Class 47

47002 Kings Sutton 17 March 1990

47002 Sea Eagle passes through Kings Sutton station on 17 March 1990 with the 4O81 07:10 Coatbridge to Southampton Maritime freightliner. The short load is typical of the period, as is the general lack of lineside vegetation. Kings Sutton station was formerly the junction for the cross country line to Kingham and Cheltenham, which closed in stages between 1951 and 1964.

47002 Oxford 18 July 1990

47002 Sea Eagle pulls away from a signal check at Oxford on 18 July 1990 with the 4M79 16:08 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. 47002 was one of a number of Tinsley allocated Class 47s that received unofficial painted names during 1989 and 1990. Note the recently constructed industrial estate in the background on the site of the former Oxford South Yard.

47002 Andover 9 March 1991

Extremely unusual motive power on the West of England line on 9 March 1991. 47002 Sea Eagle leaves Andover station with the 1L15 07:52 Waterloo to Salisbury Network SouthEast service. The booked locomotive (50036) had failed prior to departure, and the nearest available replacement was Tinsley's FDBT Railfreight Distribution reserve allocated 47002. So although the passengers had to make do with an unheated train, at least it ran, albeit 75 minutes late! This late running resulted in the stock staying at Salisbury, rather than working ECS to Southampton as booked, to form the 1V10 11:14 Southampton to Plymouth. This started from Salisbury, with a DMU filling in from Southampton. However, 47002's fun was over for the day, as 50018 took over 1V10. Although non ETH Class 47s did occasionally work on this route, the appearance of one of Tinsley's tatty unofficially named locos must be unique. Incidentally, 50036 was back in service two days later.

47003 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 19 January 1991

47003 Wild Swan heads eastwards at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 19 January 1991. As this was just a light engine move, I decided to use the panning technique to add an impression of speed. Tricky to get right, but it seems to have worked reasonably well here. This close up view clearly shows the painted unofficial name, with Tinsley rose. This was applied in November 1989, but was removed in July 1991. The loco was withdrawn the following year, and cut up shortly afterwards at Booth Roe Metals, Rotherham.

47004 Wolvercote Junction 20 August 1987

47004 is pictured at Wolvercote Junction on 20 August 1987, long before its repainting into two tone green livery and its celebrity status as Old Oak Common's 'pet' locomotive. As can be guessed by the snowploughs and the Westie logo, at the time this picture was taken it was a Scottish loco, allocated to Eastfield. Therefore it is somewhat off the beaten track in the Oxford area, more so when you consider it has just worked up from the Southern Region. It is working the 4M79 16:19 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner, seen here running exactly on time.

47004 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 8 May 1996

47004 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot heads along the Great Western Mainline at Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham on 8 May 1996 with a westbound engineer's train. This has become a very well known photographic location in recent years, although this view from the north side of the line is only really possible on late spring and summer evenings.

47004 Twerton 23 April 1998

47004 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot emerges from Twerton Tunnel on 23 April 1998 with the 4B05 17:47 Bath to Westerleigh Avon Binliner. The train originated at Calvert, and at this point is conveying both full containers from Bath, and empty boxes from Calvert.

47007 Cropredy 10 May 1989 47007 Stratford passes Cropredy on 10 May 1989 with the 6V36 15:53 Longbridge to Morris Cowley car component empties. This loco only carried the Stratford name for four years, it was then transferred to 37023. The blue backed nameplate can just be seen on this slightly tatty original Railfreight liveried machine.
47009 Chinley 19 June 1984

47009 approaches Chinley on 19 June 1984 with the 1M70 10:09 Barrow-in-Furness to Nottingham. 47009 was one of the 47s that managed to hang on to its corporate BR blue livery right until the end, although it did later acquire a grey roof. It survived amid a sea of more colourful machines, until finally withdrawn in March 1991. It was cut up the following year.

47011 Oxford 2 July 1985

47011 accelerates away from Oxford on 2 July 1985 with the 3V19 09:35 Oxford to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans, running very early, as was often the case. 47011 had a relatively low key life, only ever carrying two numbers (D1538 & 47011), and only having two different liveries. Admittedly its former two tone green livery latterly had full yellow ends, and as can be seen here, whilst in BR blue it later acquired a grey roof. It was withdrawn in 1987, and this is the only time that I photographed it.

47012 Steventon 7 December 1980

47012 passes Steventon on 7 December 1980, returning to Didcot with a rake of ballast hoppers during a Sunday engineering possession. Not ideal lighting, but I haven't got many pictures of Class 47s running wrong line on the Great Western Mainline.

47015 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 2 June 1984

A local farm worker cycles up the lane at Claydon on 2 June 1984 as 47015 rounds the curve with the 4O84 03:17 Holyhead to Millbrook freightliner. This train virtually always ran with this short consist, but notice how on this occasion it includes one of the original silver and red striped Freightliner containers. Holyhead Freightliner Terminal has long since closed, and 47015 is also no more, having been withdrawn in May 1987 and finally meeting its end at Booths of Rotherham in January 1994. Needless to say with such an early withdrawal date (relative to the time I've been taking pictures), this is the only picture I have of this particular machine. Note how lucky I was with the sun for this one, with the train just about to enter the cloud. You can't get closer than this!

47016 Engine Common 28 July 1988

47016 The Toleman Group passes Engine Common (near Yate) with the 6M29 14:25 Taunton to Bescot Speedlink on 28 July 1988. The very poor quality is due to the use of full aperture on Kodachrome 200, but it is included here not only for the interesting consist, but also because it clearly shows the light blue backed Toleman Group nameplate, as well as the cast Railfreight plate, in the position of the usual transfer.

47016 Wickwar Tunnel 30 May 1989

47016 The Toleman Group approaches Wickwar Tunnel on 30 May 1989 with the 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester Speedlink. Note the variety of traffic, with at the front of the train, two PNA wagons loaded with Redland tiles, destined for Cardiff. Most of the rest of the consist will continue heading north on the 6M17 19:15 Gloucester to Bescot. Also seen on this occasion were the 6V79 14:34 Salisbury to Gloucester, and the 6B59 17:34 Stoke Gifford to Gloucester.

47016 Kempston 2 November 1994

47016 Atlas passes Kempston on 2 November 1994 with the 6A61 08:11 Cricklewood to Forders Sidings binliner. Although this was an excellent photographic viewpoint, it certainly wasn't a very pleasant spot to stand whilst waiting, as there was constant procession of fast moving traffic crossing the bridge, which forms part of the Bedford bypass.

47016 Baulking 2 October 1996

47016 Atlas passes Baulking on 2 October 1996 with the 4C13 11:21 Calvert to Bristol and Bath Avon Binliner. These distinctive blue containers have ended up in some odd places. One has found its way to the course of the old Fairford Branch Line (closed in 1962)! It is carrying on the long tradition of redundant railway vehicles being used for farm storage.

47018 Wantage Road 20 January 1979

47018 passes the site of Wantage Road station on a foggy 20 January 1979. Technically rather a poor picture due to the miserable lighting and (to a lesser extent) the use of a Praktica PLC2, but full of interest as it shows the very rare appearance of Stratford allocated steam heat Class 47 on the Great Western Mainline. Unfortunately I have been unable to positively identify the working, but my best guess is that it is a football special. A train taking West Ham fans to see their team play Bristol Rovers (they won 1-0) seems very likely (thanks to James Sutcliffe for the information). This would explain the Stratford 47. Note that this is a long time before the relief lines were reinstated at this location and consequently the long disused platforms are still intact.

47018 Wolvercote Junction 11 July 1990

Its debatable as to which is carrying the most freight in this picture, the lorry on the A34, or the single wagon behind 47018 approaching Wolvercote Junction on 11 July 1990. The featherweight working is the 6E30 17:18 Eastleigh to Haverton Hill Speedlink.

47019 Hinksey 5 July 1980

Sporting a Stratford depot silver roof, 47019 passes Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) under a threatening sky with the 1M13 11:50 Paddington to Birmingham New Street on 5 July 1980. A common question to be asked in the late 1970s and early 1980s at Oxford was "Seen any Stratford 47s?", as the white or silver roofs were just about the only variation to the standard rail blue livery. Nevertheless, with a variety of loco types, plenty of freight and loco hauled passenger trains it was still a golden age compared with today! 47019 was withdrawn in December 1993 and broken up at Eastleigh by staff from M.R.J. Phillips of Llanelly.

47019 South Moreton (Didcot East) 11 December 1991

A freezing cold day at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 11 December 1991. 47019 restarts its short train of empty spoil wagons away from a signal check. At this time the site of the wartime Moreton Sidings in the background had been allowed to become covered with brambles. Various clearance operations happened in later years, culminating in full clearance work in 2012 in preparation for forthcoming electrification work.

47033 Bourton 13 July 1985

47033 passes Bourton on 13 July 1985 with the 3A03 13:40 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington parcels train. Almost exactly the same consist had worked the 3A12 service from Swansea about an hour before. There is nothing like this on the railways now!

47033 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 10 December 1986

47033 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 10 December 1986 with the 6V17 10:00 Allington to Stoke Gifford ARC stone empties. Generally these trains were worked by Class 56s at the time, although 47s were not uncommon. Note that 47033 had just received the then recently introduced cantrail orange stripe.

47033 Ascott-under-Wychwood 12 April 1987

47033 stands 'wrong line' with a ballast train on the down line at Ascott-under-Wychwood on 12 April 1987, during track relaying work on the Cotswold Line. Although at the the time this location was thankfully clear of lineside vegetation, it is still rather a nondescript location. With no prospect of the train moving for hours to come, I waited for an photogenic batch of clouds to drift across and then placed the train low in the frame to make a feature of the sky.

47033 Gunstone Mill 22 April 1988

47033 passes Gunstone Mill (near Crediton) with the 7C38 Exeter to Meldon Quarry ballast empties on 22 April 1988. Other than the addition of an orange cantrail stripe (and some graffiti) the loco still retains standard rail blue livery. Although this appears to be a double track line, it is in fact two parallel single track routes, with the other line being the Barnstaple branch.

47040 Evenlode 16 February 1980

47040 passes Evenlode in a brief, but very welcome patch of winter sunshine, amid the clouds on 16 February 1980, as it heads towards Oxford with the 2A91 14:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Didcot service. This train only worked as far as Oxford on a weekday, and was extended to Didcot on a Saturday. Not a bad picture considering it was taken with a Praktica PLC2 with 50mm Pentacon lens. Good results could be obtained with even basic 35mm SLR cameras in those far off days, provided of course you used Kodachrome 64 film!

