Class 165

165001 Princes Risborough 15 May 1993

165001 leads an unidentified classmate over the crossover to the south of Princes Risborough station on 15 May 1993 with an ECS for Princes Risborough station. The train has just traversed the section of line that runs as two separate single lines, with the down line curving round Hemley Hill in a large arc, while the up line takes a more direct route through the short Saunderton Tunnel.

165001 North Lee 6 December 2008

The early morning sun struggles to emerge from a band of cloud as 165001 passes North Lee with the 09:06 Aylesbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service on 6 December 2008. Not the most photogenic of locations, but one that would have been completely clear of shadows had it been a sunny start to the morning as was forecast!

165001 Little Kimble 24 May 2010

The first Turbo unit to enter traffic (165001) has nearly two decades of service behind it when pictured here on 24 May 2010 working the 10:38 Aylesbury to Princes Risborough service. It has taken over from 55020, which worked the earlier trains, and is pictured here approaching Little Kimble. The line will continue to see this relatively modern traction until the evening peak, when once again the vintage Class 121 unit will be brought out.

165001 Islip 2 October 2011

165001 accelerates away from Islip station on 2 October 2011 with the 2L08 11:00 Oxford to Bicester Town Chiltern Railways service. I'm not sure how many miles 165001 has covered, but the Honda Accord on the left had 382,000 miles on the clock when this picture was taken (well over 400,000 now!). Both 165001 and the 'Heritage Honda' now look a little tatty in places, both being built at roughly the same time. Other than routine servicing, the Accord has required no work at all on the engine or transmission, and even has the original clutch!

165001 Water Eaton (Banbury Road) 2 October 2011

165001 (or 65001 if you look carefully) passes the Banbury Road stone terminal at Water Eaton on 2 October 2011 with the 2L09 11:33 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. Compare this with an identical view taken almost exactly a year earlier when the service was still operated by First Great Western. The A34 Oxford to Bicester dual carriageway runs parallel with the line here, but is now completely hidden by bushes.

165001 Bishops Itchington 26 March 2012

A fine and unreasonably warm spring morning at Bishops Itchington on 26 March 2012. 165001 speeds southwards with the 1H30 09:55 Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service, running just a few minutes behind the identically timed departure from Birmingham Moor Street.

165001 Bledlow 5 October 2013

Unusual surroundings for a Class 165 unit. 165001 emerges from the trees at Bledlow, on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, with the Chiltern Railways 1Z02 09:35 Aylesbury to Chinnor special on 5 October 2013. Although the electronic destination blind never photographs correctly, it is in fact displaying the slightly optimistic 'Watlington Flyer' wording. This train is the first ever direct Aylesbury to Chinnor service, and it seems that being over 22 years old, the prototype Turbo unit has started to acquire historic interest, and was specially requested for this train.

165001 Bledlow 5 October 2013

After working to Chinnor with the Chiltern Railways 1Z02 09:35 Aylesbury to Chinnor 'Watlington Flyer' special on 5 October 2013, 165001 was used by the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway for a number of trips along the line. The first of these, the 1P03 10:40 Chinnor to Princes Risborough is pictured passing Bledlow under a very dramatic dark sky.

165001 Chinnor 5 October 2013

Who would have thought that a Turbo unit could generate this much interest! It is of course the location that makes this picture significant, and the juxtaposition of a relatively modern unit and vintage infrastructure. 165001 pulls out of Chinnor station, and heads for the sidings on 5 October 2013, after having worked in with the 1C04 11:12 service from Princes Risborough. The unit had earlier arrived with the first ever through train from Aylesbury to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. Note the reflection of the Chiltern Railways branding in the trackside mirror on the right.

165001 Islip 14 December 2013

165001 heads away from the camera at Islip on 14 December 2013 with the 2T11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. It wouldn't be long before this overgrown cutting would be blitzed, in preparation for redoubling the line, and complete route modernisation.

165001 Denham Golf Club 26 March 2017

165001 races through Denham Golf Club station on 26 March 2017 with the 1H06 09:03 Bicester North to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service, passing the instantly reconisable GWR pagoda huts, once so common on Great Western lines, but now exceedingly unusual on the national network. Coincidentally, just over an hour later, another of Chiltern Railway's lowest numbered class members passed through, when 168001 worked the 1Y15 10:11 Oxford to Marylebone service.

