59005 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 April 1997

A working that has stood the test of time is the 6C48 Appleford to Whatley stone empties. In 1997 there was good and bad news compared with the same train's running nearly two decades later. On the plus side it was always Class 59 hauled, as the dreaded 66s had not yet arrived, but on the minus side, its earlier departure time of 11:44 meant that the sun was not on the nose between Didcot and Swindon. Running exactly to time on 22 April 1997, 59005 Kenneth J Painter approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. The foundation of Mendip Rail a few years earlier, and the pooling of resources has resulted in not only a Foster Yeoman loco, but also Yeoman wagons appearing on what used to be an ARC working.