60040 Cholsey 8 July 2014

With the soon to be demolished Didcot Power Station in the background, 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary approaches Cholsey on 8 July 2014 with the diverted 6A11 22:49 Robeston to Theale Murco oil tanks. Unusually this was running on the up main line, rather than the nearer relief line. This train's customary very early running (a 100 minute early departure from Robeston on this occasion) had been converted to a few minutes late running by this point. This was lucky, as a ridiculously early start was required to be in position here even for the booked time! Note the tubular steel pile on the extreme left, part of the forthcoming electrification works. For some reason this particular pile has been left only partly driven in.