Class 47

47500 Hinksey 3 March 1984

Looking very smart after a recent repaint, which has included such details as silver buffers and white painted pipework, 47500 Great Western passes Hinksey Yard, near Oxford with the 1O74 10:23 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton service on 3 March 1984. The distinctive Romanesque style church tower of St Barnabas in Jericho can be seen directly above the loco. Note also the large area of barren ground directly behind the rusting corrugated iron fence. This heavily contaminated land is the site of the former Oxford gas works.

47500 Hinksey 4 July 1985

Looking superb after its recent repaint into GW150 green, 47500 Great Western passes Hinksey Yard on 4 July 1985 with the 1F27 08:50 Oxford to Paddington service. A luxury service for the waiting passengers at Radley and Culham. Even some humble stopping trains were loco hauled in 1985!

47500 Great Bedwyn 8 September 1985

Although naturally most of the special trains organised by BR to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway used GWR steam locos, some use was made of the diesel locos that had been painted into 'GW150 Green' livery. 47500 Great Western is seen here passing through Bedwyn station on a very gloomy 8 September 1985 with the 1Z47 09:15 Paddington to Plymouth 'Great Western Limited' GWR 150 special.

47500 Churchill Heath 9 April 1986

In the last of the low evening sunshine, 47500 Great Western rounds the curve at Churchill Heath on 9 April 1986 with the 1B46 17:05 Paddington to Hereford service. This is one of my favourite Cotswold Line pictures, not only because of the superb lighting and the presence of a GW150 green Class 47 on the train, but also because it is in one of the few locations that never seemed to be used by any other photographer. Unfortunately, for reasons which I can no longer remember, I did not take this picture using my Pentax 6x7, so the rather the poor technical quality is due to the use of a 35mm Fujichrome 100 slide, which in 1986 was no match for Kodachrome 64, and certainly not up to the quality of later Fuji slide films.

47500 & 47628 Crofton 23 September 1986

There cannot have been many occasions that a pair of GW150 green Class 47s worked a train together, in fact this may be the only one! 47500 Great Western & 47628 Sir Daniel Gooch run alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal at Crofton on 3 September 1986 with the 1C39 11:45 Paddington to Penzance service. The story was that both locos were needed in the West Country for royal train duties. Although this obviously saved a light engine movement, it certainly didn't save on crewing, as both locos would have required drivers, as they are not fitted for multiple working.

47500 Ascott-under-Wychwood 2 November 1986

Ascott-under-Wychwood's last remaining semaphore signal for down trains was situated on a high embankment to the west of the village, but a gap in the lineside vegetation allowed a close up picture of a train approaching to be taken from the neighbouring field. This did however require split second timing to get it right! 47500 Great Western heads westwards on 2 November 1986 with the 1B16 09:40 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill Network SouthEast service (note the branding on the blue & grey Mk1 coach). Unusually for the period, this train was running 50 minutes late, presumably due to Sunday engineering works in the London area, or perhaps a future First Great Western employee was getting in some early practice for use two decades later!

47500 Finstock 25 August 1987

The golden evening light accentuates the ripening wheat at Finstock on 25 August 1987, as 47500 Great Western speeds past with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service. In the 1980s there were numerous photographic locations on the southern end of the Cotswold Line, even if only small gaps in the bushes, as here. Normally a view such as this would be a little nondescript, but in this case the foreground colour nicely compliments the green of the loco and background bushes.

47500 Hanborough 30 August 1987

47500 Great Western approaches Hanborough on 30 August 1987 with the 1A67 16:15 Hereford to Paddington service. This photographic location has long since disappeared due to the growth of the lineside bushes. This section of line was singled in 1971, and unfortunately missed out on the recent redoubling of the Cotswold Line, and is therefore still an operational bottleneck.

47500 Kidlington 24 October 1987

47500 Great Western approaches Kidlington on 24 October 1987 with an Ian Allan Network Day Banbury to Paddington special. This had travelled to Banbury via the Chiltern Line. The local landmark of Shipton-on-Cherwell cement work's chimney (demolished in 2015) dominates the background.

47500 Exminster 22 April 1988

47500 Great Western passes Exminster on 22 April 1988 with the 1C53 14:41 Paddington to Plymouth service. Three years after being painted into GW150 green, the loco was still the pride of the Western Region fleet, as witnessed by the white wheel rims and silver buffers. The random mix of coach liveries was quite common at this time.

47500 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 25 April 1988

47500 Great Western approaches Dunstall Bridge in soft evening light on 25 April 1988, as it slows down for the Moreton-in-Marsh stop with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service. This location got progressively more grown up over the next three decades, until Network Rail finally did some much needed lineside maintenance in 2018.

47500 Patchway 14 May 1988

An extremely light load for a Class 47! 47500 Great Western arrives at Patchway station on 14 May 1988 with the 1O46 16:05 Swansea to Portsmouth Harbour service. It worked the train as far as Bristol Temple Meads.

47500 Culham 10 July 1991

Six years after being painted into GW150 green livery, 47500 Great Western is looking decidedly tatty, as it passes Culham on 10 July 1991 with the 1F62 18:50 Paddington to Oxford service. This was an InterCity sponsored train, with the stock making a change from the usual Network SouthEast coaches on this route. In the background are a couple of aircraft hangars from the former RAF Culham (now an industrial estate).

47500 Compton Beauchamp 22 August 2011

47500 passes Compton Beauchamp on 22 August 2011 with the 5Z94 09:18 Bristol Temple Meads to Southall ECS. This is the stock off the previous day's 'Weymouth Seaside Express' steam special. Although it doesn't look too bad in the sun, this sludge brown livery is not what 47500 should be painted in at all. It should of course by rights be wearing GW150 green, in which it looked superb. This livery is claimed to be maroon, but that's the colour of the coaches behind - no comparison!

47501 Oxford 1 August 1986

47501 pulls away from Oxford station on 1 August 1986 with the 1O34 06:15 Liverpool Lime Street to Portsmouth Harbour. A nice clean rake of InterCity liveried stock (apart from a single blue and grey vehicle hiding in the shadows at the rear) is somewhat let down by the well weathered large logo livery on the locomotive. Even part of the number is missing.

47501 Moreton-in-Marsh 24 June 1987

Looking very smart after its recent repaint into InterCity colours, 47501 approaches Moreton-in-Marsh on 24 June 1987 with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service. This photo is taken from a very convenient public footpath crossing, which allows the inclusion in the picture of Moreton's down outer home signal.

47501 Churchill Heath 9 July 1987

47501 accelerates away from Kingham station, and approaches Churchill Heath on 9 July 1987 with the 1A10 06:00 Hereford to Paddington service. I don't often take this kind of low level frame filling picture, although ironically I took several similar pictures of this particular locomotive around this time. The lack of time in finding anywhere else, after discovering shadows across the line from my intended viewpoint, left me no choice, as it was a long walk back to the car from this remote location, and there certainly wasn't time to go anywhere else.

47501 South Moreton 6 August 1988

47501 Craftsman passes South Moreton on 6 August 1988 with the 1O10 08:47 Leeds to Poole service. Although this is an InterCity service, as was quite common at the time, a couple of interloper Network SouthEast coaches have been included in the train.

47501 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 5 November 1988

47501 Craftsman slows down for the stop at Oxford on 5 November 1988 whilst working the 1O04 06:41 Wolverhampton to Poole service. The train displays the typical mix of InterCity and blue & grey stock, which was more common than uniform rakes at the time on these inter regional trains.

47501 Shorthampton 12 February 1989

A colourful combination of liveries on the Cotswold Line on 12 February 1989. InterCity liveried 47501 Craftsman hauls a rake of Network SouthEast liveried Mk 2 coaches past Shorthampton with the 1B31 13:45 Paddington to Hereford InterCity service, amazingly the first down train of the day on a Sunday at the time. 47501 had been named in 1987 in recognition of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.

47501 Elmswell 10 March 2007

47501 passes Elmswell with the Pathfinder Tours 'Twenty Twenty Vision' railtour on 10 March 2007, now running as 1Z21 Ipswich to Cambridge via Leiston. The cloud which had built up while the tour was on the Leiston branch was now dispersing. The headboard reads: "DRS Anglia on a Mission".

47501 Barrhill 9 June 2007

47501 brings up the rear of the SRPS 1Z11 05:28 Darlington to Stranraer railtour at Barrhill on 9 June 2007. Creating a terrific racket on the front of the train is immaculately restored 40145, making a very unusual foray to this Scottish outpost.

47501 Drumburle 9 June 2007

47501 pass Drumburle (between Girvan and Maybole) with the SRPS 1Z12 13:32 Stranraer to Darlington railtour on 9 June 2007. Interesting enough, but the highlight of the tour was of course 40145, which had worked the outward leg of the tour.

47501 & 47802 Bredon 15 August 2009

47501 Craftsman & 47802 Pride of Cumbia pass the site of Bredon station with the Rail Blue Carters 1Z47 07:13 Chesterfield to Paignton 'Seaside Express' railtour on 15 August 2009. It seems that a pigeon has met a sticky end (literally) somewhere en-route, as some grey feathers can be seen on the left buffer.

47501 & 47810 Tackley 16 June 2011

In glorious evening light on 16 June 2011, 47501 Craftsman & 47810 Peter Bath MBE 1927-2006 pass Tackley at high speed with the Northern Belle 1Z64 18:26 Ascot to Manchester Victoria 'Ascot Ladies Day' special. Fortunately the train was running six minutes late at this point. Had it come at the correct time the sun would still have been behind a large black cloud. As is so often the case on a summer's evening, the clouds start to melt away at the end of the day. Although there were still plenty of clouds about (especially in the Oxford direction), there was just the one left where the sun was, and I was extremely glad when the strong wind hastened its departure just a minute or so before the 47s could be heard approaching in the distance.

47501 & 47805 Dalnacardoch 26 June 2013

47501 Craftsman & 47805 John Scott 12.5.45 - 22.5.12 pass Dalnacardoch on 26 June 2013 with the Compass Tours 1Z43 16:01 Aviemore to York 'Highland Clansman' railtour. Plenty of colour contrast here, with both the DRS blue locos and the ex Virgin red coaches standing out well from the green landscape. At 17:00 the sun was finally breaking through the cloud, and of course would be out virtually all of the time as I commenced the long drive home!

47501 & 47805 Yarnton 21 February 2014

47501 Craftsman & 47805 John Scott 12.5.45 - 22.5.12 pass the flooded fields at Yarnton on 21 February 2014 with the 4Z30 09:12 Bicester Central Ordnance Depot to Crewe. A leisurely walk across the fields for a second shot, on the way home from seeing the train at Islip.

D1944 South Marston 29 June 2018

D1944 (47501) Craftsman passes South Marston on 29 June 2018 with the 5Z23 07:35 Crewe Holding Sidings to Bristol Barton Hill ECS, conveying Mk2 coach 3330. Ideally I would have liked to have photographed this in the Oxford area, but the lighting would have been very head on, compounded by the fact that it was running over an hour early. I therefore opted for this Great Western Mainline location. It was held in Hinksey Yard, and was only a few minutes early when it passed me. The five wind turbines of the Westmill Wind Farm can just be seen on the horizon.

D1944 & D1935 Heyford 31 July 2020

D1944 Craftsman & D1935 Roger Hosking MA 1925 - 2013 pass Heyford on 31 July 2020 with the Statesman Rail 1Z32 05:35 Westbury to Scarborough 'Yorkshire Coast Statesman' railtour. I had chosen this location as it is one of the few spots in the Oxford area where the sun would be on the front, but the colourful field of yellow ragwort in the foreground was an unexpected bonus.

47503 Crofton 25 September 1982

47503 passes Lock 61 on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Crofton on 25 September 1982, as it heads towards the capital with the 1A67 11:05 Paignton to Paddington service. Note that Lock 60 in the background does not yet have any gates. The route had not been fully restored at this time, and was not open for through navigation. This is one of the very few railway pictures that I took using a 28mm wide angle lens on my Canon A1.

47503 Cholsey 31 January 1987

47503 approaches Cholsey on 31 January 1987 with the 1F35 14:00 Oxford to Paddington service. Not being an Old Oak Common loco, it was a bit of a surprise to see this working a Network SouthEast service. It wouldn't have been such a surprise it if had turned up on one of the many inter-regional trains that also traversed this line at the time.

47507 Banbury 24 April 1984

47507 leaves Banbury on 24 April 1984 with the 1M88 06:25 Poole to Liverpool Lime Street service. This slightly unusual viewpoint shows the train about to pass underneath the old Grimsbury Road bridge, with evidence of the building of the new bypass road on the left. In the background, behind the pylon, is the large Kraft coffee factory, which often gives this location a pleasant coffee smell! The small group of buildings in front of the factory are the only ones that would have been seen from this spot a century earlier, as the entire background is Banbury's modern urban sprawl.

47508 Honeybourne 14 August 1983

47508 Great Britain arrives at Honeybourne on 14 August 1983 with the 16:10 Paddington to Hereford service. After a brief stop the train set off for Evesham as normal, only to stop a short distance up the line and then reverse back into the station! Apparently somebody had been left behind, but even so, a bizarre move that I have not seen happen since! Note the empty shell of the long closed signal box in the background. This was demolished shortly afterwards.

47508 Hinksey 4 July 1985

47508 passes Hinksey Yard on 4 July 1985 with the 1A45 07:33 Oxford to Paddington service. The loco is pictured here running unnamed, which it did for a very short period between the original Great Britain plates being removed, and the application of the S.S. Great Britain plates on 26 July 1985.

47508 Ascott-under-Wychwood 10 November 1985

47508 S.S. Great Britain speeds past Ascott-under-Wychwood's last remaining semaphore signal (since replaced) with the 1B16 09:55 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service on 10 November 1985. The loco had been re-named four months earlier, with the S.S. Great Britain nameplates replacing the original Great Britain ones. For a brief period it ran in service unnamed. Note that I am being watched by one of the occupants of the field!

47508 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 17 October 1987

With 72 miles to go, according to the milepost, 47508 S.S. Great Britain approaches Combe on 17 October 1987 with the 1A07 08:08 Hereford to Paddington service. This picture is taken from the extremely tall Grintleyhill Bridge.

47508 South Moreton (Didcot East) 16 November 1988

An unusual, and slightly puzzling picture taken at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 16 November 1988. 47508 S.S. Great Britain heads westwards with a rake of four wheel TTA oil tanks, a train which does not match up with anything in the working timetable. Possibly an oil train to Littlemore, but at the time the 'as required' service to Littlemore came from Stanlow. An InterCity Mainline liveried Class 47/4 is also noteworthy on an oil train. To add to the weirdness, the loco is quite clearly sporting freshly applied 'smiley face' markings on its silver buffers. Presumably it had been spruced up for some special event, but I can find no mention of it, and have yet to come across another picture of it with buffers in this condition. Any information would be gratefully appreciated.

47508 Uffington 14 March 1989

47508 S.S. Great Britain passes the site of Uffington station on 14 March 1989 with a Cheltenham Gold Cup race special. I always liked to have a few days off work in mid March to photograph the Gold Cup specials, but unfortunately it nearly always seemed to correspond with a period of miserable weather!

47509 Honeybourne 30 March 1985

When Honeybourne station reopened in 1981 only very basic facilities were provided, and the desolate feel was not helped by the abandoned platform opposite the one reopened platform. Recent years have seen the line doubled and the station rebuilt. The old order is pictured on 30 March 1985, as 47509 Albion arrives with the 1A31 08:05 Hereford to Paddington service.

47509 Moreton-in-Marsh 16 June 1985

An unusual head on viewpoint at Moreton-in-Marsh on 16 June 1985, deliberately chosen to give a good view of the down refuge siding and numerous semaphore signals. 47509 Albion arrives with the 1C48 16:10 Paddington to Hereford service.

47509 Moreton-in-Marsh 5 June 1988

I was most surprised to see this whilst visiting Moreton-in-Marsh station on 5 June 1988. 47509 Albion parked in the siding next to the former goods shed with the Chipmans weedkilling train. As there was no crew around and no prospect of it moving, I had to make do with this record shot. 47509 was a regular on the Cotswold Line at the time on Paddington to Hereford trains.

47509 Madeley Junction 15 August 1988

47509 Albion passes Madeley Junction on 15 August 1988 with the 7C19 13:15 Shrewsbury Coton Hill to Bescot Speedlink, conveying armoured vehicles and MoD stores from Donnington. This is one of the few occasions that I saw an inappropriately InterCity liveried Class 47 working a freight.

47509 Didcot North Junction 27 June 1989

A colourful, although slightly inappropriate InterCity / Network SouthEast combination at Didcot North Junction on 27 June 1989. 47509 Albion rounds the curve from Didcot Parkway station with the 1F68 18:32 Paddington to Oxford service.

47509 Mostyn 30 March 1991

With the beached former Sealink 'Duke of Lancaster' ship dominating the background, 47509 Albion passes Mostyn on 30 March 1991 with the late running 1D43 09:35 Euston to Holyhead service. There was plenty of Class 47 activity on the North Wales coast line on this Saturday, as ten minutes later 47337 appeared from the opposite direction with the 7F18 Llandudno Junction to Ellesmere Port chemical tanks.

47511 Chalford 16 April 1983

47511 Thames passes Chalford on 16 April 1983 with the early running 3B42 09:15 Gloucester to Swindon parcels train. 47511 received the name Thames at Old Oak Common in March 1979, but it lost its plates upon conversion to 47714 in 1984. The name was then transferred to 47611.

47512 Bourton 13 July 1985

While everyone else was watching Live Aid on TV, I was photographing van trains on the Great Western Mainline! 47512 passes Bourton on a brilliantly sunny 13 July 1985 with the 3A12 06:45 Swansea to Old Oak Common vans. If a train of seventeen vans seems amazing for today's photographers, the fact that there was a similar train following an hour behind is even more impressive!

47512 Wendlebury (Langford Lane) 22 April 1986

47512 passes Langford Lane, Wendlebury, on 22 April 1986 with the 6V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. 47512 could easily be recognised from virtually any distance in 1986 (at least from this side), by virtue of its partially missing BR logo. This well known freight train had only started running the previous year, but I don't suppose anybody in those days would have thought that the old brick pits at Calvert could go on taking Bristol's rubbish for another quarter of a century!

47512 Charlbury 10 April 1987

47512 arrives at Charlbury on 10 April 1987 with the 1A10 06:00 Hereford to Paddington service. Charlbury station's new footbridge now straddles this view, and the original double track has been reinstated. However, the brick road bridge is still just the same, even including the white painted signal sighting patch, although this has become a little more faded.

47512 Didcot North Junction 22 June 1989

47512 passes Didcot North Junction on 22 June 1989 with an Ascot race special, believed to be the 18:43 Ascot to Manchester Piccadilly (confirmation anyone?). The water tower and coaling stage in the Great Western Society's Didcot headquarters can be seen in the background, as the Ladygrove housing estate was still just a planner's dream, and was a few years away from swallowing up the field directly behind the locomotive.

47513 Shipton 5 May 1984

The Cotswold Line Promotion Group has been running special trains to various locations since the early 1980s. The 'Cotswold-Ouse Special' on 14 April 1984 was so popular that a relief had to be run a few weeks later. 47513 Severn stands in the gloom at Shipton station on 5 May 1984 with the Oxford to York 'Cotswold-Ouse Special 2'. Note that only a small part of the train is actually able to access the extremely short platform. Some idea of how dull it is can be gauged from the fact that the station lights are still on.

