Class 180

180101 Aldington 18 September 2006

Prior to the reinstallation of double track on the Moreton-in-Marsh to Evesham section of the Cotswold Line, the cutting at Aldington was cleared of all vegetation. This temporarily opened up new viewpoints, until it all started to grow back again. However, this picture shows just how dense the vegetation was prior to the work. The red apples are mostly tantalisingly just out of reach, but make an interesting foreground to this view of 180101, as it speeds through the cutting with the 09:52 Paddington to Great Malvern Great Western service on 18 September 2006.

180101 South Moreton (Didcot East) 12 November 2007

180101 weaves across from the up relief to the up main line at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 12 November 2007, whilst working the 11:05 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service. This is one of the limited stop Oxford to London trains, that would have been operated by Class 50s and Mk.1 coaches in days of yore.

180101 Cholsey 12 November 2007

180101 approaches Cholsey with the 13:38 Oxford to Paddington service on 12 November 2007, during the final few months of the class's operations with First Great Western. Note the First Great Western HST and Arriva (formerly Virgin) Class 220 disappearing into the distance in the background. The long lens has compressed the perspective, with the houses of North Moreton, nearly two miles away clearly visible on the horizon.

180101 Noblethorpe (Thorpe Grange) 17 June 2010

Looking impressive in its stylish new black livery, 180101 speeds past Noblethorpe (between Temple Hirst Junction and Doncaster) with the 1A61 09:18 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central service on 17 June 2010. After a delayed introduction into service and protracted problems when in use by their initial operator, First Great Western, the Class 180s seemed to have turned from unwanted embarrassment to the units that all aspiring operators want. In addition to Grand Central, First Hull Trains and Northern Rail acquired the units, with other operators eying them up.

180101 Eaton 10 March 2012

With Low Farm just visible on the right, 180101 catches a brief patch of very welcome early spring sunshine at Eaton (near Retford) on 10 March 2012, as it heads south with the 1A63 10:22 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service.

180102 Chilson 23 October 2007

180102 catches the first of the early morning autumnal sun at Chilson on 23 October 2007 as it heads towards the capital with the 08:24 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. The foreshortening effect of the long lens (necessary to clear foreground shadows) has compressed the perspective.

180102 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 16 November 2007

180102 passes through the sylvan surroundings between Combe and Grintleyhill Bridge, on the Cotswold Line with the 10:52 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street First Great Western service on 16 November 2007. This train was running 18 minutes late, which resulted in the 11:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington service having to wait at Ascott-under-Wychwood, until this unit cleared the single line section. Luckily it now looks certain that this intolerable bottleneck will be eliminated, with the re-instatement of double track on the 14 mile section between Wolvercote Junction and Ascott-under-Wychwood.

180102 Kingham 22 September 2008

180102 arrives at Kingham station on 22 September 2008 with the 1W02 11:51 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. The view from the roadbridge in the background, looking back towards the station used to be a good photographic spot. As can be seen by the trees on both sides, it certainly isn't now!

180102 Burn Lane 17 June 2010

180102 approaches Burn Lane on 17 June 2010 with the 1A95 08:12 Hull to Kings Cross First Hull Trains service. This section of line was one part of the East Coast Mainline, but due to the prospect of mining subsidence, a new section of line was constructed to the west in the early 1980s. Consequently this section of the route between Selby and Doncaster became a backwater and escaped the electrification that followed a few years later.

180102 Bruern 25 May 2012

180102 passes through the lush Cotswold countryside at Bruern on 25 May 2012 with the 5Z28 07:35 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill crew training run. This is in preparation for the class's return to service with First Great Western. 180102 still carries its original livery, but completely devoid of any brandings, or indeed numbers! Because this train is backlit for its entire journey, finding a good photographic location was a challenge. However, this spot, with the overhanging branches, rustic fence and oilseed rape field proved to be an excellent choice.

180102 Ascott-under-Wychwood 25 May 2012

A totally numberless 180102 speeds through Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 25 May 2012 with the 5Z31 10:18 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington crew training run. After an absence of three years, First Great Western are reintroducing the class to the Cotswold Line, replacing the Class 165 & 166 Turbo units.

180102 Radley 31 August 2012

180102 heads south through the Thames Valley near Radley on 31 August 2012 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Running slightly late, as these units always seemed to do after their reintroduction onto Cotswold Line services a few months earlier.

180102 Hinksey 4 December 2012

180102 passes Hinksey Yard on 4 December 2012 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. Note that a single steam era telegraph pole survives next to the line, now engulfed in trees. It is just visible above the centre of the train.

180102 Finstock 17 January 2013

180102 races through Finstock station on 17 January 2013 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. Despite the dismal conditions requiring a high ISO setting in order to use 1/1000sec to freeze (very apt!) all movement, the chance to picture some frost covered trees and the remnants of the earlier snowfall, was worth venturing out in the cold.

180102 Oxford 21 January 2013

With the snow covered and now little used 'West Midlands' sidings in the foreground, 180102 pulls away from Oxford station on 21 January 2013 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. This low level viewpoint gives a clear view of Oxford's platform 1, showing both the relatively modern canopy, and behind the 1990 built footbridge, the remnant of the former GWR canopy.

180102 Shorthampton 4 March 2013

180102 passes Shorthampton on 4 March 2013 with the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. This location was cleared of lineside trees for the Cotswold Line redoubling in 2011, but since this photo was taken the bushes have regrown to obscure the view once again. It was good while it lasted, and I particularly like this picture, with the wobbly fence in the foreground, and the lovely early spring light.

180102 Chilson 15 November 2013

A fine crisp autumnal morning at Chilson on 15 November 2013, as 180102 passes by with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Compare this with a similar view taken four years previously, when the Cotswold Line was still single track at this point.

180102 Aldington 20 June 2014

180102 passes Aldington on 20 June 2014 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. When the line was redoubled in 2011, this cutting was cleared of vegetation, but the drastic pruning has only encouraged rampant regrowth!

180102 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 30 January 2015

In the last of the sunshine, before the black clouds in the distance finally reached the sun, 180102 approaches Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 30 January 2015 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. In the background is the soon to be replaced Aristotle Lane footbridge, with Oxford North Junction just beyond.

180102 Shorthampton 3 February 2015

With snow still lying beside the track in the shadow of the bushes, 180102 passes Shorthampton on 3 February 2015 with the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Malvern First Great Western service. This will soon revert to the overgrown state that the line was in before it was redoubled.

180102 Moreton-in-Marsh 6 June 2016

There aren't many locations left on the national network where you can include four separate ex GWR lower quadrant semaphore signals in one picture. 180102 approaches Moreton-in-Marsh on 6 June 2016 with the 1W10 05:45 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service.

180102 Wolvercote 24 August 2016

180102 passes Wolvercote on 24 August 2016 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. The train is accelerating away from Wolvercote Junction (just out sight around the corner), where the Cotswold Line joins the route from Banbury. The line on the extreme left is the yet to be commissioned reinstatement of the former down relief line.

