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60039 Cam & Dursley 1 June 2002

Viewed from the end of Cam & Dursley station platform, 60039 works the 6E09 10:27 Margam to Lackenby steel empties on 1 June 2002. The A4135 Stroud to Dursley road crosses the line in the background, with the more modern M5 motorway bridge in the far distance.

1551 & 1813 Willesborough 19 July 2002

The golden light of the setting sun does little to disguise the filthy condition of Class 411 4-CEPs 1551 & 1813, as they pass Willesborough on 19 July 2002 with the 19:15 Ramsgate to Charing Cross (via Dover) Connex South Eastern service. At 20:20 on a July evening sunset is not far away, which explains the shadow of myself and the footbridge on which I was standing in the foreground. To the left of the train, the recently laid tracks of the Channel Tunnel high speed line (HS1) can be seen.

375704 Faversham 20 November 2004

375704 and an unidentified classmate leave Faversham station on 20 November 2004 with the 08:05 Victoria to Dover Priory South Eastern Trains service.  Despite the modern rolling stock, and the general run down look of the whole scene, there is still plenty of vintage Southern infrastructure in this view, from the carriage sidings on the left, with their narrow concrete platforms, to the former steam loco shed on the right.

800010 Shipton 21 February 2018

800010 Michael Bond passes Shipton on 21 February 2018 with the 1P25 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. It was unexpectedly sunny during the morning, so with hardly a cloud in the sky, I drove the short distance to Shipton. No sooner had I got there than the clouds appeared, and within ten minutes it was full cloud. It's enough to make you think someone is controlling the weather and playing games with you! However, the dull conditions (which in fairness is what was forecast!) allowed me to take this view from the north side of the line. Recent vegetation clearance has opened up the view of FWP Matthews flour mill.

67023 Shipton 21 February 2018

67023 Stella passes Shipton on 21 February 2018 with the 1Z22 08:14 Tyseley to Bristol High Level Siding Network Rail test train. 67027 Charlotte is on the rear, behind which can be seen one of Shipton's station's diminutive platforms.

43144 Shipton 21 February 2018

The driver of 43144 gives a couple of extra blasts on the horn, as he spots me on the bridge at Shipton on 21 February 2018. The train is the 1W01 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. The tree stumps on the cutting side give ample evidence of recent extensive vegetation clearance, which has opened up this view nicely. Unfortunately a tree near the road on the right has been left, so there is still no possibility of a picture from the south side of the line if the sun is out.

D400 & 50007 Princes Risborough 16 May 1992

D400 & 50007 Sir Edward Elgar accelerate away from Princes Risborough station on 16 May 1992 with the Panshanger Rail Group 1Z10 08:00 Aylesbury to Plymouth 'Chiltern Atmospheric 50' railtour. The train's route from London to the West Country was certainly very familiar to the Class 50s, but the starting point of Aylesbury certainly wasn't!

43123 Hampton Gay 4 May 1995

The sheep and lambs take no notice, as buffer fitted 43123 passes Hampton Gay on 4 May 1995 with the 1M41 17:16 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly service. Amazingly, although this was a weekday, and the time was only 19:35, this was the last northbound cross country train on the line at the time. The last rays of the setting sun are illuminated the tower of Hampton Gay church, which together with a ruined manor house and a farm, are all that remains of the former village. The undulations in the foreground field may indicate where the deserted medieval village once was, the more extensive earthworks in the field on the other side of the line definitely do.

165101 Oxford 16 August 1997

Transition time at Oxford on 16 August 1997. Part of the former goods yard has been fenced off, and work has started on converting it to a car park. In the background 165101 leaves the station with the 10:03 Oxford to Paddington Thames Trains service. There always used to be complaints about the scrapyard that occupied the goods yard site in latter years, and how it wasn't a very good advert for Oxford for passengers arriving from London. Presumably that is why the plywood fence has been erected, to hide the equally ugly Portakabins from view!

D2182 Greet 20 December 1998

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's D2182 passes Greet, en-route from Winchcombe to Toddington on 20 December 1998. I wouldn't normally bother to photograph a light engine move, but the little loco, high on the embankment, makes a striking colour contrast with the pile of whatever it is in the foreground!

48305 & D8098 Woodthorpe 2 April 1995

The token steam presence during the Great Central Railway's 1995 spring Diesel Gala was 8F 2-8-0 48305, although even then it doubled headed with Class 20 D8098. The odd combination is pictured passing Woodthorpe on 2 April 1995 with the 15:00 Loughborough to Leicester service.

