47018 Wantage Road 20 January 1979

47018 passes the site of Wantage Road station on a foggy 20 January 1979. Technically rather a poor picture due to the miserable lighting and (to a lesser extent) the use of a Praktica PLC2, but full of interest as it shows the very rare appearance of Stratford allocated steam heat Class 47 on the Great Western Mainline. Unfortunately I have been unable to positively identify the working, but my best guess is that it is a football special. A train taking West Ham fans to see their team play Bristol Rovers (they won 1-0) seems very likely (thanks to James Sutcliffe for the information). This would explain the Stratford 47. Note that this is a long time before the relief lines were reinstated at this location and consequently the long disused platforms are still intact.