Class 57

57001 Fenny Compton 19 June 2000

A fine display of vintage semaphore signals at Fenny Compton, pictured on the glorious sunny evening of 19 June 2000 Two upper quadrant, and three lower quadrant arms are clearly visible. 57001 Freightliner Pioneer heads northwards with the 4S59 15:13 Millbrook to Coatbridge freightliner. 57001 was the first of Freightliner's General Motors conversions, being rolled out of the Brush Works at Loughborough on 21 July 1998. It was formerly 47356.

57001 & 57012 Kings Sutton 20 June 2003

Double headed Freightliner Class 57s were never particularly common, but here we see both the first and the last of the original batch on the same train. 57001 Freightliner Pioneer & 57012 Freightliner Envoy pass Kings Sutton with the late running 4S59 15:12 Southampton to Coatbridge freightliner on 20 June 2003. Presumably 57012 had failed prior to departure, as it was certainly noted running with both locos at Eastleigh.

57001 Hampton Gay 6 August 2003

57001 Freightliner Pioneer passes Hampton Gay on 6 August 2003 with the 4S59 15:12 Southampton to Coatbridge freightliner. The extremely slender spire of St Mary's church at Kidlington can just be seen in the distance. This location got progressively more grown up over the years, being finally ruined by the inevitable palisade fencing.

57001 Grove 12 July 2011

57001 moves very slowly along the up relief line at Grove on 12 July 2011, approaching its booked twenty minute stop at Wantage Road, with the Royal Scotsman 1Z30 14:59 Bath to Oxford 'Grand Tour of Britain' luxury charter (a bargain at 8,270!). This is part of a seven day tour, with today's route including Hereford, Bath and then on to the Nene Valley Railway. 37685 can just be seen on the rear of the train. As the weather was poor, I was going to photograph this train at Uffington, but realising that I did that in 2010, I opted for this little used location instead.

57001 Heyford 10 December 2011

57001 leads the Statesman Rail 1Z91 06:20 Preston to Bristol Temple Meads 'Bath & Bristol Christmas Statesman' Pullman special past Heyford on 10 December 2011. It is difficult to find locations for a late morning shot between Banbury and Oxford, as the line runs roughly north to south. However for half a mile between Steeple Aston and Heyford the angle of the line is more favourable.

57003 & 57009 Barby Nortoft 21 April 2010

In superb evening light on 21 April 2010, 57003 & 57009 pull slowly out of the Daventry International Railfreight Terminal (DIRFT) with the 4S47 18:49 Daventry to Coatbridge 'sugarliner' and pass Barby Nortoft. A welcome improvement on a Class 66 for this train! The huge white building in the background is part of the DIRFT complex.

57005 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 8 August 2006

57005 Freightliner Excellence approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 8 August 2006 with the 4O51 10:02 Wentloog to Southampton freightliner. Although this train appears to be lightly loaded, this is in fact quite a good load for this service! Within a few months Class 57s would be replaced on this train by the ubiquitous 66s.

57005 Long Marston 22 January 2008

In early 2008 Cotswold Rail acquired two Class 57s from Freightliner, and on 22 January 57005 made the second appearance for the class over the Cotswold Line (the first appearance being the previous day, which was unfortunately in appalling weather). In a welcome bit of sunshine 57005 arrives at Long Marston with the 0Z98 09:10 Gloucester to Long Marston light engine which had come to collect the rake of TDA tankers on the left of the large collection of stock visible in the yard. A member of the Motorail Logistics staff has just opened the gate, so unlike previous occasions the loco crew were not kept waiting at the gate until someone came to let them in!

57005 Long Marston 22 January 2008

Complete with 'Advenza Freight' headboard, 57005 waits in the yard at Long Marston while the TDA wagons are given a final check before working the 6Z98 12:30 Long Marston to Bescot on 22 January 2008. This long lens picture certainly emphasises the amount of freight stock stored here, and also highlights the almost lawn like grass growing around and between the tracks, which I am told is not as smooth at it looks thanks to the local rabbit population!

