66149 Whitehill 29 July 2009

66149 passes Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock) in the pouring rain on 29 July 2009 with the 6W60 Hinksey to Charlbury ballast train. Two ballast workings were booked to work to Charlbury within 45 minutes of each other, so despite the terrible weather I wasn't going to miss the chance to see two engineering trains within less than a hour on what is normally a passenger only section of railway. Just out of sight in the field on the right is North Leigh Roman Villa, and interestingly while I was waiting for these trains a pair of the rare Roman Snails (Helix pomatia) were crawling up the bridge parapet, obviously encouraged by the wet weather. As the Romans brought them to this country, they certainly haven't strayed very far in over 1600 years!