Class 47

47701 Oxford 17 March 1991

47701 looks slightly out of place wearing ScotRail livery as it leaves Oxford with the 1F06 09:55 Network SouthEast departure for Paddington on a dull and drizzly 17 March 1991. Admittedly the ScotRail branding has been painted out in a different shade of grey, but the colour scheme still doesn't match the NSE colours on the coaches! The loco had recently been transferred from Scotland to augment the Class 47/7s already working the Thames Valley services, following the demise of the Class 50s in the area. Along with several other former Scottish machines it spent several months in traffic wearing its former operator's livery before being repainted into NSE colours.

47701 Southall 22 June 1991

47701 passes Southall on 22 June 1991. Although only a light engine picture, this scene is full of interest. Firstly, it shows 47701 in its former ScotRail livery. Despite having been transferred to the Thames Valley area several months previously, the only concession to is new duties is the painting out of the word 'ScotRail', although they obviously couldn't find the right shade of grey to do this! More importantly, the picture is taken from one of the country's most famous railway footbridges (a section of which can be seen on the right). This is where the founder members of the Great Western Society used to meet to watch the trains go by in the 1960s. The bridge was well used by railway photographers from the earliest days, but now it has sadly been removed to make way for the extension of Southall station's platforms. In the background Southern Railway Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 35028 Clan Line is in steam.

47701 Hinksey 5 July 1991

How's this for an unusual colour combination! In 1991 after being transferred to Thames Valley passenger duties, 47701 still carried ScotRail livery (admittedly with the word 'ScotRail' painted out in a different shade of grey) for a while before being repainted into Network SouthEast livery. Here it passes Hinksey with the 1F45 10:00 Oxford to Paddington service on 5 July 1991, formed of the customary rake of Mk1s. This Scotrail /NSE livery combination wasn't unusual at the time, but the inclusion of the Royal Mail liveried van at the head of the train certainly was!

47701 Seaton Junction 30 October 1991

47701 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot passes through the abandoned Seaton Junction station on 30 October 1991 with the 1O35 09:45 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. Note the two adjacent Southern Railway concrete footbridges. The first one linked the platforms, and the rear one carried a footpath over the station site.

47701 Templecombe 20 November 1991

47701 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot arrives at Templecombe station on 20 November 1991 with the 09:45 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. Templecombe station had closed in 1966, at a time when the whole former Southern Railway West of England route was being rationalised. The line was reduced to single track the following year. After vigorous local campaigning, the station was reopened in 1983.

47701 Milborne Wick 24 May 1992

47701 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot passes Milborne Wick on 24 May 1992 with the 1V15 14:55 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. The provision of nine coaches (including two InterCity livered vehicles on this occasion), makes today's equivalent of a pair of Class 159 DMUs look pretty pathetic.

47701 & 47423 Great Bedwyn 3 July 1992

The last loco hauled Network SouthEast services out of Paddington ran on 3 July 1992. To commemorate the passing of an area, 47701 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot & 47423 were booked to work the 1K68 17:48 Paddington to Westbury, with a fourteen coach rake and special headboard. The train is pictured arriving at Bedwyn in appropriately funereal weather. This train would normally be worked by a DMU and would terminate here. The headboard reads: 'The Westbury. Last loco hauled service from Paddington. 3 July 1992'.

47701 Crosby Garrett 4 February 2000

47701 Waverley passes through the remains of Crosby Garrett station on 5 February 2000 with the late running diverted 1S46 06:55 Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh Virgin CrossCountry service, which it worked between Preston and Carlisle. This was diverted onto the Settle & Carlisle line due to engineering works on the West Coast mainline.

47702 Lower Basildon 28 April 1991

47702 Saint Cuthbert passes Lower Basildon on Sunday 28 April 1991 with the 1F11 16:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. Either because I have got so many slides, or else because I am going senile, I had completely forgotten that I had ever taken a picture from the field next to the line at Lower Basildon, rather than the more common shot from the road bridge!

47702 Bradford Abbas 15 August 1991

47702 Saint Cuthbert passes Bradford Abbas in stunning lighting conditions on 15 August 1991 with the 1O34 08:10 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The dramatic lighting (which of course didn't last very long) also highlights two of the Barwick Park follies in the background. Slightly to the right of where the railway appears is the Cone, otherwise known as the Rose Tower, while to the left at a slightly lower level the bizarrely named Jack the Treacle Eater can just be seen. Surprisingly this is the only occasion I have visited this location.

47702 Potbridge 6 November 1991

A very mixed rake of coaching stock, pictured at Potbridge on 6 November 1991. Two InterCity liveried coaches, and four blue and grey vehicles, with (hidden in the shadows at the rear) a single Network SouthEast coach, make up the 1V09 08:40 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service, led by 47702 Saint Cuthbert. Despite receiving NSE colours when transferred from Scotland the year before, 47702 would retain its inappropriate Scottish nameplates for another couple of years.

47702 Andover 1 February 1992

47702 Saint Cuthbert pulls away from Andover station on 1 February 1992 with the 2V13 13:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service, during the tail end of loco hauled trains on the former Southern route to the west. Note the amount of trackwork still surviving in the erstwhile goods yard. Little has actually changed here in the following two decades, apart of course from the motive power and stock!

47702 & 47565 Bristol Temple Meads 17 July 1999

Bristol Temple Meads on 17 July 1999. 47702 County of Suffolk pilots 47565 Responsive on the 1V36 06:13 Preston to Paignton Virgin CrossCountry service, with DVT 82143 at the front of the train. As 47702 was added at Bristol, perhaps 47565 wasn't so Responsive after all!

47703 Cholsey 16 August 1991

47703 The Queen Mother passes through Cholsey cutting on 16 August 1991 with the 1F79 17:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. Despite the Class 50s having left the area the previous year, there was still plenty of loco hauled interest in the Thames Valley at the time, especially with various non NSE liveried locos in the NWRA pool.

47703 Wolvercote Junction 18 August 1991

A slightly odd combination of colours that was surprisingly not at all uncommon in the Network SouthEast region in the early 1990s. Parcels red liveried 47703 The Queen Mother comes off the single track Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction on 18 August 1991 with the 1A68 16:12 Hereford to Paddington service. The reason for the seemingly inappropriate colour scheme is that the loco had just be transferred from Crewe's RXLC parcel pool to Old Oak Common's NWRA pool. It was only to stay at Old Oak for a few months before transferring to similar Network SouthEast passengers workings on the West of England line. At the time the Cotswold Line only had loco hauled trains at the weekend.

47703 Crewkerne 21 August 1991

47703 The Queen Mother arrives at the impressive former London & South Western Railway station at Crewkerne on 21 August 1991 with the 2V13 13:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. At the time I was disappointed that this wasn't a Class 50!

47703 Shipton 18 June 1994

Parcels sector red liveried 47703 The Queen Mother calls at Shipton station on 18 June 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z56 07:17 Worcester Shrub Hill to Norwich 'Norfolk Explorer' railtour. The fact that vegetation is encroaching onto both platforms is a clue that this station is not the busiest on the Cotswold Line! A loco hauled train stopping here is something of a novelty, hence my reason for taken the picture, even in such poor light.

47703 Spetchley 29 April 2006

47703 Hermes passes Spetchley in a small patch of weak early morning sun on 29 April 2006 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z53 05:36 Taunton to Barmouth 'Cambrian Borderer' railtour. The train was running approximately an hour late due to the guard being involved in a minor road traffic accident en-route to Taunton. The cutting sides on both sides of the line at this location have seen considerable damage from rabbits, although surprisingly Network Rail have not yet thought of using this as an excuse for delays to trains!

47703 Baulking 9 February 2007

After photographing 47840 light engine at Uffington on 9 February 2007, I nipped round to the next bridge at Baulking to see 47703 Hermes on the 5Z80 11:30 East Ham to Gloucester Blue Pullman ECS. Unfortunately there was even less snow at this location. Note the green signal on the up line, which had just cleared for a Avonmouth to Didcot coal train which could easily have blocked off this shot.

47704 North Queensferry 16 July 1983

47704 Dunedin accelerates through North Queensferry station on 16 July 1983 with the 1M57 06:00 Aberdeen to Birmingham New Street. I only managed to get two pictures of the original batch of Class 47/7s at work in Scotland, and this is by far the better picture, especially as the loco is still in the original livery of rail blue with a white roof.

47704 Culham 10 July 1991

Scotland in the Thames Valley! Just a few days after being transferred into Old Oak Common's NWRA pool, 47704 Dunedin is pictured passing Culham in failing light on 10 July 1991 with the 1F66 19:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. I can't remember exactly now, but as there wasn't much gen about in those days, I assume that the spectacle of a loco in full ScotRail livery, complete with West Highland Terrier motif, speeding past on NSE Mk1s was a complete surprise.

47704 Salisbury Tunnel Junction 27 July 1991

ScotRail meets Network SouthEast! 47704 Dunedin takes the Southampton line at Salisbury Tunnel Junction on 27 July 1991 with the 09:25 Plymouth to Waterloo service. Freshly transferred to Old Oak Common and nominally allocated to the NWRA pool, which should see it sticking to Thames Valley services, the ex Scottish push pull loco is here having a day out even further from its former home. Unlike several other ex-ScotRail imports to the NSE fleet, this one hasn't yet seen a grey paintbrush, and therefore still sports the ScotRail logo and West Highland terrier motif, as well as the overtly Scottish name, of course.

47704 Old Basing 27 July 1991

47704 Dunedin is pictured near Old Basing on 27 July 1991, as it heads towards the capital with the 1O86 09:25 Plymouth to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. This was one of those rare occasions when I decided to chase the train for a second picture, in this case only possible because the train travelled via Southampton. After the first picture at Salisbury, it was easy to get ahead of it to secure this second picture of NSE's recent Scottish acquisition.

47704 South Moreton 2 August 1991

Still wearing ScotRail livery, complete with West Highland terrier motif, 47704 Dunedin passes South Moreton on 2 August 1991 with the 1F53 2:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. The former Scottish loco only spent a couple of months on passenger duties in the south east, before being transferred to the parcels sector.

47704 Cilmeri 15 October 1994

47704 passes the tiny and remote station at Cilmeri, on the Central Wales line, with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 07:43 Birmingham New Street to Llandrindod Wells 'Central Wales Explorer' railtour on 15 October 1994. The headboard indicates that this was one of Pathfinder's 'Executive' tours, aimed more at the tourist market, and using Class 47/7s instead of more exotic motive power.

