Class 800-802

800101 South Marston 12 June 2017

An East Coast interloper on the Great Western Mainline! Virgin East Coast 800101 passes South Marston on 12 June 2017 with the 5X32 11:02 Reading West Junction to Swindon test run. Note the Azuma branding, which is what Virgin have decided to christen their fleet (it means East in Japanese). I'm sure enthusiasts will eventually think up different names for these high tech DMUs! Just 18 minutes earlier one of the GWR's new five car units also passed this spot, on its delivery run from the Newton Aycliffe factory.

800102 Fenwick 22 April 2019

Running on diesel power, 800102 passes Fenwick on 22 April 2019 with the 5Q21 11:05 Retford to York crew training run. This is my first picture of one of these Hitachi bi-mode units in LNER livery, and I have to say that is an infinitely better colour scheme compared to GWR's drab dark green livery, although probably a lot less easy to keep clean!

800102 Cromwell Moor 29 June 2019

Running 24 minutes late, 800102 passes Cromwell Moor on 29 June 2019 with the 1A43 17:14 Leeds to Kings Cross LNER service. It is just crossing over the public footpath crossing that leads from the village of Cromwell to (according to the Ordnance Survey) nowhere at all!

800106 Cromwell Moor 29 June 2019

My first photo of an East Coast Mainline Class 800, and not a very auspicious start! 800106 limps past Cromwell Moor on 29 June 2019 with the 1A40 16:15 Leeds to Kings Cross LNER service. This had come to a stand south of Retford, and after a lengthy delay, which caused several trains to back up behind it, eventually moved off, only to be terminated at Newark North Gate with a 'problem with the train'. It was 37 minutes late when it passed me, and it took ages for all the following delayed trains to pass by. I had an unexpected second chance to photograph this unit, as half an hour later, after having turfed off all the passengers at Newark, it headed back north in disgrace as the 5A40 18:10 Newark North Gate to Doncaster IEP Depot ECS. This just proves that the train company's naive mantra that new trains are always more reliable is just wishful thinking!

800106 Cromwell Moor 29 June 2019

I didn't expect to see this again quite so soon! Just half an hour after 800106 headed south with the 1A40 16:15 Leeds to Kings Cross LNER service, it heads north again at Cromwell Moor on 29 June 2019 in disgrace, after having failed in service, and delaying at least four other southbound trains. This is the 5A40 18:10 Newark North Gate to Doncaster IEP Depot ECS. I wonder if any of the passengers who were kicked off the train at Newark continued south in the following Class 800, or waited for the next Class 91 and Mk4 set, hoping for a greater change of getting to London, and on less hard seats!

800106 Frinkley Lane 13 September 2019 Warning sign overload! 800106 approaches the footpath crossing at Frinkley Lane (near Grantham) on 13 September 2019 with the 1D20 15:33 Kings Cross to Leeds LNER service. Eight individual signs, all of different sizes and designs.
800108 Claypole (Balderton Crossing) 22 July 2019

800108 passes the farmyard clutter at Balderton Crossing, Claypole, on 22 July 2019 with the late running 1D18 14:33 Kings Cross to Leeds LNER service. The muck spreader on the right indicates that this is not the most fragment spot on a hot afternoon!

800108 Burn 17 September 2019

The new order on the East Coast Mainline, as Class 800 EMUs replace loco hauled and HST services. 800108 speeds past Burn on 17 September 2019 with the 1Y86 14:02 York to Kings Cross LNER service.

800108 Sandy 2 October 2019

An Azuma meeting near Sandy on 2 October 2019. 800108 heads towards London with the 1E14 12:00 Edinburgh to Kings Cross LNER service. Heading in the other direction is the 1D20 15:33 Kings Cross to Leeds, formed from 801110 (nearest camera) & 801104.

800111 Frinkley Lane 13 September 2019

A wave from the driver of 800111, as it passes Frinkley Lane (near Grantham) on 13 September 2019 with the 1Y86 14:02 York to Kings Cross LNER service. This location is on an old road that formerly linked the villages of Hougham and Honington.

800111 Burn 17 September 2019

Summer 2019 sees the introduction into passenger service of LNER's Class 800 EMUs, but there are also still numerous ECS moves taking place. 800111 passes Burn on 17 September 2019 with the 5Q22 13.04 York To Newark North Gate crew training run. It would later head back north as the 5Q23 14:21 Newark North Gate to Craigentinny.

800112 Claypole (Barnby Lane) 22 July 2019

800112 approaches Barnby Lane Crossing, Claypole, on 22 July 2019 with the 5Q05 12:19 Retford to Peterborough LNER crew training run. In the foreground is Claypole's down loop. The up loop is situated a short distance to the south. Just visible between the grey cabin and the mast (at least on the original hi-res picture) is the local landmark of Newark-on-Trent's church spire.

