Class 220-222

220001 South Moreton (Didcot East) 12 November 2007

Completely devoid of any Virgin Trains branding, with even the badge below the windscreen removed, the pioneer 'Voyager' unit 220001 moves from the up relief to the up main line just to the east of Didcot at South Moreton with the 07:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth service on 12 November 2007. The franchise had been taken over by Arriva the previous day, but most of the 'Voyagers' seen during the day still carried some Virgin branding. Arriva are retaining the Cross Country name for the route with a new livery to follow shortly.

220001 Dean 21 March 2009

Pioneer 'Voyager' unit 220001 speeds through Dean with the diverted 10:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly Cross Country service on 21 March 2009. After a dreary start, the sun was finally starting to burn off the low cloud leading to yet another day of hazy sunshine - the final day of a spell of settled high pressure weather conditions.

220001 & 220024 South Moreton 16 August 2010

220001 & 220024 join forces to form the 1M58 14:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service on 16 August 2010, seen here passing through the cutting at South Moreton. This used to be a well frequented photographic spot, due to its clear view in both directions and lack of traffic (being a farm occupation bridge). However, bridge rebuilding has made the location now very hard work, the same applying to the bridge in the village of South Moreton, seen in the background.

220001 Yarnton 14 September 2017

220001 speeds past Yarnton on 14 September 2017 with the 1O22 14:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The train is just a few hundred yards from Wolvercote Junction, where the Cotswold Line joins the Banbury to Oxford route. This low level viewpoint was deliberately selected to show off the dramatic cloud formation.

220002 Severn Tunnel Junction 14 August 2004

220002 Forth Voyager passes the remnants of Severn Tunnel Junction depot on 14 August 2004 with the 07:25 Swansea to Newcastle Virgin Trains service. Not only is the Severn Tunnel rescue DMU (Class 121) visible in the background of this view, but also a Network Rail Incident Command Vehicle has just backed up to the compound on the right.

220003 Abbotswood 20 March 2009

220003 passes Abbotswood on 20 March 2009 with the 1V57 13:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service. Note the extremley low and dilapidated field fence in the foreground (since replaced) and the vintage cast iron milepost.

220004 Spetchley 16 June 2004

220004 catches the last rays of the setting sun, as it passes Spetchley on 16 June 2004 with the 18:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Plymouth Virgin CrossCountry service. This was formerly the site of both up and down loops, but the southbound loop was removed in the late 1990s.

220004 Tackley 8 March 2007

220004 finds a brief patch of sunshine at Tackley on 8 March 2007 as it heads down the Cherwell Valley with the 08:52 Edinburgh to Bournemouth Virgin Cross Country service . Note the flooded fields in the background, a common feature of this location in the winter and early spring.

220004 Oxford North Junction 4 July 2015

220004 just manages to stay ahead of the advancing cloud, as it passes Oxford North Junction on 4 July 2015 with the 1O20 13:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The line to Bicester (closed for upgrading at this time) can be seen branching off to the right, while on the left is the temporarily abandoned earthworks for the reinstatement of the down relief line.

220005 Little Haresfield 30 April 2009

220005 passes Little Haresfield on 30 May 2009 with the 09:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads Cross Country service, while 60074 Teenage Spirit sits patiently in the loop with the late running 6B13 05:10 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. As 6B13 had lost its path, instead of waiting in the loop for just one train to pass, it waited for 40 minutes while 3 trains passed!

220005 Hinksey 12 April 2013

220005 approaches Hinksey Yard on 12 April 2013 with the 1M46 11:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. In the background, 47790 Galloway Princess waits to follow it with the 0Z30 11:23 Eastleigh to Crewe Gresty Bridge light engine move.

220005 Wolvercote 10 May 2014

The northern end of the partially reconstructed former down relief line at Wolvercote is seen in the drizzle on 10 May 2014, as 220005 passes by with the 1O80 06:33 Birmingham New Street to Southampton CrossCountry service. Although the exit point has already been installed, at this time there was still only a short section of track heading southwards.

220007 Spetchley 8 October 2008

A more artistic type picture at Spetchley on 8 October 2008. With an impressive cloud formation adding interest to the picture, 220007 heads northwards with the 13:25 Plymouth to Manchester Piccadilly Arriva Cross Country service. A public footpath leads across this field to a footbridge over the railway.

220007 Wolvercote 22 July 2012

Golden evening light at Wolvercote on 22 July 2012, as 220007 passes the Rosebay Willowherb growing on the party cleared trackbed of the soon to be reinstated down relief line. The train is the 1M68 18:41 Reading to Birmingham New Street CrossCountry service.

220008 Cheltenham 14 April 2007

220008 Welsh Dragon approaches Cheltenham on 14 April 2007 with the 06:48 Leeds to Plymouth Virgin Trains service. A slightly misty morning, but the clean unit with its bright red and silver livery still shows up well.

220008 Yarnton 14 September 2017

220008 emerges from the shadows, and into the afternoon light, as it passes Yarnton on 14 September 2017 with the 1V89 12:34 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service. Although a footbridge replaced a foot crossing here some time ago, the lineside growth has subsequently rendered that photographic improvement largely redundant!

220009 Kings Sutton 24 November 2010

The driver of 220009 gives the windscreen a good wash as he approaches Kings Sutton on 24 November 2010 with the 1V87 10:25 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service. This picture is taken from the footpath that leads from the village of Kings Sutton to Twyford Mill, and is one of the few locations in the vicinity that is not shaded by lineside bushes during the winter.

220009 Oxford North Junction 12 July 2014

220009 passes Oxford North Junction on 12 July 2014 with the 1O04 05:11 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The line of fresh ballast above the unit marks the course of the former down freight loop, being reinstated to ease congestion in the Oxford area.