159015 & 159001 Potbridge 2 December 1998

159015 & 159001 pass Potbridge on 2 December 1998 with the 12:35 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids South West Trains service. Considering this is early December, there is still a surprising quantity of autumn leaves on the trees in the background, which certainly improves the picture.

159009 Southampton 2 December 1998

159009 approaches Southampton on 2 December 1998 with the 11:15 Salisbury to Waterloo South West Trains service. It is passing underneath the footbridge that links Saxon Road with the footpath that runs alongside the nearby A33 dual carriageway.

Hubberts Bridge Signal Box 1 September 2002

Hubberts Bridge Signal Box, pictured on 1 September 2002. This box was built in the early 1960s, to replace one on the other side of the line, which was collapsing into the nearby Forty Foot Drain! Note the unusual design, with a huge concrete mid section, cantilevered out over the brick base.

L721 Husborne Crawley 12 October 1998

L721 (51363 & 51405) passes Ridgmont's distant signal, as it approaches the public footpath crossing just to the west of Husborne Crawley on 12 October 1998, whilst working the 12:40 Bedford to Bletchley service.

47758 Crawford 23 October 1998

47758 Regency Rail Cruises crosses the River Clyde at Crawford on 23 October 1998 with the Pathfinder Tours / Regency Rail 1Z59 05:22 Cardiff Central to Spean Bridge 'West Highlander' railtour. This was day one of a three day tour, which would later use 37427 & 37413 in the Highlands.

20169 & 20210 Badgeworth 4 August 1991

20169 & 20210 pass Badgeworth on 4 August 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z16 Manchester Piccadilly to Gloucester special, bringing enthusiasts to the Gloucester Rail Day. The 20s had taken over from 47971 at Bescot. They would later be employed, along with other heritage traction, on various mini-tours radiating from Gloucester. Something is missing in the background of this picture. The Cold Pool Lane bridge at Up Hatherley, which features in recent pictures taken here, had yet to be planned.

43183 Lostwithiel 18 July 1998

43183 accelerates away from Lostwithiel on 18 July 1998 with the 1A83 15:08 Penzance to Paddington service. Two years after Great Western Trains took over the franchise, they have only partially managed to eradicate the former InterCity image.

43174 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

A meeting of HSTs at Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018. 43174 brings up the rear of the 1W00 08:21 Paddington to Hereford GWR service, while in the background 43125 very cautiously approaches the junction signal with the 1P19 09:01 Oxford to Paddington service.

43125 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

43125 pulls away from a brief signal check at Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the 1P19 09:01 Oxford to Paddington GWR service. In the background 43174 can just be seen, bringing up the rear of the 1W00 08:21 Paddington to Hereford service

165129 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

165129 approaches Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the 2L19 09:07 Oxford to Didcot Parkway GWR service. The electrification of the Great Western Mainline from London to Didcot has not improved the lot of anyone travelling from Radley, Culham or Appleford towards London. Previously they just got on a local stopping train, now they have to change trains at Didcot.

66519 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

66519 approaches Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the extremely short 4O15 07:21 Lawley Street to Southampton Maritime freightliner. I am used to photographing partly loaded freightliners, or even a full length train of flats with just a few boxes, but this short formation (thankfully fully loaded) is much more unusual.

66727 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

The bright blue livery of 66727 Maritime One really stands out, despite the severe backlighting, as it passes Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the 6M26 08:50 Eastleigh East Yard to Mountsorrel ballast empties.

165131 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

Selected Recycled Materials! How long will it be before 165131 becomes what is being advertised on the side of J. Mould's lorry, seen crossing the bridge in the background? The unit has just passed its quarter of century in traffic, and despite electfrication changing its regular workings, looks set for many more years in service. It is pictured here passing Didcot North Junction with the 2V23 09:37 Banbury to Didcot Parkway GWR service on 16 February 2018.

66529 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

66529 passes Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the 6O26 10:19 Hinksey to Eastleigh departmental working. Note the new bridge height extensions in the background. I shouldn't really complain, bearing in mind some of the hideous structures that Network Rail have installed to protect electrified lines, but the few inches added to this bridge seems hardly worth the trouble!

