47829 & 47472 Evenlode 16 July 1989

A very unusual doubled headed train on the Cotswold Line. In fact this is the only occasion that I saw a pair of Class 47s on service train on the line. 47472 failed prior to departure with the 1B40 16:10 Hereford to Paddington service on Sunday 16 July 1989. 47829 was summoned from Cardiff to assist, and the pair are pictured passing Evenlode, surprisingly in view of the circumstances, running only a few minutes late. Obviously 47472 would have been taken straight to Old Oak Common for rectification, and as the loco had only just been allocated there from Crewe, I expect the Western Region men were not too happy about getting someone else's unreliable cast off!