220009 Culham 4 May 2016

Shortly after sunrise on 4 May 2016, 220009 approaches Culham with the 1M18 05:15 Southampton to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Dominating the background is the sad remains of Didcot Power Station, with the partially collapsed turbine hall on the left. Whilst being prepared fro demolition in February 2016, half of the building collapsed without warning, killing four people. Unbelievably, over ten weeks later three of the men are still buried underneath the rubble. The steam rising from behind the cooling towers is from the still working Didcot B gas fired plant.

220010 Greenholme 19 June 2006

220010 Ribble Voyager runs through the reverse curves at Greenholme on 19 June 2006 with the 1M56 12:52 Edinburgh to Bournemouth Virgin CrossCountry service. Classmate 220022 would shortly appear from the opposite direction.

220010 Tredington 13 February 2008

220010 speeds past Tredington on 13 February 2008 with the 11:25 Newcastle to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service. The unit retains the original Virgin Trains livery, but with suitable rebranding, and removal of the badge under the windscreen.

220010 Goring 6 July 2015

Electrification is coming! 220010 heads north near Goring on 6 July 2015 with the 1E79 06:02 Guildford to Newcastle CrossCountry service. With no opportunity for a trackside picture, this location will become impossible once the wires go up.

220010 Wolvercote 25 March 2017

220010 passes Wolvercote on 25 March 2017 with the 1O16 11:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. I chose this slightly unusual framing to show off the lineside trees, which always look so much more photogenic before the leaves come out.

220011 Spetchley 16 June 2004

220011 passes Spetchley on 16 June 2004 with the 19:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Manchester Piccadilly Virgin CrossCountry service. Not really an adequate substitute for the former Class 47 hauled train it replaced, either photographically, or in passenger comfort!

220011 Croome 31 July 2005

I wouldn't normally take a going away shot of a unit, and certainly not on a dull day, but look what's on the front of this one! 47197 drags 220011 past Croome en-route from Bristol Barton Hill to Central Rivers depot on 31 July 2005. This was due to the unavailability of Virgin's own Class 57 locos.

220011 Tackley 16 June 2011

There are dark clouds in the Oxford direction, as 220011 speeds northwards at Tackley on 16 June 2011 with the 1E68 17:46 Southampton Central to York CrossCountry service. Note the condensation in the headlight clusters.

220011 Little Haresfield 6 April 2012

No, I have not just completed a massive lineside vegetation clearance operation, just to get an uninterrupted view of a Voyager! Network Rail have had a welcome blitz on the trackside bushes and trees near Little Haresfield, opening up the view of northbound trains considerably from the public footpath crossing. 220011 speeds past on 6 April 2012 with the 1M25 07:00 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service.

220012 Kidlington (Sandy Lane) 22 September 2012

After a bright start, the clouds are building up at Sandy Lane, Kidlington on 22 September 2012, as 220012 speeds southwards with the 1O10 08:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Sandy Level Crossing can just be seen behind the rear of the train.

220012 Culham 11 June 2015

With Appleford church visible in the background, 220012 approaches Culham on 11 June 2015 with the late running 1E68 17:46 Southampton to York CrossCountry service. Once again, after years of uncontrolled lineside growth, it is now once again possible to get uninterrupted views of northbound trains at this location.

220013 Battledown Flyover 30 March 2003

220013 South Wales Voyager speeds past Battledown Flyover on 30 March 2003 with the 1O10 09:40 Wolverhampton to Bournemouth Virgin CrossCountry service. With all of the Class 220 fleet having lost this livery in favour of CrossCountry's brown colour scheme, this image already looks historic!

220013 Bletchingdon 14 March 2011

On 14 March 2011, the site of Bletchingdon station is completely dominated by black plastic shrink wrapped pallets, seemingly squeezed into every available inch of space on the small industrial estate. 220013 passes by with the 1O18 12:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service.

220013 Tackley 3 October 2011

220013 races through Tackley station on 3 October 2011. First Great Western operates the stopping trains on the stations between Banbury and Oxford, leaving CrossCountry services to pass through non-stop. This is the 1V87 10:35 Newcastle to Reading service.

220013 Heyford 9 March 2017

220013 speeds through Heyford station on 9 March 2017 with the 1O18 12:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Plenty of boats on the canal, but not much movement, as only the hardy go for boating holidays in March!

220014 Rousham 16 February 2008

220014 leads an unidentified classmate past Rousham on 16 February 2008 with the 06:01 Sheffield to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Some recent bush pruning (not by me!) has opened up this view, which on this occasion looks even more impressive with the frost covered grass in the foreground.

220014 Hinksey 9 January 2010

Although for some odd reason during the whole time I was on the footbridge at Hinksey Yard in ideal photographic conditions on 9 January 2010 not a single railway photographer joined me, there was a constant procession of 'normal' passers by obviously testing their Christmas present cameras in the snowy conditions! Here the driver of 220014 gives a cheery wave to a couple of girls who are taking his picture, as he passes by with the 10:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service.

220015 Rousham 18 April 2010

220015 speeds round the curve near Rousham on 18 April 2010 with the 1V82 13:33 Birmingham New Street to Reading CrossCountry service. 1V82 would normally start from Newcastle, but this is a Sunday, so consequently it starts from Birmingham. I particularly like the composition of this picture, with the train leaning into the curve and the rails lying in the ballast adding some foreground interest. Even the tree on the right is positioned in just the right place to aid the composition. Of course I would say this, because its a bloody long walk to get to this spot!

220015 Culham (Lock Wood) 10 December 2012

Only early afternoon, but already the winter shadows are lengthening at Lock Wood, Culham on 10 December 2012, as 220015 heads southwards with the 1O14 10:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service.

220016 Spetchley 29 April 2006

220016 Midland Voyager leads an unidentified Class 221 unit past Spetchley on 29 April 2006 with the 06:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Edinburgh Virgin CrossCountry service. Although obviously making a nine coach train, having no corridor connection between the units makes it extremely awkward for revenue protection and catering. Not exactly the most efficient way of doing things!