57005 Long Marston 22 January 2008

57005 leaves Long Marston with the 6Z98 12:30 Long Marston to Bescot on 22 January 2008, conveying a rake of fifteen TDA tanks. Note the unsightly patch on the loco's bodywork at the far end showing where the Freightliner Excellence nameplate has been removed, prior to the loco's sale to Cotswold Rail. Fortunately the sun, which had been disappearing into cloud while the train was in the yard, decided to come out at the critical time. Over the years I have noted the sign on the left gradually deteriorating, one wonders if it will survive for much longer.

57005 Honeybourne 22 January 2008

57005 arrives at Honeybourne with the 6Z98 12:30 Long Marston to Bescot on 22 January 2008. It had to wait a short while for the Cotswold Line to be clear, before proceeding on towards Evesham. The bright start to the day hadn't lasted, and now there was only a trace of sun, which had gone completely by the time the train moved across onto the main line.

57005 Wickwar 30 January 2008

57005 shines in the morning sunshine as it approaches Wickwar with the 5Z69 Gloucester to Yeovil Junction ECS move conveying Mk 2 coaches 1211 & 5797 on 30 January 2008. It was originally envisaged that this train would go to Meldon conveying the rake of seven Mk 2 coaches that 31454 brought out of Long Marston the previous day. That consist would just about have fitted in this sunlit stretch of track perfectly, instead five of the coaches were left behind at Gloucester.

57006 Fenny Compton 19 June 2000

The very last of the evening light illuminates 57006 Freightliner Reliance as it passes the mixed upper and lower quadrant semaphore signals at Fenny Compton on 19 June 2000. It is working the 4M99 16:47 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. This unusual combination of signals has seen been replaced by the ubiquitous colour light.

57006 Tackley 4 June 2001

Arty photography at Tackley on 4 June 2001. The brightly painted fence in the foreground contrasts with the fading Network SouthEast red lampposts, as 57006 Freightliner Reliance approaches the station with the 4S59 15:13 Millbrook to Coatbridge freightliner. The quaint lineside cottage has since been demolished.

57006 Great Bourton 26 June 2002

57006 Freightliner Reliance passes Great Bourton on 26 June 2002 with the 4S59 15:12 Southampton to Coatbridge freightliner. This was shortly before Class 66s took over. However, as this was an ideal subject for a summer evening's photography, and despite having lots of pictures of the working, I continued to photograph it, even when Class 66 hauled.

57006 Baulking 12 October 2006

57006 Freightliner Reliance emerges from the bushes at Baulking with the 4O51 10:08 Wentloog to Millbrook freightliner on 12 October 2006. At first sight not much of a location, and definitely a grab shot as I was waiting for 6B33 coming the other way. However, this is the whole train, just nine containers followed by the customary long rake of flats. This picture is taken from a footpath that parallels the Great Western Mainline.

57006 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 13 May 2008

57006 passes Claydon with the 6Z72 10:25 Stockton-on-Tees to Cardiff Tidal Advenza Freight scrap train on 13 May 2008. Luckily it was running 30 minutes early, which meant that the sun was still just on the front of the loco. Plenty of may blossom in the picture along with the fresh greens of spring enhance the photo. All too soon the countryside takes on the all over drab green of June - possibly the worst month for photography. Two hours later the balancing working passed the same location heading north.

57008 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 9 October 2003

57008 Freightliner Explorer passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 9 October 2003 with the 4O51 10:08 Wentloog to Southampton freightliner. This train held out for a long time with Class 57 haulage in a sea of 'Freds', and was still regularly hauled by the class right up to the time that Freightliner finally dispensed with their services.

57009 Marshfield 4 March 2006

57009 Freightliner Venturer passes Marshfield on 4 March 2006 with the very lightly loaded 4V50 04:59 Southampton to Wentloog freightliner. At the time the Class 57s were not popular, as the replaced their body donor class, the 47s. However, now that they themselves have been replaced on intermodal trains by Class 66s, they don't seem quite so bad!

