31106 Shorthampton 23 September 2009

31106 passes Shorthampton on 23 September 2009 with the 4Z10 07:50 Derby RTC to Bristol Kingsland Road Network Rail test train. The train had already passed this spot once with DBSO 9714 leading, now after a reversal at Oxford it is testing the newly realigned track between Charlbury and Ascott-under-Wychwood. The previously centered track had recently been slewed to the left in readiness for reinstatement of double track. Note the piles of shredded branches and the remains of tree stumps that indicate that this location was once heavily overgrown.