45102 Stoke Orchard 21 July 1984

The 1V90 07:30 Aberdeen to Penzance InterCity service was booked for a Class 50 south of Birmingham in 1984. I was therefore quite surprised on 21 July when 45102 turned up. The train is pictured passing Stoke Orchard. This is the site of the Midlands Railway's Cleeve station, which closed to passengers in 1950, and freight in 1960. The Great Western's Bishop Cleeve station, on the Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon line, was much more conveniently situated for the village.