Class 47

47401 Wickwat Tunnel 10 August 1985

The pioneer of the class, 47401 North Eastern approaches Wickwar Tunnel on 10 August 1985 with the 1M44 11:32 Penzance to Manchester Piccadilly service. Obviously still very much a passenger locomotive at this time, 47401 was allocated to Gateshead and would have a few more years of top link work before being transferred to Immingham. It would then spend its remaining years in BR service as a purely freight machine, principally working heavy oil trains.

47401 Stoke Edith 5 May 1991

47401 Star of the East passes Stoke Edith on 5 May 1991 with the 12:11 Ledbury to Hereford, one of a number of special trains run in connection with the Hereford Rail Festival. 31405 can just be seen on the rear. 47401 (which is also carrying its pre TOPS number D1500) only carried this non-standard livery for a short time, and shortly after this picture was taken it was repainted into its original livery of two tone green.

47401 Butterley 23 July 1994

That white roof won't stay that pristine for long! Recently preserved by the 47401 Project, immaculate 47401 stands in the sunshine at Butterley on 23 July 1994, during the Midland Railway Centre's Diesel Gala. This close up view looking down from the bridge certainly shows off this slightly impractical colour scheme to advantage.

47402 Chilson 8 July 1984

Locos from the original batch of twenty Class 47s built with ETH were never common on the Cotswold Line in the 1980s by virtue of their Gateshead allocation, but I did see 47402 Gateshead on the line on two separate occasions. On 8 July 1984 it worked the 16:10 Paddington to Hereford service, seen here passing Chilson. Apart from the lack of lineside vegetation, points to note here are the remnants of the steam age railway: bullhead track, platelayer's hut, and a telegraph pole lying just in front of the loco, as it was only a few years previously that they were felled.

47402 Daylesford 29 March 1987

47402 Gateshead passes Daylesford on Sunday 29 March 1987 with the 1A25 16:15 Hereford to Paddington service. This used to be an excellent Cotswold Line location, with clear views in both directions, from a farm occupation bridge in the middle of a field. Unfortunately it has been a long time since the view from the bridge was as clear and open as this! The fact that there was a shot both ways was very important on this occasion, as just one minute later 47560 appeared from the opposite direction.

D1501 Heap Bridge 7 March 2010

D1501 passes Heap Bridge (the name of the local village, not a disparaging description of the railway architecture!) with the 2J65 09:35 Heywood to Rawtenstall service on 7 March 2010, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. For once the weather forecasters got it right, and not a single cloud was seen all day.

D1501 Heap Bridge 7 March 2010

D1501 passes the site of the quarry at Heap Bridge with the 2J66 10:56 Rawtenstall to Heywood service on 7 March 2010, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. The vegetation has recently been cleared at this location, but note how the tree on the right has been left as photographic 'prop'! The coaching stock is virtually correct for the loco's livery, although quite how many vehicles still carried carmine and cream colours in 1962 is debatable.

D1501 Heap Bridge 7 March 2010

With the overgrown sand quarry in the foreground, D1501 passes Heap Bridge on 7 March 2010 with the 2J75 12:05 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Not only was this a completely sunny day, but there was hardly a breath of wind. Virtually all of the wind turbines that can just be seen on the horizon were stopped.

D1501 Burrs 7 March 2010

I do not normally bother with going away shots of trains worked by top'n'tail locomotives, but couldn't resist this one as the lighting is so good. On 7 March 2010, D1501 brings up the rear of the 2J84 16:16 Rawtenstall to Heywood service as it passes Burrs, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Class 33 D6525 Captain Bill Smith RNR can be seen at the head of the train powering towards the next stop at Bury.

D1501 Roch Viaduct 3 July 2011

A cloud of typically black Sulzer moke erupts from D1501 as it crosses Roch Viaduct on 3 July 2011 with the 2J66 10:56 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. It is getting to grips with the gradient as it starts the arduous climb out of the valley of the River Roch (the river that gives its name to nearby Rochdale).

47403 Oxford North Junction 10 May 1986

A Geordie in the south! 47403 The Geordie approaches Oxford North Junction on 10 May 1986 with the 1E31 14:13 Portsmouth Harbour to York service. 47403 was withdrawn four months later, and unusually then spent several years being used by the SAS as a training tool, at their Moreton-on-Lugg headquarters!

47404 March 16 August 1988

Withdrawn 47404 stands amid the long grass and weeds at March on 16 August 1988. It had been withdrawn the previous year, but would remain in limbo at March until 1990, when it was dragged to Vic Berry's at Leicester for disposal. Another former Gateshead allocated loco, classmate 47419 is on the left.

47405 Wolvercote Junction 26 January 1986

47405 Northumbria races past Wolvercote Junction (near Oxford) with the 1O19 08:30 Liverpool Lime Street to Poole service on 26 January 1986. Note the oversize round plaque below the nameplate which carries the additional wording 'Northumbria Tourist Board Member'. This is the only picture I have of this particular locomotive, for although the original twenty ETH Class 47 'generators' were reasonably common through Oxford, this one evaded me. I obviously got my one picture of it just in time, as it was withdrawn just over month later and cut up at Crewe Works during 1988. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing, which has since been closed.

47406 Woodborough 28 July 1988

47406 is on unfamiliar ground as it passes Woodborough on 28 July 1988 with a BR Derby to Plymouth mystery excursion. 47406 was the only member of the original batch of ETH 'Generator' 47s (D1500 - D1520, latterly 47401 - 47421) to carry InterCity livery. This loco was withdrawn in 1990, and cut up a few years later by MRJ Phillips at Frodingham.

47407 Ribblehead Viaduct 25 November 1989

47407 crosses Ribblehead Viaduct on 25 November 1989 with the 2E76 09:41 Carlisle to Leeds service. This is my only photograph of 47407, which like most of the non-standard first batch of 47/4s, was withdrawn early, in this case the following year, after sustaining severe fire damage.

47411 Marsden 2 September 1987

47411 The Geordie passes a misty Marsden on 2 September 1987 with the 1E99 13:03 Liverpool Lime Street to Newcastle Provincial Railways service. This is my only picture of this locomotive, and as it was cut up in Frodingham in 1994 I am not likely to get any more!