57010 Yarnton 10 April 2002

Before the footbridge was built over the Oxford to Banbury line near Yarnton, there was a footpath crossing from which there was a reasonable view of northbound trains. On 10 April 2002, 57010 Freightliner Crusader heads north with the 4S59 15:12 Southampton to Coatbridge freightliner. Note the clamp on the broken rail in the foreground.

57011 Heyford 8 April 2002

57011 Freightliner Challenger leans into the curve at Heyford on 8 April 2002 with the 4O17 15:50 Lawley Street to Millbrook freightliner. Just visible to the right of the loco is the Oxford Canal, which closely parallels the line between Banbury and Oxford.

57012 & 31108 Chelmarsh 30 September 2000

With 31108 acting as a brake translator, 57012 Freightliner Envoy approaches Hay Bridge, near Chelmarsh, with the 13:30 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service on 30 September 2000, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. From the noise it seemed that the 31 was doing more work than the 57!

57302 Pilning 27 April 2010

57302 Virgil Tracy climbs out of the Severn Tunnel and approaches Pilning on 27 April 2010 with the 2C79 14:00 Cardiff Central to Taunton First Great Western service. Classmate 57309 Brains brings up the rear. Recent major trackwork here has seen the removal of the signal gantry that always seemed to get in photographer's way.

57302 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 20 September 2014

57302 Chad Varah passes Combe on 20 September 2014 with the 1Z54 08:15 Hereford to Bath Northern Belle luxury private charter. 47790 is bringing up the rear. The tour was organised by St. Richard's Hospice, a Worcestershire cancer charity. This almost aerial view is from Grintleyhill Bridge, on a bridleway between the villages of Combe and East End. Although a dull and misty morning, the weather was actually much better than was forecast. The Met Office had predicted heavy rain, and the local paper was warning of 'Potential disruption to transport and outdoor activities becoming dangerous.' Not much danger standing here on a surprisingly warm morning with not a breath of wind!

57303 Patchway 16 September 2006

Running nearly an hour late, Virgin 'Thunderbird' 57303 Alan Tracy climbs out of Patchway Tunnel, near Bristol with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z64 06:18 Worcester Foregate Street to Penzance 'Virgin Territorial' railtour on 16 September 2006. 57303 is the former 47705. Patchway Tunnels are two single bores at different levels, the lines diverging at Cattybrook, coming together again near Patchway station.

57305 Challow 4 December 2015

57305 Northern Princess passes Challow on 4 December 2015 with the 5Z73 07:00 Pengam to Birmingham International Pullman ECS, with 57301 Goliath on the rear. This would then work the Birmingham New Street to Chester Northern Belle Christmas Lunch special. Had this being running to time, it would probably have been in the sun, but it was unfortunately running 34 minutes early, which meant it passed me in atrocious light. I had deliberately chosen this location, as the light angle would have been perfect, and with virtually no shadows to cause problems!

57306 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 October 2015

57306 runs along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 October 2015 with the 1Z31 11:55 Paddington to Cardiff Central rugby special. Classmate 57310 is on the rear of the train. This was one of three special trains run in connection with the Rugby World Cup Wales v Fiji game at the Millennium stadium. In the background, 66748 can be seen slowly running along the other relief line with the 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties.

57306 Chalford 13 May 2016

57306 Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate 175 passes Chalford, as it climbs Sapperton Bank on 13 May 2016 with the 1Z10 06:34 Sheffield to Bristol Temple Meads 'Northern Belle' luxury charter. It may have been Friday 13th, but I had some good luck rather than bad, as this passed in one of the few sunny spells. The state of the line here is unbelievable, with trees and bushes sculpted to the shape of the trains, and the down line so overgrown that the sleepers can hardly be seen! It's hard to believe that this is a mainline, such is Network Rail's total neglect of the track.

