150261 Kemble 5 June 2008

A close up view of 150261 as it leaves Kemble station with the 13:38 Cheltenham to Swindon First Great Western service on 5 June 2008. Services over the 'Golden Valley' route are now shared between Class 150s on these local trains, and HSTs which work the through services to Paddington. The sharply curved grass grown platform visible above the train is the former Cirencester branch platform, which in latter years saw the steam hauled branch trains replaced by the AC Cars built railbuses, whose economy of operation sadly did not prove sufficient to save either the Cirencester line, or the Tetbury branch, which also started from this station.