180102 Daylesford 2 March 2017

180102 passes Daylesford on 2 March 2017 with the 1W29 14:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. Apparently the field on the right was once allotments, which seems hard to believe, as Daylesford is only a very small rural village, and is some distance away on the other side of the line!

180102 Didcot North Junction 25 April 2017

The sun breaks through the clouds at Didcot North Junction on 25 April 2017, just as 180102 passes by with the 1D13 06:20 Paddington to Oxford GWR service. There is almost a sense of deja vu with these units in the Thames Valley, as in late 2017 they are due to move to Grand Central. It is almost a decade since First Great Western got rid of them for the first time, before welcoming them back in 2012!

180103 Kemble 18 September 2004

180103 departs from a rain soaked Kemble station on 18 September 2004 with the 11:33 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. The train is just about to enter the short Kemble tunnel, and the long single track section to Swindon.

180103 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 8 August 2006

180103 approaches Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham on 8 August 2006 with the 12:48 Paddington to Cheltenham 'Cheltenham Spa Express' First Great Western service. Unfortunately by this time most of the 180s had lost their front end fairing, revealing the coupler and individual coach number.

180103 Charlbury 1 March 2007

180103 calls at Charlbury station on 1 March 2007 with the 13:52 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. A typical weekday scene, with the twice extended car park completely full, and cars parked in the approach road.

180103 & 180113 Kingham 6 April 2007

A pair of Class 180 Adelante units at Kingham station on 6 April 2007. On the left, 180113 waits with the 06:52 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service, while 180103 arrives with the 07:08 Great Malvern to Paddington service, luckily for the sake of the photograph running 5 minutes late, thus enabling this passing shot. Note that 180103 retains the valance over the coupler, which latterly has been removed on most units.

180103 Lower Moor 10 April 2007

180103 passes Lower Moor on 10 April 2007 with the 11:06 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. The Adelante's days on the Cotswold Line were numbered when this picture was taken, but at least this unit's future would be more secure than that of the car in the field by the van bodies!

180103 Kingham 28 May 2012

28 May 2012 marked the reintroduction of a Class 180 to passenger services on the Cotswold Line after a gap of more than three years. Sporting the new First Great Western 'wavy lines' livery, 180103 arrives at Kingham station with the first up working - the 1P57 14:26 Great Malvern to Paddington. It had earlier worked up to Great Malvern with the 1W29 11:20 from Paddington.

180103 Culham 9 August 2012

180103 speeds through Culham station on 9 August 2012 with the 1W21 09:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street First Great Western service. The building on the right is now prosaically called the Railway Inn. Formerly it was the much more entertainingly named 'Jolly Porter'.

180103 Kennington 6 June 2013

180103 speeds past Kennington on 6 June 2013 with the 2E95 17:15 Didcot Parkway to Great Malvern First Great Western service. This train stops at all stations on the Cotswold Line, including such remote halts as Combe and Finstock. These used to be only served by more mundane units.

180103 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 19 July 2013

The reinstatement of double track on the Cotswold Line has been a tremendous success, but unfortunately is not the complete answer to capacity problems, due to the retention of a long single track section from Charlbury to Wolvercote Junction. This became apparent on 19 July 2013, when the 1P57 14:26 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service became delayed at Charlbury, due to the late arrival of the 1W41 14:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street (which in the event terminated at Shrub Hill). Running fifteen minutes late, 180103 leaves Charlbury and joins the single track section, with the delayed 1P57.

180103 Hanborough 24 February 2015

In late 2014 there was a massive tree clearance operation at Hanborough, opening up a new photographic vantage point on the Cotswold Line. Whilst this work merely reinstates the view from the roadbridge towards the station back to what it was like in the early 1980s, the view of southbound trains approaching the station has never been as good as this since I started taking photos in 1978. With the mass of tree stumps indicating just how wooded this view once was, 180103 just manages to dodge the shadows as it approaches Hanborough on 24 February 2015 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service.

180103 Ascott-under-Wychwood 6 October 2016

180103 races through Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 6 October 2016 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. The yellow lines on the platforms here get a lot of use, as virtually all trains pass through at high speed!

180103 Shorthampton 30 November 2016

180103 passes Shorthampton on 30 November 2016 with the 1W21 09:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. This location is well away from any road, which probably explains why the ancient wooden post and wire fence hasn't been replaced by anything more substantial!

180103 Evenlode 4 December 2016

180103 heads away from the camera at Evenlode on 4 December 2016 with the 1W02 10:42 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. This came within a few seconds of blocking out the view of the late running 1P45 11:15 Great Malvern to Paddington. The magpie in the field hasn't moved during the passage of either train!

180103 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 19 April 2017

Viewed from the extremely tall Grintleyhill Bridge, 180103 heads down the Evenlode Valley near Combe on 19 April 2017 with the 1P40 09:58 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. Note the width of the bridge in the foreground, clearly indicating that this was one a double track line. Coincidentally, I photographed this same unit, on the same train, at this spot two months later.

180103 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 14 June 2017

180103 passes Grintleyhill Bridge, Combe, on 14 June 2017 with the 1P40 09:58 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. This is just about the worst time of year, and certainly the worst time of day for photography, as is amply proved by the picture of the same unit, with the same train, two months earlier.

180103 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 17 November 2017

Dunstall Bridge, just south of Moreton-in-Marsh, was replaced in October 2016, as the original stone arched structure had developed a noticeable sag. 180103 is pictured passing underneath the new bridge on 17 November 2017 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service.

180104 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 28 December 2001

180104 heads back to Reading after working what was supposedly the first revenue earning train for the much delayed class. I missed the outward run of the additional 11:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service on 28 December 2001, but make no apology for including this going away picture of the return working, in view of its historic significance. The Class 180s, or Adelantes as they were then branded, were initially plagued with problems, and their introduction into traffic with First Great Western was delayed by over a year.

180104 Compton Beauchamp 8 September 2006

With the gentle curves of Brunel's Great Western Main Line emphasised by the use of a long lens, 180104 is pictured approaching Compton Beuachamp on 8 September 2006 with the 08:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. The concrete footbridge in the distance marks the site of the former Ashbury level crossing.

180104 Aldermaston 23 November 2007

180104 speeds past Aldermaston on 23 November 2007 with the 08:18 Paddington to Exeter St Davids First Great Western service, during the tail end of FGW's association with the class. Best described as an intermediate service, between the long distance trains to the far west (operated by HSTs) and the purely local trains (operated by Turbo units).

180104 & 180108 Ruscombe 17 April 2008

A pair of de-branded First Great Western 'Adelantes' 180104 & 180108 move slowly along the down relief line at Ruscombe on 17 April 2008, after weaving across from the main line and consequently being held up by the stopping train in front. Pairs of Class 180s working together were never common, but during their final days with the franchise seem to be happening more regularly. This is presumably an empty stock move.

