55031 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 24 April 1984

The well known Oxford railway photographic vantage point of Walton Well Road bridge is shown off to advantage in this picture of 55031 (L131). It is working the 2V60 17:12 Banbury to Oxford service on 24 April 1984. Note the smaller arch on the right, which formerly accommodated the LMS tracks that paralleled the four GWR lines into Oxford, from the point of divergence near the Aristotle Lane footbridge (just visible in the background). This picture is taken from a now impossible position, up against the fence near the bridge over a backwater of the River Thames.