47854 Thrupp 11 April 2009

47854 is pictured here just a few miles from its destination as it passes Thrupp with the Green Express Railtours 'Shakespeare & Dreaming Spires of Oxford' Land Cruise on 11 April 2009. Having already completed the Shakespeare part of the tour it is now heading for Mathew Arnold's dreaming spires, running as the 1Z74 14:10 Stratford-upon-Avon to Oxford. The tour had originated from Huddersfield at 06:34 as the 1Z73 to Stratford. Even though this location is fairly near to where I live, surprisingly I hadn't used it before. It was deliberately chosen as although the whole train cannot be seen, it is neatly framed by the blackthorn in full bloom. Due to the several reversals en-route the tour was being worked top'n'tail, with 57601 well out of sight on the rear of the train.