Mike's Picture of the Week 2014/45
Preserved BR EM2 Co-Co electric loco no. 27000 Elektra was the first of the railtours on June 24th 1989, the first Saturday of NS150, to attract the attention of photographers. This was the first of four Britannia Expres tours that started at Hoek van Holland, 27000's old stamping ground, and followed a variable circular route around the Netherlands with a lengthy stopover in Utrecht so that the participants could soak up the exhibition and loco parades. Here we see 27000 humming past Oranje Plassen just on the western edge of Maassluis shortly after leaving Hoek van Holland. For the benefit of viewers who don't know the locality, 27000 is on a substantial dyke alongside Nieuwe Waterweg which is Rotterdam's connection with the North Sea.
[Original slide by Mike Morant]