D1015 Stonehouse (Bristol Road) 21 July 2008

On 21 July 2008, D1015 Western Champion passes the site of the Midland Railway's station at Stonehouse with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z52 05:47 Salisbury to Liverpool Lime Street 'Festival of the Sea' railtour run in connection with the Tall Ships event on the River Mersey. I had originally intended to go to Badgeworth for this picture, but as I approached Cheltenham I could see it was just on the edge of a large bank of cloud. Rather than risk it, I headed down the M5 to Standish Junction (which as I suspected was still plagued by shadows) and then ended up here. It was lucky that I did, because the cloud followed me south, arriving ten minutes after the special! This is my first full sun on the nose picture of D1015 since it has been painted maroon.