66020 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

66020 passes Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the 4O40 09:43 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks BMW Minis for export. This viewpoint has been improved slightly in recent years, with the cutting back of some of the lineside vegetation.

165104 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

165104 passes Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the 2L29 11:37 Oxford to Didcot Parkway GWR service. I had been expecting to get my first picture at this location of a Class 800 bi-mode unit just before this arrived, but that working, the 1P25 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington, was terminated at Oxford. This brought to an end a truly appalling week of train services over the Cotswold Line. Five trains cancelled on Monday, three on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, an unbelievable eight on Thursday, and two on Friday. Although not necessarily due to the introduction of the new Class 800s, this is a totally unacceptable level of service, and the worst I can ever remember on the Cotswold Line. Bring back Class 50s and Class 117 DMUs. I don't recall there be many cancellations in the 1980s!

66094 Cholsey 16 February 2018

66094 passes through Cholsey station on 16 February 2018 with the 6C58 11:55 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. This train now travels via Reading and the Berks & Hants line, rather than via Swindon.

DR79273 & DR79263 Cholsey 16 February 2018

Network Rail Harsco RGH20C rail grinders DR79273 & DR79263 pass through Cholsey station on 16 February 2018, running as the 11:00 Swindon Cocklebury to West Ealing. Visible in the background, behind the track machines, is the rather wobbly trackwork of the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway.

66557 Cholsey 16 February 2018

Self portrait at Cholsey! 66557 approaches the station on 16 February 2018 with the 4O49 09:22 Crewe Basford Hall to Southampton Maritime freightliner. Not only am I visible in the large mirror placed at the end of the platform for the benefit of passenger train drivers, but so is 387158, which is just about to set off with the 2N34 11:57 Paddington to Didcot Parkway GWR service. This was one of those nervous occasions when a train coming from behind could easily have completely ruined the picture. At least in this case I could keep an eye on it without taking my eye off the viewfinder!

387149 & 387169 Cholsey 16 February 2018

25kV electfrication has finally come to the Didcot to London line, and Class 387 EMUs have ousted Class 165 & 166 DMUs from local services on the route. 387149 & 387169 arrive at Cholsey station on 16 February 2018 with the 2P47 13:03 Didcot Parkway to Paddington GWR service.

DR97808, DR97608 & DR97508 Cholsey 16 February 2018

The impressive Network Rail Robel Mobile Maintenance Train (DR97808, DR97608 & DR97508) passes through Cholsey station on 16 February 2018, running as the 11:20 Rugby District Electric Depot to Horsham. The three part unit includes a centre section which allows work to be carried out on the track under cover.

DR77907 & DR73113 Cholsey 16 February 2018

Fridays often see the movement of track machine in preparation for weekend engineering work. Friday 16 February 2018 saw three movements through Cholsey station within half an hour. Plasser & Theurer USP 5000-RT Ballast Regulator DR77907 & 09-3X-D-RT Tamper / Liner DR73113 pass through the station, running as the 10:00 Severn Tunnel Junction to Reading Triangle Sidings.

387158 Cholsey 16 February 2018

387158 calls at Cholsey station on 16 February 2018 with the 2P50 13:32 Didcot Parkway to Paddington GWR service. The quaint Great Western Railway brick station buildings have unfortunately now been dominated by tons of extremely ugly ironmongery.

43155 Steventon 16 February 2018

With yet another new housing estate dominating the background, 43155 The Red Arrows 50 Seasons of Excellence passes Steventon on 16 February 2018 with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service.

800011 & 800022 Steventon 16 February 2018

800011 & 800022 pass Steventon on 16 February 2018 with the 1B40 13:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. Due to their lower power to weight ratio when running on diesel, these new bi-mode units struggle to keep up with HST timings, although in this case the train managed to arrive at its destination a mere five minutes late.

43153 Steventon 16 February 2018

43153 passes Steventon on 16 February 2018 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. The 650 feet tall chimney of the disused and partially demolished Didcot Power Station can be seen in the background.

43002 Steventon 16 February 2018

43002 Sir Kenneth Grange passes Steventon on 16 February 2018 with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. I had noted this on the rear of the 1A17 12:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington a couple of hours earlier, and therefore made sure I was in the best possible position to get a decent picture of this iconic power car in the perfect late afternoon winter light. Although this location is one of the few in the area that is not fully wired, the view still compares unfavourably with the same location a year earlier, when 43002 was also photographed here.