47412 Stenson Junction 16 October 1986

47412 passes Stenson Junction on 16 October 1986 with the 1M55 08:35 Leeds to Birmingham New Street service. The loco, which had only ever carried two numbers (D1511 & 47412), and two liveries (two tone green and blue), was withdrawn the following year, and cut up at Booth Roe, Rotherham, in 1992.

47413 Chilson 2 March 1985

The original ETS fitted 'generator' Class 47s were never common on the Cotswold Line, but they did make the occasional appearance in the 1980s. On 2 March 1985, 47413 passes Chilson with the 1A73 07:05 Hereford to Paddington service. 47413 was withdrawn in 1991, and after languishing at various locations in the north east, it was cut up in 1995 after yielding various spare parts for the Waterman Railways Class 47 fleet.

47419 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 2 June 1984

47419 sweeps round the curve at Claydon (near Banbury) on 2 June 1984 with the 1O03 07:15 Liverpool Lime Street to Poole service. This is my only picture of this particular 'Generator'. Although not particularly common in the Oxford area, the Gateshead allocated batch were all seen at some point on inter regional trains.

47420 Water Orton 9 March 1985

The last of the original batch of 'Generator' Class 47s, 47420 approaches Water Orton on 9 March 1985 with the 07:30 Reading to Leeds service. The loco entered service as D1519 in April 1963. It was withdrawn two years after this picture was taken, and cut up at Vic Berry's, Leicester.

47422 Oxford North Junction 13 May 1987

47422 passes Oxford North Junction on 13 May 1987 with the 1O03 08:08 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole InterCity service. The single track line to Bicester can be seen disappearing off into the bushes in the background.

47423 Knighton 8 August 1988

Knighton level crossing, between Uffington and Shrivenham, was replaced by a road underbridge in the early 1970s. A decade later it was still possible to stand on the truncated road at the crossing site. With the old road in the foreground, 47423 heads west on 8 August 1988 with the 1A91 18:07 Paddington to Swindon service. The PW hut rather gets in the way, but the train is the usual short formation, formed almost entirely of first class vehicles.

47425 Culham 18 May 1992

47425 slows down on the approach to Culham on 18 May 1992 with the 1F52 18:08 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. This train called at most stations in the Thames Valley, in the manner of the DMU services. The loco hauled Oxford trains usually only called at principal stations. It would not be long however before everything was a DMU! The Class 50s had gone two years earlier, and now various ex Railfreight sectors 47s, such as this former Tinsley loco, had been drafted in for the last few months of loco haulage.

47426 Culham 2 August 1991

47426 Dibatag approaches Culham on 2 August 1991 with the 1F12 09:50 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. We didn't know it at the time, but Didcot Power Station, which can be seen in the background, was nearly half way through its ridiculously short 45 year lifespan when this picture was taken.

47427 Hinksey 10 September 1987

Oh dear, oh dear, who's been a naughty boy then! 47427 stands on the up relief line at Hinksey on 10 September 1987 with the derailed 4M42 04:10 Stoke Gifford to Calvert Avon binliner. If you look carefully at the wagon towards the rear of the train directly under the red signal, you will see that it is leaning at a drunken angle. The train had a few hours earlier caused the total closure of the route into Oxford, by ripping up the pointwork near the footbridge in the background, which explains the orange jackets visible in the background. Despite the local radio saying that the derailment was at Radley, I managed to track it down and secure this unique picture before going to work.

47430 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 28 July 1980

This picture is immediately dated not only by the fact that the loco and coaches are in the sadly missed corporate rail blue livery, but also by the fact that the hedgerows in the background still contain numerous dead elm trees killed off by Dutch Elm Disease which swept the country in the 1970s. 47430 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing near Shrivenham on 28 July 1980 with the 17:27 Paddington to Cheltenham service. Although over ten years after this picture was taken 47430 was allocated to Old Oak Common and would be expected to be seen here, at the time it was a Finsbury Park machine and something of a rarity on the Great Western Mainline.

47431 Culham 26 May 1992

In the last months of loco hauled operation of Thames Valley services, 47431 Silurian approaches Culham on 26 May 1992 with the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury Network SouthEast service. This view became progressively more obstructed by bushes over the following years, until the plans for electrification saw the lineside cleared again.

47433 Fawler 12 November 1989

47433 passes Fawler in the very last of the weak autumn sunshine on 12 November 1989. It is working the 1B31 13:45 Paddington to Hereford Network SouthEast service, the first northbound train of the day on a Sunday at the time. In addition to the fact that this was formerly a double track mainline, in the nineteenth century there was also an exchange siding running parallel with the line on the left here. This was for the nearby ironstone mine and brickworks. This small scale enterprise opened in 1853, and was connected to the mainline by a short branch. The works closed and the branch was lifted prior to 1900. The remains of a lime kiln can still be seen. This photo was taken from a farm occupation crossing.

47435 Lower Basildon 25 January 1986

47435 passes Lower Basildon on 25 January 1986 with the 1O27 06:45 York to Portsmouth Harbour service. After two decades of BR corporate blue, 1986 was starting to see new liveries appearing, but there was still plenty of the old order around - as here.

47436 Abbotswood 6 July 1985

47436 passes Abbotswood on 6 July 1985 with the late running 1V90 10:45 Glasgow Central to Penzance service. The inclusion of a ScotRail Mk 2 coach in the train is a big clue as to where it has come from, even without knowing the working!

47436 Narroways Hill Junction 16 April 1991

47436 Buznak passes Narroways Hill Junction, on the outskirts of Bristol with the 6M29 14:00 Taunton to Bescot Speedlink service on 16 April 1991, mainly conveying cider from Taunton Cider's factory at Norton Fitzwarren. This was the start of a busy period for freight activity at this location, with 6B97, 6B20 & 4B74 all seen during the next few hours. 47436 had received the unofficial name Buznak at Tinsley during the previous summer, at a time when the depot way busy applying these painted names (along with the Tinsley rose emblem) to as many Class 47s as it could get away with! The branch line leading off to the right is the line to Severn Beach via Avonmouth.

47438 Banbury 11 July 1987

47438 passes underneath the recently opened Hennef Way bridge at Banbury on 11 July 1987 with the 1M46 15:17 Weymouth to Manchester Piccadilly service. This was during the period when BR decided that a whole raft of loco hauled passenger trains should appear as named trains in the timetable. Consequently this, along with many others, was officially the 'Holidaymaker Express', although with no headboards, or any other special status, the whole thing was a bit pointless.