57306 & 57303 Hanborough 2 May 2017

57306 Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate 175 & 57303 Pride of Carlisle pass Hanborough on 2 May 2017 with the 5Z40 16:18 Eastleigh Arlington to Kidderminster ECS, conveying DRS livered Mk2 coach 5919 & Northern Belle Mk1 325, Mk2 3267 & Mk3 10729. As the Severn Valley Railway has now been awarded a ten year contract to service and store the Northern Belle coaches at Kidderminster, it seems that workings like this will become more frequent. Hanborough station platform can just be seen by the rear of the train. In the background is the Oxford Bus Museum, which by pure coincidence I had visited the previous day, and had revived childhood memories by travelling on AEC Renown FWL 371E.

57306 Kennington 9 September 2017

57306 Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate 175 passes Kennington on 9 September 2017 with the Belmond Northern Belle 1Z57 06:21 Kidderminster to Hove luxury charter. 57301 Goliath is out of sight on the rear. The two most suitable local locations to photograph this were either here, or Oxford North Junction. As I realised that only the loco and first coach would be free of shadows at Oxford North, I chose Kennington, despite it being a rather head on viewpoint.

57309 Pilning 27 April 2010

57309 Brains speeds past Pilning on 27 April 2010 with the 2U14 11:02 Taunton to Cardiff Central service, with 57302 Virgil Tracy just visible on the rear. To the non enthusiast (and observant passenger!) this must be a conundrum. A First Great Western service operated by Virgin locomotives with former Anglia Railways coaching stock!

57310 Tackley 18 June 2015

57310 Pride of Cumbria passes Tackley on 18 June 2015 with the 1Z62 18:25 Ascot to Manchester Victoria 'Ladies Day' Northern Belle race special. 57306 can just be seen on the rear of the train. This loco looked a lot better in its previous form as 47831, before the front end was mutilated by the addition of the plastic bag covered Dellner coupler!

57310 & 57002 Standish Junction 8 July 2015

57310 Pride of Cumbria & 57002 pass Standish Junction on 8 July 2015 with the 6V73 04:33 Crewe to Berkeley nuclear flasks. Note the two different DRS colour schemes. The two Magnox reactors at Berkeley Power Station were decommissioned in 1989, and the nearby Oldbury Power Station also closed in 2012. Decommissioning at Oldbury will take a number of years, and so the sight of pairs of DRS locos (20s, 37s or 57s) working flasks through Gloucestershire will continue for some time.

57310 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 October 2015

57310 Pride of Cumbria brings up the rear of the 1Z31 11:55 Paddington to Cardiff Central rugby special at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 October 2015. Classmate 57306 is the lead locomotive. This was one run in connection with the Rugby World Cup Wales v Fiji game at the Millennium stadium.

57310 Kemble Wick 24 March 2017

57310 Pride of Cumbria brings up the rear of the Belmond Northern Belle 1Z51 11:58 Coventry to Birmingham International (via Swindon and Oxford) Mother's Day Lunch special at Kemble Wick on 24 March 2017. More in keeping with the Pullman liveried coaching stock, 57312 Solway Princess is the lead locomotive.

57311 Brock 6 May 2008

57311 Parker passes Brock with the 6J37 13:27 Carlisle to Chirk timber train on 8 May 2008. This was a rush shot, as I saw the train coming in the distance as I was walking across the field, this being necessary as a large radio mast has been positioned next to the road bridge. I quickly dropped the camera bag and stepladder and ran across the field getting to the fence just in time, although with hindsight it might have been a good idea to keep hold of the ladder. At least the camera was set to the correct settings, as there was no time to alter anything!

57312 Compton Beauchamp 23 February 2012

57312 passes Compton Beauchamp on 23 February 2012 with the 5D66 11:44 Bristol St Philips Marsh to Eastleigh Network Rail snow train. The 57 is doing its best to brighten up the otherwise dull scene with its custard yellow livery. Even more unusual than either the 57, or the snow clearance wagons is the presence of 73208 on the rear of the train - extremely unusual traction for the former Great Western Mainline.