180104 Wolvercote Junction 5 November 2012

180104 traverses the last few yards of the Cotswold Line, as it approaches Wolvercote Junction on 5 November 2012 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. This view clearly shows the 40 mph restriction for the junction, followed by the 100 mph limit for the rest of the line.

180104 Radley 23 April 2013

Superb evening lighting at Radley on 23 April 2013, as 180104 heads northwards with the 1D53 17:18 Paddington to Oxford First Great Western service. I hadn't planned on venturing out, as the Met Office had predicted full cloud after a bright start. Even at 16:00 they were still saying cloud, even when there wasn't a cloud in the sky!

180104 Wolvercote 19 January 2015

180104 passes Wolvercote on 19 January 2015 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Wolvercote Junction, where this train joined the Banbury line, after travelling down the Cotswold Line, is just behind the bridge that can be seen in the far distance. Note the incomplete relief line reinstatement in the foreground.

180104 Shorthampton 3 February 2015

180104 passes Shorthampton in some weak winter sunshine on 3 February 2015 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Unfortunately, the sun had been strong enough to melt virtually all of the previous evening's covering of snow.

180104 Wolvercote Junction 6 February 2015

180104 comes off the single track Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction on 6 February 2015 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. This train was running a few minutes late, after having to wait at Charlbury for the 1W23 09:50 Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh DMU to clear the long single track section.

180104 Culham 11 June 2015

180104 approaches Culham on 11 June 2015 with the 1D53 17:18 Paddington to Oxford First Great Western service. The cow parsley is already starting to recolonise the recently cleared trackside, but the forthcoming electrification will ruin the view before the re-growing vegetation does!

180104. 166220 & 165125 Sonning 16 August 2016

A lucky picture taken at Sonning on 16 August 2016, showing three different classes of GWR DMUs, five vehicles heading one way, and five the other. 180104 heads west with the 1W45 15:22 Paddington to Great Malvern service, while 166220 & 165125 head in the opposite direction with the 2P61 15:48 Reading to Paddington.

180104 Shipton 15 September 2016

180104 sweeps through Shipton station (just visible in the background) with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service on 15 September 2016. The background is dominated by FWP Matthews flour mill. The main part of the building was built in 1912, and as can be seen by the later additions, is still a thriving business today.

180104 Hanborough 2 November 2016

180104 climbs the 1 in 467 gradient out of the Evenlode Valley towards Hanborough on 2 November 2016 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. This is a recently created view, courtesy of some very unusual Network Rail lineside maintenance.

180104 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 19 April 2017

Grintleyhill Bridge, near Combe, has had some repair work done, and instead of the usual Network Rail concrete bodge, proper blue engineers bricks have been used for the coping. Although the lines of mortar are massive compared with the original, it is still an excellent job. 180104 passes by on 19 April 2017 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service.

180104 Ascott-under-Wychwood 22 May 2017

180104 arrives at Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 22 May 2017 with the 1W33 16:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. This is the only down train of the day to call at the station. Although there is some cloud in the background of this view, that is nothing compared with the large mass of cloud that was creeping up on the sun behind me. The sun disappeared and reappeared several times as the train approached at what seemed an agonisingly slow speed. Luckily it came to a stop just before the sun vanished for the last time. Although it did reappear sporadically as I was driving home, it was nothing like the full sun evening that the Met Office had predicted!

180104 Moreton-in-Marsh 6 July 2017

180104 leaves Moreton-in-Marsh station on 6 July 2017 with the 1P35 08:39 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. This would normally have started from Worcester Foregate Street at 08:26, but was altered as the unit's inbound working, the 1W12 05:47 departure from Paddington, was running 15 minutes late. Note the signal on the left, which allows up trains which are booked to start at Moreton to leave from the down platform.

180104 Chilson 6 October 2017

Wrong way round, and going the wrong way! Two vehicles of 180104 were turned out in GWR green with various graphics for the Old Oak Common 2017 Open Day. Unfortunately in this picture they are at the front of the train, as it heads away from the camera at Chilson on 6 October 2017. The train is the 1W14 06:52 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service.

180104 Moreton-in-Marsh 12 October 2017

180104 arrives at an almost completely deserted Moreton-in-Marsh station on 12 October 2017 with the 1P83 19:44 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. My reason for visiting Moreton station at night was to photograph the 3S31 13:14 Gloucester Horton Road to Worcester Shrub Hill (via Oxford) Rail Head Treatment Train. That plan was scuppered by a late running HST getting in the way. However, by way of compensation, I was able to photograph the rear of this 180, which has been partly rebranded in GWR green.

180104 Moreton-in-Marsh 12 October 2017

180104 stands at Moreton-in-Marsh station on 12 October 2017 with the 1P83 19:44 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. The two rear coaches were outshopped in GWR green, with various advertising decals, for the 2017 Old Oak Common Open Day. It looks a little odd, with the other three vehicles still being in blue livery, but makes an interesting picture under Moreton station's lights. There was plenty of time to take this picture, as the train is booked to stay here for ten minutes.

180104 Kingham 17 November 2017

180104 arrives at Kingham station on 17 November 2017 with the 1P40 09:58 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. The Class 180s will soon be leaving the Cotswold Line again (they left for the first time a decade earlier!). The new footbridge now dominates this small station.

180105 Circourt 9 October 2003

180105 speeds along the Great Western Main Line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 13:30 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service on 9 October 2003. Their reign on these services was short lived, with the majority reverting to HSTs, while the 180s were concentrated on the Cotswold line and Paddington to Oxford services.

180105 Aldington 18 September 2006

180105 passes Aldington on 18 September 2006 with the 11:34 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. The luxuriant lineside vegetation seen here was severely pruned back a few years later, opening up the view considerably. It does happen sometimes!

180105 Charlbury 15 January 2009

Well over a year since it should have been transferred away from the area, 180105 calls at Charlbury with the 11:22 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service on 15 January 2009. Although the majority of the units were returned to their owners Angel Trains in early 2008, three sets were retained by First Great Western principally for use in pairs between London and Oxford. Consequently their appearance on the Cotswold Line has been comparatively rare, with HSTs and Turbo units now being the preferred traction.

180105 Knottingley 11 March 2011

180105 heads around the back of Knottingley station on 11 March 2011 with the 1A73 10:22 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service. Unfortunately the sun was just fading out as I took this picture and it was one of those annoying situations where you just wished the train would speed up a bit, instead of traversing the junction in the background at little more than walking pace, while the sun went in!

180105 Cromwell Moor 15 October 2011

180105 speeds past Cromwell Moor on 15 October 2011 with the 1A61 08:30 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central service. 180105 looks a little different here compared with when I photographed it on the Great Western Mainline eight years previously.

