47051 Radley 30 August 1998

1998 was a golden year for loco haulage on Virgin CrossCountry services, as the dedicated 47/8s were proving unreliable, and all sorts of traction was called in to help out. It was still a Class 47 on 30 August 1998, but a Railfreight Distribution 47/0, rather than a Virgin 47/8. 47051 races through Radley station with the 1O10 11:13 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth service. Note the platform reconstruction taking place, with one finished, and one with 'Do not alight here' notices.