66057 Uffington (Viewed from White Horse Hill) 5 April 2008

Viewed from the top of White Horse Hill, 66057 passes Uffington with the 4V14 Dollands Moor to South Marston empty Honda covered car wagons on 5 April 2008. Uffington's 13th Century St Mary's church with its distinctive octagonal tower can be clearly be seen in the foreground. Foreground being a relative term, as it is two miles away! The tower was formerly topped by a spire until it was brought down by a storm in 1740. The use of a long lens has compressed the perspective, with various details in the distance becoming visible. On the right is Kitemore House, Shellingford (5 miles), in the background on the left, Bampton church (11 miles), and near the horizon, the industrial units at Witney (15 miles). It had started as a sunny morning, but as can be seen from the patchy shadows, clouds were starting to build up. In fact the sun was only just reappearing on the village in the foreground shortly before the train came into view.