47081 Oxford 27 August 1983

Looking very rough and sounding even worse, 47081 Odin makes a smoky departure from Oxford carriage sidings on 27 August 1983 with the 3V19 04:50 Banbury to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. Booked to recess at Oxford for over four hours, this train often left before the booked time, as here. On this occasion it had removed a single van and placed it in the up parcels bay. 47081 was one of the original batch of named Western Region 47s, and retained the Odin name after being renumbered to 47606. However, for some unexplained reason during 1973 and again during 1978 the plates were removed, only to be reinstated each time.