50027 & 50017 Kemble 16 August 1987

Under a cloudless sky, 50027 Lion & 50017 Royal Oak stand in Kemble station with the 3A16 15:40 Gloucester to Paddington empty vans on 16 August 1987. The locos are waiting for the 15:43 Swindon to Cheltenham unit to clear the single track section which extends from here to Swindon. During 1987 there were Class 50 double headed van trains booked from both Gloucester and Oxford to Paddington on a Sunday, a convenient way of getting the locos back to the capital for the start of the week.