800112 Claypole (Barnby Lane) 22 July 2019

The new order on the East Coast Mainline. 800112 approaches Barnby Lane Crossing, Claypole, on 22 July 2019 with the 5Q06 13:14 Peterborough to York LNER crew training run. Much better acceleration on electric power compared with a HST, but not so when running on diesel.

800112 Hougham 13 September 2019

Late evening at Hougham on 13 September 2019, and 800112 heads north with the 1D23 17:03 Kings Cross to Leeds LNER service. New motive power, and also new power generation on the hillside in the background!

800112 Burnmouth 16 September 2019

800112 passes Burnmouth on 16 September 2019 with the 1E22 16:00 Edinburgh to Kings Cross LNER service. They may not be as interesting from the enthusiast's point of view as the HSTs or Class 91s that they are replacing, but with their sleek design, and LNER's excellent livery, this certainly makes an impressive picture, especially with the colour contrast between the train, the dark blue North Sea, and the golden stubble field. Just think how dreary this picture would look if this was one of GWR's awful dull dark green Class 800s!

800113 Chalford 21 May 2019

LNER in the Cotswolds! An exceedingly rare event took place on 21 June 2019, when one of the East Coat Mainline's new bi-mode units traversed the 'Golden Valley' route between Cheltenham and Swindon, a line more accustomed to GWR's depressingly drab dark green liveried units. 800113 certainly stands out amid the summer green foliage, as it passes Chalford with the 5Q80 08:00 Long Marston to Doncaster Carr IEP Depot ECS. The unit had been on display at the Rail Live event at Long Marston, and was presumably heading back to Doncaster via this devious route, due to the more direct route via Birmingham not being cleared for Class 800s.

800113 Claypole (Balderton Crossing) 22 July 2019

800113 passes Claypole on 22 July 2019 with the 5Q23 15:04 Peterborough to York LNER crew training run. Although the largely white livery may not be the most practical choice for railway vehicles, at least at the moment this brand new unit looks spotlessly clean, and an object lesson in aesthetics for GWR, whose universally hated drab dark green livery just looks plain awful compared with this colour scheme.

800202 Gamston 3 November 2018

800202 passes Gamston on 3 November 2018 with the 5Q23 12:27 York to Peterborough crew training run. Although obviously it's not intended as such, this is a much more attractive 'livery' than GWR's hideous dark green colour scheme, which I am more used to seeing nearer home!

800202 Scrooby 23 February 2019

800202 passes Scrooby on 23 February 2019 with the 5Q13 13:22 Doncaster Carr IEP Depot to Kings Cross crew training run. This had left 43 minutes late, but had already knocked 10 minutes off that deficit, and passed Peterborough one minute early.

800302 South Marston 26 September 2018

800302 passes South Marston on 26 September 2018 with the 1B35 12:15 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. I had just arrived at this location, and naturally so had the cloud. A few minutes after taking this sunny picture, the clouds blotted out the sun!

800302 Moredon 21 May 2019

800302 passes Moredon in crisp early morning light on 21 May 2019 with the 1L16 06:30 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. At the moment the houses on the left mark the limit of Swindon's urban sprawl, but it probably won't be long before this is all houses!

800303 Uffington 19 October 2018

New train, same old rubbish timekeeping! Running 28 minutes late, 800303 passes Uffington on 19 October 2018 with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. It would get even worse, finally arriving at Bristol 43 minutes behind time!

800303 Chilson 30 April 2019

800303 passes Chilson on 30 April 2019 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. I hadn't intended to photograph this here, but went to this location for the earlier 2E92 06:53 Worcester Foregate Street to Didcot Parkway two car Class 165, but that passed in thick fog, the remnants of which can be seen in the background.

800304 Stonesfield 2 July 2018

800304 passes a rather scrappy field of peas near Stonesfield on 2 July 2018, as it heads down the Cotswold Line with the late running 1P12 05:28 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. With the Hereford trains starting to be taken over by Class 800s, the end is definitely approaching for HSTs in the Cotswolds!

800304 Hinksey 23 July 2018

At little more than walking speed, 800304 passes Hinksey Yard on 23 July 2018 with the 1P36 15:22 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. This had managed to traverse the Cotswold Line exactly on time (no mean achievement in 2018!), but had then become involved in the massive delays caused by problems with the newly laid track at Oxford. On the left are the wagons of the 4L40 16:42 Morris Cowley to Purfleet BMW Mini car carriers, while just visible in the background is the 6Z71 15:00 Swindon European Metal Recycling to Aldwarke scrap train.

800304 Hinksey 23 July 2018

800304 passes Hinksey Yard on 23 July 2018 with the late running 1W36 17:52 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. There is certainly plenty of capacity increase on the Cotswold Line with these new nine car units, but replacing HSTs with DMUs doesn't exactly seem like an improvement!