800031 Steventon 16 February 2018

Five to go! 800031 makes its maiden run along the Great Western Mainline on 16 February 2018 with the 5X30 14:17 North Pole IEP Depot to Swindon test run. The previous day it had worked down from the North east as the 5X80 08:56 Doncaster Carr to North Pole IEP. The five car Class 800/0s for GWR are numbered 800001 to 800036, so only five more of these have yet to arrive, plus of course the nine car Class 800/3s, and the Class 802s.

DR73117 & DR77907 Steventon 16 February 2018

Network Rail Plasser & Theurer 09-3X-D-RT Tamper / Liner DR73117 & USP 5000-RT Ballast Regulator DR77907 pass Steventon in fading light on 16 February 2018, running as the 14:52 Reading Triangle Sidings to Severn Tunnel Junction. For DR77907 this is an almost immediate trip back from whence it came! This is the last pair of masts going westwards without any wiring in the short unfinished section through the village of Steventon.

47600 Oxford 25 September 1987

47600 Dewi Saint / Saint David arrives at Oxford station for its booked crew change on 25 September 1987 with the 4V04 12:30 Calvert to Bath Avon County Council binliner. The distinctive Italianate style tower of St Barnabas church dominates the background.

47603 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 7 April 1990

47603 County of Somerset heads north from Oxford, and approaches Walton Well Road on 7 April 1990 with the 1E35 09:00 Poole to Newcastle 'Northumbrian'. In the foreground are the bridges over the Castle Mill Stream (a backwater of the River Thames). The bridge in use was built by the Great Western Railway, while the disused one in the foreground was built by the London & North Western Railway, and marks the course of that company's line into Oxford Rewley Road station. On the extreme right of this picture is the gate at which I watched Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train pass by on its way to Hanborough on 30 January 1965.

47665 Wolvercote Junction 25 June 1989

47665 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 25 June 1989 with the 1B59 18:32 Paddington to Hereford service. This loco only carried the number 47665 for less than three years. It had previously been 47232 (and before that D1909), becoming 47665 with the fitting of ETH in December 1986. In September 1989 it was renumbered 47820, and then in July 1995 it became 47785.

L415 Theale 30 September 1989

L415 (51393, 59503 & 51351) stands at Theale station on 30 September 1989 with the 2B13 07:57 Bedwyn to Reading Network SouthEast service. Theale station is a little way south of the village, and is now completely surrounded by industrial estates, some evidence of which can even be seen in this 1980s view.

47016 Kempston 2 November 1994

47016 Atlas passes Kempston on 2 November 1994 with the 4C51 10:45 Forders Sidings to Cricklewood empty binliner. A quick dash over the very busy road secured a picture of 55023 working the 10:40 Bedford to Bletchley service. This would be virtually impossible to attempt now, as the road is even busier, and has been upgraded to a dual carriageway.

55023 Kempston 2 November 1994

55023 (L123) passes Kempston on 2 November 1994 with the 10:40 Bedford to Bletchley service. Heading in the opposite direction is 47016 Atlas with the 4C51 10:45 Forders Sidings to Cricklewood empty binliner. I know some people don't like this kind of picture, but I think it is really effective, contrasting the tiny bubble car with the mighty freight train.

50023 Ruscombe 28 May 1983

50023 Howe passes Ruscombe on 28 May 1983 with the 1B74 12:10 Paddington to Paignton service. A dull day has allowed a picture to be taken from the north side of the line, which gives a bit more width on trains on the fast lines. Of course there is now virtually no chance of any kind of decent picture at this location, as the whole view is obstructed by an ugly mass of posts and wires.

50026 Culham 4 July 1990

My final picture of 50026 Indomitable at work on BR. On its very last day working trains out of Paddington, it passes Culham in the rain on 4 July 1990 with the 1F49 11:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. The following day saw it start its new role with the 1O34 08:11 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids working. Its move to the West of England route was short lived, as it was withdrawn towards the end of 1990 with high engine hours, and I never did see it on the Exeter route.

33021 & 33103 Stenson Fields 20 November 1999

33021 Eastleigh & 33103 approach Stenson Fields on 20 November 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 05:34 Crewe to Gedling Colliery 'Crompton Collier' railtour. This picture is taken from the then relatively new A50 road bridge. The bridge visible in the background is the extremely well known one at Stenson Junction.

