50030 Shipton 13 October 1979

50030 Repulse passes Shipton station on 13 October 1979 with the 1B30 08:05 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service. This is my only picture of Repulse in unrefurbished condition. Looking back I should have taken many more pictures of Cotswold Line Class 50s in the late 1970s. I had bought a Praktica camera the year before, but took very few pictures, and one 36 exposure roll often stayed in the camera for many months! Clearly I also didn't pick the best weather, as this miserably dull picture shows. The fact that the station lights are still on gives a clue as to how dark it was. This picture was taken at 1/125sec f1.8 on Kodachrome 64, which explains the very poor quality. Luckily I had the presence of mind not to let the loco get too close, so at least it's not blurred. This shows off the station's remaining vintage infrastructure (long since removed). Note the posts of the old GWR style nameboard. The one of the other platform was still intact at the time.