47050 Charlbury 15 May 1988

An unusual sequence of events took place at Charlbury on 15 May 1988. The Cotswold Line was closed for engineering works during the early part of the day, and 47050 is seen here approaching Charlbury with empty ballast wagons returning from track relaying work at Ascott-under-Wychwood. Little did I expect to see the same loco return from the Oxford direction a couple of hours later with a passenger train! 47050 is wearing the original version of Railfreight grey livery with a white cantrail stripe. It was one of the early repaints and along with 47095 did not have the later standard black window surrounds.

47050 Charlbury 15 May 1988

Running over 40 minutes late 47050 arrives at Charlbury station with the 14:00 Paddington to Hereford on 15 May 1988, the first train of the day over the line on a Sunday at this time. There had obviously been a problem with the train's original loco, as I had earlier seen 47050 heading south at Charlbury with empty ballast wagons from the engineering possession at Ascott-under-Wychwood. So presumably it replaced the errant train loco at either Didcot or Oxford. Non ETH locos were very rare on passenger trains on the Cotswold Line, and I certainly don't ever remember seeing another Railfreight liveried example being used. Note that Charlbury's notoriously short platform was just being lengthened and the car park extended.

47051 & 43144 Exminster 16 September 1990

I have very few pictures of locomotives rescuing failed HSTs, and the ones that I do have are all Class 47s, despite the fact that 37s, 50s and even the occasionally 58 were used at times. In the very last of the weak afternoon light on 16 September 1990, 47051 Great Snipe passes Exminster dragging a HST, with 43144 leading. Presumably this is the 1C51 14:20 Paddington to Penzance service, but confirmation would be most welcome.

47051 Old Milverton 29 August 1998

47051 is deputising for an unavailable Virgin Class 47/8, as it speeds past Old Milverton on 29 August 1998 with the 1O38 14:06 Birmingham New Street to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The late 1990s saw a spate of Railfreight Distribution hire ins, as Virgin struggled to cope with its own fleet.

47052 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 June 1988

Just one day off from the longest day, but the light is still almost gone at 20:50. 47052 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 22 June 1988 with the 6V45 18:24 Willesden Brent to East Usk Junction Speedlink. This was actually running slightly early, which was very fortunate as the shadows were lengthening by the minute.

47052 Wolvercote Junction 8 April 1997

Soft spring lighting at Wolvercote Junction on 8 April 1997. 47052 heads north with the 4S59 15:19 Millbrook to Coatbridge freightliner. This was my standard 'straight from work' location in the 1980s and 90s, with the sun just coming round onto the front of the train by the time I arrived at around 17:20.

47053 Stamford 1 August 1992

47053 opens up as it passes through Stamford station on 1 August 1992 with the 1M03 10:34 Great Yarmouth to Birmingham New Street Regional Railways service. This working produced all manner of Railfreight 47s during the summer of 1992. The impressive station building in the background is now the home to Robert Humm & Co, the country's largest transport bookshop.

47053 Wolvercote Junction 7 August 1998

47053 Dollands Moor International approaches Wolvercote Junction on 7 August 1998 with the 6M18 15:36 Eastleigh to Carlisle Enterprise service. Two distinct traffic flows make up the train, with the front half being calcium carbonate tanks from Quidhampton, and the rear section MoD traffic from Marchwood, possibly with additions from Fenny Compton added at Didcot.

47060 Hampton Gay 11 July 1989

Trying to find somewhere different to photograph the many northbound freights on a summer's evening around the Oxford area in the 1980s led to the discovery of this spot near the deserted medieval village of Hampton Gay. 47060 Halewood Silver Jubilee 1988 crosses the bridge over River Cherwell with the 6E30 17:18 Eastleigh to Haverton Hill Speedlink on 11 July 1989. The trackless bridge in the foreground once carried the Woodstock Branch (closed in 1954). The branch ran parallel with the mainline from Kidlington station, but then just past this bridge curved away to the west. This was a very precarious vantage point, trying to get enough height without stepping off the bridge and falling into the river. And no, I did not remove the top rail of the bridge to get a clearer view of the wheels!

47063 Compton Beauchamp 19 May 1989

Unfortunately I never managed to get a decent picture of the coal trains that worked down the truncated remains of the Watlington Branch to Chinnor Cement Works. However, I did get this picture of the returning empties heading along the Great Western Mainline at Compton Beauchamp. In the last few years of this traffic coal for the works came from the Midlands, and then Halling in Kent, and finally in the last year of operation, from Newport. On 19 May 1989, 47063 heads westwards with the Chinnor to Alexandra Dock Junction empties. The reason for the cessation of the traffic can be seen here. The vintage vacuum braked HTV hoppers were life expired, and there was no money for replacements.

47079 Water Eaton 17 August 1988

47079 passes Water Eaton on 17 August 1988 with the 4V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. This location saw a reasonable amount of freight in the 1980s, with ARC stone trains and MoD workings to Bicester in addition to this rubbish train. Two decades later the MoD working is all that survives.

47079 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 29 December 1995

47079 passes Shrivenham on 29 December 1995 with the 4B50 14:42 Fridays only Didcot to Pengam freightliner. This was a portion off the 4S55 09:00 Southampton to Coatbridge service and ran at the ideal time of day for (weather permitting!) an excellent shot of a Railfreight Distribution 47 on the Great Western Mainline.

47081 Oxford 27 August 1983

Looking very rough and sounding even worse, 47081 Odin makes a smoky departure from Oxford carriage sidings on 27 August 1983 with the 3V19 04:50 Banbury to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. Booked to recess at Oxford for over four hours, this train often left before the booked time, as here. On this occasion it had removed a single van and placed it in the up parcels bay. 47081 was one of the original batch of named Western Region 47s, and retained the Odin name after being renumbered to 47606. However, for some unexplained reason during 1973 and again during 1978 the plates were removed, only to be reinstated each time.

47085 Stonesfield 6 June 1979

47085 Mammoth passes through the deep cutting at Bridgefield Bridge, near Stonesfield on 6 June 1979 with the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service. Not a very good picture, with severe encroaching shadows, however it is one of the few pictures that I have of a steam heat Class 47/0 working a passenger train on the Cotswold Line. The next time I saw it on the line it was engaged in much humbler duties. Note the telegraph wires, and the distinctive Grintleyhill Bridge just visible in the far distance.

47085 Hanborough 8 April 1984

During 1984 long stretches of the Cotswold Line were relayed with continuous welded rail, including much of the single track section between Wolvercote Junction and Ascott-under-Wychwood. In this interesting view taken on 8 April 1984, 47085 Mammoth proceeds at less than walking pace between Combe and Hanborough, dropping ballast over the newly laid track. The ballast was dropped from each wagon in turn as the train inched forward. Note the cloud of dust around the fourth wagon as it is emptied. This high vantage point was chosen to show the whole sweep of the line right round to Combe station in the far distance.

47085 Hanborough 8 April 1984

After dropping fresh ballast onto recently relaid track between Combe and Hanborough on 8 April 1984, 47085 Mammoth slowly brings its train back into Hanborough station, passing the former station master's house. As can be guessed from the white roof, 47085 was a Stratford allocated loco at this time.

47085 Hinksey 19 February 1994

47085 REPTA 1893-1993 passes Hinksey Yard in the last of the afternoon light on 19 February 1994 with the 4M60 13:10 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. It wouldn't be easy to take pictures at this location on a February afternoon now, as the trees that are just out of the picture on the right have grown considerably, casting much longer shadows.

47086 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 July 1985

On a murky 5 July 1985, 47086 Colossus passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 6E92 10:50 Severn Tunnel Junction to Ripple Lane Speedlink. Note the black backed nameplate. This was one of the early Western Region namings, applied at Cardiff Canton depot not long after 47086 (then D1672) had entered traffic in 1965.

47090 Culham 12 June 1983

47090 Vulcan approaches Culham on 12 June 1983 with the 1M51 08:15 Weymouth to Liverpool Lime Street service. In the background the embankment is on fire, after the passage 15 minutes earlier of GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 5051 Drysllwyn Castle.

47090 Hinksey 14 June 1983

47090 Vulcan passes Hinksey Yard on 14 June 1983 with the 6M46 05:00 Northfleet to Greaves Sidings cement tanks. Unfortunately I have got very pictures of this Tuesdays only working, which on this occasion was running exactly one hour late. Note the variety of wagons in the yard in the background, including a couple of rakes of MGR wagons en-route to Didcot Power Station.

47091 Bruern 5 January 1980

Normally the Class 47s that worked the Cotswold Line in the 1980s were 47/4 ETH machines. However, on 5 January 1980, 47091 worked the 1A97 08:08 Hereford to Paddington service. It is pictured here approaching Bruern level crossing, running ten minutes late. It's hard to believe just how open this location was in 1980. It doesn't look like this now!

47091 Hullavington 28 August 1982

47091 just manages to catch the sun, as it passes through the deep cutting near Hullavington on 28 August 1982 with the 3A12 08:55 Carmarthen to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. The bridge in the background is the now well known (to local photographers) Pig Lane bridge, Farleaze.

47091 Bruern 10 June 1984

A vintage scene on the Cotswold Line, during Sunday engineering works on 10 June 1984. 47091 passes Bruern with a loaded ballast train from Moreton-in-Marsh to the track relaying site near Combe. This section of line was still open, with trains only running as far as Ascott-under-Wychwood. Note that the 47 has yet to be fitted with a high intensity headlamp. The fact that both up and down lines here still retain vintage bullhead track is proof that the Cotswold Line was a bit of a backwater at this time.

47094 Sherrington 15 January 1991

47094 is nearly as filthy as the tank wagons, as it passes Sherrington on 15 January 1991 with the 6V62 10:34 Fawley to Tavistock Junction oil tanks. Despite the sunshine, the frost still evident in the field in the background proves that it is a bitterly cold day.

47096 Hinksey 12 February 1985

An easy job for 47096 on the afternoon of 12 February 1985, as it trips a single VDA wagon from Morris Cowley to Hinksey. It has just passed underneath the Oxford Southern Bypass and is approaching the southern end of Hinksey Yard. Judging by the footprints in the snow, it seems like there were still numerous railwaymen regularly walking the track in the mid 1980s, either that or there have been some recent trespassers on the line!

