Class 170

170101 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 13 May 2008

The rabbits in the field turn their back on 170101, as it heads north at Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 13 May 2008 with the 1M95 17:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. The unit is wearing Central Trains livery, their branding removed, and small silver panels added near the driving ends, with CrossCountry branding added.

170101 Rearsby 28 March 2012

170101 passes the closed station at Rearsby on 28 March 2012, as it heads eastwards with the 1L36 10:22 Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport CrossCountry service. Now a private house, the station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1846, and closed well over a decade before the infamous Beeching report, in 1951.

170102 Tredington 13 February 2008

170102 was the first three car Class 170 to be painted into Arriva Cross Country livery, although when this photo was taken the interior had still not been altered. The ex-works unit is pictured passing Tredington at speed with the 13:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central Cross Country service on 13 February 2008. I'm not too sure about the large X on the dark red front end, which at first sight looks like vandalism or some other damage, but otherwise quite an attractive livery.

170102 Churcham 4 May 2010

A location that I had been meaning to visit for some time is the footbridge in the fields near Churcham, just to the west of Gloucester. This spot gives excellent views of eastbound trains, with a clear view for several miles, way past Oakle Street (the bridge in the background). With the cows enjoying the sunshine in the meadows and the hills on the north edge of the Forest of Dean in the background, 170102 passes by with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service on 4 May 2010.

170102 Washwood Heath 15 September 2012

With the giant Costco Wholesale warehouse dominating the background, 170102 passes Washwood Heath on 15 September 2012 with the 1K07 08:52 Birmingham New Street to Leicester CrossCountry service. This view certainly confirms that buddleia is now one of the most common railway trackside plants, particularly in urban locations.

170102 Ashchurch 9 August 2014

170102 passes Ashchurch on 9 August 2014 with the 1V05 08:12 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. At the end of the loop in the background is the level crossing on the Northway to Aston Cross road.

170102 & 170520 Ashchurch 16 July 2016 170102 & 170520 approach Ashchurch on 16 July 2016 with the 1V02 05:42 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. The early morning sun was just staring to break through the clouds, something that the Met Office had not predicted!
170103 Fiddington 18 February 2008

170103 passes Fiddington (on the long straight between Eckington and Tredington - yes there are a lot of 'ingtons' in the area!) on 18 February 2008 with the 1V30 13:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. The houses of Ashchurch can just be seen in the haze in the background.

170103 Defford 2 June 2009

In nice low evening light, 170103 passes Defford on 2 June 2009 with the 1M77 17:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. The bridge over the River Avon can just be seen in the background, where the line disappears behind the bushes.

170103 Badgeworth 24 July 2012

The Cotswold Hills form the backdrop to this view of 170103, as it passes Badgeworth on a gloriously sunny 24 July 2012 with the 1V08 11:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Note how CrossCountry's stylish livery has been somewhat compromised by large white panels containing their advertising slogans.

170103 Tredington 2 January 2014

A CrossCountry meeting at Tredington on 2 January 2014. 170103 heads southwards with the 1V09 12:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central, while classmate 170110 speeds away from the camera with the 1M99 12:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham.

170104 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 5 April 2007

170104 passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 5 April 2007 with the 13:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. The Black Poplar catkins, rather than being an intrusion, make an interesting foreground to this picture.

170104 Stenson Junction 4 November 2009

170104 passes Stenson Junction on 4 November 2009 with the 1V07 10:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service, whilst the same company's 1S39 06:25 Plymouth to Edinburgh service can be seen disappearing into the distance.

170104 Croome 25 March 2011

170104 rounds the curve at Croome, after emerging from Croome Perry Wood on 25 March 2011, as it heads southwards with the 1V08 11:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. The blackthorn bush in bloom directly above the front of the unit is a welcome herald of spring.

170104 Natton 3 February 2012

The setting sun illuminates 170104 as it scuttles past Natton on 3 February 2012 with the 1V11 14:11 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. I had noticed that there was a suitable gap in the lineside bushes from this spot to fit in a two coach 170 (as on the previous CrossCountry service), so it was just fortunate that a three car unit also just fits in, although firing the shutter at the correct time was critical! Ashchurch church can be seen in the background.

170104 Frisby-on-the-Wreake 2 April 2013

170104 passes Frisby-on-the-Wreake on 2 April 2013 with the 1L34 09:22 Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport CrossCountry service. This was one of those days when there was a lot of cloud about, but virtually all the trains passed in the sunny spells. If only it was always like that!

170104 Kirby Bellars 5 September 2014

170104 passes Kirby Bellars on 5 September 2014 with the 1L36 10:22 Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport CrossCountry service. Asfordby station (closed in 1951), which served both Asfordby and Kirby Bellars, was situated by the level crossing in the background.

170105 Badgeworth 6 March 2007

170105 passes Badgeworth on 6 March 2007 with the 1V23 11:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central service. Note the strange mottled effect in the continuously glazed sides, caused by the reflection of the trackside bushes in the glass. This turquoise Central Trains livery is arguably less attractive than the former green colour scheme.

170105 Spetchley 8 October 2008

The footbridge at Spetchley is unusual in that nothing at all shades the line in either direction even when the sun is very low in the sky. Whilst visiting the location on 8 October 2008 I decided to make use of this fact by continuing to take pictures until the sun was nearly setting. So here is 170105 passing Spetchley in the very last of the light with the 16:57 Derby to Cardiff Central Arriva Cross Country service. Note that the sun is so low that the shadow from the track stretches half way across the field!

