Class 43 HST

43010 Grange Court 18 April 1982

43010 leads the diverted 1C20 10:15 Paddington to Swansea service past the site of Grange Court Junction on 18 April 1982. The train's normal route via the Severn Tunnel was closed for engineering works. Formerly a junction for the cross country route to Ross-on-Wye, only the white painted building and the loop line remained in 1982, to indicate where the station was situated.

43010 Patchway 17 December 1983

Still with its original 253005 set number, 43010 races through Patchway station on 17 December 1983 with the 1A33 10:30 Swansea to Paddington service. This train called at all stations between Swansea and Cardiff, before running non-stop to Paddington, one of only three up limited stop services on the route at the time. Note the vintage Hillman Avenger police car in the car park!

43010 Cheltenham 21 August 1985

43010 slows down for the Cheltenham stop on 21 August 1985 whilst working the 08:33 Plymouth to York service. Largely ignored in 1985, the sight of a full HST rake in original blue and grey livery (if such thing existed) would cause great interest in 2008. Despite the multitude of liveries these trains have carried in recent years, I still think the original colour scheme was particularly inspired and suited the class well. Eventually I suppose one will be repainted into these 'heritage' colours!

43010 Duffryn 15 August 1987

43010 passes Duffryn on 15 August 1987 with the 1B16 09:30 Paddington to Fishguard Harbour 'Hibernian'. At the time this was one of only two through trains from the capital to the former Great Western Railway's Welsh Irish Sea port. As the other train ran during the night, with an arrival time at Fishguard of 02:35, this was the only photographable one! A typical late 1980s scene, with a pair of InterCity liveried power cards sandwiching a rake of blue and grey stock.

43010 Challow 11 January 1992

The late afternoon sun illuminates 43010, as it leads the 1C42 14:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service through the remains of Challow station on 11 January 1992. This bridge has since been replaced, but not before it got in a very poor state due to lack of maintenance. BR and latterly Railtrack and Network Rail didn't seem to realise that steel structures need to be regularly repainted to prevent corrosion, something that was done frequently in the steam era.

43010 Denchworth 14 March 1994

43010 speeds past Denchworth on 14 March 1994 with the 1C42 14:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads InterCity service. The trackside vegetation had recently been cleared for the reinstatement of the two relief lines. Note the fresh ballast and the rusty rails on the still to be commissioned up relief line on the left. Although nowadays most DSLRs have very fast top shutter speeds, this was not always the case in the 1990s. Most SLRs (including the rollfilm Pentax 6x7 that I used extensively) stopped at 1/1000sec. This would not have been fast enough to freeze the movement of this train travelling at 125mph, so for this picture I used the 1/2000sec shutter speed of my 1970s vintage totally mechanical, built like a tank, Canon F1.

43010 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 9 October 2003

With the news that First Great Western is going to go through another re-branding exercise, which involves painting the HST fleet in a new dark green livery, it seems fitting to remind ourselves what their previous green livery looked like. 43010 leads the 1C36 13:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 9 October 2003. At the time this was the outgoing colour scheme. The new order is represented by the fifth coach and the rear power car (43179).

43010 Moreton-in-Marsh 17 October 2008

Not quite the picture I had intended, but this has a certain novelty value, as it is the first time I have photographed a pair of HST power cars side by side on the Cotswold Line! 43010 leads the 08:37 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington First Great service away from Moreton-in-Marsh on 17 October 2008, while an understandably unidentified classmate heads the 07:51 Paddington to Great Malvern train in the opposite direction. This quiet rural location is well away from any roads and meant that it was possible to hear both trains approaching from some way off, although it still wasn't clear until the very last moment which would appear first.

43010 Little Haresfield 6 April 2012

Running slowly under adverse signals, 43010 passes Little Haresfield on 6 April 2012 with the 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. It will shortly diverge from the main line at Standish Junction, to travel across the Cotswolds via the 'Golden Valley' route to Swindon.

43010 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 5 May 2012

Viewed from Walton Well Road, 43010 approaches Oxford on 5 May 2012 with the 1P37 08:43 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. Aristotle Lane footbridge can be seen in the background. Both this and the Walton Well Road bridge lead onto Port Meadow, Oxford's largest open space.

43010 & 221134 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 13 July 2013

The possibility of getting a perfect passing shot on the national network is usually purely a matter of chance. However, at Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 13 July 2013, I realised that 221134 was stopped at a red signal in exactly the right spot for such a picture. An added bonus was that an up train would be slowing down for the Oxford station stop, so allowing the picture to be taken at exactly the right moment. So here is 43010 leading the 1P31 07:10 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service, passing 221134 on the 1M30 07:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. The problem was the failure of an axle counter on the Cotswold Line, delaying both Cotswold Line trains, and following CrossCountry services.

43010 Wootton Bassett 10 July 2014

The rail worker has a chat with his colleagues in the site office at Wootton Bassett, as 43010 passes by with the 1A15 11:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service on a swelteringly hot 10 July 2014. This is the site of Wootton Bassett Junction station, which closed in 1965.

43010 Uffington 28 October 2014

43010 passes Uffington on 28 October 2014 with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. If the rear of the train appears to contain two power cars, that is because the 1A18 13:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington is passing by in the background. The blue sky in this picture is very deceptive, as a huge mass of black cloud was approaching from the west, and just a few minutes after this picture was taken, the sun disappeared for the rest of the day.

43010 Challow 18 February 2015

Running under adverse signals, 43010 leads the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service underneath the huge signal gantry next to the new road bridge at Challow on 18 February 2015. It was running at reduced speed, as it was catching up with 66540, which had strangely not been looped here, as booked. Note that although the new bridge has been open for some time, the temporary footbridge on the other side is still in place, which explains the odd structure visible underneath the span.

43010 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 10 March 2015

43010 leads the 1L55 11:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service over Stocks Lane level crossing, Steventon, on 10 March 2015. This crossing, one of two in the village, is a constant source of complaint from the locals, with the barriers often being down for considerable lengths of time, effectively cutting the village in two.

43010 Whitehill 24 September 2015

Clematis vitalba (variously known as Old Man's Beard and Traveller's Joy) seems to be the dominant lineside vegetation at Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock), with most of the lineside bushes covered with the climbing shrub. 43010 heads up the Cotswold Line on 24 September 2015 with the 1W02 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service.

43010 Steventon 29 September 2015

Signs of impending electrification at Steventon on 29 September 2015. 43010 leads the 1B31 12:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service past a couple of catenary piles, one of which has been partially inserted into the ground, with the other just lying in the grass.

43010 Moreton-in-Marsh 6 June 2016

43010 pulls out of Moreton-in-Marsh station on 6 June 2016 with the 1P26 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. The flat grassy area on the right was formerly occupied by sidings, principally used in later years for stabling engineering trains.

43010 Lyneham 22 May 2017

43010 leads the 1P65 15:14 Hereford to Paddington GWR service past Lyneham on 22 May 2017. With no chance of a conventional picture due to various trackside bushes, I opted for this 'train in the landscape' picture, with the gate as a bold foreground object. After over 30 years of use on the Cotswold Line, the era of HSTs on the route will soon end, to be replaced by Hitachi built Class 800 bi-mode units.

43010 Charlton-on-Otmoor 17 September 2017

43010 passes Charlton-on-Otmoor on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1B51 14:58 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. The concrete track provides access to Holts Farm, replacing the former level crossing, which was situated near the rear of the train. As this just about the best photographic location between Bicester and Oxford, and given the rarity of HSTs over this route, I was surprised to be the only photographer present!

43010 Moreton-in-Marsh 18 September 2018

43010 approaches Moreton-in-Marsh on 18 September 2018 with the 1W27 13:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. As everyone has now come to expect from this poor performing franchise operator, this train was running late, 15 minutes in this case. Recent vegetation clearance has opened up this viewpoint, which shows four of Moreton's semaphore signals.

43010 Badgeworth 21 February 2019

Off for a break in Yorkshire! Due to the chronic unreliability of their Class 180 DMUs, Hull Trains desperately needed to acquire additional stock in early 2019. To the rescue came GWR, who just so happened to be casting aside their HST fleet in favour of Hitachi built IETs. Here we see a shortened set, with 43010 leading, and 43190 at the rear, passing Badgeworth on 21 February 2019 with the 5E19 09:25 Bristol St Philips Marsh to Hull Botanic Gardens ECS.

43010 Barlby 22 February 2019

A GWR HST in very unfamiliar territory. 43010 passes Barlby on 22 February 2019 with the 5Z53 13:26 Peterborough to Hull driver training run, This is in connection with Hull Trains using shortened HSTs as a back up to their increasingly unreliable Class 180 DMUs. The tracks on the left lead into the Potter Group freight terminal.

43010 Standish Junction 26 March 2019

43010 passes Standish Junction on 26 March 2019 with the 5V81 09:56 Hull Botanic Gardens to Bristol St Philips Marsh ECS, part of a maintenance contract with Hull Trains, while they use a GWR set in place of one of their ailing Class 180 DMUs. In the background, 150243 waits for the road with the 2G87 15:36 Swindon to Cheltenham Spa GWR service.

43010 Cam & Dursley 16 July 2019

43010 passes Cam & Dursley station on 16 July 2019 with the 5E23 11:00 Bristol St Philips Marsh to Hull Station Sidings ECS. 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership is bringing up the rear of this five car set. This is part of the regular maintenance swap for the set hired to Hull Trains. GWR HSTs have only been gone from the Gloucester area for a couple of months, but already it seems nostalgic to be photographing one!

43010 Claypole (Barnby Lane) 22 July 2019

In the dying days of HST operations on the East Coast Mainline, there is added variety with the introduction of First Great Western liveried sets hired by Hull Trains from GWR to cover for a shortage of the unreliable Class 180 DMUs. On 22 July 2019, 43010 speeds past Claypole with the 1H03 11:48 Kings Cross to Hull service. This was running 25 minutes late, although there was clearly nothing wrong with either power car, judging by the speed it was travelling. With only five coaches instead of eight, there obviously isn't going to be a power problem!

43010 Frinkley Lane 13 September 2019

First Great Western on the East Coast Mainline. 43010 passes Frinkley Lane (near Grantham) on 13 September 2019 with the 1A95 15:12 Hull to Kings Cross Hull Trains service. The five coach HST set is on hire to Hull Trains to cover for their unreliable Class 180 DMUs. GWR (or First Great Western as they were then) can sympathise with Hull Trains, as they know all about Class 180 unreliability, having used them not once, but on two completely separate occasions!

43020 Goole 3 December 2019

First Great Western, Yorkshire style! 43010 brings up the rear of the  5E23 07:02 Bristol St Philips Marsh to Hull ECS at Goole on 3 December 2019. 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership is the leading power car. This is one of the regular GWR/Hull Trains maintenance swap overs.

43011 Oxford North Junction 13 May 1987

Just managing to find a small patch of sun at Oxford North Junction on 13 May 1987, the ill fated 43011 leads the 1A75 07:04 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express' towards its next booked stop at Oxford. 43011 was of course the power car that was written off in the Ladbrooke Grove crash twelve years after this picture was taken. Note the short formation in use here, with only six coaches. The omission of a trailer first at this end of the train seems particularly odd for a Cotswold Line service, which has slightly higher than average first class usage.

43011 Charfield 13 March 1989

A slightly ironic picture, that shows 43011, the power car that was written off in the 1999 Ladbrooke Grove crash, passing the site of Charfield station, which was the location of a serious accident in 1928. The date is 13 March 1989, and the train is the late running 09:14 Edinburgh to Paignton service. The 1928 accident saw wreckage pile up against the bridge in the background. Three trains were involved, with fire caused by the ignition of the gas used for carriage lighting causing many fatalities.

43011 Little Bedwyn 23 April 1998

43011 heads through the rain at Little Bedwyn on 23 April 1998 with the 1C36 12:35 Paddington to Penzance Great Western Trains service. Despite the terrible lighting, I think this picture works quite well, not only because of the scenic location, but also because the menacing sky and reflections of the wet surfaces is so typical of British weather! This picture is also noteworthy for another reason. The following year 43011 became only the second HST power car to be written off in an accident, when it was involved in the Ladbrooke Grove crash on 5 October 1999, which also resulted in the loss of Turbo unit 165115. After the crash investigation 43011 was cut up by Sims Metals at Crewe Works in June 2002.

43012 Challow 3 December 1983

43012 speeds through the remains of the long closed station at Challow on 3 December 1983 with the 1A23 07:35 Pembroke Dock to Paddington InterCity service. Well over a quarter of a century later, 43012 is still passing this spot on regular basis, albeit now painted in the uninspiring First Great Western blue livery. Whilst 43012 is still with us, I doubt if the same can be said for any of the assorted vehicles being dealt with at Challow Station Garage. The garage itself has now been replaced by a modern building, and both the former station's platforms, which are still largely intact in this view, have also been removed.

43012 Shaldon Brodge 15 September 1991

43012 passes between the construction site and the River Teign estuary at Shaldon Bridge on 15 September 1991, as it pulls away from the Teignmouth stop with the 1C28 09:20 Paddington to Plymouth InterCity service.

43012 Oxford 2 October 1991

43012 pulls out of Oxford station on 2 October 1991 with the 1O04 05:01 Stockport to Bournemouth InterCity service. The footbridge in the background had been added as part of the previous year's major station upgrade.

43012 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 7 December 1991

43012 passes through a magical frosty landscape, as it approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 7 December 1991 with the 1A28 07:32 Swansea to Paddington service. 27 years later, in 2018, the last few HSTs continue to pass this spot, amid a sea of Class 800 bi-mode units. Unfortunately this view was ruined in 2016 by the installation of 25kV catenary.

43012 Culham 13 May 1992

A dramatic low level shot of 43012 leading the 1B58 18:20 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express' past Culham on 13 May 1992. It is passing one of the surviving Second World War hangars at the former RAF Culham.

43012 Bradford-on-Avon 9 January 2000

The sun glints off the diverted 1B13 08:00 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service as it crosses the River Avon at Bradford-on-Avon on Sunday 9 January 2000 with 43012 leading. Not quite a perfect reflection in the water due to a slight breeze, but at least it is recognisable. The train has traveled via the Berks & Hants line, and taken the freight only Heywood Road Junction to Hawkeridge Junction chord near Westbury to head up the Avon Valley.

43012 Bradford South Junction 9 January 2000

43012 comes off the Bradford-on-Avon line at Bradford South Junction (near Trowbridge) with the diverted 1A46 12:15 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service on 9 January 2000. The line diverging to the right leads to Melksham.

43012 Challow 17 April 2010

The blackthorn is in full bloom at Challow on 17 April 2010 as 43012 speeds past the site of the old station with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. Although the station is long gone, business is booming on the site, with various new buildings having recently been built on the industrial estate. This view makes an interesting comparison to the same power car passing this spot over 26 years earlier.

43012 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 27 April 2010

A different perspective on a familiar photographic viewpoint. 43012 speeds underneath Circourt Bridge, near Denchworth with the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service on 27 April 2010. The picture is taken from the little used footpath that runs between the villages of Denchworth and West Challow. Unfortunately, although the path is only a short distance from the road at Circourt, there is no public right of way linking directly to it.

43012 Little Somerford 6 March 2012

43012 speeds past Little Somerford cemetery on 6 March 2012 with the 1B28 11:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. The cemetery is on the opposite of the line to the village. The train is just passing over the road underbridge that connects Little Somerford to Great Somerford.

43012 Hinksey 16 April 2013

43012 passes Hinksey Yard with the 1W07 17:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service on 16 April 2013. Forthcoming electrification will forever ruin this vantage point, which has always been a good spot to photograph northbound trains in the evening. It used to be even better years ago, when there wasn't anything in the yard to cast a shadow across the track!

43012 Bourton 30 October 2013

43012 passes Bourton in superb light, which clearly isn't go to last long, on 30 October 2013. The train is the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. The white buildings in the distance belong to the Swindon Honda car plant.

43012 Uffington 19 November 2013

43012 speeds past Uffington on 19 November 2013 with the 1C10 10:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. Presumably this will be one photographic location that will survive the onslaught of the electrification masts - time will tell!

43012 Chipping Sodbury Tunnel 10 July 2014

43012 emerges from Chipping Sodbury Tunnel on 10 July 2014 with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. Note the strange patchwork of different shades of paint above the windscreen.

43012 Denchworth 28 September 2015

Yet another First Great Western (or GWR as they have now rebranded themselves) special liveried HST power car. 43012 leads the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington service past Denchworth on 28 September 2015. The ex-works power car is sporting 'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' vinyls, bit with out the white front end of the other the otherwise similar 43126.

43012 Compton Beauchamp 12 October 2015

No.12 pictured on the 12th! 43012 leads the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington GWR service past Compton Beauchamp on 12 October 2015. This is the second HST power car to have 'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' vinyls applied over the First Great Western blue livery. However, this one is not quite so easy to spot in the distance, as the white area does not extend underneath the nose area, unlike 43126. Had it been that one, it would have been immediately obvious as soon as it appeared underneath Ashbury Crossing bridge in the background, over a mile away!

43012 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 December 2015

'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' liveried 43012 leads the 1G21 09:36 Paddington to Cheltenham GWR service past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 23 December 2015. Just a couple of days away from the shortest day, this is one of the few locations in the area (without a long walk across the fields!) that is free of shadows.

43012 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 20 January 2016

43012 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 20 January 2016 with the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. It was certainly a morning for colourful HSTs coming from Swansea, as an hour earlier I had photographed 43172 Harry Patch - The last survivor of the trenches.

43012 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 February 2016

A couple of months into 2016 and 43012 is still sporting its 'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' vinyls. It is pictured passing the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 18 February 2016 with the 1B35 12:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. Two piles for the forthcoming electrification can be seen poking out of the grass to the right of the first coach, while a third one lies discarded on the trackside.

43012 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 7 March 2016

It may be several years late, but the Great Western Mainline electrification scheme finally reached the iconic location of Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, in early spring 2016. 'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' liveried 43012 heads west with the 1B10 07:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service on 7 March 2016. Just a few masts have been erected, already spoiling the view compared with the scene just a couple of months earlier, when 43012 was previously photographed at the same spot.

43012 Challow 21 March 2016

43012 passes Challow on 21 March 2016 with the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington GWR service. Coincidentally, one other 'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' liveried power cars had also passed by, two and half hours earlier.

43012 Baulking 1 April 2016

'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' liveried 43012 leads the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington GWR service past Baulking on 1 April 2016. The four steel piles visible here clearly indicates that this location is going to be totally ruined from a photographic point of view.

43012 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 February 2017

43012 Exeter Panel Signal Box 21st Anniversary 2009 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 23 February 2017 with the 1L38 07:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. 43012, which was formerly one of the power cars in the 'Bristol 2015' livery, now carries the name that was originally bestowed on 43163.

43012 Uffington 22 September 2017

43012 Exeter Panel Signal Box 21st Anniversary 2009 passes Uffington on 22 September 2017 with the 1A09 07:13 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. The painfully slow electrification progress is evident here, with only the cross members and one return wire being added since I was last here in early May.

43013 Standish Junction 22 August 1987

I was lucky to get this one in the sun! 43013 University of Bristol leads the 1V76 13:27 Leeds to Cardiff Central (via Bristol Parkway) InterCity service past Standish Junction on 22 August 1987. A scene very typical of the period, with executive liveried power cars sandwiching a complete rake of blue and grey stock.

43013 Wickwar Tunnel 3 September 1987

Long before its days as the yellow buffer fitted power car that forms part of Network Rail's New Measurement Train, 43013 University of Bristol emerges from Wickwar Tunnel on 3 September 1987 with the 1V73 07:30 Aberdeen to Plymouth InterCity service.

43013 Heyford 13 March1995

Perfect reflections in the Oxford Canal at Heyford on 13 March 1995, as buffer fitted 43013 heads south with the 1O04 05:17 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth InterCity service. Needless to say, due to Network Rail's total lack of lineside vegetation control, this viewpoint no longer exists.

43013 Eckington 26 June 1995

Buffer fitted 43013 leads the 15:50 Exeter St Davids to Sheffield InterCity service across the River Avon at Eckington on 26 June 1995. On this occasion the Pentax 6x7 did not cause problems with uneven exposure at the very necessary 1/1000sec shutter speed used here. The clear blue sky would immediately show this up, usually by a much darker area near the right edge. A very irritating fault that would seemingly come and go at will!

43013 Duffryn 9 August 1998

400kV pylons follow the railway to the south of Newport, and form the backdrop to this view of 43013 CrossCountry Voyager passing Duffryn on 9 August 1998 with the 1V72 12:03 Leeds to Swansea Virgin CrossCountry service. It looks like driving a HST is thirsty work!

43013 Gossington 5 March 2010

43013 brings up the rear of the 1Z20 05:56 Old Oak Common to Derby (via Swansea) Network Rail New Measurement Train, as it passes Gossington on 5 March 2010 led by 43014. This wasn't the shot I had intended to take, but it was running early and I was taken by surprise. Not having enough time to swing round and take the conventional shot, I opted for this going away version, which of course because of the angle of the light is much better lit anyway!

43013 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 15 July 2010

The New Measurement Train made one of its regular appearances on the Cotswold Line on 15 July 2010. Viewed from the lofty Grintleyhill Bridge, near Combe, 43013 leads the 1Z15 09:00 Derby to Derby (via Oxford) test train towards its reversal point at Oxford North Junction. On a day of intermittent sunshine and heavy showers, I had hoped for either a sunlit shot (unlikely) or an atmospheric picture in heavy rain. As the train came in a drizzly period between downpours, I got neither!

43013 Upper Heyford 23 March 2011

Still looking clean after a recent repaint (note the red buffer beam), 43013 leads the New Measurement Train past Upper Heyford on 23 March 2011. Sister power car 43014 is hiding behind the tree at the rear of the train. The NMT's usual path over this line is an afternoon northbound run and a very late evening southbound trip. Therefore this working (1Q16 13:42 Derby RTC to Old Oak Common) was an ideal opportunity to get a picture in more favourable light.

43013 Shorthampton 17 July 2014

43013 leads the New Measurement Train past Shorthampton on 17 July 2014 with the 1Q15 09:05 Derby RTC to Derby RTC (via Oxford). As Realtime Trains was showing the normal path for this HST working as cancelled, and replaced by an identically timed supposedly loco hauled working, I expected either a 31 or 37. It has been pointed out to me that this alteration may because on this occasion the formation includes some Mk 2 vehicles and the OHLM test coach (formerly Test Car 3 Mentor).