47513 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 3 November 1984

Looking very smart with its silver buffers, and white painted wheels, 47513 Severn approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 3 November 1984 with the 3A12 08:55 Carmarthen to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. 47513 was an Old Oak Common loco between 1978 and 1989, and was often used for prestigious trains, hence the painted embellishments.

47513 Lyneham 30 May 1985

Another Cotswold Line view that is now no longer possible due to the uncontrolled growth of lineside vegetation. 47513 Severn passes Lyneham with the 1B46 17:05 Paddington to Hereford service on 30 May 1985. I would not normally include quite so much sky in the picture and the composition is getting a little close to the photographic faux pas of the subject dividing the picture in two. However, in the absence of any foreground interest I was anxious to include the moon in the picture, which can be seen near the top of the picture. 47513 acquired the name Severn at Old Oak Common in March 1979 and until being transferred to Tinsley in 1989 was a regular on the Cotswold Line.

47513 Whitehill 22 August 1985

47513 Severn passes Whitehill (between Finstock and Combe) on 22 August 1985 with the 13:12 Great Malvern to Paddington 'Cotswold & Malvern Express'. This was booked for a HST, and it was certainly a surprise when this turned up. Obviously the Cotswold Line does not fully exploit the HST's speed advantage, so it's no surprise that this was only running ten minutes late.

47513 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 31 January 1987

Viewed from a lofty vantage point that is unfortunately now obscured by trees, 47513 Severn approaches Grintleyhill Bridge at Come with the 1A25 08:00 Hereford to Paddington service on 31 January 1987. A bright but cold winter morning with the remains of some snow under the hedges and a light mist obscuring the background slightly. This location is not a total loss now, as pictures can still be taken from the bridge, but even if this 1987 viewpoint could be recreated, the rampant growth of lineside vegetation would hide the train today. Lower Westfield Farm is prominent in the centre of the picture, while on the extreme left Whitehill Bridge can just be seen.

47513 South Moreton (Didcot East) 29 January 1992

47513 Severn passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 29 January 1992 with the 1A71 13:43 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington mail train. Note the non-standard livery, with smaller than normal numbers (for a large logo liveried loco), and no black window surrounds.

47513 Frosterley 10 April 1993

47513 Severn passes Frosterley on 10 April 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z43 14:15 Eastgate to Swindon 'Weardale Explorer' railtour. This was the last train to traverse the line under BR ownership. Evidence of quarrying can be seen on the hillside in the background. There were once numerous rail served quarries on both sides of the valley.

47513 Witton-le-Wear 10 April 1993

47513 Severn is about to dive under the A68 road at Witton-le-Wear on 10 April 1993, as it runs along what is now the Weardale Railway with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z43 14:15 Eastgate to Swindon 'Weardale Explorer' railtour. 37506 British Steel Skinningrove & 37512 Thornaby Demon are out of sight on the far end of the train.

47515 Kingham 23 April 1983

47515 calls at Kingham station on 23 April 1983 with the 1A75 07:05 Hereford to Paddington service. The biggest shock for anyone who is familiar with this location today, is just how open and free of vegetation this view is. It would not be possible to take this picture today because of a tree growing near the bridge. But a more head on viewpoint would show that the house is now completely hidden from view by trees that had not even been planted when this picture was taken!

47515 Hinksey 14 June 1983

47515 passes Hinksey Yard on 14 June 1983 with the 1A75 07:05 Hereford to Paddington service. It may look like I am about to get a chance of a Class 25 hauled freight picture, however, 25051 is not waiting in the loop in the background in order to proceed south once 47515 has got out of the way. It has in fact just arrived with the 6V19 06:32 Bescot to Oxford Speedlink, and will leave the train at this point, for Oxford's resident 08 to move as required. I had to make do with a light engine picture!

47515 Daylesford 18 July 1986

47515 passes Daylesford on 18 July 1986 with the 1A10 06:00 Hereford to Paddington service. There probably aren't too many pictures of 47515 in this livery, as it only carried it for a few months. It was in plain BR blue at the start of the year, but by November it was in the colourful InterCity colour scheme. Quite how long it was in this large logo livery isn't clear, as I only saw it twice, both in July. Two repaints in one year is a bit of a waste of resources.

47515 South Moreton (Didcot East) 8 November 1986

47515 Night Mail passes South Moreton on 8 November 1986 with the 3V19 09:35 Oxford to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. Note the inclusion of a Mk 2 passenger coach in the consist, presumably after having been removed from a train at Oxford due to some fault and now being taken back to Old Oak for rectification.

47515 Hinksey 14 March 1987

With the shadows lengthening, 47515 Night Mail passes Hinksey Yard, near Oxford on 14 March 1987 with the 1O09 08:12 Newcastle to Poole service, running 50 minutes late. Note that the only two Mk1 vehicles in the train are the InterCity liveried restaurant car and the BG at the front. This brake vehicle highlights another area where the railways have deteriorated over the last few years. In 1987 there was a whole vehicle dedicated to luggage and bicycles!

47515 Churchill Heath 15 May 1988

A colourful InterCity / Network SouthEast combination at Churchill Heath on Sunday 15 May 1988. 47515 Night Mail accelerates away from Kingham station (just out of sight in the distance) with the 1A65 16:15 Hereford to Paddington service. This was running 20 minutes late, which was fairly unusual for Cotswold Line trains in the 1980s, but much more common several decades later!

47517 Combe 11 April 1988

Cotswold Scot! 47517 Andrew Carnegie passes the very basic Combe station on 11 April 1988 with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service. The Highland Rail logo is certainly not very appropriate for this part of the world. The loco was just starting its life in England, after being a Scottish allocated loco since being delivered new (as D1975) to Haymarket depot in November 1965.

47519 Croome 14 May 1984

47519 could easily be recognised from a distance in 1984, as it had what looked like the word 'Glen' crudely scrawled on one end. It is seen here passing Croome on 14 May 1984 with the 1V85 09:22 Newcastle to Penzance service.

47519 Old Denaby 13 February 1999

Heritage repainted two tone green liveried 47519 passes Old Denaby on 13 February 1999 with westbound steel empties. It's special livery didn't save it, and it was withdrawn the following month, although it wasn't cut up until 2005.

47520 South Moreton (Didcot East) 24 October 1989

Golden autumn tints at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 24 October 1989. 47520 runs along the up relief line with the 1V94 11:06 Birmingham New Street to Reading InterCity service. As most cross country trains through Oxfordshire at the time started from further afield (Manchester, Newcastle, York, etc) it seems odd that this relatively short distance train was always provided with a Mk1 restaurant coach (third vehicle). Luxury provision compared with what's on offer today!

47521 Chilson 26 April 1986

47521 passes underneath the road bridge at Chilson on 26 April 1986 with the 1A25 08:05 Hereford to Paddington service. The grassy bank in the foreground is now completely covered by trees. They have been allowed to grow so close to the track that they almost touch the trains!

47521 Chilson 16 August 1987

47521 passes Chilson on 16 August 1987 with the 1M08 09:00 Paddington to Wolverhampton InterCity service, diverted via the Cotswold Line due to engineering works. The presence of a dedicated buffet car near the rear of the train is a giveaway that this is not a normal Cotswold Line train.

47521 Wolvercote Junction 18 August 1993

47521 doesn't seem to be in the best of health, as it approaches Wolvercote Junction on 18 August 1993 with the 1E45 16:30 Swindon to Newcastle Royal Mail vans. 47521 spent the last three years of its life as a parcels loco, moving from the NWRA Thames Valley passenger fleet in May 1992. It was withdrawn in May 1995.

47522 Asgarby 1 September 1984

Extremely lucky lighting at Asgarby on 1 September 1984. 47522 manages to find a brief patch of sunshine as it heads towards the coast with the 1D38 10:59 Kings Cross to Skegness summer dated service. This was just one of a number of loco hauled trains that headed for Skegness on a summer Saturday during the 1980s. All now a distant memory.

47522 Radley 20 July 1989

Unfortunately I only saw 47522 Doncaster Enterprise once whilst it was in its attractive LNER apple green livery. So here it is, trundling through Radley station on the evening of 20 July 1989, heading towards Oxford with a single brake van. It lost its unique livery a few months later, after an accident in Kent resulted in a major rebuild and repaint.

47522 & 50035 Horley 21 September 1991

47522 Doncaster Enterprise hauls 50035 Ark Royal, two TPO vehicles, and two coaches past Horley on 21 September 1991, en-route from Old Oak Common to Lover's Walk Depot, for display at the following day's 'Brighton 150' open day. Ten minutes earlier a similar convoy from Willesden was hauled by 73136.

47522 Wolvercote Junction 18 May 1998

47522 Doncaster Enterprise approaches Wolvercote Junction on 18 May 1998 with the 6M18 15:36 Eastleigh to Carlisle Enterprise wagonload freight service, on this occasion comprising just four china clay tanks from Quidhampton. The loco's bright red livery, a relic of its former parcels sector status, certainly shows up well in the late evening light.

47523 Bourton 22 December 1989

47523 passes Bourton on 22 December 1989 with the 1A40 09:06 Swansea to Paddington service. Not only was this train unusual in being Class 47 hauled amid a sea of HSTs services, but also it was one of the few trains that didn't call at Swindon, though which it had passed non-stop a few moments before this picture was taken.

47523 Oxford 26 May 1990

47523 leaves Oxford station on 26 May 1990 with the 1O04 06:45 Wolverhampton to Poole service. After several years of mixed liveried trains in the Oxford area, things had largely settled down by 1990, with complete InterCity rakes, as here, and complete Network SouthEast rakes on the Paddington trains.

47524 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 21 April 1988

47524 passes Shrivenham on 21 April 1988 with the 3A12 06:44 Milford Haven to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. I wouldn't normally bother to include a picture taken in such poor light of what at the time was a very ordinary working. However, the inclusion of what appears to be an inspection saloon at the front of the train is definitely not ordinary! The lack of any sun also meant that a picture from the north side of the line was possible, revealing the houses in the village of Bourton in the background.

47524 Evesham 11 June 1989

47524 makes a typically smoky start, as it pulls away from Evesham station on 11 June 1989 with the 1B29 13:45 Paddington to Hereford Network SouthEast service. Note the surviving GWR brick built building in the yard, and the fact that in 1989 all the trackwork was still 95lb per yard bullhead rail on wooden sleepers.

47524 Aynho 29 June 1993

47524 passes Aynho at speed on 29 June 1993 with the 1E45 16:30 Swindon to Newcastle mail vans. Something I hadn't noticed until the box of slides came back from Fuji, is the moon directly above the front of the locomotive!

47525 Kingham 22 May 1988

Overrunning engineering work on the Cotswold Line on Sunday 22 May 1988 resulted in 47525 with the 1B31 13:45 Paddington to Hereford service running wrong line between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Moreton-in-Marsh. It is pictured here confusing prospective passengers at Kingham. These Sunday trains were always worth photographing during the late 1980s, as they inevitably featured InterCity liveried Class 47s hauled Network SouthEast stock. Kingham is pictured here before the car park was tidied up and increased in size, work which removed the remnants of the bay platform visible in the foreground. Note also the pre-war jointed bullhead track.

47525 Yarnton 14 June 1988

47525 passes Yarnton on 14 June 1988 with the 1M58 17:50 Paddington to Wolverhampton InterCity service. The line of trees in the background mark the course of the 'Yarnton Loop', a link line that formerly connected the Oxford to Worcester line with the Oxford to Bletchley line.

47525 South Moreton 6 August 1988

47525 runs along the down relief line at South Moreton on 6 August 1988 with the 1M09 14:00 Poole to Nottingham InterCity service. This was in the good old days, when a pleasant afternoon could be spent at this location, watching a procession of Class 47 & 50 hauled trains, all viewed from a quiet farm occupation bridge, which had a low parapet that doubled as a seat. Unfortunately the modern replacement requires a stepladder just to see over the top!

47525 Hinksey 5 July 1991

47525 passes Hinksey Yard on 5 July 1991 with the 1V92 05:40 Wolverhampton to Paddington InterCity service. The well know footbridge than spans both the yard and the adjacent lake, can just be seen through the morning mist in the background.

47525 Old Basford 2 December 1995

Sporting a slightly early 'Merry Christmas' headboard, 47525 passes Lincoln Street level crossing signal box, Old Basford, on 2 December 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z54 07:50 St Pancras to Hammersmith (Midland Railway Centre) 'Butter Mountain' railtour. Although taken on a miserably dull day, with the early morning fog only slightly dispersed, this picture is full of interest, as the scene has now changed completely. The signal box has been demolished, and the level crossing is now a major piece of infrastructure, as it also includes the new Nottingham tram line to Hucknall, which now parallels the line on the left. The David Lane tram stop is now situated where the bushes are on the left.

47525 Breadsall 2 December 1995

47525 brings up the rear of the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z54 07:50 St Pancras to Hammersmith (Midland Railway Centre) 'Butter Mountain' railtour at Breadsall on a very misty 2 December 1995. 31551 & 31466 are the lead locomotives. The car park lights in the background give a clue as to how dark it was!

47526 Wolvercote 4 May 1989

47526 Northumbria passes Wolvercote on 4 May 1989 with the 1M85 12:08 Gillingham to Preston parcels. Obviously a warm evening, as the canal boat owner on the left is enjoying the sunshine from the top of his narrowboat on the Oxford Canal.

47526 Bromsgrove 23 September 1989

47526 Northumbria reaches the bottom of the Lickey Incline at Bromsgrove on 23 September 1989, as it works the 1V43 08:35 Liverpool Lime Street to Penzance service. The Northumbria name have been transferred from 47405, when that loco was withdrawn in 1986.

47526 Oxford 2 October 1991

A slightly different viewpoint on a well known photographic location at Oxford. A very tatty 47526 pulls way from Oxford station on 2 October 1991 with the 1F45 11:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service and passes under the Osney Lane footbridge. In 2007 this bridge was removed for essential repairs, but due to typical Network Rail incompetence was not replaced for many months, causing a severe nuisance to local residents. Shortage of materials was blamed for the delay. I cannot believe that the structure of the bridge detiorated so quickly that it had to be closed before replacement parts were available!

47526 Didcot North Junction 8 December 1992

47526 approaches Didcot North Junction on 8 December 1992 with a brand new Class 465 on delivery from York to Slade Green. Unfortunately my notes as to which 465 this is seem to have gone missing. Any ideas? A bit more overnight rain would have provided a much more complete reflection in the foreground!

47529 Hinksey 21 June 1986

47529 passes Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) on 21 June 1986 with the 1B56 18:12 Paddington to Hereford service. Network SouthEast had been launched as a major branding exercise just a few days before, but of course it took a long while for the identity to be applied to the majority of vehicles, hence we have a classic corporate image scene here, with a complete train of Mk 1 coaches.

47530 South Moreton 13 May 1990

47530 takes a break from its Network SouthEast duties, and gets used for some Sunday engineering work on 13 May 1990. After dropping ballast further up the line towards Reading, it is pictured heading back to Didcot along the up main line at South Moreton.

47530 Buckhorn Weston Tunnel 14 April 1991

47530 approaches Buckhorn Weston Tunnel on 14 April 1991 with the 1V09 08:55 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. I visited this location several times during 1991, but with the lack of any trains that would warrant such a long journey to photograph, I haven't been back since!

47530 Motcombe 14 April 1991

47530 passes Motcombe on 14 April 1991 with the 2O02 14:22 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. This is one of those locations that I went to just once during the mad dash to record the last of the loco hauled workings on the Waterloo to Exeter route during 1991.

47530 Potbridge 28 April 1991

47530 passes Potbridge on 28 April 1991 with the 2L18 08:24 Salisbury to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. This was the first up train of the day from the West of England line on a Sunday at this time. I was disappointed that this wasn't Class 50 hauled. Never mind, a two hour wait secured a picture of 50037 on the next up train.

47530 Didcot North Junction 4 July 1991

Soft evening light at the then semi rural location of Didcot North Junction on 4 July 1991. 47530 heads north with the 1F52 18:06 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. This is an all stations service, which in addition to Didcot, has already called at Reading, Pangbourne, Goring and Cholsey, and will shortly be stopping at Appleford, Culham and Radley.

47530 Wolvercote Junction 29 August 1991

If you wanted to photograph a colourful train around the Oxford area in the early 1990s, this was the one to go for. The 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels was often hauled by a Network SouthEast liveried 47, and the inclusion of a Royal Mail red van was a distinct possibility. Such is the case here, as 47530 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 29 August 1991.

47531 Hinksey 17 January 1987

Sub-zero conditions at Hinksey Yard on 17 January 1987. 47531 begins to slow down on its approach to Oxford station with the 1E63 10:40 Poole to Newcastle service, which it worked between Reading and Birmingham New Street. Photo taken from the now closed Tuckwell's Crossing.

47531 Saddleworth Viaduct 14 August 1993

47531 crosses Saddleworth Viaduct on 14 August 1993 with the SLOA Carlisle to Euston 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour, which has been worked as far as Bradford Forster Square by LMS Coronation Class 4-6-2 46229 Duchess of Hamilton.

47532 Oxford 5 July 1980

A vintage scene at Oxford on 5 July 1980, as 47532 arrives at the station with the 1M38 06:28 Poole to Birmingham New Street service. It is about to pass the disused Oxford Station South signal box, which was taken out of use in 1973 with the introduction of colour light signalling to the area. Although the corresponding Oxford Station North signal box was quickly demolished, this structure survived for a number of years, but was demolished shortly after this picture was taken. Another sign of a bygone age is the complete lack of high visibility clothing, as two train crew members walk alongside the line over the bridge crossing the Botley Road.

47533 Chilson 9 September 1979

Unfortunately I have got very few pictures of my local Cotswold Line from the 1970s, and most of those seem to have been taken on dull days! 47533 is seen here passing Chilson on 9 September 1979 with the 1C42 16:25 Paddington to Hereford service.

47533 Charlton 22 April 1988

47533 is just four miles into its journey, as it passes underneath the farm occupation bridge at Charlton on 22 April 1988 with the 2C71 10:00 Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads local service. This seems like luxury provision for what you would think would ordinarily be a DMU service. Note the bridge's 18 tons weight restriction notice on the extreme right.

47533 Ascott-under-Wychwood 25 June 1989

47533 rounds the curve at Ascott-under-Wychwood on 25 June 1989 with the late running 1O06 07:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole InterCity service. Normally time keeping on the Cotswold Line was quite good in the 1980s, but when these inter regional trains were routed via the line, late running was more common. The moon is just visible directly above the locomotive.

47533 Oxford North Junction 19 August 1989

47533 passes Oxford North Junction on 19 August 1989 with the 1O04 06:18 Wolverhampton to Poole service. Behind the loco are the Trap Grounds allotments, the access for which at this time was the foot crossing visible by the first coach.

47534 St Devereux 10 November 1984

47534 passes St Devereux (between Hereford and Pontrilas) on 10 November 1984 with the 07:12 Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central service. This was in the good old days, when not only could you expect to see 47s on the Welsh Marches line, but 33s as well.