220016 Thrupp 7 March 2011

220016 speeds past Thrupp on 7 March 2011 with the 1O18 12:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Luckily the gap in the bushes is just right the size for a four car Class 220. A five car Class 221 wouldn't look quite so good with the back end obstructed by the signal!

220017 Oxford 13 July 2002

220017 pulls out of Oxford station on 13 July 2002 with the 05:16 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole Virgin CrossCountry service. Until the late 1990s the classic view of trains leaving Oxford was from the Osney Lane footbridge. However, the car park seen here now ruins the picture. So here is the next best viewpoint, unfortunately including the ever present palisade fencing.

220017 Stoke Orchard 6 May 2013

220017 passes the abundant blackthorn blossom at Stoke Orchard on 6 May 2013 with the 1V55 12:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Exeter St Davids CrossCountry service. Because of the very cold weather earlier in the year, the blackthorn blossom was very late. By this date the hawthorn blossom should normally be out. They are the green bushes in this view.

220017 Tredington 2 January 2014

With Bredon Hill visible in the background, 220017 passes Tredington on 2 January 2014 with the 1V54 06:32 Dundee to Plymouth CrossCountry service. Nice lighting, but I much prefer it when this train is worked by a HST!

220017 Oxford 30 January 2015

220017 accelerates away from Oxford station on 30 January 2015 with the 1O06 06:37 Nottingham to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The very next day this train would have had to have started from Banbury, as the line was blocked by a landslide at Harbury Tunnel. Over a decade earlier I had also photographed 220017 leaving Oxford, only on that occasion by standing on the Armco barrier in the car park. The 1W00 08:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western HST can be seen in the background.

220019 Radley 5 May 2016

220019 approaches Radley on 5 May 2016 with the 1V83 06:25 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service. The flowering oilseed rape certainly improves this picture, giving the whole image a brown/silver, then green, then yellow split.

220020 Charfield 2 March 2010

The recently laid track in both the loops at Charfield is much in evidence in this view taken on 2 March 2010. 220020 rounds the curve with the late running 1V49 09:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service.

220021 Heyford 18 April 2009

220021 is pictured just north of Heyford station on the Banbury to Oxford line on 18 April 2009. It is working the 06:55 Edinburgh to Reading Cross Country service. Probably not a location that is visited very often, as it requires a lengthy walk from the nearest road, something which puts off the majority of photographers!

220021 Hinksey 9 January 2010

Snow lays thickly on the ground and provides a 'load' for the Network Rail spoil wagons in the foreground, as 220021 passes Hinksey Yard on 9 January 2010 with the 1O30 09:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The footbridge in the background always used to be a popular photographic spot, but the nearby trees are now so tall that a patch of shade covers the tracks at this time of year, as can be clearly seen here.

220021 Somerton 10 April 2012

220021 heads northwards past Somerton on 10 April 2012 with the 1M22 06:15 Southampton to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Just behind the trees on the right is an earlier form of transport - the Oxford Canal, opened in 1790.

220021 Frocester 9 June 2012

Hazy early morning light at Frocester on 9 June 2012. 220021 heads north with the 1M25 07:00 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Photo taken from the public footpath linking Eastington to Leonard Stanley.

220022 Greenholme 19 June 2006

A brief sunny spell at Greenholme on 19 June 2006, as 220022 Brighton Voyager heads north with the 9S62 10:46 Bournemouth to Edinburgh Virgin CrossCountry service on 19 June 2006. Note how dark the fells in the background near Tebay are!

220022 Norton 20 March 2009

Palindromic 220022 passes the Woodbury Lane Industrial Estate near Norton with the 10:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads Cross Country service on 20 March 2009. I had not previously used this location for a southbound train and the convenient tree next to the footpath crossing has made an interesting picture from a mundane subject.

220022 Upper Heyford 23 March 2011

220022 speeds past Upper Heyford on 23 March 2011 with the 1O14 10:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. I haven't seen this location used by other photographers, but then it is a fair walk from the nearest road, which inevitably puts most people off!

220022 Culham 18 July 2015

220022 approaches Culham on 18 July 2015 with the 1E82 06:25 Bournemouth to Newcastle CrossCountry service. Didcot Power Station's turbine hall and chimney, along with its three remaining cooling towers will shortly be history, so this is one for the archives. In addition, the railway will soon be electrified, therefore completely altering this view.

220024 Bletchingdon 2 September 2010

The local coal merchant on the site of Bletchingdon station is obviously building up some good stocks for the forthcoming winter. 220024 passes by on 2 September 2010 with the 1V88 11:27 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service.

220026 Souldern Wharf 24 August 2016

A stowaway on board! A wood pigeon has managed to get itself wedged into the Dellner coupler of 220026, seen here passing Souldern Wharf on 24 August 2016 with the 1O18 12:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Wood pigeons often seen to come to sudden end on the front of trains, as famously photographed by numerous people on the front of 37607, as it travelled the length of the country in company with 37608 on 2 September 2011.

220027 Bishop Wood 26 July 2008

In nice evening light, with a dark threatening sky in the background, 220027 passes Bishop Wood with the 15:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Newcastle Cross Country service on 26 July 2008. Despite being repainted into Cross Country's new livery, the shadow of the former Virgin Railways shield can still plainly be seen on the nose! Overhead electrified lines are particularly difficult for photography, with most viewpoints from bridges being ruined by the wires getting in the way. I am particularly pleased with this location, as not only does the low angle suit the catenary, but the farm track running parallel with the line makes a particularly attractive composition.

220027 & 220033 Ashchurch 4 May 2010

Wrong line working at Ashchurch on 4 May 2010. 220027 & 220033 have just used the crossover at Ashchurch station, and are pictured proceeding cautiously northwards up the wrong line during an engineer's possession, resulting in single line working. They are working the 05:20 Plymouth to Edinburgh CrossCountry service.