50031 Radley 13 May 1990

50031 Hood passes through Radley station on 13 May 1990 with the 1F11 16:10 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. This was my last picture of Hood working a passenger train in the Thames Valley. Two weeks later it was transferred to the DCWA engineer's pool, and I was then able to photograph it on much more interesting workings, until once again it became a passenger loco, but this time on the Waterloo to Exeter line.

50033 Scarborough 20 March 1994

50033 Glorious pictured in unfamiliar surrounds at Scarborough on 20 March 1994, having arrived with the Pathfinder Tours 1G50 12:51 York to Scarborough 'Glorious Sunset' railtour. Unfortunately it was not a very glorious sunset, as the loco was destined for the National Railway Museum. They did not take very good care of the loco, and it deteriorated considerably whilst in their charge. Thankfully it has now been rescued again.

50008 Stoke Prior 12 February 2018

Well worth getting up at 05:30 for! 50008 Thunderer passes Stoke Prior on 12 February 2018 with the 6X50 06:50 Long Marston to Doncaster West Yard Railvac move. I wouldn't normally bother to get up so early for a single Railvac working, but as it was Thunderer, and as there was guaranteed sunshine, the effort was made. It is seen here about half an hour after sunrise.

170510 & 170632 Stoke Prior 12 February 2018

170510 & 170632 pass Stoke Prior in superb early morning light on 12 February 2018 with the 1M56 07:09 Hereford to Birmingham New Street West Midlands Trains service. Both units are still wearing the colours of former operator London Midland, albeit with West Midlands branding.

170397 Stoke Prior 12 February 2018

With the two 700 ft high masts of the Droitwich medium wave and long wave transmitting station dominating the background, 170397 passes Stoke Prior on 12 February 2018 with the 1M00 06:40 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service.

170632 & 170510 Stoke Prior 12 February 2018

170632 & 170510 pass Stoke Prior on 12 February 2018 with the 1V23 08:49 Birmingham New Street to Hereford West Midlands Trains service. The loop in the foreground doesn't see much use nowadays, as there is now very little freight on the route (certainly during daylight hours).

43301 Stoke Prior 12 February 2018

43301 passes Stoke Prior on 12 February 2018 with the 1V46 06:40 York to Plymouth CrossCountry service. These lucky passengers are travelling in relative luxury, but most of CrossCountry's fleet is made up of the claustrophobic Voyager units, in which you certainly would not want to travel all the way from Yorkshire to Devon!

170398 Stoke Prior 12 February 2018

170398 passes Stoke Prior on 12 February 2018 with the 1V05 08:12 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. This location, just north of the Stoke Prior to Stoke Pound road, offers a number of different vantage points, most of which feature the prominent white lineside house.

170517 Stoke Prior 12 February 2018

Perfect winter lighting, and an excellent location for a 'train in the landscape' type picture. 170517 passes Stoke Prior on 12 February 2018 with the 1V24 09:49 Birmingham New Street to Hereford West Midlands Trains service.

165112 Evesham 12 February 2018

165112 arrives at Evesham on 12 February 2018 with the 1P27 11:22 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. This train had already been altered to start from Worcester rather than the booked Great Malvern, but in the event didn't even leave Worcester on time. The reason for the alteration according to Realtime Trains was: 'A problem with the overhead line power collection equipment'. This is clearly nonsense, as there isn't any! This was on a day of quite appalling service on the Cotswold Line, with five trains cancelled for various reasons.

158887 Croome 12 February 2018

Looking immaculate in its recently applied South Western Railway livery, 158887 passes Croome on 12 February 2018 with the late running 2O90 12:51 Great Malvern to Weymouth GWR service. The earlier strong winter sunshine was now giving way to more subdued light, as high cloud moved in from the west.

66301 Croome 12 February 2018

66301 Kingmoor TMD passes Croome on 12 February 2018 with the 4V44 10:47 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. The former Fastline loco had received its Kingmoor TMD name at the Carlisle Open Day in July 2017.

43086 Kingham 10 February 2018

43086 arrives at Kingham station in the rain on 10 February 2018 with the 1P40 09:45 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. Coincidentally, consecutively numbered 43087 arrived from the other direction five minutes later with the delayed 1W21 09:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street service.