165002 Radley 11 December 1991

Despite looking nearly the same going in both directions (apart from lacking a driver of course!), I don't normally take going away pictures of units. However, on this occasion a Class 165/0 passing Radley on a northbound crew training run was definitely worth a picture. 165002 speeds northwards on 11 December 1991, and Class 117 units were still in command of local trains to and from Oxford. Apart from the loan of the three car versions the following year, Class 165/0s would never be common in the Thames Valley.

165002 Culham 11 July 1994

165002 arrives at Culham on 11 July 1994 with the 2C60 18:20 Didcot to Oxford stopping service. After a short layover at Oxford, it would then go on to form the 18:46 to Bicester Town. In 1992 a number of the three car Class 165/0 units which were destined for the Chiltern Line were used as a temporary stop gap on services out of Paddington, due to the late delivery of the Class 165/1 fleet. However, two years later, here we have a two car Chiltern set again working away from its intended area.

165002 Castle Bar Park 20 April 2002

Although originally built for the Chiltern division of Network SouthEast, the first five Class 165 units (165001 - 165005) were operated by Thames Trains for a few years before reverting back to their former stamping ground in 2004 when they were acquired by Chiltern Railways. During this period, 165002 is pictured departing from Castle Bar Park station with the 13:32 Greenford to Paddington service on 20 April 2002. Just visible in the distance following one block behind is preserved 'Hastings' DEMU 1001 working the Branch Line Society 'Western Essex Express' railtour, which was running late. It should have run in front of the 165, but was now having to crawl behind it and wait while it stopped at the stations!

165002 Harbury 22 August 2008

165002 heads through Harbury cutting on 22 October 2008 with the 12:54 Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon Chiltern Railways service. This was once an excellent photographic location, but although the vegetation has again been cut back, as can be seen here, it is catching up again!

165003 Ascott-under-Wychwood 11 April 1995

165003 glints in the last rays of the setting sun, as it passes Ascott-under-Wychwood signal box on 11 April 1995 with the 1F79 17:45 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington service. This is of course a stranger to the Cotswold Line, being a Chiltern Line Class 165/0, rather than one of this route's normal Class 165/1s. In 1993 there was a downturn in traffic on the Chiltern route (inconceivable now), and 165001 - 165007 were transferred to the routes out of Paddington. This involved having their London Underground tripcock equipment removed. All these 165/0s had returned to the their intending Chiltern role by 2004.

165003 Hatton 29 October 2009

165003 curves off the Stratford-upon-Avon branch at Hatton on 29 October 2009 with the 1H43 13:40 Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. This clearly show the bizarre effect you get when photographing modern train route indicators. The old fashioned manual ones, even on the unrefurbished Class 165/0s, always photographed clearly.

165003 Kings Sutton 24 November 2010

165003 glows in the late afternoon autumnal light on 24 November 2010, as it slows down on the approach to Kings Sutton with the late running 13:12 Birmingham Snow Hill to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. The bridge in the background is the well known vantage point, used by generations of photographers.

165003 Hatton 11 May 2015

Slowing for the stop at Hatton station a little further on, 165003 drifts through the tree lined cutting at Hatton on 11 May 2015 with the 2D55 18:17 Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon Chiltern Railways service.

165004 Overthorpe 28 January 2011

165004 finds a brief sunny spell at Overthorpe on 28 January 2011, as it passes underneath the M40 motorway with the 1H32 11:24 Banbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. There are some ominous dark clouds in the background, but obviously Banbury is still in sunshine. Note the steam rising from Kraft Food's coffee factory in the background.

165006 Amersham 14 September 2008

165006 leaves Amersham station on 14 September 2008 with the 14:05 Aylesbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service, while a train of Metropolitan Line A60 stock calls with a westbound service. Note the complicated arrangement of conductor rails through the pointwork.

165006 Launton 2 September 2010

In crisp late afternoon light, 165006 speeds past Launton with the 1U45 16:03 Marylebone to Banbury Chiltern Railways service on 2 September 2010. Chiltern Railways have almost got a new variation of their blue and white colour scheme. Their Class 165 & 168 units are generally in immaculate condition (not easy with so much white paintwork), but virtually every one has an uncleaned cab roof, which slightly spoils the overall effect.

165006 Water Eaton (Banbury Road) 20 August 2013

165006 passes Banbury Road stone terminal, at Water Eaton, with the 2T11 11:30 Bicester North to Oxford Chiltern Railways service on 20 August 2013. The grab excavator on the right had just parked up, after finishing unloading the wagons in the foreground. 59202 was throbbing away underneath the bridge, waiting to depart with the empties, as the 6C54 13:06 to Whatley.

