47812 Aldington 11 April 2018

Running exactly to time, 47812 passes Aldington on 11 April 2018 with the 6Z86 13:12 Long Marston to Eastleigh Arlington, conveying a rake of JSA bogie covered steel coil carrying wagons. This Rail Operations Group operated train had originally been booked to travel via Oxford, after a reversal at Worcester. I thought this was too good to be true, and sure enough a revised path appeared, taking it the long way round via Birmingham, adding well over three hours to the journey time! The track clearance gang have been busy here, albeit only on one side of the line. Note the new houses in the background, as yet another green field succumbs to the outward expansion of Evesham.