46229 Banbury 4 May 1985

Coronation Class 4-6-2 46229 Duchess of Hamilton has steam to spare as it approaches Banbury on 4 May 1985 with the SLOA 1Z69 'South Yorkshireman' railtour. The train had worked up to Yorkshire in the morning from St Pancras behind 45135, and with hindsight I should have ventured across to the Midland Mainline for a picture of that, despite the gloomy weather. 46229 took over at Sheffield, for the return to Marylebone. Unfortunately, despite being virtually on time heading north, the return trip got steadily more behind time, and was nearly an hour late at Banbury.