25034 & 25044 Wendlebury (Langford Lane) 23 February 1985

On a very dull and misty 23 February 1985, 25034 & 25044 pass the site of Wendlebury Halt (on the Oxford to Bicester line) with the Railway Enthusiasts Society 1Z26 07:30 St Pancras to Derby 'North Midlander' railtour. This tour traversed this former LMS route as far as Bletchley, before heading up the West Coast Mainline to Stafford, where this classic motive power combination was exchanged for the equally vintage 45048. Wendlebury Halt had a very brief existence, opening in 1905 and closing as early as 1926. Even that doesn't tell the whole story, as it was temporarily closed during the First World War.