153329 & 150123 Kemble Wick 9 March 2015

Signs of spring at Kemble Wick on 9 March 2015. The hazel catkins are in full bloom as 153329 & 150123 pass by with the 2G82 09:38 Swindon to Cheltenham First Great Western service. This section of line, between Swindon and Kemble was singled by BR in the 1960s as a cost saving measure. However, local campaigning has finally resulted in the second track being restored, with the work being completed in September 2014. The fresh ballast clearly shows that this train is running over the newly reinstated down line.