58016 Challow 1 December 2001

After waiting in the down loop at Challow for some time, 58016 gets the green light and accelerates away on 1 December 2001 with an unidentified loaded ballast working, presumably in readiness for Sunday engineering work the following day. With less than a year to go before the entire class was withdrawn, the 58s were being used more and more for non MGR duties. Despite this, I have got very few pictures of them working ballast trains, hence this inclusion of this miserable weather picture. Note the remains of Challow station's platform on the right.