47439 Bourton 28 December 1985

47439 passes a very frosty Bourton on 28 December 1985 with the 1A26 08:57 Cardiff Central to Paddington service. The loco had just been allocated to Bescot, having previously been based at Gateshead. However, its grey roof clearly betrays that before that it was allocated to Stratford.

47440 Shorthampton 18 April 1987

The road overbridge at Shorthampton, between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Charlbury, was one of my least favourite Cotswold Line locations in the 1980s, because it was so overgrown. This is one of the very few pictures that I took there at the time, and shows 47440 passing the flowering willow bushes with the diverted 1O09 08:12 Newcastle to Poole InterCity service on 18 April 1987. When the line was redoubled in 2011, all the lineside trees and bushes were removed, opening up the location for photography. I'm sad to say however, that they have now grown back again, and the location is as bad, if not worse, than this again!

47441 Plumley 12 March 1990

47441 passes through Plumley station on 12 March 1990 with the 7F49 08:07 Tunstead to Oakleigh vacuum braked stone hoppers. Silver birch trees are colonising what was formerly the station's small goods yard. The station building has been refurbished since this picture was taken, and is now in private hands.

47441 Hinksey 1 August 1991

With no train behind it, I decided to try for a panning shot of 47441, as it passed Hinksey Yard on 1 August 1991. The loco had just been allocated to Old Oak Common, and would soon become a common sight working Network SouthEast trains out of Paddington.

47441 South Moreton 15 August 1991

47441 passes South Moreton on 15 August 1991 with the 1F38 16:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. This was one of my favourite Thames Valley photographic locations in the 1990s, but with the location having been desecrated by the Great Western Mainline electfrication scheme, it is not a spot that I will ever be visiting again!

47441 South Moreton 18 May 1992

With less than two months to go before the end of Thames Valley loco hauled commuter trains, 47441 passes South Moreton on 18 May 1992 with the 1F46 17:38 Paddington to Didcot Network SouthEast service. This was an all stations stopping service, taking well over an hour.

47442 Bayston Hill 3 July 1985

47442 rounds the curve at Bayston Hill on 3 July 1985 with the 1V04 07:05 Holyhead to Cardiff Central service. The train has just passed the ground frame controlling the entrance to the quarry visible in the background. At this time the rail connection was still actively used. 47442 only ever carried two numbers during its life, being built as D1558. It never carried a name.

47443 Ascott-under-Wychwood 30 June 1987

47443 passes Ascott-under-Wychwood on 30 June 1987 with the 1A10 06:04 Hereford to Paddington InterCity service. Although being near the longest day the sun is already well up by 07:40, unfortunately it is still rather head on at this location so early in the morning. Just visible in the background are Ascott-under-Wychwood's level crossing barriers, and the small corrugated iron hut (on the left) that marks the site of Ascott's former small goods yard, which was still in use as a coal yard at this time.

47444 Oxford 1 August 1986

A clash of universities! 47444 University of Nottingham arrives at Oxford, the UK's premier university city (with apologies to the other place!) on 1 August 1986 with the 1M03 08:05 Portsmouth Harbour to Liverpool Lime Street service. Oxford University was founded in 1096, while Nottingham is a much more recent newcomer, being founded in 1798.

47445 Culham 22 June 1990

47445 passes Culham on 22 June 1990 with the Fridays only 6M22 15:35 Gillingham to Ince & Elton Kemira (formerly UKF) fertilser empties. 47445 was withdrawn just over a year after this picture was taken, and was broken up at Booth Roe, Rotherham in 1994.

47446 Radley 9 July 1991

47446 Galtee More approaches Radley on 9 July 1991 with the 1F52 18:08 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. 47446 had arrived in the Thames Valley a few weeks previously, having been formerly allocated to Tinsley's Railfreight Distribution fleet, which is where it acquired its unofficial painted Galtee More name.

47446 Hinksey 29 July 1991

47446 Galtee More passes Hinksey Yard on 29 July 1991 with the 1F71 16:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. The Class 50s had finished, but there was still a year to go before these trains were downgraded to DMUs. A three coach Turbo is no substitute for seven Mk1s!

47448 Colton Junction 27 May 1990

47448 Gateshead heads south from Colton Junction on 27 May 1990 with the 1M34 11:06 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street Regional Railways service. Note the vintage North Eastern Railway cast iron milepost in the foreground. I bet that no longer survives, at least not in that position!

47449 Pirton 15 June 1986

47449 passes Pirton on 15 June 1986 with the 1S87 13:40 Plymouth to Edinburgh InterCity service. This was followed just five minutes later by the even more interesting 50030 Repulse on the 1M78 13:49 Plymouth to Manchester Piccadilly service.

47449 Circourt 8 May 1987

47449 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 6V04 12:30 Calvert to Bath Avon binliner empties on 8 May 1987. The track worker on the left was placing detonators on the up line to warn of a broken rail. This did not go down well with the lady owner of the adjacent Upper Circourt Farm, who claimed the noise was frightening the horses. When told that detonators would be used all day and probably right through the night, she marched off intending to phone someone in authority to get it stopped!

47450 Banbury 24 April 1984

47450 approaches Banbury on 24 April 1984 with the 1O01 06:00 Derby to Poole service. I would see this loco return later in the day on the 1M23 return working. Banbury's stone terminal was very basic in 1984, with no buildings whatsoever, and just an excavator to unload the wagons (vacuum braked 16 tonners in this case). If the rolling stock and stone depot have changed out of all recognition since this photo was taken, the one constant is unfortunately the rather un-photogenic pylon and high voltage power lines that stride across the scene!

47450 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 24 April 1984

Passing a cast iron British Transport Commission trespass warning notice, 47450 accelerates away from Oxford on 24 April 1984 with the 1M23 14:40 Poole to Liverpool Lime Street service, which it would work as far as Birmingham New Street. I knew what to expect on this train, as I had seen it earlier in the day working down south with 1O01. Needless to say you cannot get to this location now, and presumably the highly collectable sign has found its way into someone's collection!

