L410 Ascott-under-Wychwood 6 June 1979

A late summer evening at Ascott-under-Wychwood with the setting sun giving an orange tint to the clouds. L410 (51387, 59497 & 51345) comes off the double track section after being held for the 1C74 18:00 Paddington to Hereford service, worked by 50038. The unit is working the early running 5A09 19:15 Moreton-in-Marsh to Oxford (not Paddington, as displayed in the windscreen!) empty stock, with the guard obviously enjoying the view from the front! It had earlier worked to Moreton-in-Marsh as the 2B48 15:29 ex Paddington, which at the time was an unbalanced working. The date is 6 June 1979 and this is one of my very few pictures of a Class 117 (or any other type of DMU!) in the short lived white with blue stripe livery.