43087 Kingham 10 February 2018

43087 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistic Corps slowly pulls into Kingham station in the pouring rain on 10 February 2018 with the late running 1W21 09:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. Interestingly, what would originally have been the other power car of 1970s Eastern Region set 254016 (43086) had just left the station with the 1P40 09:45 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. In the background of this view the recently cleared site of the former roadside garage can be seen, along with a Pulham's minibus, waiting to work the 11:00 Kingham to Bourton-on-the-Water No.802 service.

70013 Kingham 10 February 2018

7MT 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell storms through Kingham station in the rain on 10 February 2018 with the Railway Touring Company 1Z50 08:08 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Cotswold Venturer' railtour. The train could plainly be heard for several minutes before it came into view, as it climbed up the Evenlode Valley. Plenty of locals have braved the cold and the rain to witness the spectacle, less than a month before the loco retires temporarily from the national network at the end of its current main line certificate.

R405 Oxford 4 September 1987

R405 (51340, 59491 & 51381) accelerates away from Oxford station on the cloudless morning of 4 September 1987. There are two things that make this picture more interesting than a standard 1980s archive picture. Firstly, although clearly displaying Paddington in the destination blind, this is in fact the 2C15 08:57 Oxford to Didcot Parkway Network SouthEast service. After Didcot it would become the 5C15 09:25 Didcot to Reading DMU depot ECS, so anyone onboard hoping to get to London would be in for a surprise! Secondly, the set number on this end has been rather crudely altered to read R405 instead of L405, which does more correctly reflect the unit's Reading allocation, rather than the rather vague London designation. This was presumably a very temporary alteration, and it certainly wasn't on the other end, when the unit was photographed passing Hanborough a few days earlier.

47624 Croome 24 October 1985

47624 Cyclops passes Croome on 24 October 1985 with the 1V85 09:23 Newcastle to Penzance InterCity service. This was one of the original Western Region named 47s, being named at Bristol Bath Road in June 1966, when the loco was just over a year old. It retained the name after being renumbered from D1673 to 47087 in 1974, and again when it was renumbered 47624 in 1984.

150232 Kemble 21 May 1994

150232 stands in the rain at Kemble station on 21 May 1994 with the 09:09 Worcester Shrub Hill to Swindon service. After seven years in service, the original Regional Railways livery is looking a bit tatty. The light blue band on stock painted in this colour scheme seemed particularly prone to damage.

800011 Chilson 7 February 2018

During the first few weeks of their operation over the Cotswold Line, 800011 has proved to be one of the most frequent performers of the new Hitachi Class 800 DMU fleet. It is pictured here passing Chilson on 7 February 2018 with the 1P22 08:25 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service.

165111 Shipton 7 February 2018

165111 passes Shipton on 7 February 2018 with the 1P23 09:50 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington GWR service. The short platforms of Shipton's diminutive station can just be seen behind the rear of the train. I wonder how long this rustic fence will survive, bearing in mind how close the car park is to the track, and Network Rail's paranoia about such situations.

800018 Hinksey 7 February 2018

800018 passes Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 1P25 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. The bright red of the DB Schenker MXA ballast wagons in the foreground certainly contrasts markedly with the drab dark green livery of the bi-mode unit, which looks almost black in the admittedly very head on lighting.

43194 Hinksey 7 February 2018

Just two minutes into its journey, 43194 leads the 1P26 12:01 Oxford to Paddington GWR service past Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018. This service has got a temporary upgrade, as previously it was worked by either a Class 165 or 166 unit. However, as the HSTs are destined to move away from the area, the improvement is only short-term!

66100 Hinksey 7 February 2018

66100 passes Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 4O43 05:49 Wakefield Europort to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. By a numerical coincidence, 66200 followed over two hours later with the 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks.

165131 Hinksey 7 February 2018

165131 passes a rake of loaded DB Schenker MXA ballast wagons in Hinksey Yard, as it heads south on 7 February 2018 with the 2L31 12:07 Oxford to Didcot Parkway GWR service. The two car Class 165s are thankfully last in the pecking order for repainting into GWR's awful dark green livery, with the Class 166s being done first (mostly), followed by the three car Class 165s.

66037 Hinksey 7 February 2018

Empty stone and loaded stone at Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018. 66037 passes the yard with the 6C58 11:55 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. In the foreground is a rake of loaded DB Schenker MXA ballast wagons.

70010 Hinksey 7 February 2018

Running 45 minutes late, 70010 passes Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 4O54 06:12 Leeds to Southampton Maritime freightliner. Note the new signal gantry in the background, in front of the equally new footbridge.