165006 Water Eaton (Banbury Road) 14 January 2014

A panoramic view of Banbury Road Stone Terminal, Water Eaton, just to the north of Oxford on 14 January 2014. 165006 passes by with the 2T11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service, whilst in the foreground is the 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone train, which had just finished being unloaded. In a month's time this line is going to be closed for a couple of months for major engineering work in connection with Chiltern's plan to introduce through trains to London over the route. There will be a replacement bus service, but the ones that serve Islip will take nearly twice as long as the train, even without allowing for rush hour traffic!

165007 Bicester North 2 December 1991

Fresh out of the box! An immaculate 165007 stands at Bicester North station on 2 December 1991 with the first Turbo operated passenger service on the Chiltern Line - the 11:43 Marylebone to Banbury. It returned straight away with the 13:32 from Banbury. The introduction of these units had been delayed by several months. Note the large gap between platforms, caused by the removal of central through lines.

165007 Ardley Tunnel 30 December 2011

165007 emerges from Ardley Tunnel on 30 December 2011 with the 08:41 Marylebone to Banbury Chiltern Railways service. A dull day for once is a blessing, as the tunnel is north facing and in a cutting - not much use if the sun is out!

165008 Chearsley 1 August 2007

165008 is pictured in the Buckinghamshire countryside near Chearsley with the 11:40 Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service on 1 August 2007. Note the revised headlight arrangement, with the former wide recessed area now largely filled with a flush blanking plate. This section of line was re-doubled in 1998 (it had been reduced to single track in the late 1960s) and the frequency of service has benefited enormously as a result.

165008 Denham Golf Club 26 March 2017

165008 comes to a stop at Denham Golf Club station on 26 March 2017 with the 2H13 09:50 Princes Risborough to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. No one left and no one came, and to misquote Edward Thomas "On the bare platform what I saw was Denham Golf Club - only the name"!

165009 Banbury 14 February 1992

Surely if there was going to be a Class 65, it would be a heavy freight locomotive! After just a few months in traffic, 165009 is already masquerading as something it isn't, as indeed did a lot of the 165s in their early years, when missing numbers were commonplace. It is hiding in the gloom of Banbury station on 14 February 1992, waiting to work the 2G46 11:30 service to Marylebone.

165009 Princes Risborough 15 May 1993

165009 along with an unidentified classmate leaves Princes Risborough on 15 May 1993 with the 09:30 Banbury to Marylebone Network SouthEast service. Notice that some otherwise very thorough roof cleaning on these units has been slightly let down by leaving a small area untouched over the cab windows! In the background on the down line can be seen the wagons of the Northolt to Calvert binliner, which remained in that position for some considerable time.

165009 Kings Sutton 14 November 2007

A dramatic cloudscape at Kings Sutton on 14 November 2007, as 165009 heads northwards with the 14:20 Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill Chiltern Railways service. Note the footpath crossing by the second vehicle. This is a useful winter photographic vantage point. As can be seen from the low level of the field in the foreground, there is nothing to shade the tracks even when the sun is low in the sky.

165009 Launton 2 September 2010

165009 passes the footpath crossing at Launton on 2 September 2010 with the 1N43 15:43 Marylebone to Bicester North Chiltern Railways service. The 'trains run either way on each line' is not to be taken too seriously, as although fully bi-directionally signaled, normal left hand running is always in use except for emergencies.

165009 Fritwell 8 September 2010

165009 passes Fritwell on 8 September 2010 with the 08:53 Marylebone to Banbury Chiltern Railways service. This picture is taken from a footpath bridge surrounded by fields. The more familiar photographic location of the roadbridge can just be seen in the background.

165009 Great Bourton 28 March 2012

The cows graze contentedly in the field at Great Bourton on 28 March 2012, as 165009 hurries by with the 1H59 17:10 Birmingham Snow Hill to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. Note how there is nothing shading the line at this point in the afternoon, although the same cannot be said for earlier in the day.

165010 Rowington 5 June 1996

165010 and an unfortunately unidentified classmate run alongside the M40 motorway at Rowington in superb evening light on 5 June 1996 with the 1G52 17:45 Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill service. Trees alongside the dividing fence now effectively prevent a repetition of this view.