170105 Defford 24 July 2012

170105 speeds past the site of Defford station on 24 July 2012 with the 1V11 14:11 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Defford, along with other local stations on the Birmingham to Gloucester route, closed on 4 January 1965.

170105 Llandevenny 30 January 2016

With the Bishton Flyover in the background, 170105 passes Llandevenny on 30 January 2016 with the 1M94 10:44 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. No doubt in preparation for the forthcoming electrification, much vegetation clearance had recently taken place at this location.

170107 Stoke Orchard 18 September 2007

170107 passes Stoke Orchard on 18 September 2007 with the 13:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central service. At this time these cross country services were still operated by Central Trains, but just two months after this picture was taken, Arriva would take over, rebranding the franchise (appropriately) CrossCountry.

170107 Up Hatherley 16 March 2009

170107 passes Up Hatherley on 16 March 2009 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. This viewpoint did not exist until the mid 1990s, when a new road was constructed around the ever growing suburbs to the west of Cheltenham.

170107 Broken Cross 3 September 2010

170107 passes Broken Cross (between Lydney and Gloucester) with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service on 3 September 2010. It was a sunny morning when I left home, but the early morning fog combined with drifting clouds made this one of the few sunny spells of the day!

170107 Spetchley 25 March 2011

170107 passes Spetchley on 25 March 2011 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. I wouldn't normally bother with backlit pictures of units, after all you can take plenty of pictures of them in more favourable lighting. However, I was particularly struck with how the rusty rails lying on the ballast were showing up a as bright orange under these conditions.

170107 Melton Junction 5 September 2014

A Class 170 meeting at Melton Junction, on the edge of Melton Mowbray, on 5 September 2014. 170107 is accelerating away from the station with the 1N55 12:27 Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street CrossCountry service, while 170520 disappears into the distance with the 1L42 13:22 Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport.

170107 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 17 February 2015

170107 passes Claydon on 17 February 2015 with the 1V06 09:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Surprisingly, this location has not become noticeably more grown up in the time that I have been taking pictures. Unfortunately however, the same cannot be said for the view from the other side of the bridge!

170107 Severn Tunnel Junction 30 January 2016

170107 passes the site of Severn Tunnel Junction depot and yard on 30 January 2016 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. Where once lines of Class 37s and 47s could be seen parked up, now it's just a sea of containers and palisade fencing!

170108 Croome 31 July 2005

170108 passes Croome on Sunday 31 July 2005 with the 11:55 Nottingham to Cardiff Central Trains service. This later version of Central's livery doesn't look quite as impressive as the first version, although at this time of year at least it is slightly different to the predominant background vegetation colour!

170108 Wadborough 8 February 2011

The owner of the former crossing keeper's cottage at Wadborough (between Abbotswood and Ashchurch) has just started a bonfire on 8 February 2011, as 170108 passes by with the 1V09 12:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service.

170109 Croome 16 August 2006

170109 passes Croome on 18 August 2006 with the 14:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham Central Trains service. A dull day has allowed this unusual viewpoint. The usual position for photographers is the roadside directly above the rear two coaches, looking towards where I am standing.

170109 Tredington 13 February 2008

Catching the last rays of the setting sun, 170109 passes Tredington on 13 February 2008 with the 14:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central Cross Country service. The unit is wearing the transitional livery, with the Cross Country logo applied to the former Midland Mainline colour scheme.

170109 Over 29 March 2008

170109 passes the site of Over Junction (near Gloucester) on 29 March 2008 with the 1M92 07:45 Cardiff Central to Notting CrossCountry service. The crossover in the background marks the site of the former junction, the line diverging to the left towards the docks.

170109 Broken Cross 18 February 2008

170109 emerges from the mist at Broken Cross (between Gloucester and Lydney) with the 1V10 08:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service on 18 February 2010. This remote farm level crossing offers reasonably unobstructed views in both directions.

170109 Up Hatherley 14 March 2011

170109 passes Up Hatherley on 14 March 2011 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. I regard this as the ideal time for photography, with the sun high enough to reach into shallow cuttings, but not yet too high in the sky, and before the whole landscape turns a monotone green in late May.

170109 Wadborough 25 March 2011

170109 passes Wadborough on 25 March 2011 with an unautorised passenger on the front end! I didn't notice it at the time, but was later surprised to see what looks like a buzzard, or similar large bird of prey stuck to the front end near the left hand light cluster. The train is the 1M73 15:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service.

170109 Defford 22 July 2013

170109 passes a partially harvested field at Defford on 22 July 2013, as it heads southwards with the late running 1V08 11:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. This is the site of Defford station, which was a victim of the Beeching cuts, closing in 1965.

170109 Churchdown 17 June 2017

Golden evening light at Churchdown on 17 June 2017. 170109 passes the site of Churchdown station (closed in 1964) with the 1V14 17:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. The overall width of the railway land here, clearly indicates that this was once a four track section, with the station having two island platforms.

170110 Great Heck 4 September 1999

Golden evening light at Great Heck on 4 September 1999, as 170110 heads south with the 1C59 17:02 Scarborough to St Pancras Midland Mainline service. The majority of trains on the ECML were operated by either GNER or Virgin Trains at this time, with Midland Mainline being very much an interloper, with just this train from the east coast resort. Not only was the Midland Mainline livery seen here rendered obsolete by the company's more restrained later colour scheme, but also Midland Mainline itself is now no more, replaced by East Midlands Trains. The company stopped using Class 170s in 2004, and as a further indication of the number of changes since this picture was taken, 170110 is now a three car unit, after centre car 55101 was added in 2001.