57312 & 73136 Harmans Cross 13 May 2012

The only two visiting locomotives at the Swanage Railway's 2012 Diesel Gala were 57312 & 73136 Perseverance. The duo are pictured arriving at Harmans Cross on 13 May with the 11:05 Norden to Swanage service. The 73 is acting as a brake translator. Obviously the headboard is a comment on the non-arrival of the other booked visiting locos!

57312 & 73136 Harmans Cross 13 May 2012

After seeing 57312 & 73136 Perseverance arrive at Harmans Cross station on 13 May 2012 with the 11:05 Norden to Swanage service, a quick sprint up the long path to the roadbridge secured this second picture of the pair departing. Network Rail's 'custard yellow' former Class 47 is certainly an unusual visitor to the Swanage Railway.

57312 & 73136 Corfe Castle 13 May 2012

With 73136 Perseverance tucked inside acting as a brake translator, 57312 approaches Corfe Castle on 13 May 2012 with the 16:00 Norden to Swanage service, during the Swanage Railway's Diesel Gala. Norden station is a short distance beyond the former clay sidings bridge in the background.

57312 & 73136 Corfe Castle 13 May 2012

A fine end to a perfect day's photography on the Swanage Railway. 57312 & 73136 Perseverance leave Corfe Castle and head for Norden with the 17:30 train from Swanage on 13 May 2012, during the line's Diesel Gala. Although there was constant a bank of cloud to the north, not once did one of them stray into the path of the sun. I wish that happened every time!

57312 Oaksey 4 March 2016

57312 Solway Princess passes Oaksey on 4 March 2016 with the Belmond Northern Belle 1Z10 11:55 Coventry to Birmingham International (via Swindon and Oxford) Mother's Day Lunch special (two days early!). 57310 Pride of Cumbria is bringing up the rear. This location was chosen as the sun angle would have been perfect. That of course ensured that there wasn't any!

57312 Kemble Wick 24 March 2017

57312 Solway Princess passes Kemble Wick on 24 March 2017 with the Belmond Northern Belle 1Z51 11:58 Coventry to Birmingham International (via Swindon and Oxford) Mother's Day Lunch special. 57310 Pride of Cumbria is on the rear. This train ran on exactly the same route, and with the same traction, as the previous year, but due the vagaries of the religious calendar was three weeks later on this occasion, although the train was still two days early for Mothering Sunday!

57313 Hereford 2 June 2009

57313 passes non-stop through Hereford station with the 1W91 16:15 Cardiff Central to Holyhead Welsh Assembly sponsored Arriva Trains Wales service on 2 June 2009. This set operates just one train each direction per day.

57313 Kingham 23 November 2013

57313 races through Kingham station on 23 November 2013 with the 1Z68 07:11 Scarborough to Oxford charter. Luckily this Arriva blue loco was leading, rather than the drab WCR maroon 57314, which was thankfully out of sight at the rear. Note the leaves being thrown up all along the length of the train, hardly surprising, as I would estimate that it must have been traveling at around about its top speed of 95mph, In fact, I cannot recall seeing any other train pass this location at such a speed. All normal service trains stop here. I had originally gone to Shorthampton to photograph this train, but when the sun came out and my chosen spot was in shadow, I made a move. I first headed towards Charlbury, but it seemed cloudier in that direction, so went to Shipton. That wasn't ideal, so I chose Kingham. An inspired choice, as there was more autumn colour here than I expected, and the inclusion of the GWR nameboard certainly adds to the picture. The cloud approaching from the Charlbury direction got here a few minutes after the train passed!

57313 Kingham 16 April 2016

57313 speeds through Kingham station on 16 April 2016 with the Nenta Train Tours 1Z43 17:35 Worcester Shrub Hill to North Walsham 'Cotswolds Adventurer' railtour. 47851 is on the rear of the train. Coincidentally I had photographed this same locomotive and this same spot in 2013, although from platform level, as this view is from a newly constructed footbridge. Not only was that picture in much better light, but the loco was in a much better livery. That wouldn't be hard, as West Coast Railway's 'sludge brown' livery is the most disliked colour scheme on the national network!