47704 Penybont 15 October 1994

47704 passes through Penybont station on 15 October 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 17:25 Landrindod Wells to Cardiff Central 'Central Wales Explorer' railtour. Note that the one remaining used platform can only be accessed from the disused platform side of the line.

47705 Shipton 8 October 1989

47705 passes Shipton at speed on 8 October 1989 with the 1B31 13:45 Paddington to Hereford Network SouthEast service, which although it was late afternoon, was the first down train of the day over the Cotswold Line on a Sunday at this time. As virtually always seemed to be the case in the 1980s, this was running exactly to time, which was lucky considering the encroaching shadows! This is one of the very few occasions on which I saw one of the ex Scottish Region Class 47/7s on the Cotswold Line.

47705 & 50023 Didcot North Junction 6 May 1990

This was not the picture I was anticipating! 47705 & 50023 Howe approach Didcot North Junction on 6 May 1990 with the 1F35 09:30 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. I'm not sure whether 50023 had failed, or if this was just a positioning move. At the time I was really annoyed that the 50 was not leading, but over two decades later it does have some novelty value.

47705 Tisbury 2 February 1991

47705 approaches Tisbury on 2 February 1991 with the 1O34 08:11 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. I remember being disappointed that this wasn't a Class 50, but at least the train coming from the opposite direction an hour later was hauled by 50001 Dreadnought.

47705 Culham 10 July 1991

47705 passes Culham on 10 July 1991 with the 1F60 18:37 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. Culham station can just be seen in the background, while on the left a couple of former aircraft hangars mark the site of RAF Culham (now an industrial estate).

47705 Didcot Power Station 2 December 1994

47705 slowly traverses the flyash loop at Didcot Power Station on 3 December 1994 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z60 07:50 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads 'Westerleigh Wizard' railtour. Unfortunately, as is often the case, an interesting railtour coincided with atrocious weather!

47705 Highworth Junction 3 December 1994

47705 passes Highworth Junction on 3 December 1994 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z60 07:50 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads 'Westerleigh Wizard' railtour. The train would only travel a short distance further, as only a short section of the former Highworth branch now remains. 37072 & 37264 would then bring the tour back out on the mainline. As can be seen from the dark clouds in the background over Swindon, it was not a very pleasant day, and prior to the train turning up we had got well and truly soaked!

47705 Westerleigh 3 December 1994

47705 arrives at Westerleigh on 3 December 1994 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z60 13:40 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington 'Westerleigh Wizard' railtour. Unfortunately by the time it got here it was virtually dark, which explains the exceedingly poor quality image. However, I thought it worth recording, in view of the train's name.

47705 Cwmbran 26 June 1999

One of several special trains to Cardiff on Saturday 26 June 1999 was the 1Z28 08:35 from Crewe, worked by 47705 Guy Fawkes. It is pictured here just to the south of Cwmbran. The specials were run in connection with the Wales v South Africa rugby match - the first to use the new Millennium Stadium.

47705 Woofferton 6 November 1999

With five different liveries in its six coach train, 47705 Guy Fawkes passes Woofferton on 6 November 1999 with the 1V77 08:33 Manchester to Cardiff Rugby World Cup special. Superb lighting, but a very close run thing, judging by the background. A day earlier would have been more appropriate for this particular locomotive!

47705 Marshfield 11 November 2000

47705 Guy Fawkes passes Marshfield in the pouring rain on 11 November 2000 with a Crewe to Cardiff rugby special. Apologies for the vagueness of the working, but I seem to have mislaid the headcode. A reminder would be much appreciated!

47706 Fenny Bridges 20 November 1991

Although the ScotRail branding has been removed, 47706's faded Scotrail livery is hardy appropriate here as it passes Fenny Bridges (near Honiton) with the 1V11 11:00 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service on 20 November 1991. The former Edinburgh to Glasgow stalwart continued to work West of England trains in this tatty condition for a number of months. The loco was broken up in 1995, although bizarrely not officially withdrawn until a year later! Presumably the S reg Ford Transit camper van in this view has also been cut up by now! The shutter was deliberately  fired a little earlier than normal here, not only to avoid the shadows across the track, but also to show off the rural scene to advantage.

47707 Coker Wood 25 July 1992

47706 passes Coker Wood (between Crewkerne and Yeovil) with the 1O86 09:54 Paignton to Basingstoke Network SouthEast service on 25 July 1992. The white 'Westie' logo is the only branding left on the very tatty ScotRail liveried loco, which certainly made a change from the usual NSE colours on the route. This is one of the few occasions that I have had to climb a tree to take a photo!

3707 Worting Junction 29 July 1991

47707 Holyrood passes Worting Junction on 29 July 1991 with the 1L05 10:00 Waterloo to Salisbury Network SouthEast service. If you didn't want to stray too far from your car, this was the ideal photographic location, as you could just sit in the parked car and take pictures through the window!

47707 Sherborne 25 July 1992

With Sherborne Abbey just visible in the background, 47707 Holyrood heads away from the Dorset town on 25 July 1992 with the 1V11 11:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. 47707 was having a quieter life in the south of England compared with its time on Scottish Edinburgh to Glasgow push pull services in the 1980s. It was the loco involved in the Polmont derailment, when the train hit a cow, and it also caught fire at nearby Falkirk a few years later! In both cases it was pushing at the rear of the train.

47707 Hurstbourne Viaduct 13 March 1993

47707 Holyrood crosses Hurstbourne Viaduct with the 1V09 09:15 Waterloo to Exeter Network SouthEast service on 13 March 1993. A perfect location, that surprisingly doesn't require any effort to get to, as this view is from a public road. I had plenty of opportunity to contemplate the view, as someone had just run into my car (a BMW in those days) and damaged the rear end. As this rendered it undrivable, I therefore had several hours to wait for the AA to turn up. Unfortunately the horses had decided to wander off when the next train was due!

47708 Feniton 15 September 1991

With the rusting barns and derelict windpump at Beechwood Farm visible in the background, 47708 Templecombe approaches Feniton at high speed on 15 September 1991 with the 2V13 13:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service.

47708 Basingstoke 16 February 1992

The first up train of the day on the West of England line leaves Basingstoke on a bright but cold Sunday 16 February 1992. 47708 Templecombe is working the 2L18 08:28 Salisbury to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. This picture encapsulates the full range of old style motive power in the area, including loco hauled, slam door EMUs, and DEMUs. On the left Class 423 4-VEP EMU 3006, and Class 205 DEMU 205033 are awaiting their next turn of duty.

47709 North Perrott 21 August 1991

47709 passes North Perrott on 21 August 1991 withy the 1O37 11:55 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. This is the view looking west from Wood Lane, a rough track that I visited three times during 1991, and not once since!

47709 North Perrott 30 October 1991

47709 catches the last of the afternoon sun at North Perrott on 30 October 1991, as it heads west with the 2V13 13:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. Haselbury Park Farm can be seen on the left.

47709 Pirbright 21 March 1992

47709 runs alongside the Basingstoke Canal at Pirbright on 21 March 1992 with the 1O34 08:10 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. This was the only occasion that I visited this spot, possibly due to it being right next to Pirbright Army Camp!

47709 Hampton Gay 28 June 1993

47709 crosses the bridge over the River Cherwell at Hampton Gay on 28 June 1993 with the 1M85 14:32 Tonbridge to Preston parcels. The parallel trackless bridge in the foreground once carried the Woodstock branch, which ran beside the mainline from Kidlington to just after this bridge.

47709 & 47847 Overthorpe 16 June 1999

47709 pilots failed 47847 past Overthorpe on 16 June 1999 with the late running 1M50 14:18 Brighton to Preston Virgin CrossCountry service. This was a grab shot, as I had only just arrived at the location. Unfortunately this is a 35mm scan, as I had not even had time to assemble my dual camera bracket, which held both a Canon A1 and a Pentax 6x7.

47710 Didcot North Junction 24 March 1991

47710 approaches Didcot North Junction on 24 March 1991 with the 1F06 09:55 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This would not be calling at Didcot, and was therefore travelling at full line speed, as it was about to traverse the east curve, avoiding Didcot station.

47710 Radley 14 March 1991

47710 passes Radley at high speed with the 16:00 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service on 14 March 1991. At the time these trains were branded as 'Network Express' services and generally only stopped en-route at Reading. 47710 had moved from Eastfield to Old Oak Common during the previous year in order to take over from the Class 50s on these Thames Valley services. These ex Scottish machines were not generally welcomed by enthusiasts at the time, as they were replacing the hugely popular 50s. Time however has since moderated this viewpoint!

47710 & D400 Stoford 21 August 1991

47710 was named Capital Radio's Help A London Child at the Old Oak Common Open Day on 17 August 1991. Four days later it was still looking immaculate when it came to the aid of D400 which had failed prior to working the 1V09 08:40 Waterloo to Exeter St David's Network SouthEast service. The ensemble is pictured here at Stoford. As a result of its failure, D400 was to receive the power unit from withdrawn 50048, even though its current engine had only been in situ for less than a year.

47710 Baverstock 10 September 1991

47710 Capital Radio's Help A London Child approaches the skew bridge at Baverstock on 10 September 1991 with the 1O35 09:45 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The bridge carries the B3089 Dinton to Barford St Michael road over the railway.

47711 Tisbury 2 February 1991

A convenient tree makes a perfect frame for 47711 as it approaches Tisbury on 2 February 1991 with the 1O35 10:20 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The loco is taking a short break from its more usual workings out of Paddington, as it was not until the following autumn that it was actually allocated to the West of England route.

47711 Didcot North Junction 24 March 1991

A slightly different angle at Didcot North Junction on 24 March 1991. 47711 heads north with an Old Oak Common to Oxford ECS, prior to working the 1F08 11:30 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service an hour later. Didcot Power Station dominates the background, although the view across the fields has just been interrupted by the then recently constructed Tesco distribution centre. On the right is the depot of Tappins coaches.

47711 Radley 9 July 1991

Standing on the end of the platform, notebook in hand, checking what comes along! Well not exactly, but here is a platform end view of 47711 approaching Radley on 9 July 1991 with the 1F60 18:37 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service.