47450 Ashchurch 28 June 1987

47450 approaches Ashchurch on 28 June 1987 with the 1V32 23:50 Edinburgh to Bristol Temple Meads sleeper. This was the first time that I saw an InterCity liveried vehicle amongst the customary three Mk3 sleeping coaches on the train. The working timetable also lists this as a newspaper train.

47451 Wolvercote 10 July 1987

Just before the lights went out at Wolvercote on 10 July 1987. After a surprisingly long period when the sun shone, but the background was a mass of black clouds, this was captured in the very last of the light, before the clouds finally won! 47451 passes Wolvercote with the 1M42 17:52 Paddington to Wolverhampton InterCity service (despite what the Network SouthEast stock may indicate). Note the fours in the loco's number are slightly smaller than the other digits.

47452 Lyneham 7 May 1987

47452 passes Lyneham on 7 May 1987 with the 1B56 18:07 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express'. Note that half the coaches are air-cons, with just a single first class vehicle in the then new InterCity livery. Directly behind that is a Mk1 buffet car. Its been a very long time since this embankment was completely free of bushes, as seen here.

47452 Ruckley 4 July 1987

47452 passes Ruckley (Between Shifnal and Cosford) on 4 July 1987 with the 1A63 15:33 Shrewsbury to Euston InterCity service. This was formerly the site of Ruckley Sidings, which were used in connection with a local sand quarry.

47456 Oxford North Junction 2 May 1990

47456 passes Oxford North Junction on 2 May 1990 with the 1M23 15:40 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly InterCity service. This superb viewpoint only existed for a short while. The ditch in the foreground had been dredged and the lineside vegetation cut back, but of course it soon became overgrown again. There had obviously been a Victorian rubbish dump in the area, as the dredged mud contained numerous old (and probably collectable) bottles and jars. Recent clearance in connection with the reinstatement of the down relief line has once again cleared the vegetation, but the view is now blocked by palisade fencing.

47457 Narroways Hill Junction 16 April 1991

With the shadows lengthening as the sun dips towards the horizon, 47457 Gazelle passes Narroways Hill Junction with the late running 4B74 16:30 Bristol West to Hereford freightliner on 16 April 1991. It was a very busy day for unofficially named Tinsley Class 47s, as I had already seen 47436 & 47630. This loco was to survive for less than a year after this photo was taken, and after languishing at Old Oak Common for several years was finally cut up on site by M.R.J Phillips.

47457 Cam & Dursley 17 April 1991

Under a brooding sky and with the threat of rain, 47457 Gazelle passes the site of Coaley Junction station (closed in 1965) with the 6M29 14:00 Taunton to Warrington Speedlink service on 17 April 1991. The former Dursley branch line curved away to the left at the end of the siding in the background. A new station named Cam & Dursley was opened on this site in 1994 after much campaigning by locals, and therefore this view from the roadbridge is no longer possible. However the view from the new station's footbridge is very similar

47458 Charlbury 9 May 1987

47458 pulls away from Charlbury station on 9 May 1987 with the 1B56 18:12 Paddington to Hereford service. Usually time keeping on the Cotswold Line was pretty good in the 1980s, certainly far better than it is now, so it is noteworthy that this was running 15 minutes late. Unfortunately that late running meant that the sun had almost totally faded out into high cloud.

47458 Bruern 2 July 1987

47458 speeds past Bruern on 2 July 1987 with the 1A10 06:04 Hereford to Paddington service. Unfortunately nowadays it is not just a case of a row of trees on the west side of the line providing a good backdrop. The few bushes that were on the east side of the line in the 1980s are now full size trees, making this view impossible - at least this early in the morning.

47458 Horfield 13 March 1989

47458 passes Horfield on 13 March 1989 with the 3A12 06:45 Swansea to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. The two large gasholders have since been removed, and although I haven't revisited the location since, somehow I suspect the improvised corrugated iron fence has also disappeared!

47459 Patchway 17 December 1983

47459 has full power applied, as it hauls its lengthy train of vans up the gradient form Patchway Tunnel on 17 December 1983. It is working the 3A12 08:55 Carmarthen to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. Note the difference in gradient between the two lines in the background, as they separate to approach the twin single bores of Patchway Tunnel on very different alignments. This photo is taken from the very end of Patchway station platform.

47459 Finstock 10 April 1987

47459 races through Finstock station on 10 April 1987 with the 1A18 07:00 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express'. The station had just been rebuilt on the opposite side of the line. Much better facilities were available for Cotswold Line commuters in those days, with a buffet car, and a BG next to the loco. No problem with bike storage in those days!

47459 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 13 May 1989

47459 approaches Oxford on 13 May 1989 with the 1O04 06:41 Wolverhampton to Poole InterCity service. A full rake of seven InterCity liveried Mk 2 aircons, with the additional of a Mk1 blue/grey restaurant car, and a full brake. Luxury provision compared with today's cross CrossCountry trains!

47460 Killiecrankie 13 July 1983

47460 passes the site of Killiecrankie station (closed in 1965) with the 1N36 17:35 Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness service on 13 July 1983. It would also be seen on the same train the following evening, at Blair Atholl. Although unnamed here, this loco started the trend for unofficial namings in 1978 when Stratford applied Great Eastern plates. These were soon removed, but further namings on the locos in the 1980s and 1990s were semi-officially tolerated, indeed, 47460 acquired one of the famous Tinsley unofficial names in 1991, when it was named Triton.

47460 Blair Atholl 14 July 1983

47460 arrives at Blair Atholl on 14 July 1983 with the late running 1N36 17:35 Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness service. Apart from the sleeper service, this was the last northbound passenger service of the day over the Highland Main Line. Note the Mk 1 buffet car parked in the siding.

47460 Wolvercote Junction 18 August 1991

A little bit of Scotland in Oxfordshire! Sporting a Highland Rail stag emblem, 47460 Triton approaches Wolvercote Junction on 18 August 1991 with the 1M96 15:15 Poole to Wolverhampton InterCity service. The loco had been a Scottish stalwart since the late 1970s, but in October 1990 it was transferred south to Crewe, and then in January 1991 to Tinsley, where it acquired its unofficial Triton name. When this picture was taken it had moved back to Crewe, so its appearance in the Oxford area was not as unusual as the livery would suggest.