170110 Gatcombe 2 June 2009

With the River Severn just out of sight on the left, 170110 speeds past Gatcombe on 2 June 2009 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. The unit is wearing a transitional livery, with only minimal CrossCountry branding.

170110 Grange Court 14 January 2011

The track workers take a break on the disused up loop at Grange Court on 14 January 2011, as 170110 passes by with the 1V05 08:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Note the dead straight track heading off into the distance. After the twisting route required to follow the River Severn from Chepstow, the line now encounters few obstacles as it heads across the flat fields towards Gloucester.

170111 Abbotswood 20 March 2009

170111 passes the sheep and new born lambs at Abbotswood on 20 March 2009 whilst working the 13:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central Cross Country service. A bright spring day certainly helped here, as f11 was needed on a 60mm lens to keep both the foreground branches and the train in focus.

170112 Broken Cross 29 March 2012

170112 passes Broken Cross (between Lydney and Gloucester) on 29 March 2012 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. The bridge in the background marks the site of Grange Court Junction station (closed in 1964).

170112 Grange Court 20 August 2012

170112 passes the site of Grange Court Junction on 20 August 2012 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. The gap in the bushes indicates where the former GWR line to Ross-on-Wye diverged.

170111 Bredicot 18 June 2015

170111 passes Bredicot on 18 June 2015 with the 1V12 15:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. This was one of those days when it was cloudy for most of the time, so when the sun came out for this, it just had to be taken!

170111 Broken Cross 15 February 2016

170111 passes Broken Cross (between Lydney and Gloucester) on 15 February 2016 with the 1M60 09:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. The level crossing here serves only a single remote cottage, and consequently sees very little road traffic.

170112 Ashchurch 22 April 2015

170112 passes Ashchurch on 22 April 2015 with the 1V03 05:58 Nottingham to Newport CrossCountry service. This used to be a completely shadow free location, but unless it gets attended to, that little bush on the right will soon be causing a problem!

170112 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 31 July 2015

Superb evening light at Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 31 July 2015. 170112 heads south with the 1V12 15:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. These hourly trains normally cross around here, and indeed the shadow visible by the signal in the distance belongs to 170116 working the 1M73 1545 Cardiff Central to Nottingham. One day I will get a passing shot here!

170112 & 170523 Ashchurch 18 April 2017

170112 & 170523 speeds southwards at Ashchurch on 18 April 2017 with the 1V04 07:04 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. You can tell that nothing of any particular interest is due, as there are no photographers on the footbridge in the background!

170113 East Goscote 12 December 2009

170113 passes East Goscote on 12 December 2009 with the 08:25 Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street CrossCountry service. This route truly deserves the title cross country, traveling as it does through Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, and Nuneaton.

170114 Spetchley 8 October 2008

170114 catches the evening sun at Spetchley as it heads south on 8 October 2008 with the 15:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. This location has always been completley open to the west, but as can be seen here it is now also clear on the east side of the line. However, in 2004, there were several trees by the trackside.

170114 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 23 February 2016

Superb lighting at Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 23 February 2016. Although some people might not agree, I think that Bredon Hill being in shade in the background actually adds to the effect. 170114 heads south with the 1V10 13:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service.

170114 Ashchurch 18 April 2017

170114 passes Ashchurch on 18 April 2017 with the 1V03 06:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service, just as a rook alights on one of the TV aerials on the left. Note the new fence on the right, which is strangely only on this field edge, and not the one to the south. Both fields are used extensively by locals walking their dogs.

170115 Natton 7 November 2016

170115 passes Natton on 7 November 2016 with the 1V10 13:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Just visible in the background is 56104 sat in Ashchurch loop, having failed whilst working the 3S34 20:09 Gloucester Horton Road to Gloucester Horton Road (via Oxford) Rail Head Treatment Train. This is slightly ironic, as it was itself a replacement for 56078 which had been removed earlier on in the day with wheel flats! Unfortunately this is the only glimpse I got of 56104, as although I saw the unusual single loco worked part of the diagram on the Cotswold Line, I obviously picked the wrong spot on the Worcester to Gloucester line, and should have gone to Croome, like most other photographers seemed to do!

170117 Brentingby 28 August 2015

170117 passes Brentingby on 28 August 2015 with the 1L44 14:22 Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport CrossCountry service. The town of Melton Mowbray (or at least some of it's industrial estates) can just be seen amid the trees on the horizon.

170201 Manea 23 January 2005

A contrast in technologies at Manea on 23 January 2005. A modern unit in striking post privatisation livery passes semaphore signals left over from the age of steam. 170201 heads east with the 11:48 Peterborough to Liverpool Street One Railways service. What a stupid name for a train operating company! Thankfully the ridiculous 'One' name had a very short life.

17202 Selby 23 May 2001

The view of southbound trains approaching Selby station from the swing bridge is very restricted, so here is a view of a northbound train, which gives a far clearer view of the swing bridge. 170202 crosses the 1891 structure with the 08:33 Kings Cross to Hull service on 23 May 2001. At this time the newly created Hull Trains franchise was using hired in Anglia Railways Class 170s, prior to the introduction of their Class 222 units, which themselves had a relatively short life, being replaced by Class 180s displaced from First Great Western.

170206 Westry 22 January 2005

170206 passes over frost covered tracks at Westry on 22 January 2005 as it works the 09:55 Peterborough to Liverpool Street One Railways service. A typical Fenland landscape - completely flat as far as the eye can see, with small groups of farm buildings dotted about in the fields.

