230001 Moreton-in-Marsh 6 July 2017

Vivarail's prototype Class 230 DEMU performed another test run on the Cotswold Line on 6 July 2017. 230001 is pictured here pulling out of Moreton-in-Marsh station, after arriving with the 5Z30 09:40 Long Marston to Moreton-in-Marsh test run, which had run almost exactly to time. It would proceed just a short distance, before using the crossover visible in the foreground to gain access to the down line. It would then head back from whence it came as the 5Z31 10:30 Moreton-in-Marsh to Long Marston. If anyone had told me in the 1980s, when I was photographing Class 50s on the Cotswold Line, that three decades later I would photograph ex London Underground stock working under its own (diesel) power on the route, I would have thought they were mad!