210001 Kingham 23 April 1983

The Class 210 DEMU was intended to be a replacement for the plethora of DMU types which were reaching the end of their economic life in the early 1980s. However, its extravagant specification led to its downfall, as it would have been far too expensive to produce in the quantity required. On 23 April 1983 passengers on the Cotswold Line got their first taste of what they assumed would be the future traction on the line. In the event they had to wait nearly a decade before the heritage units were displaced! 210001 arrives at Kingham with the 08:10 Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh service, while the order departs in the background. This is something you don't often see - ladies of the 'Country Set' taking an interest in modern developments on the railways!