So Cee wants Purple for this weeks Midweek Challenge?.. Tricksy colour to define! Probably best described in cloth / paint terms as a blend of red and blue. Mauve is a very specific colour based on the Mallow flower, so a bit lighter in shade. At least that’s what the internet tells me. Not sure that nature picks its colours from the paint makers swatch card though… 😉

Lets begin with a historic shot in more ways than one – taken in 2013, this is a Class 313 emu operated by First Capital Connect on the Great Northern inner suburban services. It carries the ‘Urban Lights’ livery which had a base colour of purple which faded into blue…

…The last of the Class 313’s were retired from service on this route in 30 September 2019.

Now a current purple, photographed last Friday – East Midlands Railway are rebranding their fleet. There are a couple of versions out there but this seems to be the one that will become the standard for their Midlands to London services…

…The Class 222’s are the current mainstay of the services to Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield from London. However, it is planned to electrify the line fully and currently that seems likely to complete in 2022 at which point these diesel trains will be replaced by electric ones.

As a footnote, last Saturday saw the final services operated by the venerable HST’s on the route as these have finally been phased out. One of the Class 43’s was repainted in the EMR colours, seen here last Friday on a run into St. Pancras…

…Both photos taken at West Hampstead Thameslink. And look what else I found on the station Cee!..

…Snap! as they say 😉

Catch up with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge Here.

A Northern Line train approaches Finchley Central from Mill Hill East on April 20th 2021…

The Mill Hill East branch of the Northern Line is the remnant of the Edgware, Highgate & London Railway’s line to Edgware, which became part of the Great Northern Railway. It was part of the network of lines that connected Finsbury Park to Highgate, Finchley and also High Barnet, often referred to as the ‘Northern Heights Railway’. In 1938, the Northern Line connected to the GNR line at East Finchley and the route was electrified through to High Barnet by 1940 allowing tube trains to provide services to central London. It was originally intended to electrify the Edgware branch from Finchley Central too, but this was temporarily closed at the start WWII. The section to Mill Hill East was reopened in 1941 and electrified to serve Inglis Barracks. After the war, the line beyond Mill Hill East was reopened to freight traffic serving The Hale and Edgware with building materials as London expanded in the post war period. The planned electrification was abandoned though and the line was closed again and the tracks lifted beyond Mill Hill East in 1964.

This view looks across the Dollis Valley from Church End, Finchley. In the photo, the nearest bridge carries the line over Crescent Road in Finchley. Beyond that, the train has just crossed the viaduct over Dollis Brook – this is the highest point above ground level anywhere on the London Underground network, 60ft above the road below and a little more above the bed of the brook. The width of the bridges is indicative that the railway was originally double track. In the distance the line curves past an industrial estate into Mill Hill East Station. Houses on Bittacy Rise nestle in the trees on the horizon.

Catch up with Clare’s Share Your Desktop challenge Here.

Busy weekend so I’m posting my entry for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge on the last day once more. I actually took the photos for this one last Friday, so at least they are totally new.

This first shot was difficult because of surface reflections and muck, but here is a Tadpole (actually there are several) and some Algae in a pond at Long Lane Pasture…

Somewhat easier to photograph was this Crate…

…Of course, it counts for Blue too and if you look at the centre panel you can see a stylised E and below that the words ‘Property of Express Dairy’.

Then there’s Long Lane Cafe…

To close out the set we have a One-Four-Three bus belonging to Metroline…

…Whilst it’s not obvious to the non-enthusiast, I can tell you that the vehicle type is an Enviro 200, made by Alexander-Dennis.