47711 Bridgwater 11 September 1997

Network SouthEast liveried 47711 County of Hertfordshire was unusual motive power for the 7M53 14:23 Bridgwater to Sellafield nuclear flasks on 11 September 1997.  A Class 37 was more usual motive power with Class 31s being a possibility, but this was certainly different! The final container has just being loaded and the loco will shortly move forward the short distance into Bridgwater station, before running round and then heading north. 47711 was one of the original Scottish push pull conversions, in which guise it was named Greyfriars Bobby. It was later transferred to NSE and worked on the West of England Line and on Paddington to Oxford services, until displaced by units in the early 1990s.

47711 Bicester Town 6 August 1998

47711 County of Hertfordshire heads away from Bicester North station on 6 August 1998 with the 4C13 11:21 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. Annoyingly the train lost its path over the single line to Oxford, and was now running two hours late, with the result that the lighting had become hopelessly head on. This was especially irritating, as for most of that time it was sat at the level crossing in the background of this picture! I have included it here, as a Network SouthEast loco on this working was a bit of a novelty.

47711 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 29 November 1998

Major engineering works to the north of Bristol resulted in Virgin CrossCountry services being routed via the Great Western Mainline on Sundays in the late autumn of 1998. On 29 November, 47711 County of Hertfordshire passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 1E28 08:22 Bristol Temple Meads to York. A little to the east of here at Didcot, Virgin trains were an everyday sight, but that was certainly not the case here.

47711 Bristol Parkway 29 August 1999

47711 County of Hertfordshire pulls away from Bristol Parkway station on 29 August 1999 with the 1E28 10:00 Bristol Temple Meads to York Virgin CrossCountry service. Visible through the Sulzer exhaust haze is the partly constructed new multi-storey car park. This was needed as a new Royal Mail terminal would later be built on part of the old car park (the area between the gates and the construction site). This expensive folly opened the following year, but closed four years later, when Royal Mail stopped using rail, thereby putting even more lorries on the already overloaded motorway network. I wonder if there is such a job title as advance planning manager at the Royal Mail?

47712 Gillingham 15 August 1991

47712 Lady Diana Spencer makes a smoky departure from Gillingham station on 15 August 1991 with the 1O32 07:50 Yeovil Junction to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. As was fairly common on this route at this time, it was running late - 25 minutes in this case. My main motive for getting up at a ridiculous hour in order to be in the West Country this early was in the hope of seeing a Class 50 on this train, so this was a bit of a disappointment. Time has changed that view a little!

47712 West Hatch 15 August 1991

With the delightfully named Cherryfield Wood in the background, 47712 Lady Diana Spencer passes West Hatch on 15 August 1991 with the 2V13 13:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service.

47712 South Moreton 18 August 1991

47712 Lady Diana Spencer passes South Moreton on 18 August 1991 with the 1B29 13:40 Paddington to Hereford service. This former parcels sector locomotive had just been transferred to the NWRA Thames Valley passenger pool, bringing a splash of a different colour to the already colourful trains on the route. This was a very interesting time livery wise for locos working for Network SouthEast, including such out of place examples as former ScotRail machines.

47712 Feniton 15 September 1991

47712 Lady Diana Spencer passes Feniton on 15 September 1991 with the 1O39 15:48 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The wide grassy area on the left is explained by the fact that this was formerly the junction for the Sidmouth branch (closed in 1967). The basic platforms of Feniton station, which can be seen in the background, are all that remains of what was formerly Sidmouth Junction station. In addition to a goods yard, there was also a turntable approximately where the fence ends on the left.

47712 Dainton 16 March 1996

47712 Dick Whittington emerges from Dainton Tunnel with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z34 07:30 Ealing Broadway to Totnes 'Dart-Exe Cursion' railtour on 16 March 1996. The highlight of the tour was the return behind GWR 4-6-0 Manor Class 7802 Bradley Manor.

47712 Dinas Powys 2 June 1996

47712 Dick Whittington leaves Dinas Powys station on 2 June 1996 with the 09:00 Rhymney to Barry Island service. This was loco-hauled instead of the usual DMU in connection with the Road Transport Festival at Barry Island. 37254 is on the rear of the train.

47712 Barry Island 2 June 1996

47712 Dick Whittington arrives at Barry Island under a threatening sky with the 11:00 service from Cardiff Central on 2 June 1996. This was loco-hauled instead of the usual DMU in connection with the Road Transport Festival at Barry Island.

47712 Taffs Well 2 June 1996

47712 Dick Whittington enters Taffs Well station on 2 June 1996 with the 13:00 Merthyr Tydfil to Barry Island service. This was loco-hauled instead of the usual DMU in connection with the Road Transport Festival at Barry Island. Unfortunately the distinctive GWR centre pivot signal has now been replaced by a mundane colour light. Although of GWR design, the arm may well only date back to early 1950s. It can clearly be seen to originally have had two arms, the removed one on the right controlling access to the Nantgarw branch. This was the erstwhile Walnut Tree Junction.

47712 Wolvercote Junction 18 May 1998

47712 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 18 May 1998 with the 1M79 16:47 Reading to Liverpool Virgin CrossCountry service. There is a bit of a mystery here, as 47712 allegedly carried its Dick Whittington nameplates from 1995 until 2000. However, there clearly isn't a plate on this side of the loco in this picture. Is this a case of some duff (pardon the pun) information?

47712 Kings Sutton 20 June 1998

1998 was the year of frequent loco substitutions on Virgin CrossCountry services. Such was the case on 20 June, when 47712 was called upon to work the 1M50 14:15 Brighton to Preston train, in place of the usual 47/8. It is seen here passing Kings Sutton.

47712 South Moreton 29 November 1998

47712 passes South Moreton on 29 November 1998 with the 1O08 08:25 Wolverhampton to Poole Virgin CrossCountry service. The loco's black livery certainly looks smart (at least when clean, as here), but it looked even better in its former parcels sector livery, which is was what it was wearing when I photographed it from the bridge in the background of this picture, heading in the opposite direction in 1991.

47712 Baulking 12 October 2006

47712 Artemis passes Baulking on 12 October 2006 with the Hertfordshire Railtours Victoria to Lydney Junction 'Dean Forest Railway Blue Pullman' railtour. 47832 can just be seen on the rear of the train. The tour participants traveled over the Dean Forest Railway one the train had arrived at Lydney Junction.

47712 & 47832 Oxford North Junction 16 July 2011

After picking up passengers at Oxford, 47712 Pride of Carlisle & 47832 Solway Princess accelerate northwards towards Oxford North Junction and try to blot out the background with their exhaust, as they work the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:54 Eastleigh to Carlisle 'Lakes & Borders Explorer' railtour on 16 July 2011. To add to the generally misty look, it had just started to rain. At least the train was only running a couple of minutes behind time, which meant I got back to the car before the rain really set in with a vengeance.

47714 Hinksey 23 July 1989

Just a few months after its transfer from Scotland, and the first of many Class 47/7s to be drafted into the Thames Valley to replace Class 50s, 47714 is pictured passing underneath the footbridge at Hinksey (North) on 23 July 1989 with the late running 1F08 11:30 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. Despite appearances, this is not a trespass shot, but in order to include all of the bridge in the picture it was necessary to hang over the lineside fence in an extremely uncomfortable position!

47714 Cholsey 4 July 1991

47714 accelerates away from Cholsey station on 4 July 1991 with the 1F46 17:37 Paddington to Didcot Network SouthEast service. This is obviously a rush hour commuter train, but even in the 1990s you would have thought a pair of three car Class 117 DMUs would have been sufficient for this all stations service. Luxury provision indeed for a train that called at nearly every station!

47714 East Grimstead 27 July 1991

I don't normally take pictures of light engine moves, and certainly not when it's a going away shot. However, I couldn't resist this one of 47714 darkening the sky at East Grimstead on 27 July 1991, as it heads west, en-route from Eastleigh to Salisbury.

47714 Dorn 8 September 1991

47714 passes underneath the farm occupation bridge at Dorn, and approaches Moreton-in-Marsh with the 1A68 16:12 Hereford to Paddington Network SouthEast service on 8 September 1991. The loco was nearing the end of its short period of operation in the Cotswolds and Thames Valley, and would shortly be transferred to the West of England line.

47714 Overton 13 March 1993

The epitome of the colourful Network SouthEast era! Amid a sea of red lamp posts, 47714 arrives at Overton station on 13 March 1993 with the 2O02 06:45 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo service. Just a few months later the Class 47s would displaced from this former Southern Railway route to the west by the then brand new Class 159 DMUs.

47714 Helpringham 30 April 2005

47714 passes the abandoned goods shed at Helpringham on 30 April 2005 with the Heartland Rail 1Z48 Peterborough to Shrewsbury railtour returning from East Anglia. A bit of an odd colour combination with an Anglia Railways turquoise liveried loco with Virgin red Mk3 coaches. There was even a silver Cotswold Rail 47316 on the rear!

47714 Ruskington 30 April 2005

47714 passes polythene covered field near Ruskington on 30 April 2005 with the Heartland Rail 1Z48 Peterborough to Shrewsbury railtour returning from East Anglia. 47316 brings up the rear of this bizarrely coloured train. Evedon church can just be seen on the horizon.

47714 Winthorpe 30 April 2005

47714 passes Winthorpe on 30 April 2005 with the Heartland Rail 1Z48 Peterborough to Shrewsbury railtour returning from East Anglia. Plenty of colour contrast here, although I'm not too sure about the combination of Anglia Railways turquoise and Virgin red against a backdrop of the yellow of oilseed rape!

47714 Woodthorpe 12 September 2009

Wearing extremely faded Anglia Railways livery, 47714 produces some typical Sulzer clag as it passes Woodthorpe on the Great Central Railway with the 1A33 15:10 Loughborough to Leicester North service, during the line's Diesel Gala on 12 September 2009.

47715 South Moreton 10 June 1990

ScotRail in the Thames Valley! 47715 Haymarket passes South Moreton on 10 June 1990 with the 1F16 14:25 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. The loco had been transferred to Old Oak Common from Eastfield a couple of months earlier, and as it was repainted into NSE livery very shortly after this picture was taken, this is the only picture I have of it in the Oxford area in the highly inappropriate ScotRail colour scheme.

47715 Wolvercote 23 July 1990

47715 Haymarket passes Wolvercote on 23 July 1990 with the 16:50 Paddington to Banbury Network SouthEast service, running very late and passing hare at about the time it should have been arriving at Banbury. This was very lucky for me, as I had only just arrived at the location! An interesting viewpoint but not a location I have been back to, as it is taken from the A34 Oxford bypass, and the constant traffic passing only inches from you (admittedly behind a barrier) gets a bit much after a while!