47462 Marshfield 28 April 1984

47462 passes Marshfield on 28 April 1984 with the 10:16 Cardiff to Paddington relief. However, all is not well here, as the train is being pushed from the rear by 37251. 47462 had shut down approximately a mile up the line, and after a short delay, the 37 was summoned from Cardiff to push the errant train to Newport, where it was terminated. Not a very good performance, failing just a few miles out, and then having to get pushed to the next station! Of course in 1984 there were plenty of spare locomotives available, and as they were all owned by one company, there was no problem in just using the nearest suitable one to quickly clear the line.

47463 Oxford 30 January 1985

47463 stands at Oxford station's platform 2 on the night of 30 January 1985, after arriving with the 1A52 17:08 Paddington to Oxford service. Usually the loco hauled trains from the capital to Oxford at the time took just less than an hour. However, this particular service was more like the DMU operated turns, as it was an 'all stations' service after Reading. Consequently it was on a very leisurely schedule! Note the mailbags being unloaded in the background.

47463 Knighton 26 May 1989

Under a perfect cloudless blue sky, 47463 passes the site of Knighton Crossing (Between Uffington and Shrivenham) with the 1C67 17:42 Paddington to Plymouth InterCity service. This train only ran through to Plymouth on two dates during the summer 1989 timetable, this was 26 May, the other occasion being 25 August. On all other dates it terminated at Bristol Temple Meads.

47463 South Moreton 15 August 1991

47463 passes South Moreton on 15 August 1991 with the 1B95 16:02 Paddington to Swansea parcels. This picture is taken from a farm occupation bridge, which was a very pleasant location to spend a summer evening in the 1990s. Obviously there was no traffic (not even any farm vehicles whenever I was there), and the parapet was low enough to form an ideal seat. Now of course the replacement bridge cannot be sat on, in fact it is so ridiculously high that a ladder is required to see over the top!

47463 Clay Cross 9 April 1992

47463 passes Clay Cross on 9 April 1992 with the 1V64 12:45 Newcastle to Plymouth parcels. Note the line up of cars on the right. This was a well used trackside location for watching the trains go by, although obviously not by photographers at this time of day, due to the angle of the sun. Access to this has since been blocked, and a more substantial fence erected.

47465 Rangeworthy 5 May 1990

47465 passes Rangeworthy on 5 May 1990 with the 1E06 14:28 Plymouth to Newcastle parcels. This used to be an excellent location for an evening's photography in the 1980s and 1990s, with clear views in both directions.

47465 Oxford 2 October 1991

47465 Minerva pulls away from Oxford station on 2 October 1991 with the 1F39 09:20 Network SouthEast service to Paddington. With a predominance of NSE liveried 47s working these trains, it was always worth while getting pictures of locos in any other liveries. Blue, large logo and parcels sector colour schemes turned up, and in fact this loco had only recently been transferred from Crewe's parcels fleet. Its time on Thames Valley services was very limited however, as just over a month after this picture was taken, it was withdrawn, never to work again.

47466 Oxford 2 April 1983

47466 pulls out of Oxford station on 2 April 1983 with the 1O03 07:20 Liverpool Lime Street to Poole InterCity service. Just visible in the background is 50012 Benbow, which is waiting to follow it with the 1A21 11:15 Oxford to Paddington non-stop service.

47466 Dorn 9 September 1990

47466 looks in need of a repaint, as it slows down for the approach to Moreton-in-Marsh station on Sunday 9 September 1990 with the 1A68 16:12 Hereford to Paddington service. It is pictured just to the south of the small hamlet of Dorn.

47468 Oxford 16 May 1990

47468 approaches Oxford station on 16 May 1990 with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels service. At the time this was booked to call at Oxford to pick up mail. There was often a lot of traffic to pick up and some smart work was required so that the booked 18:05 to 18:13 stop was not extended, thereby delaying following passenger services.

47468 Wolvercote 23 July 1990

Viewed from the uncomfortable location of the very busy A34 Oxford bypass, 47468 passes Wolvercote on 23 July 1990 with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston vans. Although on reverse curves and framed between the signal and the Wolvercote village bridge in the background, the location is not to be advised due to the volume of road traffic.

47469 Heyford 6 October 1984

47469 Glasgow Chamber of Commerce passes Heyford on 6 October 1984 with the 1O27 06:45 York to Portsmouth Harbour service, which it had worked from Birmingham New Street. Even in the 1980s the bushes were a problem at this location, but it still makes an excellent picture, with an interesting collection of boats on the Oxford Canal.

47471 Radley 1 December 1983

Long shadows at Radley on 1 December 1983, as 47471 Norman Tunna G.C. speeds southwards with the 1A07 10:20 Oxford to Paddington service. The trees on both sides of the line have grown considerably since this picture was taken, making this once clear location now virtually useless (for both morning and evening pictures).

47471 Challow 3 December 1983

47471 Norman Tunna G.C. speeds past the grass covered platforms of the long disused Challow station on 3 December 1983 with what is presumably the late running 1C24 10:15 Paddington to Pembroke Dock service. This location is virtually unrecognisable today. A huge signal gantry now makes this viewpoint impossible. Other changes include the removal of the old platforms, the reinstatement of the relief lines, and the open view across the fields in the background being obscured by a row of tall Lombardy Poplar trees. In addition to all this, the view will soon be changed even more the forthcoming Great Western Mainline electrification.

47471 & 5029 Garsdale 12 March 1994

47471 Norman Tunna G.C. comes to the aid of disgraced GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 5029 Nunney Castle on 12 March 1994. I had waited for over two hours at Aisgill in the rain and later the driving sleet for Nunney Castle on the southbound 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour, but had given up by the time it eventually passed by, hauled by 47471. I was so cold that I couldn't initially drive the car, but did manage to recover enough to get this picture of the train being watered at Garsdale. Poor coal was the problem, with Nunney Castle so short of steam at one point that it was down to walking pace, with the brakes starting to drag. Of course in those days there was no way of knowing what was happening further up the line, hence having to stand out in the arctic weather!

47471 Rangeworthy 8 May 1995

47471 Norman Tunna G.C. passes Rangeworthy on 8 May 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 06:09 Wolverhampton to Penzance 'Grockle Grid' railtour. 56064 took over the train at Bristol Temple Meads. It is debatable as to which is the better form of traction, but there is no doubt that the weather got better further south!