220027 Wolvercote Junction 6 February 2015

220027 passes Wolvercote Junction on 6 February 2015. Due to a severe landslip at Harbury, which has closed the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa, this CrossCountry service is running as the 1Z10 10:55 Banbury to Bournemouth, rather than the more normal 1O10 08:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth.

220027 Tackley 20 July 2016

220027 catches the evening light, as it speeds northwards past Tackley on 20 July 2016 with the 1M70 17:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. An ideal evening photographic location, and one that doesn't require a long walk from the car!

220028 Cattybrook 3 June 2007

Shortly after emerging from Patchway Tunnel, 220028 passes Cattybrook on 3 June 2007 with an unidentified, presumably diverted, Wales bound train. Note the difference in level of the two lines here, and the twin single bore tunnels.

220028 Upper Heyford 23 March 2011

As 23 March 2011 was a more or less completely sunny day, I ventured out to a location near Upper Heyford that I had not previously visited. It looked OK on Google Earth and so it proved to be, although there is a very long walk from Upper Heyford village. The location ideally suits a short train such as this. 220028 heads south with the 1O18 12:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service.

220028 Culham 26 September 2015

Just after sunrise on Saturday 26 September 2015, 220028 approaches Culham with the 1M22 06:15 Southampton to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. With the weak early morning sun lighting up the train, and Didcot Power Station's remaining cooling towers and chimney, but with a band of fog between the two, an atmospheric picture has resulted. This was pure luck, as had the fog been any nearer it would have been a completely different story! Not one for the 'Full Sun' brigade, but then I do like unusual lighting effects.

220028 Ashchurch 17 November 2017

A frosty morning at Ashchurch, showing a view that has recently been cleared of trees, revealing the old water tower amid all the new buildings. 220028 heads north on 17 November 2017 with the 1M25 07:00 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. This train didn't get much further, as it was terminated at Bromsgrove, as 66206 working the late running 6M60 01:48 Exeter Riverside to Bescot china clay tanks, had managed to run out fuel climbing the Lickey Incline, and was blocking the line!

220029 Yarnton 2 February 2008

The weak winter sun glints off the silver bodyside of 220029 as it heads northwards near Yarnton on 2 February 2008 with the 07:45 Bournemouth to Aberdeen CrossCountry service. I certainly wouldn't want to travel from one end of the United Kingdom to the other in one of these units!

220029 Lower Wick 25 September 2010

220029 heads south at Lower Wick on 25 September 2010 with the 1V47 07:58 Manchester Piccadilly to Paignton CrossCountry service. The bridge in the background carries the Middle Wick to Lower Wick road (yes, there is an Upper Wick as well!), while partly hidden by that, in the far distance is the M5 motorway bridge.

220030 Eckington 17 August 2017

220030 approaches the farm occupation crossing just south of Eckington on 17 August 2017, as it heads north with the 1M93 14:04 Paignton to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Note the redundant lengths of rail slowly being swallowed up by the grass in the field.

220031 Banbury 21 September 2009

220031 passes the stone terminal at Banbury on 21 September 2009 with the 06:21 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service. A surprisingly rural location (apart, obviously from the stone depot), and although surrounded by roads and industrial units, this view gives the impression of being in the countryside.

220031 Wychnor Junction 3 June 2015

220031 approaches Wychnor Junction on 3 June 2015 with the 1V91 14:35 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service. Trees now mostly hide the (formerly rail connected) quarry, which is such a feature of this location.

220032 Bishops Itchington 15 April 2008

220032 sweeps round the curve at Bishops Itchington on 15 April 2008 with the 08:54 Manchester Piccadilly to Reading CrossCountry service. Arriva CrossCountry had just taken over from Virgin, and the branding had been changed accordingly, although still for the moment retaining Virgin's red livery.

220032 Mottisfont & Dunbridge 21 March 2009

220032 speeds through Mottisfont & Dunbridge station with the diverted 08:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth Cross County service on 21 March 2009. The shutter was deliberately pressed a little early so that the train would not obscure the view of the station building (now a private house). The passengers are waiting for the following South West Trains service, which on this day were having to share capacity on the line with both diverted passenger and freight services.

220032 Wolvercote 15 December 2012

220032 passes Wolvercote on 15 December 2012 with the late running 1V83 06:22 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service. It had started out bang on time, but delays at York cost it 20 minutes, which by the time Derby was reached had increased to 36 minutes. Here it was a mere 30 minutes behind time, but it did mean that the following 1O10 08:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth (220002) was running right behind it.

220032 Rousham 13 April 2013

220032 passes Rousham on 13 April 2013 with the 1O06 06:37 Nottingham to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Not a location n that many photographers would have visited, as it requires a very long walk from the nearest road.

220033 Hatton North Junction 19 February 2008

220033 passes Hatton North Junction with the 14:40 Reading to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service on 19 February 2008. The line to the right leads to Stratford-upon-Avon, but sees virtually no traffic. The footbridge here is a pleasant spot for railway photography, well away from any road, although the ever present hum of the M40 motorway rather detracts from the rural atmosphere. The nearest other means of transport is the nearby Grand Union Canal.

220034 Gossington 5 March 2010

220034 speeds past the footpath crossing at Gossington on 5 March 2010 with the 1V57 13:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service. Gossington Hall is situated just to left of this picture, a name which will be familiar to readers of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple crime novels.

220034 Lickey Incline 12 April 2015

The Lickey Incline is no problem for 220034, as it heads up the 1 in 37 bank on Sunday 12 April 2015 with the 1S41 09:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Edinburgh CrossCountry service. This location is approximately half way up the famous bank, which was such an operational headache in steam days.