43013 Tredington 6 June 2018

43013 sweeps round the curve at Tredington on 6 June 2018 with the 1Q16 03:15 Landore to Derby RTC New Measurement Train. Swansea is not that far from the Cheltenham area that this would require twelve hours for the journey. The train has of course been wandering, visiting Tenby, Pembroke Dock, Fishguard, Milford Haven and Haverfordwest.

43013 Chalford 3 September 2019

43013 Mark Carne CBE negotiates the reverse curves at Chalford on 3 September 2019 with the 1Q15 06:50 Derby RTC to Swansea (via a reversal at Swindon) Network Rail New Measurement Train. 43062 John Armitt is bringing up the rear.

43023 Oaksey 21 January 2020

43013 Mark Carne CBE passes Oaksey on 21 January 2020 with the 1Q15 06:50 Derby RTC to Swansea (via a reversal at Swindon) Network Rail New Measurement Train. 43014 The Railway Observer is bringing up the rear. It had actually left Derby at 08:00, but this 70 minutes delay had been more than halved by the time it got to this point.

43014 South Moreton (Didcot East) 11 December 1991

Buffer fitted 43014 runs along the up relief line at South Moreton (Didcot East) on a bitterly cold 11 December 1991 with the 1O09 08:18 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole 'Pines Express'. 43014 was one of two HST power cars that were fitted with buffers for surrogate DVT use at Derby, the other being 43123. The remainder of the conversions (43013, 43065, 43067, 43068, 43080 & 43084) were undertaken at Stratford.

43014 Tackley 27 March 1993

43014 speeds round the reverse curves at Tackley on 27 March 1993 with the 1O10 08:40 Newcastle to Bournemouth service. Just a trace of weak sunshine illuminates the scene, although only in the foreground - note the dark fields in the background.

43014 Kemble 5 June 2008

43014 passes through Kemble station on 5 June 2008 with the 1Z22 06:48 Derby to Cheltenham (via Hereford and Swindon) Network Rail New Measurement Train. Running 30 minutes early, it has just traversed the single track section from Swindon in a just about adequate gap in the timetable, instead of the easier path it would have had if running to the correct time. Note that the little used siding on the left is obviously sufficiently useful to have been re-laid in the last few years.

43014 Charlbury 15 January 2009

On a very dull 15 January 2009, 43014 speeds through Charlbury station with the 1Z15 09:00 Derby to Derby Network Rail New Measurement Train, with 43062 John Armitt bringing up the rear. The train has just reversed at Oxford as is following right behind the 11:22 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. Any delay would mean the 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington train would have to be held at Ascott-under-Wychwood while this special clears the single line. Luckily there were no problems this time as it was running exactly to time

43014 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 15 July 2010

43014 leads the New Measurement Train past Grintleyhill Bridge, Combe on 15 July 2010 with the 1Z15 09:00 Derby to Derby (via Oxford) test train. Combe station is just out of sight around the corner, behind the bushes. Although lineside vegetation has restricted the angle of view possible, this occupation bridge still provides excellent views in either direction.

43014 Kings Sutton 4 May 2016

43014 The Railway Observer brings up the rear of the 1Q16 16:14 Derby RTC to Old Oak Common Network Rail test train at Kings Sutton on 4 May 2016. 43062 John Armitt is leading. Note the newly applied 'Improving Your Railway' wording. Why do they have to keep telling us that?

43014 Joan Croft Junction 2 October 2017

43014 The Railway Observer approaches Joan Croft Junction at full speed on 2 October 2017 with the 1Z07 10:10 York to Derby RTC Network Rail test train. Classmate 43062 John Armitt is on the rear. Although there seems to be a just few small clouds in this scene, there were in fact many much larger ones behind me, and it was fortunate that this came in one of the ever diminishing sunny spells. Eggborough Power Station can just be seen in the distance.

43014 Defford 25 October 2017

43014 The Railway Observer leads the 1Q16 03:15 Landore to Derby RTC Network Rail test train past Defford on 25 October 2017. Classmate 43013 is on the rear. This was very nearly ruined by thick smoke from a bonfire drifting across the railway. Luckily (although not for road users) it had started to drift across the road instead just as this came along.

43014 Badgeworth 2 February 2018

43014 The Railway Observer passes Badgeworth on 2 February 2018 with the 1Z20 05:09 Reading Triangle Sidings to Derby RTC Network Rail test train, with 43062 John Armitt bringing up the rear. If you are familiar with this location, you will know how busy the road is. I was having to keep a very careful eye on the approaching traffic, as a quick dash over the road was required, as 66751 Inspiration Delivered - Hitachi Rail Europe was approaching from the other direction!

43014 Oaksey 3 July 2018

43014 The Railway Observer passes Oaksey on 3 July 2018 with the 1Q15 06:39 Derby RTC to Landore Network Rail Measurement Train. 43062 John Armitt is on the rear. The train had just reversed at Swindon. Note the slight variation in colour between the two power cars and the coaches. 

43014 Church Fenton 27 July 2019

43014 The Railway Observer passes Church Fenton in torrential rain on 27 July 2019 with the 1Q23 08:30 Derby RTC to Heaton Network Rail test train. This was booked to stop for 18 minutes here, but it was already running ten minutes early, and just carried straight on.

43014 Burnmouth 16 September 2019

43014 The Railway Observer passes Burnmouth on 16 September 2019 with the 1Q26 10:38 Heaton to Newcastle (via Edinburgh and Glasgow) Network Rail test train. 43062 John Armitt is on the rear. This was a very lucky picture, as I hadn't checked what was running until I arrived at the location. I then discovered that this was just a few minutes away.

43014 Oaksey 21 January 2020

Having just reversed at Swindon, the 1Q15 06:50 Derby RTC to Swansea Network Rail New Measurement Train passes Oaksey for the second time on 21 January 2020, this time with 43014 The Railway Observer leading, and 43013 Mark Carne CBE at the rear.

43015 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 7 June 1980

A very brief and unexpected burst of sunshine on 7 June 1980 provides dramatic lighting for 43015 as it speeds eastwards at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 09:45 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service. This wider than usual view of what is now a well known viewpoint shows that in the 1980s there were trees on both sides of the line. These had grown up around small ponds, which were themselves remnants of quarries used to provide material for the bridge embankment, when it replaced the former level crossing.

43015 Honeybourne 25 April 1987

43015 passes the site of Honeybourne South Loop Junction and starts the long climb up Campden Bank with the 13:14 Great Malvern to Paddington 'Cotswold & Malvern Express' on 25 April 1987. At the time this and the earlier balancing working were the only HST services on the Cotswold Line. However, this was all to change just a couple of weeks later when HSTs took over from Class 47s & 50s on the morning and evening peak trains.

43015 Feeder Bridge Junction 10 April 1997

43015 passes Feeder Bridge Junction, Bristol on 10 April 1997 with the 1C42 14:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads Great Western Trains service. The feeder canal links the River Avon with Bristol Harbour, and was once a busy industrial waterway.

43015 Uffington 2 November 2006

43015 catches the last of the afternoon sun on 2 November 2006 as it speeds past Uffington with the 1C19 15:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. This was shortly before a lofty communications mast was erected here, completely spoiling this photographic viewpoint.

43015 South Marston 11 December 2007

The last rays of the setting sun illuminate 43015 as it heads west past South Marston on 11 December 2007 with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. The appalling condition of the paintwork shows that its call to Brush for refurbishment can not come a moment too soon. In fact it left for Loughborough just a few days later. Note the unusual short formation of just six coaches.

43015 Baulking 24 March 2009

43015 speeds past Baulking with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service on 24 March 2009. Even in 2009, long after the rest of the fleet received their new colours, the catering vehicle in many FGW sets still retains the old livery, as can be seen near the rear of the train here. Although only a partly sunny day, for once the trains conspired to arrive in the sunny periods and it was also noticeable how much better the light was than the hazy light during the previous weeks period of settled high pressure

43015 Wolvercote 22 July 2012

Rosebay Willowherb flowers on the recently cleared course of the former down goods loop at Wolvercote on 22 July 2012, as 43015 slows down prior to taking the Cotswold Line route at Wolvercote Junction, with the 1W08 17:42 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service.

43015 Compton Beauchamp 24 March 2014

A beautiful spring day at Compton Beauchamp on 24 March 2014. 43015 heads towards London with the 1A09 07:13 Taunton to Paddington First Great Western service. I was making the most of this location, as it was shortly to be desecrated by the installation of overhead catenary, although luckily as far as photography is concerned, several years behind schedule.

43015 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 15 April 2014

Springtime at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. 43015 heads westwards with the 1B40 13:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service on 15 April 2014. A pity the set wasn't the other way round, as then the Singapore Airlines advertising 43163 would be leading.

43015 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 29 July 2014

On 29 July 2014, 43015 leads the 1P26 06:42 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service off the double track line at Cornbury Park, Charlbury, and onto the long single track section to Wolvercote Junction. Although sections of the Cotswold Line were redoubled in 2011, this bottleneck still remains, at least for the present.

43015 Steventon 9 December 2015

43015 approaches Steventon on 9 December 2015 with the 1A12 07:40 Paignton to Paddington GWR service. The partially ploughed field makes an interesting foreground, and the birch coppice provides an ideal background.

43015 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 December 2015

Superb early morning winter light at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 23 December 2015. 43015 heads towards London with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. This location, which I have known since the early 1970s, would soon be ruined by the installation of overhead line equipment.

43015 Churchill Heath 21 April 2016

Not a picture I would normally take, with a bush partly in the way, and on a dull day. However, the superb display of blackthorn blossom in the foreground makes up for the other shortcomings. 43015 passes Churchill Heath on 21 April 2016 with the 1W25 12:21 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service.

43015 Standish Junction 12 October 2016

43015 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 12 October 2016 with the diverted 1L71 14:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Clearly at this time of day only trains on the Swindon line are photographable, although that is only partly the result of the cutting. Years ago, before all the bushes grew up, the sun stayed in the cutting much longer into the afternoon.

43015 Undy 7 October 2018

43015 passes Undy on 7 October 2018 with the 1B28 11:33 Paddington to Carmarthen GWR service. This was running exactly on time, something I haven't come to expect from GWR. Then again, this is a Sunday, and it's not on the Cotswold Line!

43015 Churchill Heath 22 October 2018

Well worth the long walk across the fields from the car! 43015 passes Churchill Heath Wood on 22 October 2018 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Ever since the lineside vegetation was completely blitzed along good sections of the Cotswold Line during the summer of 2018, I have been waiting for a suitable cloud free day to photograph this train here. Although all the lineside undergrowth has been removed, and the location is more open than I can ever remember it, there is still a tall hedge on the left that would cause shadow problems for a later train.

43016 Didcot 27 February 1982

43016 races through Didcot station on 27 February 1982 with just a barrier coach in tow. HSTs power cars working on their own like this seemed to get progressively less common over the years, and although never an everyday occurrence, I did manage to photograph two such workings in 1982

43016 Bekley 21 February 1987

In a welcome patch of sun, 43016 speeds past Berkley on 21 February 1987 with the late running 10:10 Paddington to Plymouth InterCity service. Unfortunately, this once excellent viewpoint has now been completely ruined by a large communications mast and associated equipment box being positioned right in the foreground.

43016 Stonehouse 25 April 1990

43016 passes Stonehouse on 25 April 1990 with the 06:33 Newcastle to Weston-super-Mare InterCity service. Note the rusting sidings of the former Stonehouse coal depot, which had closed a few years earlier. On my last visit the sidings were still there, but now totally engulfed in vegetation, which has effectively ruined this viewpoint.

43016 Kemble 21 May 1996

Springtime at Kemble. 43016 arrives at the station on 21 May 1996 with the 1B46 17:03 Paddington to Cheltenham service. The Grade II listed station building, and fine display of flowering shrubs make a perfect background. Despite the fact that there is nobody visible in this picture, the station is very well used, with passenger usage approaching 400,000 per annum.

43016 Great Cheverell 9 April 1999

A reminder of just how stylish the original Great Western Trains livery was. 43016 sweeps round the curve at Great Cheverell on 9 April 1999 with the 1C40 13:35 Paddington to Taunton service. The many curves on the 'Berks & Hants' route means that the HSTs cannot fully exploit their 125mph top speed, as they can on the Bristol line, but they have still been the staple power on the route since the 1980s.

43016 Crofton 21 July 2006

With the sun trying to break through and clear the early morning mist, 43016 Peninsula Medical School sweeps round the curve at Crofton with the 1A84 05:05 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service on 21 July 2006. 43016's name was unveiled at Plymouth station on 14 August 2002 by Professor John Tooke, Dean of the Peninsula Medical School.

43016 Kintbury 2 April 2007

43016 Peninsula Medical School swings round the curve at Kintbury on 2 April 2007 with the 1C85 13:05 Paddington to Plymouth First Great Western service. The grassy bank in the foreground is a narrow strip of land between the railway and the Kennet & Avon Canal.

43016 Little Bedwyn 25 June 2010

Two modes of transport at Little Bedwyn with (theoretically) a 121 mph difference in top speed. 43016 heads east alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal at Little Bedwyn on 25 June 2010 with the 1A73 05:46 Exeter St Davids to Paddington First Great Western service. While the HST has a top speed of 125 mph (although not on this stretch of line), users of Britain's canals have to make do with an upper limit of 4 mph!

43016 Kemble 9 January 2011

43016 arrives at Kemble on 9 January 2011 with the 1L54 11:25 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. Normally Sunday trains on this route would be purely local Cheltenham to Swindon DMUs, but on this occasion the closure of the Severn Tunnel for signaling work had upgraded the local trains to diverted HST services.

43016 Bruern 25 May 2012

The oilseed rape is in full flower at Bruern on 25 May 2012, as 43016 heads southwards with the 1P26 06:44 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express'. First Great Western's blue livery can look very plain at times, but it certainly makes a bold contrast with the mass of yellow in this view.

43016 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 26 February 2014

Immaculately clean 43016 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 26 February 2014 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service, while the 1G21 09:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa train can be seen disappearing into the distance.

43016 Challow 27 February 2014

43016 races past the site of Challow station on 27 February 2014 with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington First Great Western service. Unfortunately this view will be ruined by the forthcoming electrification, as the catenary needed to span four tracks is sure to be extremely visually intrusive.

43016 Bourton 1 July 2014

With Swindon in the background still completely enveloped in fog, 43016 passes a sunny Bourton on 1 July 2014 with the 1A03 06:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. Only during mid summer is it possible to get sunlit shots on the north side of the line at this location.

43016 Grove 14 July 2014

43016 leads the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service past Grove on 14 July 2014. This photo is taken from Cow Lane bridge, which is on what was once a road (of sorts!) between the villages of Grove and East Hanney.

43016 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 October 2015

The Vale of White Horse! 43016 speeds past one of the resident horses at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 October 2015 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. Obviously it would be a simple matter to cheat with Photoshop, but there was no need here, as the horse was ideally positioned as the train passed.

43016 Upper Moor 25 November 2017

43016 passes Upper Moor on 25 November 2017 with the 1P51 12:13 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. I wouldn't normally take such a head on shot, but I couldn't resist the superb autumn colours in this view.

43016 Challow 28 November 2017

Two years after GWR unveiled their dark green livery, mismatched sets are now seemingly more common than complete HSTs in one colour. Green 43016 leads an almost complete blue rake past Challow on 28 November 2017. Only the last coach is in the green colour scheme. The train is the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington service.

43016 Oaksey 3 July 2018

43016 passes Oaksey on 3 July 2018 with the late running 1G47 15:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. This was just five minutes behind the even later running diverted 1B48 15:15 Paddington to Swansea, coincidentally led by consecutively numbered 43017.

43016 Moreton-in-Marsh 26 September 2018

91¼ miles to go, and already running 29 minutes late! 43016 accelerates away from Moreton-in-Marsh on 25 September 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. The train eventually arrived in London 40 minutes behind time. Unfortunately this kind of late running has become the norm on the Cotswold Line in 2018, and GWR really need to get their act together and do something about this appalling level of service. It's no use them blaming the HSTs for being unreliable, as these delays frequently affect their new Class 800 DMUs as well.

43017 Challow 12 August 1980

A vintage scene at Challow on 12 August 1980. 43017 passes the redundant platforms of the long closed station with the 08:18 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service. The lorry body from the nearby scrap yard leaves no doubt as to the location, while apart from the removal of the station building, not a lot else has changed since the days of steam. As the loops were also removed, there was no need to demolish the platforms, so both still remain totally intact here, passenger less and growing a good crop of grass. Note also the range of railway related buildings and huts at the back of the former coal yard.

43017 Bourton 18 November 1984

43017 leads the 1A31 07:55 Swansea to Paddington service past Bourton on 18 November 1984. Apart from the rear power car, the entire train is in the original livery, which even today still looks smart and modern. I hope that when they finally reach the end of their life, at least one set is repainted into this iconic colour scheme by which ever operator is still using them. By that time I expect the blinkered attitude of many enthusiasts towards these fine trains may well have softened, and I expect we will see the usual chasing around for pictures of the last ones by people who have hitherto ignored them! Personally I would rather see a well lit picture of a HST (especially in this livery), than yet another picture of a Class 66 hauled freight in rubbish light.

43017 Swindon 15 July 1989

43017's ex-works livery is slightly marred by the addition of a dead pigeon on the front end. It is arriving at Swindon on 15 July 1989 with the 09:30 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service. The track curving away to the right in front of the train is the route to Gloucester via the 'Golden Valley'. Somebody already seems to have an argument with the newly installed one way system sign!

43017 Malago Vale 21 September 1990

43017 passes the disused and overgrown Malago Vale Carriage Sidings on 21 September 1990, as it approaches Bristol with the 1E40 08:35 Paignton to Newcastle service. Unfortunately I never visited this location when the sidings were in use.

43017 Baulking 26 April 2007

Just how much lineside vegetation has been allowed to grow at certain railway locations is exemplified here, in the formerly completely open cutting between Uffington (now invisible behind the bushes) and Baulking. 43017 speeds past with the 11:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service on 26 April 2007. For an indication of what this spot was like 27 years previously, have a look at 43039. Although not taken from quite the same angle (impossible now!), the two small trees on the right and the large tree in the background identify the location.

43017 Ruscombe 17 April 2008

43017 passes Ruscombe with the 06:48 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington 'Bristolian' First Great Western service on 17 April 2008. Even though all FGW's power cars and the vast majority of coaches have been refurbished, there are still instances of catering vehicles in the old (relatively speaking!) livery, such as the third coach in this train. In early spring 2008 numerous trees were felled in the cutting at Ruscombe, opening up the view considerably and highlighting the new spring growth on the few remaining bushes.

43017 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 15 April 2014

Profuse blackthorn blossom at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 15 April 2014. 43017 leads the 1L51 10:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service eastwards in the warm spring sunshine. The last spring before the wires go up and ruin the location forever.

43017 Chilson 7 August 2015

A Cotswold Line First Great Western meeting on the sunny morning of 7 August 2015. 43017 Hannahs discoverhannahs.org leads the 1P26 06:42 Hereford to Paddington past Chilson, while 180108 with the 1W12 06:52 Paddington to Great Malvern disappears into the distance. This location was single track from 1971 until 2011, with up trains often having to be held at Ascott-under-Wychwood (behind the trees in the background), waiting for a late running down train to clear the long single track section from Wolvercote Junction.

43017 Lyneham 18 April 2018

43017 Hannahs discoverhannahs.org passes Lyneham on 18 April 2018 with the 1W02 17:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. This is history repeating itself, as in 2018 I am taking every opportunity to photograph HSTs on the Cotswold Line before they disappear forever, whereas three decades earlier I was doing the same thing with Class 50s!

43017 Stonesfield 30 April 2018

43017 Hannahs discoverhannahs.org passes the recently cleared section of the Cotswold Line near Stonesfield on 30 April 2018 with the 1W02 17:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. Near the rear of the train the course of the Roman Akeman Street crosses the line. The large Roman Snails (Helix pomatia) are still plentiful in the area, over 1600 years after the Romans left!

43017 Oaksey 3 July 2018

Running 33 minutes late, 43017 Hannahs discoverhannahs.org passes Oaksey on 3 July 2018 with the diverted 1B48 15:15 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. Five minutes behind it was 43016 with the 1G47 15:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa service.

43017 Standish Junction 2 January 2019

The new year dawns, and 2019 sees just one HST diagram covering the Gloucester to Swindon 'Golden Valley' line. This involves two out and back trips from London to Paddington. With frost still on the grass on the east side of the cutting, 43017 Hannahs discoverhannahs.org passes Standish Junction on 2 January 2019 with the 1L50 10:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service.

43018 Keynsham 14 May 1988

43018 leads the 1A03 15:05 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service past Keynsham on 14 May 1988. Just visible through the heat haze in the background is the world famous Somerdale Fry's (later Cadburys) chocolate factory. Controversially, this closed in 2007, with production being moved to Poland.

43018 Oxford 27 May 1989

43018 arrives at Oxford station on 27 May 1989 with the 1A13 06:09 Hereford to Paddington InterCity service. The old water tower in the background is virtually all that remained at the time of Oxford's former steam shed (81F).

43018 Patchway 23 July 1993

On 23 July 1993 the 1/2000 sec top shutter speed on my Canon F1 was needed to freeze 43018 as it sped through Patchway station with the 13:32 Swansea to Paddington service. It would shortly be turning left at Patchway Junction with the next stop Bristol Parkway. The signal with the feathers indicating the various routes at this junction can just be seen in the background. Although undoubtedly very smart when newly applied, the InterCity 'Swallow' livery was very prone to weathering on the front of HSTs, as seen here.

43018 Hayle 26 March 1994

43018 is nearing journey's end on 26 March 1994, as it passes the karting track at Hayle with the 1C36 12:35 Paddington to Penzance InterCity service. The train is just starting to slow down for the stop at St Erth, its final calling point before Penzance.

43018 Hinksey 22 June 1998

With an unintentional yet perfectly balanced livery combination of Great Western power cars and central coach separated by three InterCity liveried vehicles, 43018 leads the 18:20 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express' Great Western Trains service past lines of decaying civil engineers wagons at Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) on 22 June 1998. Very soon after this picture was taken the virtually moribund Hinksey Yard was to be revitalised, becoming a large 'Virtual quarry' ballast dump.