47535 Stenson Junction 16 October 1986

47535 University of Leicester passes Stenson Junction with the 1O09 08:12 Newcastle to Poole service on 16 October 1986. Unlike a lot of the ETS fitted Class 47s, this loco did not undergo various renumberings throughout its life, going straight from D1649 to 47535 with the advent of TOPS in 1974. Initially the number 47065 was allocated, but the fitting of ETS prevented this. The loco was named University of Leicester in 1982 and renamed Saint Aidan in 1995.

47535 Bathampton 5 April 1990

47535 University of Leicester passes Bathampton on 5 April 1990 with the 1A27 09:03 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington InterCity service. Not only has the loco now gone (being cut up at Old Oak Common in 2004), but part of the field on the right has also gone! The re-routed A4 trunk road now parallels the railway here, swinging round in a curve to pass behind the farm in the background. Large bushes have grown up along the roadside, changing this viewpoint considerably.

47535 Wolvercote Junction 30 April 1990

47535 University of Leicester approaches Wolvercote Junction on 30 April 1990 with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston vans. A splash of the then new parcels red livery livens up the scene, although the other four vans are in the traditional parcels livery of unwashed grime!

47536 Cholsey 14 April 1984

47536 passes Cholsey on 14 April 1984 with the 1O74 10:23 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton InterCity service. This used to be an excellent location for photography, and although I visited it a few times, I don't know now why I didn't make more use of it. Electrification has of course ruined it forever.

47536 Honeybourne 12 August 1984

47536 crosses over the trackbed of the former Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon line as it heads up the Cotswold Line with the 16:15 Hereford to Paddington service on 12 August 1984. As can be seen by the fresh ballast, the track had only been removed a few years previously and indeed various bits of railway equipment were still scattered about. Just under the bridge was the site of a junction giving access to the Cotswold Line via a sharply curved chord diverging to the left.

47536 Kingham 16 September 1984

A close up of view of 47536 at Kingham, as it waits to depart with the 1C48 16:10 Paddington to Hereford service on 16 September 1984. The photo is taken from the remains of the old bay platform, which has now been replaced by an extended car park.

47537 Wolvercote Junction 14 June 1983

47537 Sir Gwynedd / County of Gwynedd approaches Wolvercote Junction on 14 June 1983 with the 1M40 17:05 Poole to Derby service. This was one of the first pictures that I took at what later became one of my favourite photographic locations in the Oxford area, although it hardly ever seemed to be used by anyone else! As can be seen here, it was completely clear of bushes in the early 1980s. Unfortunately this was not to last, and for some time now has been very heavily overgrown.

47537 Shrivenham 27 October 1989

47537 Sir Gwynedd / County of Gwynedd passes through the remains of Shrivenham station on 27 October 1989 with the 3A03 13:40 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington parcels. 47537 carried its bilingual nameplates for almost exactly a decade, from November 1982.

47538 Oxford 19 May 1989

47538 stands at Oxford station on 19 May 1979 with the 1V28 08:22 Liverpool Lime Street to Paddington service. This was running exactly on time, something which seemed to be much more common in the 1970s and 1980s, despite what some people say about the 'bad old days' of BR.

47538 Aynho 5 June 1983

47538 passes the disused station at Aynho on Sunday 5 June 1983 with an unidentified southbound working. The time is 11:50, so the only obvious candidate is a very late running 1O74 09:05 Wolverhampton to Brighton. However, this was composed of Mk2 stock, so it seems unlikely. Any information would be gratefully received. Obviously still in use by a coal merchant and several years before it was converted into a house, the station building seems reasonably intact except for a missing chimney (later replaced). There even appears to be the remains of the up platform nameboard surviving on the grassy bank in the immediate foreground. Note the flyover in the background where the Marylebone line joins the Cherwell Valley route.

47539 Didcot North Junction 21 July 1990

47539 Rochdale Pioneers passes Didcot North Junction on 21 July 1990 with the 1M88 06:40 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly service. Note the rake of London Underground tube stock stabled in the yard in the background.

47540 Kingham 27 October 1979

47540 arrives at Kingham station on a very dull 27 October 1979. This was at a time when the Cotswold Line's service was very sparse, although most trains were still loco hauled. This is the 1B58 10:50 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service. This view is included, despite the gloomy conditions, as it shows the southern end of Kingham station before it got surrounded by trees and bushes. The former Banbury to Cheltenham line platforms can be seen on the left.

47540 Culham 12 May 1987

47540 passes a field of oilseed rape at Culham on 12 May 1987, as it heads north with the 1M10 07:03 Paddington to Wolverhampton service. This is the early days of BR's new sector liveries, when often just a single vehicle in a train would be in the new colours, as here.

47540 Compton Beauchamp 19 May 1989

47540 passes underneath the roadbridge at Compton Beauchamp in the very last of the weak evening light on 19 May 1989, Making a change from the constant procession of HSTs, this is the 1C71 18:29 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads InterCity service. The empty trackbed in the foreground was formerly the up relief line, which ran from Shrivenham to Knighton Crossing.

47540 & 47538 Awaltham St Lawrence 2 June 1989

Although by no means rare, a pair of Class 47s on the Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast trains in the late 1980s was always worth photographing. On 2 June 1989, 47540 & 47538 speed past Waltham St Lawrence with the 08:15 Paddington to Oxford service. As this was the start of the period that saw a multitude of liveried locomotives on these trains (rail blue, large logo, InterCity, NSE, and even ScotRail!), it was a bit of luck to get a matched pair of large logo machines.

47540 Iver 22 February 1990

47540 heads west past Iver on 22 February 1990 with a short rake of ballast hoppers. Initially I thought this was the 6V96 09:32 Tonbridge West to Meldon Quarry (despite the couple of still loaded wagons), but that passed by half an hour later, hauled by 33102.

47540 Retford 17 February 1996

47540 The Institution of Civil Engineers negotiates the sharply curved line between Retford and Whisker Hill Junction on 17 February 1996 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z45 07:45 Kings Cross to Rossington Colliery 'Friar Tuck' railtour.

47540 Kirk Sandall Junction 17 February 1996

47540 The Institution of Civil Engineers passes Kirk Sandall Junction on 17 February 1996 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z45 07:45 Kings Cross to Rossington Colliery 'Friar Tuck' railtour. The train had just arrived from St Catherine's Junction, via the line on the right, and has just reversed in Kirk Sandall station, which can be seen in the background.

47540 Kirk Sandall 17 February 1996

47540 The Institution of Civil Engineers brings up the rear of the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z45 07:45 Kings Cross to Rossington Colliery 'Friar Tuck' railtour at Kirk Sandall on 17 February 1996. 37718 had been added to the train at St Catherine's Junction, and was now the lead locomotive.

47540 Wolvercote Junction 14 August 1997

A severe shortage of Virgin CrossCountry Class 47/8s on 14 August 1997 resulted in 47540 The Institution of Civil Engineers being borrowed from the DAET railfreight pool. It is seen here approaching Wolvercote Junction with the 1M79 16:47 Reading to Liverpool Lime Street service, which it worked as far as Birmingham New Street. The Dutch civil engineer's livery certainly makes a change from the InterCity livery that was the dominant colour scheme on cross country trains at the time.

47543 Barnt Green 4 July 1987

47543 approaches Barnt Green station on 4 July 1987 with the 1V36 07:00 Milton Keynes to Penzance 'Holidaymaker Express' service. Much has changed since this view was taken. Although the line the train is traveling on hasn't been electrified, the Redditch branch in the foreground has, with the result that the resultant 'knitting' has completely ruined this view. Note the typical consist for this train at the time - Mk3s for the 'normal' coaches and Mk1s for the catering and brake vehicles.

47543 Quedgeley 6 May 1988

A short but very colourful train heads north at Quedgeley on 6 May 1988. 47543 is heading to Gloucester with a rather antiquated looking weedkilling train, which includes a bright red former LSWR 'Ironclad' coach. This was probably the last year that sights like this could be seen, as Hunslet Barclay took over most weedkilling duties the following year, using their fleet of Class 20/9s.

47543 Duffield 2 June 1990

Network SouthEast stock well away from its normal area of operation. 47543 passes Duffield in the rain on 2 June 1990 with what is presumably the 1E33 08:14 Tenby to Leeds service. Confirmation anyone? 47543 could easily be recognised from a distance at this time by the large white mark just below the horn grille.

47543 & 47565 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 21 August 1995

47565 Responsive failed to live up to its name on 21 August 1995, and failed whilst working the 1C53 16:02 Paddington to Plymouth vans. It was rescued by 47543, and the duo are pictured passing the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, running nearly 90 minutes late. This late running was a definite advantage, as the lighting angle was much better.

47543 Pilning 2 October 1996

47543 runs slowly along the down relief line at Pilning on 2 October 1996, prior to working through the Severn Tunnel with the 5M24 14:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff TPO empty stock. 47543 had less than two years left in traffic at this time, and was cut up at Booth Roe, Rotherham in April 1998.

47544 Dalwhinnie 14 July 1983

47544 approaches Dalwhinnie on 14 July 1983 with the 08:30 Inverness to Edinburgh service. The road sign in the background is one of the sections of General Wade's Military Road that is still in use as a public highway. The battered remains of the snow fence next to the railway is probably not going to be very effective!

47545 Oxford 6 October 1979

A strange place to leave a Class 47! 47545 is pictured dumped at the far end of Oxford South Yard, adjacent to Osney Lane, on 6 October 1979. Hemmed in by a rake of MDO wagons, which presumably were there in connection with the adjacent scrapyard, it clearly hasn't moved for a while, but quite why it was there is unclear. I never saw any other locos in this particular position.

47545 Oxford 5 July 1980

A slightly unusual viewpoint for a railway picture at Oxford. 47545 crosses the Sheepwash Channel as it pulls out of the station with the 1B58 10:50 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service on 5 July 1980. The Sheepwash Channel is a short backwater of the River Thames, connecting the main river (just behind the footbridge on which I was standing), with the Castle Mill Stream, which is itself another backwater of the Thames. The brick wall at the end of Abbey Road was partially demolished in 2017, when a car crashed through it, and ended up in the river!

47545 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 24 April 1984

47545 approaches Oxford on 24 April 1984 with the 1O91 13:20 Manchester Piccadilly to Portsmouth Harbour service. This is the view from the Walton Well Road bridge, with the Aristotle Lane footbridge in the background. In the 1980s it was still possible to take a picture from the west side of the line here, without the bushes getting in the way.

47547 Heytesbury 14 May 1988

47547 speeds past Heytesbury with the 1O39 10:10 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service on 14 May 1988. This loco had taken over the service at Bristol Temple Meads, and was a bit of a surprise on the day, as all the other services were being worked by Class 33s on what was their last day on the route. This bridge has since been substantially rebuilt.

47547 Moreon-in-Marsh 12 August 1989

47547 arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh on 12 August 1989 with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service. This was an InterCity service that routinely used Network SouthEast stock. This photo is taken from the old end loading dock.

47547 Oxford 3 October 1990

The unveiling before the unveiling! After having arrived at Oxford station with its new nameplates covered on 3 October 1990, 47547 has its University of Oxford plates uncovered, prior to them being covered up again in preparation for the official unveiling a little later by the Right Honourable Lord Jenkins of Hillhead (Oxford University Chancellor). The loco receives some last minute cleaning before the dignitaries arrive. Behind it is 47587, which received the name Ruskin College Oxford at the same ceremony.

47547 & 47587 Oxford 3 October 1990

There was a double naming ceremony for two Class 47s at Oxford station on 3 October 1990. The Right Honourable Lord Jenkins of Hillhead (Oxford University Chancellor) named 47547 University of Oxford, while Dr Stephen Yeo (Principal of Ruskin College) named 47587 Ruskin College Oxford. After the naming ceremony the two immaculate ex-works Network SouthEast liveried locos made there way back to Old Oak Common light engine, from whence they had come a few hours earlier. 47547 & 47587 are pictured leaving the station. The area behind the locos had just been cleared from its previous use as a scrapyard, and was soon to become a car park.

47549 Charlbury 14 April 1984

A frosty morning at Charlbury on 14 April 1984, as 47549 calls to pick up passengers with the Cotswold Line Promotion Group's Oxford to York 'Cotswold-Ouse Special'. Note the original short platform that existed here in the 1980s - approximately a third of the length of this train! Health & Safety wouldn't like that now!

47549 Somerton 22 October 1985

47549 heads up the Cherwell Valley near Somerton on 22 October 1985 with the 1S39 07:34 Poole to Glasgow and Edinburgh service. 47549's minor claim to fame is that it was one of the three Class 47s that were stranded on Anglesey in 1970, after fire seriously damaged the Britannia Bridge. It was numbered D1724 at the time. The other two locos were D1851 & D1940.

47549 Kingham 8 September 1987

47549 Royal Mail stands at Kingham station on 8 September 1987 with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service. In the foreground is the remains of the old goods loading dock, which later got swallowed up when the car park was extended. On the right is my Vauxhall Cavalier, which provided reasonably reliable transport for seven years during the 1980s.

47549 Madeley Junction 15 August 1988

In the days when Shrewsbury had direct loco-hauled trains from London, 47549 Royal Mail approaches Madeley Junction on 15 August 1988 with the 1J24 10:40 Euston to Shrewsbury InterCity service. The bridge in the background is the then recently opened Telford bypass link road, with the original farm occupation bridge just beyond.

47551 Yarnton 14 June 1988

47551 passes Yarnton in the last of the weak evening sun on 14 June 1988 with the 1M31 17:18 Folkestone Central to Liverpool Lime Street service. Uniquely, this loco has carried the number 47551 on three separate occasions. Firstly it briefly received the incorrect TOPS number 47551 in 1974, before quickly being renumbered 47153, as it wasn't yet ETH fitted. When it was converted the following year it received the number 47551 for the second time. Its number was changed to 47801 when it was fitted with long range fuel tanks, but reverted to 47551 three years later.

47551 Wolvercote 7 September 1988

47551 passes Wolvercote on 7 September 1988 with the 1M23 15:08 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly service. The random mix of blue and grey and InterCity liveried coaches is very typical of the period, seemingly much more common than complete uniform rakes.

47551 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 28 May 1989

With the Ashchurch Industrial Estate on the horizon, 47551 passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 28 May 1989 with the 1V35 07:30 Wolverhampton to Paignton service. Unfortunately 47551 disgraced itself on the return working (1M32 16:43 Paignton to Wolverhampton) when it failed at Exeter. It had to be rescued by 47326.

47552 Churchdown (M5 Junction 11) 3 January 1987

47552 crosses the M5 at Junction 11 (near Churchdown) on 3 January 1987 with the 1V55 09:20 Liverpool Lime Street to Penzance InterCity service. 47552 still survives (as 47802), but I doubt very much whether any of the other vehicles in this pictures are still around!

47552 Wolvercote Junction 29 January 1989

47552 passes Wolvercote Junction on 29 January 1989 with the 1O10 09:19 Liverpool Lime Street to Southampton InterCity service. Apologies for the poor image quality, but for some inexplicably reason I decided to try using print as well as slide film around this time. While the 6x7 rollfilm ones are just about acceptable, the 35mm ones like this, are not very good. Thankfully I soon reverted to using slide film exclusively for colour work. I haven't got many pictures taken at this particular spot, and will not get any more, as the footpath has since been closed.

47553 Hinksey 28 July 1983

47553 passes Hinksey Yard on 28 July 1983 with the 1A61 14:15 Oxford to Paddington service. The wartime marshalling yard was barely used at this time, as can be guessed from the various rusty sidings. Just visible in the background, waiting for 47553 to clear the section, is 50032 Courageous working a southbound Speedlink trip freight.

47553 Ascott-under-Wychwood 21 June 1984

With the houses of Chilson visible in the background, 47553 approaches Ascott-under-Wychwood on 21 June 1984 with the 1C56 17:05 Paddington to Hereford service. With the exception of the timeless Cotswold landscape, everything in this picture is now history. The sadly missed Rail Blue era of loco hauled trains on the Cotswold Line is long gone, and 47553 has been cut up. On a positive note, the single line of vintage bullhead track has been replaced by double track - a reversal of the 1971 economies on the route.

47553 Standish Junction 7 July 1984

47553 approaches Standish Junction on Saturday 7 July 1984 with an unidentified northbound working. This train does not match up with anything in the timetable, and although I can find a reference to the locomotive working the 1A33 16:33 Cardiff Central to Paddington train the following day, I have not been able to identify this train. Apart from the Mk2 BFK at the rear, and the Mk1 catering vehicle in the middle of the rake, the train is composed entirely of Mk2 first class air-cons.

47555 Yarnton Junction (site of) 18 April 1987

47555 The Commonwealth Spirit nears the site of Yarnton Junction on 18 April 1987 with the diverted 1O07 09:02 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole service, which it worked as far as Reading. The train's normal route via the Banbury line was closed for engineering works.

47555 Wolvercote 28 May 1988

47555 The Commonwealth Spirit rounds the curve at Wolvercote on 28 May 1988 with the 1O04 06:20 Wolverhampton to Poole 'Holidaymaker Express' (a pointless branding that BR adopted for a few years in the 1980s). Unfortunately this viewpoint is no longer possible, due to the footpath crossing being closed, and the inevitable palisade fencing blocking off the view.

47555 Wolvercote 4 May 1989

An easy load for 47555 The Commonwealth Spirit, as it passes Wolvercote on 4 May 1989 with the 1M58 17:50 Paddington to Wolverhampton service. This is the location of Wolvercote Siding and its associated signal box (or Wolvercot as the GWR called it).

47555 Kings Sutton 20 July 1995

Although working for Railfreight Distribution, 47555 still wears InterCity livery (albeit with the branding painted out) on 20 July 1995, as it passes Kings Sutton with the lightly loaded 4M29 17:20 Didcot to Crewe MoD stores. In a matter of weeks it would lose this tatty colour scheme in favour of the then current RfD livery, and would also receive white wheel rims and buffer edges.

47555 Chalkwell 28 October 1995

As the sun sets on 28 October 1995, 47555 The Commonwealth Spirit runs alongside the Thames Estuary at Chalkwell with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z45 'Pigs Trotter' railtour. The popular footpath runs between the railway and the river all the way from Chalkwell station (which can be seen in the background) to just before Leigh-on-Sea. At this point the tour (which had originated from York) was running as the 14:00 MoD Pigs Bay to Grays, where 47307 & 47309 (just visible on the rear amid the boat masts) would take the train down the Thames Haven branch. Unfortunately the train was running over an hour late, so any chance of a further picture was out of the question.

47555 Claydon Junction 21 July 1998

47555 The Commonwealth Spirit detaches from the 4C13 11:11 Calvert to Bristol Avon binliner empties at Claydon Junction, prior to running round the train and heading off down the freight only line towards Oxford on 21 July 1998. A visit by the weedkilling train seems to be needed, but it probably never ventured to this backwater.

47555 Bicester Town 21 July 1998

47555 The Commonwealth Spirit makes a typically smoky getaway, as it pulls away from the signal protecting the London Road level crossing at Bicester Town on 21 July 1998. It is working the 4C13 11:11 Calvert to Bristol Avon binliner empties.