47716 Lower Basildon 28 April 1991

47716 Duke of Edinburgh's Award passes Lower Basildon on 28 April 1991 with the 1F20 16:30 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. 1991 was the last full year of Class 47s on these workings. The Class 50s had departed for the West of England line the year before, and the following year loco hauled services out of Paddington were downgraded to DMU operation.

47715 & 47537 Challow 27 June 1991

47537 Sir Gwynedd / County of Gwynedd failed prior to departure with the 1A37 09:35 Cardiff Central to Paddington service on 27 June 1991, so 47715 Haymarket was called upon to assist. The duo are pictured approaching the grass covered platforms of the long closed Challow station.

47716 Exmouth Junction 10 July 1993

47716 Duke of Edinburgh's Award passes the disused sidings at Exmouth Junction on 10 July 1993, as it nears journey's end with the late running 1V08 08:35 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. Exmouth Junction was the site of the Southern Railway's concrete works, that turned out all manner of prefabricated concrete structures, including: PW huts, fences, footbridge, platforms, etc. After the concrete plant closed, the site became a large coal concentration depot, as seen here. Apart from the sidings nearest the mainline, the site has now been completely obliterated, with the area now used for commercial storage purposes.

47717 South Moreton 15 August 1991

Deputising for an unavailable HST, passes 47717 passes South Moreton on 15 August 1991 with the 1B40 16:30 Paddington to Cardiff Central service. 47717 was converted from 47497 in 1988, using salvaged components from fire damaged 47713.

47721 Malago Vale 12 June 1999

47721 Saint Bede passes the overgrown site of Malago Vale carriage sidings in the pouring rain on 12 June 1999 with the 7Z71 10:50 Newport Alexandra Dock to Bridgwater, consisting of just a single VGA wagon. 47721 was to remain in traffic for another three years, finally being cut up in 2007.

47722 Croome 19 August 1995

47722 The Queen Mother passes Croome on 19 August 1995 with the 1V41 08:10 Liverpool to Paignton, which it had taken over at Birmingham New Street. At the time summer Saturdays were stretching the cross country fleet to the maximum, hence this hired in Res loco.

47725 Culloden Viaduct 6 August 2000

A slightly different view of Culloden Viaduct in some dramatic and very transient lighting. 47725 The Railway Mission accelerates off the iconic structure with the 1M16 20:20 Inverness to Euston ScotRail sleeper on 6 August 2000. Although the cloud was covering virtually all of the sky, I noticed a small clear area near where I thought the sun was, so after setting up another camera on a tripod on the other side of the line for Bernadette to take the more conventional view, I decided to use the small occupation underbridge in the lower right corner of this picture to cross the line, just in case the sun came out. Amazingly it did!

47726 Water Oroton 11 August 2002

47726 Manchester Airport Progress passes Water Orton on Sunday 11 August 2002 with the diverted 1A48 13:19 Wolverhampton to Euston Virgin West Coast service. Directly behind the loco is DVT 82125, while out of sight on the rear is 86229.

47727 Brancliffe East Junction 16 December 2000

47727 Duke of Edinburgh's Award darkens the already gloomy sky at Brancliffe East Junction on 16 December 2000 as it passes the boarded up signal box with the 1Z16 Cleethorpes to Sheffield Serco track recording train. The signal box had closed two years earlier, and has subsequently been demolished.

47727 & 47739 Bletchingdon 26 March 2009

In glorious late afternoon spring light, 47727 Rebecca & 47739 Robin of Templecombe pass the site of Bletchingdon station (between Banbury and Oxford) with the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties on 26 March 2009. The day was mostly cloudy with intermittent showers and I expected to just get a record shot here. However, just as the 47s came into view a large hole appeared in the clouds, but such was the wind speed that by the time the train had passed under the bridge on which I am standing the sun went in and that was pretty much it for the rest of the day! Just as with the previous week's run this was running exactly to time when it passed me, despite some early running further north.

47727 Rousham 2 April 2009

On 2 April 2009, 47727 Rebecca was entrusted on its own with the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties, having previously worked the service with classmate 47739 Robin of Templecombe. I knew the train was only seven vehicles long before I left home, so decided to head to Rousham for a train in the landscape type picture. The tree on the right neatly frames the train in this view, which by virtue of the fact that it is at least a mile's walk from the nearest road probably hasn't featured on many websites yet! I have been very lucky with this train as each time so far I have pictured it in full sun with the sun on the nose. That kind of luck can't last!

47727 & 47749 Kidlington 4 June 2009

47727 Rebecca & 47749 Demelza approach the site of Kidlington station with the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties on 4 June 2009. Normally this train runs exactly to time, but today it was a few minutes late, which ironically meant that the sun had disappeared behind a cloud. Of course there was full sun when it should have appeared! The occupation bridge in the background, although now much overgrown, is still a good location for southbound trains. Compare this view with the same train three weeks later taken from that bridge.

47727 & 47749 Thrupp 25 June 2009

47727 Rebecca & 47749 Demelza pass Thrupp in a patch of very weak sun on 25 June 2009 with the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties. A young fox had been wandering across the track and was still walking along the up line as the 47s approached, only deciding to move into the bushes on the right at the very last moment. This location is only a few hundred yards north of where I photographed this train three weeks previously, although being just an occupation bridge between fields is considerably quieter!

47727 & 47749 Appleford 2 July 2009

It's a Thursday afternoon in 2009 and the sun is out, therefore it must be time to get a picture of the Colas steel empties! I wanted an identifiable location for my picture on 2 July 2009, and the nameboard on the right certainly fills that criteria. 47727 Rebecca & 47749 Demelza pass through Appleford station with the early running 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor. A lucky shot, as the sun went in as the train was still passing me, and then a few seconds later a Voyager came from behind and blocked out the view!

47727 Wadborough 8 February 2011

On 8 February 2011, a rake of eight ex First Great Western NVA Motorail vans was moved from Long Marston to Eastleigh. 47727 Rebecca passes Wadborough, running exactly on time with the 5Z47 13:00 Long Marston to Eastleigh. I had picked this location as the angle of the sun is perfect, and I think the wood in the background forms an excellent backdrop. The first two vehicles have certainly suffered during their long period of storage, as the dark green livery has been augmented by a good covering of mold!

47727 Islip 11 September 2013

The construction of a new link line between the two railway routes at Bicester has resulted in ballast trains working down from Crewe to supply materials to the site. The loaded train runs during the night, but the empties return from Bicester in daylight. 47727 Rebecca passes through the short cutting at Islip on 11 September 2013 with the 6T99 09:31 Bicester London Road to Hinksey ballast empties. 66849, which is on the rear of the train, would later work the empties back to Crewe as the 6M52 16:21 Hinksey to Crewe.

47727 Islip (Brookfurlong Farm) 19 December 2013

47727 Rebecca passes Brookfurlong Farm, between Oddington and Islip, with the 6T99 09:31 Bicester London Road to Hinksey ballast empties on 19 December 2013. 66510 is on the rear. This train is in connection with the works to construct a new curve between this line (Oxford to Bletchley), and the Chiltern line at Bicester. A cloudless morning at a remote rural location, so what could possibly go wrong? The answer is a Network Rail van driving along the course of the former up line from the Islip direction, and steadily getting nearer behind me, just as the train was approaching! Luckily, the driver stopped and waited until the train had passed - very considerate.

47727 Challow 19 December 2013

I don't normally take pictures of light engine moves, but when a loco is parked in the sun, just as I arrive at a location, why not! 47727 Rebecca waits for the road at Challow on 19 December 2013, as it works the 0Z47 11:50 Hinksey to Westbury. Definitely not as good a picture as when I saw it a few hours previously.

47727 Long Marston 11 June 2014

Witnessed only by myself and one other photographer, 47727 Rebecca leaves Long Marston on 11 June 2014 with the 6Z56 10:56 Long Marston to Grangemouth, conveying 13 empty TEA oil tanks. Luckily this departed half an hour ahead of schedule, and so corresponded with a brief sunny spell, although not yet with the ideal lighting angle. With a headcode like 6Z56 it seems that a slightly more powerful form of vintage traction was expected!

47727 Broad Marston 11 June 2014

47727 Rebecca passes Broad Marston on 11 June 2014 with the 6Z56 10:56 Long Marston to Grangemouth This is not the best location to photograph a lengthy train of bogie tanks, and the lighting is far from ideal, but after leaving Long Marston it is only a very short drive to this spot. At least the menacing dark sky improves the picture. With that lot it was lucky I got a sunny picture!

47727 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 31 October 2015

After its 45 minute layover at Oxford North Junction, 47727 Rebecca leads the 3S31 09:50 Kings Norton to Worcester Shrub Hill (via Ledbury and Oxford) Rail Head Treatment Train through Combe on 31 October 2015, with classmate 47739 Robin of Templecombe bringing up the rear. As this train would normally pass this spot at a totally unphotographable 02:07, this rare daylight run was not to be missed, especially as the weather turned out to be so good. This picture is taken from the extremely lofty Grintleyhill Bridge.

47727 Heytesbury 16 July 2018

Caledonian blue liveried 47727 Caisteal Dhun Eideann / Edinburgh Castle passes Heytesbury on 16 July 2018 with the 5Z47 09:31 Doncaster Works Wagons Shops to Eastleigh ECS. As can be seen from the unusual profile of the barrier coaches, they are a former Class 508 EMU converted to translator vehicles 64707 & 64664. This was running 38 minutes late, which was very good going, considering it left Doncaster 89 minutes late, and later on came to a stand for some time in the Bristol area due to a signalling failure.

47727 Gatcombe 21 July 2018

47727 Caisteal Dhun Eideann / Edinburgh Castle runs alongside the River Severn at Gatcombe on 21 July 2018 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z53 07:17 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour 'Solent & Sussex Explorer' railtour. 66741 Swanage Railway is bringing up the rear. The blue sky and sunshine was not forecast, but a very welcome surprise!

47727 Banbury 5 August 2018

Failed Caledonian blue liveried 47727 Caisteal Dhun Eideann / Edinburgh Castle brings up the rear of the GBRf Charity Railtours 1Z52 18:35 Birmingham International to Basingstoke 'Dub & Grub' railtour at Banbury 5 August 2018. It should have been on the front, but 50049 Defiance & 50007 Hercules were having an unexpected outing to the south instead!