43018 Baulking 12 October 2006

43018 The Red Cross passes Baulking with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service on 12 October 2006. This was during one of the many periods of livery transition, with most of the train in the second version of FGW's purple livery, but with three coaches scattered throughout the length of the train in the next version of their corporate colours.

43018 Hinksey 9 January 2010

43018 passes a very snowy Hinksey Yard on 9 January 2010 with the late running 1W29 11:21 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. Just one train seems to have used the yard since the snow fell three days previously, as can be seen by the clear line of rails on the right.

43018 Swindon (Hay Lane) 10 July 2014

43018 passes Hay Lane (near Swindon) on 10 July 2014 with the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. The livery may be bland, but at least FGW keep their trains clean (on the outside at least)!

43018 Brimslade 1 April 2015

43018 passes Brimslade in soft spring light on 8 April 2015 with the late running 1A82 11:30 Paignton to Paddington First Great Western service. The Berks & Hants line parallels the Kennet & Avon Canal for a considerable distance. It is just out of sight behind the bushes on the right.

43018 Appleford 30 June 2015

43018 races through Appleford station on 30 June 2015 with the 1P63 17:01 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the extreme weathering of the bricks on the bridge's parapet, and also what appears to be a slight dip in the centre of the arch.

43018 Charlbury 24 May 2016

43018 arrives at Charlbury station on 24 May 2016 with the 1P21 07:10 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington GWR service. Despite being extended a few years earlier, Charlbury's up platform is still not long enough to accommodate a full HST.

43018 Compton Beauchamp 5 July 2017

Very nearly the end of one of my favourite photographic locations. The masts are up, and the wires will soon follow at Compton Beauchamp on 5 July 2017. 43018 speeds westwards with the 1B63 17:15 Paddington to Carmarthen GWR service.

43018 Ascott-under-Wychwood 14 May 2018

'Each A Glimpse' (with apologies to Colin Gifford). 43018 passes the flowering hawthorn bushes at Ascott-under-Wychwood on 14 May 2018, as it heads up the Cotswold Line with the 1W02 17:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. I was keen to try this more pictorial view here, especially with the abundant blossom, and nice evening light. The only problem was the very small gap, with no margin for error in firing the shutter. 1/2000sec shutter speed and some good luck secured the picture!

43018 Oaksey 15 May 2018

Running 25 minutes late, 43018 passes Oaksey at speed on 15 May 2018 with the 1G60 17:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. Recent vegetation clearance has revealed that this location would at one time have been obstructed by a telegraph pole. Note the stump lurking in the grass in the foreground.

43018 Steventon 6 June 2018

Two modern ugly intrusions on the landscape, and one iconic design classic at Steventon on 6 June 2018. The overhead catenary and the hideous galvanised palisade fence do their best to spoil the view, as 43018 races towards the capital with the 1A12 07:48 Paignton to Paddington GWR service.

43018 Lower Moor 30 January 2019

43018 passes Lower Moor on 30 January 2019 with the 1W27 13:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. This was running 24 minutes late, and was terminated a little short of its destination, at Worcester's other station, Shrub Hill. The impressive cloud formation in the background proves that I was obviously stood in the right spot, as the only really cloud free area of sky was luckily just where the low winter sun was!

43019 Denchworth 21 May 1983

43019 pulls away from an unexplained signal stop at Denchworth on a very rainy 21 May 1983. It is working the 1A85 15:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service. Virtually everything in this picture has now changed. The line is now four tracks, and the two signals have been replaced by a large gantry. Circourt Bridge, visible in the background, has been replaced by a much more visually intrusive structure, and even 43019 is no more, having been written off in the Ufton Nervet accident in 2004.

43019 South Moreton (Didcot East) 1 December 1983

43019 heads east from Didcot and approaches South Moreton on 1 December 1983 with the late running 12:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service. A very ordinary scene at the time, but there is added significance to the picture now, as this is one of the HST power cars that has been withdrawn due to accident damage. It was involved in the fatal level crossing crash at Ufton Nervet in November 2004, and was subsequently scrapped at Sims Metals, Beeston. Note that in 1983 it still carried its (by then abandoned) set number 253009.

43019 Cheltenham 21 August 1985

43019 approaches Cheltenham on 21 August 1985 with the 07:00 Plymouth to Newcastle InterCity service. This was nearly two years after the introduction of the InterCity 'Executive' livery, but the pace of repainting was slow, and only the rear power car in this set has been repainted. 43019 was written off in the tragic level crossing incident at Ufton Nervet in November 2004.

43019 Bathampton 1 September 1985

With the northern suburbs of Bath in the background, 43019 heads towards London at Bathampton on a very dull Sunday 1 September 1985. The train is the 1A17 10:45 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington. This power car was written off in the tragic level crossing incident at Ufton Nervet in November 2004.

43019 Barton-under-Needwood 2 November 1985

43019 brings up the rear of the 1E30 07:00 Plymouth to Newcastle service at Barton-under-Needwood on 2 November 1985. This became the third HST power car to be written off, when it was involved in the tragic level crossing incident at Ufton Nervet in November 2004.

43019 South Moreton (Didcot East) 8 November 1986

The ill fated 43019 leads the 1A11 10:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service past South Moreton (Didcot East) on 8 November 1986. This power car was written off in the tragic level crossing accident at Ufton Nervet in November 2004. Coincidentally, I had also photographed 43019 at this same location three years previously.

43019 Coates 4 October 1987

43019 Dinas Abertawe / City of Swansea passes Coates on 4 October 1987 with the 1B34 14:50 Paddington to Cheltenham service. 43019 carried the Dinas Abertawe / City of Swansea name between May 1987 and June 1989. The plates were then removed, but reapplied in June 1991.

43019 Ufton Nervet 3 March 1990

How's this for a spooky coincidence. 43019 was written off in a terrible accident at Ufton Nervet level crossing in November 2004. Fourteen years earlier I took this picture of it at the very same location. On 3 March 1990 it worked the 09:40 Paddington to Plymouth service, and is pictured here passing the location of its eventual destruction.

43019 Corsham 20 April 1995

Unlucky 19! 43019 Dinas Abertawe / City of Swansea was written off in the Ufton Nervet accident in 2004. Nearly a decade earlier, it is pictured here approaching Corsham on 20 April 1995 with the 1C38 13:15 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare service.

43020 Bourton 16 February 1984

43020 slowly leads the 1A43 11:57 Cardiff Central to Paddington service from the up line onto the down line via the crossover at Bourton on 16 February 1984. It will now proceed 'wrong line' as far as Uffington. The Great Western Mainline is fully bi-directionally signaled, but this is one of the few times that I have seen it in use. The up line was closed for emergency repairs after a freight train derailment the previous day between the site of Knighton Crossing and Uffington. The fog had just started to lift, leaving all the trees and bushes covered in ice.

43020 Quedgeley 6 May 1988

As HSTs were built specifically for long distance high speed work, obviously most trains that they operated ran with a 1xxx headcode, indicating express passenger. However, there were a few 2xxx local workings, usually run as fill in turns. One such was the 2B11 07:07 Bristol Temple Meads to Cheltenham Spa service in the late 1980s. It is pictured here, passing Quedgeley on 6 May 1988, with 43020 leading.

43020 Ashchurch 6 May 1989

43020 leads the 06:56 Cardiff Central to Newcastle service past Ashchurch on 6 May 1989. It's transition time here, with several new industrial buildings being constructed on the right. However, it would be some years before Ashchurch station would be rebuilt, the site being between the end of the relief line, and the MoD siding in the background.

43020 Pilning 22 July 1990

43020 descends towards the Severn Tunnel at Pilning on 22 July 1990 with the 09:20 Newcastle to Swansea service. The single first class vehicle at the front of the train marks this out as one of the few cross-country trains passing this way. The more numerous trains from Paddington had two such vehicles.

43020 Corsham 20 April 1995

43020 John Grooms passes Corsham on 20 April 1995 with the 1A53 13:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington InterCity service. Note the eight coach formation, with half of the vehicles having first class accommodation.

43020 Lympsham 20 September 1998

With all but one vehicle in the attractive Great Western Trains livery, 43020 John Grooms leads the 1C24 08:00 Paddington to Penzance service past Lympsham on 20 September 1998. Unfortunately this colour scheme soon got changed into First Great Western's 'fag packet' livery.

43020 Starcross 29 June 2002

Due to chasing the last loco hauled passengers trains around the country in 2002, I have unfortunately got very few pictures of First Great Western HSTs in this short lived livery with the white area around the front end. So although technically not brilliant (35mm Fujichrome), here is a picture of 43020 John Grooms in a little weak sun at Starcross on 29 June 2002. It is working the 1C27 11:30 Paddington to Penzance 'Royal Duchy'.

43020 Circourt 8 September 2005

43020 John Grooms speeds past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service on 8 September 2005. Although seemingly an everyday scene, such is the pace of change with First Great Western's liveries, that to get a complete train in one colour scheme can sometimes be something of a challenge, as it seems that no sooner do they get the whole fleet repainted into one colour scheme than they launch yet another variation!

43020 Uffington 14 April 2008

43020 passes the footpath crossing near the site of Uffington station on 14 April 2008 with the 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. The wide trackbed here which marks the site of the former freight loops is already being invaded by the inevitable bramble bushes. No doubt Railtrack would like to close this little used footpath, which incidentally crosses a much earlier form of transport a short distance further on - the disused Wilts & Berks Canal.

43020 Radley 31 August 2012

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership approaches Radley on 31 August 2012 with the 1P26 06:44 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express'. At least First Great Western continue to name this service, although no HST has ever carried a 'Cathedrals Express' headboard.

43020 Knighton 20 April 2013

A large clump of teasels adds some foreground interest to this picture of 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passing Knighton on 20 April 2013 with the 1C13 12:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service.

43020 Challow 19 December 2013

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passes Challow on 19 December 2013 with the 1B31 12:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. In preparation for the forthcoming electrification, the lineside vegetation has been removed here, opening up the view nicely. This leaves just a short window of opportunity to get some pictures before the dreaded masts go up.

43020 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 26 February 2014

Easily recognised from a distance by virtue of its large white backed nameplate, 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 26 February 2014 with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service.

43020 Oxford 1 April 2015

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership pulls out of Oxford station on 1 April 2015 with the 1P24 08:07 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service. The orange stripe on the left side of the loco's cab is not some dodgy Photoshop processing, but the reflection of the large red brick building that is just off to the left of the picture.

43020 Cholsey 28 April 2015

The early morning sun illuminates Didcot Power Station's three remaining cooling towers on 28 April 2015, as 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership leads the 1L05 03:52 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service past an oilseed rape field near Cholsey. At least this viewpoint should still be available after electrification, although of course by then the only sign of Didcot Power Station on the horizon will be the two small chimneys on the left, belonging to the gas fired Didcot B Station.

43029 Steventon 19 January 2016

The low winter sun gives a golden glow to the scene, as 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passes Steventon on 19 January 2016 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. In the background is the tall chimney of the disused Didcot Power Station.

43020 Compton Beauchamp 8 June 2016

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passes Compton Beauchamp in superb evening light on 8 June 2016 with the 1C25 18:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. Other than some welcome lineside vegetation clearance, there is still very little evidence here of the Great Western Mainline's hugely delayed and over budget electrification scheme.

43020 Wolvercote 28 August 2017

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passes Wolvercote on 28 August 2017 with the late running 1W02 17:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. On the right is the abandoned trackbed of reinstated down relief line. After much vegetation clearance, the track was relaid in 2015, and then promptly taken up again! The sleepers that a year ago were supporting rails on the newly laid ballast, are now stacked up against the fence, covered in brambles! More money wasted due to Network Rail's incompetence.

43020 Oaksey 1 September 2017

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership races past the site of Oaksey station on 1 September 2017 with the 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. This photo is taken from a recently upgraded public footpath crossing, which explains the fence in the foreground. Whereas for years rural foot crossings were often nothing more than a stile in either hedge, now a guided walkway with signage at what is known as the 'Decision Point' is required.

43020 Chilson 21 March 2018

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passes Chilson on 21 March 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This is booked to pass the 1W14 06:52 Paddington to Great Malvern Class 800 at Shipton, but on this occasion that train was running a few minutes late, and was right behind me, just a few seconds away from ruining this picture!

43020 Chilson 21 June 2018

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership speeds past Chilson on 21 June 2018 with the 1P14 07:10 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington GWR service, during the brief period when this particular train was upgraded to HST operation.

43020 Moredon 25 June 2018

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passes Moredon on 25 June 2018 with the late running diverted 1L08 04:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The last time I was here there were no houses in the field, and probably very soon there will be no fields left in this view, such is the non-stop outward expansion of Swindon!

43020 Bretforton 24 January 2019

Just a few HST diagrams survive on the Cotswold Line in early 2019, but on 24 January there was a bonus, when the usual Class 800 DMU on the 1W23 11:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service was replaced by a HST. The reason for this was yet another signalling problem between London and Reading, so the train was in fact the 1W23 12:24 Oxford to Worcester Foregate Street. The following service was cancelled in it its entirety. 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership passes Bretforton in the only faint glimmer of brightness during the entire day.

43020 Standish Junction 11 April 2019

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership approaches Standish Junction on 11 April 2019 with the 5E19 09:25 Bristol St Philips Marsh to Hull Station Sidings ECS. Another one of GWR's few remaining named power cars, 43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few is bringing up the rear.

43020 Bredon 20 August 2019

43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership leads the 5V81 13:46 Hull Station Sidings to Bristol St Philips Marsh ECS past Bredon on 20 August 2019, with, as usual, 43010 bringing up the rear. This is the weekly Hull Trains maintenance swap. I should have believed the Met Office when they said it would cloud up in the afternoon. It was largely sunny when I left home, but completely dull by the time I got here!

43020 Goole 3 December 2019

Until 2019, a GWR HST in Yorkshire would have been extremely unlikely, but the ongoing problems with the Hull Trains Class 180 DMU fleet has seen a regular maintenance swap over working of a shortened HST set between Bristol and Hull. The HSTs being used by Hull Trains on one of the Class 180 diagrams. 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership approaches Goole on 3 December 2019 with the 5E23 07:02 Bristol St Philips Marsh to Hull ECS, with 43010 bringing up the rear.

43021 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 22 April 1986

Just before the lights went out! A really threatening black sky heralds an approaching storm as 43021 leads the 13:12 Great Malvern to Paddington 'Cotswold and Malvern Express' between Aristotle Lane and Walton Well Road, on the approach to Oxford on 22 April 1986. The relief lines here were laid during the second world war and both originally extended as far as Wolvercote Junction. The down relief has now been cut back to Aristotle Lane footbridge, visible in the background.

43021 Shorthampton 23 September 2009

43021 David Austin - Cartoonist passes Shorthampton on 23 September 2009 with the 1W29 11:22 Paddington to Great Malvern First Great Western service. Note that the track single track has been slewed over to the left of the formation, in preparation for the reinstatement of the second track.

43021 Fairwood 14 October 2009

In superb golden evening light with Westbury White Horse standing out clearly on the hillside and dark clouds in the background, 43021 David Austin - Cartoonist passes Fairwood with the 1C87 16:06 Paddington to Penzance First Great Western service on 14 October 2009.

43021 Baulking 9 December 2010

With Baulking Grange Farm just visible through the gap in the trees, 43021 David Austin - Cartoonist approaches Baulking on 9 December 2010 with the 1C14 12:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service.

43021 Baulking 4 March 2011

43021 David Austin - Cartoonist speeds past Baulking on 4 March 2011 with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. This location (on a public footpath) is adjacent to a small wood, and so is shaded for much of the time in winter.

43021 Uffington 30 October 2012

43021 David Austin - Cartoonist passes Uffington on 30 October 2012 with the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. Apart from the trains, this is a very quiet rural location, more frequented by Red Kites than people!

43021 Uffington 24 October 2013

The field of maize makes an excellent foreground foil for 43021 David Austin - Cartoonist, as it speeds past Uffington on 24 October 2013 with the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. The power car is named after the British artist David Austin (1935 – 2005) who was famous for his work in the Guardian and Private Eye.

43021 Compton Beuachamp 17 October 2016

My last morning's visit to the classic location of Compton Beauchamp, which was ruined shortly afterwards by the installation of overhead electfrication masts. 43021 David Austin - Cartoonist heads towards London on 17 October 2016 with the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service.

43021 Gleneagles 14 September 2019

43021 brings up the rear of the 1A77 16:42 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen ScotRail service at Gleneagles on 14 September 2019. 43026 is the leading power car. Note the large crowds at the normally quiet station. This is the result of the Solheim Cup golf tournament, being held at the nearby Gleneagles Golf Course.

43021 Newtonhill 15 September 2019

43021 brings up the rear of the 1A86 12:43 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen ScotRail service at Newtonhill on 15 September 2019. Just over an hour later, I would photograph this train again from the bridge in the background, as it headed back south with the 1T85 16:29 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service.

43021 Newtonhill 15 September 2019

With a complete rake of GWR green coaches, 43021 approaches Newtonhill on 15 September 2019 with the 1T85 16:29 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service. Although it was turning into a sunny evening, there was a huge black cloud not far from the sun, and for several minutes before this was due it looked like the picture would be ruined, but by some miracle the light managed to hold out until just after the train had passed.

43021 Cove Bay 16 September 2019

43021 passes Cove Bay on 16 September 2019 with the 1T10 07:35 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service. The line here closely follows the North Sea coast, before heading a little way inland near Portlethen, then rejoining the coast at Newtonhill.

43022 Challow 12 August 1980

43022 leads the 09:15 Paddington to Swansea service past the site of Challow station on 12 August 1980. Note how both platform faces have survived completely intact, due to the removal of the loops shortly after the station was closed. With the reinstatement of the relief lines in the 1990s, these overgrown remnants of the steam age were bulldozed into oblivion. In addition to the sadly missed original HST livery, the other thing that immediately identifies the era in which this picture was taken is the bizarre sight of lines of leafless trees in high summer. This is of course the product of Dutch Elm Disease which decimated the country's elm trees during the 1970s.

43022 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 8 May 1987

43022 speeds past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 8 May 1987 with the 1C47 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads InterCity service. Apart from the fact that there are only two tracks, instead of the present four at this location, another feature that identifies this as a scene from times past is the lax attitude to health & safety. A rail contractor (one hopes!) wanders casually back to his Ford Cortina pickup truck, parked on the ballast next to the 125mph running line. This is obviously well before the era of high visibility clothing, as he is wearing a 'low visibility' black jacket!

43022 Clay Mills (Hargate) 15 May 1987

There was a fashion for stick on 'headboards' for DMUs and HSTs in the 1980s, especially for the latter as fixing a conventional headboard is difficult. However, the downside is that they didn't come off very easily, leading to some inappropriate usage. 43022 passes Clay Mills (Hargate) on 15 May 1987 with a 'Cornishman' headboard, complete with happy surfer. Unfortunately this isn't the 'Cornishman'. Although presumably added to 43022 to promote the named train at the start of the summer timetable a few days earlier, this is in fact the 06:37 Plymouth to Leeds service, rather than the 'Cornishman' (07:30 Penzance to Newcastle), which would have passed by approximately 2½ hours later.

43022 South Moreton 9 February 1991

With compacted snow and icicles on the front end, 43022 heads through the snowy landscape at South Moreton (near Didcot) with the late running (not surprisingly!) 09:32 Swansea to Paddington service on 9 February 1991. It takes considerable effort to take pictures in these conditions, not just the treacherous road conditions whilst getting there, but also standing about for ages in freezing conditions!

43022 Briton Ferry 15 April 1991

43022 sweeps round the curve at Briton Ferry on 15 April 1991 with the 1A84 17:32 Swansea to Paddington InterCity service. The line from Baglan Bay leading into the then still busy Briton Ferry yard can be seen in the foreground.

43022 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 19 July 1993

The well known location of Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, pictured during the short period when it was a three track mainline. On the left is the newly reinstated down relief line, but there is as yet no sign of the up relief line, which was installed the following year. 43022 passes by with the 1A41 09:32 Swansea to Paddington InterCity service on 19 July 1993.

43022 Compton Beauchamp 25 June 1996

High summer on the Great Western Mainline at Compton Beauchamp. 43022 speeds westwards on 25 June 1996 with the 1B56 18:03 Paddington to Cheltenham service. During mid summer the sun has travelled round so far by the late evening that it is possible to take perfectly lit pictures of trains from the north side of the line at this point.

43022 Milton 15 April 1997

Under a threatening sky, 43022 passes Milton on 15 April 1997 with the 1A29 08:30 Cheltenham to Paddington Great Western Trains service. Note how only 43022 retains the InterCity swallow livery, with the rest of the train in Great Western's unfortunately short lived green and white colour scheme. Although offering a good view for eastbound trains, this location has two problems. It is totally impossible to get a picture of westbound trains without moving round to the adjacent bridge, and this is taken from the A34 bridge, where although there is a wide area of concrete to stand on, there is no official footpath. Although I haven't experienced it, I feel sure a visit from the boys in blue would result if you stayed there for any length of time!

43022 Shrivenham 22 September 2002

43022 kicks up the dust from the recently reballasted track at Shrivenham on 22 September 2002, as it passes through the remains of the old station with the 08:19 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service. Unfortunately First Great Western decided to abandoned this colour scheme almost as soon as it was introduced, presumably as the amount of white in the colour scheme made it difficult to keep clean.

43022 Charlbury 1 June 2007

43022 arrives at Charlbury with the 06:43 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express' First Great Western service on 1 June 2007. The 'Cathedrals Express' has a long pedigree as a named train on the Cotswold Line, originally being introduced in 1957. Initially in steam days a headboard was carried, but when the name was re-introduced in 1985, the headboard only appeared on the first day. Of course, since the introduction of HSTs a headboard is not practical even if such things were still considered as a marketing tool. I had originally intended taking this picture at Finstock, but the location (which used to be fine in the days of the Class 50s) was completely overgrown, so a quick drive to Charlbury was needed.

43022 Callow Hill 1 September 2007

With the town of Wotton Bassett visible on the horizon, 43022 passes Callow Hill on 1 September 2007 with the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. The M4 motorway can be seen cutting across the picture in the distance.

