This loco started her career in late the 1980s on the West Coast for the then Intercity and latterly Virgin Trains. It could be argued that 90005 worked the first service train as a result of performing a VIP train to Northampton when she was named “Financial Times” a few months before 90003 worked from Preston to Euston.
In the early 2000's, the 90 transferred to the Great Eastern region in order to replace the then aging class 86s.
In 2012, this engine works passenger services between London and Norwich on MK3 carriages in TDM mode with DVTs for Greater Anglia and is leased from Portorbrook.
This is another shot of 90005 working 6L48 awaiting the road at Rugby but from a different angle. East Anglian 90s were once a common sight on this train when undergoing overhaul at Crewe - a practice no longer seen
Crossing the River Stour in the estuary at Cattawade close to Manningtree station, the 90 can be seen slowing down with an intercity service from Norwich bound for London Liverpool Street.
In cloudy dull wet conditions and in need of a paint job, 90005 with NXEA branding awaits departure from Ipswich with the 08:30 service from London Liverpool Street to Norwich (1p12).
Sadly not the best picture in the world as I was facing the sun, but here we see 90005 pausing at Rugby working 6L48 from Garston to Wembley whilst on test. The 90 had been at Crewe for her planned overhaul.
And a final shot of 90005 at Rugby on 6L48, this time featuring her newly painted nameplate. Prior to going to Crewe for overhaul this would have been blue, but it got a new coat of red paint and cleaned.
On a bitterly cold winters day morning after recent snowfall, 90005 awaits departure from Norwich with the 11:00 service to London Liverpool Street (1p31). This shot was taken about a month after returning from Crewe.