47555 Westerleigh 27 July 1998

Having just arrived with the 4B05 17:47 Bath Oldfield Park to Westerleigh portion of the Avon Binliner, the driver of 47555 The Commonwealth Spirit reverses the train into the unloading facility at Westerleigh on 27 July 1998. This was 47555's final year in traffic, being withdrawn in early 1999, and cut up at the infamous Wigan disposal centre later in that year.

47556 Shrivenham 19 December 1981

Leggett Freightways trailers fill the old station yard at Shrivenham on 19 December 1981, while the remnants of the previous week's heavy snowfall can still be seen next to the old platforms. 47556 passes by with the 4A21 11:55 Bristol Temple Meads to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. Over three decades of lineside growth have done their best to camouflage the old platforms since this picture was taken, but pending the route's electrification, they are still there.

47556 Moreton-in-Marsh 11 June 1989

47556 arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh under leaden skies on 11 June 1989 with the 1B40 16:10 Hereford to Paddington service. By this time Class 50s did not have any booked workings on the Cotswold Line, leaving 47s to work the few remaining loco hauled services.

47556 Chilson 18 June 1989

During the summer of 1989, the Cotswold Line benefited from diverted cross country trains on a Sunday, considerably increasing the line's normal weekend service. The first diversion of the day, the 1M48 08:10 Paddington to Manchester Piccadilly, passes Chilson on 18 June 1989, hauled by 47556.

47556 Oxford North Junction 7 April 1990

47556 passes Oxford North Junction on 7 April 1990 with the 1O04 06:42 Wolverhampton to Poole service. On the left work has just started to clear vegetation from the course of the old down relief line. 25 years later, after the vegetation had grown back again, it was cleared again, and the former wartime relief line reinstated. Why it was cleared in 1990 is a mystery!

47557 & 50029 Oxford 4 September 1987

The 1F12 08:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service was often used to test locomotives after repairs at Old Oak Common. Such was the case on 4 September 1987, when 47557 & 50029 Renown worked the train. The duo are pictured arriving at Oxford. Renown was obviously in fine form, as 47557 immediately headed back to London, light engine.

47558 Rangeworthy 4 September 1986

47558 Mayflower passes Rangeworthy on 4 September 1986 with the 1S61 07:35 Cardiff Central to Glasgow Central service. This was at a time when BR were busy littering the timetable with named trains in a bid to add prestige to certain services. Consequently this one is called 'The Principality'. As none of them carried headboards, the whole effect was probably wasted on the general public, who most likely weren't in the least interested anyway!

47558 Hinksey 14 March 1987

47558 Mayflower passes Hinksey Yard on the approach to Oxford with the 1M07 13:02 Portsmouth Harbour to Manchester Piccadilly service on 14 March 1987. 47558 originally entered service as D1599 in June 1964. It became 47027 with the advent of TOPS and then 47558 when ETH fitted in December 1980. Its final renumbering came in July 1995 when it became 47722.

47558 Charlbury 10 August 1987

The early morning mist has just cleared, revealing Walcot Farm in the background, as 47558 Mayflower arrives at Charlbury on 10 August 1987 with the 1A51 06:04 Hereford to Paddington service. Note the BG full brake at the head of the train, that by this time was becoming more common than the previously used GUV van. 47558 received the name Mayflower in 1982, to commemorate the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to America in 1620.

47558 Bromsgrove 23 September 1989

47558 Mayflower passes Bromsgrove on 23 September 1989 with what is clearly a railtour, but which one which I have been unable to identity. There is no mention on the normally comprehensive Six Bells Junction website, but the 'Victoria Travel Manchester' headboard suggests a point of origin, if not a destination. Any help with the identification would be greatly appreciated. On the left the Lickey bankers 37274 & 37013 are stabled, pending their next job of pushing something up the bank.

47558 Micklefield 12 May 1990

Having just come off the line from Church Fenton, 47558 Mayflower passes through Micklefield station on 12 May 1990 with the 1M15 08:25 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street service. Unfortunately I have got very few pictures of these Trans-Pennine workings, and none at all from the Class 45 days. Since this picture was taken, the A1(M) road bridge in the background has been repositioned slightly further back, when the road was realigned.

47559 Chalford 16 April 1983

47559 Sir Joshua Reynolds climbs through the Golden Valley near Chalford on 16 April 1983 with the 1A67 07:32 Cheltenham to Paddington service. This train had only a few more weeks of booked locomotive haulage, before being replaced with a HST diagram for the summer 1983 timetable. Note the telegraphic poles on the left, which were set to disappear from this route during the next few years. Hardly surprising, as the semaphore signals were replaced years before.

47559 Hinksey 14 June 1983

47559 Sir Joshua Reynolds passes Hinksey Yard on 14 June 1983 with the 4M63 03:30 Millbrook to Lawley Street freightliner. There are still a few of the early Freightliner branded boxes on this train, a sight that was rapidly disappearing by the early 1980s. Although of course there was much more freight on the railways in 1983 compared to today, the volume of freightliner traffic was much lower, with coal and stone block loads being the dominant traffic through Oxford, along with some wagonload traffic. 56102 can just be seen in the background, having just arrived with a rake of HAA hoppers, which it would shortly detach from, before heading north, light engine.

47559 Oxford North Junction 12 May 1984

47559 Sir Joshua Reynolds passes Oxford North Junction on 12 May 1984 with the 1A75 07:05 Hereford to Paddington service. Even without reference to the timetable, it is easy to tell that this is a Cotswold Line train, by the inclusion of a GUV at the front of the train. The single track line to Bicester and Bletchley is in the foreground.

47559 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 28 September 1985

With a wave to the children on the footbridge from both the driver and the secondman, 47559 Sir Joshua Reynolds speeds past the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 28 September 1985 with the 1A15 09:25 Cardiff Central to Paddington service. I have deliberately used a wider view here, not only to show the location of the former crossing in the foreground, but to minimise the effect of the early morning fog, which thankfully was just starting to disperse. Apologies for the poor quality of this image, but at the time 35mm Fujichrome film was no match for Kodachrome 64, even the ISO 50 version, as used here.

47559 Compton Beauchamp 27 June 1986

Is this an upgrade, or not? 47559 Sir Joshua Reynolds passes Compton Beauchamp on 27 June 1986 with the 1C64 17:25 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare service, deputising for an unavailable HST. This substitution would result in a slower journey (it was already running 20 minutes late), but on the plus side, the entire train is made up of first class air-con stock, so even second class passengers would have a first class experience.

47559 Charlbury 22 July 1986

47559 Sir Joshua Reynolds emerges from underneath the roadbridge, as it pulls away from Charlbury station on 22 July 1986 with the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service. The loco is displaying the typical two tone brown and blue livery so common at the time. A few more visits to the washing plant might have helped!

47559 Didcot North Junction 21 July 1990 Sunshine in the foreground at Didcot North Junction on 21 July 1990, but the background is still enveloped in early morning mist, as 47559 Sir Joshua Reynolds heads south with the 1O04 06:43 Wolverhampton to Poole service.
47559 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 25 November 1993

Strange goings on at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 25 November 1993. Not only is this short mail van train not in the working timetable, but 47559 is also travelling wrong line. The down relief line is in place, but the up relief line has only been laid in the far distance, with the ballast recently spread to accept the new track in the foreground.

47560 South Moreton (Didcot East) 1 December 1983

47560 Tamar passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 1 December 1983 with the 3A12 08:55 Carmarthen to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. The 6M23 10:12 Fawley to Longport LPG tanks can just be seen disappearing into the distance.

47560 Cholsey 31 January 1987

With a little snow still lying by the side of the track, 47560 Tamar passes Cholsey on 31 January 1987 with the 3A21 11:25 Malago Vale to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. In the 1980s, with the general stagnation of the railways, nobody would have predicted that this line would finally get electrified!

47560 Daylesford 29 March 1987

47560 Tamar approaches Daylesford, on the Cotswold Line with the 1B40 16:10 Paddington to Hereford service on 29 March 1987. Very nearly a complete corporate blue rake, save for the one InterCity coach near the rear of the train. Note also the ex-works BG at the head of the formation, complete with red painted springs. Entering traffic in August 1964 as D1610, this loco was always a Western Region machine, prior to its privatised life with DRS. It was renumbered 47031 in 1974 and then 47560 upon ETH conversion in 1980. The name Tamar was applied at Laira in 1982 and was retained even after renumbering to 47832 in 1989. Unfortunately this pleasant rural location has now been largely obscured by lineside vegetation.

47562 Killiecrankie 15 July 1983

47562 passes Killiecrankie on 15 July 1983 with the 1G57 08:30 Inverness to Edinburgh service. The loco is just crossing the bridge over the Allt Girnaig, a small river that rises in the mountains to the east, and joins the River Garry just a few yards off to the left of this picture.

47564 Uffington 14 March 1989

47564 Colossus passes Uffington on 14 March 1989 with the 3A12 06:45 Swansea to Old Oak Common vans. Note the oil soaked ballast on the loop line, where locos have stood at the signal. It's a good job cars don't leak oil in the way that classic British Rail diesels seemed to!

47564 Radley 14 March 1991

47564 Colossus passes through Radley station on 14 March 1991 with the 4S59 12:32 Southampton to Coatbridge freightliner. The way that just the area around the number has been cleaned harks back to the last days of steam, when locos were so filthy that identification became difficult.

47565 Ascott-under-Wychwood 10 November 1985

47565 passes Ascott-under-Wychwood's last remaining semaphore signal on 10 November 1985, as it heads up the Cotswold Line with the diverted 1S61 07:34 Poole to Glasgow Central service. The Banbury line was closed for engineering work, but I hadn't checked up on this beforehand. It was the clatter of the signal arm dropping to clear that gave me enough warning to get in the right position to photograph this.

47565 Kemble 21 May 1988

47565 passes through Kemble station on the slightly misty morning of 21 May 1988 with the 3A42 07:15 Gloucester to Swindon parcels. The distinctive water tower formerly supplied the Great Western Railway locomotive works at Swindon.

47566 South Moreton 6 August 1988

47566 passes South Moreton on 6 August 1988 with the late running 1F55 13:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This picture clearly shows the impracticality of a light grey roof on a diesel loco!

47566 Culham 30 September 1991

Six vans (three BGs and three GUVs), two each in blue and grey, Royal Mail red, and plain blue livery, form the 1S04 14:20 Tonbridge to Edinburgh mail, pictured here passing Culham on 30 September 1991, behind 47566.

47567 Foxhall Junction 31 July 1986

Highly appropriate traction for the 3A03 13:40 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington parcels on 31 July 1986. 47567 Red Star (complete, not only with Red Star plaque above the nameplate, but also a sticker on the front end) passes Foxhall Junction, Didcot on 31 July 1986. The loco had been named the previous year, at Plymouth.

47569 Wolvercote Junction 11 July 1990

Having been named just 11 days previously, 47569 The Gloucestershire Regiment is still in ex works condition as it approaches Wolvercote Junction with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels on 11 July 1990. Unfortunately this location is now virtually useless for photography, as the vegetation growth has resulted in a very head on shot, to say nothing of the shadows that would now ruin what used to be an excellent evening location. Perhaps it is lucky then that now there is very little worth photographing here on a summer evening! 

47569 Standish Junction 5 July 1991

A Gloucestershire named loco in Gloucestershire. 47569 The Gloucestershire Regiment passes Standish Junction on 5 July 1991 with the 1V62 16:18 Manchester Piccadilly to Plymouth service. The loco's nameplates were removed in 1993, and the regiment itself was disbanded the following year.

47569 Didcot North Junction 10 September 1991

47569 The Gloucestershire Regiment passes Didcot North Junction on 10 September 1991 with the 1S04 14:20 Tonbridge to Edinburgh Royal Mail vans. The following year an industrial estate was constructed in the field on the right, which together with uncontrolled lineside growth, eventually prevented a wide view like this.

47573 Wolvercote 28 May 1988

47573 The London Standard passes Wolvercote on 28 May 1988 with the 1O05 06:08 Sheffield to Poole 'Holidaymaker Express'. A little surprising to have a Network SouthEast liveried machine on this train, but then it was often a good bet for unusual traction. This view looking across the buttercup filled Port Meadow towards the houses in Godstow Road is no longer possible, as the footpath crossing from which it was taken has since been closed.

47573 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 March 1989

47573 The London Standard passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 18 March 1989 with the 1A32 09:10 Swansea to Paddington service. A very dull day, but worth recording, as it's the only time that I saw a Network SouthEast liveried loco on this train.

47573 Waltham St Lawrence 2 June 1989

47573 The London Standard runs along the up relief line at Waltham St Lawrence on 6 June 1989 with the 1F31 08:13 Didcot to Paddington Network SouthEast service. With the clouds building up rapidly, I was lucky to get this one in the sun. If there were any photographers on the bridge at Ruscombe, which can just be seen in the background, they were not so lucky!

47573 Iver 22 February 1990

With Langley oil depot prominent in the background, 47573 The London Standard passes Iver on 22 February 1990 with the 1F29 08:32 Reading to Paddington Network SouthEast service. The bridge from which this picture was taken has now been demolished.

47573 Chilson 15 July 1990

47573 The London Standard speeds past Chilson on the Cotswold Line with an additional Hereford to Paddington Network SouthEast service on 15 July 1990, on a Sunday when the line was being used to capacity by inter regional services diverted off the Banbury to Oxford line. Obviously in situations such as this the 14 mile single track section that the train is pictured on was a severe handicap. This location is still a reasonably good photographic spot, but in 2007 the amount of vegetation has increased somewhat! 47573 was the first of its class to be painted into the Network SouthEast colour scheme, which seemed revolutionary at the time. Subsequent liveries have made this seem quite restrained!

47573 Kings Sutton 26 July 1990

47573 The London Standard passes Kings Sutton on 26 July 1990 with the 1F51 17:37 Paddington to Banbury (Via High Wycombe) Network SouthEast service. The light blue NSE liveried loco, and mostly dark blue stock was exactly the opposite combination to the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury (via Oxford) service, which had passed by 15 minutes earlier.

47575 Cholsey 14 April 1984

47575 has just passed through Cholsey station on 14 April 1984 with the 09:20 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole service, while Class 117 DMU L402 (51335, 59487, & 51377) pulls out of the station with the 12:35 Oxford to Paddington 'all stations' service. It should not have been possible to get both these trains in the same picture, as the 47 should by this time have been running round it's train at Reading prior to departing south for Basingstoke.

47575 Oxford North Junction 12 February 1985

47575 passes Oxford North Junction on 12 February 1985 with the late running 1A75 07:05 Hereford to Paddington service. The loco is just passing the footpath crossing that leads from Aristotle Lane to the Trap Grounds allotments (on the left of the picture). Network Rail have been trying to close this for years, in line with their policy of closing as many footpath crossings as possible.

47575 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 10 December 1986

47575 City of Hereford catches the last of the winter afternoon's light, as it passes Shrivenham on 10 December 1986 with the 6V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. The shadow in the foreground is caused by the concrete footbridge that replaced the level crossing on the Shrivenham to Ashbury road.

47575 Ashchurch 6 May 1989

47575 City of Hereford passes Ashchurch on 6 May 1989 with the 5Z81 ECS to Cheltenham, presumably from Birmingham. This was prior to working the 1Z81 11:02 Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central rugby special. This was in connection with the 1989 Schweppes Cup Final, featuring Llanelli v Neath at Cardiff Arms Park.

47575 Cheltenham 4 August 1990

Class 47s featured a number of one off and hybrid liveries in the late 1980s and 1990s. This view of 47575 City of Hereford approaching Cheltenham on 4 August 1990 shows one of them, the Rail Blue colour scheme with the addition of full yellow ends. It is working the late running 07:03 York to Penzance 'InterCity Holidaymaker' service.

47575 Taplow 26 January 2000

47575 City of Hereford approaches Taplow on 26 January 2000 with the 8X05 09:20 Didcot to West Ruislip London Underground Northern Line tube stock. Built by GEC Alsthom at Washwood Heath, this set of 1995 stock would have made its way down to Didcot from the West Midlands the previous day. This was one of the final units to be delivered.

47576 Queen Adelaide 16 April 1988

The 1G18 14:35 Liverpool Street to Kings Lynn Network SouthEast service rounds the curve at Queen Adelaide on 16 April 1988, appropriately hauled by 47576 Kings Lynn. Despite the fact that this is taken on a really dull afternoon, I quite like this picture, showing as it does a view that has now completely changed. The tall semaphore signal has long gone, and so has the view of Ely Cathedral on the right, now blocked by the new workshops of the Queen Adelaide Garage. The elderly couple in their garden full of daffodils and aubrieta completes the scene.

47576 Oxford 26 May 1990

Kings Lynn speeding through Oxford! A panned shot of 47576 Kings Lynn as it heads north towards Oxford station on 26 May 1990. Photo taken from the well known vantage point of the Osney Lane footbridge, just south of the station.

47576 Oxford North Junction 20 July 1990

47576 Kings Lynn on a full set of matching Network SouthEast Mk1 coaches makes a fine sight as it passes Oxford North Junction on 20 July 1990 with the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury. This loco had recently been transferred to Old Oak Common from Stratford, where of course its Kings Lynn name was slightly more appropriate. Not only have loco hauled commuter trains on the Oxford to Banbury route long since been replaced by units, but this location is also now history, as fast growing willow trees now cover the site.

47576 Oxford 24 July 1990

47576 Kings Lynn weaves across onto the down platform line at Oxford with the 18:37 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service on 24 July 1990. 155326 waits in the siding on the right (known locally as the West Midland siding) prior to forming the 20:35 train to Worcester Foregate Street. I would think this view would be difficult today, as high security fencing now hinders access to this point, which is next to the emergency level crossing near to the underbridge on Botley Road.

47576 Oxford 28 June 1991

47576 Kings Lynn leaves Oxford station on 28 June 1991 with the 1F27 07:26 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This was one of those occasions when it paid to look both ways, as approaching from the other direction was 37131 on the late running 6M05 02:00 Radyr to Washwood Heath Network Coal working.

47576 South Moreton 15 August 1991

47576 Kings Lynn passes South Moreton on 15 August 1991 with the 1B95 16:02 Paddington to Swansea parcels. The inappropriate livery is explained by the fact that the loco had only just been transferred from Network SouthEast's NWRA pool to the RXLC parcels pool.

47577 Ashchurch 6 May 1989

In the late 1980s, 47577 carried this unusual version of 'large logo' livery. The standard Rail Blue livery has been modified by adding a full body height double arrow and medium size numbers. An Eastfield 'Westie' completes the strange hybrid colour scheme. It seems to have spooked the dog in the field on the left, as it passes Ashchurch on 6 May 1989 with the 1S85 07:07 Plymouth to Glasgow Central, which it worked as far as Birmingham New Street.

47579 Kings Sutton 26 July 1990

47579 James Nightall GC passes Kings Sutton on 26 July 1990 with the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury (via Oxford) Network SouthEast service. The loco is in the later NSE livery, with the darker shade of blue, while the coaching stock is mostly still painted in the earlier lighter shade of blue. Just 15 minutes later, the reverse happened, when 47573 The London Standard, which was still in the original NSE livery appeared, hauling a predominately dark blue set of stock with the 1F51 17:37 Paddington to Banbury (via High Wycombe) service.