43022 Patney & Chirton 11 May 2009

43022 passes the site of Patney & Chirton station with the 1C85 14:06 Paddington to Penzance First Great Western service on 11 May 2009. Note the reconstructed bridge in the background, with its inelegant concrete parapet atop a vintage brick arch. Presumably all the Armco barriers on the road date from the time of the bridge rebuilding.

43022 Evesham 29 October 2009

43022 arrives at Evesham on 29 October 2009 with the 1W00 08:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. The centre pivoting semaphore signal in the foreground will soon be swept away once the complete resignalling of the line gets underway, while the post to its right has already succumbed to the local vegetation. There seems to be a surprising amount of evening primrose plants growing on the cutting sides and even on the edge of the ballast - not your average trackside weed!

43022 St Andrews Road 25 September 2010

This HST is certainly well off the beaten track! 43022 slowly approaches St Andrews Road station, on 25 September 2010 with the Pathfinder Tours 'Brunelian' railtour, at this point running as the 1Z44 13:45 Swindon to Portbury Dock (via Avonmouth). The tour had earlier started from Paddington as the 1Z43 09:15 departure for Swindon, traveling the long way round via Newbury and Melksham. The lines of stabled coal hoppers on the right are for working off the nearby Avonmouth terminal, principally to Didcot Power Station.

43022 Lodway 25 September 2010

You don't get many HSTs here! 43022 gingerly negotiates the Portbury Dock branch on 25 September 2010 with the Pathfinder Tours 'Brunelian' railtour, at this point running as the 1Z44 13:45 Swindon to Portbury Dock (via Avonmouth). This view from the M5 Avonmouth Bridge shows the line near its destination, with the houses of Lodway in the background. Note the houses built in the flood plain of the River Avon, with only a minimal earth bank for protection! The railtour had earlier started from Paddington as the 1Z43 09:15 departure for Swindon, traveling the long way round via Newbury and Melksham.

43022 Challow 25 September 2010

Very unusual lighting conditions at Challow on 25 September 2010. HSTs pass this spot with monotonous regularity, but they are not usually booked to move onto the normally freight only relief line. Therefore, despite the late hour, I wanted a picture of 43022 leading the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 18:14 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington 'Brunelian' railtour. Just before it was due the setting sun was shining straight into the lens with no possibility of a picture, but at the booked time the sun had actually set, leaving a pink glow in the sky. Luckily the train was on time, as there was only a few minutes of these conditions before the colours vanished and it became pitch black! Incidentally, although obviously this picture has required considerable work in Photoshop, the sky colour has not been enhanced at all, and the strange halo effect around the trees is not the result of some incredibly amateurship Photoshop work, but is purely the result of the lighting.

43022 Aynho 7 April 2013

43022 passes Aynho station (closed in 1964 and now a private residence) with the diverted 1C11 09:50 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service on 7 April 2013. A little earlier the train had crossed the flyover in the background, having worked up from London via the Chiltern Line. FGW HSTs are strangers to both the Chiltern and the Banbury to Oxford lines.

43022 Compton Beauchamp 20 April 2015

Superb spring light at Compton Beauchamp on 20 April 2015, in what is presumably the last year of electrification clutter free views at this iconic location. 43022 heads for the capital with the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service.

43022 Challow 24 February 2016

The rebranding of First Great Western as GWR has been extremely half hearted, certainly with regard to the HST fleet. Just a single set was repainted in dark green in September 2015. Several  months later,43022 had acquired a new coat of the old livery. The ex-works loco leads the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington service past Challow on 24 February 2016. The suitably pristine power car received the name The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 a few weeks later.

43022 Baulking 1 April 2016

43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 passes Baulking on 1 April 2016 with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. It seems like about a metre of the steel pile on the right has been driven into the ground so far, judging by the improvised markings.

43022 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 27 April 2016

43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 27 April 2016 with the late running 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. I have deliberately placed the train at the bottom of the frame, to emphasise the dramatic sky.

43022 Bourton 24 June 2016

43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 passes Bourton on 24 June 2016 with the 1A02 05:29 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. Note the poppies growing around the electrification mast base in the foreground. Requiem for this photographic location?

43022 Bourton 25 July 2016

A golden late evening glint at Bourton on 25 July 2016. 43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 heads towards London with the 1L92 18:29 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Ironically, a month earlier I had photographed this same power car at this same location, but at completely the other end of the day!

43022 Compton Beauchamp 17 October 2016

43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 passes Compton Beauchamp on 17 October 2016 with the 1L46 09:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington GWR service. Note the single protruding electfrication mast pile, the only real sign here of Network Rail's totally mismanaged Great Western Mainline electfrication scheme.

43022 Uffington 11 April 2017

43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 passes Uffington on 11 April 2017 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. This is the view from the newly opened footbridge situated a short distance to the west of the site of the old station. It replaces the footpath crossing, which can be seen in the foreground of this view. Although it's nice to see the building of a bridge, rather than just closing the crossing, it does show that the installation of the dedicated foot crossing, along with its gravel approach path was a waste of money. These were only installed a couple of years ago, after the crossing being nothing more than a sign either side of the line, presumably since the line opened!

43022 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 8 November 2017

43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 approaches Stocks Lane, Steventon, on 8 November 2017 with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. Both the structures in the background are living on borrowed time. The tall chimney of Didcot's disused power station is due to be demolished, and the same fate is in store for the roadbridge if Network Rail get their way, although not without a fight from the locals.

43022 Uffington 26 April 2018

Dramatic lighting at Uffington on 26 April 2018. Whilst the angle of the sun is still far too head on, the combination of bright early morning sunshine, and a massive dark cloud in the background certainly makes for an interesting picture. 43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 speeds eastwards with the 1L72 05:53 Plymouth to Paddington GWR service.

43022 Crofton 17 January 2019

Viewed from the approach embankment to a demolished farm occupation bridge, 43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 approaches Crofton on 17 January 2019 with the 1A85 10:00 Penzance to Paddington GWR service.

43023 Swindon (Hay Lane) 15 September 1979

43023 passes Hay Lane (near Swindon) with the 1A63 12:45 Swansea to Paddington service on 15 September 1979. Apologies for the poor quality, but in addition to be taken on a Praktica, I took the picture slightly early, so some cropping has been required. At least I had the good sense to use Kodachrome 64, which allows considerable magnification, without showing any grain. Note the row of dead elm trees in the background. This was a common sight at the time, following the ravages of Dutch Elm Disease.

43023 Frampton Mansell 7 March 1982

43023 climbs Sapperton Bank on 7 March 1982 with the 1A75 10:50 Swansea to Paddington service. South Wales trains were diverted this way on Sundays throughout the winter timetable. The location is the footpath crossing near the village of Frampton Mansell, with the valley of the River Frome on the right. Note the vintage telegraph poles, which as they ran along the south side of the line, severely compromised some otherwise excellent viewpoints. The poles have now gone, but so too have all the viewpoints!

43023 Charlton 22 April 1988

43023 leads the 1A32 07:30 Plymouth to Paddington InterCity service past Charlton on 22 April 1988. The distinctive building in the background is an engine house on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. It was built in 1926 to pump water into the canal from the nearby River Tone. Just visible in the far distance, partly hidden by a tree, is the tower of Creech St Michael church.

43023 Cholsey 18 February 1990

With the main lines closed for Sunday engineering work, 43023 makes use of the down relief line at Cholsey on 18 February 1990 with the 1B34 15:00 Paddington to Swansea service. Cholsey station can be seen in the background. Only the relief line platforms on the left are normally used, the main line platforms being retained for use when the relief lines are closed.

43023 South Stoke 10 July 1990

A photographic technique that I have rarely employed, but which can be very effective in conveying speed is panning. By using a slow shutter speed and following the train in the viewfinder the result is a pin sharp train against a blurred background. This doesn't tend to work that well with slab fronted diesel locos, but HSTs with their streamlined front ends look very effective. Also, choice of location is important, with an uninterrupted foreground and a plain background preferable. 43023 County of Cornwall speeds past South Stoke with the 18:45 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service on 10 July 1990.

43023 Rodbourne 6 August 1992

The cows graze contentedly in the filed as 43023 sweeps past Rodbourne on 6 August 1992 with the 1B44 17:00 Paddington to Swansea service. This particular viewpoint, being on the north side of the line, was only really of any use on late summer evenings.

43023 Little Bedwyn 9 February 2008

The growth of the beech hedge between the railway and canal has done little to enhance the classic viewpoint at Little Bedwyn. On 9 February 2008, 43023 runs alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal with the late running 1C74 08:18 Paddington to Exeter St Davids First Great Western service.

43023 Steventon 8 May 2008

43023 passes Steventon on 8 May 2008 with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. Little did I realise it at the time, but a decade later this view would be lost to overhead electfrication, and the power station would by then be partly demolished.

43023 Pilning 27 April 2010

43023 climbs out of the Severn Tunnel, and passes Pilning on 27 April 2010 with the 1L54 11:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the recent track works, which have shortened the down loop considerably.

43023 Milton 13 September 2012

A view that is soon set to change completely. While many would argue that the imminent demolition of Didcot Power Station's chimney and cooling towers will improve the view, unfortunately the electrification of the Great Western Mainline will have the opposite effect, and this viewpoint will disappear. 43023 leads the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service past Milton on 13 September 2012.

43023 Steventon 19 February 2013

With Didcot Power Station providing a spectacular display in the background, 43023 passes Steventon on 19 February 2013 with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa First Great Western service. This was running 20 minutes late, having been held up at Causeway Crossing (near the signals in the background), after the barriers were struck by a lorry.

43023 Pewsey 23 August 2013

43023 arrives at Pewsey station on 23 August 2013 with the 1A75 05:30 Plymouth to Paddington First Great Western service. Such is the volume of passengers using this train, that an enterprising individual has started selling hot drinks and snacks from the back of a car. The open hatchback can just be seen near the building on the down platform.

43023 Blagrove 14 May 2014

43023 passes Blagrove (on the western edge of Swindon) with the 1L24 06:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service on 14 May 2014. The trees neatly hide a large industrial estate from view, while just around the corner in the background is the bridge carrying the M4 motorway over the line.

43023 Shrivenham 29 November 2014

With a passing speed in excess of 200mph, a pair of First Great Western HSTs pass through the remains of Shrivenham station on 29 November 2014. 43023 leads the 1L38 07:58 Swansea to Paddington, while 43160 brings up the rear of the 1Z10 09:05 Paddington to Cardiff Central additional. I hope it isn't true, but it does look like the driver of 43023 is asleep, with eyes closed, mouth open, and head drooping to one side!

43023 Oxford 1 April 2015

43023 leaves Oxford station on 1 April 2015 with the 1P26 06:42 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. The small group in the car park are photographers, presumably discussing LNER 4-6-0 B1 4-6-0 61306 Mayflower, which had just left the station with a special train to Kingswear.

43023 Challow 11 February 2016

Immaculately clean 43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few passes the site of Challow station on 11 February 2016 with the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington GWR service, running 25 minutes late. The naming commemorates one of Swindon's Battle of Britain heroes, Squadron Leader Harold Starr. Appropriately the nameplate was unveiled at Swindon on 15 September 2015. Note the light blue background to the nameplate, and the unusual shape - a copy of the plates fitted to the Southern Railway 'Battle of Britain' 4-6-2 steam locomotives.

43023 Uffington 25 February 2016

The solitary tree in the field near Uffington makes for an interesting composition, as 43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few heads towards London on 25 February 2016 with the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service.

43023 Compton Beauchamp 26 August 2016

43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few passes Compton Beauchamp on 26 August 2016 with the 1L38 07:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The very first signs of the delayed electfrication scheme can be seen - small temporary safety barriers near the rail edge.

43023 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 18 January 2018

43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 18 January 2018 with the 1G29 11:36 London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. This was running 47 minutes late due to the down main line being closed at Didcot, meaning it had to pass through Didcot station on the relief line. This wasn't the end of the passenger's woes, as the train didn't reach Cheltenham, as it was terminated at Gloucester due to a points failure.

43023 Aston Magna 5 April 2018

43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few rounds the sharp curve at Aston Magna on 5 April 2018 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This was running five minutes late, but its next booked stop at Moreton-in-Marsh was for ten minutes, so it was able to get back on time again.

43023 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 20 June 2018

Dramatic lighting at Cornbury Park (near Charlbury) on 20 June 2018. 43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few slows down on the approach to the station with the 1W32 15:50 Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh GWR service. I seemed to be standing in a favoured spot, with dark clouds all around, but in more less constant sunshine. This is the first time that I have taken a picture from this particular angle, proving that even familiar locations can yield a different viewpoint. The point in the foreground is what Network Rail call Charlbury Junction, although being just where the single line changes to double, is not really a junction in the accepted sense, i.e. the meeting of two routes.

43023 Charlbury 22 June 2018

43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few approaches Charlbury station on 22 June 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Apart from the proliferation of lineside posts preventing a wider view, this location has changed surprisingly little in the last three decades.

43023 Hungerford Common 27 September 2018

43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few passes the recently cleared Hungerford Common on 27 September 2018 with the 1C85 14:03 Paddington to Penzance GWR service. The 7A77 11:41 Merehead Quarry to Theale Mendip Rail stone train can be seen in the background.

43023 Crofton 17 January 2019

Even without looking at the number, 43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few is easily identifiable by its unusually shaped light blue nameplate. It seen here passing Crofton on 17 January 2019 with the 1A79 06:47 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. Although the former farm occupation bridge here has been demolished, oddly the approach embankment has been left in place.

43023 Standish Junction 11 April 2019

43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few brings up the rear of the 5E19 09:25 Bristol St Philips Marsh to Hull Station Sidings ECS at Standish Junction on 11 April 2019. The short set, which is being led by 43020 MTU Power Passion Partnership, is on short term hire to Hull Trains.

43024 Circourt 27 October 1982

Something you very rarely see nowadays - a HST power car running under its own power on the main line with just a barrier vehicle for company. On 27 October 1982, 43024 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth en-route from Bristol to Old Oak Common. At this time the power cars still carried their set numbers (253012 in this case), but they soon came to be regarded as individual locos rather than multiple units, with consequent mixing of various set formations.

43024 Wolfhall 2 July 1985

43024 catches a brief patch of sunshine, as it rounds the curve at Wolfhall on 2 July 1985 with the 1C37 11:40 Paddington to Penzance 'Cornish Riviera'. The old MSWJR line in the background has since become enveloped in trees.

43024 Wolvercote Junction 19 June 1998

What a difference a bit of white makes! Whilst the latest GWR livery of all over dark green looks drab and uninspired, the original privatisation livery of Great Western Trains, which used much the same shade of green, but with contrasting white areas, looked superb. 43024 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 19 June 1998 with the late running 1B48 17:10 Paddington to Hereford service.

43024 Edithmead 18 July 1998

43024 brings up the rear of the 1C62 17:15 Paddington to Taunton First Great Western service at Edithmead on 18 July 1998. This is on the western edge of the Somerset Levels, an area characterised by numerous small fields, intersected by ditches, and very prone to flooding.

43024 Crofton 21 July 2006

43024 rounds the curve at Crofton on 21 July 2006 with the 1A78 06:43 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the flange lubricators, which are obviously very necessary on such a tight curve on a high speed line.

43024 Mickleton 6 March 2009

Preliminary work for the redoubling of the Cotswold Line is underway at Mickleton on 6 March 2009, as 43024 passes by with the 1W02 10:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. At least work was going on a few minutes before, but as this is just after midday, I presume all the workers are eating lunch in their van, which can just be seen in the background! The tractor was employed in vegetation clearance, while the new concrete troughing for the signal cables can be seen stacked up on the left.

43024 Charlbury 9 May 2009

43024 pulls away from Charlbury station on 9 May 2009 with the Cotswold Line Promotion Group's 1Z30 06:30 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paignton 'Cotswold Torbay Express' excursion. Unfortunately unlike the CLPG's previous tours, the use of a HST and consequence difficulty of fitting a headboard means that this just looks like any other passenger train on the Cotswold Line. This probably explains the constant station announcements warning 'normal' passengers not to board it!

43024 Oaksey 14 November 2009

43024 passes through the long closed station at Oaksey in the drizzle on 14 November 2009 with the 1G21 10:15 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. As can be clearly seen here, both platforms survive at Oaksey, complete with their coping stones. This of course is purely because the track was singled and realigned into the centre of the formation, well away from the former platform faces.

43024 Aynhon 7 April 2013

Unfamiliar territory for a First Great Western HST. 43024 Great Western Society 1961-2011 Didcot Railway Centre passes Aynho on 7 April 2013 with the diverted 1L38 08:07 Swansea to Paddington service. The train would shortly reverse at Banbury, and then travel to London via the Chiltern Line.

43024 Chipping Sodbury 31 August 2013

43024 Great Western Society 1961-2011 Didcot Railway Centre passes through the deep cutting at Chipping Sodbury on 31 August 2013 with the 1L55 11:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. This is a location that I had been meaning to revisit for some time, and one that will obviously be completely ruined when the wires go up.

43024 Bourton 2 July 2014

43024 Great Western Society 1961-2011 Didcot Railway Centre passes Bourton on 2 July 2014 with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. This view was formerly obstructed by a large bush.

43024 Compton Beauchamp 14 April 2015

43024 Great Western Society 1961-2011 Didcot Railway Centre speeds past Compton Beauchamp on 14 April 2015 with the 1C14 12:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. I used to think the shadows from the trees here were intrusive, but that is nothing compared with the electfrication ironmongery which now obliterates this shoot!

43024 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 20 April 2015

43024 Great Western Society 1961-2011 Didcot Railway Centre approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 20 April 2015 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service.

43024 Wolvercote 11 January 2019

43024 Great Western Society 1961-2011 Didcot Railway Centre passes Wolvercote on 11 January 2019 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. The train has just exited the Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction, which is just a short distance round the corner.

43025 Newton St Loe 23 October 1994

Early morning in the Avion Valley at Newton St Loe on 23 October 1994. 43025 Exeter heads towards Bath with the 1A06 07:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service. Luckily the scourge of an early autumn morning, fog, was confined to patches of light mist in the background.

43025 Ascott-under-Wychwood 25 July 1995

43025 Exeter approaches Ascott-under-Wychwood on 25 July 1995 with the 1A14 05:56 Hereford to Paddington service. The wave from the driver is not directed at me, but more likely at the Ascott-under-Wychwood signalman. I was standing directly behind the signal box.

43025 Cockwood Harbour 1 November 1997

43025 Exeter had left its namesake city a few minutes earlier, when pictured passing Cockwood Harbour on 1 November 1997 with the 1C32 11:35 Paddington to Plymouth First Great Western service. This loco was named after the city, whereas the Class 50 which formerly carried the Exeter name, was named after the Royal Navy cruiser.

43025 Kingham 5 April 2007

43025 accelerates away from Kingham station, on the Cotswold Line with the 15:51 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill First Great Western service on 5 April 2007. The train is crossing the Bledington to Kingham footpath crossing. When up close like this, it is noticeable how quiet the re-engined HST power cars are when accelerating hard, compared with the ear splitting whine from the original Paxman Valentas.

43025 Wantage Road 2 February 2012

43025 The Institution of Railway Operators heads westwards with the 1C14 12:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service on 2 February 2012. It is pictured near to the site of Wantage Road station at the remote but delightfully named Butterfly Lane Crossing (merely a footpath crossing).

43025 Denchworth 3 September 2012

43025 The Institution of Railway Operators has clearly recently had a wash, as it is seen here passing milepost 62 near Denchworth on 3 September 2012 with the 1L24 06:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service.

43025 Standish Junction 6 October 2012

43025 The Institution of Railway Operators approaches Standish Junction on 6 October 2012 with the 1G38 14:15 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa First Great Western service. Not much chance of photographing anything coming from Bristol at this location now!

43025 Cholsey 15 November 2013

After the 1L52 10:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western HST came to a stand near Cholsey station with brake problems on 15 November 2013, the following services started to stack up behind it. Here we see 43025 The Institution of Railway Operators leading the 1A17 12:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington, unusually running along the up relief line, in order to overtake 43189 which is stopped at signals with the 1L54 11:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington.

43025 Shrivenham 2 March 2015

43025 The Institution of Railway Operators speeds through the remains of the long closed Shrivenham station on 2 March 2015 with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington First Great Western service. 1/2000sec shutter speed and quick reactions required for this one!

43025 Ascott-under-Wychwood 23 March 2016

43025 The Institution of Railway Operators speeds through Ascott-under-Wychwood station at the head of the 1W02 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service on 23 March 2016. This view clearly shows the new up platform and associated access ramp, that was installed in 2011 as part of the redoubling of this section of the Cotswold Line. Impressive facilities, but this new platform is used by just a single train each day. Also, because it is on the opposite side of the level crossing to the village, prospective passengers have to make sure they arrive in good time, in order not to be stuck on the wrong side of the line, and having to watch the only train of the day arrive and depart without them!

43025 Compton Beauchamp 18 July 2016

For decades I have used the minor road bridge near Compton Beauchamp for a pleasant summer evening's photography. Even after several years reprieve due to Network Rail's bungled Great Western Mainline electrification scheme running years behind schedule, it does look like 2016 will be the last year that photography is possible here. So, here is 43025 The Institution of Railway Operators heading west on 18 July 2016 with the 1B69 17:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service.

43025 Fladbury 1 April 2017

43025 The Institution of Railway Operators passes the site of Fladbury station on 1 April 2017 with the 1P51 12:13 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Fladbury station closed in 1966. Prior to the Second World War there was a siding that connected nearby Springhill Farm to the railway. This was used for fruit traffic and was initially horse worked, with tractors being used later.

43025 Kennington 3 April 2017

Early morning at Kennington on 3 April 2017, and 43025 The Institution of Railway Operators just manages to avoid the shadows, as it heads south with the 1P19 05:28 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Kennington Junction can just be seen in the background.

43025 Charlton-on-Otmoor 17 September 2017

The Oxford to Bicester line is mainly operated by DMUs, so the HST diversions over the route on 17 September 2017 were definitely worth photographing. Two for the price of one here, as 43025 The Institution of Railway Operators brings up the rear of the 1A22 11:01 Penzance to Paddington GWR service at Charlton-on-Otmoor, while in the distance 43088 approaches with the 1C21 15:32 Paddington to Penzance.