180105 Gamston 26 June 2014

180105 The Yorkshire Artist Ashley Jackson speeds past Gamston on 26 June 2014 with the 1A67 14:20 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service. Apart from a footpath, the crossing from which this photo was taken has been blocked up, so road traffic now uses the bridge in the background.

180105 Scrooby 21 July 2014

180105 The Yorkshire Artist Ashley Jackson speeds past the site of Scrooby station on 21 July 20143, as it heads towards the capital with the 1A67 14:20 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service.

180106 Winterbourne 8 June 2002

180106 passes Winterbourne in a brief patch of sunshine on 8 June 2002, as it heads towards the capital with the 09:30 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. After being shunned by FGW a few years later, 180106 was moved north to work for Northern Rail. However, in 2012 in returned back south to work out of Paddington once more.

180106 Lower Basildon 3 February 2007

180106 sweeps round the curve at Lower Basildon on 3 February 2007 with the 13:17 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Running on the up relief line has certainly provided a much better view of the train than would have been possible if it had been using the up main.

180106 Chilson 30 October 2007

A flash of red, white and blue between the autumnal bushes at Chilson on 30 October 2007. 180106 heads westwards with the 07:52 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street First Great Western service. This is the second train of the day in the down direction.

180106 Shipton 30 October 2007

180106 kicks up the dust as it approaches Shipton station with the 10:23 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service on 30 October 2007. Notices on the station remind passengers that it is a no smoking station and periodic announcements inform passengers that any unattended bags will be removed. It doesn't say who is going to enforce these regulations, as the station is unmanned, virtually no trains stop there, and it is in a secluded location, well away from the nearest Network Rail employee!

180106 Shorthampton 24 May 2012

After a break of a few years, the Class 180s are back on the Cotswold Line. Banished to pastures new in favour of First Great Western's stalwart Class 166 Turbos, many people were sorry to see the 'Adelantes' (as they were then branded) go, and presumably the line's regulars will now welcome them back. Sporting the new 'wavy lines' livery, 180106 speeds past Shorthampton on 24 May 2012 with the 5Z31 10:18 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington crew training run. Unfortunately the early morning cloud had not dispersed as early as the Met Office had forecast.

180106 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 25 July 2012

180106 accelerates away from Charlbury station and passes Cornbury Park on 25 July 2012 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. It is just passing from the recently reinstated double track, onto the single track section to Wolvercote Junction.

180106 Culham 9 August 2012

180106 speeds through Culham station on 9 August 2012 with the late running 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Note how the reconstructed up platform is separated from the redundant section in front of the former station building.

180106 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 19 July 2013

180106 passes Cornbury Park, as it slows for the approach to Charlbury station on 19 July 2013, with the 1W41 14:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street First Great Western service. The signal in the background controls access to the recently reinstated double track section.

180106 Charlbury 29 July 2014

There is no excuse for HST drivers at Charlbury not knowing where to stop, such is the plethora of signs just to the north of the station! 180106 arrives at Charlbury on 29 July 2014 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Unfortunately the much publicised recent redoubling of the Cotswold Line has not eradicated all late running as was promised, as there is still a single track section from just south of this point to Wolvercote Junction. A case in point here. As I photographed this train it was on time, but due to a late running train on the single line, it did not leave Charlbury station for another 41 minutes, eventually arriving in London nearly an hour late!

180106 Kingham 29 July 2014

180106 arrives at Kingham station on 29 July 2014 with the 2Y94 15:32 Great Malvern to Didcot Parkway First Great Western service. Judging by the multi coloured vegetation growing on the track in the background, a visit from the weedkilling train is long overdue!

180106 South Moreton (Didcot East) 19 December 2014

180106 moves across from the up relief to the up main line at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 19 December 2014, as it heads for the capital with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. Only Didcot Power Station's chimneys now remain in the background, the cooling towers having been recently demolished.

180106 Cholsey 2 January 2015

180106 approaches Cholsey on 2 January 2015 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. The ominous masts on the left herald the end of this viewpoint, and eventually, the use of Class 180s in the Thames Valley.

180106 Oxford 1 April 2015

180106 leaves Oxford station on 1 April 2015 with the 1P27 09:01 departure for Paddington. At least until the electrification of the route, the footbridge at Osney Lane still provides a good view of departing trains, which is surprising, as the bridge was recently rebuilt, but without any of the vandal proof measures that make photography so difficult elsewhere.

180106 Goring 6 July 2015

180106 runs through the tree lined cutting near Goring on 6 July 2015 with the 1W12 06:52 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. Directly behind the unit is one of the cross pieces that will span the four tracks. The installation of these, and indeed the erection of the masts, seems to be totally random, and of course well over a year behind schedule!

180106 Finstock 6 May 2016

180106 is neatly framed by the brick road bridge, as it approaches Finstock station at high speed on 6 May 2016 with the late running 1W45 15:22 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. 1W45 is normally the 15:22 Paddington to Great Malvern, but the late running resulted in it missing its path along the single line.

180106 Sonning 16 August 2016

Shortly before this well known photographic location was desecrated by the fantastically mismanaged Great Western Mainline electfrication scheme, 180106 passes through Sonning cutting on 16 August 2016 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service.

180106 Chilson 30 November 2016

A frosty morning at Chilson on 30 November 2016. 180106 heads through the wintry landscape with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. Despite the temperature still being well below freezing, the total absence of any wind meant that it wasn't too unpleasant standing around in the sunshine.

180106 Chilson 1 December 2016

180106 passes Chilson on 1 December 2016 with the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. The lichen encrusted fence in the foreground adds to the picture, and is definitely preferable to Network Rail's modern equivalent! Houses in the village of Chadlington can just been seen in the background.

180106 Lyneham 22 May 2017

180106 races past Lyneham on 22 May 2017 with the late running 1W31 15:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. The two constant items in this picture over the last three decades appear to be the trackside box in front of the second coach, and the electricity pole on the left. Certainly none of the trees in the background were there when I photographed Class 119 DMU L572 passing this spot in 1985.

180106 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 25 August 2017

180106 approaches Moreton-in-Marsh on 25 August 2017 with the 1W31 15:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. This was one of my favourite Cotswold Line locations in the 1980s, and while it is still reasonably clear of trees in 2017, 30 years earlier it was considerably better!

180107 Baulking 12 October 2006

180107 passes Baulking with a westbound ECS working on 12 October 2006. A common problem with streamlined train designs that feature a plastic faring at the front is the type of damage shown here, probably caused by hitting some insignificant object (or wildlife!) at speed.

180107 Cholsey 6 December 2006

180107 approaches Cholsey on 6 December 2006 with the 13:05 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service. The houses of North Moreton village can be seen in the distance. Although Cholsey has a station, the villages of North and South Moreton have never been blessed with a station.