170207 Eccles Heath 27 November 2006

A hybrid set is pictured at Eccles Heath on 27 November 2006 working the 11:40 Norwich to Cambridge One Railway service. The front coach is from One liveried unit 170207, while the rear coach is from Central Trains liveried 170101. Eccles Heath is situated in the Breckland area, between Attleborough and Thetford.

170208 Barrow-upon-Soar 15 September 2012

170208 makes a change from the usual East Midlands Trains liveried units and HSTs at Barrow-upon-Soar on 15 September 2012. The Greater Anglia unit is working the 5Z42 09:13 Norwich Crown Point to Loughborough ECS. This is of course a going away shot, but modern units look virtually the same in either direction, and the lighting is infinitely better from this angle.

170271 Shippea Hill 29 November 2006

170271 approaches Shippea Hill on 29 November 2006 with the 09:41 Peterborough to Norwich One Railways service. Note the mixture of liveries, with only the centre coach in the new 'One' livery, the other two vehicles retaining the earlier Anglia Railways colour scheme.

170273 Shippea Hill 29 November 2006

Shippea Hill station is situated in the middle of the fens, where the Littleport to Mildenhall road crosses the Ely to Thetford line. With only a few scattered farms in the vicinity passenger traffic is virtually non-existence, not helped by the fact that only one train calls in each direction per day. The two units per hour that make up the normal service merely rush through at speed, as in the case of 170273 seen here with the 10:40 Norwich to Cambridge One Railway service on 29 November 2006. The signal box, which when viewed from certain angles has a definite backwards lean, has had a modern extension added to the rear.

170301 & 170303 Worting Junction 16 July 2001

Looking smart in their South West Trains livery, 170301 & 170303 pass Worting Junction on 16 July 2001 with the 07:42 Gillingham to Waterloo service. Some trains on this line started from Exeter St Davids at this time, but a number only covered part of the route, starting at either Honiton, Gillingham or Salisbury.

170302 Thorne South 18 October 2013

With Thorne's distinctive concrete water tower dominating the background, 170302 passes through Thorne South station on a very misty 18 October 2013 with the 1B66 06:55 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes First TransPennine service. The footbridge from which this picture is taken is a recent addition.

170303 Totton 9 April 2005

170303 nears journey's end on 9 April 2005 as it works the 11:05 Romsey to Totton South West Trains service. The estuary of the River Test is on the right, and the houses and blocks of flats in Redbridge form the background. The A35 road bridge is also prominent in the view.

170303 Potbridge 3 February 2007

170303 passes Potbridge on 3 February 2007 with the 12:45 Salisbury to Waterloo South West Trains service. Admittedly this is a going away shot, but I don't have many pictures of these two car 170s during their brief time in the South West.

170303 Thorne Junction 21 July 2014

Soft evening light at Thorne Junction on 21 July 2014, as 170303 sweeps round the curve underneath the M18 motorway bridge with the 1R93 19:26 Cleethorpes to Sheffield First TransPennine Express service. The motorway really was that quiet. No vehicles have been Photshopped out!

170304 Maud's Bridge 24 November 2011

Superb autumnal lighting at Maud's Bridge on 24 November 2011 as 170304 heads eastwards with the 1B68 07:53 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes First TransPennine service. Just out of sight to the right, another wind farm was being constructed.

170306 & 170303 Hemingbrough 14 March 2008

The application of the First Transpennine Express livery to certain Class 170s has certainly transformed their appearance. On 14 March 2008, 170306 & 170303 pass Hemingbrough with the 08:41 Manchester Piccadilly to Hull service, passing a surviving relic from the steam age - a cast iron milepost indicating 27 miles from Hull.

170306 Thorpe Willoughby 26 July 2008

170306 passes Thorpe Willoughby in spectacular evening lighting on 26 July 2008 with the 19:00 Hull to Leeds First Trans Pennine Express service. This was a purely opportune shot, as I was stopped at the level crossing and the combination of a low setting sun and dark clouds occurred just at the right time. Note the barriers at the level crossing in the background just starting to rise and the adjacent 1873 built North Eastern Railway signal box.

20302 Hatfield & Stainforth 28 November 2012

170307 speeds through Hatfield & Stainforth station on 28 November 2012 with the late running 1B77 11:26 Cleethorpes to Manchester Airport TransPennine service, while 20302 waits at the signals with the 3S14 11:13 Grimsby Town to Malton RHTT (with 20312 on the rear). They would have to wait a few more minutes, as 158853 was following right behind with the equally late running 1J26 11:09 Bridlington to Sheffield Northern Trains service.

170395 North Queensferry 30 August 2016

With the unmistakable Forth Rail Bridge in the background, 170395 arrives at North Queensferry station on 30 August 2016 with the 2G19 16:18 Edinburgh to Cowdenbeath ScotRail service. Even though the bushes obscure the view, there is plenty of warning of approaching trains, as anything crossing the bridge produces a characteristic noise.

170396 Manea 22 January 2005

170396 crosses Cow Common, near Manea on 22 January 2005. Quite what brings a Hull Trains Class 170 to the Fens is unclear. Is this the 10:05 Hull to Kings Cross service, diverted away from the East Coast Mainline at Peterborough? Any information would be gratefully received.

170398 Fiddington 18 February 2008

170398 shows off its short lived Central Trains livery (slightly defaced with a grey panel containing CrossCountry branding), as it passes Fiddington on 18 February 2008 with the 1V26 12:02 Nottingham to Cardiff Central service. 170398 would shortly be repainted to match the rest of CrossCountry's fleet.

