31404 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 10 December 1986

31404 plods westwards past the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham in soft winter light on 10 December 1986 with a rake of vintage vacuum braked sixteen tonne open wagons. Even then, with the much greater variety of traffic and traction, this was a definite photographic bonus. Exactly one year later I again photographed this locomotive just a few hundred yards to the west of this location, heading in the opposite direction past the site of the old station.