47472 Wolvercote Junction 30 April 1990

47472 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 30 April 1990 with the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury Network SouthEast service. Note the red RTC flash underneath the driver's window. Ironically, the last few months of this loco's life was spent in the DCWA engineers pool (from December 1990) and it could therefore legitimately have worn the very similar DCWA stripe.

47473 Heyford 6 October 1979

Lovely evening light at Heyford on 6 October 1979, as 47473 sweeps through the station with the 13:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Paddington service. In retrospect its a pity I didn't take more pictures in the late 1970s, when Rail Blue 47s still sported 'domino' headcodes, and were yet to be disfigured by off centre headlights. Captured with a Praktica PLC2 on Kodachrome 64. A superb film that would capture an amazing amount of detail, but a camera that wasn't quite in the same league!

47473 Croome 14 May 1984

47473 approaches Croome on 14 May 1984 with the 1E64 13:55 Cardiff Central to Leeds and Hull service. At the time of course a blue Class 47 on blue and grey Mk1s was just about the most mundane train imaginable, but now photographers would really appreciate such a sight. I expect passengers on today's Voyager equivalent would also love the comfort of a Mk1 over the claustrophobic interior of a Class 220!

47473 Chipping Campden 2 June 1984

47473 approaches the site of Chipping Campden station on the Cotswold Line with the 18:07 Paddington to Hereford service on 2 June 1984. The evening sun was just fading out into high cloud and there was only a trace of brightness when the train came. Chipping Campden station (which did not acquire the 'Chipping' in its name until 1952) was closed in 1966. Although a small country station it boasted two private sidings.

47473 Shorthampton 8 June 1984

Viewed from a farm occupation bridge near Shorthampton, on the Cotswold Line on 8 June 1984, 47473 heads west with the 17:05 Paddington to Hereford service. This loco had a strange end to its life, inasmuch that it was still recorded on TOPS three months after it had been cut up! It was officially withdrawn in June 1998, even though workers from M.R.J. Phillips of Llanelly had cut it up at Crewe works during March.

47473 Wolvercote 4 May 1989

47473 passes Wolvercote on 4 May 1989 with the 1O90 10:44 Edinburgh to Brighton 'Sussex Scot'. Photo taken from a footpath crossing, which was closed shortly after this picture was taken. Walkers wanting to cross from Port Meadow to Wolvercote village, and the Oxford Canal, now have to use the bridge that can be seen in the background.

47473 Kingsbury 31 May 1989

47473 passes Kingsbury on 31 May 1989 with the 1E27 07:31 Wolverhampton to York service. Just seven coaches, but a dedicated brake vehicle for bikes, etc, and a restaurant car. Proper passenger provision in the days of British Rail!

47473 Kings Sutton 8 August 1991

47473 just manages to catch a patch of sunshine, as it passes Kings Sutton on 8 August 1991 with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels. It may only be a short train of four vehicles, but they are in three different liveries!

47473 Narroways Hill Junction 16 May 1992

47473 passes Narroways Hill Junction on 16 May 1992 with the 1S93 15:30 Paignton to Glasgow Central, which it would work as far as Birmingham New Street. Interesting enough, but the highlight of the evening was to come a couple of hours later, when D400 & 50033 passed by with the 'Chiltern Atmospheric 50' railtour.

47474 Lower Wick (Crossways) 26 October 1985

47474 passes Lower Wick (Crossways) on a slightly misty 26 October 1985 with the 1V32 10:30 York to Exeter St Davids relief. Good old loco-hauled relief trains, in the days when the railway put the customer first! This location has, like many others all over the country, become hopelessly overgrown in recent years.

47474 Islip 12 December 1997

47474 Sir Rowland Hill approaches Islip on the Bicester to Oxford line with the 4C13 11:11 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner on 12 December 1997. 47474  was new to traffic in July 1964 as D1602. It acquired its TOPS number in February 1974, and unlike a large number of its class was not renumbered again. It was withdrawn from Crewe in March 2000 and was finally cut up at TJ Thomson's at Stockton in 2005. This was an interesting time for photographing the Avon Binliner, for although a particular loco usually stayed on the train all week, there was a variety of different liveried Class 47s employed on the train at various times, a far cry from the repetitiveness of today!

47475 Charlbury 15 April 1983

47475 makes a smoky departure from Charlbury on 15 April 1983 with the 1A75 07:05 Hereford to Paddington service. In the 1980s passenger services on the Cotswold Line were worked either by Class 47s or 50s, which meant you either got a smoky or noisy departure from station stops! Naturally I was prepared for this volcanic eruption and had framed the picture using the two surviving telegraph poles, one of which still survives over a quarter of a century later by virtue of its use as lamp fixing.

47475 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 7 September 1991

Showing off its unique Regional Railways livery, 47475 passes Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 7 September 1991 with the 1V94 10:09 Birmingham New Street to Paddington service. Not ideal lighting, with the sun very head on, but this is one of only two occasions on which I saw this loco in this colour scheme.

47476 Oxford 26 May 1990

47476 passes through Oxford station's centre road on 26 May 1990 with the 1O06 07:18 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole InterCity service. This was one of the few passenger trains at the time that was not booked to call at Oxford, hence the use of the centre line, avoiding the platform. On this occasion it was running 40 minutes late, which has not improved the rather head on lighting.

47477 Hungerford Common 3 September 1984

47477 passes Hungerford Common 3 September 1984 with the 1C44 13:40 Paddington to Penzance service. Often a Class 50, but no such luck on this occasion. At least the sun was out, on a day when a lot of the interesting trains passed when the sun was behind the clouds!

47477 Hinksey 22 October 1985

47477 passes Hinksey Yard on 22 October 1985 with the late running 1O74 09:58 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton service. The then recently opened Oxford Ice Rink dominates the skyline in the background of this view. It is still there now, but hidden from view by trees.

47478 Oxford 28 June 1991

A heavy brake application whilst travelling light engine through Oxford, resulted in a small fire on the leading bogie of 47478 on 28 June 1991. It is seen here just to the south of the station, with smoke still pouring from the bogie.

47479 Oxford 18 July 1990

47479 approaches Oxford with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels on 18 July 1990. The train was booked to spend eight minutes at Oxford station, during which time there was often frenzied activity, as Royal Mail workers loaded several Brute's worth of mail sacks into the vans.