180107 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 19 April 2007 180107 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 19 April 2007 with the 1B48 15:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. At the time this was one of a diminishing number of services operated by Class 180s, as FGW tried to rid itself off what had proved to be a troublesome design.
180107 Churchill Heath 17 September 2007

180107 passes Churchill Heath Wood on 17 September 2007 with the 11:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the steel sleepers on the up line at this point. This location is midway between Kingham station and Bruern Crossing, and is a fair walk from the nearest road.

180107 Brimpton 23 November 2007

180107 passes Brimpton (between Midgham and Colthrop) with the 12:18 Paddington to Exeter St Davids First Great Western service on 23 November 2007. In addition to their main duties between Paddington and Oxford and on the Cotswold Line, Class 180s were still diagramed for a few of these medium distance trains in the final months of their use with First Great Western prior to being handed back to the leasing company.

180107 Walden Stubbs 17 June 2010

Grand Central Railway's introduction of a London to Yorkshire direct service has seen the return of passenger trains to the Doncaster to Knottingley line, which had previously been a freight only route for many years. 180107 is seen here passing over one of the two level crossings in the village of Walden Stubbs, approximately half way along the route, with the 14:20 Kings Cross to Bradford Interchange service on 17 June 2010. Unfortunately the line is not very photogenic, with very few clear photographic locations.

180107 Haywood (Rushy Moor) 12 March 2012

180107's top speed of 125mph is completely wasted on this stretch of line. On 12 March 2012 it passes Haywood (Rushy Moor) on the Knottingley to Doncaster line, with the 1A63 10:22 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service.

180107 Little Heck 7 April 2015

180107 speeds past Little Heck on 7 April 2015 with the 1A60 06:45 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central service. The bridge in the background carries the Eat Coast Mainline over the largely freight only Knottingley to Drax and Goole line.

180108 Circourt 9 October 2003

With the autumn colours just starting to show on the trees, Class 180 Adelante unit 180108 heads along the Great Western Mainline at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 9 October 2003. It is working the 08:06 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington (via Gloucester) First Great Western service. The signal gantries visible in the distance in both directions from this bridge are a useful aid for photographers, as signals on all lines are manually controlled, so a green aspect indicates there is something arriving shortly!

180108 Kintbury 2 April 2007

180108 approaches Kintbury on 2 April 2007 with 11:54 Exeter St Davids to Paddington First Great Western service. This is basically an all stations (such as they are) service as far as Reading, from where it becomes non0stiop to Paddington.

180108 Hinksey 2 May 2007

180108 passes the south end of Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) with the 15:30 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service on 2 May 2007. The growth in vegetation around the tracks at this point has now effectively screened out the former view of Oxford.

180108 Yarnton Junction (site of) 5 May 2007

180108 catches the last of the evening sunshine as it passes the site of Yarnton Junction on 5 May 2007 with the 18:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. Just behind the train is where the 'Yarnton Loop' line diverged to the left, formerly a connection between the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway (the Cotswold Line) and the London & North Western Railway.

180108 Fairwood 11 September 2007

180108 passes Fairwood on 11 September 2007 with the 12:07 Exeter St Davids to Paddington First Great Western service. The bridge in the background spans the junction where the Westbury avoiding line rejoins the original route.

180108 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 16 November 2007

From the lofty vantage point of Grintleyhill Bridge near Combe, 180108 is pictured working the 10:23 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service on 16 November 2007, during the final few weeks of the troubled class's use on the Cotswold Line. Lower Westfield Farm is prominent in the middle distance, while Wychwood Forest can be seen in the far distance. 

180108 Goring 12 April 2008

Even as late as Spring 2008 First Great Western were still operating a few Class 180 Adelante units in the Thames Valley. They were obviously keen to be rid of the class, as 180108 has had all traces of First Great Western branding removed, when pictured passing Goring with the 07:51 Paddington to Oxford service on 12 April 2008.

180108 Radley 17 December 2012

180108 speeds through Radley on 17 December 2012 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. A lot of the photographic locations in the Radley and Culham area unfortunately feature electricity pylons rather prominently. At least at this particular spot they are a little less intrusive.

180108 Hinksey 1 January 2013

180108 passes Hinksey Yard on 1 January 2013 with the 1P43 11:50 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington First Great Western service. As there was virtually no freight traffic booked, this well known footbridge did not have the usual group of railway photographers in attendance. However, there were plenty of people taking a New Year's Day walk, which was slightly surprising, as the footpath to South Hinksey village was partly flooded. I know this as I had parked in a flood in the village and walked through the watery landscape to get to the bridge!

180108 Oxford North Junction 3 January 2013

180108 approaches Oxford North Junction on 3 January 2013 with the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. The willow trees on the right separate the railway from the low lying expanse of Port Meadow.

180108 Oxford 24 January 2013

180108 pulls away from Oxford station on 24 January 2013 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. As the snow begins to melt, the cars return to the car park. Three days earlier the snow lay undisturbed over a large area, as lots of people found other means of getting to work, or stayed at home!

180108 Ruscombe 1 May 2013

180108 speeds towards the capital on 1 May 2013 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. It is passing through the photogenic tree lined cutting at Ruscombe. Not as deep as the nearby Sonning cutting, but less prone to shadows!

180108 South Moreton 7 May 2013

180108 runs along the down main line at South Moreton on 7 May 2013 with the 1D43 14:50 Paddington to Oxford First Great Western service. Obviously this location would not be much use once there was a full season's worth of lineside growth in the foreground!

180108 Wolvercote 19 July 2013

180108 slowly passes Wolvercote on 19 July 2013 with the 1W47 15:51 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill First Great Western service. It is approaching Wolvercote Junction, where it will branch off onto the Cotswold Line. In the foreground is a large mound of fresh ballast which is being used for the reinstatement of the down relief line between Oxford and Wolvercote Junction.

180108 Moreton-in-Marsh 27 September 2013

180108 accelerates away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 27 September 2013 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. Although still an interesting location, with plenty of semaphore signals, the station is now a shadow of its former self, with all but one siding (behind my vantage point) having been lifted. The redundant track panels behind the leading coach are from the renewal of the down line through the station.

180108 Cholsey 8 July 2014

180108 passes Cholsey on 8 July 2014 with the 3A05 06:14 Paddington to Didcot Parkway First Great Western ECS. It would shortly return with the 1A05 07:34 Didcot Parkway to Paddington. Prominent in the foreground is one of the tubular steel piles that will form the base for the forthcoming overhead electrification catenary.

180108 Cholsey 8 July 2014

With the doomed Didcot Power Station visible in the background, 180108 passes Cholsey on 8 July 2014 with the 1A05 07:34 Didcot Parkway to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the tubular steel piles for the forthcoming electrification on the right.

180108 Ascott-under-Wychwood 17 July 2014

180108 races through Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 17 July 2014 with the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. I don't normally take this kind of close up station picture, especially as with a train travelling at this speed, getting it 'stopped' in exactly the right spot is tricky, although I seem to have managed it here. However, on this occasion I wanted to give an overall view of the recently upgraded station, which despite its shelters, lighting, help points, etc, still only sees one train in each direction on a weekday, and none at all at weekends.

