45131 Bourton 28 December 1985

45131 passes Bourton with the F&W Railtours Plymouth to London 'Christmas Hamper' railtour on 28 December 1985. The superb winter lighting is a strange mix of a low angled sun giving a warm glow to the frost covered grass and the train, and a purple / blue haze to the background caused by the remnants of early morning fog. Although having taken many pictures in these conditions, I have never subsequently encountered lighting quite like this. 45131 had only a further nine months left in traffic before eventually meeting its fate in Vic Berry's yard at Leicester.