43039 Baulking 21 June 1980

To anyone familiar with the Swindon to Didcot line in recent years, this picture will come as something of a shock. On 21 June 1980, 43039 leads the 1A99 09:25 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service past Baulking. Just compare this wide open view with the same scene in 2007. In 1980 the southern cutting side resembles a meadow, with not a single bush visible. This allows a clear view to the site of Uffington station in the background, complete with original 'bow string' road bridge (since replaced).