221104 Fenwick 13 September 2003

221104 Sir John Franklin speeds past Fenwick on 13 September 2003 with the 1V67 14:21 Newcastle to Cardiff Central Virgin Trains service. There is certainly no need to use the tilting mechanism on this section of track, it being dead straight from Temple Hirst Junction to Doncaster, a distance of over ten miles.

221104 Hinksey 2 May 2007

221104 Sir John Franklin passes Hinksey on 2 May 2007 with the 14:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly Virgin Trains service. The bridge in the background is the A423 Oxford southern bypass, and just visible in the distance is Kennington Junction.

221104 & 221117 Ledburn 19 April 2017

221104 & 221117 pass Ledburn on 19 April 2017 with the 1R03 06:20 Rugby to Euston Virgin Trains service. The train will shortly be passing the site of the 1963 Great Train Robbery, first where the mail train was stopped at Sears Crossing, and a little further south, where the mailbags were unloaded, at Bridego Bridge.

221106 & 221112 Kings Sutton 27 August 2017

Virgin Train's 221106 William Barents & 221112 Ferdinand Magellan were hired to Arriva CrossCountry over the 2017 August Bank Holiday, to strengthen services to compensate for the closure of Euston station for engineering works. Bringing a touch of recent livery nostalgia to the Banbury area, the duo are pictured passing Kings Sutton on 27 August 2017 with the 1M58 14:40 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly service. Note 221106's 'Festival No.6 Portmeirion' revised livery.

221111 Brock 6 May 2008

221111 passes Brock on 6 May 2008 with the 16:10 Glasgow Central To Birmingham New Street Virgin West Coast service. Perfectly capable of being worked by an EMU, but like all overhead electrified lines in the UK, vastly underutilised, with lots of diesel worked services.

221114 Aynho Junction 7 May 2007

221114 passes Aynho Junction in the rain on 7 May 2007 with the 06:15 Southampton to Edinburgh Virgin CrossCountry service. What was once a good location for photography has now been slightly swamped by hawthorn bushes!

221115 Badgeworth 6 March 2007

There's certainly no doubt that the Virgin CrossCountry red and silver livery stood out well against a winter landscape, especially when clean, as here. 221115 speeds past Badgeworth on 6 March 2007 with the 10:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Plymouth service.

221116 Up Hatherley 10 September 2005

Atmospheric (in other words, wet!) conditions at Up Hatherley on 10 September 2005. 221116 approaches Cheltenham through the rain with the 06:10 Exeter St Davids to Manchester Piccadilly Virgin Cross Country service. The beam of light from the headlight gives an indication as to how dull it was!

221116 Ledburn 25 November 2016

221116 speeds past Ledburn on 25 November 2016 with the 1A28 11:35 Chester to Euston Virgin Trains service. Luckily there is only an old style fence on this side of the line, but it can't be long before an intrusive palisade fence, like the one on the other side, replaces it.

221117 Tackley 20 July 2002

221117 Sir Henry Morton Stanley sweeps round the curve to the north of Tackley on 20 July 2002 with the 1O09 08:19 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth 'Pines Express'. This is a historic picture, not only because the red and silver Virgin Trains livery has long since been replaced by the drab brown CrossCountry colour scheme, after the franchise change in 2007, but because it shows 221117 running as a four car set. Along with a number of five coach Class 221s, 221117 entered service with just four vehicles. 221117 is just three months old in this picture, which explains its clean appearance. The fifth coach was added in November, meaning it ran in this configuration for just seven months.

221118 Tredington 10 October 2008

Fine autumn lighting at Tredington on 10 October 2008, as 221118 heads south with the 1V55 11:25 Newcastle to Bristol Temple Meads service. This is a totally unbranded set, with no evidence of either the old (Virgin) or new (CrossCountry) operators.

221119 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 15 April 2008

221119 speeds past Claydon on 15 April 2008 with the 1O06 06:00 Leeds to Bournemouth CrossCounty service. The outline of the former Virgin Trains logo is visible on the front end, as was usual at this time, but there appears to be another mark as well. Possibly caused by the plaque's removal?

221119 Up Hatherley 6 April 2009

A fine display of blackthorn blossom at Up Hatherley on 6 April 2009, as 221119 heads northwards with the late running 1S43 06:28 Penzance to Edinburgh CrossCountry service. Typical of settled high pressure, the sun was struggling to break through the thin high cloud.

221119 Little Haresfield 19 January 2011

221119 passes Little Haresfield on 19 January 2011 with the 1V49 09:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service. The photographers on the bridge (and the small group of us stood at the footpath crossing) are waiting for the bright red apparition that can be seen in the loop in the background. Freshly painted 60011 is working the 6B13 05:05 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks, just a matter of days after being returned to service in its new colour scheme.

221120 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 22 April 2009

221120 rounds the curve at Claydon (Oxfordshire) on 22 April 2009 with the 1O38 11:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Note the line of rook's nests in the trees in the background.

221120 Eckington 17 August 2017

Running 25 minutes late, 221120 speeds past Eckington on 17 August 2017 with the 1V60 08:20 Aberdeen to Penzance CrossCountry service. The impressive cloud formation really makes this picture, and counteracts the dullness of the train!

221121 Kidlington (Sandy Lane) 22 September 2012

221121 passes Sandy Lane level crossing (by the house in the background), near Kidlington, on 22 September 2012 with the 1O08 07:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The crossing has been the subject of much concern amongst locals, due its poor reliability record.

221122 Fiddington 18 February 2008

Palindromic 221122 passes Fiddington (near Ashchurch) with the 14:24 Derby to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service on 18 February 2008. This unit, in common with most of the fleet at this time has CrossCountry branding applied to the bodyside and the shadow of the former Virgin badge just visible on the front end. The low winter sun certainly accentuates this livery.

221123 Gossington 8 April 2010

221123 passes Gossington on a brilliantly sunny 8 April 2010 with the 1M33 10:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Note that the gap in the bushes is exactly the right size for a five coach train!