800304 Wolvercote 2 August 2018

On the evening of 2 August 2018, whilst photographing at Wolvercote, I noticed that the cows on Port Meadow had wandered across to the near the track, so decided to take a wider view, to include them in the picture. This works up to a point, but they are not exactly facing the right way for the camera! 800304 runs along the new down relief line with the 1W36 17:52 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. This was running 23 minutes late, due to signalling problems near Slough. In view of this, I decided not to wait for the following 1W03 18:22 Paddington to Hereford train, which was probably just as well, as that was twice as late!

800304 Uffington 25 September 2018

In 2018 there are still many more five car Class 800s compared to nine car units, with the result that a lot of services on the Great Western Mainline are operated using a pair of five car units. Here however, one of the few nine car units (800304) passes Uffington on 25 September 2018 with the 1L50 10:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service.

800304 Oaksey 25 September 2018

800304 passes Oaksey on 25 September 2018 with the 1G38 13:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. The company always used to blame their 'old' trains for the frequent delays. However, this train is brand new, so why is it still late?

800304 Steventon 24 February 2019

With the pantograph still lowered, after running through the non-energised section of line through Steventon, 800304 heads west on 24 February 2019 with the 1C13 12:03 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare GWR service. By this date these EMUs had mostly replaced the iconic HSTs on this route.

800304 Up Hatherley 13 May 2019

Not as photogenic as the displaced HSTs, but worth a picture when the abundant hawthorn blossom counteracts the drabness of the Class 800's drab livery. 800304 passes Up Hatherley on 13 May 2019 with the 1G11 07:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service.

800305 Ascott-under-Wychwood 29 June 2018

The new order on the Cotswold Line. 800305 passes Ascott-under-Wychwood with the 1W36 17:52 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service on 29 June 2018. Whether five underfloor engines is an improvement over the HST's engine at either end is open to question!

800305 Great Bedwyn 2 July 2018

The new order on the Berks & Hants Line. 800305 pulls slowly away from Bedwyn station (hidden by the trees), as it works the 1J91 17:07 Paddington to Frome GWR service on 2 July 2018. The cow is not impressed! The well used footpath crossing connects Great Bedwyn Village with the Kennet & Avon Canal.

800306 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstal Bridge) 21 June 2018

The new type of premium train on the Cotswold Line. 800306 approaches Dunstall Bridge, Moreton-in-Marsh, on 21 June 2018 with the 1W29 14:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. The five car Class 800/0s started operating Cotswold Line services on the last day of 2017, but the nine car Class 800/3s did not come on stream until June 2018.

800306 Uffington 28 January 2019

800306 Harold Day DSC passes Uffington shortly after sunrise on 28 January 2019 with the 1L28 07:08 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. The white stripes below the windows contain the names of 2,500 GWR employees who were killed in the First World War.

800306 Moreton-in-Marsh 31 March 2019

800306 Allan Leonard Lewis VC / Harold Day DSC accelerates away from Moreton-in-Marsh on 31 March 2019 with the 1P57 13:32 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This unit is immediately identifiable from a distance by the grey bands along the sides of the coaches, which are in fact panels containing the names and details of the 2,500 Great Western Railway employees who were killed during the First World War.

800306 Challow 1 April 2019

First World War commemoratively liveried 800306 Harold Day DSC passes Challow on 1 April 2019 with the 1L32 06:59 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. I particularly like the line of Lombardy Poplars in this view, as they partially compensate for the ugliness of the overhead catenary.

800306 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 15 July 2019

With the sun just managing to find a small hole in the clouds, First World War commemoratively liveried 800306 Harold Day DSC passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 15 July 2019 with the 1B28 11:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service.

800307 Ledbury Viaduct 5 August 2018

A location that I had been meaning to visit for over three decades, but somehow never go around to! 800307 crosses Ledbury Viaduct on 5 August 2018 with the 1W02 10:36 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. The 31 arch brick viaduct was built in 1859 for the Worcester and Hereford Railway.

800307 Ledbury 5 August 2018

The new and the old at Ledbury on 5 August 2018. Brand new 800307 leaves the station with the 1P63 14:32 Hereford to Paddington GWR service, passing a pair of vintage lower quadrant signals, and the 133 year old Great Western Railway signal box.

800307 Hinksey 11 August 2018

Brand new 800307 passes the equally brand new signal gantry at Hinksey on 11 August 2018, as it heads towards London with the 1P31 07:13 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Unfortunately the Class 800s have already replaced HSTs on the Hereford trains at the weekend.

800307 Churchill Heath 25 August 2018

800307 passes underneath the farm occupation bridge at Churchill Heath on 25 August 2018 with the 1P31 07:13 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. The bridge also carries a little used footpath. This picture is taken from another footpath crossing, a little further to the south.

