800308 Wolvercote 28 June 2019

800308 passes Wolvercote on 28 June 2019 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Although Network Rail did some vegetation clearance when the track layout was remodeled here, as is usual no regular maintenance is being carried out, with the result that the tree growing on the extreme left of this picture nearly brushes the side of northbound trains. One more growing season and it definitely will hit the trains. There is no excuse for this not being removed, as it isn't even growing on the railway side of the fence, and could therefore be trimmed without a track procession. Of course, as Network Rail do not do any of this kind of small scale work, it will just get pruned by passing trains to the loading gauge, just like the bush formerly at Chilson!