165010 Islip 8 November 2012

November 2012 seems to have settled into a regular routine of traveling the short distance to the Oxford area to see the 56 hauled 6Z91 10:55 Calvert to Didcot Power Station flyash empties. This invariably means photographing the DMU that precedes it along the single track Bicester to Oxford line. I thought I would try a different angle at Islip on 8 November 2012, to show the train passing the station's small car park. An everyday subject, but I certainly wasn't going to pass up the opportunity of a picture in such stunning lighting conditions. With a thick mass of dark clouds to the north, 165010 approaches the station with the 2L11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service.

165010 Charlton-on-Otmoor 14 June 2013

A peaceful rural scene at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 14 June 2013. 165010 passes by with the 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. Unfortunately mid June in the countryside displays a monotone green landscape, so the inclusion of a few pieces of rustic farming equipment in the picture adds a little contrasting colour.

165010 Islip 11 September 2013

165010 passes through the very overgrown cutting just to the south of Islip station with the 2T08 09:07 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service on 11 September 2013. The densely wooded cutting wouldn't stay this way for long. The redoubling of the track and route modernisation would completely open up the view.

165010 Brill Tunnel 19 January 2016

165010 heads through the wooded cutting to the south of the extremely short Brill Tunnel on 19 January 2016. It is working the 1H31 10:44 Banbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. Considering this is only a month away from the shortest day, I was surprised that the shadows weren't more of a problem here.

165010 & 165028 Monks Risborough 19 May 2017

165010 & 165028 accelerate away from Monks Risborough station on 19 May 2017 with the 2H61 16:29 Aylesbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. A long lens was required here, as shadows nearer to the public footpath crossing were still problematic, despite it being nearly summer.

165011 & 165003 Aynho Junction 11 April 1992

The early morning sun is struggling to burn off the mist near Aynho Junction on 11 April 1992, as 165011 & 165003 apply power after coming off the Chiltern Line with the 08:43 Marylebone to Banbury Network SouthEast service. At this time not one of the Chiltern Line trains continued past Banbury, in marked contrast to today, when they virtually all do. In addition to there no longer being any NSE liveried Class 165s, the view here has also changed, with bushes now restricting this wide open viewpoint.

165012 Ardley Tunnel 29 October 2008

165012 emerges from Ardley Tunnel on 29 October 2008, whilst working the 12:54 Marylebone to Stratford-on-Avon Chiltern Railways service. After a bright start, high cloud had rolled in from the west shortly after midday and the sun gradually disappeared. I therefore chose this location, as due to the tree lined cutting on the approach to the tunnel it would be very difficult to take pictures here if the sun was out - certainly at this time of year. A convenient field access bridge crosses the line just in front of the tunnel giving this excellent viewpoint.

165012 Islip (Brookfurlong Farm) 19 December 2013

Shortly after sunrise on 19 December 2013, 165012 accelerates away from Islip station (just out of sight in the background), and passes Brookfurlong Farm Crossing with the 2T06 08:35 Oxford to Bicester Town Chiltern Railways service. Recent tree clearance in preparation for the line's forthcoming upgrade has opened up this view enormously.

165012 Islip (Brookfurlong Farm) 19 December 2013

165012 passes Brookfurlong Farm Crossing, near Islip, on 19 December 2013 with the 2T08 09:07 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. The level crossing at Oddington can just be seen in the distance.

165013 & 165031 Kings Sutton 20 July 1995

One each of the Chiltern Line's two car, and three car Class 165/0 Turbo units pass Kings Sutton in superb evening light on 20 July 1995. 165013 & 165031 are working the 1G52 17:45 Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill service.

165013 Overthorpe 22 December 2001

On a bright but bitterly cold 22 December 2001, Chiltern Railways 165013 passes Overthorpe (near Banbury) with the 10:30 Birmingham Snow Hill to Marylebone service. This unit was the first of Chiltern Railway's Turbos to be refurbished, the work having not long been completed when this picture was taken. The opening windows had been sealed with the installation of air conditioning (although that certainly wouldn't have been in use on this particular day!), the small first class section removed and the front end light clusters altered. The most striking visible difference at the time was the application of this new livery in place of the former Network SouthEast colour scheme.

165013 Kings Sutton 23 April 2009

165013 pulls slowly away from Kings Sutton station on 23 April 2009, after calling with the 13:40 Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. As well as these Class 165/0 units working Chiltern Railway's long distance trains, First Great Western's Class 165/1s also call at Kings Sutton on the purely local Cherwell Valley service. Later the same day, 165126 called with the 15:07 Banbury to Oxford train.

