50028 Bruern 5 January 1980

Not a technically very brilliant picture, but one that sums up a winters day on the Cotswold Line in the early 1980s. With the sun struggling to break through the clouds in the background and provide a little backlighting, 50028 Tiger runs alongside the River Evenlode at Bruern on 5 January 1980 with the 08:00 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service. Still running in its original condition, 50028 was to wait another two years before being called to Doncaster Works for refurbishment. Note the vintage bullhead track, long since replaced.