165110 & 165131 Hinksey 7 February 2018

Which livery do you prefer? 165110 in the dark green livery that everyone I have spoken to thinks is awful, passes 165131 in the earlier First Great Western blue livery, which although not widely liked when introduced a decade earlier, looks a hell of lot better than its replacement! 165110 is working the  2L33 12:37 Oxford to Didcot Parkway GWR service, and 165131 is working the 2L34 12:30 Didcot Parkway to Oxford.

165127 Hinksey 7 February 2018

Perfect winter lighting at Hinksey on 7 February 2018, although despite the sun it was bitterly cold! 165127 passes the yard with the 2V35 12:34 Banbury to Didcot Parkway GWR service. Note the new signal gantry in the background, and the new ramps and trackside posts in the foreground.

66547 Hinksey 7 February 2018

66547 passes Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 4O49 09:22 Crewe Basford Hall to Southampton Maritime freightliner. This was running 23 minutes late, which was not too bad considering that earlier in its journey it was running an hour behind time.

800026 Hinksey 7 February 2018

Just a few weeks old, 800026 still looks smart, despite its awful dark green livery, as it passes Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 1P29 12:00 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. It will be a long time before the pantograph on the roof of the leading vehicle gets any use at this location!

66559, 66596 & 66561 Hinksey 7 February 2018

66559, 66596 & 66561 pass Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the infrequent 4E18 09:47 Fairwater Yard to Doncaster Wood Yard concrete sleepers. Definitely not he best location for a picture of a triple headed train, but worth recording for the novelty value!

70813 Hinksey 7 February 2018

70813 comes to the end of its five minute journey, as it pulls into Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 14:46 Oxford Up Carriage Sidings to Hinksey departmental working, with 70803 bringing up the rear. Luckily this was running an hour early. At the correct time the line of red MXA ballast wagons in the foreground would either have been mostly in shadow, or more likely, the sun would have vanished into the high cloud that was approaching from the west.

66720 Hinksey 7 February 2018

A comparison of ballast wagon types at Hinksey on 7 February 2018. 66720 passes the yard with the 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. Although I have seen this loco several times, this is only my second photo of it in this 'livery'. The last time I photographed it from the other side, which has a different design.

66200 Hinksey 7 February 2018

66200 passes Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Coincidentally, 66100 had worked the 4O43 05:49 Wakefield Europort to Southampton Western Docks a couple of hours earlier.

43169 Hinksey 7 February 2018

43169 The National Trust passes Hinksey Yard on 7 February 2018 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This was running quite slowly, as bizarrely the late running 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal had been let out right in front of it. After three hours of photography in the biting cold, it was now time to go home, especially as the sun was starting to disappear into high cloud coming in from the west. In fact, the sun had only just reappeared from behind a cloud a few minutes before this train was due.

C820 Frampton Mansell 11 April 1987

Up until the early 1990s, there was a virtually unobstructed view of Frampton Mansell Viaduct from the hillside to the south. C820 (51500, 59093 & 51512) crosses the nine arch structure with the 2A54 09:27 Cheltenham Spa to Swindon service on 11 April 1987. Such is the quality of the original 6x7 Ektachrome slide, that not only can both the set and leading vehicle numbers be clearly read, but also the destination blind, which in true unhelpful 1980s style is showing Gloucester!

L411 Kingham 23 July 1985

L411 (51388, 59498 & 51346) stands at Kingham station on the sunny evening of 23 July 1985 with the 2A50 19:14 Moreton-in-Marsh to Didcot service. Three decades later, the bullhead track, Class 117 DMUs and the original GWR footbridge have all gone.

60043 South Moreton 29 September 1996

A brief burst of sunshine illuminates 60043 Yes Tor, as it passes South Moreton on 29 September 1996 with the late running 6A54 09:25 Brentford to Appleford Binliner. There was a very smart turnaround at Appleford, as just 45 minutes later it was back with the empties!

60043 South Moreton 29 September 1996

Just 45 minutes after passing by in the other direction with the loaded train, 60043 Yes Tor passes South Moreton on 29 September 1996 with the 6A55 11:33 Appleford to Brentford Binliner empties. The outward run was 50 minutes late, this return working was mere 35 minutes late.

