143601 Defford 10 August 1995

The first Alexander / Hunslet Barclay Class 143 entered service in August 1985, but it was exactly a decade later before I first photographed the prototype unit, 143601. This was mainly because the class were initially allocated to the North East area, only coming to the Western Region in the early 1990s. 143601 is pictured here passing Defford on 10 August 1995 with the 18:20 Worcester Shrub Hill to Swindon Regional Railways service.