47098 Charfield 13 March 1989

A scene that is now totally unrepeatable. 47098 passes Charfield on 13 March 1989 with the lengthy 6M29 14:00 Taunton to Bescot Speedlink, at least half of which on this occasion appears to be departmental vehicles. A rail blue Class 47 on a mixed freight is now sadly a thing of the past, and even this location where Little Bristol Lane parallels the line for some distance is no longer as open as this. My main concern here was whether a car would drive down the road and block off the shot at the critical moment!

47103 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 20 October 1979

A misty autumn day at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. 47103 heads towards London on 20 October 1979 with the late running 1A93 08:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington service. Steam heat Mk1s, which mid-morning from Cheltenham in October in the 1970s are probably nearly empty. Luxury travel!

47103 & 03112 March 16 August 1988

Withdrawn and partially cannibalised (note the missing buffer) 47103 stands next to equally forlorn 03112 at March on 16 August 1988. Both these locos were withdrawn the previous year, but whilst 47103 was cut up the following year at Vic Berry's yard at Leicester, 03112 escaped the cutter's torch, and can now be seen in action (as D2112) at the Rother Valley Railway.

47105 Toddington 23 April 1994

47105 Goldcrest sits in Toddington Yard on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in the company of John Fowler 0-6-0 4240016 on 23 April 1994. The former Tinsley 47 had only arrived at the GWR a couple of weeks previously and is pictured here in its unrestored state, complete with the the unofficial name it acquired on 1989. Very little work was required to make the loco operational and initially the loco ran in the livery shown here, but a repaint into all over rail blue was carried out later in the year.

47105 & 31123 Toddington 9 July 1994

47105 stands next to the ill fated 31123 in Toddington Yard on 9 July 1994. While 47105 went on to become one of the staples of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's diesel fleet, 31123 did not fair so well. After a period running as fully restored D5541, it was stripped of all usable components and cut up in 2006. Note that 47105 still carries its unofficial Goldcrest name.

47105 & 20137 Winchcombe 10 August 1995

47105 & 20137 leave Winchcombe on 10 August 1995 with the 17:00 Toddington to Far Stanley service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. 47105 is resplendent in a fresh coat of BR blue paint, while 20137 still wears the tatty Railfreight livery that the loco carried when it arrived at the railway.

47105 & D7629 Dixton 8 November 1997

47105 & Class 25 D7629 power away from Gotherington and pass Dixton on 8 November 1997, en-route to Toddington. The 'Rat' was visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, whilst of course the 47 is one of the line's resident diesel locos.

47105 Greet Tunnel 8 April 2000

47105 emerges from Greet Tunnel on 8 April 2000 with the return working of the 13:40 Toddington to Gotherington service. At this time there was no public access to the line at Gotherington. This working was regularly diesel worked at the time.

47105 Hailes 20 July 2000

47105 passes Hailes on 20 July 2000, returning to Toddington from Gotherington during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Week. The most famous recent use of the 1O99 headcode was the amazing use of Deltic D9000 on the 06:58 Birmingham New Street to Ramsgate Virgin CrossCountry service during 1998.

47105 & 24081 Winchcombe 19 October 2002

A fine rail blue pairing at Winchcombe on 19 October 2002. 47105 & 24081 have just emerged from Greet Tunnel, and arrive at the station with the 12:55 Gotherington to Toddington service, during the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. There can't have been many Class 47/24 pairings in BR day's, considering the impossibility of multiple working.

47105 Prescott 24 October 2003

47105 crosses the Gretton to Prescott road on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 15:00 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 24 October 2003, during the line's Diesel Gala. This is on the long straight section of track between Gretton and Gotherington, which offers very few vantage points, as for most of the way it on an embankment, with little chance of a clear view from the surrounding countryside.

47105 Salter's Hill 4 November 2006

Viewed from halfway up Salter's Hill and with the village of Toddington, and the distinctive white house at Didbrook Fields visible in the background, 47105 passes Winchcombe's fixed distant signal with the 10:20 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 4 November 2006, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire's Autumn Diesel Gala.

47105 Hailes 4 November 2006

With a little characteristic Sulzer smoke, 47105 passes Hailes with the 12:02 Toddington to Winchcombe freight on 4 November 2006, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Autumn Diesel Gala. This was the site of the former Hayles Abbey Halt (note the different spelling), which opened in 1928 at the same time as a museum at the nearby abbey ruins.

47105 Greet 5 November 2006

47105 pulls away from the speed restriction as it passes Greet on 5 November 2006 with the 11:10 Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Although there were overlaps in liveries, carmine and cream had completely disappeared from BR by the time the corporate blue was introduced.

47105 Greet 5 November 2006

47105 has just reached the end of the long straight between Hailes and Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, and is about to round Chicken Curve (near Greet) with the 12:02 Toddington to Winchcombe freight on 5 November 2006, during the line's Autumn Diesel Gala. It is very doubtful if the wagons in a freight train were ever this clean in BR days!

47105 Didbrook 31 March 2007

47105 does its bit for the environment at Didbrook on 31 March 2007, as it pulls away from a PW slack with the 13:20 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala.

47105 Stanley Pontlarge 1 April 2007

47105 passes Stanley Pontlarge with the 15:00 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 1 April 2007, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Typically, although it was virtually a completely sunny day, just as the train came, a tiny squiffy bit of cloud passed in front of the sun. Luckily the loco is clear of the cloud, but notice how the middle of the train is in its own tiny spot of shadow! Stanley Pontlarge is an appropriate location to photograph a preserved locomotive, as the railway preservation pioneer Tom Rolt used to live just next to the line here.

47105 Hailes 6 April 2008

The steam heat being provided by 47105 is obviously very welcome in the unseasonably wintry conditions, as the loco works the 10:00 Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington service past Hailes, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Spring Diesel Gala on 6 April 2008.

47105 Didbrook 5 April 2009

47105 passes Toddington's home signal as it heads south near Didbrook with the 09:45 Toddington to Winchcombe service on 5 April 2009, during to Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Not exactly an easy position to take pictures from, perched precariously on the edge of a steep embankment.

1693 Dixton 11 July 2010

Is this 1970 or 2010? Admittedly a whole train of maroon Mk1s would be getting very unlikely by 1970, but the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's resident 47105 looks splendid in its early 1970s guise as 1693. Of course, the headcode wound back to zero (typically misaligned) indicates a post 1976 date, by which time 1693 would have already received its 47105 TOPS number. However, when it looks this good, who cares! It is pictured approaching the yet to be commissioned Gotherington down distant signal near Dixton on 11 July 2010 with the 14:10 Toddington to Gotherington service, during the line's Diesel Gala.

1693 Toddington 28 January 2012

Twilight at Toddington on 28 January 2012. The Cotswold Hills can just be seen in the background as 1693 stands in Toddington station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with a short rake of ballast wagons, during an EMRPS photo charter.

1693 Toddington 28 January 2012

Not a vantage point that can normally be used! 1693 stands underneath Toddington station footbridge on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with a short rake of ballast wagons, during an EMRPS photo charter on 28 January 2012. Note how the station building, footbridge and water tower are all painted in matching GWR colours.

1693 Toddington 28 January 2012

1693 (47105) is posed on a short rake of ballast wagons during an EMRPS photo charter at Toddington station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 28 January 2012. The 0000 headcode would date this scene from around 1976, but not with a pre TOPS loco number! That driver looks familiar!

1693 Toddington 15 July 2017

1693 (47105) pictured inside the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Toddington Diesel Shed on 15 July 2017, midway through a major overhaul. In the background are 37215 & 47376. You know that you've been photographing for a long time, when you have seen a preserved locomotive go through two major overhauls, and have pictures of it before the first major rebuild!

47106 Didcot 27 February 1982

47106 speeds round the east curve at Didcot ahead of the gathering storm on 27 February 1982. This is one of the numerous football specials that were such a common feature of rail operations in the 1970s and 1980s. In this case the destination is Wembley and the headcode is 1Z25, but I have no information as to where it has come from. Sheffield possibly? With the possible exception of two tone green, this is arguably the finest livery for a 47 - Rail Blue, with 'domino' headcode and no off centre headlight.

47114 Wolvercote Junction 18 May 1998

Freightliner's unique green liveried 47114 Freightliner Bulk approaches Wolvercote Junction on 18 May 1998 with the 4S59 15:19 Millbrook to Coatbridge service. Unfortunately this stylish colour scheme was not perpetuated, and all further Class 47 repaints received Freightliner grey livery, using the same triangular logo as seen here. However, the grey livery does look quite smart and restrained compared with certain liveries that have appeared since, especially when clean.

47115 Firsby 17 September 1988

47115 slowly negotiates the extremely sharp curve at Firsby on 17 September 1988, as it heads for the seaside with the 1E82 09:39 Derby to Skegness. This was just one of a whole procession of loco-hauled trains and scratch DMU formations that made their way along the Lincolnshire line on a summer Saturday in the 1980s.

47115 South Moreton 9 February 1991

White out conditions at South Moreton on 9 February 1991. The horizon has disappeared and hedges and bushes in the distance merge with the sky as 47115 kicks up the snow with the 6E50 09:41 Langley to Lindsey oil empties. 47115 was withdrawn exactly two months later, and after spending some time in store at Frodingham, was finally cut up in 1995.

47120 Quedgeley 6 May 1988

47120 passes Quedgeley on 6 May 1988 with the 6M72 22:00 St Blazey to Cliffe Vale china clay tanks. This was running approximately 3 hours late, which was a bonus, as I was still at home at its booked time (at nearby Standish Junction) of 05:33!

47130 Stonesfield 10 March 1985

With its previous Stratford allocation indicated by its white roof, 47130 heads an engineers train through the remote countryside between the villages of Stonesfield and Wilcote, on the Cotswold Line on 10 March 1985. It had been engaged in track relaying operations at little further up the line at Fawler. This is on the long single track section between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Wolvercote Junction. Withdrawn almost exactly 3 years after this picture was taken, the loco was finally cut up at MC Metals in Glasgow in October 1990.

