31400 Ashchurch 7 August 1988

31400 passes Ashchurch on 7 August 1988 with what is presumably the 07:55 Bristol Temple Meads to Birmingham New Street service, deputising for an unavailable HST. 31400 was converted from 31161 earlier in the year after 31401 sustained serious accident damage. As there was a shortage of ETH 31s at the time, the equipment was salvaged from 401 and used in the conversion. It should really have been numbered 31470, but the non-standard 31400 was chosen to keep it in the same batch as similarly equipped locos. This view of Ashchurch has changed considerably since this photo was taken. Not only has the station been reopened (between the rear of the train and the bridge), but all the semi-rural area to the right has been completely redeveloped.