25268 Oxford 11 July 1984

Although taken in poor light, this scene at Oxford on 11 July 1984 is full of interest. 25268 weaves across towards Oxford South Yard, after passing through the station with the 6V19 06:32 Bescot to Oxford Speedlink. Bescot was liable to chuck out any available locomotive for this working, which usually only had a moderate load such as this. Class's 20, 25, 31, 37, 45 & 47 all made regular appearances. If a train followed this exact course today it would be traveling across the car park! The sidings were removed in the 1990s to make way for a massive expansion of Oxford station's car park, thereby virtually ruining this once excellent photographic viewpoint from the Osney Lane footbridge. As for 25268, it managed to survive to the very end of Class 25 operations in 1987 (by then numbered 25902), but was cut up at Vic Berry's, Leicester in the same year, after spending a short while in the famous stack of locos.