47131 Hampton Gay 12 January 1980

47131 passes Hampton Gay on 12 January 1980 with the 1M11 08:50 Paddington to Manchester Piccadilly, which it would work as far as Birmingham New Street, being replaced there by 86024. When headcodes ceased to be displayed on the front of locomotives in the mid 1970s, the blinds were replaced by a pair of white dots in the position of the outer two digits. Something seems to have gone awry here, as one dot is in the wrong position. Note the vintage telegraph poles, which were replaced by trunked cables shortly after this picture was taken.

47131 Oxford North Junction 12 February 1985

47131 approaches Oxford North Junction on 12 February 1985 with the 6M46 05:00 Northfleet to Greaves Sidings cement tanks. Unsurprisingly in view of the weather, this was running an hour late. Two years after this picture was taken 47131 was involved in a accident at Dorrington, that led to its condemnation. Whilst working the 6M27 Waterston to Albion oil tanks, it ran through catch points, and fell down the embankment onto its side, sustaining considerable damage. It was cut up by Vic Berry's, at Leicester in 1988.

47137 Natton 24 April 1986

A very grubby 47137 heads south past Natton on an equally dreary 24 April 1986 with the Thursdays only 9B21 13:15 Worcester to Gloucester New Yard departmental working, running over an hour early. This is many years before Ashchurch station was reopened, the site of which is just past the bridge in the background.

47142 Woodborough 20 June 1984

A wave from the secondman of 47142, as the 3A27 06:05 Plymouth to Paddington parcels speeds past Woodborough on 20 June 1984. Note the vacuum braked wagons in the siding in the background, and the selection of typical early 1980s vehicles on the right. 47142 was cut up at Vic Berry's Leicester yard in 1999.

47143 Hinksey 22 October 1985

47143 arrives at Hinksey Yard on 22 October 1985 with the 6A50 13:56 Bicester to Morris Cowley Speedlink working. In reality this is virtually all MoD traffic, and 47143 would leave most of the train in the yard, before proceeding on to Morris Cowley. The then recently opened Oxford ice rink can be seen in the background, with St Barnabas Church, Jericho, in the background.

47146 Engine Common 5 July 1990

47145 Merddin Emrys passes Engine Common (near Yate) with the 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester Speedlink service on 5 July 1990. Note the wonderful assortment of traffic being carried on this lengthy train, including Redland tiles from Exeter, UKF fertiliser from Lapford, empty cartics returning to Halewood, scrap metal and china clay in both polybulk and VGA vans. 47145 was Tinsley's 'pet' loco at the time, hence the application of a cast silver BR double arrow logo, non-standard black window surrounds, and various white embellishments.

47145 Pangbourne 28 April 1993 47145 Merddin Emrys approaches Pangbourne on 28 April 1993 with the 4L87 16:33 Swindon to Tilbury empty 'Butterliner'. A totally unrepeatable picture, as the train no longer runs, the loco has been cut up, and even the location is now inaccessible. It's just a pity that it wasn't on the relief line, but at least the up main is still just about clear of shadows.
47145 South Moreton 30 April 1994

47145 Merddin Emrys runs light engine past the recently pollarded trackside trees at South Moreton on 30 April 1994. I don't normally bother photographing light engines, but this close up view shows off this loco's unique livery to advantage. I have numerous pictures off it in the former less flamboyant version of this colour scheme, but it tended to allude me in this final version.

47145 Didcot North Junction 6 May 1994

47145 Merddin Emrys nears journey's end of 6 May 1994, as it passes Didcot North Junction with the 6V03 09:50 Fenny Compton to Didcot MoD stores. After leaving its train in the yard, it would briefly attach to the front of 47307, which was on a rake of cartics, before detaching again, and then heading off northwards light engine!

47145 Wolvercote Junction 19 June 1998

A welcome surprise at Wolvercote Junction on 19 June 1998. Unique liveried 47145 Merddin Emrys works the 6M18 15:36 Eastleigh to Carlisle Enterprise service, consisting of just four calcium carbonate tanks from Quidhampton.

47146 Shrivenham 28 June 1995

The sun glints off the recently named 47146 Loughborough Grammar School as it passes the remains of Shrivenham station on 28 June 1995 with the 6M14 15:57 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Connectrail mixed freight. Although obviously very backlit, midsummer does allow pictures to be taken from the north side of the line at certain locations on the Swindon to Didcot line. At least it did in 1995, before the lineside growth became so much of a problem!

47147 Thrupp 25 April 1986

47147 passes Thrupp with the 4V16 09:33 Washwood Heath to Morris Cowley Austin Rover cars on 25 April 1986. Presumably most of the vehicles in this picture are no longer with us. 47147 has certainly gone, being cut up at Vic Berry's at Leicester in 1999. I would image that most of the cars probably beat it to the scrapyard by several years and such was the poor quality of BL's products at the time that it is highly unlikely that any of this trainload survive. There is actually a cement works chimney in the background of this picture, although the mist had yet to clear to reveal it. It had cleared a little later by the time the first coal train to Didcot appeared behind 58006. It is totally impossible to take a picture from this location now due to the lineside tree growth.

47147 Oxford 9 September 1995

47147 opens up, and blackens the sky, as it passes through Oxford station on 9 September 1995 with the 4O22 02:30 Garston to Southampton freightliner. It seems that the yellow front end has received a repaint, but the sides are a patchwork of peeling grey paint. This was certainly the day for extremely tatty 47s, as it was shortly followed by equally care worn 47361 on MoD stores.

47148 Charlbury 7 July 1985

Making a change from the usual Class 50s or 47/4s, 47148 approaches Charlbury on 7 July 1985 with the 1A25 16:15 Hereford to Paddington service. As it was running exactly to time, I presume the substitution of this steam heat loco for the more usual ETH variant was not a last minute one.

47150 Wickwar Tunnel 30 May 1989

47150 approaches Wickwar Tunnel on 30 May 1989 with the 6B59 17:34 Stoke Gifford to Gloucester Speedlink. With just two wagons types, this train seemed a little prosaic compared with the much more varied 6V79 14:34 Salisbury to Gloucester, and 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester Speedlinks, which had passed by a little earlier. Although the sun never really came round far enough to light the front of the train, this was a good location to watch the procession of northbound freights in the 1980s. Nowadays of course there are no freights, and no viewpoint!

47150 Culham 21 June 2001

47150 passes Culham on 21 June 2001 with the 4M99 16:47 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. Luckily, as this is the longest day, the shadows from the lineside bushes are not too much of a problem. Unfortunately this once excellent location has become increasingly difficult due to the unchecked growth of the lineside vegetation.

47151 Llandevenny 21 October 1985

It's hard to believe now that lengthy van trains such as this were a daily occurrence on the old British Rail. With seventeen vehicles in tow (including a GW150 chocolate and cream Mk1 coach), 47151 passes Llandevenny on 21 October 1985 with the 3A12 06:45 Swansea to Old Oak Common newspaper empties. The Bishton flyover in the background enables the up relief line to cross over the main running lines. 

47152 Bromsgrove 23 September 1989

47152 takes a break from its freight duties on 23 September 1989, as it works the 1V42 07:59 Leeds to Tenby service, seen here passing Bromsgrove. The cause if the substitution was the failure of 31454, with 47152 taking over at Sheffield. At the time Class 47s were omnipresent, so this one replacing a 31 was a bit of a disappointment. However, as it was a Tinsley allocation Railfreight Distribution machine, it does at least have novelty value on a passenger train.

47152 Oxford 24 July 1990

47152 passes underneath Oxford station's newly opened footbridge on 24 July 1990, as it heads along the centre road with the 4M79 16:19 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. I very rarely ventured on to Oxford station once I started taking pictures seriously, as there always seemed to be somebody getting in the way at the critical moment. However, it seems I've got the platform virtually to myself here!

47152 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 18 April 1991

47152 clags vigorously as it pulls way from a signal check at Oxford on 18 April 1991 whilst working the Thursdays only as required 7L56 14:20 Banbury to Ripple Lane oil empties. This was a very lucky picture as there was only a small sunny patch with ominous dark clouds all around, especially to the north as can be seen in the background here. Aristotle Lane footbridge can be seen in the background, which like the Walton Well Road bridge I am standing on gives access from Oxford onto Port Meadow.

47157 Coedkernew 18 August 1995

47157 heads west past Coedkernew on 18 August 1995 with a featherweight feeder service from Alexandra Dock Junction. The RfD Connectrail trunk services centered on Newport, with trips heading west as required to Cardiff Tidal, Swansea and Cadoxton.

47157 Bletchingdon 12 August 2000

47157 Johnson Stevens Agencies passes the site of Bletchingdon station (now in use as a coal distribution centre) on 12 August 2000 with the 4O27 13:05 Crewe Basford Hall to Southampton freightliner. The loco had just a few months left in traffic, before succumbing to Freightliner's Class 66 invasion.

47166 Hampton Gay 12 January 1980

I hope that 47166's steam heat boiler was working well on 12 January 1980, as it passes a freezing Hampton Gay with the 1O74 07:44 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton, which it would presumably have taken over at Birmingham New Street. This picture is taken from the long since closed footpath crossing next to Hampton Gay church.

47172 Oxford 19 May 1979

47172 passes through the centre road of Oxford station on 19 May 1979 with the 1O11 07:10 Bradford Exchange to Weymouth InterCity service. This was running exactly to time, passing Oxford at 12:00, which explains the terrible light angle. The white roof clearly gives away the fact that this was a Stratford allocated loco at the time, and therefore reasonably unusual at Oxford. A couple of months after this picture was taken it was named County of Hertfordshire, a name it retained even when fitted with ETS, and renumbered to 47583

47185 Eckington 9 April 1983

47185 crosses the River Avon at Eckington on 9 April 1983 with the 1Z40 Weston-super-Mare to York BR excursion. I had no idea what this was at the time, but have recently been able to identify the working, the clue being the small window sticker in the first coach, showing the headcode. This can easily be read on the hi-res scan of the original 35mm Kodachrome 64 transparency.

47186 Acton Turville 13 March 1995

A golden glint at Acton Turville on 13 March 1995. 47186 Catcliffe Demon catches the last rays of the setting sun as it heads towards Swindon with the recently introduced 6M14 15:57 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Connectrail service. This was a brave attempt by Railfreight Distribution to increase European wagonload traffic via the Channel Tunnel.

