166202 & 165132 Appleford 2 July 2009

Both classes of BREL built Turbo unit are pictured here speeding through Appleford on 2 July 2009. 3 car Class 166 166202 leads 2 car Class 165/1 165132 on the 1P53 15:01 Oxford to Paddington First Great service. Appleford is a very quiet location to take photos, especially now that First Great Western has reduced the number of trains stopping there. I would like to think that the fact that the up platform lights are on during the middle of the day (not too apparent in this picture) is the result of incompetence, rather than a cynical attempt to distort the running costs of the station to use as an argument for possible closure, as happened so frequently in the 1960s.