7808 & 5900 Wolvercote 6 October 1979

My first mainline steam picture from the early days of steam preservation. 7808 Cookham Manor & 5900 Hinderton Hall blast their way north from Oxford on 6 October 1979 with the Great Western Society Paddington to Shrewsbury 'Capital Venturer' railtour. The location is the footpath crossing on Wolvercote Common (long since removed). Although it is difficult to tell with the severe backlighting, the coaching stock is a full rake of preserved GWR coaches, one of the last times these were used on a mainline railtour. Considerable work was required in Photoshop for this picture, as the original is a very poor looking Kodachrome taken with a Praktica PLC2 whose metering wasn't that good in backlit situations!