165013, 165012 & 165027 Islip (Mill Lane) 2 April 2017

Chiltern Railways ran numerous additional trains to take Oxford United football fans to their match against Coventry City at Wembley on Sunday 2 April 2017. This also involved four empty stock workings heading in to Oxford in the morning, and four returning in the evening. The first morning working is pictured passing underneath the new bridleway bridge at Mill Lane, Islip, just after the early morning sun had disappeared. 165013, 165012 & 165027 work the 5T14 08:19 Aylesbury to Oxford ECS. This would later form the 1Y14 09:48 Oxford to Marylebone.

165014 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 5 May 2012

A contrast in Class 165 units at Oxford (Walton Well Road) on 5 May 2012. 165014 approaches with the 2L08 09:28 Oxford to Bicester Town Chiltern Railways service, whilst 165129 heads towards Oxford station past more stabled units with the 2L39 09:02 First Great Western service from Banbury. Note the trackbed of the former LMS route into Oxford on the left.

165014 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 5 May 2012

165014 has just rejoined the mainline at Oxford North Junction (adjacent to Aristotle Lane footbridge in the background) and is now passing Walton Well Road on the last few yards of its journey with the 2L09 09:57 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service on 5 May 2012.

165014 Islip (Mill Lane) 3 May 2013

165014 approaches Mill Lane level crossing, Islip on 3 May 2013, with the 2T12 13:30 Oxford to Bicester Town Chiltern Railways service. This crossing is operated by road users, and relies on the red and green lights on the sign on the left for indication of safety to cross. As the crossing only serves a back road in the village, which is also accessible via the bridge in the centre of the village, little hardship will result when the crossing is permanently closed, as part of the forthcoming Oxford to Bletchley route upgrade.

165014 Islip (Mill Lane) 3 May 2013

165014 finds a patch of sunlight, amid the gathering clouds, as it approaches Mill Lane level crossing at Islip on 3 May 2013 with the 2T13 14:00 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. The light colour visible on the cutting side in the background is a mass of chipped branches, from the recent vegetation clearance.

165014 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 13 July 2013

165014 runs along the bi-directional line at Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 13 July 2013 with the 08:07 Oxford to Bicester Town Chiltern Railways service. First Great Western's 166207 waits amongst the grass in the down carriage sidings, in the background.

165014 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 13 July 2013

165014 approaches Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 13 July 2013 with the 09:57 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. As can be clearly seen here, the down loop only extends as far as Oxford North Junction, near the footbridge in the background. However, the up loop starts much further north, at Wolvercote Junction.

165015 Kings Sutton 31 May 1994

165015 accelerates away from Kings Sutton on 31 May 1994 with the 1G47 17:15 Marylebone to Banbury Network SouthEast service. These Chiltern Line trains were all worked by Class 165/0s at this time, mostly two car units such as this, but there were also 11 three car units.

165015 Fenny Compton 22 July 1999

Dramatic lighting at Fenny Compton on 22 July 1999. 165015 with an unidentified classmate pass the unusual mix of upper and lower quadrant semaphore signals, as they work the 17:45 Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill Chiltern Railways service.

165015 Kings Sutton 18 September 2013

165015 approaches Kings Sutton on 18 September 2015 with the 1U43 14:18 Marylebone to Banbury Chiltern Trains service. The bridge in the background carries a footpath across the line. Kings Sutton signal box was situated on the other side of this bridge, which was slightly odd, as the station is some distance behind where I am standing.

165015 North Lee 9 July 2015

The purple flowers of Tufted Vetch, and the pink flowers of Greater Willowherb line the farm track at North Lee on 9 July 2015, as 165015 passes by with the 2P37 10:33 Aylesbury to Princes Risborough Chiltern Railways service. Luckily the clouds in the background stayed where they were and didn't drift too near the sun!

165015 Denham Golf Club 26 March 2017

165015 passes through Denham Golf Club station on 26 March 2017 with the 1H14 10:00 Bicester North to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. A perfect spring day, and a clean Turbo unit passing a pair of iconic Great Western Railway pagoda huts. Much more photogenic that yet another picture of a Class 66 hauled freight train at some nondescript location, at least in my opinion!

165017 Islip (Mill Lane) 6 November 2012

Signs of autumn at Islip on 6 November 2012, as 165017 rounds the curve between the station and Islip Crossing with the 2L11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. Note the vintage 95lb bullhead rail still in place on the curve.

