50021 South Moreton 6 August 1988

50021 Rodney heads along the down main line at South Moreton with the1F38 15:15 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service on 6 August 1988. It will shortly have to weave across the relief lines to gain the east curve at Didcot, as this particular service was not booked to call at Didcot. The hourly NSE loco hauled trains only called at Reading, leaving the Class 117 DMUs to serve the intermediate stations. A DMU Reading to Oxford local took approximately an hour, almost exactly the same time this 50 took from Paddington to Oxford.