47482 Oxford 7 January 1984

47482 makes its way slowly through the centre road at Oxford station on 7 January 1984 with the 3V19 04:50 Banbury to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. This train recessed at Oxford from 05:22 to 09:35 (or 09:20 on this particular morning). A classic BR blue scene, with a domino headcode 47, without headlight, and platforms full of Brute trolleys. In the middle of winter the station canopies tended to shade the up lines (even the centre line) for much of the day, but luckily the 1970s modernisation left a gap between the then new canopy and the truncated remains of the old GWR canopy, seen here. At least this gap allowed a fully lit view of the locomotive, if not the whole train.

47482 Hinksey 3 March 1984

47482 makes a smoky departure from Oxford on 3 March 1984 with the 13:15 Oxford to Paddington service formed entirely of Mk 2 stock, albeit with a mixture of early and air conditioned types. The train is passing the site of Hinksey North signal box at the north end of Hinksey Yard, which was largely disused at the time. A fine picture from the sadly missed corporate blue era, when Thames Valley passengers had a high quality comfortable train service to take them to the capital! A point of interest for railway modellers is the non-standard arrangement of the former headcode box. Rather than the normal marker lights surrounded by rubber grommets, 47482 appears to just have a pair of painted white dots.

47482 Bathampton 5 April 1990

Running ten minutes early, 47482 passes Bathampton Junction on 5 April 1990 with the 3A12 06:45 Swansea to Reading empty newspaper vans. A picture that would be impossible to replicate today, as 47482 was withdrawn in 1993 and cut up shortly afterwards, and of course newspapers are no longer conveyed by rail. More importantly however, this view is no longer possible because the farm occupation bridge I am standing on has since been demolished!

47482 Heyford 24 May 1990

47482 sweeps round the curve on the approach to Heyford on 24 May 1990 with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels. This viewpoint no longer exists, as tall trees now border the line on both sides, no doubt contributing to rail adhesion problems in the autumn.

47483 Ponthir 4 September 1986

47483 passes Ponthir in lovely evening light on 4 September 1986 with the 1V66 17:25 Cardiff Central to Crewe service. Photo taken on some good old 1970's technology - a Pentax 6x7 with 105mm Takumar lens, on Kodak Ektachrome EPN100 at 1/1000sec f3.5.

47484 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 2 June 1984

47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel passes Claydon (near Banbury) with the 1M88 06:33 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly service on 2 June 1984. Surprisingly considering this had always been a Western Region locomotive, this was my first picture of this locomotive, and my only picture of it in blue livery (apart from a light engine shot). The following year it was repainted into brunswick green livery in connections with the GWR 150 celebrations. From then on I saw it frequently! If I've only got one picture of it in blue, at least its a good one, with a very lucky patch of sun illuminating just the train, with a background of dark clouds - perfect!

47484 Hinksey 4 July 1985

47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel passes Hinksey Yard in soft early morning light on 4 July 1985 with the 1F13 06:53 Oxford to Paddington service. This would shortly be calling at Radley, Culham and Appleford. Apart from one single train, in 2018 none of these stations now have a direct service to London, let alone a loco hauled one!

47484 Appleford 12 September 1985

47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel approaches the level crossing at Appleford on 12 September 1985 with the 1A18 07:00 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express' service. This of course being the Great Western 150 year, the four GWR green 47s were naturally in demand for specials and were usually kept spotless, although it seems that even among the four there was a hierarchy, with 47484 and 47500 definitely receiving better treatment. Lots of silver and white paint has been used to good effect here.

47484 Llandevenny 21 October 1985

Very close to being a ruined picture! 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel passes Llandevenny on 21 October 1985 with the 1O79 12:05 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service, while 37257 heads west with a rake of HEA coal empties. In the background the Bishton flyover carries the up relief line over the main running lines.

47484 Woodley 14 June 1987

47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel opens up, after having just weaved across from the up relief to the up main line near Woodley on 14 June 1987 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z04 08:40 Paddington to Barnstaple 'Devon Belle' railtour. Needless to say, the slightly amateurish looking fence in the foreground has since been replaced by the inevitable palisade variety.

47484 Daylesford 6 August 1987

Crisp early morning light at Daylesford on 6 August 1987, as 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel passes milepost 86 with the 1A10 06:04 Hereford to Paddington InterCity service. Although the shadows from the lineside bushes were not a problem at 07:35 in 1987, the same would not be true today!

47484 Moreton-in-Marsh 5 August 1990

47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel makes a typically smoky departure from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 5 August 1990 with the 1A68 16:12 Hereford to Paddington service. A quarter of a century later the semaphore signals still survive, but the sidings do not.

47484 Hinksey 3 October 1990

By 1990 the glory days of the Western Region's 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel had long gone, and instead of front line passenger work, it was reduced to menial work such as this short ballast train, pictured at Hinksey Yard, Oxford on 3 October 1990. It was not all bad news however, as it briefly regained some of its former status a few years later. This view also gives an indication of the downturn in parcels traffic, with the entire length of the back siding (a similar distance out of sight to the left) taken up with withdrawn GUV and BG vans.

47484 South Moreton 28 August 1991

GW150 green liveried 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel ambles along the up relief line at South Moreton on 28 August 1991 with six empty ballast wagons and a 'Shark' plough brake van. This was during the short period that the loco was allocated to the DCWA civil engineer's pool.

47484 Badgeworth 17 March 1994

A lucky patch of spring sunshine at Badgeworth on 17 March 1994, as 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel heads for the races with the 1Z46 09:03 Paddington to Cheltenham Gold Cup special. An appropriate choice of traction for such a train, and with an equally appropriate 'Cheltenham Flyer' headboard. 47484 would return the happy (assuming they had bet on the winner 'The Fellow') punters to the capital with the 1Z90 18:20 Cheltenham to Paddington.

47485 Kenilworth 4 January 1986

On a bitterly cold 4 January 1986, with frost on the ballast and vegetation, 47485 passes Kenilworth with the 1S39 07:34 Poole to Glasgow Central service. The 47 would be replaced by an electric loco at Coventry. Even by 1986 rail blue was still the predominant livery on the national network, or during the winter months rail blue and dirt, as seen here! A single InterCity livery coach has appeared in the otherwise uniform rake of blue and grey stock.