47579 Hinksey 5 July 1991

47579 James Nightall GC passes Hinksey Yard on 5 July 1991 with the 1F39 09:20 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This loco was one of a number of Class 47s drafted into Old Oak Common's NWRA fleet during the previous year, to replace the Class 50s on these Thames Valley services.

47579 South Moreton (Didcot East) 11 December 1991

A frosty scene at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 11 December 1991, as 47579 James Nightall GC runs along the down main line with the 1F16 11:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. A few yards further on it would start weaving across to access the relief line on the approach to Didcot Parkway station.

47579 Coker Wood 25 July 1992

47579 James Nightall GC catches a brief patch of sunshine, as it passes Coker Wood (between Crewkerne and Yeovil) with the 1O35 10:25 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service on 25 July 1992. Photo taken from halfway up a tree!

47579 Wolvercote Junction 17 August 1993

A train in trouble! 47579 James Nightall GC approaches Wolvercote Junction at walking speed on 17 August 1993, hauling withdrawn Class 413 4-CAP EMUs 3311, 3302 & 3322 from Eastleigh to MC Metals at St Rollox. An hour earlier the train had come to a stand just beyond the bridge in the background. It stayed there, holding up several trains, until a fitter arrived in a van. After doing something to one of the units, he got back in his van, and was going to race it to Tackley, saying that he didn't think it would get to Banbury, let alone Glasgow! He was almost right, as the train was terminated at Banbury. It was very fortunate that it was travelling at such an unbelievably slow speed, as the picture had to be taken at 1/250 sec with the lens wide open, as the light had totally collapsed during the long wait for it to move!

47579 Crownthorpe 5 April 2014

47579 James Nightall GC brings up the rear of the 1D04 10:35 Wymondham Abbey to Dereham service at Crownthorpe on 5 April 2014, during the Mid Norfolk Railway's Diesel Gala. 47596 Aldeburgh Festival is the lead locomotive. Note the approaching bank of cloud in the background, which would soon put and end to the glorious spring sunshine.

47579 Crownthorpe 5 April 2014

47579 James Nightall GC leads the 1W07 11:30 Dereham to Wymondham Abbey service past Crownthorpe on 5 April 2014, during the Mid Norfolk Railway's Diesel Gala, with 73210 Selhurst bringing up the rear. Judging by the signpost, it seems that there are vandals even in rural Norfolk!

47580 & 915 Horfield 13 March 1989

47580 County of Essex heads north past Horfield on 13 March 1989 with Class 127 DPU 915 (55975 & 55985) in tow. Although clearly formerly a Stratford loco, with appropriate name and 'Cockney Sparrow' depot logo, 47580 had in fact just been transferred to Bristol Bath Road, and so is on its home patch here. The DPU had been converted from a four car Class 127 DMU in 1985, but did not have a long life in its new role, being withdrawn just two months after this picture was taken.

47580 Uffington 17 April 2010

The County of Essex in the County of Oxford (or Berkshire if you are really old)! With the 3000 year old Uffington White Horse prominent on the hill in the background, 47580 County of Essex runs light engine as 0Z25 Bristol to Paddington, tailing 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe on the 'Bristolian' railtour on 17 April 2010. Obviously following in case of a problem with the steam loco, in the event it was all it could do to keep up with it! After taking the picture of the steam special it was a case of a quick sprint across the old quarry to find a spot with the iconic white horse in the background, then with 1/2000 sec set on the camera, just hope I pressed the shutter at exactly the right moment as the loco flashed across the viewfinder. Luckily I seem to have got it right!

47580 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 19 August 2010

47580 County of Essex approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 19 August 2010 with the Statesman Rail 1Z62 06:20 Shrewsbury to Weymouth 'Dorset Coast Statesman' railtour. Definitely a highly colourful combination, with two different liveried locomotives (47826 can just be seen on the rear), and no less than five different liveries in the nine coach train! I suppose all this bright paintwork goes some way to make up for the fact that the sun wasn't quite out fully. Although bright and only half a stop off the full sun setting, just moments after the train passed it was full sun, as indeed it was most of the time as I was driving home! Anyhow, the result doesn't look too bad, and the weather really went downhill in the afternoon.

47580 Steeple Aston 27 November 2010

47580 County of Essex passes Steeple Aston on 27 November 2010 with the Retro Railtours 1Z32 06:32 Leeds to Oxford 'Retro Oxford Christmas Extravaganza' railtour. I have been been waiting to use this location for some time. The ideal conditions would be no sun (too much shade) and preferably autumn. Definitely the right combination here, as not only is there some good autumn colour left on the trees, but there was no chance at all of any sunshine, in fact the lighting was atrocious! Despite the awful conditions, the 47 makes a fine picture with its full rake of blue and grey stock. It sounded impressive as well, bringing back memories of the good old days.

47580 Sherburn-in-Elmet 22 July 2014

Looking superb in its Union Flag blue livery, the Stratford 47 Group's 47580 County of Essex passes underneath the B1222 road bridge at Sherburn-in-Elmet on 22 July 2014 with the West Coast Railways 1T38 10:15 York to Scarborough 'Scarborough Spa Express' railtour. The 47 was deputising for the normal steam locomotive. Due to recent hot weather, a steam ban had been imposed to prevent the risk of lineside fires.

47580 Banbury (Hardwick) 5 June 2016

Union Flag liveried 47580 County of Essex brings up the rear of the Steam Dreams 1Z45 08:31 Paddington to Pwllheli 'Cambrian Coast Express' railtour, as the train passes underneath the M40 motorway, just north of Banbury, on 5 June 2016. Doing all the work at the front was LMS Jubilee Class 4-6-0 45699 Galatea.

47580 Compton Beauchamp 8 June 2016

47580 County of Essex brings up the rear of the Steam Dreams 1Z72 09:40 Holyhead to Paddington 'Cambrian Coast Express' railtour at Compton Beauchamp on 8 June 2016. LNER A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman can be seen at the head of the train. The sun had just disappeared into some cloud coming in from the west, although admittedly it had only been very weak hazy sun. Just how close it was can be seen by the fact that Flying Scotsman is just about to enter the sunny patch, a little further up the line!

47580 Crofton 23 August 2016

47580 County of Essex brings up the rear of the Steam Dreams 1Z46 08:42 Victoria to Minehead 'Cathedrals Express' railtour at Crofton on 23 August 2016. William Stanier designed LMS Princess Royal Class 4-6-2 6201 Princess Elizabeth was at the head of the train.

47580 & 70013 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 24 November 2017

47580 County of Essex & BR 7MT 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell approach Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 24 November 2017 with the 5Z60 11:20 Southall to Bristol Kingsland Road West Coast Rail ECS. This was in preparation for the following day's Bristol to Chester 'Christmas Cheshireman' railtour. Unfortunately this was just before the sun appearing from behind a large bank of cloud. My original plan was to go to South Marston, but when I set out it looked like there would be more chance of sun at Denchworth. When I got closer, it was obvious it was going to be under the cloud, so I started to head for South Marston again. Driving along the A420 I didn't seem to be getting any near the edge of the cloud, so again headed for Denchworth. When it was too late to move, it looked very likely that South Marston would have been in sun. Motto: Always stick to your first plan!

47581 Oxford 26 May 1990

47581 Great Eastern makes a smoky departure from Oxford on 26 May 1990 with the 1F45 10:00 Network SouthEast service to Paddington. The loco had been transferred from Stratford to Old Oak Common the previous month, but would hang on to its now inappropriate name for a further three months.

47581 Wolvercote Junction 11 July 1990

Newly arrived in the Thames Valley from its former duties in East Anglia, 47581 Great Eastern approaches Wolvercote Junction on 11 July 1990 with the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury train. Class 50s had just been ousted from these services and at the time this was viewed very negatively. However, looking back now the replacement traction is very nearly as good! A nine coach train working from the capital to Banbury is a bit of a shock to modern eyes, when today's service from Oxford consists of a two car unit!

47581 West Drayton 22 June 1991

47581 passes West Drayton on 22 June 1991 with the 1F24 13:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. In the background, a rail worker has just clipped the point, enabling L417 to head back towards West Drayton station, after having crossed from the up to down relief lines. All local trains were terminating here due to engineering works.

47582 Oddington 24 October 1987

With seemingly every passenger looking out of the windows to sample the rare track, 47582 County of Norfolk slowly approaches Oddington level crossing on 24 October 1987 with the Ian Allan 09:23 Paddington to Northampton (via the Bletchley Flyover) 'Brunel Cobbler' railtour. I'm surprised at just how open this location was in 1987, because it certainly is a lot more grown up in 2011.

47582 Hinksey 6 May 1988

47582 County of Norfolk passes Hinksey Yard on 6 May 1988 with the 1F48 17:02 Paddington to Oxford service. Although the Network SouthEast loco is appropriate for the train, the InterCity stock has obviously been borrowed, as the usual stock for this train was a rake of NSE liveried Mk1s.

47582 Bicester North 4 May 1990

47582 County of Norfolk arrives at Bicester North station on 4 May 1990 with the 1G58 18:12 Paddington to Banbury Network SouthEast service. This was the only northbound loco hauled train on the Chiltern Line at this time. By 1990 services had begun to improve, although still a long way behind the superb present day provision. However, during the 1970s and 1980s the line was a real backwater, which presumably explains why this superb Great Western Railway station building survived any drastic 'improvement'.

47583 Ascott-under-Wychwood 12 June 1988

47583 County of Hertfordshire accelerates past Ascott-under-Wychwood in perfect summer evening light with the 1B59 18:38 Hereford to Paddington service on 12 June 1988. This was generally a very colourful train with a Network SouthEast liveried Class 47 hauling a mix of InterCity and blue and grey Mk 2 stock as seen here. It is pictured just at the start of the double track section to Moreton-in-Marsh, having just traversed fourteen miles of single track from Wolvercote Junction.

47583 Stonesfield 7 May 1989

47583 County of Hertfordshire approaches Bridgefield Bridge near Stonesfield on the Cotswold Line with the 13:35 Paddington to Hereford service on 7 May 1989. Although running more or less on time at this point, this train would have to wait at Ascott-under-Wychwood as engineering work on the double track section between there and Moreton-in-Marsh was overrunning slightly.

47583 Didcot North Junction 22 June 1989

47583 County of Hertfordshire passes Didcot North Junction on 22 June 1989 with the 5F60 18:53 Maidenhead to Oxford Carriage Sidings ECS. This was a direct continuation of the 1F60 18:20 Paddington to Maidenhead Network SouthEast service. It does seem odd that over half the train's journey from London to Oxford should be empty stock, when surely at that time of the evening there would plenty of demand for a through passenger service.

47583 Marshfield 4 November 1989

A complete train in Network SouthEast livery in South Wales certainly makes a mockery of dedicated stock pools and sectorisation! On 4 November 1989, 47583 County of Hertfordshire passes Marshfield with a rugby special (presumably Newport to Cardiff?), in connection with the Wales v All Blacks international match.

47583 Ascott-under-Wychwood 1 April 1990

47583 County of Hertfordshire rounds the curve between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Shipton on 1 April 1990, after entering the double track section of the Cotswold Line with the 1B31 13:45 Paddington to Hereford service. Amazingly, this was the first down train of the day on a Sunday at the time, passing me at 15:20 - exactly on time. There would be no point in anyone trying to hunt out this location for a picture now, as the field in the foreground was planted with trees shortly after this picture was taken and it is now a well established wood!

47583 Culham 22 June 1990

47583 County of Hertfordshire passes Culham on 22 June 1990 with the 1F60 18:40 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. This was running just a few minutes behind the late running 1M40 17:10 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly InterCity service, hauled by 47832 Tamar.

47583 Radley 9 July 1991

47583 County of Hertfordshire approaches Radley on 9 July 1991 with the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury Network SouthEast service. Despite reports to the contrary in the local press, these trains were generally good timekeepers, so it was a little surprising that this particular train was running half an hour late. Getting some practice in for First Great Western in a few years time?

47583 Theale 11 January 1992

47583 County of Hertfordshire slowly approaches Theale on 11 January 1992 with the 1F55 12:25 Newbury to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This train would also have called at Thatcham. A location that I had not previously visited, but with the imminent end of Paddington loco hauled services, an effort was being made to cover as many different spots as possible.

47583 South Moreton (Didcot East) 29 January 1992

47583 County of Hertfordshire gets under way again after a brief signal check at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 29 January 1992. It will shortly be crossing over onto the relief line, to access the Oxford line, as it works the 1F18 12:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. Note the rail worker's cars parked on the site of the wartime marshalling yard. Even though they are nowhere near the track, I don't think modern health & safety officials would like the idea of there being no kind of barrier between them and the running line!

47584 Milton Fen 4 November 1986

47584 County of Suffolk passes Milton Fen on 4 November 1986 with the 1C79 08:50 Kings Lynn to Liverpool Street Network SouthEast service. They obviously had a different set of priorities at Stratford depot, as neither the name or number have been cleared of bodyside grime, but someone has made sure that the Cockney Sparrow emblem can be clearly seen!

47584 Wolvercote Junction 11 June 1992

47584 County of Suffolk approaches Wolvercote Junction on 11 June 1992 with the 1S04 14:20 Tonbridge to Edinburgh parcels. I could easily have got an earlier picture of this (assuming I could have left work early!), as it was booked to lay over in Hinksey Yard between 17:27 and 17:35, and Oxford Carriage Sidings between 17:47 and 19:05.

47587 Grove 7 February 1987

47587 passes Grove on a slightly murky 7 February 1987 with the 3A12 06:45 Milford Haven to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. Visible in the background is Denchworth Bridge, with the well known Circourt Bridge in the far distance. Both these structures have been rebuilt since this picture was taken. They are not the only things that have changed, as newspaper trains no longer run, and 47587 has been cut up!

47587 Pangbourne 10 June 1990

47587 passes through Pangbourne cutting on 10 June 1990 with the 1F08 11:30 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This would presumably soon be having a long wait at Reading, as it was running almost ten minutes early here!

47587 White Waltham 6 January 1991

A fine start to the 1991 photographic year. 47587 Ruskin College Oxford passes White Waltham with the 1F03 11:10 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service on 6 January 1991. Superb low winter sunlight and a complete set of matching NSE vehicles. It's just a pity that the third coach doesn't seem to have had a wash in a very long time! This is still an excellent photographic viewpoint, but virtually all the buildings behind the train are now hidden by trees, including All Saints church, Maidenhead, which can be seen in the centre of the picture.

47587 Oxford 28 June 1991

47587 Ruskin College Oxford makes a typically smokey departure from Oxford station on 28 June 1991 with the 1F39 09:20 Network SouthEast service to Paddington. This was the only occasion on which I managed to get a picture of this locally named loco actually leaving the city it was named after.

47587 Hinksey 1 August 1991

47587 Ruskin College Oxford passes Hinksey Yard on 1 August 1991 with the 1F34 15:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. A day of intermittent sun, but fortunately it was fully out for this colourful red, white and blue ensemble.

47587 South Moreton (Didcot East) 11 December 1991

A colourful combination at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 11 December 1991. 47587 Ruskin College Oxford passes over frost covered tracks with a rake of InterCity Mk2s (mostly first class), working the 1F53 12:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service.

47588 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 29 May 1986

A perfect late spring evening at the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 29 May 1986. 47588 heads west with a lengthy rake of vacuum braked open wagons. This was long before the trackside on the left became a dumping ground for old rails, sleepers, ballast, etc. Note also the last remnant of the previous decade's Dutch elm disease - the dead tree standing out starkly against the fields of oilseed rape.

47589 Ascott-under-Wychwood 17 September 1983

47589 approaches Ascott-under-Wychwood on 17 September 1983 with the 1C56 17:07 Paddington to Hereford service. I deliberately took this a little early, in order to include two pieces of vintage railway infrastructure which have now long since vanished from this location. The sleeper built platelayers hut was once a common feature on the network, but by the 1980s were already out of use. Out of use also (but still in place) was Ascott-under-Wychwood's siding, the buffer stop of which can be seen on the right.

47589 Shipton 19 August 1984

47589 passes Shipton on 19 August 1984 with the 1C48 16:10 Paddington to Hereford service. At the time it was always a disappointment when a Class 47 turned up on these Cotswold Line trains, instead of the hoped for Class 50. Nowadays any loco hauled train would be preferable to a Class 800 DMU!

47589 Hungerford Common 3 September 1984

Presumably en-route from Old Oak Common to Laira, 47589 heads west past Hungerford Common on 3 September 1984 with three barrier vehicles, and what appears to be high speed track recording coach DB999550.

47590 Standish Junction 22 August 1987

47590 Thomas Telford passes Standish Junction under a threatening sky on 22 August 1987 with the 1V71 10:20 Glasgow Central to Paignton 'Holidaymaker Express' service. As was quite normal in the early days of InterCity liveried coaching stock, the only vehicle in the new colours is the catering vehicle. The tracks on the right at a higher level head towards Stroud and Swindon.

47590 Wanstrow 2 July 1988

The sheep take no notice of 47590 Thomas Telford as it passes Wanstrow on the freight only Merehead branch with the Hertfordshire Railtours 'Somerset Secret' railtour on 2 July 1988. The 'secret' referred to was that on the first part of the journey between High Wycombe and Paddington a wedding ceremony took place on board. Keith Webb and Carol Bates got married in one of the Pullman coaches. The tour also visited the Whatley nearby Whatley branch.

47590 Dilton Marsh 2 July 1988

Under a threatening sky, 47590 Thomas Telford  approaches Dilton Marsh Halt with the Hertfordshire Railtours 'Somerset Secret' railtour on 2 July 1988. The 'secret' referred to was that on the first part of the journey between High Wycombe and Paddington a wedding ceremony took place on board. Keith Webb and Carol Bates got married in one of the Pullman coaches. Although seemingly insignificant, Dilton Marsh Halt is the subject of a poem by John Betjeman: 'Was it worth keeping the Halt open, we thought as we looked at the sky red through the spread of the cedar tree with the evening train gone by? Yes, we said, for in summer the anglers use it, two and sometimes three will bring their catches of rods and poles and perches to Westbury, home for tea.'

47591 Aldington 28 May 1989

Sundays in the late 1980s brought an increase in loco-hauled activity to the Cotswold Line as inter-regional trains were diverted off the Oxford to Birmingham route. Rather than being an ad-hoc arrangement, this ran throughout the entire currency of the timetable. 47591 passes Aldington on 28 May 1989 with the 07:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole service.

47592 Kingham 16 October 1983

An unexpected bonus at Kingham on 16 October 1983. 47592 County of Avon speeds through the station under a very stormy sky with what is presumably a Worcester Shrub Hill to Oxford ECS. There was certainly no booked passenger train at this time, and half an hour later it was working the 1A79 16:25 Oxford to Paddington. The 1983 working timetable makes no mention of an ECS, so I was extremely lucky to be on the station at the time (over three decades later I can no longer recall why!). For a long time I thought that I had rather messed up this picture, by taking it a little too early. However, it is obvious that if I had taken it just a fraction of a second later, the shadow of the loco would have partly covered the old GWR nameboard. A good result after all!

47592 Moreton-in-Marsh 20 August 1986

47592 County of Avon slows down on the approach to Moreton-in-Marsh on the warm summer evening of 20 August 1986. It is working the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service, one of a pair of loco hauled trains to work over the Cotswold Line in the down direction on a weekday evening.