170398 North Stafford Junction 12 November 2013

A fine display of autumn colours at North Stafford Junction on 12 November 2013, as 170398 heads northwards with the 1M00 06:40 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. the line curving away to the right leads to Uttoxeter and Stoke-on-Trent.

170398 Ashchurch 18 April 2017

Most trains that call at Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury) station are operated by GWR. However, this is an exception. 170398 pulls slowly away from the station on 18 April 2017 with the 1M00 06:40 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service.

170399 Croome 16 August 2006

170399 passes through a rain soaked Croome Perry Wood on 16 August 2006 with the 1V34 14:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central service. 170399 was originally a Porterbrook 'spot hire' unit, but has here received minimal Central branding.

170399 Cheltenham 28 April 2007

170399 approaches Cheltenham on 28 April 2007 with the 09:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central Trains service. The unit is in non standard white livery, as it was originally a Porterbrook 'spot hire' unit. The land on the right was formerly occupied by the Midland Railway's goods yard.

170401 Cauldcots 5 May 2008

170401 passes Cauldcots (near Inverkeilor) with the 16:05 Edinburgh to Dyce First ScotRail service on 5 May 2008. Not a very good location to photograph a long train, but just right for a three vehicle Class 170!

170401 Dalnacardoch 26 June 2013

170401 Sir Moir Lockhead OBE passes Dalnacardoch on 26 June 2013 with the 1H15 15:10 Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness ScotRail service. The white equipment box behind the rear of the train is on the site of Dalnacardoch Signal Box, which was demolished in 2009.

170401 Bardrill 31 August 2016

170401 passes Bardrill on 31 August 2016 with the 1A63 12:41 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen ScotRail service. The busy A9 road can be seen in the background, with the old ruined church at Blackford just visible in front of the pine plantation.

170402 Dunkeld & Birnam 18 April 2003

170402 arrives at Dunkeld & Birnam station on 18 April 2003 with the 1B31 12:45 Inverness to Edinburgh ScotRail service. Unlike a lot of lines in the Highlands of Scotland, RETB has not replaced traditional upper quadrant semaphore signals at this location.

170402 Newtonhill 25 June 2013

Looking smart in the latest ScotRail livery, 170402 catches some weak evening sunshine at Newtonhill on 25 June 2013, as it heads south with the 1T44 18:30 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service. I saw this particular unit a decade earlier at Dunkeld & Birnam, when it was wearing a much earlier colour scheme.

170405 Usan 5 May 2008

170405 approaches Usan and the end of the short Montrose to Usan section of single track on 5 May 2008. It is working the 15:33 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street First ScotRail service. This short section of single track on an otherwise double track mainline can be something of an operational bottleneck, however the viaduct at Inchbraoch would be a major stumbling block to adding a second track and the present level of service can just about cope with the inconvenience.

170405 Tomatin 26 June 2013

170405 Riverside Museum rounds the curve at Tomatin on 26 June 2013 with the 1T98 08:45 Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service. The cast Riverside Museum nameplate can be seen just behind the First logo. It was named at Glasgow Queen Street on 25 March 2011.

170408 Culloden 25 June 2013

170408 climbs the gradient from Culloden Viaduct and passes the site of Culloden Moor station on 25 June 2013. It is working the 1H05 07:10 Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness ScotRail service. It is obvious that nothing has used the loop on the right for many years, as a huge gorse bush has sprawled all over the track!

170408 Delnies 25 June 2013

170408 passes a spectacular lineside display of gorse bushes at Delnies (between Inverness and Nairn) on 25 June 2013, as it heads east with the 1A50 10:57 Inverness to Aberdeen ScotRail service. I had seen this particular unit exactly one hour earlier at Culloden.

170410 & 170454 Boddin 5 May 2008

You wait patiently at a rural location for a train, then two come along at once! A very lucky passing shot at Boddin (near Montrose) on 5 May 2008, as 170410 heads north with the 07:41 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen First ScotRail service, passing 170454 working the 08:50 Aberdeen to Edinburgh service. With a closing speed of well over 150 mph there was very little margin for error in taking this picture, and it was pure luck that they passed right in front of my lens!

170410 Usan 5 May 2008

With Montrose church looming out of the mist in the background, 170410 passes Usan on 5 May 2008 with the 16:41 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street First ScotRail service. The house in the background are in the small hamlet of Inchbrayock.

170412 Cauldcots 5 May 2008

After a largely sunny day, the haar (coastal fog) is rolling in from the sea again and blotting out the background as 170412 weaves round the reverse curves at Cauldcots with the 17:00 Dyce to Edinburgh First ScotRail service on 5 May 2008. In fact as I was waiting for this train to appear, lees and less of the village of Inverkeilor in the background could be seen.

170414 Errol 6 May 2008

170414 passes Errol (between Perth and Dundee) with the 06:40 Edinburgh to Dundee First ScotRail service on 6 May 2008. Errol station closed as recently as 1985 and is now a craft shop. As can be seen in this picture, the semaphore signals remain, protecting the busy level crossing.

170417 Bardrill 23 April 2003

170417 passes Bardrill on 23 April 2003 with the 09:40 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen ScotRail service. Blackford church can be seen in the background, just behind the green sheds of the Highland Spring warehouse and the A9 trunk road.

170420 Lathallan 5 October 2007

First ScotRail has applied 'Backing Scotland's bid for first place' vinyls to 170420 to promote the drive for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The colourful unit is pictured passing Lathallan with the 14:30 Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street service on 5 October 2007. This was midway through a productive ten minutes spent at this location, which is in contrast to the long wait with nothing happening that is commonplace today.

