08949 Honeybourne 30 March 1985

When the Army still operated Long Marston depot, occasional use was made of the branch line to Honeybourne to train soldiers in railway working practices. Such was the case on 30 March 1985, when 08949 was being used to shuttle backwards and forwards up the branch with a short rake of empty freight stock and a MoD brake van. It is pictured here during a spell of shunting at Honeybourne, with the Cotswold Line on the extreme left. The trackwork wasn't in too great a condition at the time, and has subsequently been taken out of use.