180108 Didcot North Junction 3 September 2014

As the train does not call at Didcot, 180108 makes use of Didcot's east curve, and approaches Didcot North Junction on 3 September 2014 with the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service.

180108 Wolvercote 16 December 2014

180108 passes Wolvercote on 16 December 2014 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Having just vacated the single track Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction, the route has now been set for the 1W32 12:21 Paddington to Great Malvern, as can be seen by the amber signal with feathers underneath the A34 bridge in the background.

180108 Lyneham 9 February 2015

Cotswold Line pastoral. 180108 passes Lyneham on 9 February 2015 with the late running 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the bright red branches of the trees in the background on the left, presumably some variety of Cornus. The Met Office were obviously being cautious today, predicting 100% cloud all day. By midday it was mainly sunny, and by the late afternoon there wasn't a cloud in the sky!

180108 Hanborough 24 February 2015

180108 pulls away from Hanborough station on 24 February 2015 with the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. Recent tree clearance here has completely transformed the view, making it almost as clear as it was in the early 1980s. Until this work was done this view was all but impossible.

180108 Moreton-in-Marsh 31 July 2015

180108 pulls away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 31 July 2015 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. It is passing between the original up starting signal (right), and the newly installed platform 1 up starter (left).

180108 Honeybourne 7 August 2015

During a brief burst of sunshine, on an otherwise generally cloudy day, 180108 arrives at Honeybourne station on 7 August 2015 with the 1P40 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. The station is now completely dominated by a new disabled friendly footbridge.

180108 Moreton-in-Marsh 5 October 2016

180108 leaves Moreton-in-Marsh station on 5 October 2016 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. The site of the former sidings in the foreground is getting gradually more overgrown with bushes, causing problems with shadows as autumn approaches.

180108 Chilson 22 February 2017

180108 passes Chilson on 22 February 2017 with the 1P35 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. This view will obviously be very different in a few decades time, judging by the line of newly planted trees in the field. At least they are on the north side of the line!

180108 Didcot North Junction 25 April 2017

180108 approaches Didcot North Junction on 25 April 2017 with the 1D15 07:21 Paddington to Oxford GWR service. It has just traversed the east chord, that avoids Didcot Parkway station. It's only booked stops between London and Oxford being Slough and Reading.

180109 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 9 October 2003

180109 on Great Western metals the first time around. 180109 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 9 October 2003 with the 08:33 Cheltenham to Paddington service. The much delayed entry into traffic of this class came in 2001, and FGW were never entirely happy with their reliability, finally getting rid of them in 2009. However, by 2012 some of the class were back again, with a new livery and improved reliability.

180109 Cholsey 15 June 2004

Didcot Power Station dominates the background at Cholsey on 15 June 2004 as 180109 speeds towards the capital with the 09:29 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. Cholsey station, which can just be seen in the background is served by stopping trains that use the relief lines on the right.

180109 Steventon 25 September 2004

On a miserably dull 25 September 2004, 180109 passes Steventon with the 08:03 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. At least the dull conditions allowed a picture to be taken from this angle, which apart form very late evening in high summer is ruled out because of shadows.

180109 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 2 November 2006

Speeding along on the four track section of the Great Western Mainline between Wantage Road and Challow, 180109 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 2 November 2006 with the 12:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service, branded as the 'Cheltenham Spa Express'.

180109 Charlbury 1 March 2007

Under a threatening sky, 180109 arrives at Charlbury on 1 March 2007 with the 13:23 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the pile of concrete cable trough covers on the right, which are obviously desperately needed judging by the way the cables are strewn about at random all over the ballast at the side of the track.

180109 South Moreton (Didcot East) 24 May 2007

With the clouds rolling in from the west in the background, 180109 weaves across from the relief to the main line at South Moreton with the 1P36 09:37 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service on 24 May 2007. Even though Didcot Power Station's chimney is hidden from view behind the trees, its tell tale signature isn't!

180109 Fairwood 11 September 2007

180109 finds a very lucky patch of sunshine as it accelerates away from Westbury and passes Fairwood on 11 September 2007 with the 12:18 Paddington to Exeter St Davids First Great Western service. At the time these 'Adelantie' units were confined to the Exeter workings, with HSTs being deployed on the longer distance trains.

180109 Bruern 23 October 2007

180109 approaches Bruern Crossing on 23 October 2007 with the 11:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington First Great Western service. It seems that in the last days of their use on the Cotswold Line the 180 Adelante units have generally been refitted with the coupler covers, which previously had often been missing.

180109 Kingham 29 November 2007

180109 pulls slowly into Kingham station with the 11:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington First Great Western service on 29 November 2007. It was running a few minutes late, and I was worried that the 10:52 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street which was now due would come in and block the shot. However, that was running even further behind time and did not arrive until this train had left. Yet another example of the poor timekeeping on the Cotswold Line in 2007.

180109 South Marston 11 December 2007

180109 catches the last rays of the setting sun as it passes South Marston on 11 December 2007 with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. Soon to be transferred away, the Cheltenham trains were the last services to use these units along the Vale of White Horse line, with the Oxford and Cotswold routes seeing more frequent use.

180109 Hinksey 2 January 2008

The shadows are lengthening as 180109 passes the lake at Hinksey with the 13:30 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service on 2 January 2008. By this time in their careers, the original front faring carrying the unit numbers had long gone, revealing the individual vehicle number. The second digit of this number changes for each vehicle: 99, 69. 59. 49 & 09.

180109 Burn Lane 17 June 2010

180109 approaches the level crossing at Burn Lane (between Doncaster and Selby) with the 07:20 Kings Cross to Hull service on 17 June 2010. Despite being operated by First Hull Trains, the livery is the original colour scheme applied when the unit was part of the First Great Western fleet. Admittedly the companies are part of the same group, but this unit still looks a bit anonymous.

180109 Little Heck 11 March 2011

Dramatic lighting at Little Heck on 11 March 2011 as 180109 speeds southwards with the 1A93 08:12 Hull to Kings Cross First Hull Trains service. Needless to say the ideal combination of a sunlit foreground and dark clouds didn't last that long.

180109 Yaxley 6 September 2012

180109 speeds past Yaxley on 6 September 2012 with the 1A92 08:25 Hull to Kings Cross First Hull Trains service. It is quite clear from this view that this line was once four tracks, which helps prevent vegetation growing too near the line and spoiling the photographic potential.

180110 Langley Burrell 11 December 2004

180110 emerges from the fog at Langley Burrell on 11 December 2004 with the 07:03 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The sun was trying to burn off the fog, but it kept rolling back in again. This was one of the clearer moments!

