165035 & 165032 Lower Basildon 17 May 1992

A scene full of historic interest at Lower Basildon on 17 May 1992, with three trains in the picture, which is not bad for a Sunday! 165035 & 165032 (both temporarily hired in from the Chiltern Line) head towards London with the 1F24 17:50 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service, while L405 can be seen heading in the opposite direction with the 2C66 18:00 Reading to Didcot Parkway. The 1C64 17:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads HST can be seen overtaking L405. Not only does this view show the transition from Class 117s to 165s on the Thames Valley route, but is also of course a reminder of how the location looked prior to the visual vandalism that is the Great Western Mainline electrification scheme.