58006 Thrupp 25 April 1986

58006 passes Thrupp (between Banbury and Oxford) with the 7V44 09:34 Three Spires Junction to Didcot Power Station MGR coal train on 25 April 1986. Although difficult to tell from this picture, the cement works at Shipton-on-Cherwell was still in use at this time, but closed shortly afterwards and has lain derelict for many years, although most of the buildings and the landmark chimney still stands. The bushes on the right have grown considerably, making this view impossible today. Rather than coal from British pits being hauled by a British built loco to Didcot Power Station, nowadays imported coal is transported from Avonmouth Docks by foreign built locos!