47592 Marshfield 4 November 1989

47592 County of Avon has obviously not seen the washer for a long time when pictured passing Marshfield on 4 November 1989. Any information regarding this working would be gratefully received. It was on the day of the Wales v All Blacks Rugby International at Cardiff, which saw a number of specials, alternatively it could be an additional 10:33 Paddington to Cardiff Central. Note the mix of coach liveries, including a single blue and grey and Network South East vehicle, and a mix of Mk 1 and Mk 2 Inter City liveried stock.

47593 Up Hatherley 13 May 2019

A close up view of the immaculate large logo liveried 47593 Galloway Princess, as it passes through the cutting at Up Hatherley on 13 May 2019, running as the 0Z10 09:30 Crewe to Goodrington Sands light engine. The loco was heading to the West Country for route learning duties.

47593 Thingley Junction 21 September 2019

Looking absolutely immaculate in the morning sunshine, 47593 Galloway Princess passes Thingley Junction on 21 September 2019 with the Statesman Rail 1Z02 04:47 Ely to Bristol Temple Meads 'Great Western Statesman' railtour. Out of sight on the rear is 47614. I could have photographed this nearer home, but this was definitely worth the extra mileage to be clear of the 25kV wires (the 400kV ones in the background aren't such a problem!), and to just about get the sun on the front of the loco.

47593 & D1935 Standish Junction 25 September 2020

47593 Galloway Princess & D1935 (47805) Roger Hosking MA 1925 - 2013 pass Standish Junction on 25 September 2020 with the Statesman Rail 1Z70 06:08 York to Penzance 'Cornish Riviera Statesman' railtour. This was day one of a three day tour. The second day would involve a trip to Kingswear.

47594 Charlbury 7 July 1985

47594 arrives at Charlbury station on 7 July 1985 with the 1B56 18:10 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express'. Although hidden by the train, this picture gives some idea of just how short Charlbury's platform was in those days, with passengers only able to exit through the first few coaches.

47594 Bromsgrove 23 September 1989

In Trainload Metals livery, complete with Thornaby kingfisher emblem, 47594 descends the Lickey Incline at Bromsgrove on 23 September 1989 with the 1V39 06:56 Rose Grove to Paignton service, which it had taken over at Birmingham New Street. This was a good day for freight 47s on passenger duties, as an hour later 47152 appeared.

47594 Oxford North Junction 20 July 1990

47594 passes Oxford North Junction on 20 July 1990 with the 1O90 10:50 Glasgow Central to Brighton InterCity service, which it had taken over at Birmingham New Street. I wasn't really in the ideal position to photograph this, but a picture of a Railfreight Metals livered Class 47, complete with Thornaby Kingfisher logo, on a passenger train, was definitely worth a picture.

47596 Didcot North Junction 1 July 1991

A colourful Network SouthEast and InterCity livery combination at Didcot North Junction on 1 July 1991. 47596 Aldeburgh Festival passes the junction at high speed, after avoiding Didcot via the east curve, as it works the late running 1M61 17:50 Paddington to Liverpool Lime Street service, which it would work as far as Birmingham New Street.

47597 Evenlode 25 April 1984

47597 catches the last of the weak spring sunshine as it passes Evenlode on the evening of 25 April 1984 with the 1C56 17:07 Paddington to Hereford service. This picture would be impossible to duplicate today, as not only has 47597 been scrapped, but more importantly this viewpoint is totally impossible due to the growth of bushes by the bridge. Not only are the bushes in the way, but you cannot even see the track at all now! Also, you can't take the picture in the same way now, as good old Kodachrome 64 is no longer made and the last processing lab has closed down!

47597 St George's 20 April 1985

47597 passes St George's on 20 April 1985 with what is presumably a Swansea to Cardiff rugby special (confirmation anyone?). Wales were playing England at Cardiff Arms Park. 47107 & 47618 are noted as working Rugexes on this occasion, but I can find no record of this working.

47597 Oxford 25 September 1987

47597 enters Oxford station from the up carriage sidings on 25 September 1987 with the stock for the 1F27 09:55 Network SouthEast departure for Paddington. I chose the viewpoint to include the remains of Oxford shed (81F) in the background, which by this date consisted of little more than the water tower. It was however still used as a loco stabling point, and a Class 37 can just be seen behind the van. 47597 is crossing a bridge over a backwater of the River Thames.

47597 Sleaford 24 August 1991

47597 rounds the curve from Sleaford North Junction on 24 August 1991 with the 1D20 09:15 Newcastle to Skegness service. This was one of a number of summer Saturday loco-hauled trains that served the east coast resort at the time. Prior to diverging at the junction (by the signal box that can be seen in the background) the train had been traveling south, it is now traveling west, and will soon turn through nearly 180 degrees to join the Nottingham to Skegness line at Sleaford station. It will then of course be heading east towards Skegness!

47598 Baulking 8 April 1989

Under a sky that gives the impression that I was lucky to get this one in the sun, 47598 passes Baulking on 8 April 1989 with a westbound van train that doesn't seem to match up with anything in the working timetable. Presumably Old Oak Common to Bristol.

47598 Tackley 23 July 1990

Running 15 minutes late, 47598 passes Tackley on 23 July 1990 with the 1F44 17:20 Paddington to Banbury Network SouthEast service. The cottage on the left was demolished shortly after this picture was taken. The large 80 painted on the wall is the house number. It was the only house in Nethercote Lane that was on the east side of the railway.

47598 Lyneham 9 September 1990

47598 passes Lyneham on 9 September 1990 with the 1B29 13:40 Paddington to Hereford service. Note the difference in the Network SouthEast livery, with the coaches in the original shade of blue, and the loco in the later darker shade.

47599 Foxhall Junction 31 July 1986

47599 negotiates Foxhall Junction on 31 July 1986 with the 4V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. The large water tower in the Great Western Society's Didcot Railway Centre can be seen in the background.

47599 Oddington 1 August 1986

47599 passes over Oddington level crossing at the regulation 10 mph on 1 August 1986 with the 4V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. Speed restricted ungated level crossings, a single track of vintage bullhead rails, and refuse trains are all things of the past on the Bicester to Oxford line.

47600 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 24 April 1984

47600 accelerates away from Oxford station on 24 April 1984 with the 1C62 18:07 Paddington to Hereford service. Perfect evening lighting, a rail blue 47 on a rake of blue and grey Mk 2 coaches, what more could you ask for? Well, a black domino headcode panel and no off centre headlight actually, but that would be a few years previously! Unfortunately this location although not actually on railway land was an easy unofficial access point and so naturally has now been fenced off, making this viewpoint impossible.

47600 Quedgeley 18 August 1984

Although I never succeeded in getting a picture of a train working into the concrete sleeper works at Quedgeley, at least I managed to get a picture that includes some vintage wooden bodied wagons in the siding. 47600 passes by on 18 August 1984 with the 1V64 07:17 Derby to Penzance service.

47600 Hungerford Common 3 September 1984

47600 passes Hungerford Common on 3 September 1984 with the 3A27 06:05 Plymouth to Paddington empty newspaper vans. I obviously wasn't paying attention, as I didn't get a picture of the Class 50 hauled passenger train, which can be seen receding into the distance. How I could have missed hearing its approach is a mystery!

47600 Baulking 21 April 1986

47600 Dewi Saint / Saint David passes Baulking on 21 April 1986 with the 1A94 13:43 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington parcels, running exactly to time. The sun had just come out, after a very heavy shower. From today's perspective its amazing just how open this location once was. Small gorse bushes are the principal vegetation on the cutting sides, and there is a clear view to the roadbridge at the site of Uffington station in the background.

47600 Compton Beauchamp 27 June 1986

27 June 1986 was one of those mid summer days when the sun just get hazier and gently fades out. There is just a little light left as 47600 Dewi Saint / Saint David passes Compton Beauchamp with the 1C71 18:47 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service, one of a couple of Friday only loco hauled trains on the GWML in the evening in the mid 1980s.

47600 Daylesford 3 June 1987

47600 Dewi Saint / Saint David bursts out from under the farm occupation bridge at Daylesford (between Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh) with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service on 3 June 1987. The large bilingual nameplate has the Welsh spelling first on this side of the loco, and the English first on the other side. When the name was transferred to 47790 in 1995 the English spelling took precedent on both sides!

47600 Oxford 25 September 1987

47600 Dewi Saint / Saint David arrives at Oxford station for its booked crew change on 25 September 1987 with the 6V04 12:30 Calvert to Bath Avon County Council binliner. The distinctive Italianate style tower of St Barnabas church dominates the background.

47600 Cosford 31 May 1989

47600 Dewi Saint / Saint David approaches Cosford on 31 May 1989 with the 7G19 13:39 Shrewsbury Coton Hill to Bescot Speedlink. Apologies for the very poor quality of this image, but it is one of the very few pictures I have of a Railfreight Distribution liveried Class 47/4 working a Speedlink service.

47600 Ashchurch 15 August 1992

47600 passes Ashchurch on 15 August 1992 with the 1V40 07:33 Rose Grove to Paignton 'InterCity Holidaymaker'. This view would change completely a few years later with the creation of the new Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury) station. The original station was closed in 1971. Judging by the colour of the rails, nothing has been along the MoD branch on the right for a while!

47602 Banbury 24 April 1984

A deliberately wide view of construction works for the new Banbury bypass (later named Hennef Way), taken from the Old Grimsbury bridge on 24 April 1984. 47602 heads north with the 1M03 08:05 Portsmouth Harbour to Manchester Piccadilly service. Note the tiny site office on the right, a lot more minimalist than the row of Portakabins that would be used nowadays. The classic ARC Bucyrus-Erie 22B crane seems to be the only substantial piece of plant on the site.

47602 Banbury 4 May 1985

47602 passes underneath the recently completed Hennef Way bridge at Banbury on 4 May 1985 with the 1M07 13:22 Gatwick to Manchester Piccadilly service. Hennef Way was being constructed as a northern bypass for the town, and as a link to the nearby M40 motorway.

47602 Tackley 23 April 1988

47602 Glorious Devon heads north near Tackley with the 1M23 14:55 Poole to Liverpool Lime Street service on 23 April 1988. This could be described as the middle period in this loco's life, as it carried two numbers prior to be numbered  47602, and two afterwards. It was introduced in 1964 as D1780, and changed to 47185 with the implementation of TOPS. ETH conversion saw it renumbered to 47602 in late 1983 and a couple of years later it acquired the name Glorious Devon. In 1989 it was renumbered to 47824, and then finally in 1994 to 47782.

47603 Chilson 28 June 1986

47603 County of Somerset passes Chilson on 28 June 1986 with the 1A25 08:00 Hereford to Paddington service. Note the inclusion of a Mk 1 restaurant buffet coach in an otherwise uniform Mk 2 rake. A typical mid summer day with high pressure weather conditions has resulted in a very hazy day, with the view of Ascott-under-Wychwood village in the background obscured.

47603 Hinksey 27 September 1986

47603 County of Somerset passes Hinksey Yard on 27 September 1986 with the 1O09 08:12 Newcastle to Poole service. Note the highly inappropriate Trans Pennine branding on the leading coach. With little lineside tree growth, the famous spires of Oxford could still easily be seen from this spot in the 1980s.

47603 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 7 April 1990

47603 County of Somerset heads north from Oxford, and approaches Walton Well Road on 7 April 1990 with the 1E35 09:00 Poole to Newcastle 'Northumbrian'. In the foreground are the bridges over the Castle Mill Stream (a backwater of the River Thames). The bridge in use was built by the Great Western Railway, while the disused one in the foreground was built by the London & North Western Railway, and marks the course of that company's line into Oxford Rewley Road station. On the extreme right of this picture is the gate at which I watched Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train pass by on its way to Hanborough on 30 January 1965.

47604 Standish Junction 7 July 1984

47604 takes the Golden Valley line at Standish Junction on 7 July 1984 with the lengthy 3B42 09:15 Gloucester to Swindon parcels. This is my only picture of this particular locomotive taken while it was numbered 47604, although I have seen it many times since it acquired extra fuel tanks, and became 47854.

47606 Heyford 14 April 1984

47606 Odin races through Heyford station on 14 April 1984 with the 1O52 07:38 Wolverhampton to Brighton InterCity service. This loco was one of the early Western Region namings, receiving its Norse God name whilst numbered D1666 in March 1965, just a few days after it entered traffic. It retained its Odin name when it received the TOPS number 47081 in February 1974, and again when it was converted to a 47/4 just a few months before this picture was taken.

47606 Baulking 19 January 1985

A freezing cold, misty day with snow lying on the ground sees 47606 Odin passing Baulking with the 3A12 06:50 Milford Haven to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. The date is 19 January 1985 and the first bushes have started to appear on the sides of the formerly neatly maintained cutting. Within a few years it would become increasingly difficult to see the site of Uffington station in the background, which is just discernable here in the mist.

47607 Cholsey 14 April 1984

47607 runs through the chalk cutting on the approach to Cholsey on 14 April 1984 with the 1M71 12:40 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly service, which it worked between Reading and Birmingham New Street. The loco had only been converted from 47138 a month earlier.

47607 South Moreton 12 September 1985

47607 Royal Worcester passes South Moreton on 12 September 1985 with the 1O74 09:58 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton service. The loco's immaculate condition is a result of the naming ceremony, held eight days earlier at Worcester station. The nameplates were unveiled by the Mayor of Worcester, and the manager of the Royal Worcester pottery.

47609 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 July 1985

47609 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on a slightly misty 5 July 1985 with an eastbound stone train. Unfortunately, with no mention of this in the working timetable, and very little gen available at the time, this train's destination is a mystery.

47609 Hinksey 22 October 1985

47609 Fire Fly is deputising for a HST, when pictured passing Hinksey Yard on 22 October 1985 with the 13:35 Oxford to Paddington service. It was not unusual to see a set of HST trailers being hauled by locomotives in the 1980s due to a shortage of serviceable power cars. This is the well known 'HST Generator Set', comprising a BG van (directly behind the locomotive), a full rake of HST Mk3s, and ADB975325, the generator coach, providing 415V three phase power to the coaches. Despite having seen this combination a number of times, I have only seen a few pictures on the web. It would be interesting to know how much time 47609 lost on this 44 minute non stop dash to the capital.

47609 Shrivenham 25 October 1985

With four each of BG & GUV vans in tow, all in the traditional 'parcels train grime' livery, 47609 Fire Fly passes through the remains of the disused station at Shrivenham on 25 October 1985 with the 3A03 13:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington parcels.

47609 Berkswell 15 August 1988

47609 Fire Fly passes Berkswell on 15 August 1988 with the 1S87 13:15 Brighton to Glasgow Central 'Sussex Scot'. Note the unusual split nameplate, with the Great Western Railway crest between the two halves. The inevitable spiky palisade fence has made this location much more difficult nowadays.

47610 Thrupp 25 April 1986

47610 passes Thrupp on 25 April 1986 with the 1O27 06:45 York to Portsmouth Harbour service. Shipton-on-Cherwell cement works, then its final days of operation, can be seen in the background. I've no idea why I didn't visit this location more often at the time, as it was an ideal location to photograph southbound trains in the morning. The bushes on the right are now mature trees, and there is no chance of replicating this picture!

47610 Chilson 19 April 1987

Engineering work in the Banbury area over the weekend of 18 & 19 April 1987 brought some welcome additional loco hauled trains to the Cotswold Line. 47610 just manages to catch a fleeting patch of sunshine, as it passes Chilson on Sunday 19 April 1987 with the diverted 1O34 07:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Portsmouth Harbour service. The Eastfield depot's West Highland Terrier logo on the bodyside is two years out of date, as the loco was allocated to Crewe in May 1985, and then Bescot a year later.

47611 Ascott-under-Wychwood 3 January 1987

47611 Thames rounds the curve on the approach to Ascott-under-Wychwood on 3 January 1987 with the 1A25 08:00 Hereford to Paddington service. A crisp winter morning and Kodachrome 64 have resulted in an excellent picture. Unfortunately a wood has been planted on the south side of the line since this picture was taken, so it would certainly not be a shadow free location in the winter now! The location is a public footpath crossing between Shipton-under-Wychwood and Ascott-under Wychwood.

47612 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 January 1985

A frosty morning at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 5 January 1985. 47612 Titan heads towards the capital with the 1A26 08:57 Cardiff Central to Paddington service. 47612 was one of the patch of Western Region 47s that received names in the mid 1960s. Although one or other of the plates was missing for short periods at various times, it managed to retain the Titan name for over two decades, from March 1966 to October 1989. During this time its number changed from D1665, to 47080, and then 47612.

47612 Yarnton Junction (site of) 29 April 1987

47612 Titan accelerates away from Wolvercote Junction and approaches the site of the former Yarnton Junction with the 1B56 18:07 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express' on 29 April 1987. I remember being disappointed at the time that neither this nor the earlier loco-hauled working were Class 50 hauled. As the other train was hauled by rail blue 47618 and this is a relatively clean original InterCity 47 time has since moderated this view!

47612 South Moreton (Didcot East) 28 August 1987

Not quite the perfect glint shot I was hoping for, but dramatic lighting nonetheless. 47612 Titan passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 28 August 1987 with the 1V87 16:32 Wolverhampton to Paddington service. This was running half an hour late.

47613 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 28 September 1985

47613 North Star emerges from the fog at the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 28 September 1985. It is working the 1B22 10:07 Paddington to Pembroke Dock service. An eight coach train direct from London, instead of a basic shuttle service from Swansea, the residents of Pembroke Dock didn't know how lucky they were!

47613 Kingham 20 May 1987

47613 North Star darkens the sky as it leaves Kingham with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service on 20 May 1987. This is on the double track section of the Cotswold Line between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Moreton-in-Marsh, the rest of the line being single. At this date the track was still pre-war 95lb per yard bullhead rail. The trees on both sides of the line in the middle distance mark the course of the Banbury to Cheltenham line, which used to cross this line, although the bridge was used virtually exclusively by freight traffic, all passenger trains calling at Kingham station, which can just be seen in the distance.

47614 Thingley Junction 21 September 2019

47614 brings up the rear of the Statesman Rail 1Z02 04:47 Ely to Bristol Temple Meads 'Great Western Statesman' railtour at Thingley Junction on 21 September 2019. 47593 Galloway Princess was the lead locomotive.

47615 Bremell Sidings 2 July 1985

Another scene from the mid 1980s that it would be impossible to recreate now. 47615 Castell Caerffili / Caerphilly Castle passes the Bremell Sidings oil depot near Purton with the 4M31 17:45 Swindon to Longbridge British Leyland car panel train on 2 July 1985. The oil depot is now closed, British Leyland is no more (although the Swindon plant survives under the ownership of BMW), this train no longer runs, and you would very lucky to see a Class 47 on a freight nowadays! Happily though, this actual loco does still survive (as 47747) albeit at present in store.

47615 Hinksey 21 June 1986

A superb reminder of the sadly missed rail blue era. 47615 Castell Caerffili / Caerphilly Castle passes under the A423 Oxford ring road and approaches Hinksey Yard on 21 June 1986 with the 1M20 14:57 Poole to Derby service. The loco was one of a number of 47s given names in connection with the GW150 celebrations the previous year, a fact noted on the small plate that can just be seen below the nameplate. Alternative liveries were starting to appear by this date, but here we have a complete rake of nine Mk2 vehicles in matching corporate colours.