57313 Standish Junction 24 September 2016

Still accelerating away from its brief stay in Haresfield Loop, 57313 passes Standish Junction on 24 September 2016 with the West Coast Railtours 1Z55 06:12 Skegness to Weston-super-Mare 'Spirit of the Lakes' railtour. 57316 is on the rear of the train. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

57314 Rousham 13 April 2013

Debranded (almost!) Arriva Trains liveried 57314 beings up the rear of  the Railway Touring Company 1Z39 05:02 Cardiff Central to Llandrindod Wells 'Heart of Wales' railtour at Rousham on 13 April 2013. The lead locomotive, 57601 can just be seen disappearing behind the bushes.

57314 Goring 6 July 2015

57314 passes Goring on 6 July 2015 with the 5Z24 06:28 Southall to Weston-supper-Mare ECS. 57313 is on the rear. The pair would later work the Saltburn Railtours 1Z24 10:01 Weston-super-Mare to Saltburn 'Saltburn Ciderman' railtour. As can be guessed from the tour promoter's name, this is the return working. The outward journey was made on 3 July.

57314 Steventon 3 October 2016

57314 passes Steventon on 3 October 2016 with the 5Z43 13:09 Bristol Kingsland Road to Southall West Coast Rail ECS. Amazingly there are still no electrification masts in this view, despite the installations of these eyesores both to the east and west of this location.

57315 Heyford 14 September 2007

57315 The Mole approaches Heyford with the 1Z57 09:55 Kensington Olympia to Chester private charter on 14 September 2007. Sister loco 57316 FAB 1 was on the rear of the train. The coaching stock is the 'Queen of Scots' rake, which includes various vintage coaches, the most notable of which is the 1891 built observation car, seem here coupled directly behind the loco.

57315 Compton Beauchamp 8 June 2013

57315 comes out of the darkness and into the early morning sunshine at Compton Beauchamp on 8 June 2013, as it works the Statesman Rail 1Z87 05:00 Newport to Canterbury West 'Golden Arrow Statesman' railtour. 57316, which is on the rear of the train, came off at Willesden in favour of Southern Railway 4-6-2 34067 Tangmere.

57315 Standish Junction 31 August 2013

57315 passes Standish Junction on 31 August 2013 with the Statesman Rail 1Z47 06:15 Crewe to Kingswear 'English Riveira Statesman' luxury charter. 47786 can just be seen on the rear. Fortunately this was running half an hour late, which meant the sun had come round enough to fully to light the front of the loco.

57315 Ardley 5 April 2014

57315 approaches Ardley on 5 April 2014 with the Statesman Rail 1Z60 06:23 High Wycombe to Carlisle 'Settle & Carlisle Statesman' railtour. Classmate 57314 is on the rear. I definitely wouldn't normally bother to photograph one of West Coast Rail's awful liveried locos in such poor light, but as I was passing the bridge anyway, and it was merely a case of waiting a few minutes, why not. At 07:10 there are very few cars on this otherwise busy road, which is just as well, as there is no footpath, and it is a very dangerous spot to stand for any length of time!

57315 Shorthampton 3 July 2015

57315 passes Shorthampton on 3 July 2015 with the 5Z19 20:25 Charlbury to Carnforth Pullman ECS. This had just worked the 1Z18 16:54 Victoria to Charlbury private charter. I had considered trying to get a photo of 1Z18, and then driving round to this location for the ECS. However, as the roads either through or around Charlbury are not conducive to high speed driving, I thought it might not be possible to get both pictures. Therefore I opted for this location, as loco hauled empty coaching stock moves are even more unusual on the Cotswold Line than charters, and a Charlbury to Carnforth working must be exceedingly rare, if not unique! Unfortunately the very poor light and the typically filthy 'sludge brown' liveried Class 57 do not make for a particularly good picture, but it is an acceptable record of a very unusual working.

57315 Uffington 3 June 2017

57315 passes Uffington on 3 June 2017 with the 1Z63 15:00 Victoria to Cardiff Central football special, run in connection with the UEFA Champions League Final at the Millennium Stadium. 47237 is on the rear of the train.