180110 Fladbury 16 August 2006

The troubled Class 180 Adelante units took over from Class 165 & 166 Turbo units on the Cotswold Line, and on 16 August 2006, 180110 is seen here approaching the site of Fladbury station with the 11:15 Paddington to Hereford service. Note the kink in the trackwork in the background where the single track moves from one side of the former double track formation to the other.

180110 Whitehill 11 September 2006

180110 passes Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock) on the Cotswold Line with the 13:52 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service on 11 September 2006. Note the width of the trackbed here. Until 1971 this was double track and the it finally seems likely that it will be reinstated before the end of 2010.

180110 Challow 12 October 2006

180110 passes the site of Challow station on 12 October 2006 with the 09:39 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. Although the industrial estate in the background occupies the site of the former yard, most other traces of the station were removing with the installation of the relief lines here in the mid 1990s.

180110 Honeybourne 1 November 2006

180110 arrives at Honeybourne with the 11:34 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service on 1 November 2006. Note the abandoned platforms and little used sidings on the background. This extra trackwork is the last vestige of a once extensive junction and track layout at this rural location.

180110 Hinksey 2 May 2007

On 2 May 2007, 180110 has just passed under the A423 Oxford by-pass, and will shortly be running alongside Hinksey Yard on the approach to the city with the 14:51 First Great Western service from Paddington. The train is just crossing over one of the many streams in this area, which has always been very prone to flooding.

180110 Scrooby 10 March 2009

After their short lived career with First Great Western, a number of Class 180 units were transferred to sister company First Hull Trains during 2008. On 10 March 2009, 180110 heads down the East Coast Mainline at Scrooby with the 15:18 Hull to Kings Cross service. It is approaching the site of Scrooby station, which closed in 1958.

180110 Balne Lowgate 12 March 2014

180110 passes Balne Lowgate on 12 March 2014 with the 1A95 15:10 Hull to Kings Cross First Hull Trains service. Given the ideal positioning of this photogenic tree, I'm surprised that I haven't seen more photos taken at this location.

180110 Cromwell Moor 18 April 2014

180110 passes Cromwell Moor (near Newark) on 18 April 2014 with the 1A92 08:25 Hull to Finsbury Park First Hull Trains service. Normally of course this would carry on to Kings Cross, but Easter weekend engineering works were affecting services near the capital.

180110 Scrooby 21 July 2014

The wood pigeon sitting on the return wire on the extreme left takes no notice as 180110 speeds past Scrooby on 21 July 2014 with the 1A95 15:10 Hull to Kings Cross Hull Trains service. This photo is taken from a public footpath crossing, where the adjacent gate giving vehicular access to the fields had seven generations of padlock securing it! Obviously only one needed to be undone to open the gate, but all the others had been retained for no obvious reason!

180111 Whitehill 11 September 2006

The southern section of the Cotswold Line has become very overgrown in many places since the end of steam. Typical is the view at Whitehill on 11 September 2006, as 180111 heads south with the 12:55 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service.

180111 Daylesford 4 January 2007

180111 emerges from the bushes at Daylesford on 4 January 2007, as it heads south through the Evenlode Valley with the 11:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington First Great Western service. Just a few leaves from the previous autumn cling to the small beech tree in the foreground.

180111 Badsey 6 April 2007

180111 passes Badsey on the Cotswold Line with the 09:03 Great Malvern to Hereford First Great Western service on 6 April 2007. As this was Good Friday, a Saturday timetable was in use. This is on the long single track section between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh, which causes considerable operational difficulties at times.

180111 Moreton-in-Marsh 23 October 2007

December 2007 was due to see the end of Class 180 operations with First Great Western over the Cotswold Line, so on 23 October 2007 a concerted effort was made to photograph these units on my local line. It proved somewhat frustrating, as most of the locations I used during the 1980s, when the remaining through trains were loco hauled, have become completely overgrown. However, this location has stayed comparatively free of bushes. 180111 heads south from Moreton-in-Marsh with the 10:23 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service.

180111 Frinkley Lane 25 July 2009

180111 makes good use of its 125mph top speed as it passes Frinkley Lane (near Grantham) with the 15:06 Hull to Kings Cross Hull Trains service on 25 July 2009. The last time I saw this unit is was working for First Great Western on my local Cotswold Line.

180111 Cross Common 1 October 2009

180111 approaches Cross Common Level Crossing (near Wressle) with the 12:45 Hull to Kings Cross First Hull Trains service on 1 October 2009. It still carries the original First Great Western livery, with the branding subtly altered to read Hull Trains. Rather than a conventional picture which would only have accentuated the pylons in the background, I decided on a wider view and included the level crossing warning notices, giving this view of a typical modern automatic half barrier crossing, so common in rural eastern England.

180111 Goole 5 September 2014

180111 heads north from Goole on 5 September 2014 with the 1H05 14:47 Kings Cross to Hull service. The Selby Swing Bridge was closed for major maintenance between the end of July and early September, which resulted in these Hull Trains services being diverted via Goole.

180111 Goole 5 September 2014

A stranger in town. 180111 arrives at Goole station on 5 September 2014 with the 1A97 19:10 Hull to Kings Cross Hull Trains service. The Selby Swing Bridge was closed for major maintenance between the end of July and early September, with the result that these stylish units were routed via Goole, giving the town's residents a welcome return (albeit briefly!) of through London trains. As can be see by the station lights, by the time this arrived it was virtually dark, requiring the camera to be set at ISO 3200.

180112 Shrivenham 27 October 2003

180112 approaches the site of Shrivenham station with the 11:45 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service on 27 October 2003. I'm sure regular travelers on this route were not impressed when some HSTs were replaced with these units in 2002, but they needn't have worried as the quality traction was back within a couple of years!

180112 Standish Junction 10 September 2006

180112 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 10 September 2006 with the 15:33 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. By this date FGW had largely abandoned the use of the faring that covered the front coupler, and although this looses some of the sleek streamline look of the class, at least it doesn't make them look as ugly as their Class 175 cousins!.

180112 Moreton-in-Marsh 23 November 2006

With only a year of operations left, before First Great Western hands the whole class back to the leasing company in favour of more refurbished thirty year old HSTs, Class 180 Adelante unit 180112 accelerates away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 23 November 2006 with the 11:34 Hereford to Paddington service. Apart from the fact that the signal box has been fitted with replacement windows, the whole signalling installation here is still very definitely steam age! Despite the fact that by this date most of the leaves had fallen, there is still plenty of autumn colour on show here, particularly the small beech tree on the left.

180112 Yarnton Junction (site of) 2 May 2007

180112 passes under the Yarnton to Cassington road and speeds towards the site of the erstwhile Yarnton Junction, where until 1970 the Fairford Branch (truncated to Witney since 1962) joined the Oxford to Worcester line. The train is the 11:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington First Great Western service and the date is 2 May 2007.