47727 & 47749 Up Hatherley 3 June 2019

47727 Caisteal Dhun Eideann / Edinburgh Castle & 47749 City of Truro pass Up Hatherley on 3 June 2019 with the late running 5Z43 08:56 Laira to Long Marston (via Birmingham) ECS, comprising a barrier vehicle, six Mk3 HST coaches, and HST power car 43056 bringing up the rear. This pair of locos looked very different when I photographed them a decade earlier with the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor steel empties.

47733 Hartlepool 12 April 1998

47733 Eastern Star passes through the sharply curved platforms of Hartlepool station on 12 April 1998 with the diverted 1S11 09:00 York to Glasgow Central GNER service. DVT 82229 is directly behind the locomotive. The twisting nature of the line through Hartlepool can be gauged by the fact that 91004 on the rear of the train can be seen in the background, almost directly above the lead loco. The North Sea can be seen in the distance, with a tanker on the horizon. One of the ever present gulls is flying over the rear of the train.

47734 Defford 1 May 1997

47734 Crewe Diesel Depot Quality Approved passes Defford in superb evening light on 1 May 1997 with the 1E43 15:09 Plymouth to Low Fell mail vans. This train was booked for ten vans, whereas the earlier running 1S81 12:44 Plymouth to Glasgow was only booked for seven.

47736 Saxilby 25 August 1996

47736 Cambridge Traction & Rolling Stock Depot passes Saxilby on 25 August 1996 with the diverted 1A10 10:40 Leeds to Kings Cross GNER service. Work on the East Coast Mainline required all normally electrically hauled services to be dragged by diesel locos between Doncaster and Newark, via Gainsborough. The fine station building at Saxilby is now used as offices (although the windows appear to be boarded up in this view) and the station is now totally unmanned. As can be seen from the virtually 100% cloud cover, I was very lucky to get the sun with this picture.

47737 Barton-under-Needwood 15 July 1996

47737 Resurgent passes Barton-under-Needwood with the 1V64 14:40 Low Fell to Plymouth mail vans on 15 July 1996. This is the site of Barton and Walton station, opened by the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway in 1839. It closed to passengers in 1958 and freight in 1964. A prominent local landmark, the Bass Tower at Burton-on-Trent, can be seen in the distance.

47737 Waverton 16 August 2003

47737 Resurgent passes Waverton on 16 August 2003 with the 1G11 13:56 Holyhead to Birmingham New Street service. Four First Great Western Mk 2 coaches hauled by a Res 47 is certainly an unusual combination, but was standard fare for this diagram during the summer of 2003.

47738 Thrupp 15 March 1994

47738 Bristol Barton Hill passes Thrupp on 15 March 1994 with the 1S81 13:24 Tonbridge to Glasgow Royal Mail parcels. Although only five vehicles, the train contains four different liveries! Res, blue and grey, plain blue, and InterCity.

47739 & 47727 Tackley 10 March 2009

47739 Robin of Templecombe & 47727 Rebecca head south down the Cherwell Valley near Tackley on 19 March 2009 with the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties. This was the second week that this particular train ran but not only was the weather poor in the Oxford area the previous week, but I was in Yorkshire anyway so couldn't get the shot. With settled high pressure weather conditions this time sunshine was virtually guaranteed for this picture, albeit very weak and hazy. However, just to prove that railway photography isn't easy a number of clouds started to appear from nowhere as the train was due only to melt away later. Luckily none of them got in the way at the critical time!

47739 & 47749 Tackley 21 May 2009

47739 Robin of Templecombe & 47749 Demelza pass Tackley with the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties on 21 May 2009. Unlike all previous occasions this was not running to time, having been blocked in by another train at Burton, consequently it passed me some 90 minutes late. An odd coincidence, as I had just seen 37516 on 5Z37 running 90 minutes early! This was something of a grab shot, as I had just walked approximately half a mile to the south of Tackley station to investigate the possibility of a new location and had just reached the line when a hoot announced that the 47s were approaching the station. There was just time to find a stable bit of ground for the stepladder, avoiding the rabbit burrows!

47739 Kings Sutton 3 March 2010

47739 Robin of Templecombe passes Kings Sutton on 3 March 2010 with the 5Z47 10:25 Eastleigh to Barrow Hill stock move conveying withdrawn Class 421 4-CIG EMU 1881. Note that the lower bodyside of the first two coaches have been repainted with grey primer, presumably in order to disguise a graffiti attack. The former Southern Region unit is destined to be broken up for spares for classic EMU restoration. The floods on the right are a normal winter occurrence at this location.

47739 Aldington 16 June 2010

47739 Robin of Templecombe passes Aldington (near Evesham) on 16 June 2010 with the 6Z48 13:10 Long Marston to Doncaster Decoy wagon transfer move. The fact that this train is the perfect length for this location and the back isn't cut off by the bridge is pure luck! 47739 looks like it has seen the washer for a few weeks!

47739 Bletchingdon 23 November 2012

The most direct route from Birmingham to March in Cambridgeshire is most certainly not via Oxford and London. However, that is exactly the route 47739 Robin of Templecombe took with this crane on 23 November 2012! Passing the site of Bletchingdon station on its roundabout journey is the 6Z81 11:30 Washwood Heath to Whitemoor Yard. The immaculate condition of the Colas crane is somewhat let down by the filthy state of the loco!

47739 Elton & Orston 16 October 2013

47739 Robin of Templecombe passes through Elton & Orston station on 16 October 2013 with the 07:38 Washwood Heath to Boston Docks steel empties. Situated between Bingham and Bottesford, this little used station is in a very rural location. This remoteness is empathised by being in a shallow tree lined cutting.

47739 Charlbury 31 October 2015

47739 Robin of Templecombe speeds through a deserted Charlbury station on 31 October 2015 with the 3S31 09:50 Kings Norton to Worcester Shrub Hill (via Ledbury and Oxford) Rail Head Treatment Train. 47727 Rebecca is bringing up the rear. This was a rare daylight run for the Colas operated RHTT, and with the prospect of a sunny afternoon, a picture not to be missed! I was slightly surprised to be the only photographer present at what is an obvious choice of location, especially as it includes the GWR style running in board prominently in the picture.

47741 Oxford 7 April 2001

Top'n'tail Virgin CrossCountry Class 47s at Oxford on 7 April 2001. 47741 Resilient approaches the station with the 1S54 05:50 Bournemouth to Glasgow service, with 47839 bringing up the rear. Most of Virgin's fleet of Class 47s were 47/8s, with only seven Class 47/7s receiving their red livery.

47742 Great Bourton 20 July 2000

47742 The Enterprising Scot passes Great Bourton on 20 July 2000 with the 1M02 p6:00 Paddington to Manchester Piccadilly Virgin CrossCountry service. Normally I wouldn't chose a location where the foreground is in shade like this, but I had arrived with little time to spare, and I wasn't going to risk missing the picture by trying to find an alternative spot.

47744 & 91002 Hart 12 April 1998

With clouds of acrid smoke billowing from dragging brakes on the leading bogie of 91002, 47744 The Cornish Experience rounds the curve by the site of Hart station on 12 April 1998 with the diverted 1E01 09:00 Edinburgh to Kings Cross GNER service. The cycleway on the left follows the course of the disused line to Murton, which rejoined the coastal route at Ryhope.

47744 Llanwrtyd Wells 1 May 2000

47744 approaches Llanwrtyd Wells on 1 May 2000 with the Green Express 06:33 Leeds to Cardiff 'Heart of Wales Scenic Circular' railtour. This remote location on the Central Wales Line was visited a few years later for 40145 on a railtour travelling in the opposite direction, albeit in much poorer lighting.

47746 Gainsborough Lea Road 25 August 1996

Sunday engineering work on 25 August 1996 saw the East Coast Mainline closed, and trains diverted via Gainsborough. 47746 The Bobby drags 91030 past Gainsborough Lea Road signal box with the 1S28 12:30 Kings Cross to Edinburgh GNER service. Unfortunately this fine Great Northern Railway signal box was severely damaged by fire in 2009.

47746 Oxford 1 April 2015

47746 Chris Fudge 29.7.70 - 22.6.10 stands in the 'West Midlands' sidings, just south of Oxford station on 1 April 2015, after having worked the 5Z30 04:35 Southall to Oxford ECS, in preparation for the 1Z30 Oxford to Kingswear Cathedrals Express' railtour, hauled by LNER B1 61306 Mayflower. The brick building directly behind the locomotive is the recently completed student accommodation block for Cherwell College, whilst in the background is the former Oxford Power Station. This closed in 1969, shortly after the opening of the nearby 2,000 megawatt coal fired Didcot Power Station, now also closed.

47746 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 11 September 2015

47746 Chris Fudge 29.7.70 - 22.6.10 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 11 September 2015 with the West Coast Railway 5Z39 11:21 Southall to Bristol Kingsland Road ECS. What a pity WCR didn't paint their locos in the maroon livery seen on the coaches here, rather than the universally hated drab brown/maroon colour scheme.

47746 Hanborough 9 July 2016

Deputising for the unavailable LMS Princess Royal Class 4-6-2 46201 Princess Elizabeth, Filthy 47746 Chris Fudge 29.7.70 - 22.6.10 passes Hanborough station on 9 July 2016 with the Steam Dreams 1Z27 09:18 Southend Victoria to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Cathedrals Express' railtour. 47760 is on the rear of the train.

47747 Wolvercote Junction 21 May 2001

47747 Graham Farish approaches Wolvercote Junction on 21 May 2001 with the 1M32 14:40 Portsmouth Harbour to Blackpool Virgin CrossCountry service. By this date the lineside vegetation was starting to become a problem, if not actually getting in the way, still casting shadows across the line, meaning it was no longer possible to keep photographing at this spot until near sunset.

47749 Spetchley 30 April 1999

47749 Atlantic College catches the very last rays of the setting sun, as it passes Spetchley on 30 April 1999 with the 1V64 14:03 Low Fell to Plymouth Royal Mail vans. This loco had the distinction of being named by royalty, but not by Queen Elizabeth II. The nameplates were unveiled on 23 November 1995 by Queen Noor of Jordan, at Victoria station.

47749 & 47739 Kings Sutton 23 April 2009

Running exactly to time as usual, the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties passes through Kings Sutton station on 23 April 2009, with 47749 Demelza & 47739 Robin of Templecombe in charge. Although there is still some light, the sun was rapidly fading out into high cloud.

