50044 Bourton 28 December 1985

A hard frost and low early morning light provide perfect photographic conditions at Bourton on 28 December 1985. 50044 Exeter passes the frozen fields with the 1A22 08:30 Cheltenham to Paddington service. Even three decades later this location is still totally unobstructed by lineside vegetation - a miracle considering Network Rail's total lack of lineside maintenance in recent years.