66089 Compton Beauchamp 8 April 2015

66089 passes Compton Beauchamp in soft evening light on 8 April 2015 with the diverted 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks car train, conveying Range Rovers from the Jaguar plant for export. Normally this train would travel via Basingstoke, but was being diverted via the Vale of White Horse due to ongoing signalling works in the Reading area. The venerable old brick road bridge will shortly be severely altered for the forthcoming electrification, and the pleasant brick arch structure that blends in with the countryside will no doubt be converted into the usual horrible white eyesore. Note the rookery in the background. This makes what is otherwise a very quiet rural location quite noisy, especially when the young rooks are clamouring for food!