47195 South Moreton (Didcot East) 1 December 1983

47195 passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 1 December 1983 with the 6M23 10:12 Fawley to Longport LPG tanks. The large area of waste ground behind the train is the site of Moreton Sidings, which handled vast amounts of freight traffic during the Second World War. After decades of dereliction, it was again brought back into railway use in the new Millennium, to act as a work site for the badly mismanaged Great Western Mainline electfrication programme.

47197 Oxford 28 June 1991

47197 passes through Oxford station on 28 June 1991 with the 6O32 05:41 Longport to Fawley LPG tanks. The sidings in the former scrapyard are clearly now disused, and it wouldn't be long before the area was commandeered for the station's new car park.

47197 Chetnole 21 August 1991

47197 passes the remote station at Chetnole with the 2O81 08:03 Cardiff to Weymouth Regional Railways service on 21 August 1991. This train was diagrammed for a Cardiff Trainload Petroleum Class 47 during the summer of 1991. Chetnole station is a typical product of the Southern Railway's Exmouth Junction concrete works, with virtually every item assembled from concrete panels.

47197 Maiden Newton 21 August 1991

In the very last of the weak afternoon sunshine, 47197 accelerates away from Maiden Newton on 21 August 1991 with the 2V87 16:58 Weymouth to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. The trackbed of the former Bridport branch can be seen on the right.

47197 Gatcombe 7 February 2004

47197 runs alongside the River Severn at Gatcombe with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z70 06:26 Crewe to Margam 'Valley Vostock' railtour on 7 February 2004. Anyone tempted to emulate this picture should be aware that there is only room for one photographer at this spot! A footpath crosses the line and immediately drops down into the muddy waters of the Severn.

47197 Croome 31 July 2005

47197 ambles past Croome at a sedate 40mph with 220011, which it was taking from Bristol Barton Hill to Central Rivers on Sunday 31 July 2005, due to the unavailability of any of Virgin's own Class 57s. The booked stop at Spetchley easily allowing for a second picture as it exited the loop after being overtaken by a service train.

47197 Spetchley 31 July 2005

Now this is how you want to see a Virgin Voyager - with some quality traction on the front! Freightliner Heavy Haul's 47197 was used to move 220011 from Bristol Barton Hill to Central Rivers on Sunday 31 July 2005, due to the unavailability of any of Virgin's 57s. Limited to 40mph, the ensemble was booked in the loop at Spetchley to allow other trains to pass. As 47197 is a clag monster the expected result is shown here as it pulls out of the loop.

47200 Yarnton JUnction (site of) 26 January 1986

Just as the sun was setting on Sunday 26 January 1986, my long wait in a field near the site of Yarnton Junction finally paid off. Having seen 47200 parked with its ballast train in the engineering possession near Hanborough, it was just a matter of time before it headed back to Hinksey. The main engineering train had gone back to Hinksey earlier, unbelievably headed by 08803! It was then a question of waiting in this field with no way of knowing how long it would take to drop the ballast, and whether 47200 would get to me before the sun went down. The footpath in the foreground, which passes underneath the railway near the old PW hut, has now been rebranded as Shakespeare's Way, forming part of a route from London to Stratford-upon-Avon.

47200 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 4 August 1987

47200 passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 4 August 1987 with the 6M72 22:00 St Blazey to Cliffe Vale china clay tanks. The shadows stretching across the field shows that it is very early in the morning (06:40), but the train is just about fully lit by the low sun. This would not be the case here today, as a huge row of Leylandii conifers now block out the sun completely during the morning!

47200 Kemble 17 August 1992

47200 passes through Kemble station on 17 August 1992 with the 6M08 18:20 Swindon to Longbridge Rover car body panels. These distinctive and lengthy trains were the only booked revenue earning freight over the 'Golden Valley' route at this time.

47200 Bourton 1 November 1994

47200 Herbert Austin applies full power at Bourton on 1 November 1994 as it heads east away from Swindon with the 6M08 10:59 Swindon to Longbridge Rover car body panels. The loco's name is certainly appropriate for this train, and is also noteworthy for the number of locos it has been applied to, starting off with 47337 in 1986. In 1990 the name was transferred to 47209, and then just a couple of months before this picture was taken, 47200 became its latest recipient.

47201 Standish Junction 5 July 1991

A single wagon load is hardly cost effective, and 47201 has an easy time as it approaches Standish Junction on 5 July 1991 with what is presumably the 6Z34 14:55 Bridgwater to Ince UK fertilzer empties. The light loads could be explained by the unusual running on a Friday, rather then the usual Tuesday (hence the 6Z34 rather than 6M34 headcode).

47201 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 23 June 1995

High summer at the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 23 June 1995. 47201 heads westwards with the 6V22 16:05 Longbridge to Swindon Rover car panel empties. A nondescript member of Tinsley's Railfreight Distribution pool at this time, but a quarter of a century earlier, 47201 (or D1851 as it was then) made a most unusual journey - a trip by sea from Holyhead to Barrow-in-Furness. This was because it was one of three Class 47s stranded on Anglesey after the Britannia Bridge fire of 23 May 1970.

47201 Kings Sutton 20 July 1995

47201 passes Kings Sutton on 20 July 1995 with the 4M04 15:25 Southampton to Washwood Heath empty cartics. This location has (for now!) managed to remain clear of vegetation. In fact, nearly two decades after this picture was taken, the bushes are now even less obtrusive.

47202 Hinksey 4 July 1985

47202 weaves across the mainlines from the up loop to Hinksey Yard on 4 July 1985 with the 6V19 06:05 Bescot to Didcot Speedlink. The cartics at the front of the train would be destined for Morris Cowley, with the vans behind mostly heading for MoD Bicester.

47203 Radley 30 June 1988

47203 passes the truncated remains of the former down loop and Abingdon branch at Radley on 30 June 1988. It is working the 6E30 17:18 Eastleigh to Haverton Hill Speedlink. The low evening light required 1/1000sec f2.8 on Kodachrome 64.

47204 Bourton 16 February 1984

47204 weaves across from the up to the down line at Bourton with the 3A21 11:25 Malago Vale to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans on 16 February 1984. It would travel 'wrong line' as far as Uffington. The derailment of freight train between the site of Knighton Crossing and Uffington had resulted in the up line being closed for emergency repairs.

47205 Ascott-under-Wychwood 27 November 1988

On the cold frosty morning of 27 November 1988, 47205 comes off the double track section of the Cotswold Line at Ascott-under-Wychwood with a train of recovered track panels from relaying operations near Evenlode. Interestingly, this train did not proceed on to Oxford as expected, but waited by Ascott-under-Wychwood signal box for a following light engine (47200), which took the train back from whence it came wrong line!

47205, 47307 & 47313 Clay Cross 9 April 1992

A Railfreight Distribution Class 47 cavalcade at Clay Cross on 9 April 1992. A rather grubby 47205 accelerates smokily away from a signal check, hauling much cleaner 47307 & 47313. The relief lines were closed (note the stop boards in the middle distance), so all traffic was using the main lines. The garage on the left is selling petrol at 44.1p per litre for unleaded, or 48.8p for 4 star!

47205 Crofton 17 February 2001

47205 runs alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal near Crofton with a relief to the 4O18 05:17 Lawley Street to Southampton freightliner on 17 February 2001. This train had been diverted off the Reading to Basingstoke line because of engineering works. Unfortunately a slight breeze causing ripples on the canal prevented a hoped for reflection shot!

47206 Radley 9 July 1991

47206 approaches Radley on 9 July 1991 with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. The former Abingdon branch line (closed in 1984) ran along the area of empty ballast in the foreground, paralleling the main line for over half a mile, from its junction at Radley station.

47206 Woking 15 May 1993

Although by 1993 Class 159 units had taken over most Network SouthEast passengers services on the West of England line, occasionally last minute loco hauled substitutions did occur. This is exactly what happened on 15 May 1993, when Railfreight Distribution's 47206 was called upon to work the 1L04 07:46 Salisbury to Waterloo, seen here approaching Woking.

47207 & 47279 Clay Mills (Hargate) 23 May 1998

47207 Bulmers of Hereford & 47279 pass Clay Mills (Hargate) in the pouring rain on 23 May 1998 with the Resonant Charters 1Z47 05:22 Finsbury Park to Scarborough 'York & Scarborough Liner' railtour. 47207 & 47279 worked the train as far as Doncaster, from where 47361 took over for the final section to the east coast resort.

47209 Abbotswood 26 June 1991

47209 Herbert Austin approaches Abbotswood on 26 June 1991 with the 6B69 06:50 Gloucester New Yard to Worcester Speedlink. The entire train is made up of MoD stores destined for Long Marston Army Depot. After running round in Worcester Yard it would proceed along the Cotswold Line as the 6B70 08:10 Worcester to Long Marston.

47209 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 28 October 1997

47209 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 28 October 1997 with the 4V16 09:45 Southampton to Cardiff freightliner. This train did not run for very long on these timings, but it did give the opportunity to photograph a westbound liner in the Vale of White Horse with the sun on the front. Even now, with increased Freightliner activity on the route, most daylight trains run in the opposite direction. The train is running along the down relief line, and will be held at Challow so that a HST can overtake it.

47210 Wolvercote Junction 18 July 1994

On one of the hottest days of the year, the snowploughs on 47210 are of little use, as it approaches Wolvercote Junction with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. The date is 18 July 1994, and the viewpoint is from the A40 roadbridge, looking towards the A34 Oxford bypass bridge.

47211 Bourton 1 August 1987

Surprise traction on the Great Western Mainline on 1 August 1987. A shortage of HSTs meant a rare outing for a Railfreight Class 47/0 with a rake of mostly Mk 1 coaches. 47211 is pictured here passing Bourton with the 1A11 09:25 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service, surprisingly only running a few minutes late. It had earlier worked the 1B22 07:25 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. Imagine the number of photographers that would arrive from far and wide if anything remotely like this happened today!

47212 Appleford 12 September 1985

With the steps of the long since demolished Appleford Crossing Signal Box on the left, 47212 approaches Appleford level crossing on 12 September 1985 with an unidentified southbound oil tank working. 47212 entered service on 13 May 1965, as D1862. Just under 39 years later it met its end at Crewe, being reduced to scrap in February 2004.

47212 Claypole 24 August 1991

47212 passes Claypole on 24 August 1991 with the 6E82 11:15 Rectory Junction to Lindsay Total oil empties. In the foreground is Claypole down loop (still bullhead track at his time). The up loop is situated some distance to the south.