800307 Standish Junction 8 September 2018

800307 approaches Standish Junction on 8 September 2018 with the 1G11 08:15 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. Despite the inevitable increase in lineside vegetation, this is still an excellent location to photograph trains approaching from the Swindon line. Not so the Bristol line, on the right!

800307 Moreton-in-Marsh 31 March 2019

A contrast between modern rolling stock, and vintage signaling at Moreton-in-Marsh on 31 March 2019. 800307 pulls out of the station with the 1P63 14:32 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Note also the vintage bullhead track.

800307 Coates 21 May 2019

800307 passes the site of Coates station (formerly Tetbury Road) on 21 May 2019 with the 1G47 15:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. The cloud formation really makes this picture, as otherwise the dark green DMU is no pictorial match for the blue HST that would formerly have worked this train.

800308 Oaksey 3 July 2018

Brand new 800308 passes the site of Oaksey Halt on 3 July 2018 with the 5Z30 14:17 North Pole IEP Depot to Swindon (via Gloucester) crew training run. After reversal at Gloucester, it would return an hour and a half later.

800308 Oaksey 3 July 2018

After reversing at Gloucester, 800308 passes Oaksey for the second time on 3 July 2018 with the 5Z30 14:17 North Pole IEP Depot to Swindon crew training run. Apart from the awful livery, these new trains look quite stylish. Unfortunately however, they are not as comfortable to travel in compared to a HST, mainly due to the very basic hard seats.

800308 Uffington 25 September 2018

800308 passes underneath the wires that it still can't use at Uffington on 25 September 2018, as it heads towards London with the late running 1L38 07:59 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. At least it can run on diesel, but I thought one of the usually quoted advantages of electric traction was that it was lighter, because it doesn't have to carry heavy engines around!

800308 Challow 1 April 2019

800308 passes the distinctive line of Lombardy Poplars near the site of Challow station, as it heads towards the capital on 1 April 2019 with the late running 1A08 06:28 Exeter St Davids to Paddington GWR service.

800308 Wolvercote 28 June 2019

800308 passes Wolvercote on 28 June 2019 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Although Network Rail did some vegetation clearance when the track layout was remodeled here, as is usual no regular maintenance is being carried out, with the result that the tree growing on the extreme left of this picture nearly brushes the side of northbound trains. One more growing season and it definitely will hit the trains. There is no excuse for this not being removed, as it isn't even growing on the railway side of the fence, and could therefore be trimmed without a track procession. Of course, as Network Rail do not do any of this kind of small scale work, it will just get pruned by passing trains to the loading gauge, just like the bush formerly at Chilson!

800309 Severn Tunnel Junction 7 October 2018

The capped electfrication mast steel pile in the foreground indicates that this view will not be available for much longer. 800309 passes through Severn Tunnel Junction station on 7 October 2018 with the 1B35 12:33 Paddington to Swansea GWR service.

800309 Daylesford 25 February 2019

800309 passes Daylesford on 25 February 2019 with the 1P31 12:59 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. This should of course have been the 12:09 train from Hereford, but an earlier broken down train had blocked the line between Worcester and Hereford. It didn't even leave Worcester on time, but because this train is booked to stop at Moreton-in-Marsh for ten minutes (which must annoy passengers from further north!), it was virtually back on time here.

800309 South Marston 11 April 2019

800309 passes South Marston on 11 April 2019 with the 1C19 15:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. With only the occasional mast on the south side of the line, this is one of the better photographic locations on the electrified Great Western Mainline.

800309 Shrivenham 4 July 2019

800309 passes Shrivenham on 4 July 2019 with the late running 1L36 08:32 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. At least there is still a view of sorts at this location, but the palisade fence in the foreground certainly doesn't makes things easy!

800310 KIngham 22 December 2018

In order to accommodate the new nine car Class 800/3 DMUs, several Cotswold Line stations have had their platforms lengthened during 2018. The up platform at Kingham has received a short extension, so that it now matches the length of the down platform,. 800310 passes the new extension on 22 December 2018, as it arrives at the station with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. It's hard to believe that the tracks serving the Banbury to Cheltenham line once occupied the space where the trees are now!

800310 Oaksey 25 March 2019

800310 passes Oaksey on 25 March 2019 with the 1L28 07:08 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. Despite appearances, this picture is taken from a public footpath crossing, which has recently been upgraded with new approach fences.

800312 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 27 February 2019

With the view from the concrete footbridge at the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, now compromised by the 25kV overhead wiring, the view from underneath the bridge will have to suffice. 800312 heads westwards on 27 February 2019 with the 1C12 11:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service.