43025 Chilson 15 February 2019

43025 The Institution of Railway Operators passes Chilson on 15 February 2019 with the 1W00 08:21 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. A slightly misty morning, but nothing like the thick fog that persisted until midday the previous day.

43026 Moreton-in-Marsh 20 April 2009

In superb late evening light, 43026 approaches Moreton-in-Marsh on 20 April 2009 with the 1W07 17:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. The newly cultivated field in the foreground contrasts markedly with the bright green spring foliage and the blue livery of the train to make an excellent picture. This was always one of my favourite locations for pictures of northbound trains in the evening on the Cotswold Line, but unlike virtually all the other formerly used locations on the route, it is still an excellent spot.

43026 Denchworth 27 July 2012

43026 speeds past Denchworth on 27 July 2012 with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. Note the broken horn grill, a common occurrence, usually the result of a bird strike. It is not easy to get pictures of fast moving HSTs exactly right at this location. Very fast reactions and a shutter speed of 1/2000 sec are required!

43026 Challow 10 October 2013

43026 speeds past Challow on 10 October 2013 with the 1B28 11:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. In preparation for the forthcoming Great Western Mainline electrification, a lot of lineside vegetation has been removed here, and a new (and thankfully very low) fence installed.

43026 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 7 August 2014

A slight livery variation seems to exist on 43026, with the panel containing the headlights and horn grille being in a slightly lighter shade of blue. Presumably this is the result of fading paint and a partial repaint, but the effect is certainly noticeable here. On 7 August 2014, 43026 leads the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington First Great Western service past the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham. The old platform of Shrivenham station can just be seen beneath the bridge in the background, but is the lone Scots Pine tree on the right another remnant of the GWR? Although not in the usual station approach position, the Great Western made frequent use of Scots Pines where any tree planting was required.

43026 Uffington 22 April 2015

The day before it was named Michael Eavis at Paddington station, 43026 passes Uffington on 22 April 2015 with covered nameplate and Glastonbury crest, as it heads westwards with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The naming was to celebrate Michael Eavis's involvement with the music industry, especially the world famous Glastonbury Festival, held every year at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. With this picture I was trying to include the oilseed rape, blackthorn blossom, and the bush on the left.

43026 Compton Beauchamp 12 May 2015

A wide angle view of the graceful brick bridge over the Great Western Mainline at Compton Beauchamp, pictured in lovely evening light on 12 May 2015. 43026 Michael Eavis rushes underneath with the 1C25 18:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. Note the extremely rustic fence in the foreground.

43026 Steventon 26 March 2017

Not quite the mundane HST passenger service that it appears to be. This is in fact the 5Z27 14:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads ECS, with 43026 Michael Eavis leading. It is pictured passing the still mast free Steventon on Sunday 26 March 2017, with the remains of Didcot Power Station in the background. I had hoped to photograph the 6C03 13:19 Southall to Severnside Sita binliner here, but that was cancelled. While an ECS HST may not be quite as interesting as a refuse train, the motive power is certainly more photogenic than a Class 66!

43026 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 7 January 2018

Cotswold Line HST sunset? The setting sun illuminates 43026 Michael Eavis, as it approaches Dunstall Bridge, near Moreton-in-Marsh, on 7 January 2018 with the 1W39 13:42 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. Nearly three decades after I photographed the last of the Class 50s working over the Cotswold Line, I am now repeating the experience with Class 43s! I'm not quite sure how a five coach DMU can be seen as an improvement over an eight coach HST, but the Class 800s will soon be the normal motive power on this line. That's progress!

43026 Gleneagles 14 September 2019

My first picture of a revenue earning ScotRail HST service, featuring a couple of power cars that I have photographed many times in my native Oxfordshire. 43026 is leading, and 43021 is bringing up the rear, as the 1A77 16:42 Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen service approaches Gleneagles on 14 September 2019.

43027 Shrivenham 24 December 1994

A superb frosty Christmas Eve scene at Shrivenham. Although the frost has started to melt on the grass, there is still plenty left on the trees and in the field, as 43027 Glorious Devon heads westwards with the 1B24 11:50 Paddington to Swansea service. 24 December 1994.

43027 Wolvercote Junction 13 August 2003

43027 Glorious Devon approaches Wolvercote Junction on 13 August 2003 with the 1B48 17:12 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. Even as late as the early 1990s this location was reasonably vegetation free, but that was before the era of Railtrack and Network Rail, neither of whom did any regular lineside maintenance.

43027 Pembrey & Burry Port 15 July 2006

The First Great Western 10:05 Pembroke Dock to Paddington 'Pembroke Coast Express' led by 43027 Glorious Devon departs from Pembrey & Burry Port on 15 July 2006. The lines in West Wales still retain many period features, including semaphore signalling as seen here. Most services over this line are operated by Arriva Trains Wales, with only a couple of daily services provided by First Great Western and utilising HSTs.

43027 Little Haresfield 19 January 2011

43027 Glorious Devon passes Little Haresfield on 19 January 2011 with the 1L50 10:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington First Great Western service. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing. The farm occupation bridge in the background is a much better known photographic vantage point.

43027 Acton Turville 18 July 2013

43027 Glorious Devon passes Acton Turville on 18 July 2013 with the late running 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. This picture is taken from an extremely overgrown farm occupation bridge.

43027 Uffington 16 April 2014

43027 Glorious Devon leads the 1L46 09:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service past a very photogenic tree at Uffington on 16 April 2014. The train is just approaching the site of Uffington station (closed in 1964), which was formerly a junction for the Faringdon branch.

43027 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 10 March 2015

43027 Glorious Devon brings up the rear of the 1L58 12:20 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington First Great Western service at Stocks Lane, Steventon, on 10 March 2015. The bridge in the background was the cause of a furious disagreement between the villagers and Network Rail, who wanted to demolish it in order to electrify the line.

43027 Denchworth 19 September 2015

43027 Glorious Devon passes Denchworth on 19 September 2015 with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The following day First Great Western was rebranded as Great Western Railway, as if that will make any difference!

43027 South Marston 15 July 2016

Running 23 minutes late, '90 Glorious Years' Queen's birthday vinyl liveried 43027 passes South Marston on 15 July 2016 with the 1A29 18:08 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington GWR service. It is passing the junction for the short branch into the South Marston Euro Terminal. This was constructed in 2002, but has seen very little use, and none at all recently, as can be guessed by the rusty state of the track.

43027 Daylesford 13 February 2017

At last, I've finally managed to get a decent sunlit picture of 43027 with its '90 Glorious Years' vinyls commemorating the Queen's 90th birthday. I don't seem to have any problem photographing the other special liveried Great Western HSTs, but this one mostly seemed to have eluded me. It is seen here passing Daylesford with the 1W27 13:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service on 13 February 2017.

43027 Lyneham 13 February 2017

43027 brings up the rear if the 1P63 15:50 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service at Lyneham on 13 February 2017. As I knew that this '90 Glorious Years' liveried power car would be on the rear, after having seen it a little earlier at Daylesford, it was worth the short detour on the way home to get this picture of it in the last of the afternoon's light.

43027 Stoulton 15 August 2017

'90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 passes Stoulton on 15 August 2017 with the 1P57 14:25 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. Unfortunately the dramatic sky in the background indicates that this sunny spell didn't last much longer! Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

43027 Honeybourne 25 August 2017

'90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 arrives at Honeybourne station on 25 August 2017 with the 1P57 14:25 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. The Royal Standard and the Union Flag are the only clues that the wording refers to her majesty the Queen.

43027 Grove 30 November 2017

'90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 passes Grove on 30 November 2017 with the 1L46 09:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington GWR service. This is my first visit to this particular location, a spot that was previously completely ruined by high voltage overhead wires (of the non railway variety)!

43027 Ascott-under-Wychwood 16 December 2017

Ascott-under-Wychwood station does not normally have a Saturday service, but in the lead up to Christmas, the normally non-stop 1P31 07:10 Hereford to Paddington GWR HST is booked to call. 43027 is seen here pulling away from the station on 16 December 2017. If I had known that this was going to be hauled by the '90 Glorious Years' liveried power car, I might have opted for a more conventional viewpoint to show off the livery. An extremely long lens is required here to clear foreground shadows. The flock of pigeons flying across just as the train was approaching was certainly not expected, but I suppose it makes the picture a little different. On the plus side, the sun was out, but just a couple of minutes later the sun disappeared behind a massive bank of dark clouds!

43027 Dorn 12 March 2018

With the track glistening after recent rain, 43027 passes the distinctive retaining wall at Dorn (near Moreton-in-Marsh) on 12 March 2018 with the 1W01 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. As well as the '90 Glorious Years' liveried power car at the front of the train, GWR's other one-off liveried power car, 43172 Harry Patch - The last survivor of the trenches was on the rear.

43027 Moreton-in-Marsh 16 April 2018

43027 brings up the rear of the 1W00 08:21 Paddington to Hereford GWR service, as it leaves Moreton-in-Marsh on 16 April 2018. Leading power car 43193 is already underneath the roadbridge. The '90 Glorious Years' livery was applied to 43027 to mark HRH The Queen’s 90th Birthday in 2016. The large building in the background is a Budgens supermarket.

43027 Chalford 8 May 2018

43027 brings up the rear of the late running 1G21 09:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service at Chalford on 8 May 2018. I wasn't initially going to bother taking this going away shot, but when I saw which power car it was, I changed my mind!

43027 Chalford 8 May 2018

'90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 passes Chalford on 8 May 2018 with the 1L58 12:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. This section of line runs through what is known as the 'Golden Valley', although at this time of year 'Green Valley' would be more appropriate. The monotone green and the high overhead lighting certainly do not improve the photograph.

43027 Chilson 10 May 2018

Two years out of date! '90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 passes Chilson on 10 May 2018 with the 1P12 05:28 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Unveiled to mark HRH Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday in 2016, 43027 should really have had a little alteration to its vinyl lettering by now to make it read '92 Glorious Years'!

43027 Cassington 27 June 2018

Royalty on the Cotswold Line? Well, not quite, but the '90 Glorious Years' livery of 43027 does celebrate HRH The Queen’s 90th birthday, which happened in 2016. It is pictured passing Cassington on 27 June 2018 with the 1W31 15:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service.

43027 South Marston 9 July 2018

43027 passes South Marston on 9 July 2018 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. This concluded an hour's photography when I had seen all of GWR's one off liveried power cars, although unfortunately only two were on the correct end for photography!

43027 Didcot North Junction 2 August 2018

A welcome bonus at Didcot North Junction on 2 August 2018. '90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 heads a mixed rake of stock on the 1D13 06:20 Paddington to Oxford GWR service. The train has just called at Didcot Parkway station, off to the left of the picture.

43027 Hungerford Common 24 September 2018

43027 passes Hungerford Common on 24 September 2018 with the 1A75 05:05 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. Not ideal lighting, with the sun still very head on, but as this is not just another plain blue HST, but the '90 Glorious Years' liveried power car, the picture just had to be taken!

43027 Uffington 25 September 2018

When 43027 had its '90 Glorious Years' livery applied in 2016 to mark HRH The Queen’s 90th birthday, it seemed to elude me. Two years later however, I seem to see it everywhere! Here it is passing Uffington on 25 September 2018 with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service.

43027 Uffington 29 October 2018

'90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 passes Uffington on 29 October 2018 with the 1C09 10:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. Already running late, this was further delayed, as it not running at full line speed here, due to following 165122, which had inexplicably been held at a red signal, even though there was nothing in front of it.

43027 Cromwell Moor 29 June 2019

Debranded GWR blue 43027 speeds past Crowell Moor on 29 June 2019 with the delayed 1H06 17:48 Kings Cross to Hull service. Hull Trains were having availability problems with their Class 180 DMU fleet, and so GWR lent them this short HST set as a replacement. Presumably they knew all about the situation, as before their rebranding as GWR, First Great Western had similar problems with their Class 180s!

43027 Crabley Creek 3 December 2019

The 5V81 14:01 Hull to Bristol St Phillips Marsh ECS approaches Crabley Creek on 3 December 2019, with 43027 leading, and 43023 Sqn Ldr Harold Starr One of the Few bringing up the rear. This is one of the regular maintenance swap overs, with GWR providing a short HST to cover for Hull Train's unreliable Class 180 DMUs.

43028 Radley 8 October 2009

In superb late afternoon autumnal light, 43028 speeds through Radley station on 8 October 2009 with the 1P61 14:34 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western service. At some point in the journey it has picked up a non fare paying passenger, but I don't think the pheasant stuck to the leading bogie is in any position to pay the penalty fare!

43028 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 7 January 2010

43028 kicks up the snow at Shrivenham on 7 January 2010, as it approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing with the 1B28 11:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. The ideal combination of snow and sunshine - not to be missed!

43028 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 30 October 2012

43028 catches the last of the rapidly fading afternoon light, as it approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 30 October 2012 with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa First Great Western service.

43028 Finstock 17 January 2013

43028 speeds through the frost covered landscape at Finstock on 17 January 2013 with the late running 1W02 10:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. The train had left London on time, but encountered delays at Reading, and by the time it passed me it was running sixteen minutes behind time. All was not lost however, as after Moreton-in-Marsh it clawed back some time, and in fact managed to arrive at Hereford one minute early!

43028 Baulking 23 April 2015

43028 passes Baulking on 23 April 2015 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. I wonder what the driver is leaning forward and staring at, as it certainly isn't the photographer standing on the bridge!

43028 Bourton 25 July 2016

After a lengthy cloudy period, just before sunset on 25 July 2016, the sun dropped out of the dark cloud at Bourton to provide a few minutes of this amazing lighting. 43028 heads west with the 1C28 19:27 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare GWR service. Just visible (at least on the hi-res version) is the famous Uffington White Horse, on the left edge of the sunlit hill in the background.

43028 Challow 20 January 2017

43028 passes underneath the massively over engineered catenary at Challow on 20 January 2017, as it speeds westwards with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. This crude looking infrastructure looks more like something from the 1950s Woodhead electfrication, rather than something from the 21st century!

43028 Churchill Heath 22 June 2018

Blue power car, green stock. 43028 passes Churchill Heath on 22 June 2018 with the 1W31 15:21 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. This location has recently been cleared of lineside vegetation, just in time for some pictures of the last few Cotswold Line HSTs.

43028 Great Bedwyn 2 July 2018

43028 passes Great Bedwyn on 2 July 2018 with the 1C89 16:33 Paddington to Exeter St Davids GWR service. 165111 waits in the siding with the 5K29 17:28 Bedwyn to Bedwyn ECS. Bedwyn station is just our of sight, behind the two trains.

43029 Frampton Mansell 28 August 1982

43029 crosses Frampton Mansell viaduct on 28 August 1982 with the 1A67 07:40 Cheltenham to Paddington service. This was a classic photographic location in steam days, with trains working hard up Sapperton Bank. The tree growth has long since obliterated this view. 

43029 Chippenham 27 October 1992

A rainy day at Chippenham on 27 October 1992. 43029 arrives at the station with the 1A49 12:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service. Chippenham station was opened in 1841, and still retains many period features, including typical Great Western Railway platform canopies and a Grade II listed station building, which dates from 1858.

43029 Malago Vale 5 April 1990

43029 passes the long disused and weed choked Malago Vale carriage sidings in Bristol with the on 10:25 Liverpool Lime Street to Plymouth service on 5 April 1990. The yellow speck in the distance is 31276 & 31217 with the 7M53 Bridgwater to Sellafield nuclear flasks. I don't usually seek our urban locations, but have used this spot a number of times, as it offers good views in both directions from a quiet footbridge with easy parking nearby.

43029 Wolvercote Junction 12 July 1994

43029 accelerates away from Wolvercote Junction on 12 July 1994 with the 1A14 05:56 Hereford to Paddington InterCity service. The bridge in the background is the A40, and presumably the Williams lorry has had an early start from Wales!

43029 Chalford 21 April 2002

43029 heads through the dappled shade of the Golden Valley as it passes Chalford with the diverted 1B24 12:00 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service on 21 April 2002. This is the first version of First Great Western's blue livery, with large areas of white paint which were evidently considered too difficult to keep clean. Unfortunately I haven't got many pictures of this version of the livery, as after so many livery changes I got rather blasé about taking pictures, until they had all disappeared.

43029 Challow 6 December 2008

The low winter sun shows up the rust on the bridge at the site of Challow station as 43029 speeds through with the 1C12 11:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service on 6 December 2008. The large bank of earth in the foreground marks the site of the down platform. The huge signal gantry that can be seen looming above the bridge effectively prevents photography of westbound trains from the bridge, except with a very long lens.

43029 Compton Beauchamp 1 August 2013

43029 catches the evening sun as it passes Compton Beauchamp on 1 August 2013 with the 1C24 17:30 Paddington to Taunton First Great Western service. For decades I have visited this location on summer evenings, but the lack of any freight traffic in recent years has curtailed my visits. However, the forthcoming electrification prompted this return for a few last pictures.

43029 Compton Beauchamp 7 July 2014

43029 leads the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service past Compton Beauchamp on 7 July 2014. This will be the last summer that this picture is possible without an unsightly mass of overhead wires getting in the way.

43029 South Marston 18 August 2014

With a mass of dark clouds rolling in from the west, threatening to put an end to the day's photography, 43029 speeds past South Marston on 18 August 2014 with the late running 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service.

43029 Denchworth 8 September 2014

43029 speeds past Denchworth on 8 September 2014 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. In those days there was just this signal gantry providing an uninvited frame for the picture, now the 25KV overhead wiring provides more than that, and this view is no longer possible.

43029 Uffington 22 January 2017

Signs of impending electfrication at Uffington on Sunday 22 January 2017. 43029 heads towards the capital with the 1A14 11:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. Although midwinter, it was quite pleasant standing in the sunshine, as there was not a breath of wind.

43029 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 13 March 2017

43029 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 13 March 2017 with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. It is passing between two ominous signs of impending electrification: a rusty steel pile on the left, and a newly installed mast on the right.

43029 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 21 April 2018

43029 brings up the rear of the 1W00 08:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service, as it approaches Moreton-in-Mash on 21 April 2018. As can be clearly seen, the tree on the right had just been severely trimmed, and along with the complete removal of another nearby, has opened up this view from Dunstall Bridge considerably.

43029 Steventon 15 May 2018

The Causeway level crossing at Steventon was struck by a lorry just before midday on 15 May 2018, causing severe delay to trains, which were being held at a red signal, and then slowly hand signalled over the crossing. There was no need to use a fast shutter speed, as the trains were now travelling so slowly, so I was able to stop the lens down to f16, to provide sufficient depth of field to include all of this abundant patch of cow parsley in sharp focus. 43029 approaches the incident with the 1L50 10:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service.

43029 Churchill Heath 22 June 2018

43029 passes Churchill Heath in superb evening light on 22 June 2018 with the 1W36 17:52 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. This was running ten minutes late, or in other words, Cotswold Line standard time! What a pity this set wasn't the other way round, as InterCity liveried 43185 Great Western is on the rear.

43029 Crofton 14 July 2018

Two contrasting forms of transport at Crofton on 14 July 2018. Sasha would be limited to 4 mph, while 43029 can reach 125 mph (although not on this twisting stretch of line). The train is the 1C77 10:03 Paddington to Penzance GWR service.

43029 Wolvercote Junction 31 October 2018

43029 leaves the Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction on 31 October 2018 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Visible directly above the power car is the bridge that carries the line over Duke's Cut, a short canal linking the Oxford Canal (hidden by the bushes on the right), and the River Thames.

43029 Combe (Grintleyhill Bridge) 28 January 2019

The view east from Grintleyhill Bridge near Combe is compromised by wires, and lineside trees preventing anything other than a nearly head on picture. However, given clear visibility, a very long lens does allow a view of trains having just passed through the diminutive Combe station. The tiny wayside stopping place can be seen behind the train in this view taken on 28 January 2019. 43029 leads the 1W27 13:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service.

43029, 43027 & 43022 Portway 15 September 2020

This is definitely something out of the ordinary! Three HST power cars, three coaches, and a Class 47. A rather faded and tatty looking 43029 leads classmates 43027 & 43022 past Portway on 15 September 2020 with the 5E23 10:47 Laira to Doncaster Works stock move. 47815 Lost Boys 68-88 is bringing up the rear, hitching a ride back north to save a light engine move. The three power cars are going to be refurbished as part of GWR's 'Castle' class short formed HST sets.

43030 Froxfield 20 June 1984

43030 runs alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal at Froxfield on 20 June 1984 with the 1A65 06:00 Plymouth to Paddington service. The Yellow Water Lilies add interest to the picture, although they have slightly got in the way of a perfect reflection of the train. At this time the canal had not yet been reopened for navigation, so there was no danger of a passing boat getting in the way of the picture at the critical moment!

43030 Miskin 15 April 1995

43030 rounds the curve at Miskin on 15 April 1995 with the 1A81 16:32 Swansea to Paddington service. The train is just crossing over the River Ely, while in the background, the surprisingly traffic free M4 motorway can be seen amid the trees.

43030 Chipping Campden 24 June 1996

43030 passes Chipping Campden on 24 June 1996 with the 1A14 05:56 Hereford to Paddington service. Chipping Campden station, which closed in 1966, was situated by the level crossing in the background. The goods yard extended towards my viewpoint, with the siding into the local gas works diverging to the left approximately where the large bush is.

43030 Appleford 23 April 1997

On 23 April 1997 there was a minor derailment at Appleford, when a couple of ZKV spoil wagons left the rails near the level crossing by the junction for Appleford tip. This inevitably caused massive disruption throughout the day, with down trains travelling wrong line to get past the obstruction. With the pilot leaning out of the cab checking that all is well, 43030 approaches the site at less than walking speed with the delayed 1B48 17:10 Paddington to Hereford Great Western Trains service. The wagons were removed a little later by 37219.

43030 & 220022 Oxford 10 September 2009

Not quite the picture I was intending to take, but an interesting comparison of 125 mph train designs. I know which one I prefer! On 10 September 2009, 43030 Christian Lewis Trust leaves Oxford with the late running 1P56 13:11 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service, while 220022 arrives with the 13:45 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. Strangely the HST had arrived off the Cotswold Line exactly to time but then sat in the station for ten minutes! Ironically the Voyager was bang on time, resulting in this unplanned passing shot

43030 Uffington 28 August 2010

A storm is brewing at Uffington on 28 August 2010, as 43030 Christian Lewis Trust heads west with the 1C13 12:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. It wouldn't be long before it was time to put the camera away and start the long walk back to the car!