221123 Little Haresfield 18 April 2017

221123 passes milepost 99 near Little Haresfield on 18 April 2017 with the 1V46 06:40 York to Plymouth CrossCountry service. Because this was running a few minutes late, the 2G82 09:36 Swindon to Cheltenham GWR DMU had been allowed to cross over from the Golden Valley Line in front of it, consequently it was just picking up speed again, after receiving a signal check.

221124 Tackley 23 May 2009

221124 passes Tackley in superb evening light on 23 May 2009 with the 1E68 18:40 Reading to York CrossCountry service. This a very pleasant location to spend a summer evening, although really only usable from May to August, at least in order to get the sun on the front of the train.

221124 Badgeworth 28 October 2014

221124 passes Badgeworth just after sunrise on 28 October 2014 with the 1M21 07:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Despite the radio mast spoiling the location in recent years, it is still one of the few spots in the Cheltenham area that is suitable for an early morning northbound photo.

221125 Dunston 29 January 2011

221125 speeds past Dunston on 29 January 2011 with the 1M22 06:15 Southampton Central to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Does that glimmer of weak early morning light catching the side of the train mean things are going to improve by the time the Class 31 hauled railtour appears? No of course it doesn't, it just got worse!

221125 Rousham 13 April 2013

221125 passes Rousham on 13 April 2013 with the 1O04 05:11 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. I particularly like this location, as the tussocky grass in the field makes an interesting foreground, which shows up well in the early morning light.

221127 Kilnhurst 27 December 2003

221127 glints in the low winter sun as it passes Kilnhurst on 27 December 2003 with the 06:03 Bristol Temple Meads to Newcastle Virgin Trains service. The railway at the bottom of the garden is either a railway enthusiast's dream or a bloody nuisance, depending on these householder's views!

221127 Damery 7 September 2013

A perfect fit! 221127 neatly fits the gap in the bushes at Damery on 7 September 2013, as it speeds southwards with the 1V45 07:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service. The unit's livery contrasts nicely with the recently harvested fields.

221127 Up Hatherley 7 July 2017

Bonfire time! The owner of the land near the Badgeworth Road bridge starts a fire on 7 July 2017, which for a few minutes engulfed the railway line in smoke. Just before it got really bad, 221127 passes Up Hatherley with the 1S45 09:25 Plymouth to Aberdeen CrossCountry service.

221128 Croome 16 August 2006

221128 passes through Croome Perry Wood on 16 August 2006 with the 09:00 Glasgow Central to Penzance Virgin CrossCountry service. What an ordeal it must be for anyone travelling the whole way on this uncomfortable modern unit, especially after the relative luxury of the loco-hauled stock of yesteryear!

221129 Spetchley 8 October 2008

Superb evening lighting at Spetchley on 8 October 2008 as 221129 speeds south with the 9V65 12:05 Edinburgh to Plymouth CrossCountry service. Despite the new livery, a sign of the unit's former operator can just still be seen, Note the shadow of the former Virgin Trains logo on the yellow front.

221130 Hinksey 2 January 2008

My first railway picture of 2008 shows a pair of de-branded ex Virgin Class 221 'Voyagers' passing at Hinksey Yard, near Oxford in superb low winter lighting on 2 January. 221130 approaches with the 06:00 Glasgow to Bournemouth Arriva Cross Country service, while 221123 slows for a signal check whilst working the 11:45 Bournemouth to Glasgow service. At the start of 2008 most of the 'Voyager' fleet were in this transitional state, although a few sets have received Cross Country branding, and some retain evidence of their former operators.

221130 Heyford 29 October 2008

I went to Heyford station on 29 October 2008 with the aim of taking a picture showing both the railway and canal with a background of autumn colours. Unfortunately only one tree seems to be putting on much of a show at this location. 221130 rounds the curve and passes the narrowboats on the Oxford Canal as it works the 1V94 09:54 Manchester Piccadilly to Reading Cross Country service. The Oxford Canal parallels the railway up the Cherwell Valley between Oxford and Banbury, and although it is basically a contour following canal and therefore wanders about a bit, there are a number of places where both the cut and the line are in close proximity. However, getting good picture with both included is far from easy!

221130 Tackley 17 December 2008

Just the right size gap for a five coach Voyager! On 17 December 2008, 221130 passes the flooded fields near Tackley with the 11:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The flooding of the River Cherwell is a regular winter occurrence, with huge areas of water appearing between the river and the Oxford Canal, which shares the valley with the river and the railway. One of the bridges over the canal can be seen in the background of this picture directly above the centre coach.

221130 Bramley 22 July 2012

The former Great Western Railway station building still survives at Bramley, along with its matching waiting room on the opposite platform. 221130 speeds through the station on 22 July 2012 with the 1M38 09:40 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service.

221130 Wychnor Junction 3 June 2015

221130 approaches Wychnor Junction on 3 June 2015 with the 1V64 13:06 Edinburgh to Plymouth CrossCountry service. In the background the track leading in to Central Rivers Depot can be seen. This is where the entire Class 220/221 fleet is maintained.

221130 Up Hatherley 5 October 2017

221130 passes Up Hatherley on 5 October 2017 with the 1V52 06:01 Glasgow Central to Plymouth CrossCountry service. This location, along with various others in the area, has recently had the vegetation cut back in preparation for the new Class 800s, although why these new units are any more susceptible to overhanging bushes is a mystery!

221133 Magor 18 October 2008

CrossCountry services were diverted away from the Bristol to Gloucester line on Saturdays in the latter part of 2008 due to engineering work. Not long after sunrise on 18 October 2008, 221133 passes Magor with the 06:10 Exeter St Davids to Manchester Piccadilly service, having just reversed at Newport. Note the pink tint to the sky which I hoped was going to herald an improvement in the weather, which although apparently clear as I was driving from Gloucester, was in fact dull and drizzly in South Wales. The colour in the sky however only lasted a short while and then after a period when it looked like it might possibly brighten up, it started raining seriously.