800312 Wolvercote 10 August 2019

The bi-directional signalling at work at Wolvercote on 10 August 2019. The red tail lights clearly show that 800312 is heading away from the camera in the up direction, on what is normally the down line. The train is the 1P75 17:45 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. A little while later it passed through Oxford station on the through line, then reversed back into the down platform, no doubt to the surprise of any regular travellers. It then continued southwards from the 'wrong' platform.

800313 Whitehill 1 November 2018

800313 runs along the long straight section of the Cotswold Line between Combe and Finstock on 1 November 2018, with the 1W25 12:21 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. This is the view from Whitehill Bridge, with the extremely tall Grintleyhill Bridge just visible in the distance.

800313 Churchill Heath 12 December 2018

800313 passes Churchill Heath on 12 December 2018 with the 1W25 12:21 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. This particular unit seems to be stuck on this train, as I photographed it on the same service a few weeks earlier.

800313 Coates 21 May 2019

800313 passes Coates on 21 May 2019 with the 1L80 16:20 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. A nondescript train, but full sun, and an impressive cloud formation. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

800313 Shrivenham 4 July 2019

800313 speeds past Shrivenham on 4 July 2019 with the 1L38 07:59 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The bridge in the background was one of many on the route that had to be rebuilt to accommodate the 25kV overhead wires.

800313 Oaksey 22 October 2019

800313 passes Oaksey on 22 October 2019 with the 1L67 14:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. This should have been a picture of the 1Q15 Derby RTC to Swansea Network Rail test train, but I arrived just as the train was passing. This is a consolation picture in the stunning afternoon light.

800314 Steventon 24 February 2019

800314 passes Steventon on 24 February 2019 with the 1B35 12:33 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. The houses of Steventon village can be seen in the background, along with the tall chimney of the disused Didcot Power Station.

800314 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 29 April 2019

800314 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 29 April 2019 with the 1L24 06:29 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. It is overtaking the 6L39 05:00 Bridgend Ford Sidings to Dagenham vans, which is slowing down on the approach to a red signal on the relief line.

800314 Chalford 21 June 2019

800314 passes Chalford on 21 June 2019 with the 1L40 09:20 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. To show just how awful this dark green livery is, compare it with LNER's 800113, which most unusually passed this way 15 minutes later.

800316 Purton 20 October 2018

800316 passes Purton on 20 October 2018 with the 1L50 11:00 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. At least here there are no overhead wires to bring down! Just a few days earlier, one of the new Class 802 fleet (identical to the 800s, except for a different engine rating) managed to rip down 500 metres of overhead wiring near Hanwell. This was bad enough, given how many decades 25kV pantograph technology has been with us, but far worse was the fact that it shut down all lines into Paddington for most of the day! Apart from more seats and quicker acceleration (only on electric power) these new units offer no advantages over the HSTs they replace. Their hard seats have been universally condemned, and now their ability to totally devastate a section of railway is something the HSTs would find extremely difficult to do!

800316 Lower Moor 30 January 2019

800316 passes the muddy field at Lower Moor on 20 January 2019 with the 1W25 12:21 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. Despite the absence of any obvious underground workings, the wooded hill in the background is known as Tunnel Hill.

800316 Standish Junction 26 March 2019

800316 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 26 March 2019 with the 1L67 14:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. The actual junction is just the other side of the bridge that can be seen in the background.

800316 Compton Beauchamp 31 May 2019

800316 passes Compton Beauchamp on 31 May 2019 with the 1C25 18:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. The lack of masts on the north side of the line here still allows a picture of sorts on summer evenings.

800316 Aldington 2 September 2019

A poor substitute for a HST, but unfortunately the Cotswold Line is now a 100% DMU operated railway. 800316 climbs away from Evesham, and passes Aldington on 2 September 2019 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service.

800317 Thrupp (Gloucestershire) 17 December 2018

800317 negotiates the reverse curves at Thrupp (near Stroud) on 17 December 2018 with the 1L58 12:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. Although I obviously knew this would be a Class 800, I thought it was worth a picture, as I was passing by the location, and the sun was out. Naturally as soon as I had walked up the hillside, the sun went in! Stanton's Bridge, on the partially restored Thames & Severn Canal, can be seen on the right.

800317 Yarnton Junction (site of) 28 January 2019

800317 approaches the site of Yarnton Junction on 28 January 2019 with the 1P25 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. Although I probably felt the same way when HSTs took over from Class 50s on the Cotswold Line, I imagine that from now on I will be taking far less pictures on my local line!

800317 Oxford 2 February 2019

Modern Oxford! With the exception of the brick terraces on the right, virtually everything in this picture is relatively new. 800317 leaves the station on 2 February 2019 with the 1P45 13:01 GWR service to Paddington. The eyesore in the background is the Sad Business School. Tourists getting off the train and seeing this must think they have been lied to when reading about Oxford's 'Dreaming Spires'! It is also slightly ironic that it sits on the site of the much more attractive former LMS Rewley Road station, which being Grade II listed, was thankfully dismantled and reassembled at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.

