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Loco returns to Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 13:14 14 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:07 05 July 2010

TRAIN enthusiasts enjoyed a close encounter with an historic locomotive which returned to Suffolk 50 years after its debut.

The English Electric Class 40 diesel locomotive arrived at Lowestoft and Ipswich on Saturday as part of a tour to celebrate 50 years of the train.

TRAIN enthusiasts enjoyed a close encounter with an historic locomotive which returned to Suffolk 50 years after its debut.

The English Electric Class 40 diesel locomotive arrived at Lowestoft and Ipswich on Saturday as part of a tour to celebrate 50 years of the train.

It was introduced into service in March 1958 for use in East Anglia and Saturday's visit saw class member 40145 return to its roots.

Carrying the original 'East Anglian' headboard that adorned sister locomotives, the train travelled to Lowestoft on the East Suffolk line before heading back through Reedham, Brundall and then to Thetford and Ely West Curve.

The train, owned by the Class Forty Preservation Society, eventually arrived back in the West Midlands and Worcester's Shrub Hill station.

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