47015 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 2 June 1984

A local farm worker cycles up the lane at Claydon on 2 June 1984 as 47015 rounds the curve with the 4O84 03:17 Holyhead to Millbrook freightliner. This train virtually always ran with this short consist, but notice how on this occasion it includes one of the original silver and red striped Freightliner containers. Holyhead Freightliner Terminal has long since closed, and 47015 is also no more, having been withdrawn in May 1987 and finally meeting its end at Booths of Rotherham in January 1994. Needless to say with such an early withdrawal date (relative to the time I've been taking pictures), this is the only picture I have of this particular machine. Note how lucky I was with the sun for this one, with the train just about to enter the cloud. You can't get closer than this!