800318 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 3 February 2019

800318 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 3 February 2019 with the 1A08 08:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. Surely this little bit of snow can't be affecting the newly installed overhead electfrication. This wasn't the only Class 800 that I saw pass by with pantograph down, clearly running on diesel.

800318 Daylesford 6 March 2019

800318 catches a small patch of weak winter sunshine (at least the front half of the train does!), as it passes Daylesford on 6 March 2019 with the 1P37 1551 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. This is one of just a handful of Cotswold Line trains that will not be stopping at Kingham, a short distance further south.

800318 Steventon 30 March 2019

800318 approaches Steventon on 30 March 2019 with the 1C14 12:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. This seemed to be struggling to get up to line speed after the Didcot stop, three miles away . With a poorer power to weight ratio when running on diesel, when compared to a HST, this is probably hardly surprising.

800319 Badgeworth 4 December 2018

800319 passes Badgeworth on 4 December 2018 with the 1G11 07:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. In the low winter light the dark green unit almost looks photogenic, although give me a HST any day! Probably most of the passengers are saying the same, whereas once they travelled in a HST, now they get a DMU!

800319 Uffington 19 September 2019

Viewed from the new footbridge in the field just to the west of the site of Uffington station, 800319 speeds towards London on 19 September 2019 with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. The same train two years earlier was a lot more interesting!

800319 Wantage Road 11 November 2019

Even one of Great Western's dreary dark green Class 800s looks acceptable in lighting this dramatic! 800319 passes Wantage Road on 11 November 2019 with the 1L54 11:56 Cardiff Central to Paddington GWR service. This was one of those typical situations where I left home in more or less full sunshine, only for it to immediately start clouding up. Then, after walking a considerable distance across the fields to get to this location, it seemed like it would be totally cloudy for the rest of the day. Luckily however, the cloud soon largely dispersed.

800320 Baulking 3 February 2019

800320 passes through the snowy landscape near Baulking on 3 February 2019 with the 1A12 09:53 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. The overhanging branches of the tree certainly improve the picture, and even makes the Class 800 look presentable!

800320 Lyneham 25 February 2019

Unfortunately early 2019 sees the last remaining Cotswold Line HST services downgraded to DMU operation. 800320 passes Lyneham on 25 February 2019 with the 1W27 13:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service.

800321 Bowbridge 11 April 2019

With the houses of Stroud in the background, 800321 passes Bowbridge on 11 April 2019 with the 1L58 12:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. The Stroud Valley was well known in steam days for its many excellent scenic locations. These were mostly gradually lost over the years to extensive lineside vegetation. Only now have some long lost vistas been opened up again.

801105 & 801106 Sandy 2 October 2019

My first picture of one (or two in this case) of the electric only Class 801s, as apposed to the more common Class 800/802 variants. 801105 & 801106 approach Sandy at speed on 2 October 2019 with the 1A34 14:15 Leeds to Kings Cross LNER service.

802001 & 802002 Grove 30 November 2017

My first picture of a Class 802 - the version of the IEP bi-mode unit with more powerful engines. 802001 & 802002 pass Grove on 30 November 2017 with the 5Z19 09:34 North Pole Depot to Taunton Signal E483 test run. Note the complete lack of any GWR branding.

802002 & 802001 Uffington 26 April 2018

802002 & 802001 pass Uffington on 26 April 2018 with the late running 5Z90 07:49 Stoke Gifford to Reading test run. These are the high powered variant of the IEP fleet, with 2820hp available per set, as opposed to 2250hp on a Class 800. Once in passenger operation (from July 2018) they will principally work on the West of England Line.

802003 Kintbury 23 August 2019

802003 slowly pulls away from Kintbury station on 23 August 2019 with the 1K12 12:06 Paddington to Bedwyn GWR service. These new DMUs had replaced the former Class 165 Turbo units on these trains a few months earlier.

802005 Chilson 14 December 2018

802005 passes Chilson on 14 December 2018 with the 1P22 08:25 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. The logs in the foreground are a clue that this location has recently seen a long overdue visit from the Network Rail maintenance gang. The view has been opened up considerably, as previously the bridge in the background was not visible from this spot.

802008 Shorthampton 23 May 2019

802008 passes Shorthampton on 23 May 2019 with the 1P29 11:57 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. Note how the recent vegetation clearance only extends a certain distance back from the track.

802008 Croome 29 June 2019

Running 15 minutes early, 802008 RNLB Solomon Browne passes Croome on 29 June 2019 with the 5L28 06:25 Worcester Hereford Sidings to Cheltenham Spa ECS. This would later form the 1L28 07:32 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service.