47615 & 47623 Oxford 1 August 1986

47615 Castell Caerffili / Caerphilly Castle & 47623 Vulcan arrive at Oxford on 1 August 1986 with the 1F14 09:17 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service, with presumably one of them under test. It was common practice for Old Oak Common to send a recently repaired loco in tandem with a backup on an early morning out and back trip to Oxford.

47615 Hampton Gay 28 November 1987

47615 Castell Caerffili / Caerphilly Castle passes Hampton Gay on 28 November 1987 with the 1V69 13:10 Birmingham New Street to Paddington service. This picture is taken from a footpath crossing linking the villages of Shipton-on-Cherwell and Hampton Gay. This has since been closed, with the path diverted to pass underneath the railway next to the nearby River Cherwell.

47616 Standish Junction 11 October 1986

Just as the sun rises on 11 October 1986, 47616 Y Ddraig Goch/The Red Dragon passes Standish Junction with the 1V32 23:45 Edinburgh to Bristol Temple Meads sleeper. Now that's what you call a proper train! Fourteen coaches, with a mix of Mk1, Mk2 & Mk3 stock.

47618 Evenlode 15 July 1986

As the sun fades away into high cloud on the humid evening of 15 July 1986, 47618 Fair Rosamund passes Evenlode with the 1B56 18:07 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express'. This view has long since disappeared, not only because of the usual lineside tree growth, but also because of the exceedingly high roadside hedge which, without the use of a pole, slightly gets in the way!

47618 Chilson 11 January 1987

The Cotswold Hills had received a light dusting of snow on 11 January 1987, which adds interest to the scene as 47618 Fair Rosamund passes Chilson with the 1B16 09:40 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill Network SouthEast service. Unfortunately this excellent viewpoint has long since gone. Nowadays there is a bush in the foreground that is so close to the line that it appears to have acquired the shape of the line's loading gauge. Have Network Rail not got any tree loppers?

47618 Hanborough 29 April 1987

47618 Fair Rosamund speeds past Burleigh Wood, near Hanborough with the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service on 29 April 1987. This is an exceedingly appropriate location to photograph a loco named Fair Rosamund, as the semi-mythical Fair Rosamund (Rosamund Clifford) reputedly lived a little over a mile from this spot, near the town of Woodstock, at the time that she was the mistress of King Henry II. 47618 was originally introduced to traffic in 1964 as D1609. With the introduced of TOPS it became 47030, and then it was renumbered to 47618 when it was equipped with ETH in 1984. Subsequently is was renumbered to 47836, then back to 47618, and finally finished up as 47780! 

47618 South Moreton 6 August 1988

47618 Fair Rosamund passes South Moreton on 6 August 1988 with the 1O11 08:05 Newcastle to Weymouth InterCity service, running ten minutes late, and not using the relief line, as booked. The mix of InterCity livered coaches along with the older blue and grey vehicles was very common at the time, with seemingly most trains containing both liveries. However, this train is noteworthy for also including a single Network SouthEast vehicle, and at the rear of the train, a Regional Railways coach!

47619 Moreton-in-Marsh 5 August 1986

47619 pulls away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 5 August 1986 with the 1A10 06:00 Hereford to Paddington service. Class 117 DMU L400 (51374, 59484 & 51332) rattles away in the siding, after arriving a little earlier with the 5A12 06:43 ECS from Oxford. It will shortly be working the 2A12 07:45 'all stations' train to Reading.

47619 Kingham 10 September 1986

47619 approaches Kingham station shortly after sunrise on 10 September 1986 with the 1A10 06:00 Hereford to Paddington service. Although at the time this duty was shared equally between Class 47s and 50s, I remember being disappointed that after getting up so early, it was 'only' a 47! It would be pointless trying to take a picture here at this time of the morning now, as tall trees next to the line block out the sun. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing. 

47619 Didcot North Junction 9 December 1986

47619 approaches Didcot North Junction on 9 December 1986 with the 1O34 06:15 Liverpool Lime Street to Portsmouth Harbour service. 1/1000sec shutter speed definitely need here, as the train will not be calling at Didcot, and so makes use of Didcot's east curve to avoid the station, traveling at full line speed from the Oxford line onto Brunel's original Great Western mainline.

47620 Evenlode 29 April 1986

Possibly one of the finest pictures I have taken on the Cotswold Line. 47620 Windsor Castle passes Evenlode with the 17:05 Paddington to Hereford service on 29 April 1986 in perfect lighting conditions. Although the view from the bridge was certainly acceptable in 1986, mainly because I kept a nuisance willow bush trimmed, I decided to try something different and went in this field instead. The only problem with that choice was the large area of bland sky in the frame. I needn't have worried however, as so often happens just before the train was due clouds started to build up big time, and I was doubtful of getting it sun. Luckily the sun held on long enough to give this excellent view with the threatening sky forming a perfect backdrop.

47620 Finstock 6 July 1987

47620 Windsor Castle races through Finstock station on 6 July 1987 with the 1A10 06:04 Hereford to Paddington service. With the train travelling at full line speed, and with no chance of a second shot (no motor drive on my Canon A1), I have been lucky to 'stop' the train in exactly the right spot, just before the lamppost.

47620 Oxford 4 September 1987

47620 Windsor Castle leaves Oxford station on 4 September 1987 with the 1O01 06:45 Wolverhampton to Poole service. This was a very distinctive year for photography, with an almost equal mix of blue, InterCity, Network SouthEast and Railfreight liveried locos and stock to be seen in the Oxford area, but before the introduction of the Trainload Freight sub-sectors.

47620 Kemble 16 March 1989

47620 Windsor Castle passes through a rain soaked Kemble station on 16 March 1989 with the Paddington to Cheltenham 'Tote Credit Gold Cup Special'. Grey skies and intermittent rain lasted all day, and consequently the best place to photograph the three loco hauled race specials was from under the covered footbridge at Kemble, therefore keeping the cameras dry!

47620 Waltham St Lawrence 2 June 1989

47620 Windsor Castle passes Waltham St Lawrence on 2 June 1989 with the 1A27 09:03 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington InterCity service. Although of course the Bristol to London trains had been dominated by HSTs since the mid 1970s, there was still the odd loco hauled working, such as this.

47621 Shrivenham 25 October 1985

47621 Royal County of Berkshire passes Shrivenham on 25 October 1985 with the 13:48 Paddington to Cardiff Central relief. As relief trains often ran ten minutes before the booked service, this is presumably the relief for the 1B32 14:00 Paddington to Swansea HST. This was in the days when Britain had a fully integrated railway, with enough flexibility to arrange additional trains. Nowadays, when the train operator's profit (or more recently their attempt to reduce their losses!) is more important than getting the passengers to their destination, these kind of trains hardly exist.

47621 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 18 June 1986

47621 Royal County of Berkshire (later renumbered 47839) has just started slowing down for the approach to Moreton-in-Marsh station whilst working the 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service on 18 June 1986. The loco and first half of the train have found a lucky patch of sun, but despite the otherwise clear sky a cloud has appeared from nowhere, with typical bad timing!

47621 Oxford 4 September 1987

This is something you certainly didn't see every day! 47621 Royal County of Berkshire has QXV inspection saloon DB999506 tucked inside, as it leaves Oxford station on 4 September 1987 with the 1A10 06:04 Hereford to Paddington InterCity service. Hopefully locked to prevent any unsuspecting passengers finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, the vehicle was presumably hitching a lift with this train as a convenient way of getting to Old Oak Common.

47621 South Stoke 27 May 1989

47621 Royal County of Berkshire passes a field of beans at South Stoke on 27 May 1989, as it heads up the Thames Valley with the 1B46 17:02 Paddington to Hereford service, a train that was regularly worked by an InterCity liveried Class 47 with Network SouthEast stock.

47622 Knighton 26 May 1989

47622 The Institution of Mechanical Engineers passes Knighton in soft evening light on 26 May 1989. This being a Friday, this is the 1B56 18:23 Paddington to Swansea service. If it had been any other day of the week it would have been the 1C71 18:23 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads.

47623 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 July 1985

47623 Vulcan approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 5 July 1985 with what is presumably an ECS working (confirmation anybody?). The same loco and stock were used on the  Cotswold Line Promotion Group's Oxford to Scarborough 'Cotswold - Ouse Special No.3' railtour two days later, but if this is the ECS, quite why it is travelling west is a mystery. No Realtime Trains (or mobile phones) in those days!

47623 Kingham 7 July 1985

47623 Vulcan pulls away from Kingham station with the Cotswold Line Promotion Group's Oxford to Scarborough 'Cotswold - Ouse Special No.3' railtour on 7 July 1985. A truly vintage scene, with an original Western Region named rail blue Class 47 hauling a uniform rake of blue and grey stock (all except one vehicle being Mk 1s), running on 95 lb per yard bullhead track. Note the Great Western building on the right still in use by the permanent way department, complete with grindstone mounted outside. This scene has now changed considerably, not least a massive increase in the amount of vegetation, which has rendered this viewpoint impossible.

47623 Oxford North Junction 13 May 1987

47623 Vulcan passes Oxford North Junction with the 1A10 06:00 Hereford to Paddington service on 13 May 1987. Note the random mix of blue / grey and InterCity liveried coaches typical of the period. 47623 is one of a handful of Class 47s that have carried names for virtually their entire career. As D1676 this loco received the name Vulcan at Cardiff when less than a year old, and retained the name when renumbered to 47090, 47623, and later 47843, although for the latter it was 'renamed' at Old Oak Common Open Day in 2000.

47624 Croome 24 October 1985

47624 Cyclops passes Croome on 24 October 1985 with the 1V85 09:23 Newcastle to Penzance InterCity service. This was one of the original Western Region named 47s, being named at Bristol Bath Road in June 1966, when the loco was just over a year old. It retained the name after being renumbered from D1673 to 47087 in 1974, and again when it was renumbered 47624 in 1984.

47624 Oxford 24 July 1990

After a ten minute station stop to load mail, 47624 gets underway from Oxford station on 24 July 1990 with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels. 47052 is parked in the bay, while just visible behind the train, waiting near the Osney Lane footbridge, is 47827 with the 1M23 15:40 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly InterCity service.

47625 Hinksey 12 February 1985

47625 City of Truro approaches Hinksey on 12 February 1985 with the 1F28 13:10 Paddington to Oxford service. This is the location that was a frequent flooding problem, until the track was raised in 2016. The road in the background is the A423 Oxford ring road.

47625 Hinksey 4 July 1985

47625 City of Truro passes Hinksey Yard on 4 July 1985 with the 1A17 07:00 Hereford to Paddington service. Even without reference to the timetable, the presence of a GUV at the head of this train immediately identifies it as having come from the Cotswold Line.

47625 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 1 July 1986

The solitary cow in the smallholding next to the railway at Claydon takes no notice as 47625 City of Truro passes by on 1 July 1986 with the 4M31 17:41 Swindon Cocklebury to Longbridge British Leyland car body panels. City of Truro was one of the early Western Region namings, shortly after the loco was delivered as D1660 in 1965. It then spent a decade as 47076, before becoming 47625 with ETS conversion in November 1984. However, the plates were removed four years later.

47625 West Drayton 6 November 1986

47625 City of Truro passes West Drayton on 6 November 1986 with four Mk2 coaches. Whether this is a scratch DMU substitution, or more likely an eastbound ECS working is unclear. What is certain is that it doesn't match up with anything in the working timetable.

47625 Ascott-under-Wychwood 6 December 1986

Just after sunrise on 6 December 1986, with frost still on the tracks, 47625 City of Truro passes the footpath crossing just to the west of Ascott-under-Wychwood, as it works the 1A18 07:00 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express'. 47625 was easily identifiable from a distance in the mid 1980s, due to the two white discs painted on the front end. Admittedly 47077 & 47157 also had this feature, but being 47/0s it would be extremely unusual for them to be working a passenger train on the Cotswold Line.

47625 Oxford 25 September 1987

47625 City of Truro hauls a mixed rake of Network SouthEast and blue and grey liveried coaches out of the carriage sidings at Oxford, and into the station, prior to working the 1F19 07:50 service to Paddington on 25 September 1987. In the background the water tower is the last remnant of Oxford shed (81F), which was still used as a stabling point at this time.

47625 Badgeworth 5 August 1989

47625 passes Badgeworth on 5 August 1989 with the 1M37 08:40 Paignton to Manchester Piccadilly service, which in those days was marketed as a 'InterCity Holidaymaker Express'. I don't suppose CrossCountry would dare give their Voyager operated trains such names, when they provide such a poor service compared with the nine Mk3s and Mk1 BG provided here!

47626 Shrivenham 25 October 1985

47626 Atlas passes Shrivenham on 25 October 1985 with the 5B68 13:57 Old Oak Common to Swansea ECS. This is the stock for the 1B68 23:05 Swansea to Fishguard Harbour service. This connected with a ship sailing to Ireland, which explains the need for six coaches for a nighttime train from Swansea to the far west of Wales.

47626 Oxford 1 August 1986

Sporting the standard 1980s 'rail blue with brown lower bodyside' livery, 47626 Atlas pulls out of Oxford station on 1 August 1986 with the 1A89 07:59 Oxford to Paddington service. London is obviously not the only destination for Oxford's early morning commuters, judging by the crowds waiting on the down platform.

47626 Churchill Heath 12 April 1987

47626 Atlas passes Churchill Heath on 12 April 1987 with the late running 1B40 16:10 Paddington to Hereford service. This picture proves just how good the old Canon FD lenses were (in some cases notably better than their EF replacements). This is taken with the Canon FD 100mm f2.8 lens wide open at 1/500sec on good old Kodachrome 64 Professional.

47626 Hanborough 22 April 1987

With the recently opened Oxford Bus Museum visible in the old station yard in the background, 47626 Atlas passes through Hanborough station on 22 April 1987 with the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service. Quite clearly this was formerly double track, as indicated by the disused and now marooned down platform.

47626 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 4 August 1987

47626 Atlas passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 4 August 1987 with the 1V32 23:50 Glasgow to Plymouth sleeper. Careful inspection of the original Kodachrome 64 slide shows a trespasser near the fence on the right. There is no chance of this one being prosecuted however, as it is one of the woolly four legged variety!

47626 Penzance 4 May 1991

47626 Atlas shunts parcels vans at Penzance on 4 May 1991. Despite the station's cramped site next to the harbour, there were once extensive sidings here. Whilst this picture is taken by standing precariously on the sea wall, today a similar view would be easier, as the nearest siding has been lifted in order to provide room for the South West Coast Path.

47626 Grateley 1 February 1992

Due to a shortage of DEMUs on 1 February 1992, the 1O86 09:45 Plymouth to Waterloo via Southampton Network SouthEast service was routed via Andover to provide a local service. 47626 Atlas pulls into Grateley station. At the time the loco was allocated to the RXLC (parcels) pool, so was an unusual visitor to the West of England Line, which was usually worked by NTWE locos.

47627 Oxford 2 July 1985

City of Oxford in the City of Oxford! 47627 City of Oxford arrives at its namesake on 2 July 1985 with the 2C04 06:00 Reading to Oxford service. This train called at: Tilehurst, Pangbourne, Goring, Cholsey, Didcot, Appleford, Culham & Radley, and yet in the mid 1980s it was booked for loco haulage rather than a DMU. Not only that, but the ten coach train includes two BG vans, and a restaurant car (presumably not in use)! Unbelievable luxury passenger provision compared with today. 47627 had been named by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, a couple of months earlier.

47627 Oddington 1 August 1986

47627 City of Oxford has just left the city of dreaming spires on 1 August 1986 and is pictured making its way slowly to Bicester with the 6A49 Morris Cowley to Bicester Speedlink trip conveying military stores for the MoD base. The location is Oddington, which at the time was an ideal location for photography as not only was it completely clear of bushes (not so now!), but also trains had to slow to 10 mph for the ungated level crossing. Also on this occasion it was probably the ideal lighting conditions for photographing trains coming from the Oxford direction at this time of day. The sun was gradually fading out into high cloud, giving just enough contrast but without excessive shadows.

47627 Shrivenham 6 June 1996

47627 passes Shrivenham on 6 June 1996 with the late running 1C54 16:02 Paddington to Plymouth Royal Mail vans. After many years of Rail Express Systems (Res) trains having mixtures of blue, parcels red, and Res liveried vehicles, by this date uniform rakes were finally becoming common, just as Res itself was lost in the privatisation shake up.

47628 South Moreton 12 September 1985

47628 Sir Daniel Gooch passes South Moreton on 12 September 1985 with the 3A12 08:50 Carmarthen to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. The area directly above the train is the site of the former wartime marshalling yard, and now, over a quarter of a century after this picture was taken, a new worksite in connection with forthcoming route electrification.

47628 Charlbury 22 July 1986

47628 Sir Daniel Gooch arrives at Charlbury station on 22 July 1986 with the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service. I'm not quite sure now why the back of the train is cut off in this picture, but it's probably because the Pentax 6x7 wasn't accurately aligned on my homemade dual camera bracket. However, it's too good an image not to include just because of that.

47628 Waltham St Lawrence 5 March 1988

With Ruscombe village and church just visible in the background, 47628 Sir Daniel Gooch passes Waltham St Lawrence on 5 March 1988 with the 1A07 08:08 Hereford to Paddington service. 47628 lost its distinctive GW150 green livery a couple of years later, to become just another 47 in the InterCity Mainline colour scheme.

47628 Cheltenham 17 March 1988

47628 Sir Daniel Gooch approaches Cheltenham on 17 March 1988 with the Tote Credit 1Z10 10:30 Paddington to Cheltenham 'Gold Cup Special', on the final day of the 1988 Cheltenham Festival. Less than a hour later it would return with the empty stock.

47628 Cheltenham 17 March 1988

Having dropped off the racegoers, 47628 Sir Daniel Gooch accelerates away from Cheltenham on 17 March 1988 with the ECS from the Tote Credit 1Z10 10:30 Paddington to Cheltenham 'Gold Cup Special'. Note that they have taken the trouble to place the headboard on the front of the empty train. The chapel of Dean Close School dominates the background.

47628 Purley-on-Thames 11 February 1989

With fog still obscuring the background, and the grass covered with frost, 47628 Sir Daniel Gooch passes Purley-on-Thames on 11 February 1989 with a short train comprised of just three coaches. Despite the minuscule load, it is certainly a colourful combination, with a blue barrier vehicle, InterCity Mk3 HST trailer, and Network SouthEast Mk2.

47628 South Stoke 27 May 1989

With both the locomotive and the four vans in such a filthy state that you barely tell what livery they are in, GW150 green 47628 Sir Daniel Gooch passes South Stoke on 27 May 1989 with the 3C07 15:50 Paddington to Swansea premium parcels service. Not a particularly inspiring location, and one I have not used again since, but this low level viewpoint is certainly effective with such a short train as this.

47628 Kings Sutton 20 June 1989

47628 Sir Daniel Gooch passes Kings Sutton on 20 June 1989 with the 1M23 15:40 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly service. Unfortunately early summer is hardly the ideal time to photograph a green locomotive, when virtually everything else in the countryside is the same colour!

