D1015 Honeybourne 17 August 2002

D1015 Western Champion opens up in spectacular fashion as it approaches Honeybourne station with the Past Time Rail 1Z52 10:54 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Western Noon' railtour on 17 August 2002. Westerns were never common on the Cotswold Line in the hydraulic era, most services being worked by the smaller Hymeks. This is certainly the first time one to run over the line since the 1970s. This railtour returned to London via the longer route through Birmingham and Banbury. The loco is just passing over the point that leads to the Long Marston branch, the disused headshunt to which can be seen disappearing into the vegetation on the left.