165017 Wolvercote 16 December 2014

Making a change from the usual First Great Western Turbo units that ply this route, Chiltern Railways 165017 passes Wolvercote on 16 December 2014 with the 5U00 12:48 Oxford to Banbury ECS. The Oxford Canal is directly behind the trees in this view. Note the new line in the foreground, being laid on the course of the old wartime down goods loop.

165018 Kings Sutton 23 April 2009

165018 slows for the station stop at Kings Sutton on 23 April 2009, as it works the 12:54 Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon Chiltern Railways service. The unit has obviously hit something on the track recently, judging by the damaged front valance.

165018 Oxford North Junction 16 July 2011

165018 passes Oxford North Junction on 16 July 2011 with the early morning Aylesbury to Oxford (via Banbury) Chiltern Railways ECS working, that preludes the unit's daily workings on the Bicester Branch. This isn't really very 'green', as the former First Great Western service on the route started from Oxford and didn't incur such uneconomic empty stock mileage. The branch line to Bicester can be seen diverging to the right in the background.

165018 Oxford North Junction 16 July 2011

After working ECS from Aylesbury, 165018 approaches Oxford North Junction on 16 July 2011 with the first Chiltern Railways working of the day on the Bicester branch - the 2L04 07:00 Oxford to Bicester Town. It is running on the bi-directional up relief line, which enables these Bicester trains to be kept completley separate from the often congested main lines. If four tracks looks impressive at this location, it once looked even more so, as the rough road behind the unit marks the course of the former LMS line into Oxford. This was another double track line.

165019 Tackley 25 June 2012

In order for Chiltern Railways to operate the Oxford to Bicester Town service, one of their 165 units has to work down from Banbury early each morning. On 25 June 2012, just as the sun is starting to rise, 165019 (missing two digits and therefore impersonating an erstwhile Class 24!) passes Tackley with the 5V02 05:05 Banbury to Oxford ECS.

165020 Wendover 1 August 2007

165020 pulls out of Wendover station with the 13:35 Aylesbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service on 1 August 2007. Wendover's station is on the western edge of the town, and as can be seen here, is now paralleled by the A413 bypass. Is that traces of Network SouthEast red paint I can see beneath the Chiltern Railways blue on the lamposts?

165020 Kings Sutton 3 March 2010

165020 accelerates away from Kings Sutton station on 3 March 2010 with the 10:54 Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon Chiltern Railways service. The floods seen on the right are typical, and in fact they often get so bad during the winter here, that the railway appears to be running through the middle of a vast lake!

165021 Chorleywood 14 September 2008

165021 calls at Chorleywood station with the 12:05 Aylesbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service on 14 September 2008. This station is used by both this basically hourly Chiltern service and a much more frequent London underground service from Amersham, hence the standard underground nameboard and the extra conductor rails.

165021 Wolvercote Junction 17 October 2010

An unusual visitor to the Banbury to Oxford line on 17 October 2010. 165021 passes Wolvercote Junction with the 1V50 15:38 Warwick Parkway to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. Because the Chiltern Line was closed for engineering works, a series of shuttle services were operating to Oxford to connect with First Great Western trains. This in itself was not so unusual, but the use of a Class 165 instead of the more normal Class 168 is noteworthy. Although of course Class 165/1s regularly operate on this line from Banbury and on the Cotswold Line (the route diverging to the left in the foreground), Class 165/0s definitely do not. In the early days of the class a few were hired in, and later with privatisation some were temporarily used by Thames Trains, but the sight of one of these units in Chiltern Railways livery at this location is certainly worth recording.

165021 Oddington 5 November 2012

165021 just manages to avoid the shadows as it passes Oddington on 5 November 2012 with the 2L11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. The lineside bushes have gradually been getting taller over the years at this location. Let's hope that the forthcoming transformation of this sleepy byway into another high speed route to London results in some improved viewpoints, although of course the impending electrification will probably ruin it photographically anyway.

165022 Islip 10 December 2011

With frost still on the track, 165022 approaches Islip on 10 December 2011 with the 2L09 09:58 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. There is plenty of warning of approaching trains here, as they can be seen even before they get to Oddington Crossing, over a mile away.

165022 Great Bourton 28 March 2012

165022 passes Great Bourton on 28 March 2012 with the 1H62 15:55 Birmingham Moor Street to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. With nothing but brambles and a rickety wooden fence to get in the way, this makes an excellent photographic location, despite the long walk from the car!