170422 Bardrill 11 June 2007

170422 is surrounded by gorse in full bloom as it passes Bardrill with the 09:08 Dyce to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service on 11 June 2007. This version of ScotRail livery seems to be not so much a colour scheme, as how many different colours can we apply to one vehicle!

170424 Bardrill 16 June 2006

There is plenty of gorse in bloom as 170424 rounds the curve at Bardrill (near Gleneagles) on 16 June 2006 with the 1T26 13:42 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service. A leaning signal and decaying PW hit complete the scene.

170424 Dalnacardoch 26 June 2013

170424 passes Dalnacardoch on 26 June 2013 with the 1B31 12:53 Inverness to Edinburgh ScotRail service. This picture is taken from the narrow road that links Glen Garry with Glen Errochty, largely following the course of the much older General Wade's Military Road.

170425 Insch 25 June 2013

170425 arrives at Insch station on 25 June 2013 with the 1H33 13:38 Aberdeen to Inverness ScotRail service. The station is situated on the extreme edge of the village, and as can be seen here the fields come right down to the platform. There were several rabbits wandering around the platform while I was there! This is the start of a short double track section on what is otherwise a single track route.

170425 North Queensferry 30 August 2016

170425 passes through North Queensferry station on 30 August 2016 with the 1L58 15:34 Dundee to Edinburgh ScotRail service. Note the superbly maintained 1890s North British Railway wooden station building. Unfortunately however, the station has been unstaffed since 1990.

170426 Linlithgow 5 October 2007

With both Forth Bridges just visible on the horizon, 170426 speeds towards Linlithgow on 5 October 2007 with the 13:30 Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street First ScotRail service. Unfortunately I never ventured up to Scotland in time to see the top'n'tail Class 27s or the Class 47/7 push pull sets on these trains.

170428 Usan 5 May 2008

170428 passes Usan signal box on 5 May 2008 with the 14:41 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen First ScotRail service. It is just entering the short single track section that leads to Montrose. Inchbraoch viaduct is the main reason for this short single track section.

170429 Bardrill 31 August 2016

170429 rounds the curve near Bardrill (between Gleneagles and Blackford) on 31 August 2016 with the 1T20 11:42 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service. Note the long disused PW hut leaning at a bizarre angle amid the long grass on the right.

170430 Bardrill 16 June 2006

With the A9 Stirling to Perth road in the background, 170430 passes Bardrill on 16 June 2006 with the 15:41 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen First ScotRail service. The ruins of the old church at Blackford can just be seen in the distance, to the right of the blue lorry.

170452 Culloden 25 June 2013

170430 passes through the long closed Culloden Moor station on 25 June 2013 with the 1B52 09:41 Inverness to Edinburgh ScotRail service. Given that the station closed in 1965, it is hardly surprising that the platform surfaces are totally covered with grass, bracken and bushes. What is surprising though, is that after nearly half a century the coping stones are still in place.

170432 Bardrill 11 June 2007

With the village of Blackford and the Highland Spring bottled water factory in the background, 170432 rounds the curve at Bardrill with the 11:41 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen ScotRail service on 11 June 2007. It looks like the moulded 'buffers' really need to be a bit more substantial!

170450 Drumochter 10 June 2005

The 13:40 Edinburgh to Inverness First ScotRail service approaches Drumochter Summit on 10 June 2005, with 170450 leading a Class 158 unit. A little over six months old at the time, the Class 170s as can be seen here were augmenting the Class 158s which have been the staple of the Highland Mainline since the demise of the loco hauled trains in the early 1990s.

170452 Culloden Viaduct 25 June 2013

170452 crosses Culloden Viaduct on 25 June 2013 with the 1T98 08:45 Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service. The severe gradient leading onto the viaduct can be seen in the background, with the site of Culloden Moor station just visible at the top of the bank. The hamlet of Newlands of Culloden lines the edge of the forest in the background.

170453 North Queensferry 30 August 2016

170453 arrives at North Queensferry station on 30 August 2016 with the 2G21 16:54 Edinburgh to Cowdenbeath ScotRail service. The unit is wearing the 'Saltire' livery, a colour scheme loosely based on the Saint Andrew's Cross, the Scottish national flag.

170454 Newtonhill 25 June 2013

170454 crosses the viaduct over the Burn of Elsick, as it heads north with the 1A69 14:41 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen ScotRail service on 25 June 2013. The village of Newtonhill is spread out over the hillside in the background. Note the signal box and semaphores.

170461 Gleneagles 19 June 2006

170461 speeds through the impressive Gleneagles station with the 1T14 09:08 Dyce to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service on 19 June 2006. Gleneagles station may be in a very remote location and have lost most of its high society passengers, but at least the buildings are maintained in a first rate condition.

170502 Spetchley 16 June 2004

The shadows are lengthening, as 170502 passes Spetchley on 16 June 2004 with the 19:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Birmingham New Street Central Trains service. Clearly the loop line in the foreground is still well used, but what is not so obvious from this view is that there was formerly a loop on the other side as well.

170505 Croome Perry Wood 28 May 2007

170505 heads through Croome Perry Wood in the pouring rain on 28 May 2007 with the 07:57 Derby to Bristol Temple Meads Central Trains service. There is plenty of advance warning of trains approaching here, with visibility of several miles (even in the rain!).

170506 Bromsgrove 9 July 2013

170506 slows down for the Bromsgrove stop on 9 July 2013, as it works the 1M59 09:40 Hereford to Birmingham New Street London Midland service. This section of line sees Class 170s from both London Midland and CrossCountry.

