC on 5th May. Based at Ashford, I was pleased to capture this image of the pair at Westenhanger on 5th May 2018, '951 leading, working 0Z73 1205 Ashford Up Sidings - Dollands Moor ahead of leading a test-train back to Derby. That's HS1 alongside.
Class 73NRWHASouth Eastern