47630 Narroways Hill Junction 16 April 1991

47630 Mentor climbs Ashley Down Bank and passes Narroways Hill Junction on 16 April 1991 with a lengthy 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester Speedlink. As was customary with this train, there is a varied selection of traffic in the consist, including timber from Lapford destined for Warrington, empty cartics wagons returning to Halewood, and an assortment of wagons conveying various china clay products. Obviously a good day for unofficially named Class 47s, as 47436 had passed by shortly before, and 47457 followed along later. This locomotive only carried the number 47630 between November 1985 and June 1994. Previously it had been 47041 (originally D1622), and it ended its days as 47764.

47631 Hanborough 22 April 1987

On 22 April 1987, the very last weak rays of the setting sun highlight both 47631 with the 1B56 18:07 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express', and also Bristol FLF Lodekka bus GRX 145 D, formerly belonging to Morris Brothers of Swansea. The location is Hanborough, and the bus which is parked in front of the former GWR weighbridge hut, is part of the nascent Oxford Bus Museum, which at the time had just taken over part of the former goods yard. Prior to its use in Wales, the bus was part of the Alder Valley fleet.

47631 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 2 July 1991

47631 passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 2 July 1991 with the 1E06 14:26 Plymouth to Newcastle parcels. Not only have Class 47 hauled van trains passed into history, but so too has the prefab house and caravan by the side of the line at this location. A row of fast growing conifers unfortunately now borders that side of the line.

47632 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 1 July 1986

With the Cotswold Hills in the background, 47632 passes Claydon on 1 July 1986 with what is presumably the 17:40 Cardiff Central to Leeds HST substitution. Positive confirmation would be welcome, but with no HST appearing, and this running just 10 minutes after the booked time, it seems conclusive!

47632 Shrivenham 10 December 1987

When the Avon 'Binliner' containerised rubbish train ceased running in 2011, every man and his dog was out taking pictures. It was a different story in the early years, when more interesting heritage traction was employed. Although I occasionally met other photographers, it wasn't very often! 47632 passes Shrivenham on a slightly misty 10 December 1987 with the 6V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol empties.

47634 Uffington 12 March 1988

A picture that would be impossible to replicate today, and I don't just mean because there are no longer any lengthy newspaper trains, or that this particular locomotive has been scrapped (47634 was in fact cut up in 2004). The real problem is that a lofty communications mast now sits right in the middle of this view! On an exceedingly gloomy 12 March 1988, 47634 Henry Ford passes Uffington with the 3A12 06:45 Milford Haven to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans.

47634 Magor 18 August 1995

47634 Holbeck approaches Magor on 18 August 1995 with the 5A71 10:25 Bristol Temple Meads to Swansea Royal Mail ECS. This was before such trains became a uniform rake of Res liveried vehicles. The loco here still carries the original parcels red and grey livery, and the train contains both InterCity, and blue vans.

47635 Lower Basildon 25 January 1986

47635 passes Lower Basildon on 25 January 1986 with the 1O15 09:00 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole service. The large logo liveried 47 worked the train between Coventry and Reading. The River Thames is behind the line of bushes, and passes underneath the railway just behind the rear of the train.

47635 Standish Junction 5 July 1991

During the final few days of Speedlink operations, 47635 approaches Standish Junction on 5 July 1991 with the 6B97 12:00 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester, running exactly to time. At the front of the train is a rake of PJA cartics. These would be destined for Halewood, working forward on the 6M17 19:15 Gloucester to Bescot.

47635 Portway 25 May 2001

A colourful juxtaposition at Portway on 25 May 2001. 47635 in obsolete parcels sector red livery passes a field of oilseed rape in full bloom as it works the 6P37 13:06 Toton to Bescot Enterprise. This should have been an even more colourful combination, with 37801 & 37714 dead in tow in the train, en-route to Spain. Prior to export these 37s had been painted in a startling light blue livery.

47635 Stonehouse (Bristol Road) 1 June 2002

47635 passes the site of Stonehouse (Bristol Road) station on 1 June 2002 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 05:22 Yeovil Junction to Holyhead 'North Wales Excursion' railtour. The following year 47635 would lose its obsolete parcels red livery, in favour of the even older large logo colour scheme.

47635 Hemington 14 February 2004

Specially brought out of store for this tour, 47635 The Lass O' Ballochmyle passes Hemington (on the Stenson Junction to Sheet Stores Junction freight only line) in terrible weather conditions on 14 February 2004 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:45 Cardiff to Newcastle 'Tyneside Valentine' railtour.

47635 Bolton Percy 14 February 2004

47635 The Lass O' Ballochmyle passes Bolton Percy in the rain on 14 February 2004 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:45 Cardiff to Newcastle 'Tyneside Valentine' railtour. One advantage of the awful weather is that there are no 'window hangers'!

47636 Water Orton 2 April 1994

47636 Restored approaches Water Orton on 2 April 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 06:15 Bristol Temple Meads to London (via the world!) 'Sector Swansong' railtour. This mega tour, the like of which is totally impossible today, featured 14 different locomotives, from Classes 47, 86, 31, 33, 58, 60, 56, 20 & 37! 47636 is carrying a slightly ironic name here, as it didn't end up being restored, but was withdrawn by EWS in 2000, and cut up four years later.

47637 Radley 30 June 1988

A slightly inappropriate livery for the Thames Valley! ScotRail branded 47637 Springburn approaches Radley on 30 June 1988 with the 1M58 17:50 Paddington to Wolverhampton InterCity service. The loco had been named Springburn the previous year by Alex Ferry, General Secretary of the Shipbuilders and Engineering Union.

47638 Standish Junction 11 October 1986

47638 County of Kent passes Standish Junction with the F&W Railtours 1Z39 06:55 Crewe to Nantgarw 'Red Dragon' railtour on 11 October 1986. 47638 started life as D1653, becoming 47069 with the introduction of TOPS. After carrying the number 47639 between February 1986 and November 1989, it was then renumbered as 47845. Note the strange coincidence of the 100 milepost and the 100 mph speed restriction sign on the left.

47638 Beeston Castle 12 March 1987

47638 County of Kent passes Beeston Castle on 12 March 1987 with the 1A45 10:10 Holyhead to Euston InterCity service. The loco's clean appearance and silver painted buffers are presumably as a result of it working a VSOE special the previous month.

47638 Tackley 23 April 1988

47638 County of Kent just manages to avoid the worst of the afternoon shadows, as it traverses the reverse curves near Tackley on 23 April 1988 with the 1O90 10:50 Glasgow Central to Eastbourne service. This location used to be more popular with photographers in the 1960s than it is now, partly because of the gradient, which made steam locos heading in the opposite direction work hard, but also because there wasn't so many lineside bushes to get in the way of the picture!

47638 Hampton Gay 11 July 1989

47638 County of Kent speeds past Hampton Gay on 11 July 1989 with the 1V97 15:18 Manchester Piccadilly to Paddington InterCity service. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing, which has subsequently been removed, the footpath having been diverted to run underneath the railway, alongside the River Cherwell.

47639 Oxford 1 August 1986

47639 Industry Year 1986 passes through Oxford station on 1 August 1986 with the very lightly loaded 4V16 09:33 Washwood Heath to Morris Cowley empty car carriers. The loco had received its name just two months earlier, which presumably explains the generally clean condition (except the roof!) and the silver buffers.

47639 Shipton 18 April 1987

47639 Industry Year 1986 approaches Shipton on 18 April 1987 with the diverted 1M88 06:33 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly service. Its normal route via Banbury was closed for engineering works, and this brought the welcome sight of a procession of Class 47 hauled trains to the Cotswold Line. It was just a pity that the weather wasn't a bit better!

47640 Moreton-in-Marsh 26 March 1996

Over the years I have photographed various types of rolling stock on the Cotswold Line, and that includes Southern Region 750V DC EMUs! 47640 University of Strathclyde passes through Moreton-in-Marsh station in the rain on 26 March 1996 with the 5Z94 10:33 Strawberry Hill to Long Marston special conveying former withdrawn EMUs for storage. The train consists of Class 414 2-HAP 4311, Class 416 2-EPBs 6402, 6309 & 6308, Class 414 2-HAP 4308 & Class 416 2-EPB 6213. Naturally, I drove the short distance to Long Marston for another picture.

47640 Long Marston 26 March 1996

47640 University of Strathclyde arrives at Long Marston in the drizzle on 26 March 1996 with the 5Z94 10:33 Strawberry Hill to Long Marston special conveying former Southern Region third rail EMUs for storage. The train comprises Class 416 2-EPB 6213, Class 414 2-HAP 4308, Class 416 2-EPBs 6308, 6309 & 6402, & Class 414 2-HAP 4311. At least the poor weather meant that the picture could be taken from the north side of the line for a change, with the outline of the Cotswold Hills just visible in the gloom in the distance.

47640 Congerstone 19 September 2009

47640 University of Strathclyde passes Congerstone with the 09:30 Shenton to Shackerstone service during the Battlefield Line's Diesel Gala on 19 September 2009. While waiting at this remote spot I could hear the local hunt from a few fields away. Whether they were hunting within the letter of the law or actually chasing a fox, knowing that miles from any road nobody is going to know, it was hard to say.

47640 Market Bosworth 19 September 2009

47640 University of Strathclyde approaches Market Bosworth in excellent lighting with the 14:15 Shackerstone to Shenton service on 19 September 2009, during the Battlefield Lines' Diesel Gala. Although not immediately obvious from this picture, the field on the right has been converted into a golf course since my last visit.

47644 Berkswell 28 September 1986

There is certainly no mistaking that this is a Scottish locomotive! With a large West Highland Terrier motif and snowploughs, Eastfield allocated 47644 The Permanent Way Institution races through Berkswell station on 28 September 1986 with the 1O34 07:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Portsmouth Harbour service. This is not one of these locos that spent most of their career north of the border, as originally it was a Western Region machine, only moving to Scotland a few months before this picture was taken. They soon got to work making it look Scottish! Ironically, it was back on the Western after only a few years.

47645 South Moreton (Didcot East) 8 November 1986

47645 Robert F. Fairlie Locomotive Engineer 1831-1885 passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 8 November 1986 with the 1O07 09:02 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole service. A commendably clean rake of coaches, including an ex-works Mk2.

47645 Bristol Parkway 6 May 1989

47645 Robert F. Fairlie Locomotive Engineer 1831-1885 pulls away from Bristol Parkway station on 6 May 1989 with the 1M56 11:55 Plymouth to Manchester Piccadilly InterCity service. It is passing the stabled Avon 'Binliner' rubbish train. Bristol Parkway station was opened in 1971, and was the pioneer of the new large out of town 'park and ride' stations. Apologies for the poor quality if this image, but it has been salvaged from an Agfachrome 100RS 6x7 transparency, which in the best traditions of Agfa slide films has now gone completely purple, with hardly a hint of any other colour! Their claims in the 1980s that this well known problem had been cured led me to try a few rolls. A couple of decades have proved that they were wrong!

47647 Didcot North Junction 22 June 1989

47647 Thor passes Didcot North Junction on 22 June 1989 with an Ascot race special, believed to be the 19:15 Ascot to Liverpool (confirmation anyone?). Unfortunately by the time this passed the sun had virtually disappeared, forcing the use of the very grainy Kodachrome 200. However, it was worth waiting as the maroon liveried Pullman Rail Mk1 set shows up well in the fading light.

47647 Oxford 20 August 1989

47647 Thor pulls away from Oxford station on 20 August 1989 with the 1O06 07:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole InterCity service. Note the steel structure of the new Oxford station rising above the trees on the right hand side of the picture.

47648 Goring 13 September 1986

A viewpoint that has now been totally obliterated by the Great Western Mainline electrification scheme. In happier times, 47648 is pictured just north of Goring on 13 September 1986 with the 1M03 08:05 Portsmouth Harbour to Liverpool Lime Street service. Equally depressing is that now the equivalent train would be a four coach Voyager. Half the number of coaches, and yet the number of people travelling by rail is much higher than it was in the 1980s. That's progress!

47650 Marshfield 5 June 1989

Not much of a load for a Class 47! Running exactly to time, 47650 passes Marshfield on 5 June 1989 with the 3A12 06:45 Swansea to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. What a come down for this once very well loaded train. Just four years earlier the load was much healthier. 47650 did not spend very long in this guise, only carrying the number 47650 between March 1986 and August 1989. It originally entered service in March 1966 as D1935, changing to 47257 with the introduction of TOPS numbering. Its final incarnation was 47805, after the fitting of extra fuel tanks.

47651 Oxford 21 October 1988

47651 leaves Oxford station on 21 October 1988 with the 1O99 06:51 Crewe to Folkestone Central InterCity service. An appropriate departure time for this particular locomotive! You will not get many Crewe to Folkestone trains through Oxford nowadays! Note the differing size of loco numbers, with 651 being larger than 47.

47651 Little Haresfield 24 June 1989

47651 passes Little Haresfield on 24 June 1989 with the 1S85 07:02 Plymouth to Glasgow Central service, which it would work as far as Birmingham New Street. The loco was fitted with long range fuel tanks the following month, and renumbered 47806.

47652 Silchester 1 October 1988

47652 passes Silchester on 1 October 1988 with the 1S39 09:00 Poole to Aberdeen service, which InterCity marketed at the time as the 'Holidaymaker Express'. Surely a bit of a meaningless term for a train traveling from the south coast to the east of Scotland in the autumn!

47653 Aynho Junction 11 March 1989

A slightly different perspective at Aynho Junction on 11 March 1989. The junction's semaphore signals used to be situated next to the bridge, and it was just possible to include them in the photo by using a wide angle lens. For some reason I only took one picture in this way, and as the signals have since been removed, there is no chance to repeat the exercise. 47653 approaches with the 1O99 06:47 Crewe to Folkestone. This used to be the boundary between the Western and London Midland regions, hence the mixture of upper and lower quadrant signals. The down direction lower quadrant (near the loco) always seemed to have an excessive droop.

47653 Chilson 18 June 1989

High summer on the Cotswold Line in the late 1980s, when weekends saw the timetabled diversion of Inter-regional trains onto the line, instead of the Banbury to Oxford route. On Sunday 18 June 1989, 47653 was in charge of the 1O06 07:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole service, seen here passing Chilson. The inclusion of a blue and grey Mk1 catering vehicle and BG in a rake of InterCity liveried Mk2s was quite common at the time. It's amazing to look at this picture and note that not a single bush is visible along either lineside fence, a marked contrast to today!

47654 Standish Junction 24 June 1989

47654 Finsbury Park passes Standish Junction on 24 June 1989 with the 1V48 10:25 Liverpool Lime Street to Paignton service, which it had taken over at Birmingham New Street. Terrible high overhead midday lighting, but a picture that cannot now be repeated.

47656 Heyford 17 August 1988

47656 swings round the curve towards Heyford station on 17 August 1988 with the 1M10 07:02 Paddington to Manchester Piccadilly InterCity service. This used to be an excellent location for early morning shots of northbound trains in the 1980s, with a clear view across the fields in the background to Rousham church. Unfortunately this is now a completely enclosed tunnel of trees.

47656 Eckington 16 June 1989

47656 crosses the River Avon at Eckington on 16 June 1989 with the 1V59 12:10 Glasgow Central to Plymouth InterCity service, which it had taken over at Birmingham New Street. Note how shallow the depth of field is. The detail the Pentax 6x7 has recorded on the subject is fantastic (at least on the high-res version!), but the foreground is far from sharp. It was this, rather than the oft quoted (but quite true) comment about the camera's enormous weight, that was the Pentax 6x7's biggest problem.

47656 Swindon 15 July 1989

47656 approaches Swindon at speed on 15 July 1989 with the 1A30 07:25 Carmarthen to Paddington service. As can be seen from the typical Class 47 clag, this was not booked to stop at the station. Running as a local service in Wales, calling at Llanelli, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot Parkway, Bridgend, Cardiff and Newport, it then became an express service, missing out both the Swindon and Didcot stops. The earlier running 1A27 08:01 Swansea to Paddington, which was also loco hauled, was similarly booked to miss out Swindon and Didcot.

47657 South Moreton 6 August 1988

A Westie in the Thames Valley! 47657 still has a very obvious sign of its former Eastfield home, as it passes South Moreton on 6 August 1988 with the 13:25 Portsmouth Harbour to Manchester Piccadilly service. The loco had been transferred from Scotland to Bristol Bath Road just a few months earlier.

47660 Silchester 1 October 1988

Not long after sunrise on 1 October 1988, 47660 passes Silchester with the 1M88 06:40 Poole to Manchester Piccadilly service. Being operated by InterCity, it would normally be expected for this train to have either blue and grey stock, or increasingly from the mid 1980s, InterCity Executive liveried coaches. It was therefore quite a surprise to see this rake of Network SouthEast stock.

47660 Sandling Tunnel 2 June 1989

During 1989 there was a regular Class 47 hauled Manchester Victoria to Folkestone (via Dover) train, the stock for which stabled at Ashford during the day, prior to heading back north. 47660 is pictured here approaching Sandling Tunnel with the usual five coach 5M31 16:xx Ashford to Folkestone ECS, prior to working the 1M31 17:16 Folkestone Central to Manchester Piccadilly service. It had arrived in Kent earlier in the day as the 1O99 06:18 Manchester Piccadilly to Folkestone Central. This picture was taken from the old A20 bridge, which even then had been superceded by the bridge in the background, and has now been demolished.

47660 Yate 10 August 1989

47660 passes through Yate station on 10 August 1989 with the late running 1V54 13:20 Liverpool Lime Street to Plymouth service. The station had been reopened three months earlier, but unlike the original station (which closed in 1965), the platforms were staggered either side of the road bridge. The original station's platforms were on the other side of the bridge.

47662 Knighton 26 May 1989

In May 1989 a rake of Mk1 coaches were converted into 'The Travelling College', comprising classrooms, staff vehicles and dormitory coaches. Finished in an unusual brown, cream and red livery, it certainly made an interesting sight. I only saw it once, on 26 May 1989. It is pictured heading eastbound, past the site of Knighton Crossing (near Uffington), behind 47662.

47662 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 June 1988

47662 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 22 June 1988 with the 1A91 18:07 Paddington to Swindon InterCity service. Only near the longest day can pictures be taken from the north side of the line at this location, and before the trees were planted on the north side of the line it was free of shadows. For some reason I only rarely photographed this working, so this very poor quality image (Kodachrome 200) will have to suffice. Virtually everything in this picture has changed, even down to the agricultural use of the fields!

47665 Wolvercote Junction 25 June 1989

47665 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 25 June 1989 with the 1B59 18:32 Paddington to Hereford service. This loco only carried the number 47665 for less than three years. It had previously been 47232 (and before that D1909), becoming 47665 with the fitting of ETH in December 1986. In September 1989 it was renumbered 47820, and then in July 1995 it became 47785.

47676 Sileby 18 August 1992

I haven't got many pictures of InterCity liveried Class 47s worked freights, but here we see 47676 Northamptonshire passing Sileby on 18 August 1992 with the 6E98 14:27 Mountsorrel to Peterborough ballast. It is weaving across from the up main to the up relief line, as its point of origin (just around the corner) is accessed from the down main line. The British Gypsum plant dominates the background.