50015 Oxford 29 October 1982

50015 Valiant approaches Oxford on 29 October 1982 with the 1A26 09:50 Paddington to Oxford service. At busy times trains used to be held at these signals, waiting for access to Oxford's single down platform, and in steam days there are stories of trains queuing up to get into the station on summer Saturdays! Passengers on the waiting train could then stare out of the window at the adjoining graveyard, or as can be seen here, look out the other side at Oxford South goods yard, with its fine brick built goods shed. By the time this photo was taken it was fenced off, and used as a National Carriers depot. This fine reminder of the Great Western Railway was demolished the following year.