47212 Culham 1 June 1999

Soft evening light at Culham on 1 June 1999, as 47212 heads northwards with the 4M99 16:47 Southampton to Crewe Basford Hall freightliner. It wasn't long after this that this location became much more difficult, as whoever was responsible for trimming the bushes on the railway boundary obviously stopped doing it!

47212 Aynho Junction 18 June 1999

47212 passes the derelict Aynho Junction signal box on 18 June 1999 with the 4M98 17:04 Southampton to Crewe Basford Hall freightliner. The signal box had been made redundant when the operation of the junction was transferred to Banbury South box in 1992.

47213 South Moreton 7 June 1993

Freight meets passenger at South Moreton on 7 June 1993. Unbranded Freightliner grey 47213 heads west with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner, while an unidentified HST heads towards the capital. 47213 was at the time allocated to Tinsley's MDDT Railfreight Distribution pool.

47215 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 5 September 1987

Railfreight liveried 47215 has a break from freight duties on 5 September 1987, as it passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) with the 1E32 09:58 Penzance to Leeds service, which it had taken over at Bristol Temple Meads. 47215 was withdrawn two years later, after sustaining serious damage in an accident involving a pair of ballast trains near West Brompton.

47217 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 31 March 1990

Numerous Tinsley allocated Class 47s received unofficial painted names during the late 1980s. One such was 47217, which received the name Kingfisher in 1989. It is seen here on 31 March 1990 speeding past Claydon (near Banbury) with the 4O81 Lawley Street to Southampton freightliner. The abutments of the bridge that carried the former Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway over the Oxford Canal can be seen in the background directly above the orange containers. The growth of the lineside vegetation resulted in it becoming invisible by 2007.

47217 Cholsey 16 August 1991

47217 Kingfisher approaches Cholsey station on 16 August 1991 with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton Maritime to Trafford Park freightliner. In contrast to today, there were very few freightliners running during daylight hours in the Thames Valley in the early 1990s. There was of course much more freight in general, with a variety of workings that have long since left the network.

47219 Winwick 12 March 1990

47219 Sandpiper passes Winwick on 12 March 1990 with the 6H63 Arpley Bridge to Northenden binliner empties. The wagons carry the distinctive Greater Manchester Council livery. 47219 only carried the unofficial Sandpiper name for a short while, being named Arnold Kunzler the following year.

47219 Swindon (Highworth Junction) 16 February 1993

With Cooper's scrapyard on the left, 47219 Arnold Kunzler slowly pulls its lengthy train out of the Rover car plant at Swindon on 16 February 1993. It is working the 6M03 09:22 Swindon to Longbridge car body panels, and will shortly rejoin the mainline at Highworth Junction. The sidings on the right have now been removed, to be replaced by the inevitable bushes. The Swindon car plant, which can be seen in the background on the right still produces car boy panels, but now for BMW's Mini, rather than the dodgy British Leyland and Rover products of the past.

47220 & 31420 Kemble 28 August 1982

47220 & 31420 stand at Kemble station on 28 August 1982 with the 3B42 09:20 Gloucester to Swindon parcels train. The 47 had been added to make sure the lengthy train was able to climb Sapperton Bank, as that may have been asking too much for a single 31! Just after this picture was taken, the 47 detached, and headed back to Gloucester, leaving 31420 to carry on alone.

47222 Iver 22 February 1990

47222 Appleby-Frodingham passes Iver on 22 February 1990 with the 6O64 11:14 Ripple Lane to Micheldever oil tanks. Whilst the BR corporate blue paintwork looks reasonably presentable, the same cannot be said for the yellow front end. Very scruffy and faded, and definitely in need of a touch up.

47222 Heyford 13 March 1995

The 6V03 09:54 Fenny Compton to Didcot MoD stores train was hardly ever a taxing load for the RfD Class 47s employed in the 1990s. Such is the case on 13 March 1995, as 47222 has no trouble at all hauling its miniscule load through Heyford station.

47225 South Moreton 11 January 1986

Some typical Sulzer clag, as 47225 restarts the 4M60 12:20 Southampton Maritime to Lawley Street freightliner away from a signal check at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 11 January 1986. Note the non-standard large number on the cab roof. Although there was more freight traffic in general, and certainly more traction variety at this time, during the 1980s there was much less freightliner traffic in the Didcot area, this being one of the few to run during daylight hours.

47225 Blanchworth 28 September 1989

An exceedingly lucky picture! On 28 September 1989 I had no way of knowing that the 6M29 14:00 Taunton to Bescot Speedlink freight would be this short and perfectly fill the frame in this side view near Blanchworth (between Bristol and Gloucester). 47225 heads north through the Gloucestershire countryside with Stinchcombe Hill in the background. I had decided to try a different type of picture from the usual three quarter front view, and ventured along the local footpaths looking for a location. There was a reasonable gap in the bushes at this point but I never imagined I would get exactly the correct length train to fill the gap!

47225 Radley 11 July 1997

47225 passes through Radley station on 11 July 1997 with the 4M99 16:50 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. Since this picture was taken, railings have been installed, effectively reducing the platform width. This seems a very retrograde step, forcing passengers to stand nearer to the trains, some of which pass through at considerable speed.

47226 Oxford 6 October 1979

Not technically a very good picture, but one which is full of historical interest. 47226 arrives at Oxford on 6 October 1979 with the 12:50 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service. Prominent in the background is the former GWR goods shed, then in use as National Carriers depot. This was the last surviving major steam era railway building at Oxford, but was unfortunately demolished in the early 1980s. Also visible in the background is 45070 which has been dumped on the goods loop after failing with a southbound passenger service earlier in the day.

47229 Banbury (Hardwick) 16 June 1994

47229 just about clears the encroaching shadows as it heads north from Banbury on 16 June 1994 with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. It is passing the site of Ironstone Quarry Junction, from where the freight line to the Wroxton ironstone quarries diverged off into the bushes on the right. This once extensive system closed in 1967 and virtually all traces of the route has disappeared.

47229 Cholsey 22 July 1994

47229 runs along the down relief line at Cholsey on 22 July 1994 with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. Directly above the locomotive is the course of the Cholsey & Wallingford railway, which had not yet fully reopened to the public when this picture was taken.

47236 Westenhanger 11 May 1996

Before the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1), there was a bridge spanning the disused western end of Westenhanger station. From this vantage point, 47236 is pictured passing the remains of the old concrete platforms with the 7O57 09:50 Wembley to Dollands Moor Ford car components on 11 May 1996. This would then travel via the Channel Tunnel to Spain. HS1 was constructed running exactly parallel with this line, cutting through the oilseed rape field in the background.

47237 South Moreton 21 June 1991

47237 passes South Moreton on 21 June 1991 with the 6E30 17:18 Eastleigh to Haverton Hill Speedlink. Less varied than the normal load, and including a couple of UKF Fertilser PWA pallet vans at the head of the train. This was just a couple of weeks before the loss making Speedlink wagon load network was abandoned.

47237 Winchester 28 June 1991

47237 passes through Winchester station on 28 June 1991 with the 6M93 16:01 Eastleigh to Willesden Speedlink. The Speedlink wagonload network only had a few days left to run when this picture was taken. Its withdrawal would lead to the virtual disappearance of the traditional mixed freight train, until the Enterprise network reintroduced a much reduced service a few years later. MoD traffic did still continue to run, often with some seemingly very uneconomic train lengths. Winchester formerly had two stations. The one seen in the background is the former L&SWR station, originally known as Winchester City, to distinguish it from Winchester Chesil station, which was on the other side of the River Itchen, on the former M&SWJR route (closed in 1961).

47237 Akeman Street 13 July 1991

This is my only picture of a train in the Kemira (formerly UKF) fertilser depot at Akeman Street. 47237 waits next to a large stack of bagged fertilser, prior to working the 6B20 10:20 empties to Bletchley on 13 July 1991. The depot closed shortly afterwards, and now the short branch leading to the depot from Grendon Underwood Junction has been lifted. Akeman Street was situated halfway between the Great Central route and the Great Western's London to Birmingham mainline at Ashendon Junction. The southern section was closed in 1966. As there was no run round loop at Akeman Street, 47237 would soon be propelling its train backwards, as far as Grendon Underwood Junction, a distance of approximately two miles.

47237 Swanbourne 13 July 1991

A working which I unfortunately got very few photos of, and even then usually in dismal light, was the Saturdays only 6B20 10:20 Akeman Street to Bletchley UKF fertiliser empties. Pictured here in customary weather conditions on 13 July 1991, 47237 has just passed through the long closed Swanbourne station (now a private residence). There is no chance to improve on my small collection of pictures of this train, as the fertiliser depot closed shortly afterwards and the line is now disused, with the track towards Bletchley lifted from a point just a few yards further on from this picture.

47237 Wolvercote Junction 12 July 1994

47237 has just passed Wolvercote Junction on 12 July 1994 with the 4V01 Longbridge to Morris Cowley car train. This picture from the A34 Oxford by-pass gives a good view of the start of the up goods relief line, one of many capacity improvements added to the Oxford area railway map during World War Two. The bridge in the background (which is surprisingly free of traffic) is the A40, a usually notoriously congested route into the city. Wolvercote Junction, where the Cotswold Line diverges to the left is situated just beyond this bridge.

47237 & 47201 Heyford 13 March 1995

A comparison of new and old Railfreight Distribution liveries at Heyford on 13 March 1995. 47237 & 47201 head south, light engine, pictured from the bridge over the Oxford Canal. Unlike 47201, which was cut up in 2007, 47237 still survives, although it now suffers the indignity of being painted in West Coast Rail's awful 'sludge brown' livery.

47237 Offord Cluny 16 August 2007

47237 speeds past Offord Cluny with the 1Z43 09:06 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central Railways crew training run on 16 August 2007, with 47802 on the rear of the train. The southern section of the East Coast Mainline has very few good photographic locations, this being one of the better ones. In common with all overhead electric lines, virtually all the former viewpoints have been ruined, which is why I tend to avoid these lines if at all possible.

