50024 Whitehill 29 January 1989

1989 was the final year of Class 50 workings on the Cotswold Line and this is one of my final photos of one on a normal passenger train on the route. 50024 Vanguard passes Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock) with the 1B31 13:45 Paddington to Hereford service on 29 January 1989. Pictured here at 15:20, this was incredibly the first down train of the day on a Sunday at the time. Although the timetable quotes this as an InterCity service, it was usually worked by a Network SouthEast loco and stock, as here.