800009 Churchill Heath 25 August 2018

2018 has been the year of extensive lineside vegetation clearance on the Cotswold Line, and during July the Kingham area was treated, opening up several new viewpoints. This is the view looking north from the Churchill Heath bridge, and while the trees in Churchill Heath Wood still shade the line at this time of the morning, the massive blitz of virtually everything within the lineside fence is clear to see. This location has never been anything like as open as this in all the years that I have been visiting. It's just a pity that the improved view comes at a time when these Class 800 DMUs are replacing the much more photogenic HSTs. 800009 Sir Gareth Edwards heads south on 25 August 2018 with the 1P37 08:43 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service.