43030 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 22 September 2010

43030 Christian Lewis Trust passes Steventon on 22 September 2010 with the 1L38 07:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. This photo is taken from Stocks Lane level crossing. Steventon's other level crossing, Causeway, can be seen in the background.

43030 Uffington 23 November 2010

Dramatic lighting at Uffington on 23 November 2010, as 43030 Christian Lewis Trust speeds west with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. The dark clouds had gradually been building up over the Didcot area, but just a little way further west where I was stood only the odd cloud was interrupting the sunshine.

43030 Denchworth 24 March 2011

43030 Christian Lewis Trust speeds past Denchworth on 24 March 2011 with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. The Christian Lewis Trust after which 43030 is named is a children's cancer trust set up in memory of Swansea cancer victim, Christian Lewis. The power car was named at Swansea station in July 2000.

43030 Baulking 22 May 2012

Plenty of lush spring greenery at Baulking on 22 May 2012, as 43030 Christian Lewis Trust passes underneath the signal gantry with the 1C19 15:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service.

43030 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 April 2015

43030 Christian Lewis Trust passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 16 April 2015 with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The tubular steel pile on the left with its painted on markings shows just how far these have to be driven into the ground, which as Network Rail have discovered, has not always been as easy as was anticipated!

43030 Uffington 22 April 2015

Oilseed Rape completely dominates the foreground of this view at Uffington on 22 April 2015, as 43030 Christian Lewis Trust heads westwards with the 1C18 14:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare First Great Western service. Although it looks dense here, the picture was in fact taken from one of the 'tramlines' in the crop, used by the spraying equipment, so no damage was done to the crop. Besides, walking through this lot whilst in flower would soon leave you covered in yellow pollen!

43030 Chilson 7 November 2016

43030 Christian Lewis Trust passes Chilson on 7 November 2016 with the 1W02 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. The Met Office had predicted a completely sunny day, but even before midday there was a lot of clouds building up over the Cotswolds, which as long as one doesn't get in the way of the sun at the crucial moment, does add to the picture.

43030 Charlton-on-Otmoor 17 September 2017

43030 Christian Lewis Trust, and its mismatched set of green coaches, passes Charlton-on-Otmoor on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1C23 16:32 Paddington to Penzance GWR service. Unlike most of the other diverted HSTs during the day, this one was running 14 minutes late.

43030 Cashes Green 5 October 2017

43030 Christian Lewis Trust is still accelerating away from Stroud station, as it passes Cashes Green on 5 October 2017 with the late running 1G38 13:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. For some reason I had never previously taken a picture at this location, which considering it is one of the least overgrown viewpoints in the Stroud area is surprising. I expect I will make up for this oversight in the next few years!

43030 Didcot North Junction 20 April 2018

43030 Christian Lewis Trust approaches Didcot North Junction on 20 April 2018 with the 1P36 15:22 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. Appleford church can be seen in the background. Although parts of the building date back to the 12th century, what can be seen from this distance is the Victorian tower and spire, designed by William Gilbert Scott.

43030 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 21 April 2017

43030 Christian Lewis Trust heads south from Moreton-in-Mash on 21 April 2018 with the 1P26 06:17 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. The train is passing underneath the recently rebuilt Dunstall  Bridge. The trees by the lineside have recently been felled, but the one in the middle of the field adds to the picture's composition, rather than just getting in the way, like the others did!

43030 Great Bedwyn 2 July 2018

43030 Christian Lewis Trust passes Great Bedwyn in crisp evening light on 2 July 2018 with the 1J93 18:07 Paddington to Frome GWR service. This was still accelerating away from Bedwyn station, being one of the few HSTs to call there.

43030 Uffington 26 July 2018

Travelling at more like 25mph than 125mph, 43030 Christian Lewis Trust slowly passes Uffington on 26 July 2018 with the 1C43 11:27 Paddington to Penzance GWR service. Apparently the line was being inspected, although for what is not clear. This naturally delayed the train, and as it was running half an hour late by Thingley Junction, it was sent via Westbury, rather than Bristol.

43030 Ascott-under-Wychwood 6 September 2018

In crisp early morning light, 43030 Christian Lewis Trust races through Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 6 September 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This seems to be my most photographed HST power car on the Cotswold Line during 2018. Will this be my last picture of it before it migrates to Scotland? After years of photographing it in Oxfordshire, picturing it amid the Highlands or East Coast of Scotland will be a little different!

43031 Crofton 23 September 1986

It may not be quite as impressive as a 'Castle' or a 'King', but this is the 1980s version of the 'Cornish Riviera Express'. Fishermen on the Kennet & Avon Canal take no notice as 43031 speeds westwards at Crofton with the 1C28 10:50 Paddington to Penzance 'Cornish Riviera' on 23 September 1986. The 1958 timetable lists this train as taking 6 hours 25 minutes to complete the 305 mile journey with 5 intermediate stops, whilst this 1986 equivalent did it in just under 5 hours, with twice as many stops!

43031 Moreton-in-Marsh 15 August 2009

On 15 August 2009, 43031 pulls out of the down platform at Moreton-in-Marsh and runs 'wrong line' to the crossover, where it moves onto the up line. A few minutes earlier it had arrived with the 11:21 First Great Western service from Paddington, which would normally carry on to Great Malvern. However, the line from here to Evesham was closed for engineering works in connection with reinstating the double track, and a connection was being provided by buses. After the HST had moved onto the up line, it then proceeded back to the station (with 43193 leading), ready to form the 13:48 departure for Paddington.

43031 Banbury 2 January 2011

43031 heads south from platform 2 at Banbury on 2 January 2011, running 'wrong line' out of the station with the 1B20 08:15 Paddington to Carmarthen First Great Western service. The driver had just changed ends after arriving from the south via the Chiltern Line. These lengthy diversions were the result of an engineering blockade at Reading, which saw the line closed for most of the Christmas and New Year period.

43031 Challow 19 December 2013

43031 approaches Challow on 19 December 2013 with the 1C14 12:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The newly installed fence in the foreground replaces the former hedge, which means this viewpoint is now considerably more open.

43031 Cholsey 8 July 2014

Fantastic lighting at Cholsey on 8 July 2014. 43031 leads the 3G02 05:37 Paddington to Swindon First Great Western ECS through a few minutes worth of stunning photographic conditions, with the golden fields bathed in early morning sunshine, while the background is still underneath a bank of really dark clouds. Lying in the long grass to the right of the power car is one of the tubular steel piles that will support the soon to be installed overhead electrification masts.

43031 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 6 March 2015

43031 speeds past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 6 March 2015 with the 1C18 14:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare First Great Western service. The white plastic in the centre of the picture marks the site of one of the masts for the forthcoming electrification. The piling has not gone at all to plan, with some piles been driven through signalling cables, and in other cases difficult ground conditions preventing them being driven in fully. Presumably it will all be sorted out, but already the project is a year behind schedule, and of course massively over budget!

43031 Steventon 29 September 2015

Two very different kinds of horsepower at Steventon on 29 September 2015! 43031 heads westwards with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service, while the Massey Ferguson tractor on the right is in fact parked, with engine off, despite the open door giving the appearance that the farmer has left the cab momentarily!

43031 Denchworth 4 September 2016

43031 speeds past Denchworth on 4 September 2016 with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Plymouth GWR service. This was running 20 minutes late, as all trains were encountering some kind of delay at Didcot. Since my last visit here less than two weeks earlier, another mast has sprung up in the foreground. It won't be long before this view disappears completely.

43031 Finstock 6 March 2017

43031 approaches Finstock on 6 March 2017 with the 1W23 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. Surprisingly I virtually never used this location in the days of loco hauled trains, despite it being an easily accessible roadbridge, and obviously being much less overgrown in the 1980s. I suppose there was a far wider choice of much better locations in those days!

43031 Gavray Junction 17 September 2017

Very unusual motive power for the Bicester area! 43031 passes Gavray Junction on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1L38 08:08 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The tracks on the right are currently disused, but will eventually be brought back into use as part of the Oxford to Cambridge 'East West Rail' project.

43031 Uffington 13 November 2017

43031 passes Uffington on 13 November 2017 with the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Although nothing out of the ordinary was due, I had gone to this location as the Met Office had promised a completely sunny morning, and I wanted a few pictures of HSTs with the autumn tints of the lineside wood in the background. I succeeded in the latter, but this is the only HST that passed in full sun! There were some small clouds around the sun just after I arrived, then this huge mass of dark cloud moved in from the west. I presume the Met Office headquarters building doesn't have any windows, as their website was still showing full sun, even several hours later! On the plus side, the dark sky certainly does add impact to the picture.

43032 Badgeworth 29 July 1986

43032 leads the 12:00 Liverpool Lime Street to Plymouth InterCity service past Badgeworth on 29 July 1986. This was a rare bright spell during a mostly cloudy day. Note how the sunshine does not extend to the Cotswold Hills in the background.

43032 Horfield 13 March 1989

With the appropriately named Brunel House (a former orphanage), dominating the background, 43032 leads the 1E30 06:30 Plymouth to York service past Horfield on 13 March 1989. As can be seen by the wide trackbed, this was once a four track mainline, the track having been rationalised just a few years before this picture was taken.

43032 Teignmouth 25 May 1996

43032 The Royal Regiment of Wales leads the 1A57 12:45 Paignton to Paddington service past Teignmouth on 25 May 1996. It was generally a dull day, but just as this train appeared it brightened up slightly, before the clouds in the background turned the lights out again! The sea wall here is an ideal location to photograph eastbound trains, however you are a little too close to westbound trains, and it isn't advisable to try to get more to the side, as its a long drop into the sea!

43032 Chilson 10 August 2007

43032 The Royal Regiment of Wales passes Chilson, on the Cotswold Line with the 06:09 Abergavenny to Paddington First Great Western 'Cathedrals Express' service on 10 August 2007. Note the use of a hired in set of Midland Mainline coaches, used to augment the FGW fleet while their coaches are being refurbished. Unfortunately one element of this refurbishment is an increase in the seating density, somewhat detracting from the HST's quality image.

43032 Goring 12 April 2008

Naturally after all three railtours had passed Goring on 12 April 2008, the lighting was at its best, with the cutting free of shadow, and dark clouds in the background. However, unlike a lot of photographers, who only seem to take pictures of freight and special workings and ignore the commonplace, I am not averse to taking pictures of HSTs, especially when they are in clean condition, such as this example. 43032 leads the 06:29 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service past Goring in perfect light.

43032 Yarnton Junction (site of) 7 December 2008

43032 passes the site of Yarnton Junction with the 10:42 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service on 7 December 2008. The former Fairford Branch Line joined the Oxford to Worcester route just behind the tree on the right. About the only real clue to the existence of a station on this site now is the presence of the Scots Pine trees visible behind the train, a characteristic feature of Great Western station sites.

43032 Uffington 10 February 2009

43032 heads west near Uffington on 10 February 2009 with the 1B28 11:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. Despite the overnight rain there was still a surprising amount of snow lying about, particularly in the fields away from the gritted roads. Although it entailed a long trudge through the snow, I decided to visit this spot near Uffington, as it is one of the very few  locations in the area I had not previously visited, despite it being in view from other visited spots.

43032 Hinksey 24 September 2009

43032 passes a slightly weed choked Hinksey Yard on 24 September 2009 with the 1P51 14:31 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service, a train which subsequently went over to Turbo operation, hardly surprising in view of an HST's slight over capacity for such an of peak service.

43032 Wootton Rivers 20 October 2010

43032 leans into the reverse curves at Wootton Rivers on 20 October 2010 whilst working the 1A76 05:05 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service. Next stop Reading on this train's five hour journey from the West Country to the Capital.

43032 Little Somerford 6 March 2012

I'm not quite sure the expression 'Rest in Peace' is totally appropriate here! 43032 disturbs the tranquility of Little Somerford cemetery on 6 March 2012, as it heads eastwards with the 1L52 10:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. The rest of the village of Little Somerford is on the opposite side of the railway line.

43032 Challow 2 January 2014

43032 passes Challow on 2 January 2014 with the 1A09 07:02 Taunton to Paddington First Great Western service. The green light on the signal gantry in the background signifies that another HST is approaching from behind, threatening to block out the view!

43032 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 10 February 2014

43032 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 10 February 2014 with the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington 'Red Dragon'. It wouldn't be long before all that dark cloud in the background came this way, and put and end to the morning's photography!

43032 Bourton 9 April 2015

With the background still largely obscured by the early morning mist, 43032 passes Bourton on 9 April 2015 with the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. Photo taken from a farm occupation bridge, which is fine (if a little rough) to drive to most of the year, but not after heavy rain in the winter!

43032 Wapley 16 February 2016

43032 passes Wapley on 16 February 2016 with the 1B31 12:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. This was my only visit to this location. Now of course it has been ruined by the installation on 25kV overhead catenary.

43032 Uffington 24 February 2016

A fine February afternoon at Uffington, with a clear blue sky, and no wind, making for pleasant photographic conditions. 43032 speeds westwards with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. It's the 24 February 2016, and still no sign of the Great Western Mainline electrification scheme, which should have been completed by now. Network Rail incompetence at its finest!

43032 Oaksey 15 September 2016

43032 passes Oaksey on 15 September 2016 with the diverted 1L65 12:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The closure of the Severn Tunnel for engineering works resulted in trains from Wales travelling via Gloucester, doubling the number of HSTs traversing the Gloucester to Swindon Line. Major embankment strengthening works are taking place here, with work compounds on either side of the bridge. The spire of Kemble church can just be seen in the distance.

43032 Gavray Junction 17 September 2017

43032 passes Gavray Junction on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1L46 09:24 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. As the milepost in the foreground indicates, there is just half a mile to go before the train joins the Chiltern Line. The urban sprawl of Bicester dominates the background. Bicester has recently been given the status of a so called 'Garden Town'. This is a totally meaningless marketing ploy, presumably designed to shift attention away from all the housing and industrial development that is swamping it. It's just a name, there is no difference to any other town that is being encircled by development, usually against the resident's wishes.

43033 Up Hatherley 10 September 2005

On a damp, misty 10 September 2005, 43033 Driver Brian Cooper 15 June 1947 - 5 October 1999 accelerates away from Cheltenham station and passes Up Hatherley with the 09:30 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. This picture is taken from the footbridge linking Hollis Road with Reddings Park.

43033 Baulking 12 October 2006

43033 Driver Brian Cooper 15 June 1947 - 5 October 1999 speeds past Baulking on 12 October 2006 with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. The leaves of the aptly named White Poplar trees in the background really stand out at this time of year.

43033 Challow 8 April 2014

43033 Driver Brian Cooper 15 June 1947 - 5 October 1999 passes Challow on 8 April 2014 with the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service, whilst in the background 43063 brings up the rear of the balancing working, the 1C07 09:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service.

43033 Oaksey 15 September 2016

43033 Driver Brian Cooper 15 June 1947 - 5 October 1999 passes Oaksey on 15 September 2016 with the diverted 1L71 14:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. It is passing a section of cutting that has recently been reinforced with some rather non local looking soil.

43033 Uffington 29 March 2017

43033 Driver Brian Cooper 15 June 1947 - 5 October 1999 speeds past Uffington on 29 March 2017 with the 1Z48 10:40 Newport to Paddington First Great Western service. This was running 22 minutes late, but as indicated by the Z headcode, this is a last minute special, presumably as a replacement for the cancelled 1L46 09:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington. I decided on this wide view, to show the extent of the work site, which even extends into the field by Moor Mill Farm. Stopping the train exactly in the right place in a wide angle view is always difficult, and I chose a 1/4000sec shutter speed here to freeze the action. Even so, I am quite impressed that I managed to get the framing more or less exactly right!

43034 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 21 April 1988

43034 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 21 April 1988 with the 11:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington. The train is typical of the period, with a complete rake of original blue and grey stock, sandwiched between two new liveried power cars. Often at the time this would be the original 'executive' style colour scheme, but here we see two of the recently introduced 'InterCity Swallow' examples, which would soon come to dominate the national network.

43034 South Brent 1 May 1994

43034 speeds past South Brent on 1 May 1994 with the 1A70 14:43 Penzance to Paddington service. The signal box marks the site of Brent station, formerly the junction for the Kingsbridge line. The branch closed in 1963, and Brent station followed just a few months later.

43034 Highworth Junction 26 June 1994

43034 accelerates away from Swindon on 26 June 1994, and passes Highworth Junction, whilst working the 1A25 07:02 Swansea to Paddington service. The line diverging to the right leads to the Rover car plant, while on the left are the engineer's dept sidings.

43034 Kemble 27 October 1994

In superb crisp early morning light, newly named 43034 The Black Horse arrives at Kemble leading the 08:30 Cheltenham to Paddington service on 27 October 1994. An unusual survival at this quiet Cotswold station is this fine GWR water tower, which for many years supplied water to Swindon Works, 14 miles away. Kemble was once a double junction, with branch lines going to both Tetbury and Cirencester. The bushes in the background mark the course of the Tetbury line. Kemble is now a very busy commuter station, serving a wide catchment area.

43034 Ardley Tunnel 5 November 1994

43034 The Black Horse emerges from Ardley Tunnel on 5 November 1994 with the Chiltern Railways 08:10 Paddington to Chester '125 Awayday' railtour, with 43042 still deep inside the tunnel on the rear. HSTs were (and still are) very scarce on the Chiltern Line, and it is ironic that nearly sixteen years later I was back at the same location for another rare visit of the class. Incidentally, in 1994 there was obviously more spare capacity in the HST fleet, as there was another railtour running on this day - the Hertfordshire Railtours 'Coast to Coast', using 43063 & 43076.

43034 Shrivenham 15 November 2007

One of the few remaining unrefurbished First Great Western HST power cars, 43034 The Black Horse races past the site of Shrivenham station (between Didcot and Swindon) with the 1C13 12:00 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare service on 15 November 2007.

43034 Uffington 27 August 2008

With the threat of rain in the background, 43034 TravelWatch SouthWest (not my capitalisation and word spacing!) speeds past the site of Uffington loops on 27 August 2008 with the 1L52 10:29 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service.

43034 Compton Beauchamp 3 May 2013

Perfect photographic conditions at Compton Beauchamp on 3 May 2013. Clear spring sunshine, and plenty of lineside blackthorn blossom, as 43034 TravelWatch SouthWest heads eastwards with the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington First Great Western service.

43034 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 November 2014

43034 TravelWatch SouthWest approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 18 November 2014 with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The level crossing was replaced in the 1970s with a concrete footbridge, from which this picture was taken.

43034 Challow 21 March 2016

43034 TravelWatch SouthWest passes Challow on 21 March 2016 with the 1L38 07:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Just to the right of the power car is one of the steel piles that has been driven into the ground, to form a base for the electfrication masts.

43034 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 15 August 2016

43034 TravelWatch SouthWest passes through the forest of new electrification masts at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 15 August 2016 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. And no, it is not an optical illusion, the mast on the left really is leaning!

43034 Wendlebury (Langford Lane) 17 September 2017

43034 TravelWatch SouthWest passes Langford Lane, near Wendlebury, on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1B20 08:37 Paddington to Carmarthen GWR Service. A dull and drizzly day (at least at first), but I wasn't gong to miss the opportunity to get a few off route HSTs on this recently upgraded line.

43034 Ascott-under-Wychwood 29 June 2018

43034 TravelWatch SouthWest is pictured near Ascott-under-Wychwood on the glorious evening of 29 June 2018, as it heads up the Cotswold Line with the 1W03 18:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. This location is between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Shipton stations, close to where the Oxfordshire Way long distance footpath crosses the line.

43034 Lyneham 26 July 2018

Running to Cotswold Line standard time (in other words, late!) 43034 TravelWatch SouthWest passes Lyneham on 26 July 2018 with the 1W02 17:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. On this occasion the 22 minutes late running was presumably put down to the extremely high temperatures, but all kinds of excuses have been put forward for the line's abysmal punctually record, which is now far worse than at any time that I can remember.

43035 Frampton Mansell 20 June 1987

Not so much the Golden Valley, but more like the Green Valley at Frampton Mansell on 20 June 1987. Rightly famed for is display of golden foliage in the autumn, the line through the valley of the River Frome is a little less colourful in high summer. 43035 leads the diverted 1C14 09:00 Paddington to Swansea service down the gradient, having just crossed over that well known local landmark - Frampton Mansell Viaduct (hidden behind the bushes beyond the vintage tractor). Some of the houses in Frampton Mansell village can just be seen on the extreme right.

43035 Oxford 5 November 1988

43035 makes a smoky departure from Oxford station on Saturday 5 November 1988 with the late running 1A18 07:07 Hereford to Paddington InterCity service. For odd some reason, this train was branded as the 'Cathedrals Express' during the week, but not on a Saturday. As the HST obviously never carried a headboard, it was irrelevant anyway! The only subtle difference was that on a Saturday it called at Reading, instead of being non-stop to London after the Oxford stop.

43035 St Germans Viaduct 19 September 1998

Still retaining InterCity livery, but with the coaches in Great Western Trains colours, 43035 leads the 1C11 07:35 Paddington to Penzance First Great Western service over St Germans Viaduct on 19 September 1998. The tide is clearly out in this view, with several boats sitting on the muddy bank.

43035 Shrivenham 27 June 2011

43035 speeds past the site of Shrivenham station on 27 June 2011 with the 1L38 07:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. The remains of both platforms are still in place, although you wouldn't know it from the amount of vegetation on the down platform!

43035 Thingley Junction 18 April 2015

43035 has just joined the Melksham line at Thingley Junction on 18 April 2015 with the diverted 1L28 07:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington First Great Western service. The main line is virtually hidden by bushes in the background. Engineering works a Bourton, near Swindon, was causing all London trains to be diverted via the Berks & Hants line.

43035 Challow 24 February 2016

43035 leads the 1L24 06:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service past Challow on 24 February 2016. The radio mast almost mirrors the line of Lombardy Poplars, and is certainly less intrusive that the sea of electfrication masts that now obliterates this view!

