L409 Lyneham 4 April 1986

L409 (51344, 59496 & 51386) passes the resident Shetland Ponies at Lyneham on 4 April 1986, as it accelerates away from its last stop at Shipton station with the 2B60 16:35 Reading to Moreton-in-Marsh 'all stations' service. Although the ponies in the foreground make for an ideal photographic composition, the fact that they are black, and standing in an unfortunate area of shadow does not really help! I would have liked to have taken this picture with my Pentax 6x7 for improved quality, but there is no way that the medium format camera's limited depth of field would have allowed me to get both the train and the foreground in focus!