221133 Fiddington 23 August 2012

221133 passes Fiddington on 23 August 2012 with the 1V57 13:07 Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads CrossCountry service. Bredon Hill can be seen in the background, a 981 feet high hill rising out of the flat Vale of Evesham.

221134 Kidlington (Sandy Lane) 22 September 2012

Fine early morning light at Sandy Lane, Kidlington on 22 September 2012, as 221134 speeds southwards with the 1O04 05:11 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The level crossing in the background has subsequently been the scene of several accidents.

221135 Oxford North Junction 25 March 2017

221135 passes Oxford North Junction on 25 March 2017 with the 1O20 13:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Waiting in the background is 66130 with the 4V54 09:33 Wakefield Europort to Didcot intermodal.

221136 Banbury 21 September 2009

Soft early morning autumnal light at Banbury on 21 September 2009, as 221136 passes the stone terminal with the 06:15 Leeds to Reading CrossCountry service. The lighting was gradually getting brighter, as can be seen on the following train, using CrossCountry's other class of Voyager unit.

221136 Oxford 1 April 2015

221136 pulls out of Oxford station on 1 April 2015 with the 1O80 06:33 Birmingham New Street to Southampton CrossCountry service, while in the background 165137 arrives with the 2N08 05:57 First Great Western service from Paddington.

221136 Tackley 14 June 2017

221136 speeds through Tackley station on 14 June 2017 with the 1O06 06:37 Nottingham to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The footpath crossing in the foreground was formerly a vehicle crossing, giving access to the fields on the opposite side of the line to the village of Tackley.

221137 Stonehouse (Bristol Road) 15 April 2006

221137 passes the site of Stonehouse (Bristol Road) station on a gloomy 15 April 2006. It is working the 08:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Newcastle Virgin CrossCountry service. The rusting siding in the undergrowth was in use long after the passenger station closed, as the coal depot on the site survived right up to the Speedlink Coal era, finally closing in 1987.

221137 Wolvercote Junction 17 October 2010

221137 passes Wolvercote Junction on a clear and bright 17 October 2010 with the 1O18 12:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The single line diverging to the left is the Cotswold Line, leading to Worcester and Hereford.

221138 Spetchley 14 May 2005

221138 passes Spetchley on 14 May 2005 with the 07:05 Leeds to Plymouth Virgin CrossCountry service. A lot of photographers ignored these units when they took over from proper loco hauled trains, but I wanted a record of the changing scene, and the striking red and silver livery is already history on this route.

221138 Rangeworthy 15 April 2015

221138 passes the blackthorn blossom at Rangeworthy on 15 April 2015, as it heads northwards with the 1S41 07:25 Plymouth to Edinburgh CrossCountry service. The sun is just starting to burn off the early morning fog, which, in the typically awkward way that these things happen, was only very localised just around the railway!

221139 Tackley 6 June 2016

221139 races past Tackley on 6 June 2016 with the 1E64 17:45 Reading to Newcastle CrossCountry service. This location is one of the few spots that I can think of that has actually improved in terms of visibility in the last few years. In the 1990s there was a very large bush compromising this viewpoint.

221139 Wolvercote 12 July 2016

221139 passes Wolvercote on 12 July 2016 with the 1M66 16:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. There is plenty of evidence of work to reinstate the down relief line, which means it came as a surprise some months later when all this neatly laid new track was taken up again!

221140 Stonehose (Bristol Road) 9 June 2012

221140 passes Stonehouse (Bristol Road) on 9 June 2012 with the 1M29 07:02 Paignton to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. The Cotswold Hills form the background, and the Stonedale Road Industrial Estate forms the foreground!

221140 Wolvercote 19 January 2015

221140 passes Wolvercote on 19 January 2015 with the 1O12 09:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. Prominent on the left is the new trackwork in connection with the reinstated down relief line. This was originally installed during the Second World War, between Oxford and Wolvercote, but lifted in the 1960s.

221140 Up Hatherley 23 July 2016

221140 approaches Up Hatherley on 23 July 2016 with the 1M29 07:02 Paignton to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. In the background is the well known photographic vantage point of Badgeworth bridge.

221141 Burn 17 October 2013

Dramatic lighting at Burn on 17 October 2013, as 221141 heads northwards with the 1S41 07:25 Plymouth to Edinburgh CrossCountry service. I wouldn't normally bother to photograph a Voyager under the wires, as I see enough of them in the Oxford area, but in this occasion the superb lighting made up for the dull traction!

221141 Culham 2 July 2016

With the partly demolished Didcot Power Station dominating the background, 221141 approaches Culham on 2 July 2016 with the 1E82 06:53 Southampton to Newcastle CrossCountry service. On the left is the bridge that carries the line over the River Thames near Appleford.

221141 Eckington 17 August 2017

221141 speeds past the start of Eckington loop on 17 August 2017 with the 1M61 17:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Even one of these almost universally hated DMUs is worth recording in nice evening light such as this!

221142 Cheltenham 28 April 2007

221142 Matthew Flinders approaches Cheltenham on 28 April 2007 with the 08:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Plymouth Virgin Trains service. Virgin kept their new trains quite clean in the early days, but the standard of cleanliness seen here didn't always last!

221144 Dosthill 1 May 2004

A meeting of Class 221 units at Dosthill on 1 May 2004. 221144 heads northwards with the 08:30 Birmingham New Street to Newcastle Virgin Trains services and passes an unidentified unit heading the 06:00 Leeds to Bristol Temple Meads train. 221144 no longer exists, as in 2010 its two centre coaches were removed to allow 221142 & 221143 to be converted into five car units. Therefore the driving car pictured here (and the one on the other end) are now spare. It also leaves 221141 as the only four car 221 set.