165023 Hatton 1 August 2011

165023 adheres strictly to the 15 mph speed limit as it curves off the Stratford-upon-Avon branch and prepares to stop at Hatton station, whilst working the 2L19 13:03 Stratford-upon-Avon to Leamington Spa Chiltern Railways service on 1 August 2011. A dull day is an advantage for this picture, which is taken from the north side of the line.

165023 & 165014 Bicester South Junction 1 November 2015

165023 & 165014 pass Bicester South Junction on 1 November 2015 with the 1U33 13:10 Marylebone to Banbury Chiltern Railways service. As the line was closed north of Banbury due to engineering works, most Chiltern Line trains were being operated by Class 165 units. The line in the foreground is the new chord linking the Chiltern Line with the Oxford to Bicester route.

165023 Haddenham 20 January 2017

165023 passes Haddenham on 20 January 2017 with the 1H31 10:45 Banbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. It is accelerating away from Haddenham & Thame Parkway station (just visible in the distance), which is the modern replacement for the original Haddenham station, which was situated in the foreground of this picture.

165023, 165015 & 165009 Islip (Mill Lane) 2 April 2017

165023, 165015 & 165009 approach Mill Lane, Islip, on 2 April 2017 with the 5T90 08:39 Aylesbury to Oxford Parkway Chiltern Railways ECS. This would later form the 1Y13 09:39 Oxford Parkway to Marylebone, one of a number of additional trains run by Chiltern Railways in connection with the Oxford United v Coventry City football match at Wembley.

165024 Bucknell 11 February 2008

165024 passes Bucknell (between Banbury and Bicester) with the 11:40 Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service on 11 February 2008. Although these units only have a top speed of 75 mph, it is certainly moving faster than the traffic on the M40 motorway in the background. There had obviously been an accident further south, as the traffic had been virtually stationary for nearly an hour. I am glad I wasn't in that lot!

165024 Charlton-on-Otmoor 23 November 2012

There are very few locations between Bicester and Oxford that are not hemmed in with trees, and therefore plagued by shadows during the winter months. However, near Charlton-on-Otmoor there is a brief gap in the bushes next to a farm crossing. 165024 passes this spot on 23 November 2012 with the 2L11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. This picture is taken (with permission) from a field that contains the farm's pet ram, goat (and out of the picture) miniature pig.

165024 Islip 13 December 2012

Freezing conditions at Islip on 13 December 2012 as 165024 arrives with the 2T10 11:00 Oxford to Bicester Town Chiltern Railways service. Unfortunately for the operator, despite there being two of us on the platform, no one left and no one came, to quote Edward Thomas (the famous 1917 poem 'Adlestrop'). This view from the end of Islip's platform gives a good view of the two bridges and the reverse curve that takes the Oxford to Bicester line through the village. This short section of the route is completely different to the flat landscape all around.

165024 Islip 13 December 2012

You don't always need sunshine for the perfect picture. With a frosty yet dull morning on 13 December 2012, I decided to visit the short cutting at Islip, where I guessed that the lineside bushes would show up well with a good coating of frost. Had the sun been out this would have been impossible, due to the depth of the cutting. 165024 pulls away from Islip station (just beyond the bridge in the background) with the 2T11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service.

165024 Wolvercote Tunnel 3 January 2013

165024 emerges from Wolvercote Tunnel, and starts to slow down in readiness for the approach to Oxford North Junction, where it will join the Banbury to Oxford line. The date is 3 January 2013, and the train is the 2T09 10:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service.

165024 Oxford North Junction 3 January 2013

165024 passes Oxford North Junction on 3 January 2013 with the 2T11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. The train has just traversed the single track line from Bicester, which can be seen disappearing into the bushes in the background.

165025 Ardley Tunnel 11 February 2008

A well placed gap in the bushes (purely natural!) allows this long lens picture of 165025 approaching Ardley Tunnel with the 13:39 Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. This was the scene on 11 February 2008, but on a subsequent visit the vegetation had largely obscured this convenient gap.

165025 Brill Tunnel 25 May 2010

165025 emerges from Brill Tunnel on 25 May 2010 with the 13:47 Bicester North to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. Note the recent tree felling on both sides of the line here, without which this excellent view would not have been possible.

