50047 Oxford 4 September 1987

50047 Swiftsure just manages to avoid the early morning shadows, as it leaves Oxford station on 4 September 1987 with the 1F13 07:13 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This was a well known photographic spot in the last days of steam, where Southern pacifics replaced Great Western 4-6-0s on cross-country services. I used to think that was a long time ago, but now it seems the days of Class 50s are nearly as historic!