47237 Bretforton 19 December 2007

On 19 December 2007, 47237 passes Bretforton (between Evesham and Honeybourne) with the 5Z85 10:05 Gloucester to Long Marston conveying 31437, 31423, 31301 & 31439, along with a rake of Mk2 coaching stock for braking purposes. The train had worked up from the West Country the previous day as the 5Z80 13:25 Meldon Quarry to Gloucester. I had decided to go to this location in preference to Evesham, as I have not used this location previously, and already have numerous pictures at Evesham. This decision turned out to be a mistake, as while the train passed me in cloudy conditions, it was full sun at Evesham.

47237 Long Marston 19 December 2007

In miserable light 47237 arrives at Long Marston with the 5Z85 10:05 Gloucester to Long Marston conveying 31437, 31423, 31301 & 31439 on 19 December 2007, along with a rake of Mk2 coaching stock for braking purposes. 47237 still carries DRS blue livery, although it is devoid of any branding, as it has recently been acquired by Cotswold Rail. Considering the gate into the depot at Long Marston (which is just the other side of the bridge that I am standing on) was still closed, the train seemed to be still going at a fair speed, and did indeed stop very close to the gate.

47237 & 37898 Lower Moor 4 March 2008

47237 passes Lower Moor on the Cotswold Line with the 6Z45 09:10 (actually departed 10:30) Gloucester to Long Marston on 4 March 2008, with 37898 and four brake force wagons. The large T of the former Transrail livery on the 37 is just visible on what is otherwise an extremely faded and rust streaked loco. This working should have run the previous day, conveying both 37898 and 37704 for storage, but problems with the 37's brakes caused its postponement. There are only a limited number of paths over this single track section, which can cause problems if a fault is discovered on any stock that has to be moved to Long Marston. This photo was taken from a public footpath crossing.

47237 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 13 May 2008

Basking in the late evening light and with a toot from the driver, 47237 passes Claydon (near Ashchurch) with the 6Z71 Cardiff Tidal to Stockton-on-Tees Advenza Freight scrap empties on 13 May 2008. Headboards on freight trains are now relatively common for the minor players such as Advenza. In the case it reads 'The Marauder'. A couple of hours earlier the balancing working had passed the same location heading south. The Cotswold Hills can be seen in the background.

47237 Delnies 25 June 2013

47237 passes Delnies on 25 June 2013 with the 1H80 10:00 Keith to Kyle of Lochalsh Royal Scotsman luxury charter. Unfortunately the overcast weather does the West Coast Railways livery no favours whatsoever. Virtually any other colour scheme would look better!

47237 Tackley 3 July 2014

47237 passes Tackley on 3 July 2014 with the Steam Dreams 1Z27 06:15 Oxford to Carlisle 'Cathedrals Express' railtour. The highlight of this tour would be the return working from Carlisle over the Settle & Carlisle line with LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 45699 Galatea. Until the wires go up, this is my favourite location for a very early northbound departure from Oxford, and I have used it previously for 59206, D444 & 67006. The early morning light even makes West Coast Rail's awful 'sludge brown' livery look acceptable, especially when paired with a uniform rake of maroon stock.

47237 Woodborough 23 August 2014

47237 slowly approaches Woodborough on 23 August 2014 with the diverted 5Z36 13:20 Southall to Bristol Kingsland Road ECS. It would spend 18 minutes in the loop, but given the awful light, and the awful livery, I wasn't going to bother trying for a second picture! The train's normal route via Swindon was closed due to engineering works in association with the opening of the new double track section of the Swindon to Kemble line.

47237 & 37706 Grove 8 September 2014

47237 & 37706 pass Grove on 8 September 2014 with the 5Z40 10:35 Bristol Kingsland Road to Southall ECS. It seems that someone has tried to improve West Coast Railway's awful livery by applying graffiti to the front and side of 47237! WCR has a very poor record for locomotive appearance, but even by their low standards the condition of 37706 is an absolute disgrace.

47238 Oxford North Junction 20 July 1990

47238 Bescot Yard passes Oxford North Junction on 20 July 1990 with the 6M22 16:00 Gillingham to Ince & Elton fertilser train. Note the debranded UKF wagons at the front of the train. UKF had just been taken over by Kemira, one of whose wagons is third in the consist. The train is just passing underneath the Aristotle Lane footbridge.

47238 Worting Junction 29 July 1991

47238 Bescot Yard passes Worting Junction on 29 July 1991 with the 4L66 07:55 Southampton to Ripple Lane freightliner. The train has just passed over the Battledown Flyover, which is hidden from view by the bushes in the background. This carries the up line from Southampton over the route to Exeter.

47239 & 43033 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 29 May 1986

One of my very few pictures of locomotives hauling failed HSTs. 47239 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 29 May 1986 with an unidentified westbound working. This could possibly be the 1C69 18:28 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service, or if there was any kind of a delay in attaching the 47, possibly an earlier working. Confirmation anyone? The errant HST has power car 43033 leading.

47240 Woodborough 20 June 1984

47240 passes the loops at Woodborough on a rather hazy 20 June 1984 with the 06:15 Tavistock Junction to Dover china clay tanks. These polybulk wagons (sometimes referred to by railway staff as 'Fat Parrots') were used for this export traffic during the 1980s. From Dover they traveled via the train ferry to France and then ultimately Switzerland. At least two of these wagons are in green livery with 'polybulk' branding, but the white china clay dust coating virtually obliterates everything.

47244 Kingham 16 September 1984

A Class 47 meeting at Kingham on Sunday 16 September 1984. 47244 arrives with the 1A25 16:15 Hereford to Paddington service, while 47536 waits to depart with the 1C48 16:10 Paddington to Hereford. ETH 47/4s (and of course Class 50s) were the staple motive power at the time, so the use of 47244 was a bit of a novelty.

47245 Cholsey 16 August 1991

47245 passes through the cutting just to the south of Cholsey station with the 4O75 Crewe to Southampton freightliner on 16 August 1991. This used to be an excellent location for photography in the summer months (hopeless in the winter due to the cutting being in shade). However, the bridge now has really high mesh sides, making it very difficult to take pictures.

47245 Baulking 13 June 2009

The prospect of two railtours along the Great Western Mainline within half an hour on 13 June 2009 made me venture out to my favourite local spot at Baulking. As the weather was completely cloudy when I left home I thought this would be an excellent choice of location. Typically, just because I didn't want it, the sun decided to come out, resulting in the worst possible lighting with the sun directly behind the train! So here for the record is 47245 with the Railway Touring Company 1Z27 06:45 Paddington to Kingswear 'Dartmouth Express'.  BR Standard 70013 Oliver Cromwell would take over the train at Bristol Temple Meads.

47245 Compton Beauchamp 7 July 2012

Wearing just about the worst livery every to adorn a Class 47, and one which certainly does not photograph well in such poor weather, West Coast Railway's sludge brown (sorry, maroon!) 47245 passes Compton Beauchamp on 7 July 2012 with the 5Z92 15:28 Southall to Bristol Temple Meads ECS, in preparation for the following day's 'Weymouth Seaside Express'.

47245 Uffington 23 July 2012

47245 passes Uffington on 23 July 2012 with the 5Z94 10:35 Bristol Kingsland Road to Southall ECS. This is the stock off the previous day's 'Weymouth Seaside Express' steam special. Even under the intense summer sun, the West Coast Rail livery looks rubbish, not helped by the fact that 47245 is a disgusting state, obviously not having seen a washer for a very long time!

47245 Denchworth 3 September 2012

47245 runs along the relief line at Denchworth on 3 September 2012 with the 5Z35 10:35 Bristol Kingsland Road to Southall ECS. This train is booked to use the relief line, but for no obvious reason, as it runs straight through, not stopping at Wantage Road. 47245 seems to have a half hearted wash since I last saw it, either that or all the rain we've had during the summer has washed the dirt off. Now all it needs is a repaint into a proper livery!

47245 Heyford 13 December 2014

With a slightly inappropriate 'Spirit of the Lakes' headboard, 47245 speeds through Heyford station on 13 December 2014 with the West Coast Railways 1Z36 06:38 Skegness to Bath 'Christmas Special - City of Bath' special. Unfortunately the much more photogenic 47580 is hidden by the bushes at the rear of the train.

47258 Swindon (Highworth Junction) 5 June 1996

47258 diverges from the mainline at Highworth Junction, Swindon on 5 June 1996 with the 6V09 04:20 Longbridge to Swindon Rover Car Plant car panel empties. The name Highworth Junction refers to the fact that this line formerly carried on past the car plant and on to the market town of Highworth. The weed choked line in the foreground once served the nearby Shell oil depot.

47270 & 43034 Brockhampton 18 July 1988

47270 to the rescue. Unsurprisingly running approximately 90 minutes late, the 47 gives a helping hand to the failed HST (43034 leading) working the 1E37 14: 44 Paignton to Newcastle InterCity service on 18 July 1988. It is seen here approaching Brockhampton, just to the north of Cheltenham. 47270 worked the train from Gloucester to Birmingham New Street. A hot day in mid summer with no air conditioning and no windows to open means unpleasant conditions for passengers in the stricken HST.

47270 Wickwar Tunnel 30 May 1989

47270 approaches Wickwar Tunnel on 30 May 1989 with the 6V79 14:34 Salisbury to Gloucester Speedlink. This service was withdrawn the following year, with entire Speedlink network following the year after. The Foster Yeoman PGA and POA wagons near the front of the train are being conveyed to the Marcroft Engineering wagon repair works at Gloucester, the vans in the centre of the train are carrying MoD traffic from the Salisbury area, and the tanks at the rear of the train contain china clay from Quidhampton. The variety of traffic on this service is such that the 18 wagon train is made up of 10 different wagon types. This was not the only northbound Speedlink running at around this time, with both the 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester and 6B59 17:34 Stoke Gifford to Gloucester following shortly after.

47277 Compton Beauchamp 11 June 1984

HST power car availability was not always adequate in the 1980s, and the specially constructed generator van was often pressed into service to allow a locomotive to haul a set of Mk3 HST coaches. Such was the case on 11 June 1984, when 47277 was pictured passing underneath the brick bridge at Compton Beauchamp with what is presumably the late running 1B35 18:28 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service. ADB975325, the generator van, is coupled directly behind the locomotive.

47277 Melbury Bubb 15 August 1991

47277 passes Melbury Bubb on 15 August 1991 with the 2O81 08:03 Cardiff Central to Weymouth Regional Railways service. I spent most of my available free time chasing Class 50s on the Waterloo to Exeter line during 1991, and so this was a welcome bonus in the area. The train has in fact passed underneath the Exeter route just a few miles before, near Yeovil.