170507 Preston (Shropshire) 19 May 2016

170507 passes Preston (near Shrewsbury) with the 1G23 10:47 Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street London Midland service on 19 May 2016. Just visible in the background, near the hawthorn bush, is the bridge where the line crosses over the disused Shropshire Union Canal.

170510 Up Hatherley 16 March 2009

170510 passes Up Hatherley on 16 March 2009 with the 11:13 Gloucester to Worcester Foregate Street London Midland service. Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry also operated services along this route at the time.

170511 Westry 22 January 2005

170511 passes Westry on 22 January 2005 with the 08:14 Leicester to Stanstead Airport Central Trains service. Note how the frost has still not melted in the shadows caused not only by the foreground bushes, but also the rails and even the raised ballast shoulders!

170512 Norton 20 March 2009

170512 rounds the curve at Norton with the 14:13 Worcester Shrub Hill to Gloucester London Midland service on 20 March 2009. This operator's involvement with this route only lasted one year between December 2008 and December 2009). Due to low usage it was withdrawn, leaving First Great Western to supply the local trains on the line. Note Worcester Cathedral on the horizon.

170512 Hereford 2 June 2009

170512 accelerates away from Hereford station on 2 June 2009 with the 16:40 Hereford to Birmingham New Street London Midland service. A good variety of liveries can be seen at Hereford, with First Great Western and Arriva Trains Wales operating trains, in addition to London Midland.

170513 Blackwell 3 September 2005

170513 has just reached the summit of the 1 in 37 Lickey Incline at Blackwell on the misty morning of 3 September 2005. It is working the 06:49 Great Malvern to Nottingham Central Trains service. The change of gradient can clearly be seen behind the unit.

170514 Shippea Hill 29 November 2006

170514 approaches Shippea Hill on 29 November 2006 with the 1M20 11:57 Norwich to Peterborough Central Trains service. Although there are a number of stations on this cross country route over the fens, this train, like the majority of services calls only at the two major ones: Thetford and Ely.

170518 Ashchurch 24 September 2005

The early morning fog completely obliterates the background, yet luckily the foreground is in full sun, as 170518 passes Ashchurch on 24 September 2005 with the 06:34 Derby to Cardiff Central service. Obviously the weedkilling train hasn't ventured down the freight loop for quite a while!

170519 Shippea Hill 29 November 2006

Passing through a typical fenland landscape of reed fringed ditches and open fields, 170519 approaches Shippea Hill on a gloriously sunny 29 November 2006 with the 10:57 Norwich to Peterborough Central Trains service.

170520 Walcot (Shropshire) 29 October 2005

Central Trains 170520 passes Walcot with the 09:54 Shrewsbury to Lincoln service on 29 October 2005. The photo is taken from a farm occupation bridge, which is next to a short cul-de-sac of brick built houses, the last of which is visible on the right. This seems strangely out of place situated in the middle of nowhere. Walcot station (closed in 1964) was situated by the bridge that can just be seen in the background.

170520 Badgeworth 6 March 2007

The green Central Trains livery certainly stands out well amid the dead vegetation of early spring. 170520 passes Badgeworth on 6 March 2007 with the 1V18 10:02 Nottingham to Cardiff Central service. Not a completely sunny day, as can be seen by the dark patch in the middle distance.

170520 Bromsgrove 9 July 2013

170520 passes Bromsgrove on 9 July 2013 with the 1V08 11:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service, passing the overgrown remains of the former oil depot. Nature is reclaiming the sidings on both sides of the line here!

170521 Natton 6 March 2009

170521 leads the 06:56 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service past Natton on 6 March 2009. There are several choices of viewpoint at this location and here I opted to include the gate and brambles as foreground interest. The bright early morning light meant there was no problem in getting the required f11 aperture to keep the foreground in focus.

170521 & 170115 Minsterworth 6 April 2011

170521 & 170115 head east pass Minsterworth on 6 April 2011 with the 1M94 10:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. Churcham church provides the background interest, while the willow trees surrounding a conveniently situated pond provide a perfect frame for the left of the picture.

170521 & 170113 Grange Court 20 August 2012

170521 & 170113 run cautiously over newly laid track at Grange Court on 20 August 2012, as they work the 1M94 10:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. After many years of disuse, the former loop line has finally been disconnected. Whether that means the track will be recovered, or just get even more overgrown only time will tell. This view clearly shows the course of the old Great Western line to Ross-on-Wye, still visible as a gap in the bushes nearly half a century after closure. Grange Court Junction station closed at the same time as the Ross line, as being situated in a very rural area, it only had minimal local traffic.

170521 Clay Mills 25 June 2014

170521 passes Clay Mills on 25 June 2014 with the 1G30 13:41 Nottingham to Birmingham New Street CrossCountry service. It is crossing a bridge over a backwater of the River Dove, which is here not far from its confluence with the much larger River Trent.

170522 Minsterworth 6 April 2011

The neatly trimmed blackthorn hedge at Minsterworth is well in bloom on 6 April 2011 as 150522 speeds past with the 1V07 10:11 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. This low level viewpoint gives a good view of the miniature snowplough fitted to later built members of this class.

170523 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 13 May 2008

170523 approaches Claydon on 13 May 2008 with the late running 1V34 14:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service, while a 'Voyager' heads in the opposite direction with the 13:25 Plymouth to Manchester Piccadilly train. Ashchurch church peeks out from the lush spring vegetation, while Ashchurch station can just be seen underneath the bridge in the background.