802009 & 802011 Baulking 28 March 2019

What's the point of the hugely expensive and incredibly ugly Great Western Mainline electfrication, if half the trains don't use it? During just over an hour at the lineside at Baulking on 28 March 2019, nearly 50% of the trains (in both directions) were running on diesel power. One such is illustrated here. 802009 & 802011 Capt. Robert Falcon Scott make no use of the wires, as they head west with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service.

802010 & 802019 Grove 25 February 2019

802010 & 802019 pass Grove on 25 February 2019 with the 1L34 07:29 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The pantograph will shortly be lowered to pass through the dead section at Steventon. Only in Britain would we have lengthy dead sections on an electrified line!

802011 & 802009 Uffington 29 March 2019

802011 Sir Joshua Reynolds & 802009 pass Uffington on 29 March 2019 with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. As with a lot of these bi-mode units on this route, it is running on diesel, in preparation for the dead section at Steventon.

802011 & 802022 Woodborough 20 September 2019

802011 Sir Joshua Reynolds & 802022 pass Woodborough on 20 September 2019 with the 1A81 07:41 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. Waiting to follow it out of the loop is 59103 Village of Mells with the 7A17 Merehead Quarry to 10:28 Colnbrook Mendip Rail stone train. A tamper occupies the siding in the background.

802013 Combe (Grintlehill Bridge) 11 December 2018

My first picture of a Class 802 on the Cotswold Line, not that there is any physical difference between this and a Class 800! 802013 approaches Grintleyhill Bridge, Combe, on 11 December 2018 with the 1P25 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. Note the evidence of recent trackside vegetation clearance in the background.

802015 Chilson 14 December 2018

By the end of 2018, with most services on the Cotswold Line operated by IETs, there seems to be a seemingly random mix of Class 800, and the slightly more powerful Class 802s in use. Here we see 802015 passing Chilson with the 1W19 09:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service on 14 December 2018.

802018 & 802017 Grove 22 October 2018

A brand new pair of GWR's de-wiring units! Less than a week after classmate 802016 disgraced itself by ripping down 500 metres of overhead wiring, when the pantograph was raised at too high a speed, or when it was still partly strapped down (according to which source you believe), they are taking no chances here, as yet to be introduced 802018 & 802017 move slowly along the up relief line at Grove, under adverse signals, with the 5Z20 09:10 Stoke Gifford to North Pole IEP Depot test run on 22 October 2018.

802018 & 802019 Wolfhall 17 January 2019

802018 & 802019 pass Wolfhall on 17 January 2019 with the 1Z81 10:56 Exeter St Davids to Paddington GWR service. This should have been the 1A81 07:41 Penzance to Paddington HST, but unfortunately a fatality near Starcross trapped the HST in Devon, so this was a last minute replacement.

802018 Shorthampton 23 May 2019

802018 passes Shorthampton on 23 May 2019 with the 1W23 11:20 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. Extensive vegetation clearance has opened up this view considerably, but what a pity the Cotswold Line is now a totally DMU operated railway

802021 & 802001 Hungerford Common 17 January 2019

800021 & 802001 pass Hungerford Common on 17 January 2019 with the 1A76 09:20 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. Hard seats, no corridor connection throughout the entire train, and just a basic buffet trolley service. Welcome to the stripped down railway experience of the 21st century!

802101 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 14 May 2018

My first picture of a nine coach Class 802. 802101 speeds underneath Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 14 May 2018 with the 5Z90 07:39 Stoke Gifford to Reading test rum. Note that the relatively new bridge in the background is already going rusty. Nothing will probably done about this, as Network Rail do not seem to know what paint is. They replace rather than maintain.

802101 Grove 14 May 2018

802101 passes Grove on 14 May 2018 with the 5Z92 10:36 Bristol Parkway to Paddington test run. This higher powered version of the Hitachi IEP fleet is not destined for this route, but will instead be used for the West of England line, via Newbury.

802101 Challow 14 May 2018

802101 runs along the down relief line (as booked) at Challow on 14 May 2018 with the 5Z93 12:17 Paddington to Bristol Parkway test run. I had already photographed the earlier 5Z90 & 5Z92 runs. I didn't bother with the 5Z91, 5Z93 or 5Z95! Note the lack of any GWR branding.

802101 Steventon 15 May 2018

Looking even more drab without any GWR branding, 802101 approaches Steventon on 15 May 2018 with the 5Z92 10:36 Bristol Parkway to Paddington test run. This is the point where sidings formerly diverged to the right to serve the Steventon Army Depot.

802101 Chilson 14 December 2018

A frosty morning at the recently cleared location of Chilson on 14 December 2018. 802101 heads up the Cotswold Line with the 1W01 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. This is my first picture of a nine car Class 802 on anything other than a test run.