50002 Goodrington 19 June 1993

A Fifty amid the foxgloves. 50002 Superb climbs away from Goodrington on 19 June 1993 with the 14:10 Paignton to Kingswear service, during the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway's Diesel Gala. Mid June is certainly not the best time to be taking pictures during the middle part of the day, but the flower filled cutting definitely compensates for the overhead lighting.

47248 Oxford 27 August 1983

47248 arrives at Oxford station on 27 August 1983 with the 1O52 07:38 Wolverhampton to Brighton service. This view clearly shows the old Great Western Railway canopy at the end of platform 1, that not only survived the rebuilding of the station in 1971, but also the subsequent remodelling in 1990.

47361 Shipton-on-Cherwell 30 July 1999

47361 Wilton Endeavour passes the remains of Shipton-on-Cherwell Cement Works in fading light on 30 July 1999 with the 4M99 16:47 Southampton to Crewe Basford Hall freightliner. The cement works had been closed for over a decade when this picture was taken, and parts of the site were reverting to nature.

37408 & 37416 Kinloid 6 October 2001

37408 Loch Rannoch & 37416 Sir Robert McAlpine pass Kinloid on 6 October 2001 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z82 12:50 Mallaig to Fort William 'Monarch of the Glen' railtour. Unfortunately the early morning sunshine that had greeted the tour on the outward run, had now disappeared.

46521 Greet Tunnel 7 August 1993

Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 46521 approaches the western entrance to Greet Tunnel on 7 August 1993. At this time the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway only extended from Toddington to Gretton, so the train is only just getting underway from the line's western terminus.

B431, Class 108 & B434 Upton Noble 31 August 1987

Now this is what you call a DMU! B431 (51369, 59521 & 51411), an unidentified Western Region Class 108 set & B434 (51414, 59490 & 51372) head north past Upton Noble on 31 August 1987. Unfortunately I have no idea what the working is, but as this is the evening of Bank Holiday Monday, I assume it is a relief service (remember those?) returning from the seaside (Weymouth probably) to Bristol. This is the only picture I have of a Class 117/108/117 combination, and probably the longest Western Region ensemble that I have photographed.

L425 Blackwater 17 July 1993

Unfortunately I have got very few pictures of Class 117s at work on the Guildford to Reading line, and one of the few that I have got is an empty stock working! Clearly displaying 'Sorry not in Service' in the destination blind, L425 (51363, 59515 & 51405) approaches Blackwater on 17 July 1993 with the 5V41 18:01 Guildford to Reading DMU Depot ECS.

Uffington Track Relaying 1 August 1993

The business end of the Redland self-discharge train in action at Uffington on 1 August 1993. Track relaying was in progress, and the train was slowly being propelled backwards along the up line by 37158 & 37092, while ballast was flung onto a plastic membrane that had been laid where the down line would later go.

Uffington Track Relaying 1 August 1993

The Redland self-discharge train deposits new ballast onto a recently laid plastic membrane at Uffington on 1 August 1993, during track relaying operations. 37158 & 37092 are slowly propelling the train backwards, and would luckily soon park in an ideal position for photography.

31105 & 31512 Hargrave 20 May 1995

Dramatic backlighting at Hargrave on 20 May 1995. 31105 Bescot TMD Bescot & Saltley Quality Assured & 31512 head eastwards with the 1T81 18:40 Chester to Crewe, one of the North Wales Coast Motive Power Day specials organised by the Crewe Rail Events Committee. The sunshine was only very brief and localised. Waverton church in the background is clearly under the cloud.

31288 Wantage Road 20 January 1979

31288 emerges from the fog at Wantage Road on 20 January 1979 with the 4A21 11:55 Bristol Temple Meads to Old Oak Common newspaper empties. The filthy state of the loco matches the gloomy weather. Although taken on Kodachrome 64, the poor light and the Praktica PLC2 camera have not helped the quality, however it does give a feel of the general drabness of the 1970s railway. Also, it clearly shows another aspect of railway photography in those days, as it is taken from the old platform at Wantage Road station, which was not really fenced off at all. Although perfectly safe, anybody attempting to take pictures from such locations nowadays would soon get apprehended. In the 1970s it was considered totally normal, and nobody bothered you!

158831 Limpley Stoke 12 August 1993

158831 passes Limpley Stoke on 12 August 1993 with the 1F08 07:03 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. Limpley Stoke, and the surrounding villages of Freshford and Monkton Combe were used as filming locations for the classic 1953 Ealing film 'The Titfield Thunderbolt'.