So I wandered down to the footbridge at the end of my street camera in hand, ready for the 9 am hole in the commuter traffic that's used to route steam specials from Victoria down the Waterloo-Reading line.
The minutes ticked past, and around the time I was expecting Tornado to appear I saw something unusual: a diesel hauling a passenger train on this thoroughly electric region. Through my zoom lens I discovered the sad truth, it was piloting Tornado - and I wasn't going to get any of the head-on locomotive pictures I'd taken on previous days. Still, it was worth a shot or two as it came through the pillars of the old bridge...
Tornado behind a pilot diesel in the Putney cutting.
Still, it was good to see an A1 in steam on Southern Railway lines!
It Isn't Easy Being (British Railways) Green. You can see one of the biggest differences between Tornado and the other Peppercorn's here - the welded tender.
Tornado's steam hides the diesel as the express passes through Putney Station.
And then it was gone, on down to Weymouth for the day. Steampunk overtaken by dieselpunk!