47749 Thrupp 7 May 2009

On 7 May 2009 the 6Z48 13:05 Burton-on-Trent to Dollands Moor Colas Rail steel empties ran with only three wagons behind 47749 Demelza, so despite the indifferent weather I set out for the location at Thrupp which I knew would ideally suit this 'model railway size' train. Although there was intermittent sun when I arrived, the freight, which was as usual running exactly to time, corresponded with an extremely dull period, with that bane of a photographer's life - a considerably brighter and therefore burnt out sky. Luckily I foresaw this happening and so Photoshop layers have once again saved the day.

47749 & 47739 South Moreton 21 July 2013

A welcome and colourful surprise Sunday working at South Moreton on 21 July 2013. 47749 Demelza & 47739 Robin of Templecombe near journey's end with the 6Z47 12:30 Dollands Moor to Didcot, conveying a rake of covered car carriers. Allegedly these wagons were getting in the way at Dollands Moor, and were therefore moved before the start of the working week. Unfortunately, this pair of locos had less success the following day, when an engine fire caused their Eastleigh to Long Marston train of track machines and assorted wagons to be declared a failure at Bristol Parkway, therefore causing me to drive over a hundred miles for nothing!

47749 Hatton North Junction 19 April 2018

Soon to lose its Colas livery in favour of Caledonian Sleeper blue, 47749 City of Truro passes Hatton North Junction on 19 April 2018, running as the 0Z48 14:03 Leicester to Eastleigh light engine. This was a positioning move in preparation for the following day's Pathfinder Tours 'York Moors Venturer' railtour. Note that there is nothing at all to indicate that GBRf now own this loco.

47749 Tredington 21 April 2018

47749 City of Truro passes Tredington shortly after sunrise on 21 April 2018 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z47 05:27 Newport to Scarborough 'York Moors Venturer' railtour. Although it sounded in fine form when it passed me, the ex Colas (now GBRf owned) 47 unfortunately failed an hour later at Cradley Heath. After a lengthy delay, 66518 arrived to rescue the train, but as it was now approaching four hours late, the tour was terminated at York.

47749 & 47727 Ashchurch 14 July 2018

47749 City of Truro & 47727 Caisteal Dhun Eideann / Edinburgh Castle storm through a foggy Ashchurch station on 14 July 2018 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z84 05:35 Gloucester to Sunderland 'Tees and Wear Explorer' railtour. The debranded Colas livery of 47749 contrasts markedly with the Caledonian blue of 47727, and in view of the gloomy conditions, I'm glad that 47749 was leading. Such was the poor light that ISO 3200 was required for this picture.

47749 Kidderminster 16 May 2019

GBRf 47749 City of Truro arrives at Kidderminster on 16 May 2019 with the 09:35 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. The same company's 60095 is bringing up the rear. The train is passing 88006 Juno, which had just arrived as the 07:45 light engine from Crewe Gresty Bridge.

47750, 47785 & 47767 Woodborough 28 July 1999

A variation on the red theme at Woodborough on 28 July 1999. 47750 Royal Mail Cheltenham, 47785 Fiona Castle & 47767 Saint Columba head west with a single Royal Mail van. The two Res liveried locos in this convoy have subsequently been scrapped, but the EWS liveried 47785 has made it into preservation.

47750 Overthorpe 22 December 2001

With the town of Banbury in the background, complete with the Kraft Food's coffee factory visible in the gap between the trees, 47750 Atlas approaches Overthorpe on a bitterly cold 22 December 2001 with the 1V93 09:15 Manchester Piccadilly to Paddington Virgin CrossCountry service.

47750 Coalpit Heath 29 March 2002

47750 Atlas passes Coalpit Heath on 29 March 2002 with the 1E33 12:10 Bristol Temple Meads to Newcastle Virgin CrossCountry service. This loco was one of the early named examples, acquiring the Atlas name (whilst numbered D1667) in 1966. It had been renamed Royal Mail Cheltenham in 1996, but reacquired its Atlas name in 2000.

47758 Crawford 23 October 1998

47758 Regency Rail Cruises crosses the River Clyde at Crawford on 23 October 1998 with the Pathfinder Tours / Regency Rail 1Z59 05:22 Cardiff Central to Spean Bridge 'West Highlander' railtour. This was day one of a three day tour, which would later use 37427 & 37413 in the Highlands.

47759 Sutton Bridge Junction 13 May 2000

47759 swings round the curve at Sutton Bridge Junction, near Shrewsbury with the EWS 1Z43 06:47 Rose Grove to Cardiff 'St James' Day Tripper' special on 13 May 2000. 47759 was one of the minority of Res liveried locomotives that never received a Res themed name. It survived for another couple of years after this picture was taken, then after a lengthy period in store was finally cut up at Ron Hull's Rotherham yard in January 2008.

47760 Eckington 25 June 1999

Under an azure blue sky on 25 June 1999, 47760 Ribblehead Viaduct crosses the River Avon at Eckington with the 1E43 15:09 Plymouth to Low Fell mail train. As there was unusually no other photographers at the location, I decided to move further back than normal, to include the rustic stile in the foreground. As the usual spot for taking pictures is by the fishing pegs in the next field, this of course would not be possible if anyone else had been there.

47760 Shrivenham 22 September 2002

47760 Ribblehead Viaduct passes the site of Shrivenham station on 22 September 2002 with the 1Z29 10.15 Swindon to Paddington Countryside Alliance special. Unfortunately the sun had largely disappeared since the other 'Countryside March' special had passed, behind the much less interesting 66042.

47760 Knighton 22 August 2009

47760 passes Knighton with the Nenta Train Tours 05:04 Norwich to Cardiff Central 'Cheddar Gorge & the Welsh Capital' railtour on 22 August 2009. Classmate 47786 can just be seen on the rear of the train. The small clouds behind the loco were a sign of things to come, with the weather getting progressively worse throughout the day.

47760 Kingham 9 July 2016

47760 passes through Kingham station on 9 July 2016 with the Steam Dreams 1Z28 17:53 Worcester Shrub Hill to Southend Victoria 'Cathedrals Express' railtour, with classmate 47746 on the rear. This should originally have been worked by LMS Princess Royal Class 4-6-2 46201 Princess Elizabeth. At first I thought 47760 was carrying some new decal behind the cab door, but on closer inspection it just seems to be a large area of missing paint!

47761 East Usk Junction 18 August 1995

47761 passes East Usk Junction on 18 August 1995 with the 5M24 14:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff TPO empty stock. Res 47s, Traveling Post Offices, and even the industrial buildings in the background are all now things of the past.

47762 Lower Wick 22 June 1996

47762 speeds past Lower Wick (between Gloucester and Bristol) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 06:30 Birmingham New Street to Penzance 'Penzance Flyer' railtour on 22 June 1996. I do not normally take many pictures from the trackside at such close quarters with a standard lens, as although this is the classic style of railway photography, I tend to favour a more scenic shot. In this case however the last minute rather fruitless search for a new location left little alternative and the speed of the train certainly required the 1/2000 sec shutter speed of my Canon F1.

47765 & 5029 Kingham 17 July 1994

Oh dear, who's been a naughty boy then! After setting fire to the embankment at various locations on the outward run, GWR 4-6-0 5029 Nunney Castle had to have diesel assistance for the return 'Cotswold Venturer' railtour from Worcester to Didcot on 17 July 1994. 47765 Ressaldar disappoints the crowds as it passes through KIngham station.

47766 Droitwich 29 March 1996

47766 Resolute passes Droitwich on 29 March 1996 with the 5Z64 Longsight to Long Marston stock move, consisting of withdrawn EMUs, 304004, 304017 & 304009 for storage. The train is just coming off the single track line from Stoke Works Junction. Judging by the dark background, I did well to get this in the sun!

47766 Gate Burton 25 August 1996

A conveniently placed upper quadrant distant signal adds interest to this picture, as 47766 Resolute passes Gate Burton (between Gainsborough and Lincoln) with the diverted 1E05 10:00 Edinburgh to Kings Cross GNER service on 25 August 1996. The train was diverted away from the East Coast Mainline due to engineering works. DVT 82202 is directly behind the locomotive.

47770 Eckington 26 June 1995

47770 Reserved crosses the River Avon at Eckington on 26 June 1995 with the 1E43 17:42 Bristol Temple Meads to Newcastle Low Fell Royal Mail service. This used to be the ideal spot to spend a warm summer evening when there was an endless procession of interesting trains passing. You just had to make sure you pressed the shutter at exactly the right moment! Although obviously a popular spot with anglers, I have only occasionally seen any number at this spot, and have never managed the 'fisherman casting just as the train goes by' type of picture!

47770 Severn Tunnel Junction 22 February 2003

47770 Reserved accelerates through Severn Tunnel Junction station on 22 February 2003 with the 1Z27 12:15 Victoria to Cardiff VSOE rugby special. Definitely up market stock for a rugby match, and a world of difference to the image of 1970's football special!

47773 Bourton 21 September 2003

47773 The Queen Mother emerges from the fog into a small patch of weak autumnal sunshine at Bourton on 21 September 2003. It is working the Scottish Railway Preservation Society 1Z32 10:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Aberdeen charter. This was the return working of a three trip which also visited the Eden Project in Cornwall

47773 Goring 12 April 2008

47773 approaches Goring with the Vintage Trains 1Z57 06:26 Birmingham Moor Street to Portsmouth Harbour 'Pompey Vectis Explorer' railtour on 12 April 2008. Not only did this run unexpectedly on the relief line, resulting a very head on picture, but also the lighting was the worst of all possible combinations - sun out in the background, but not on the train. Not a very good picture, but included for the novelty of seeing a two tone green 47 with TDM cables on the front! Hidden on the rear of this train is 37248.

47773 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 10 May 2008

The hawthorn is in blossom as 47773 (D1755) slowly approaches Oxford with the Vintage Trains 1Z44 06:26 Birmingham Moor Street to Weymouth 'Purbeck & Weymouth Explorer' railtour on 10 May 2008. 50049 Defiance can just be seen on the rear of the train. As the train was running a few minutes early, it was approaching a red signal, as the 08:30 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western 'Turbo' unit had only just pulled into the station from the carriage sidings. Although the sun came out later, unfortunately the day started with very dull and misty conditions.

47773 & 9600 Banbury 3 July 2010

47773 (D1755) & GWR 57xx 0-6-0PT 9600 arrive at Banbury on 3 July 2010 with the 5Z28 07:00 Tyseley to Banbury ECS. At Banbury the 47 would be removed and the pannier tank would carry on solo to Princes Risborough (for Chinnor) with the Chiltern Railways  'Centenary Express' railtour, celebrating 100 years of the Great Western's Bicester 'cut off' route.

