166201 Lyneham 30 November 2017

166201 approaches Lyneham on 30 November 2017 with the 1P51 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. I chose this distant view, as the field was full of sheep, adding some foreground interest. However, just as the train was approaching, the farmer arrived, presumably to feed them, and they all promptly vanished! Therefore I decided to include a lot of sky in the picture instead, as it shows the mass of dark clouds that would very soon put an end to the day's photography. Because the 1Z23 08:16 Bristol High Level Siding to Tyseley Network Rail test train had just detected a track defect near Finstock, this train, which at this point was exactly on time, became delayed, and arrived at Oxford 35 minutes late.