43035 Compton Beauchamp 8 May 2016

43035 speeds past Compton Beauchamp on 8 May 2016 with the 1B79 18:37 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. The soft evening light shows up the different shades of brickwork in the bridge. Presumably before the installation of the down relief line here, the bridge was of a symmetrical design. If so, that explains the different colour bricks of the parapet starting from the centre of the bridge, and the altered left hand arch.

43035 Uffington 22 January 2017

43035 passes signs of impending electfrication at Uffington on 22 January 2017. It is working the 1C11 11:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. As there is plenty of room in this field to dodge the posts, there will still be some chance of a photo, but it will have to be something unusual to tempt me back now that the view has been ruined!

43035 Thingley Junction 19 June 2017

43035 approaches Thingley Junction on 19 June 2017 with the 1A06 06:20 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington GWR service. This is one of those locations that I should have visited more often, instead of leaving it until just before it is ruined by the installation of 25kV catenary!

43035 Chilson 25 August 2017

43035 pases Chilson on 25 August 2017 with the 1P21 07:10 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington GWR service. Luckily the fog was only obscuring the background, and not interfering with the sun where I was stood, although it looks like it was a good idea that I decided not to go to Ascott-under-Wychwood on this particular morning!

43035 Uffington 22 September 2017

43035 speeds past Uffington on 22 September 2017 with the 1A12 07:40 Paignton to Paddington GWR service. This unobstructed view, from the top of the newly constructed footbridge, only lasted a few months, before the inevitable installation of the overhead wires required a lower photographic vantage point.

43035 Chilson 10 May 2018

43035 passes Chilson on 10 May 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This view, which has hardly changed at all since I have been taking railway photos, will soon be completely different, as young trees have been planted in the section of the field just behind the power car.

43035 Cassington 11 May 2018

43035 passes Cassington on 11 May 2018 with the 1P07 04:47 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This is yet another Cotswold Line location that has been opened up for photography after decades worth of lineside tree growth has been removed.

43035 Kemble 3 July 2018

43035 approaches Kemble at speed on 3 July 2018 with the diverted 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. This was routed this way, as its normal route via the Severn Tunnel was closed for electfrication works.

43036 Fairwood Junction 20 April 1988

43036 takes the Westbury line at Fairwood Junction on 20 April 1988 with the 07:30 Plymouth to Paddington service. The complete train is in the second livery applied to the class, the so called 'executive' livery, which was applied from 1983 onwards. This was the last livery to use the 'InterCity 125' branding, and when in clean condition looked particularly smart and suited the trains well, particularly bearing in mind some of the colour schemes they have had to carry subsequently! 43009 was pictured at the same location three years later in the next variation of this livery.

43036 Iver 19 October 1996

43036 approaches Iver on 19 October 1996 with the 1A18 06:32 Swansea to Paddington Great Western Trains service. As can be clearly seen, the fast lines were closed for engineering works, so all trains were using the relief lines. This was a definite bonus, as the early morning shadows would have made decent photography virtually impossible if this HST had been on its normal track. The bridge from which this picture was taken has subsequently been demolished.

43036 South Marston 24 June 1999

The weak setting sun provides some backlighting for 43036 as it passes South Marston on 24 June 1999 with the 16:30 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. This viewpoint has changed considerably since this picture was taken. On the right the first preliminary earthworks for the rail connection into the Keypoint Railfreight Terminal & Honda car plant can be seen. A rail junction with the mainline now occupies this site.

43036 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 9 October 2003

43036 in original First Great Western livery leads a rake of new liveried stock on the 12:45 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service on 9 October 2003, seen here passing Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. Just visible in the background, the signals by Denchworth Bridge are showing all three aspects. Red on the up relief as 47799 had just passed by light engine, and was obviously waiting at Wantage Road, green on the up main as 43129 was approaching with an up train, and amber on the bi-directional down main, as it is always like that!

43036 Uffington 10 February 2009

Ideal winter photographic conditions at Uffington on 10 February 2009 as 43036 leads the 1C13 12:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service through the snowy landscape. The Longcot to Uffington footpath passes under the small bridge below the third coach. A deliberately wide viewpoint was chosen here to show plenty of snow in the foreground, after all you don't get many opportunities to take this kind of picture. Although obviously a tractor has been across this field since the last snowfall, needless to say I was the only walker to trek the long distance from the nearest road to get to this spot!

43036 Challow 16 July 2011

43036 glistens in the severe backlighting at Challow on 16 July 2011, as it heads towards the capital with the 1L67 15:00 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. I wouldn't normally bother with such a backlit picture, but the brief burst of sunshine amidst the dark clouds has highlighted the rippling bodywork of the power car, making for a slightly different and interesting picture.

43036 Mickleton 26 March 2012

43036 climbs Campden Bank and passes through a fine avenue of trees at Mickleton on 26 March 2012 with the 1P56 13:14 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. Prior to the reinstatement of double track this had been a rather restricted location, but pending the regrowth of the young ash trees in the foreground, an impressive new viewpoint has been created.

43036 Baulking 29 March 2014

43036 passes Baulking on 29 March 2014 with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. Note that instead of the more normal eight coaches, this train only has seven, recalling the early days of the Western Region HST fleet.

43036 Compton Beauchamp 30 March 2015

A fine spring morning at Compton Beauchamp on 30 March 2015. 43036 heads for the capital with the 1A12 10:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. Presumably this will be the last spring that pictures can be taken here without the obstruction of the new overhead catenary.

43036 Avoncliff 18 April 2015

On Saturday 18 April 2015, the Avon Valley line between Trowbridge and Bath was very busy, with First Great Western trains diverted away from the Swindon line, which was closed for engineering works. One such diverted train was the 1C14 12:06 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, seen here passing Avoncliff, 20 minutes late, with 43036 leading.

43036 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 20 April 2015

Signs of engineering work at Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 20 April 2015. 43036 passes a parked excavator next to milepost 71, as it heads westwards with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service.

43036 Worcester 31 August 2017

43036 approaches Worcester on 31 August 2017 with the 1W25 12:21 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. This surprisingly wooded scene is actually surrounded by houses. Lark Hill Road overbridge can just be seen in the distance.

43036 Badgeworth 22 October 2017

Unbranded 43036 brings up the rear of the 5L46 10:00 St Philips Marsh to Ely Papworth Sidings ECS at Badgeworth on 22 October 2017. This is an off lease GWR set, heading for a new life in Scotland. I did well to get safely across the busy road for this picture, after getting a picture of 43134 leading the train!

43036 Arbroath 1 September 2018

43036 brings up the rear of the 2W93 15:08 Dundee to Aberdeen ScotRail driver training special at Arbroath on 1 September 2018. 43143 is a the head of the train. This photo is taken from the little footbridge at the West Links Parks station of the 10¼ in gauge Kerr's Miniature Railway, which explains the rather unusual foreground!

43037 Swindon (Hay Lane) 15 September 1979

43037 bursts out from under the bridge at Hay Lane near Swindon on 15 September 1979 whilst working the 13:45 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare service. Hay Lane was once the site of a temporary terminus for the Great Western Railway during the course of its construction between London and Bristol, nearby Swindon being only an insignificant village at the time. Between 17 December 1840 (when the line was extended from Challow) and 3 May 1851 (when the extension to Chippenham was opened) this remote spot was a hub of railway activity.

43037 Hawkeridge Junction 4 October 1987

43037 passes Hawkeridge Junction on Sunday 4 October 1987 with the diverted 1B08 09:10 Paddington to Swansea service. The rear of the similarly diverted 1A28 09:30 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington can just be seen disappearing into the bushes on the extreme left of the picture.

43037 Highworth Junction 28 April 1999

43037 accelerates away from Swindon, and passes Highworth Junction on 28 April 1999 with the 1A07 06:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. I sometimes went to this location before going to work in order to photograph the Longbridge to Swindon Rover car panel empties entering the nearby works. Unfortunately on this occasion I didn't get that picture, as when it did arrive, it stopped in the far distance and didn't move for over an hour. As by 1999 the train was Class 66 hauled, it wasn't such a disaster!

43037 Chalford 21 April 2002

43037 leads the diverted 1B20 11:00 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service through the trees near Chalford on 21 April 2002. The disused Thames & Severn Canal can just be seen in the bottom of the valley.

43037 South Marston 22 June 2010

43037 Penydarren speeds past the junction to the Keypoint Industrial Estate at South Marston on 22 June 2010. It is working the 1A12 09:29 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington First Great Western service. The name Penydarren commemorates Richard Trevithick's pioneer steam locomotive of 1804.

43037 Uffington 13 July 2010

A dull and damp day at Uffington on 13 July 2010. 43037 Penydarren passes underneath the signal gantry with the 1L65 13:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Wester service. Note the slightly leaning redundant signal on the right. This is left over from when there used to be loops at this location.

43037 South Moreton (Didcot East) 13 September 2012

43037 Penydarren passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 13 September 2012 with the 1C10 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. Whilst the loss of Didcot Power Station's chimney and cooling towers after decommissioning may not be too much of a loss for this view, the erection of the overhead electrification wiring certainly will be.

43037 Cholsey 2 January 2015

43037 Penydarren unusually runs along the up relief line at Cholsey on 2 January 2015 with the 1L58 12:20 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. The writing is on the wall for these classic trains at this location, as the freshly installed masts on the left prove!

43037 South Marston 15 July 2016

43037 Penydarren passes the junction for the South Marston Industrial Estate branch on 15 July 2016 with the 1L82 16:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington GWR service. As can be seen from the rusty rails, the branch line is currently disused.

43037 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 4 February 2017

Great Western Mainline desecration at the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 4 February 2017. 43037 Penydarren speeds past the signs of its own demise with the 1C14 12:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service.

43037 Daylesford 2 March 2017

Sheep graze in the fields at Daylesford on 2 March 2017, as 43037 Penydarren passes by with the 1P57 14:25 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. Its almost like thirty years ago, as I am now taking every opportunity to photograph HSTs on the Cotswold Line before they are replaced by Class 800s, whereas three decades ago it was Class 50s that were photographed at pretty much every spot I could get to between Wolvercote Junction and Moreton-in-Marsh!

43037 Bourton 13 March 2017

Corporate vandalism at Bourton on 13 March 2017. 43037 Penydarren passes through Network Rail's blot on the landscape, as it works the 1L28 07:08 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. Brunel was all for progress, but the great man would not appreciate what they have done to his railway!

43038 Finedon 1 August 1992

43038 passes the site of Finedon station with the 07:55 Leeds to St Pancras service on 1 August 1992. 43038 is painted in an unusual variation of the InterCity livery, with yellow covering virtually all of the front end, and most surprisingly a white cab roof. As can be seen from the condition this is in here, white is hardly the most practical colour for an HST power car roof. When the power car is at he rear of the train the exhaust gets pulled down by the slipstream with obvious results. The exhaust deflector plates fitted shortly after the class was introduced were supposed to alleviate this, but obviously they are only partially successful!

43038 Drem 4 October 2001

43038 races through Drem station on 4 October 2001 with the late running 1E08 08:00 Aberdeen to Kings Cross GNER service. Not the most photogenic of locations, but as I had stopped off specifically to photograph 56032 on the 6B44 11:15 Oxwellmains to Powderhall Binliner empties, I thought I might a well get a shot of one of the stylish GNER HSTs passing through the station.

43038 North Rigton 6 September 2004

43038 City of Dundee pass North Rigton on 6 September 2004 with the 1A15 07:28 Harrogate to Kings Cross GNER service. This was just ten minutes into its journey, the only direct London train of the day, which at the time had no return working!

43039 Baulking 21 June 1980

To anyone familiar with the Swindon to Didcot line in recent years, this picture will come as something of a shock. On 21 June 1980, 43039 leads the 1A99 09:25 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service past Baulking. Just compare this wide open view with the same scene in 2007. In 1980 the southern cutting side resembles a meadow, with not a single bush visible. This allows a clear view to the site of Uffington station in the background, complete with original 'bow string' road bridge (since replaced).

43040 Knighton 26 January 1980

43040 approaches the site of Knighton Crossing on 26 January 1980 with the 1C50 14:15 Paddington to Swansea service. Apologies for the very poor quality of this image, but it was taken on a Praktica PLC2, but more critically it was taken too early, so has had to be pulled up from a small section of the original Kodachrome 64 transparency.

43040 Bourton 1 November 1994

43040 Granite City passes Bourton on 1 November 1994 with the 1A25 07:02 Swansea to Paddington service. The loco's Granite City name is hardly appropriate for the Western Region, but at the time that it was named (June 1990), it was part of the East Coast fleet, and therefore much more familiar with the granite city of Aberdeen.

43040 Moreton-in-Marsh 14 May 1997

43040 pulls away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 14 May 1997 with the 1A16 05:56 Hereford to Paddington Great Western Trains service. The siding in the foreground has since been lifted, and the footbridge has been replaced by a larger version, but the semaphore signalling still remains.

43040 White Waltham 7 March 1998

Only the rear power car spoils the appearance of an otherwise complete Great Western Trains HST at White Waltham on 7 March 1998. 43040 heads westwards with the 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service.

43040 Berkley 9 January 2000

A slightly different angle on the well known lineside location at Berkley, and one that can not now be repeated because of the installation of a huge communications mast right in the foreground of this view. 43040 approaches the ivy clad bridge on 9 January 2000 with the 1C31 10:15 Paddington to Penzance First Great Western service.

43040 Manningford Bruce 12 April 2007

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes Manningford Bruce on 12 April 2007 with the 1C85 13:05 Paddington to Plymouth First Great Western service. A couple of months later, 43040 would be called to Brush for refurbishment and would loose this tatty original version of FGW's purple livery in preference for the later simplified version.

43040 Bourton 29 March 2012

The track across the field in the foreground adds an interesting composition to this picture of 43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh speeding towards Bourton on 29 March 2012 with the 1A16 12:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the recent embankment strengthening work.

43040 Baulking 5 July 2013

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes Baulking on 5 July 2013 with the 1C20 15:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare First Great Western service. Note the unpainted section of roof panel. Also of note for modellers, is the fact that the 'First' wording is missing from the front of the power car.

43040 Baulking 16 April 2014

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes Baulking on 16 April 2014 with the 1A14 11:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. A perfect spring morning at a location soon to be lost under a sea of 25kV wires.

43040 Abbotswood 13 June 2014

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes Abbotswood on 13 June 2014 with the 1L28 07:08 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington First Great Western service. Although most FGW HSTs from Worcester travel via the Cotswold Line, this is one of a small number than travel via Cheltenham and Swindon.

43040 Denchworth 8 September 2014

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh is in immaculate condition, as is the rest of its train, as it passes Denchworth on 8 September 2014 with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. This is approximately the half way point of this four track section of the Great Western Mainline. The relief lines extend from Wantage Road (just out of sight around the corner in the distance) to Challow. They were reinstated in the 1990s.

43040 Farleaze 18 November 2014

As a prelude to electrification, the lineside vegetation has been cleared at Farleaze (between Badminton and Hullavington), allowing a clear broadside view of trains from the rustically named Pig Lane. 43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes the slightly soggy fields on 18 November 2014 with the 1L51 10:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service. The recently reconstructed bridge on the Sherston to Grittleton road can be seen in the background.

43040 South Marston 30 June 2015

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes a gang of track workers at South Marston on 30 June 2015, as it heads towards the capital with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. This was travelling slowly, as it was being held up by 66516, which was working the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner.

43040 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 October 2015

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes signs of impending electfrication at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 October 2015. It is working the 1G38 13:36 Paddington to Cheltenham GWR service. The electfrication of the line is running late and massively over budget.

43040 Denchworth 9 October 2015

Superb lighting at Denchworth on 9 October 2015, as 43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh speeds westwards with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. Full sun, dark clouds, autumn colours, and some decent traction. What more could you want?

43040 Challow 16 August 2016

A final glimpse of Challow, already virtually ruined as a photographic location by the electfrication masts. 43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh passes by on 16 August 2016 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service.

43040 Worcester 31 August 2017

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh leaves Worcester on 31 August 2017 with the 1P61 15:21 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. For some unknown reason, I had never visited this well known location before, and as both the semaphore signal, and the former Metal Box factory behind it are due to disappear, I only just made my first visit in time!

43040 Chilson 25 January 2018

43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh sweeps round the gentle curve near Chilson on 25 January 2018 with the 1W23 11:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. A return to the old order for this train, as the previous week it was entrusted to one of the new Class 800 DMUs.

43040 South Marston 9 July 2018

Observant passengers travelling behind 43040 Bristol St. Philip's Marsh on the 1A75 05:05 Penzance to Paddington GWR service, were in for a surprise shortly after this picture was taken at South Marston on 9 July 2018. Because the slow moving diverted 7A09 06:27 Merehead Quarry to Acton Mendip Rail 'jumbo' stone train was in front of it, the HST used the bi-directional signalling capability of the Great Western Mainline to overtake it, by using the crossovers at Bourton and Uffington.

43040, 43198 & 57605 Uffington 18 October 2019

Following the failure of the 1A40 21:45 Penzance to Paddington GWR sleeper near Ivybridge on 17 October 2019, most unusually a pair of HST power cars were used to take the stock to Reading the following day. So here we have the bizarre sight of 43040 & 43198 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 towing failed 57605 Totnes Castle and the sleeper stock past Uffington on 18 October 2019, running as the 5Z70 10:35 Laira to Reading Traincare Depot ECS. This was running exactly to time, and although it was fairly bright, it unfortunately missed the sun by just a few seconds. Had the early running before Swindon continued, it would most likely have passed in full sun. However, at least it wasn't raining, and this would be worth photographing in any light!

43041 Chalford 25 March 1995

Passing milepost 97½, 43041 climbs up the Golden Valley at Chalford on 25 March 1995 with the 1A29 08:30 Cheltenham to Paddington service, one of the few InterCity trains on the route at the time. Unfortunately this viewpoint has now been ruined by the installation of a tall radio mast.

43041 Mortimer 28 June 1998

43041 City of Discovery passes through Mortimer station on 28 June 1998 with the 1O11 09:14 Edinburgh to Bournemouth 'Dorset Scot'. The station building is the most complete surviving example of one of Brunel's brick built Italianate style small stations, and is naturally Grade II listed.

43041 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 16 December 2006

43041 passes Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) on 16 December 2006 with the 12:15 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. The City of Discovery nameplate appears to have been removed, leaving just the crest. The nameplate was one of the cheap looking 'tin' plates, and the backing plate seems to be still in situ.

43041 Bourton 4 February 2009

43041 leads the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service through a snowy landscape at Bourton on 4 February 2009. Swindon's Honda car plant can just be seen in the background.

43041 Uffington 19 November 2011

The early morning fog has just dispersed at Uffington on 19 November 2011, to allow the sun to light up 43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life, as it speeds eastwards with the 1A10 07:28 Exeter to Paddington (via Weston-super-Mare) First Great Western service. As can be seen from the fog and cloud in the background, the brightness was quite localised.

43041 Baulking 6 March 2015

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life speeds past Baulking on 6 March 2015 with the late running 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. The two signal gantries just provide a frame to the picture, but the forthcoming electrification will ruin it!

43041 Goring 6 July 2015

A last look at the well known photographic location of Spring Farm, Goring, before the view is ruined forever by the overhead electrification. 43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life passes the newly installed masts on 6 July 2015 with the 1C02 06:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. Already it is extremely difficult to get a picture, as a pair of masts with cross piece next to the bridge leave just a small gap through which to photograph, using a long lens.

43041 Callow Hill 16 February 2016

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life passes Callow Hill on 16 February 2016 with the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington 'Red Dragon' GWR service. Note the recently rebuilt farm occupation bridge in the background, which now has filled in side arches.

43041 Denchworth 18 February 2016

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life races underneath the signal gantry at Denchworth on 18 February 2016 with the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. Waiting on the relief line behind is 70807 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train.

43041 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 14 September 2016

Green liveried 43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life with mismatched blue stock approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 14 September 2016 with the 1G38 13:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service.

43041 Challow 6 April 2017

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life and mismatched blue stock pass Challow on 6 April 2017 with the 1L38 07:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The delayed electfrication programme has finally obliterated the view from the bridge in the background, so this trackside viewpoint from the edge of the field is now the only option.

43041 Grove 30 November 2017

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life passes Grove on 30 November 2017 with the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. No attempt seems to be made to keep the green power cars and coaches together, and two years after the livery's introduction, mixed combinations are the norm.

43041 Wolvercote 18 March 2018

A solitary dog walker braves the snowy expanse of Wolvercote Common, as 43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life slows for Wolvercote Junction on 18 March 2018 with the 1W02 11:23 Reading to Hereford GWR service. This should have been the 1W02 10:37 Paddington to Hereford, but suffered crewing problems, like a lot of Cotswold Line trains in early 2018.

43041 Moreton-in-Marsh 19 April 2018

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life pulls away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 19 April 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. I carefully framed this to include not only the milepost in the foreground, and the buffer stop for the down refuge siding, but also to show the evidence of some quite serious lineside vegetation removal. The power car is just crossing the footpath that links Moreton-in-Marsh with the allotments on the Evenlode road.

43041 Purton 17 September 2018

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life passes Purton on 17 September 2018 with the 1G47 15:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service, most unusually running exactly to time! The fenced off part of the field in the foreground is a public footpath between Collins Lane level crossing (just visible in the background) and Widham (now part of Purton village).

43041 Hungerford 13 November 2018

43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life brings up the rear of the 1C74 09:03 Paddington Plymouth GWR service, as it heads away from Hungerford on 13 November 2018. A going away shot, but then the HSTs will soon be going away from this line for good!

43042 Abbots Ripton 21 April 1984

Regrettably I took very few pictures on the East Coast Mainline prior to electrification, but on 21 April 1984 I recorded 43042 passing Abbots Ripton with the 11:50 Newcastle to Kings Cross service. Although one of the country's premier routes, at this time the down relief line was still laid with 95lb bullhead track! Plenty of warning of approaching trains here, as the farthest bridge (an aqueduct carrying a small stream over the line) is nearly two miles away. The modern bridge carries the B1090 road, while the arch bridge between the two is New England Bridge, on the minor road to the village of Wennington.

43042 Badgeworth 17 March 1994

A meeting of the Devonians! What at first sight might seem like unfortunate timing, this in fact shows the up and down 'Devonian' named trains passing at Badgeworth on 17 March 1994. 43042 leads the 1V42 08:15 Leeds to Paignton service, while the 1E40 08:33 Plymouth to Newcastle train heads in the opposite direction. Note the steel girder of the partially constructed Grovefield Way bridge near Up Hatherley in the background.

