50049 & 50007 Charlbury 3 July 2021

50049 Defiance & 50007 Hercules pass through Charlbury station on 3 July 2021 with the Belmond British Pullman 1Z95 09:04 Victoria to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Historic Worcester' VSOE railtour. This was running 12 minutes early, as the 1P19 09:58 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service had been partially cancelled, and was instead starting from Oxford. This meant that the 50s did not have to wait for it to clear the single track section of the Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction. The BBC's usually hopeless weather forecast had surpassed itself this morning. It had predicted continuous rain. Instead, it was completely dry, and just before the train appeared, some unexpected sunshine almost caused this picture to be hopelessly backlit.