47278 Hinksey 28 November 1981

The south end of Hinksey Yard, near Oxford in the early 1980s, before the view of the yard became obscured by trees. 47278 heads south with an unidentified working on 28 November 1981. As this is a 47/0 on Mk1s, and this is a Saturday during the football season, I am guessing that it is something that was really common until the late 1980s - a football special. Any information would be gratefully received. Manchester to Brighton and Leeds to West Ham seem the most likely candidates.

47279 Wolvercote 4 May 1990

47279 passes Wolvercote in glorious evening light on 4 May 1990 with the 4M79 16:19 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. A wider view was deliberately chose here to show some of the remaining railway infrastructure surrounding the site of the former Wolvercote Sidings signal box. The box was situated on the left of this picture, and the remains of the footpath crossing can be seen here. On the extreme right can be seen the fenced course of the wartime down goods loop, with a drainage ditch separating it from the main lines. This public footpath crossing has since been closed, and no photography is now possible in the vicinity.

47283 Hinksey 18 August 1998

Despite angry protests from local residents, the largely moribund Hinksey Yard was converted into a 'virtual quarry' ballast dump in the late 1990s. Preliminary work in replacing the Second World War track is in evidence here on 18 August 1998, as 47283 passes the site with the 4O29 14:14 Trafford Park to Southampton freightliner. Obviously the present day residents of the area are less tolerant than those of fifty years ago, who would have to put up with steam locomotives shunting loose coupled freights all through the night!

47284 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 25 April 1986

47284 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 25 April 1986 with the 4V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. An interesting comparison between BR's corporate rail blue livery, and the lighter colour scheme of the Avon County Council containers. As well as the classic traction, this is the classic view of this now well known photographic location, with only two tracks. Also note the long gone platelayers hut, the last remaining dead elm tree, and the original brick built twin arch Denchworth Road Bridge, in the background.

47285 Grateley 14 November 1991

47285 passes through Grateley station with the 6M73 08:32 Quidhampton to Willesden calcium carbonate tanks on 14 November 1991. A fairly lengthy train on this day, as it was not unusual to see this with just a few wagons, occasionally just one! The platform next to the train was formally an island platform, with the other face serving the line to Bulford Camp.

47285 & 47280 Ashchurch 15 May 1997

With just a few weeks to go before Ashchurch's new station is due to open, finishing touches are being applied as 47285 & 47280 pass through with the 6V27 10:35 Longbridge to Swindon Rover car part empties on 15 May 1997. I'm not quite sure if the worker on the extreme right in front of the tree has fully read the health & safety book on the use of ladders!

47286 & 47378 Milton 15 April 1997

With the village of Steventon just visible amid the trees in the background, 47286 Port of Liverpool & 47378 approach Milton on 15 April 1997 with the 6M03 08:15 Swindon to Longbridge Rover car body panels. Unfortunately the RfD 47s are in their customary filthy condition, but at least on this occasion I got some sunshine, although as can be guessed from the dark clouds in the background, it didn't last for very long!

47288 Denchworth 2 October 1991

47288 passes Denchworth on 2 October 1991, conveying a load of Army Land Rovers from Ashchurch to Didcot. Two decades later the same location is hardly recognisable, with four tracks reinstated, and both bridge and signalling replaced. I wouldn't like to guess how many of the Land Rovers in this picture are still in (non military) use, but 47288 did not survive very long after this picture was taken. Less than two years later is was involved in a derailment near Maidstone. The damage it sustained when it rolled onto its side was severe enough for it to be withdrawn.

47289 Denchworth 17 August 1992

47289 passes Denchworth on 17 August 1992 with the 4V15 Tilbury to Swindon 'butterliner' (containerised Anchor butter from New Zealand). You can clearly see the preparations for relaying the down relief line, with the newly laid ballast reaching just up to the foreground (note the corner of the butyl liner under the ballast). In the background the sleepers have been placed, but the rails have not yet arrived. The down relief line was completed before work on the corresponding up line started. This photo is not taken from the well known Denchworth location (Circourt Bridge), but from the bridge to the east, which also used to offer an excellent vantage point until a huge signal gantry was erected close to the bridge.

47289 Coalpit Heath 29 March 2002

47289 passes the site of Coalpit Heath station on 29 March 2002 with the 5Z55 10:05 Laira to Neville Hill Virgin HST ECS, comprising power cars 43157 & 43090. Unless there was something wrong with the HST, it does seem a little perverse that the 47 was used to haul it (unless it was a traction knowledge issue), as this had entailed the loco working down to Devon especially the previous day as the 0Z77 Crewe to Laira.

47290 Oxford 4 September 1987

47290 passes through the centre road of Oxford station on 4 September 1987 with the 6V19 06:32 Bescot to Oxford Speedlink service. The loco is wearing the original version of the Railfreight grey livery, with a white cantrail stripe. Always a good train to photograph, and as late as the mid 1980s could often produce unexpected traction. Standard fare this time though!

47290 & 47125 Defford 4 November 1994

Double Class 47 clag at Defford on 4 November 1994. Visual proof that these two locos are fitted with multiple working equipment, which was added to certain members of the class late in their lives for use on lengthy trains such as this. 47290 & 47125 pile on the power as they pass Defford with the 6M03 10:23 Swindon to Longbridge Rover car body panels.

47291 Radley 15 May 1992

47291 The Port of Felixstowe passes Radley on 15 May 1992 with the Fridays only 6M22 16:00 Gillingham to Ince & Elton fertilser train. On the left is Radley Ground Frame, with freshly painted equipment boxes next to the point levers. Although the Abingdon branch, which ran parallel with the mainline here, had been lifted several years earlier, the ground frame was retained for a few years to work the facing and trailing crossovers.

47291 Didcot 31 July 1992

A golden glint at Didcot on 31 July 1992. As the 19:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads HST accelerates away from Didcot station, 47291 The Port of Felixstowe arrives from the opposite direction with the 6O56 17:41 Cardiff Tidal Sidings to Dover. After the demise of Speedlink this was one of the few freight flows that effectively ran as a general traffic service. It is pictured here travelling at no more than walking speed as it approaches the station, as indeed it could very well afford to do, as it is half an hour early for its booked crew change.

47292 Chainbridge 16 August 1988

A scene that epitomises railways in the Fens in the 1980s. 47292 approaches Chainbridge with the 9H35 11:10 Wisbech to Whitemoor Speedlink trip working on 16 August 1988. The Wisbech branch is all that remains of the former through route from March Kings Lynn. I think this is the only occasion that I have used a polarising filter in combination with the Pentax 6x7 on a railway subject, but here it accentuates the typical big sky of the fenland landscape. The loss of 11/2 stops when using such a filter with ISO 100 film on medium format is no joke, but luckily here the train is slowing on the approach to a level crossing, so a shutter speed of only 1/250 sec could be used.

47293 Long Marston 14 April 1991

The blackthorn is in flower on 14 April 1991 as 47293 departs from Long Marston with the 6B53 Worcester to Gloucester Speedlink trip. A lengthy train, which became even longer at Ashchurch, where a string of flat wagons would be added to the rear. As with most MoD traffic, the loadings on this service varied considerably, depending on who we were at war with at the time! In this case, the first Gulf War had only just ended. For anyone visiting this location today, this view will come as a surprise, with its wide open views and virtual complete lack of any rolling stock in the sidings.

47294 Hinksey 27 September 1986

With a varied selection of rusty steel in one form or another in the foreground, 47294 passes Hinksey Yard on 27 September 1986 with the 4O90 12:25 Lawley Street to Southampton freightliner. In the background, a windsurfer is enjoying the warm weather on Hinksey Lake. This lake was formed by gravel diggings for the 'new' Great Western station at Oxford in 1850.

47294 Hinksey 5 July 1991

47294 pulls out of Hinksey Yard on 5 July 1991 with the 6A82 07:08 Hinksey to Littlemore oil tanks. This had arrived a little earlier as the 6V54 04:00 Ripple Lane to Banbury. The working timetable indicates that the train split in Hinksey Yard, with this portion working a short distance down the Morris Cowley branch to the Littlemore oil terminal. As I had only just arrived as the loco was running round, and as the trees hide most of the yard from view, I cannot say for certain whether there was actually a Banbury portion on this day, or whether this was the whole train. This is one of just a handful of pictures that I have of Littlemore oil trains, hardly surprising as they usually ran on 'as required' basis.

47296 Rowington 5 June 1996

A very tatty 47296 runs alongside the M40 motorway at Rowington on 5 June 1996 with the 4M99 15:58 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. Unfortunately since this picture was taken the insignificant bushes on the bank between the road and the railway have become very significant, virtually completely blocking the view.

47296 Barton-under-Needwood 15 July 1996

How tatty does a loco have to get before it gets repainted? With a virtually non-existent front yellow warning panel, 47296 passes Barton-under-Needwood on 15 July 1996 with the 4V03 14:18 Lynemouth to Pengam aluminium ingots.

47297 Northam Junction 5 March 1994

47297 slowly traverses the Southampton Eastern Docks Branch at Northam Junction on 5 March 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 04:26 Manchester Piccadilly to Southampton 'Hampshire Hog' railtour. 37375 is on the rear of the train. This view would be impossible today, as the footbridge from which it was taken has been demolished. Also, the view has changed somewhat, with the installation of a replacement footbridge directly in front of the roadbridge in the background. To complete the transformation, the waste ground on the right is now occupied by St Mary's football stadium, home to Southampton Football Club, and opened in 2001 at a cost 32 million.

47298 & 47228 Whitacre Junction 13 June 1998

47298 Pegasus & 47228 axial pass Whitacre Junction in the rain on 13 June 1998 with the 6A02 08:53 Washwood Heath to Wembley Rover cars. Note how 47298 has also acquired its pre TOPS number D1100. Apologies for the poor technical quality of this picture, but it is the only occasion that I photographed a pair of RfD 47s on this working.

47299 Stonesfield 20 April 1986

47299 heads back down the Cotswold Line after track relaying work at Ascott-under-Wychwood on Sunday 20 April 1986. It is pictured near Stonesfield, entering the cutting that takes the line through a ridge next to one of the many bends in the nearby River Evenlode.