D1015 Croome 26 October 2002

A lucky patch of autumnal sunshine at Croome on 26 October 2002, as D1015 Western Champion heads south with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z52 06:18 Crewe to Plymouth 'Western Pilgrim' railtour. The highlight of this day (at least for the loco's crew) was not on the train itself, but late in the evening when D1015 was working light engine from Bristol to Old Oak Common. It was called to assist a HST that had slipped to stand on greasy rails near Dauntsey. It assisted the HST forward to Swindon, thus becoming the first Western on a service train since 1977!