70809 & 66176 Shorthampton 3 February 2015

With 66176 tucked inside, 70809 passes Shorthampton on 3 February 2015 with the diverted 6Z50 12:25 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working. Due to a severe landslip at Harbury, the normal route via Banbury was impossible, so a detour via the Cotswold Line was the easiest option. The train has just passed Charlbury (part of which is visible in the distance), and the signal behind the loco has just changed to green, allowing the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street service to enter the single track section south of Charlbury. Although I had suspected they might divert this train via the Cotswold Line, there was no indication on Realtime Trains in the morning, so many thanks to Pete Tandy for altering me to it, giving me just enough time to reach this location.