47773 Kidlington (Sandy Lane) 22 September 2012

With its reinstated pre TOPS number (D1755) clearly visible, 47773 speeds past Sandy Lane Crossing, Kidlington on 22 September 2012 with the Vintage Trains 1Z23 07:00 Solihull to Portsmouth 'Waverley Paddle Steamer' excursion. 47760 is doing the decent thing, in view of its awful West Coast livery, by hiding in the shadows on the rear of the train. At Portsmouth the tour participants would enjoy a cruise around on the Isle of Wight on the paddle steamer 'Waverley', the world's last surviving ocean going paddle steamer.

47773 Wolvercote 9 February 2014

47773 (D1755) passes a totally flooded Port Meadow at Wolvercote on 9 February 2014 with the Vintage Trains 1Z53 15:50 Oxford to Banbury. This was a part of the 'Chiltern Champion Part 2' railtour from Marylebone to Marylebone (via Quainton Road, Claydon Junction, Oxford and Banbury). It would then work back to Solihull as the second part of the 'Chiltern Champion Part 1' tour! The highlight of this tour was of course D1015 Western Champion, which can be seen on the rear here. However, this picture is not only in better light than my Western shots, but also shows the work in progress on the reinstatement of the Oxford to Wolvercote down relief line.

47773 Cassington 18 October 2014

47773 traversed the Cotswold Line on Saturday 18 October 2014 with the Vintage Trains 1Z44 07:27 Tyseley to Bristol Temple Meads 'Western Streak' railtour. It is pictured here passing Cassington in atrocious light. The railtour's name is of course a clue as to what form of traction would take over the train at Didcot!

47773 Shrivenham 3 October 2015

47773 (D1755) passes the site of Shrivenham station on 3 October 2015 with the Vintage Trains 1Z95 07:24 Tyseley to Oxford 'Cotswold Explorer' railtour. This was originally supposed to have been hauled by GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, but that was unavailable, and so Hall Class 4-6-0 4965 Rood Ashton Hall was substituted. However, that failed its fitness to run exam on the evening before the tour, and so 47773 was the last minute substitution. In my book a two tone green 47 is a more than adequate substitute! Note the workman by the new bridge footings in the foreground engaged in the modern equivalent of leaning on a shovel - chatting on a mobile!

47773 Lyneham 3 October 2015

D1755 (47773) passes Lyneham on 3 October 2015 with the Vintage Trains 1Z96 15:54 Oxford to Tyseley 'Cotswold Explorer' railtour. The immaculate Class 47 was deputising for the unavailable GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 4965 Rood Ashton Hall. Although I remember seeing two tone green 47s on the Cotswold Line in the early 1970s, that was before I had a decent camera, so this was definitely not one to miss. Although the train passed in hazy sunshine, typically soon afterwards the sun dropped out of a band of cloud, and stayed out for the rest of the evening.

47773 & 47237 Ashchurch 18 June 2016

47773 (D1755) & 47237 speed through Ashchurch on 18 June 2016 with the late running Vintage Trains 1Z73 08:04 Tyseley to Minehead 'Whistling Ghost IV' railtour. Although the terrible lighting makes both locos look drab, this is a lesson in what colour scheme a Class 47 looks good in. Classic 1960s two tone green versus inspired by God know what sludge brown!

47773 Churchill Heath 6 April 2019

47773 (D1755) brings up the rear of the Vintage Trains 1Z72 17:35 Oxford to Dorridge 'Cotswold Venturer' railtour at Churchill Heath on 6 April 2019. GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 7029 Clun Castle can bee seen at the head of the train. Unfortunately this was not working very hard at this point, but at least that means the 47 isn't enveloped in smoke!

47773 Tackley 15 June 2019

47773 brings up the rear of the Vintage Trains 1Z65 18:32 Oxford to Solihull 'Oxford 175 Express' railtour at Tackley on 15 June 2019. The smoke betrays the presence of GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 7029 Clun Castle at the head of the train. This picture illustrates some of the behaviour that gives rail enthusiasts a bad name. Some idiot has set up a tripod right next to the line, so close to the track that I'm surprised the earlier CrossCountry Voyager's slip stream didn't knock it over. It can just be seen to the right of the person who is standing perfectly safely on the right side of the fence next to the crossing.

47774 Stockton 3 April 1999

47774 Poste Restante drags the diverted 1E15 14:00 Edinburgh to Kings Cross GNER service past Stockton on 3 April 1999. 82202 is the DVT directly behind the loco, whilst 91019 is virtually hidden on the rear of the train. Weekend engineering work near Darlington resulted in trains being diverted via Hartlepool and Stockton. The 47 worked the train between Newcastle and York.

47776 Lickey Incline 24 May 1997

47776 Respected climbs the Lickey Incline on 24 May 1997 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 05:45 Salisbury to Carlisle 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour. The (at the time) mundane Class 47 would be replaced by LMS 8F 2-8-0 48151 for the run over the Settle & Carlisle line.

47776 Shottesbrooke 14 March 1998

47776 Respected passes Shottesbrooke on 14 March 1998 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z65 05:57 Crewe to Ashford International 'Kent Venturer' railtour. As was customary in those days, the 47/7 was used on the 'unspecified traction' part of he tour, with the more interesting traction, in the shape of 73101 The Royal Alex & 73131 taking over at Kensington Olympia.

47776 Kidderminster 15 May 1999

With face adorned LMS 8F 48773 taking part in the Severn Valley Railway's 'Thomas the Tank Engine' event in the background, 47776 Respected arrives at Kidderminster on 15 May 1999 with the 5Z72 Peterborough to Kidderminster empty stock move, consisting of just Racal Belle saloon 999503.

47777 Defford 23 July 1994

Nice loco, shame about the stock! 47777 Restored passes Defford on 23 July 1994 with the Cheshire Railtours 1Z16 Crewe to Minehead 'West Country Express' railtour. The first coach looks great, but the remainder of the train is formed of the infamous Pilkington liveried Mk1 set - surely one of the worst ever coaching stock liveries.

47777 Radley 11 July 1997

47777 Restored approaches Radley station at speed on 11 July 1997 with a Stirling to Portsmouth charter. This was one of three special trains bringing competitors from Scotland to the qualification rounds of the UK Special Olympics, which were being held in the city.

47778 Barrow Hill 29 June 1996

47778 Irresistible passes Barrow Hill on 29 June 1996 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z28 06:10 Swindon to Newcastle 'North Eastern Explorer' railtour. What appears to be a church at the top of the cutting is in fact Barrow Hill Primary School. Quite why it has a spire, when the nearby parish church doesn't is unclear!

47781 Milton 14 May 1994

47781 passes Milton on 14 May 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 07:09 Worcester Shrub Hill to Ashford executive excursion. Just visible in the mist in the background is the road bridge in the village of Steventon, a much more well known photographic location than this rather noisy vantage point on the side of the A34!

47781 Lowgill 16 September 1995

47781 Isle of Iona sweeps round the curve at Lowgill on 16 September 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:45 Didcot to Carlisle 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour. The Class 47 would be replaced at Carlisle by the highlight of the tour - LMS Princess Royal Class 4-6-2 46203 Princess Margaret Rose, which would work the train as far as Crewe, being replaced there by 47780.

47781 Burton Salmon 25 October 1995

47781 Isle of Iona passes Burton Salmon on 25 October 1995 with the 1V53 York to Frome Royal Scotsman. This loco was delivered new at Cardiff Canton (as D1674) in April 1965. The application of TOPS saw it become 47088, then with conversion to ETH, 47653. In 1989 it was renumbered 47808, then in 1993 it was back to 47653, before finally becoming 47781 in 1994.

47781 Hawkeridge Junction 29 December 1999

47781 Isle of Iona passes Hawkeridge Junction on 29 December 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 08:14 Reading to Exeter St Davids 'Centenarian' railtour. The tracks on the right (normally freight only) connect the Trowbridge line to the main West of England route.

47782 Wellingborough 19 July 2002

47782 approaches Wellingborough on 19 July 2002 with the 1Z11 09:08 Toton to Cricklewood crew training run, formed of eight mail vans. The train would later return to Toton via Barrow Hill. It's Not often that you can get six different speed restriction signs in one picture!

47783 Cargo Fleet 18 November 1995

47783 Saint Peter passes Cargo Fleet on 18 November 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z49 07:30 Kings Cross to Boulby 'Boulby Prize' railtour. The disused Cargo Fleet station (closed as recently as 1990) can be seen in the background.

47783 Carlin How 18 November 1995

47783 Saint Peter crosses the unusual concrete viaduct at Carlin How on 18 November 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z49 07:30 Kings Cross to Boulby 'Boulby Prize' railtour. Although the sun angle is perfect, what I hadn't planned for was the low autumn sun. Although not effecting the subject, the shadow of the hill I am standing on does rather spoil the foreground of the picture.

47785 West Fen 11 March 1999

47785 Fiona Castle crosses the flat expanse of West Fen (between Whittlesea and March) with the 6L76 07:56 Doncaster to Ely Enterprise service on 11 March 1999. The train is made up entirely of OTA timber wagons, which will later be tripped to Brandon. This was one of a number of short lived timber flows that could be seen on the national network in the late 1990s, this being one of the few that wasn't in Scotland. Brandon sits on the edge of Thetford Forest, making it an ideal loading point for felled trees.

47786 Stoke Orchard 22 July 1995

47786 Roy Castle OBE passes Stoke Orchard on 22 July 1995 with the Derby to Cardiff leg of the mammoth 'Tour of Hope' special. The train was run to raise funds for the Roy Castle Foundation, with the aim of funding research into lung cancer. Roy Castle had died the previous year, after a long battle with the disease.

47786 Kidderminster (Hodgehill Farm) 26 October 1996

Crisp early morning light at the Hodgehill Garden Centre footpath crossing, near Kidderminster on 26 October 1996. 47786 Roy Castle OBE is in charge of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 06:28 Cardiff Central to Carlisle 'Settle Carlisle Explorer' railtour. The tour was booked to use what at the time what fairly mundane motive power, with 47786 for the outward run, and 47766 for the return. However, 47766 failed between Sheffield and Derby, so passengers were treated to 56048 as far as Derby. Normally was restored at Derby, with 47634 provided for the journey back to Wales!