170523 Barkby Thorpe 28 March 2012

The track workers resume their inspection of the track at Barkby Thorpe on 28 March 2012, after the passage of 170523, which is working the 1N47 08:21 Stanstead Airport to Birmingham New Street CrossCountry service.

170630 Natton 3 November 2006

170630 passes Natton on 3 November 2006 with the 13:00 Nottingham to Cardiff Central service. As can be seen by the striking green livery, this was operated by Central Trains at this time. Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury) station can be seen in the background.

170630 Bromsgrove 9 July 2013

170630 accelerates away from Bromsgrove station (just around the corner in the background) with the 1V27 12:49 Birmingham New Street to Hereford London Midland service on 9 July 2013. The lights on the left mark the site of the former oil depot sidings.

170631 Coedkernew 20 July 2000

170631 speeds past Coedkernew on 20 July 2000 with the 14:42 Nottingham to Cardiff Central Trains service, a mere four months after its introduction into traffic. The industrial area around Newport Docks can just be seen through the haze in the background, along with one of the massively tall pylons that carry high tension wires over the mouth of the River Usk.

170631 Portway 25 May 2001

The hawthorn bushes are in full flower as 170631 passes Portway on 25 May 2001 with the 15:00 Cardiff Central to Nottingham Central Trains service. 170631 is the second of a small batch of three car 170s built for Central Trains, and was just over a year old when this picture was taken.

170631 Walcot (Shropshire) 26 July 2014

170631 passes Walcot on 26 July 2014 with the 1G18 09:47 Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street London Midland service. This route also sees longer distance trains operated by Arriva Trains Wales, using Class 158 units.

170633 New Barnetby 8 December 2001

170633 rounds the curve at New Barnetby on 8 December 2001 with the 11:32 Grimsby Town to Birmingham New Street Central Trains service. Central Trains, whose livery was arguably one of the better privatisation colour schemes, operated for just over a decade, from March 1997.

170635 Wrawby Junction 10 February 2003

With Wrawby Junction signal box in the background, 170635 takes the Lincoln line on 10 February 2003 with the 11:32 Cleethorpes to Birmingham New Street Central Trains service. Unfortunately this impressive set of semaphore signals has since been replaced by a colour light, although even here it has lost the signal arms from the left hand post. Note the number of guy wires required to keep it an upright position, including the one that goes across the track to wooden pole leaning at a drunken angle in the hedge!

170635 Gatcombe 7 February 2004

170635 runs alongside the River Severn at Gatcombe with the 09:00 Cardiff Central to Nottingham Central Trains service on 7 February 2004. Photographed from the footpath crossing which just leads straight down to the water's edge. Note the steep bank behind the line, which has been cleared of vegetation in the background.

170636 Lickey Imcline 26 July 2003

170636 climbs the Lickey Incline on 26 July 2003 with the 07:46 Gloucester to Nottingham Central Trains service. This view certainly gives a good impression of how severe the 1 in 37 gradient is. No problem for today's traction, but a real operational nightmare in the days of steam.

170636 Ashchurch 7 September 2012

170636 passes a partially harvested field near Ashchurch on 7 September 2012, as it heads southwards with the 1V11 14:10 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. In the background is the level crossing on the Northway to Aston Cross road.

170637 Natton 3 February 2012

170637 passes Natton on 3 February 2012 with the 1V09 12:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Just visible in the background, underneath the concrete road bridge, is the rebuilt Ashchurch station (opened in 1997).

170637 Washwood Heath 9 July 2013

Smoke rises up from a fire in the background, that will soon receive the attentions of the local fire brigade, while 170637 passes Washwood Heath on 9 July 2013 with the 1K07 08:52 Birmingham New Street to Leicester CrossCountry service.

170637 Croome 9 August 2014

Crisp early morning light at Croome on 9 August 2014. 170637 speeds southwards with the late running 1V04 06:58 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Croome Perry Wood forms the backdrop.

170638 Up Hatherley 10 September 2005

170638 passes Up Hatherley in the drizzle on 10 September 2005 with the 07:45 Cardiff to Nottingham Central Trains service. It would soon be slowing down for the stop at Cheltenham station, approximately one mile ahead.

170638 Broken Cross 18 February 2008

On a bitterly cold 18 February 2008, 170638 passes Broken Cross (between Lydney and Gloucester) with the 1M01 08:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. Note the subtle rebranding of the former Central Trains livery, with a small area under the leading side windows patch painted grey for the application of the new operator's logos.

170638 Broken Cross 29 March 2012 170638 passes Broken Cross (between Lydney and Gloucester) on 29 March 2012 with the 1M01 08:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham CrossCountry service. This makes an interesting comparison with the same unit, on the same train, at the same location, four years earlier.
170639 Frisby-on-the-Wreake 4 November 2009

In a brief sunny spell, 170639 passes Frisby-on-the-Wreake with the 11:25 Stansted Airport to Birmingham Airport CrossCountry service on 4 November 2009. The farmer in the adjoining field was busy preparing a bonfire for the following day's Guy Fawkes celebrations.

170639 Natton 6 March 2012

170639 speeds past Natton on 6 March 2012 with the 1V05 08:08 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service. Ironically, and totally unintentionally this is exactly three years after I last photographed a similar train at this location. Despite being taken on the same date in March, the difference in vegetation and the quality of light is quite noticeable.

170639 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 25 May 2013

CrossCountry crossing! 170639 passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 25 May 2013 with the 1V04 06:56 Nottingham to Cardiff Central service, passing 170522 heading in the opposite direction with the 1M92 07:45 Cardiff Central to Nottingham.