222001 Barkby Thorpe 26 July 2008

Sporting the new East Midlands Trains livery, 222001 passes Barkby Thorpe (near Leicester) with the 09:30 Nottingham to St Pancras service on 26 July 2008. Formerly open countryside between Leicester and Syston, new development can be seen on the horizon, and presumably in a few years time the field behind the train will also succumb to mew house building.

222001 Sharnbrook 21 April 2010

222001 speeds past Sharnbrook on 21 April 2010 with the 13:15 Corby to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. Note the crossover allowing access to the bi-directional freight line. The train is approaching the site of Sharnbrook station, which closed in 1960.

222003 Milton Ernest 16 August 2007

Meridian unit 222003 passes Milton Ernest with the 09:30 Nottingham to St Pancras service on 16 August 2007. Class 222s come in 4, 5, and (as here) 8 coach formations. The train has crossed over the River Great Ouse, which the line repeatedly re-crosses in the Bedford area. The tracks on the right are the freight lines, which take an easier gradient at Sharnbrook a few miles to the north of this location.

222003 Wellingborough 23 April 2010

222003 Tornado rounds the curve on the approach to Wellingborough on 23 April 2010 with the 13:55 St Pancras to Sheffield East Midlands Trains service. The name Tornado strictly speaking applies just to driving car at this end, as it has the same number (60163) as the newly built Peppercorn Class A1 steam locomotive.

222005 Cossington 22 March 2012

Soft early morning light at Cossington on 22 March 2012, as 222005 speeds southwards with the 1C25 08:27 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. The EMT livery looks particularly effective on these units, especially when kept clean, as here.

222005 Cossington 13 November 2013

222005 passes Cossington on 13 November 2013 with the 1C45 12:29 Sheffield to St Pancras International East Midlands Trains service. The lorry parked on the bridge in the background was in connection with road works that in theory had closed the road. This hadn't stopped me using the bridge for a photo of D1015 the previous day!

222006 Barrow Upon Soar 12 September 2009 222006 speeds past Barrow Upon Soar on 12 September 2009 with the 1B41 12:02 Nottingham to St Pancreas East Midlands Trains service. This photo is taken from a recently constructed footbridge, built to replace the one demolished by a rail maintenance vehicle.
222006 Kibworth Harcourt (Wistow Road) 3 February 2011

222006 receives its only personal spotlighting at is passes Wistow Road near Kibworth Harcourt on 3 February 2011 with the 1C50 13:27 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. Although not to everyone's taste, I quite like the effect where a fully lit train is highlighted against a dark background such as this. The reverse however is a total disaster!

222008 Barrow Upon Soar 16 September 2009

222008 speeds past Barrow Upon Soar with the 11:18 Derby to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service on 12 September 2009. Note the new the footbridge in the background, which replaces the one damaged in an accident by rail contractors that resulted in a train driver being injured when his train ran into the wreckage.

222010 Barkby Thorpe 28 March 2012

222010 speeds past Barkby Thorpe on 28 March 2012 with the 1B31 10:05 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. A very good location for southbound trains, as long as they are not on the relief line, which as you can see, at this time of the year is in the shade of the lineside bushes.

222010 Barrow-upon-Soar 15 September 2012

222010 speeds past Barrow-upon-Soar on 15 September 2012 with the 1C42 11:47 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. This conveniently low wall next to the village's car park will no doubt soon have a palisade fence erected for 'safety' reasons!

222012 Swarkestone 24 November 2008

Not exactly what I was expecting to see at Swarkestone, on the Stenson Junction to Sheet Stores Junction line on 24 November 2008. Presumably working the diverted 08:10 Burton-on-Trent to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service, 222012 passes a few remaining autumn leaves in some welcome early morning sunshine.

222013 Souldrop 21 April 2010

222013 speeds past Souldrop on 21 April 2010 with the 10:47 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. The first signs of the year's new green leaves are showing on the trackside bushes, as well as the blackthorn still being in full bloom.

222015 & 222018 Cossington 12 November 2013

222015 & 222018 speed past Cossington on 12 November 2013 with the 1C40 11:27 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. Cossington has always been a popular location, but southbound shots are a little restricted, needing a long lens to clear foreground shadows.

222018 Harrowden Junction 11 January 2014

222018 runs along the bi-directional relief line at Harrowden Junction on 11 January 2014 with the 1P24 09:16 Corby to St Pancras East Coast Trains service. Probably photographed by more people than would usually be the case, as 20302 & 20305 had just passed by with a railtour!

222021 Bishop Wood 26 July 2008

An infrequent visitor to the East Coast Main Line, former Midland Mainline 222021 passes Bishop Wood (between York and Doncaster) with the 17:03 Scarborough to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service on 26 July 2008. This is the only daily East Midlands service from the East Coast resort.

222023 East Midlands Parkway 11 March 2010

222023 passes non-stop through East Midlands Parkway station on 11 March 2010 with the 09:02 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. The signals here have recently be repositioned, replacing ones which were much nearer the bridge that I am standing on, and therefore were somewhat in the way, photographically.

222102 Great Heck 14 March 2008

222102 passes Great Heck on 14 March 2008 with the 08:12 Hull to Kings Cross Hull Trains service. This is one of the very few pictures that I have of these green and silver liveried units, during their short career with Hull Trains.

222104 Woodhall 14 March 2008

Hull Trains had a very small fleet - just four Class 222 4 car units. 222104 is pictured here passing Woodhall (between Selby and Gilberdyke) with the 09:48 Kings Cross to Hull service on 14 March 2008. As can be seen, this is a very straight section of railway. The flat lands to the north of the River Ouse presented very few engineering difficulties to the original builders of the line.

222104 Wellingborough 11 January 2014

The highest numbered Class 222, 222104 rounds the curve at Wellingborough on 11 January 2014 with the 1C27 08:49 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. This unit looked very different the last time I saw it, when it was part of the small Hull Trains fleet.