165027 Shipton 18 July 2020

There was an unusual visitor to the Cotswold Line on 18 July 2020, when a Chiltern Railways Class 165, that had been receiving maintenance at Long Marston returned to its home depot. 165027 is seen here passing Shipton with the 11:50 Long Marston to Aylesbury DMU Depot ECS. This was running 45 minutes late, due to late arrival of the GWR driver at Honeybourne. There was a Chiltern Railways driver on board, but naturally he didn't sign the Cotswold Line. A further point of interest is that this is not the complete two car 165027 set, as the rear vehicle is one of the driving vehicles from three car set 165029! This view is dominated by the famous FWP Matthews flour mill. The down platform of Shipton station can be seen in the background, the only access to which is through the parked lorries in the mill yard!