180112 Churchill Heath 17 September 2007

One of my favourite photographic locations on the Cotswold Line during the 1980s was the remote farm occupation bridge near Churchill Heath. This offered a superb view of northbound trains in the evening and was well worth the long walk. Unfortunately a couple of decades later the location is not so good, with bushes obscuring the classic viewpoint. However, on 17 September 2007 the sun was not out, so I could take this picture from the 'wrong' side. 180112 heads north with the 10:52 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street First Great Western service.

180112 Didcot North Junction 12 November 2007

Autumn colours and severe backlighting at Didcot North Junction on 12 November 2007, as 180112 speeds round Didcot East Curve (thus avoiding the town's station), whilst working the 14:21 Paddington to Oxford First Great Western service.

180112 Burn 11 March 2010

180112 James Herriot, in the stylish Grand Central black livery, passes Burn on 11 March 2010 with the 1A62 12:30 Sunderland to Kings Cross service. This livery certainly suits these high speed units very well, and is in excellent taste compared with some of the train operating company's attempts at a corporate image! Grand Central Railways named 180112 after the legendary Yorkshire vet (real name James Alfred Wight) at Kings Cross on 29 July 2009.

180112 Walden Stubbs 17 June 2010

180112 James Herriot passes Walden Stubbs on 17 June 2010 with the 15:22 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service. This previously freight only route between Knottingley and Doncaster now has three booked passenger trains in each direction daily. The stylish black livery is not really improved by the yellow striped edging on the front valence, and it doesn't seem to serve any purpose. Hopefully not another example of HSE meddling!

180112 Yaxley 6 September 2012

180112 James Herriot speeds past Yaxley on 6 September 2012 with the 1A59 06:51 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service. Despite being on the edge of Peterborough, this location in the Crown Lakes Country Park is very rural.

180113 Honeybourne 1 November 2006 180113 arrives at Honeybourne with the 11:52 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service on 1 November 2006. It is just passing the ground frame which controls access to the Long Marston branch, which can been seen heading off into the bushes in the background.
180113 Chilson 10 August 2007

180113 passes Chilson on 10 August 2007 with the 08:24 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. This was shortly after the disastrous floods, and although the railway seems to have escaped here, just down the road the field walls had been demolished by the force of the water flooding out from the nearby River Evenlode.

180113 Shrivenham 17 December 2007

180113 speeds past the site of Shrivenham station on 17 December 2007 with the 11:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The class would very soon come to the end of its brief and turbulent career with FGW, and move on to pastures new.

180113 Bretforton 6 April 2007

The blackthorn is in flower at Bretforton on 6 April 2007 as 180113 passes by with the 10:23 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great Western service. Although the set number is not displayed, the unit can clearly be identified from the last two digits of the leading vehicle (59913). All the individual vehicle numbers in Class 180 units have the same last two digits. 180113 being made up of: 59913, 56913, 55913, 54913 & 50913.

180113 Bretforton 19 December 2007

The December 2007 timetable change did not see the end of Class 180s on the Cotswold Line as originally planned, but HSTs have taken over a number of workings, pending the complete removal of the Adelantes in early 2008. 180113 passes Bretforton (between Honeybourne and Evesham) with the 09:51 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street First Great Western service on 19 December 2007.

180113 Cross Common 1 October 2009

With Wressle station visible in the background, 180113 approaches Cross Common Level Crossing with the 11:48 Kings Cross to Hull First Hull Trains service on 1 October 2009. This is the livery that presumably these units would have ended up in if they had stayed with First Great Western, albeit with different branding. The original Hull Trains livery as used on the Class 222s has not been applied now that the company is trading as part of the First Group.

180113 Noblethorpe (Thorpe Grange) 17 June 2010

180113 passes Noblethorpe on 17 June 2010 with the 1H02 09:48 Kings Cross to Hull First Hull Trains service. Unlike Noblethorpe level crossing, which because it only connects a farm with adjacent fields sees virtually no traffic, the level crossing that can just glimpsed through the heat haze by the signal in the background (Joan Croft) sees constant use. Both these crossings still retain manually operated gates.

180113 Goole 5 September 2014

The Selby Swing Bridge was closed for major maintenance between the end of July and early September 2014. This resulted in Hull Trains services being diverted via Goole, temporarily giving the town back its former through service to London. On the final weekday of the diversions, Friday 5 September 2014, 180113 approaches Goole with the 1A96 17:10 Hull to Kings Cross service. This unit has done some wandering since I photographed it seven years earlier at Chilson, on my local Cotswold Line.

180114 South Marston 12 June 2003

When first introduced, the Class 180 Adelante units were used on London to Bristol services alongside HSTs. On 12 June 2003, 180114 leads another unidentified unit past South Marston with the 17:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service, while a another unit on a balancing working can be seen disappearing into the distance.

180114 Rangeworthy 2 August 2003

Class 180s never had any booked workings on the Gloucester to Bristol route, so this is presumably a Hereford to Bristol Temple Meads ECS move. On 2 August 2003, 180114 passes Rangeworthy in glorious evening light. Although reasonably clear, this is another location that would be improved photographically by the removal of all the lineside vegetation.

180114 Bourton 8 September 2006

180114 speeds past Bourton on 8 September 2006 with the 09:29 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. This is one of the lesser used locations in the Vale of White Horse, mainly because the bridge is down a rough track, which is OK in the summer, but can get a bit tricky to negotiate with a car during the winter.

180114 Uffington 9 September 2006

180114 speeds past the site of Uffington loops on 9 September 2006 with the 11:29 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. Although this a public footpath crossing, it always seems rather strange taking pictures at this location, standing on the ballast which at any other location would be blatant trespass! Nature is gradually reclaiming the site of the former freight loops (replaced by the four track section further east), with brambles leading the advance and colonising the ballast.

180114 Kingham 5 April 2007

Just to the north of Kingham station, on the Cotswold Line, a well used footpath linking the villages of Bledington and Kingham crosses the line. On 5 April 2007 I revisited the location after a break of several years, only to find the lineside bushes had grown somewhat. Therefore, I decided to include the crossing notice in a wider than normal picture. The highest number Adelante unit 180114 slows for the Kingham stop with the 15:20 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service.

180114 Cridling Stubbs 17 September 2012

180114 passes some lineside buddleia bushes at Cridling Stubbs on 17 September 2012, as it heads south with the 1A59 06:51 Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross Grand Central service. Ferrybridge Power Station can be seen in the distance.

180114 Great Heck 22 June 2013

180114 speeds past Great Heck on 22 June 2013 with the 1A68 15:29 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central service. Note the new fence on the left, requiring a stepladder to comfortably photograph over. At least it isn't the 'anti-photographer' palisade type!

180114 Balne Lowgate 12 March 2014

The very last rays of the afternoon sun illuminate 180114 as it speeds past Balne Lowgate on 12 March 2014 with the 1A66 15:18 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central service. The train is approaching Balne Lowgate level crossing, one of a surprising number of manually operated gates on the East Coast Mainline.