47786 & 91012 Hunslet 30 April 2000

47786 Roy Castle OBE has 91012 County of Cambridgeshire in tow, as it passes Hunslet on 30 April 2000 with the diverted 1A23 13:44 Leeds to Kings Cross GNER service. Dominating the background are the distinctive Crescent Towers and Crescent Grange 1960s built blocks of flats.

47786 Normanton 30 April 2000

47786 Roy Castle OBE passes Normanton station on 30 April 2000 with the diverted 1D38 14:10 Kings Cross to Leeds GNER service. 90025 is on the rear of the train. As can be guessed from the large area on the right, Normanton station once boasted an extensive area of sidings.

47786 Uffington 13 July 2010

47786 Roy Castle OBE passes Uffington in atrocious light on 13 July 2010 with Royal Scotsman 1Z30 14:52 Bath to Oxford 'Grand Tour of Britain' luxury charter. Earlier in the day it had started from Hereford as the 1Z29 06:24 to Bath, from where it traveled ECS to Westbury and back. After arrival at Oxford, the train would then work ECS to Haddenham & Thame Parkway (via a reversal at Banbury), from where it would pick up the passengers once more, and then continue on to Fletton Junction (for the Nene Valley Railway) arriving at 02:25. And this is just day three of an eight day tour! 47804 is on the rear of the train. Unfortunately West Coast Railway's livery looks dull at the best of times, so it doesn't really suit these miserable conditions.

47786 Tempsford 5 April 2014

47786 Roy Castle OBE passes Tempsford on 5 April 2014 with the West Coast Railways 1Z48 06:12 Doncaster to Chichester 'Channel Coast Express' railtour. 47854 is on the rear of the train. Purely a record shot, whilst en-route to Norfolk.

47787 Linlithgow 5 October 2007

47787 approaches Linlithgow with the Royal Scotsman 1H85 13:32 Edinburgh to Spean Bridge 'Western Tour' on 5 October 2007. The West Coast Railways loco is one of a number of locos painted maroon to match the Royal Scotsman stock, which is surely much more fitting for this prestige train than the EWS liveried locos that operated it a few years ago. Both Forth Bridges can just be seen in the background.

47787 Lathallan 5 October 2007

47787 accelerates away from Bo'Ness Junction and passes Lathallan with the Royal Scotsman 1H85 13:32 Edinburgh to Spean Bridge 'Western Tour' on 5 October 2007. The train had waited in the loop at Bo'Ness Junction for 35 minutes, enabling me to easily get this second picture after seeing it at Linlithgow.

47787 Fort William Junction 6 October 2007

47787 passes Fort William Junction on 6 October 2007 with the Royal Scotsman 1H86 08:23 Spean Bridge to Fort William 'Western Tour'. It was still virtually dark and drizzling with rain, requiring ISO1600 for this picture, in complete contrast to the previous day's sunshine!

47787 Challow 17 April 2010

47787 Windsor Castle passes the site of Challow station on 17 April 2010 with the Railtourer 1Z51 06:25 Skegness to Oxford railtour, with 47826 just visible on the rear of the train. It was a toss up between staying local and seeing this Class 47 railtour as well as the first non-stop steam hauled London to Bristol train for over 40 years, or traveling to Yorkshire to see the first Class 70 hauled railtour. No contest really! Ideally I would have chose a different location for this tour, but it was selected in order to be able to photograph 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, which was obviously the highlight of the day. The steam special had passed only a few minutes before, but already the large crowd had dispersed, leaving just me on the bridge.

47790 Aviemore 6 September 2000

47790 Saint David/Dewi Sant stands at a very wet Aviemore station on the morning of 6 September 2000, having just arrived with the 1S25 21:30 Euston to Inverness ScotRail sleeper. Saint David is hardly a very appropriate name in this situation! I never did see the more fitting 47701 with its Saint Andrew nameplates, as by the time I saw it, it was nameless and working trains from Oxford!

47790 Fenwick 13 September 2003

47790 speeds past Fenwick on 13 September 2003 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z91 17:03 York to Eastleigh 'York & Castle Howard Excursion' railtour. Note the headboard celebrating 30 years of Pathfinder Tours, which until 1987 traded as F&W Railtours. 47790 was one of only 15 Class 47s to receive the EWS red livery.

47790 Kings Sutton 14 November 2007

47790 worked the 6Z50 08:00 York Works to Reading RHTT tanks on 14 November 2007. It was fairly sunny when I set out, so I decided to go to the footpath crossing near Kings Sutton, which would be one of the few locations between Banbury and Oxford that would be clear of shadows. Of course what happens when the train turned up (half an hour early), a cloud passes in front of the sun at the crucial moment! Although the roadbridge in the background was in partial sun, the foreground definitely wasn't. Normally exposing for the train would have resulted in a completely burnt out sky, so the whole scene was underexposed and with the magic of Photoshop layers the result was corrected, although I resisted the temptation to give it the artificial sun look!

47790 Fiddington 16 March 2012

47790 Galloway Princess powers past Fiddington on 16 March 2012 with the Northern Belle 1Z71 06:40 Liverpool Lime Street to Cheltenham Gold Cup special. Similarly liveried 47832 is bringing up the rear. There is something of the flavour of past decades here, when numerous Class 47s used to converge on Cheltenham during festival week, and especially on Gold Cup day. Sadly this was the only train with heritage traction on this occasion, the others having to make do with Class 67s. Nevertheless, I don't expect any of the passengers cared what was on the front, as they looked forward to a day of standing in the cold and losing their money on the horses!

47790 Stonehouse (Bristol Road) 9 June 2012

47790 Galloway Princess passes Stonehouse (Bristol Road) on 9 June 2012 with 1Z47 06:16 Doncaster to Bath Northern Belle charter. 47832 is out of sight on the rear of the train. The remains of the sidings that once served the former coal depot are now all but invisible in the undergrowth.

47790 Compton Beauchamp 7 July 2012

47790 Galloway Princess passes an exceedingly gloomy Compton Beauchamp on 7 July 2012 with the 1Z13 14:52 Salisbury to Oxford Northern Belle luxury lunch excursion. After a quick reversal at Swindon, it would shortly be retracing its route as far as Didcot, this time with 47805 leading.

47790 Hinksey 12 April 2013

A close up view of Northern Belle liveried 47790 Galloway Princess, as it passes Hinksey on 12 April 2013 with the 0Z30 11:23 Eastleigh to Crewe Gresty Bridge light engine move. The immaculate loco contrasts notably with the graffiti covered lineside building.

47791 Culham 22 June 1995

47791 Venice Simplon Orient Express does not quite have the right name for the stock it is hauling here, but not that far off! It is pictured passing Culham on 22 June 1995 hauling the Statesman Pullmans, with an Ascot to Liverpool race special. Unfortunately the light was fading rapidly, but at least the poppies in the foreground add a splash of colour.

47791 Eggborough 14 October 1995

47791 Venice Simplon Orient Express emerges from the mist, and slowly approaches Eggborough Power Station on 14 October 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:25 Swindon to Drax 'Aire Freighter' railtour. Out if sight around the corner, 56067 is bringing up the rear.

47791 Crosby Garrett 5 February 2000

47791 passes Crosby Garrett in typical Settle & Carlisle weather on 5 February 2000 with the diverted 1O40 08:55 Edinburgh to Brighton Virgin CrossCountry service. The 47 worked the train between Carlisle and Preston.

47792 Whitacre Junction 14 September 1997

47792 Saint Cuthbert approaches Whitacre Junction on 14 September 1997 with the diverted 1A43 12:19 Wolverhampton to Euston Virgin West Coast service. The 47 would work the train as far as Nuneaton. The train's locomotive, 86240 Bishop Eric Treacy is bringing up the rear. Directly behind the 47 is DVT 82132 West Midlands.

47792 Hart 12 April 1998

With the choppy North Sea in the background, 47792 Saint Cuthbert passes Hart on 12 April 1998 with the diverted 1S14 09:45 Doncaster to Glasgow Central GNER service, with 91028 on the rear. Diverted away from its usual route by weekend engineering works, it would however rejoin the East Coast Mainline at Newcastle. Saint Cuthbert is an appropriate (though accidental) choice of traction, as between Newcastle and the Scottish border, the train would pass within sight of the island of Lindisfarne, where the Anglo-Saxon monk Saint Cuthbert spent a large part of his life.

47792 Bayston Hill 25 February 2001

47792 Saint Cuthbert rounds the curve at Bayston Hill on 25 February 2001 with the 09:40 Liverpool to Cardiff 'Northern Belle', run in connection with the game where the kick an odd shaped ball about. The red Res livery certainly stands out in the otherwise drab countryside at this time of year.

47798 Donington 2 May 1998

47798 Prince William approaches Donington (between Sleaford and Spalding) on 2 May 1998 with the Regency Rail Cruises 1Z64 06:35 Blackpool to Spalding 'Spalding Belle' railtour. A line of trees has since been planted along the edge of the field on the right.

47798 Sherburn-in-Elmet 8 December 2001

47798 Prince William glints in the low winter sunlight at Sherburn-in-Elmet on 8 December 2001, as it heads northwards with the 08:00 Manchester to Edinburgh Northern Belle Christmas shopping special. Luxury at 165 per person with champagne on the outward journey and a five course dinner on the way home!

47798 Pontrilas 2 March 2003

47798 Prince William accelerates away from a signal check at Pontrilas on 2 March 2003 with the 1Z38 09:42 Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central football special. The Liverpool fans were in for a good day, as Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0.

47799 Sevington 14 February 1998

47799 Prince Henry passes Sevington on 14 February 1998 with the British Pullman 1Z44 11:15 Victoria to Victoria Valentine's Day VSOE circular tour of Kent. The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) now runs parallel with the line at this point.

47799 Culham 15 June 1999

Superb evening lighting at Culham on 15 June 1999, as 47799 Prince Henry heads homewards with the 1Z97 18:48 Ascot to Stockport charter, full of happy (or broke) racegoers. Ascot week luckily often seemed to correspond with good weather in the 1990s and was always worth a trip to the lineside. Until of course Class 67s took over the workings!

47799 Overthorpe 16 June 1999

Royal Train loco 47799 Prince Henry catches the last rays of the setting sun as it passes under the M40 motorway at Overthorpe (near Banbury) with a train load of race goers returning from Royal Ascot to Manchester Piccadilly on 16 June 1999, running as the 1Z97 19:05 ex Ascot. Traffic levels on the motorway were obviously not as high in those days, as I haven't had to resort to Photoshop to remove any road vehicles from this view!