345 Kingham 7 June 2014

345 (40145) passes Kingham on 7 June 2014 with the Class 40 Preservation Society 1Z41 16:50 Oxford to Castleton Hopwood 'East Lancs Stalwart' railtour. The trees and bushes directly behind the locomotive are hiding the embankment of the former Banbury to Cheltenham railway, which crossed the Cotswold Line at this point. This embankment was a very useful photographic vantage point in the 1980s, especially the one on this side of the line. The phenomenal growth of vegetation has now completely obliterated the view. Although I stand to be corrected, I think this is the first Class 40 to traverse the Cotswold Line for over 31 years. The last occasion that I can remember was when 40195 returned the 1Z38 'Solent Explorer' from Eastleigh to Nottingham in May 1983.