802101 Finstock 20 February 2019

Running eight minutes late due to an unexplained protracted stop at Hanborough, 802101 approaches Finstock on 20 February 2019 with the 1W27 13:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. This had been, until the previous week, one of the last bastions of HSTs on the Cotswold Line. Note the evidence of some very welcome extensive lineside tree clearance. Whilst waiting to take this picture, I saw three RAF Tornados jets flying in formation from Brize Norton to Marham, as part of their farewell flypast tour.

802101 Standish Junction 11 April 2019

802101 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 11 April 2019 with the 1L50 10:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. It is passing underneath what always used to be known as the Black Bridge, which clearly now needs a new name!

802102 Great Bedwyn 1 June 2019

The new order on the Berks & Hants line. 802102 catches the evening sun on 1 June 2019, as it speeds past Great Bedwyn with the 1C92 18:03 Paddington to Penzance GWR service. A 5 hour journey on those hard seats will have the passengers longing for a HST!

802104 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 4 May 2019

It is often worth photographing diverted passenger trains, but this is only true up to a point here. 802104 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 4 May 2019 with the diverted 1C84 12:48 Paddington to Penzance GWR service. Class 802s are common on the Berks & Hants route (which was closed for engineering works), but Class 800s are more normal here. Of course unfortunately they look exactly the same!

802105 Appleford 15 August 2019

802105 approaches Appleford on 15 August 2019 with the 1P26 12:00 Oxford to Paddington GWR service. The villagers of Appleford don't get to use these new trains, having to make do instead with a very infrequent Class 165 Oxford to Didcot shuttle service.

802106 Uffington 24 July 2019

802106 speeds past Uffington on 24 July 2019 with the 1A12 07:48 Paignton to Paddington GWR service. What a pity the footbridge from which this photo was taken wasn't installed many years before the electfrication of the line!

802107 Cassington 22 May 2019

802107 passes Cassington on 22 May 2019 with the 1P25 09:54 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. This will be the staple motive power on the Cotswold Line for some years to come, as the last HST traversed the line a few days earlier.

802108 Manningford Bruce 20 September 2019

802108 passes Manningford Bruce on 20 September 2019 with the 1A79 06:47 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. The rear of the 6C31 09:20 Theale to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties can just be seen disappearing into the distance.

802108 Edington 20 September 2019

802108 passes Edington on 20 September 2019 with the 1C82 13:03 Paddington to Plymouth GWR service. Early autumn means there is at last some colour contrast, with the golden harvested fields being a counterpoint to the DMU's drab green livery.

802109 Stonehouse 25 March 2019

802109 accelerates away from Stonehouse on 25 March 2019 with the 1L50 10:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. The bridge in the background carries Brown's Lane over the railway. This just gives access to a few houses, and connects with various footpaths climbing nearby Doverow Hill. The photo is taken from a very rustic looking footbridge, on yet another local path. The Cotswolds are well provided with public rights of way!

802109 St Mary's Crossing 16 April 2019

802109 passes St Mary's Crossing on 16 April 2019 with the 1G21 09:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. Note how close the sharp bend on the A419 Cirencester to Stroud road is to the railway, and how little protection there is between the two. St Mary's Crossing gives access to a few buildings on the south side of the valley. The bridge over the disused Thames & Severn Canal can be seen to the right of the white cottage.

802110 Kintbury 23 August 2019

802110 sweeps round the curve at Kintbury on 23 August 2019 with the 1A82 09:00 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. All the way from Penzance to London on one of these new unit's hard seats must be a real pain - literally!

802111 Grove 14 November 2019

802111 runs slowly along the down relief line at Grove on 14 November 2019 with the 1G29 11:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. For some reason a pair of track machines had been let out of the loop at Milton in front of this, only to come to a stand at a red signal at Challow, therefore a couple of passenger trains had to use the relief line to get past the obstruction. This train was terminated at Gloucester, due to severe flooding.

802112 South Marston 11 April 2019

802112 speeds past South Marston on 11 April 2019 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. The palisade fence in the foreground hardly improves the view, and they haven't even painted it green!

802112 Oaksey 23 July 2019

802112 passes Oaksey on 23 July 2019 with the 1G47 15:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. The Rosebay Willowherb marks the site of Oaksey Halt's down platform, which managed to survive intact until the line was redoubled in 2013.

802113 Moreton-in-Marsh 24 August 2019

802113 pulls away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 24 August 2019 with the 1P65 15:13 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. I suppose I am lucky to live so near a station that still has semaphore signals, but less lucky that all the trains are now in this depressing dull dark green livery!

802201 Burnmouth 16 September 2019

TransPennine Express on the North Sea Coast in Scotland. 802201 passes Burnmouth on 16 September 2019 with the 3N15 15:36 Edinburgh to Newcastle crew training run. This is in preparation for the extension of Liverpool to Newcastle trains to Edinburgh from December 2019.