57316 Sonning 26 April 2016

57316 brings up the rear of the Railway Touring Company 1Z82 08:44 Victoria to Plymouth 'Great Britain IX' railtour at Sonning on 26 April 2016. Hidden by one of the few trees to escape the recent vegetation clearance, LMS Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 46100 Royal Scot leads the train under the lofty London Road bridge.

57601 Thingley Junction 20 June 2001

57601 shows off its bizarre Porterbrook livery as it approaches Thingley Junction with the 1A45 08:20 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service on 20 June 2001. This was a prototype conversion with ETH which was being evaluated by FGW. Eventually they ordered four of their own locomotives and returned this hired in locomotive back to Porterbrook Leasing.

57601 Kingham 16 March 2013

57601 speeds through Kingham station on 16 March 2013 with the 1Z86 07:00 Carnforth to Oxford private charter. Hidden behind the footbridge on the rear of the six Pullmans is 47760. I had chosen this location as it was a cloudy day, and the trees on the left usually make it very difficult for photography if the sun is out. Just as the train came into view in the distance, the sun decided to come out! The shadows were just about clear of the up line, so I thought I was in for a bonus. However, just as quickly as the sun had appeared, it disappeared again, and so back to square one.

57601 Rousham 13 April 2013

57601 leads the Railway Touring Company 1Z39 05:02 Cardiff Central to Llandrindod Wells 'Heart of Wales' railtour past Rousham on 13 April 2013. Arriva liveried 57314 can just be seen on the rear of the train. Cardiff to Llandrindod Wells via Oxford is not the obvious route, but the highlight of this tour was the steam hauled section from Shrewsbury, though Llandrindod Wells to Pengam. On this occasion the Met Office correctly predicted a couple of hours of sunshine, before thick cloud and rain followed later in the day.

57601 & 47760 Bredon 29 June 2013

A pair of West Coast Railway's 'sludge brown' liveried machines - one shiny, one not! 57601 & 47760 pass Bredon on 29 June 2013 with the Statesman Rail 1Z49 04:49 Derby to Penzance 'Cornish Riveira Statesman' charter. A pair of freshly painted silver buffers hardly compensate for the sheer drabness of the loco's livery.

57601 Baulking 5 July 2013

57601 passes Baulking on 5 July 2013 with the Saltburn Railtours 1Z71 08:10 Saltburn to Torquay 'Saltburn Riveira' charter. 57313 can just be glimpsed on the rear of the train. The all day journey was very generously timed, hence the early arrival in Devon.

57601 Somerton 28 November 2015

57601 passes Somerton on 28 November 2015 with the Statesman Rail 1Z82 04:12 Aberystwyth to Bath 'Bath Christmas Statesman' luxury charter. 57313 is hiding behind the bushes, on the rear of the train. Photo taken in the very last of the weak sunshine, before the cloud and rain moved in from the west.

57602 Compton Beauchamp 30 June 2011

57602 Restormel Castle passes Compton Beauchamp on 30 June 2011 with the 5Z30 11:15 Old Oak Common to Old Oak Common (via Bristol Temple Meads) First Great Western sleeper stock move. 57603 Tintagel Castle is on the rear of the train. Unfortunately the train was running half an hour late at this point. Had it come at the correct time, it would have been in full sunshine, instead this rare daylight outing for the FGW sleeper stock passed in what seemed little better light than the time of day it normally runs!

57602 & 57603 Compton Beauchamp 30 June 2011

A pair of Castles on the Great Western Mainline - just as it should be. Wait a minute though, something's wrong here, these aren't steam and they've got GM engines! They may not be proper Castles, but this is a noteworthy daylight working for the First Great Western sleeper coaching stock. 57602 Restormel Castle & 57603 Tintagel Castle pass Compton Beauchamp in terrible light on 30 June 2011 with the 5Z30 11:15 Old Oak Common to Old Oak Common ECS, heading back to London from Bristol.