47485 & 47466 Oxford North Junction 13 May 1987

A meeting of Class 47/4s at Oxford North Junction on 13 May 1987. 47485 waits in the loop with the early running 6A49 11:31 Morris Cowley to Bicester Speedlink, while 47466 overtakes it with the 1S39 08:34 Poole to Edinburgh 'Wessex Scot'.

47486 Radley 28 November 1981

47486 passes through Radley station on 28 November 1981 with the 1O19 07:55 Newcastle to Poole service. The low sun not only highlights details such as the locomotive's handbrake wheel, but also the shadow of the footbridge (complete with solitary photographer!). Much has changed at Radley since this picture was taken. Naturally there are no longer any Rail Blue 47s on trains of matching stock, but also the completely empty bank between the railway and the road in this view is now covered with trees. Also, the bridge has been replaced, and a large radio mast has been erected near the small hut on the left. On the plus side, the amount of passengers actually using Radley station has increased considerably since 1981.

47488 South Moreton (Didcot East) 1 December 1983

47488 passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 1 December 1983 with the 1O15 09:20 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole service. Note the inclusion of two BG vans at the head of the train, one of which looks like it's on its first journey since overhaul, with gleaming paintwork, even down to red painted coil springs. In the background, Didcot's coal fired power station is hard at work supplying power for the national grid, something it would be doing for nearly another three decades.

47488 Glaisdale 15 May 1999

47488 meanders through the Esk Valley at Glaisdale with the Eagle Railtours 1Z45 16:27 Whitby to Worcester Shrub Hill 'North York Moors Explorer' railtour on 15 May 1999. DRS 37611 & 37612 are hiding in the trees at the rear of the train.

47488 & 55019 Frodsham 4 March 2000

47488 & 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier pass through Frodsham station on 4 March 2000 with the Regency Rail Cruise's Cardiff to Fort William 'Monarch of the Glen' railtour. Despite appearances I did not turn the station nameboard near 47488 so that it faced me and therefore clearly indicated the location!

47489 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 October 1988

I have only got a few pictures of the 'pseudo HST', with generator van ADB975325 and a barrier vehicle sandwiching HST coaches, and towed by whatever spare loco was available (I only ever saw Class 47s). By the time the stock was painted into InterCity colours its use was getting less frequent, and now of course with privatisation there is no possibility of this kind of flexibility, and cancellation is the only option! On 22 October 1988, 47489 leads what is presumably (confirmation anyone?) the 1B14 09:00 Paddington to Swansea service past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth.

47489 Baulking 8 April 1989

47489 provides a little variation from the ever present HSTs on the Great Western Mainline, as it passes Baulking with the 1A32 09:10 Swansea to Paddington service on 8 April 1989. Despite appearances this is an InterCity train, not a Network SouthEast service. After all not even a Weakest Link contestant would think that Swansea is in the South East! During 1988/9 winter timetable this train only ran on sporadic dates. Every Monday, but other days of the week it was a good idea to consult the timetable! This is a Saturday, and in addition to 8 April, it only ran on 22 October, 11 and 18 February, and 1 April.

47490 Culham 5 May 1984

47490 approaches Culham on 5 May 1984 with the late running 1M14 13:07 Paddington to Liverpool Lime Street InterCity service. A completely ordinary scene in 1984, but a Rail Blue 47 hauling a rake of blue and grey Mk2s on the mainline would be a major photographic event if it happened today!

47490 Cholsey 31 January 1987

What is the furthest a Trans-Pennine liveried coach has strayed from the North of England? This is obviously not a record, but the lead coach is still a long way from home, as it heads down the Thames Valley at the front of the 1O09 08:12 Newcastle to Poole service on 31 January 1987. Mixed rakes were common at this time, and the InterCity liveried Mk1 catering vehicle is very typical. The unusual train is pictured passing Cholsey, powered by 47490.

47490 Little Haresfield 24 June 1989

47490 Bristol Bath Road passes Little Haresfield with the 08:22 Nottingham to Paignton 'InterCity Holidaymaker' on 24 June 1989. This loco only carried the Bristol Bath Road name for a relatively short time. It was named, naturally enough, at Bristol Bath Road depot on 22 September 1988, but by June 1991 it had surrendered its plates to sister loco 47805.

47491 Charlbury 14 April 1987

47491 Horwich Enterprise catches the last of the weak evening sunshine, as it pulls away from Charlbury station on 14 April 1987 with the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service. There was roughly 50/50 chance whether this train would be Class 47 or 50 hauled during its last few months of loco hauled operation in 1987.

47491 South Moreton (Didcot East) 26 November 1989

A Sunday engineering possession sees a pair of Class 47/4s on very different duties at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 26 November 1989. 47491 Horwich Enterprise runs along the up relief line with the 1O06 06:45 Manchester Piccadilly to Southampton service, while GW150 green liveried 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel stands on the up main line, facing the wrong direction with a short engineer's train, which includes a Mk1 coach, presumably used as a mess and equipment van.

47491 Winwick 12 March 1990

47491 Horwich Enterprise passes Winwick on 12 March 1990 with the 6T71 Ravenhead Junction (St Helens) to Warrington Arpley Speedlink trip, conveying single chemical tanker from Hays Chemicals, for delivery to Roche Products at Dalry. It would work north on the Warrington to Carlisle Speedlink, then to Falkland Yard, and finally Dalry.

47492 Ashchurch 2 June 1985

47492 passes Ashchurch on 2 June 1985 with the 1V32 23:40 Edinburgh to Bristol Temple Meads sleeper. Note the fine Midland Railway crossing keeper's cottage at Northway level crossing in the background. Unfortunately this was demolished shortly afterwards.

47492 South Moreton 2 August 1991

Definitely an enterprising Scot! 47492 The Enterprising Scot passes South Moreton on 2 August 1991. Complete with Highland stag and ScotRail branding, this was certainly out of place in the Thames Valley. The loco had been transferred from Inverness to Crewe the previous October. It would lose its nameplates in early 1992, but would retain its obsolete ScotRail livery until 1995.

47497 Marsden 2 September 1987

Viewed from high above the entrance to Standedge Tunnel, at Marsden on 2 September 1987, 47497 is about to plunge into the gloomy depths with the 1M26 12:25 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street service. Unfortunately I only have a few pictures of Trans Pennine 47s at work, but then of course in 1987 there was plenty to keep me occupied nearer home!