165025 Islip (Brookfurlong Farm) 6 August 2013

165025 passes Brookfurlong Farm, near Islip, on 6 August 2013 with the 2T11 11:30 Bicester Town to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. This was my first visit to this location, as until early in 2013, this location was hopelessly overgrown. However, with the mass clearance of lineside vegetation, in preparation for the Oxford to Bletchley line's upgrade, numerous spots like this have been opened up for photography.

165026 Ardley 19 April 1992

Transition time on the Chiltern Line. 165026 passes Ardley on 19 April 1992 with the 10:27 Marylebone to Banbury Network SouthEast service. Although the route had just acquired the brand new Class 165/0 Turbo units (165026 was just two months old when this picture was taken), it still had a very infrequent service, and this section from Bicester to Aynho Junction was still single track.

165026 & 165016 Aynho Junction 18 June 1999

165026 & 165016 approach Aynho Junction on 18 June 1999 with the late running 17:45 Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill Chiltern Railways service. This was excellent location for an evening's photography, with Chiltern Line trains coming round the back of the disused signal box, and trains from Oxford passing in front of it.

165026 Oxford North Junction 20 May 2017

165026 passes the recently remodeled Oxford North Junction shortly after sunrise on 20 May 2017 with the 5Y02 05:51 Banbury Depot Reception to Oxford Chiltern Railways ECS. The track visible above the unit is the recently reinstated down relief line. Work on this has been temporarily abandoned, and in fact further to the north the newly laid track has been lifted again!

165027 & 165011 Overthorpe 14 June 1994

165027 & 165011 pass Overthorpe on 14 June 1994 with the 17:45 Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill service. By this time these 165/0 units had settled down to their intended Chiltern Line duties, but initially these same units may have been seen at this location whilst they were working local services from Paddington to Banbury via Oxford. This was due to the late delivery of the dedicated Thames Line 165/1 sub-class.

165027 Denham Golf Club 26 March 2017

165027 speeds through Denham Golf Club station on 26 March 2017 with the 1H18 10:30 Bicester North to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. The GWR pagoda hut is a remarkable survivor, but is looking like it needs some maintenance. Unfortunately Network Rail do not know what paint is!

165027 Oxford North Junction 20 May 2017

165027 passes Oxford North Junction on 20 May 2017 with the 1T05 05:57 Marylebone to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. In the foreground is the site of the recently closed footpath crossing to the Trap Ground allotments. The allotments, which can be seen in the background, now have to be accessed via the new footbridge.

165028 Hatton 27 November 2007

165028 is pictured shortly after leaving Hatton station with the 11:40 Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service on 27 November 2007. The weather was terrible, very dark and drizzling with rain, but it did mean a picture from the north side of the line was possible for a change.

165028 Oddington 22 May 2011

From Sunday 22 May 2011, Chiltern Railways took over the running of the Oxford to Bicester Town service, which had previously been run by First Great Western. 165028 approaches the level crossing at Oddington with the very first train of the new service (the 2L06 09:36 Oxford to Bicester Town). Not much of a change in rolling stock, just Class 165/0s instead of 165/1s and in a different livery of course! Note the transition from steam age bullhead track to relatively modern flat bottom track in the immediate foreground.

165028 Wolvercote Tunnel 22 May 2011

165028 emerges from Wolvercote Tunnel on 22 May 2011 with the first Chiltern Railways operated Bicester to Oxford train. A little while before it had worked up to Bicester with the very first train (the 2L06 09:36 Oxford to Bicester Town) and is pictured here heading back with the 2L07 10:05 Bicester Town to Oxford. Chiltern Railways have taken over the route from First Great Western and are initially running to exactly the same timetable. However, Chiltern have grand plans to upgrade the route and turn it into a through route to London via a new chord at Bicester. The lush vegetation here belies its real location, it being nowhere near as rural as it looks. The houses of the Oxford suburb of Wolvercote are all around and there is a roundabout on the Oxford ring road just above the tunnel!

165028 Saunderton Lee 9 April 2017

165028 passes Saunderton Lee on Sunday 9 April 2017 with the 2A12 07:50 Marylebone to Aylesbury Chiltern Railways service. The up and down lines are on different levels from just north of Saunderton station to just south of Princes Risborough.

165028 Saunderton 9 April 2017

Viewed from the end of Saunderton station's up platform, 165028 prepares to call at the station with the 2H13 09:32 Aylesbury to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service on 9 April 2017. Full sun, yellow flowers on the right, and a couple of signals to frame the train - perfect.