43042 Pilning 8 September 2006

A long lens emphasises the change of gradient as 43042 leads the 13:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington service out of the Severn Tunnel at Pilning on 8 September 2006. I think it is fairly easy to see where the over three miles of 1 in 100 gradient from the centre of the tunnel eases to 1 in 636. Note the heat haze from the lead power car's Paxman Valenta engine visible against the Welsh hills in the background. A recent addition to the skyline here in the last few years is the approach to the new Severn Bridge, seen in the background on the left.

43042 Chilson 15 June 2008

43042 leads the 1Z73 15:40 Hanborough to Worcester Shrub Hill First Great Western service past Chilson on 15 June 2008. The line was closed for engineering works between Hanborough and Oxford, and because the rostered driver for one of the replacement Class 166 diagrams didn't sign HSTs, FGW commendably assembled this short rake. Coaches 44059 &  42277 are marshaled between 43042 &  43182.

43042 Moreton-in-Marsh 15 June 2008

In superb evening light, 43042 approaches Moreton-in-Marsh with the 1Z79 18:40 Hanborough to Worcester Shrub Hill First Great Western service on 15 June 2008. The Cotswold Line was closed between Hanborough and Oxford for engineering works and a hourly Worcester to Hanborough shuttle service was in operation. The driver for one of the diagrams didn't sign Class 166s, so the highly unusual but commendable step was taken of providing a two coach HST to cover the diagram. The combination of 43042, 44059, 42277, & 43182 was sent up from to Bristol St Philips Marsh especially for two out and back workings to Hanborough. On a day with lots of cloud around the few minutes of sunshine that coincided with this train was most welcome!

43042 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 4 July 2011

First Great Western passengers sample some rare track at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 4 July 2011. 43042 runs along the up relief line with late running 1L48 09:28 Swansea to Paddington service. Something was obviously amiss, as once the train had joined the relief line at Challow, it stopped at the first signal (in the far distance of this view), before moving off after a long wait. Another FGW train overtook it during this period. Passengers trains do not normally use this line and indeed at least two railtours to my knowledge have requested these loops as part of their itinerary, even though they are only a few feet to one side of the normal line. That's track bashing for you!

43042 Uffington 30 July 2011

43042 passes Uffington on 30 July 2011 with the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. In the background can be seen a recently strengthened section of embankment, where piling was put in to counteract a minor landslip.

43042 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 October 2013

Superb autumnal lighting at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 23 October 2013, as 43042 heads towards the capital with the 1A09 08:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. This location can get bitterly cold, as there is nothing (except the modern bridge's high parapet) to shield you from the wind.

43042 Challow 19 November 2013

Superb crisp early morning light at Challow on 19 November 2013. 43042 heads towards London with the 1A08 05:09 Plymouth to Paddington (via Bristol Temple Meads) First Great Western service. Even by mid November only half the trees are showing any signs of autumn colour.

43042 Blagrove 14 May 2014

43042 will soon be calling at Swindon station, as it passes Blagrove on 14 May 2014 with the 1L20 05:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. Although now just warranting a small note in the timetable, this is in fact a named train - 'The Capitals Ltd'.

43042 Shrivenham 5 November 2014

43042 speeds past Shrivenham on 5 November 2014 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. Although I suppose the lineside bushes provide some autumn colour, nearly three decades earlier the view was much more open and photogenic.

43042 Goring 6 July 2015

43042 sweeps round the curve at Goring on 6 July 2015 with the 1P21 07:10 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington First Great Western service. This will presumably be my final visit to this location, as while the masts are presently just an ugly intrusion in the landscape, once the wires go up there will be no chance of a picture. Locations such as this, where the line is in a cutting, and there is no possibility of a trackside view, will obviously be completely hopeless for photography.

43042 Steventon 29 September 2015

43042 speeds past Steventon on 29 September 2015 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. Note the bumper crop of apples on a couple of the trees in the small lineside copse on the left. As this wood is surrounded by fields and therefore inaccessible, presumably all those apples that don't get eaten by birds or wild animals, will just rot on the ground.

43042 Challow 21 March 2016

In preparation for the Great Western Mainline electrification, numerous trackside locations have been turned into work sites. One such is the site of Challow station. 43042 leads the 1A07 06:48 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington GWR service past the portakabins on 21 March 2016.

43042 Uffington 21 May 2016

43042 speeds past the site of Uffington station on 21 May 2016 with the 1L24 06:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. This view has largely been ruined by the palisade fenced compound in the foreground, and will shortly be obliterated by the new overhead wires, but I have including this picture as a record of the new signals, which have replaced the former gantry.

43042 Kemble 31 July 2016

43042 accelerates away from Kemble on 31 July 2016 with the 1L63 13:33 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. Since my last visit here in 2014, the line from here to Swindon has had the second track reinstated.

43042 Steventon 5 January 2017

43042 passes Steventon on 5 January 2017 with the 1B28 11:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. Just three minutes earlier 43005 had headed west with the exact opposite livery combination of a green power car on a blue train!

43042 Aldington 21 March 2017

The driver of 43042 looks up at me, as he passes underneath the A46 Evesham bypass at Aldington on 21 March 2017. Despite being taken from the shadow side, I quite like this different interpretation of the 1W27 13:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service.

43042 Oddington 17 September 2017

43042 passes Oddington on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1L68 14:21 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The train is passing over the site of the former level crossing. HSTs were using this route all weekend, owing to engineering works at Reading.

43042 South Marston 10 November 2017

43042 passes South Marston in the last of the weak afternoon sunlight on 10 November 2017 with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. Note the variety of overhead lines structures in the hugely delayed electfrication project.

43042 Oxford 12 December 2017

An ordinary picture of a GWR HST at Oxford? Look again, as this HST is passing non-stop through the centre road. 43042 is working the 5Z70 10:00 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington ECS on 12 December 2017, a day when a number of Cotswold Line services were cancelled. This was presumably the 1P26 06:42 Hereford to Paddington, which only got as far as Worcester Shrub Hill. The ECS didn't even leave Worcester on time, and was over an hour late here, which was a lot better for the light angle.

43042 Steventon 6 June 2018

43042 passes underneath the infrastructure that will replace it, as it speeds through Steventon on 6 June 2018 with the 1A77 05:41 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. Now that the wires have gone up, I have to resort to previously unvisited spots, just to avoid the masts!

43042 Highnam 26 June 2018

43042 passes Highnam on 26 June 2018 with the diverted 1B76 18:14 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. As this route does normally see HSTs, and as the reign of these iconic trains is coming to an end (at least in this area), the opportunity was taken to photograph one with the instantly recognisable landmark of Gloucester Cathedral in the background.

43042 Wolvercote 2 August 2018

43042 runs along the new down relief line at Wolvercote on 2 August 2018 with the late running 1W32 15:50 Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh GWR service. The new line follows the course of the old wartime relief line. The track was reinstated in 2016, and then almost immediately lifted again! A mere six years after work started on the project, speedy Network Rail finally commissioned the line, as part of a much improved track layout through Oxford in July 2018.

43042 Hungerford 1 October 2018

One green, two blue, one green, two blue, one green, two blue and one green! 43042 leads a truly mixed rake, as it approaches Hungerford on 1 October 2018 with the 1A77 05:41 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. I was going to wait until the autumn colours were at their best before coming here, but I wasn't going to waste a sunny morning!

43043 Oakley 16 August 2007

43043 passes Oakley on 16 August 2007 with the 1C13 07:05 Sheffield to St Pancras 'Midland Express' Midland Mainline service. A good clear location with nothing in the way to shade the line. So what happens, the sun goes in of course! The railway makes one of its numerous crossings of the River Great Ouse in the background.

43043 Kibworth Harcourt (Wistow Road) 3 February 2011

Still retaining the old East Midlands Trains livery, albeit in extremely dirty and tatty condition, 43043 passes Wistow Road, Kibworth Harcourt on 2 February 2011 with the 1B53 14:28 Nottingham to St Pancras service. The rest of the train is in the new, more striking, colour scheme.

43043 Cossington 22 March 2012

43043 passes Cossington on 22 March 2012 with the 1B23 06:34 Leeds to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. As booked, it was following just a few minutes behind 43048 with the 1C22 07:41 Sheffield to St Pancras, although both trains were running slightly late.

43044 Barkby Thorpe 26 July 2008

43044 speeds past the new houses on the edge of Syston as it passes Barkby Thorpe with the 1C11 07:27 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service on 26 July 2008. Interestingly there is a train on all three lines in this picture. On the left an unidentified Class 170 unit waits at the signal with the 07:24 Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport Cross Country service, while on the right 156414 approaches with the 07:38 Nottingham to Leicester East Midlands Trains service along the bi-directional relief line.

43044 Barrow-upon-Soar 15 September 2012

43044 passes Barrow-upon-Soar on 15 September 2012 with the 1B48 13:28 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midlands Trains service. The footbridge in the background replaces the one that was demolished in a rail accident in February 2008.

43044 Cossington 13 November 2013

43044 passes Cossington on 13 November 2013 with the 1D27 11:15 St Pancras to Nottingham East Midlands Trains service. This is of course very run of the mill, but on this occasion what followed it a short while later definitely wasn't!

43045 Barrow Upon Soar 12 September 2009

43045 passes Barrow Upon Soar on 12 September 2009 with the 1B38 11:28 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. I had been visiting the Great Central Railway Diesel Gala, but around noon the sun is virtually head on at most locations on that line, so I came here where not only does the line run at a better angle for the midday sun, but also the middle of the day is required in order to avoid the line being covered in shadows.

43045 Souldrop 21 April 2010

43045 swings round the curve at Souldrop on 21 April 2010 with the 1B43 12:28 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. Yet again we are in one of those transitional periods, when rakes of stock can be in a different livery to the power cars. In this case 43045 retains the former Midland Mainline livery (with appropriate rebranding). 222003 can just be seen heading away in the distance with the 12:55 St Pancras to Sheffield, luckily just getting out of the way in time!

43045 Barkby Thorpe 28 March 2012

43045 leads the 1B33 10:28 Nottingham to Sheffield East Midlands Trains service past Barkby Thorpe on 28 March 2012, on the sixth consecutive day of glorious unbroken spring sunshine (apart from the odd foggy morning).

43045 Burn Lane 7 April 2015

The early morning fog is just beginning to clear, allowing a little weak sunshine to break through at Burn Lane, near Selby, on 7 April 2015. 43045 leads a hired in East Midlands Trains HST set, with the 1A12 07:00 Hull to Kings Cross Virgin East Coast Trains service. Prior to the opening of the Selby diversion in 1983, this was part of the original East Coast Mainline.

43047 Baulking 21 June 1980

43047 (or W43047 as it was then) passes Baulking on 21 June 1980 with the 1A01 08:45 Swansea to Paddington InterCity service. Apart from the large tree on the left, near the site of Uffington station, virtually the only vegetation on the cutting sides at this time was grass. How different it looks now after over three decades of neglect. Note the numerous small landslips in the background.

43047 Barkby Thorpe 26 July 2008

43047 passes Barkby Thorpe on 26 July 2008 with the 07:55 St Pancras to Nottingham East Midlands Trains service. How much longer can these couple of fields survive? They represent a tiny gap in the urban sprawl of Leicester, and they are all that separates the housing estates of Thurmaston and Syston.

43047 Hambleton 29 November 2016

Bringing a touch of welcome livery variation to the East Coast Mainline, East Midlands Trains 43047 leads the 1Y86 14:02 York to Kings Cross Virgin East Coast service past Hambleton on 29 November 2016. The hiring in of a couple of East Midlands power cars is a long standing arrangement.

43048 Radwell 21 May 1989

43048 crosses the viaduct over the River Great Ouse at Radwell in soft evening light on 21 May 1989 with the 17:38 Nottingham to St Pancras InterCity service. This is the second of seven crossings of the Great Ouse in the short distance between Sharnbrook and just south of Bedford station.

43048 Cossington 22 March 2012

43048 T.C.B. Miller MBE passes Cossington on 22 March 2012 with the 1C22 07:41 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. As the Met Office had promised, it was a fine spring morning, albeit very hazy. Unfortunately it got progressively hazier during the day - one of the penalties of settled high pressure!

43048 Barrow-upon-Soar 15 September 2012

43048 T.C.B. Miller MBE speeds past Barrow-upon-Soar on 15 September 2012 with the 1B38 11:28 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midlands Trains service. An ideal photographic location, until that annoying shadow starts to get in the way (just got away with it here).

43048 Burn 13 March 2016

Making a pleasant change from the constant procession of Virgin East Coast red and white trains, East Midlands Trains liveried 43048 T.C.B. Miller MBE speeds past Burn on13 March 2016 with the 1E16 13:00 Edinburgh to Kings Cross Virgin East Coast service.

43048 Ashchurch 3 May 2016

43048 T.C.B. Miller MBE brings up the rear of the early running 5Z43 06.29 St Philips Marsh to Derby Etches Park stock move at Ashchurch on 3 May 2016. The multi-coloured convoy was being led by 43300 Craigentinny, and includes 43013, 43423 Valenta 1972-2010, & prototype 41001. They all been exhibited at the previous day's Bristol St Philips Marsh Open Day.

43048 & 43058 Norton 22 September 2020

43048 brings up the rear of the 0Z56 11:25 Neville Hill to Long Marston at Norton on 22 September 2020. 43058 is leading. The off lease pair are heading for secure storage, their place on the Midland Mainline having been temporarily taken by HSTs from the East Coast Mainline.

43048 & 43058 Norton Junction 22 September 2020

A pair of former East Midlands Railway power cars join the Cotswold Line at Norton Junction on 22 September 2020. 43048 brings up the rear of the 0Z56 11:25 Neville Hill to Long Marston, with classmate 43058 leading.

43049 Cossington 31 March 2016

43049 Neville Hill leads the 1B23 06:34 Leeds to St Pancras International East Midlands Trains service past Cossington on 31 March 2016. How long will it be before the extremely knackered fence in the foreground is replaced by the totally over the top palisade type, that seems to be Network Rail's preferred option, even for rural areas?

43049 Ashwell 5 July 2020

Sunday engineering work on 5 July 2020 saw East Midlands Railway trains diverted via the Melton Mowbray line. Unfortunately the middle of the day was quite cloudy, but luckily 43049 Neville Hill passed Ashwell in a few minutes worth of sunshine amid the clouds. Here it is passing Ashwell's semaphore signals with the 1B51 13:18 Nottingham to St Pancras International service.

43050 Cheltenham 4 August 1990

An everyday 1990s scene from Cheltenham, that has now changed completely. 43050 passes the remnants of a once extensive track layout as it works the 08:22 Nottingham to Paignton 'InterCity Holidaymaker' on 4 August 1990, taking a Neville Hill HST to the West Country. The rusty sidings have now been removed, as have the railways buildings in the background, to be replaced by the inevitable modern industrial unit 'big shed'.

43050 Harrowden Junction 11 January 2014

Early morning winter light at Harrowden Junction on 11 January 2014. 43050 heads south with the 1B23 06:34 Leeds to St Pancras East Midlands Train service. Note the large flock of birds feeding in the field in the background.

43051 Great Heck 14 March 2008

43051 leads the 07:49 Newcastle to Kings Cross National Express East Coast service past Great Heck on 14 March 2008. All except the rear power car is still in modified and rebranded dark blue GNER colours.

43051 Usan 5 May 2008

43051 passes Usan signal box with the late running 10:30 Kings Cross to Aberdeen National Express East Coast 'Northern Lights' service on 5 May 2008. The train is just about to enter the short section of single track that extends for two miles to Montrose. Note the signalman with his hand on the block instrument ready to give train out of section to Inverkeilor. The train is composed of a complete rake of stock in the former GNER livery with branding replaced by 'National Express East Coast' wording.

43052 Compton Beauchamp 15 September 1979

43052 passes Compton Beauchamp on 15 September 1979 with the late running 12:45 Paddington to Swansea service. This particular set (253026), which included power cars 43052 & 43053, was one of a small batch that moved from the Western Region to the Midland line during the first major reshuffle of HSTs vehicles in late 1982. 43052 is pictured here in original condition with the two large circular exhaust ports on the roof as yet uncovered by the deflector plates that were added to stop exhaust contamination of the cab roof. It wasn't until I came to scan the original Kodachrome slide that I realised that the house at Galleyherns Farm in the background was obviously newly built in 1979.

43052 Glendon 12 February 1995

Diverted away from the Midland Mainline because of Sunday engineering works, 43052 passes the site of Glendon Sidings and approaches Glendon South Junction with the 1C00 07:23 Derby to St Pancras service on 12 February 1995. The freight only route via Corby is regularly used for such diversions. The field in the foreground was formally part of Glendon East Ironstone Quarries, with tramways connecting with the mainline.

43052 Kibworth Harcourt (Wistow Road) 3 February 2011

43052 speeds past Wistow Road near Kibworth Harcourt on 3 February 2011 with the 1B43 12:28 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. When I arrived at this location there were track workers and white vans everywhere, and although these can of course be cloned out of the picture, I was relieved when they all disappeared shortly before this train was due.

43053 Gleneagles 6 May 2008

43053 pulls away from Gleneagles station (just visible in the background) with the 07:55 Inverness to Kings Cross National Express East Coast 'Highland Chieftain' service on 6 May 2008. Note the amount of ballast strengthening work that has been carried out on the side of this very deep cutting. The sun was trying to come out here, but although clear on both the east and west coast, central Scotland seemed reluctant to be rid of the clouds!

43053 Uffington 20 January 2011

43053 University of Worcester passes Uffington on 20 January 2011 with the 1G38 13:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. The radio mast in the background marks the site of Uffington station, junction for the former Faringdon branch.

43053 Broughton Gifford 18 April 2015

43053 University of Worcester passes Broughton Gifford on 18 April 2015 with the diverted 1B20 08:30 London to Swansea First Great Western service. Trains were being diverted due to track relaying work at Bourton, near Swindon. The single track Bradford Junction to Thingley line via Melksham was stretched to capacity with all these additional trains, so much so that the infrequent local trains on the line were cancelled for the day.

43053 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 20 January 2016

43053 University of Worcester approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on the frosty morning of 20 January 2016 with the 1A12 07:40 Paignton to Paddington GWR service. This was the first time that I ventured down to the trackside at this location.

43053 Farleaze 28 January 2016

43053 University of Worcester passes Farleaze (near Hullavington) on 28 January 2016 with the 1L52 10:29 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. A pleasant location down a no through road, which with hindsight I should have visited mire often.

43053 Llandevenny 30 January 2016

With the Bishton Flyover in the background, 43053 University of Worcester passes Llandevenny on 30 January 2016 with the 1L48 09:24 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Despite recent tree clearance, the winter shadows are still a little problematic here.

43053 Standish Junction 24 September 2016

43053 University of Worcester takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 24 September 2016 with the diverted 1L42 08:43 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. This was routed the long way round via Gloucester due to the closure of the Severn Tunnel for major engineering works in connection with the Great Western Mainline electfrication.

43053 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 15 March 2017

43053 University of Worcester is appropriate traction for the 1P61 15:21 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service, seen here leaving Moreton-in-Marsh on 15 March 2017. An extremely long lens has compressed the perspective, making Moreton-in-Marsh station (between the two bridges in the background) seem much closer than it really is. The 1W29 14:21 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street Class 180 DMU can just be seen disappearing in the distance.

43053 South Marston 27 October 2017

43053 University of Worcester passes South Marston on 27 October 2017 with the 1A09 07:13 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. This is obviously not an area where rail trespass is considered likely, judging by the decrepit state of the lineside fence!

43053 Steventon 25 January 2018

43053 University of Worcester approaches Steventon on 25 January 2018 with the 1L38 07:59 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The overhead wires end just behind where I am standing, due to the hiatus regarding the rebuilding of the bridge in Steventon village, a little further to the east.

43053 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 18 May 2018

43053 University of Worcester accelerates away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 18 May 2018 with the 1P12 05:28 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. The station can just be glimpsed in the background, where 166221 Reading Traincare Depot had just arrived with the 1W11 05:12 Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh service.

43053 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 6 August 2018

An appropriately named loco for the Cotswold Line. 43053 University of Worcester approaches Moreton-in-Marsh on 6 August 2018 with the 1W00 08:21 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. In the foreground is Frogmore occupation crossing, which gives the local farmer access between fields on either side of the line.

43053 Combe 8 January 2019

Appropriately named traction for the Cotswold Line. 43053 University of Worcester passes Combe on 8 January 2019 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Combe church, and the adjacent former rectory dominate the skyline. Luckily the predicted end of HSTs on the Cotswold Line in December 2018, proved not to be the case, and the first few months of 2019 will still witness these classic trains on the route, before the DMUs finally take over.

43054 Grange-over-Sands 25 April 1992

43054 approaches Grange-over-Sands on 25 April 1992 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1T32 07:20 St Pancras to Workington 'Cumbrian Coast 125' railtour. This slightly unconventional head on viewpoint was deliberately chosen to give a panoramic view of the River Kent estuary. On the extreme right is Arnside Viaduct, which the HST had crossed a few minutes earlier.

43054 Beighton 25 November 2008

43054 passes Brighton on 25 November 2008 with the diverted 1C37 13:18 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. The diversion was due to the three month closure of Bradway Tunnel, on the Sheffield to Chesterfield line.

43054 Barrow-upon-Soar 15 September 2012

43054 speeds past Barrow-upon-Soar on 15 September 2012 with the 1B43 12:28 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midlands Trains service. In view of the very low wall separating the line from the adjacent car park, I'm surprised that Network Rail haven't ruined this location with a palisade fence!

43054 North Queensferry 30 August 2016

A welcome surprise at North Queensferry on 30 August 2016. On hire to Virgin East Coast, East Midlands Trains 43054 leads the late running 1E25 14:52 Aberdeen to Kings Cross Virgin East Coast service through the station. Still in the tunnel, on the rear of the train is 43295.

43054 Cossington 20 January 2020

43054 has obviously recently been through the washer, being noticeably cleaner than other trains seen at Cossington on 20 January 2020. It is working the 1B38 11:45 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midlands Railway service.

43055 Milton Ernest 16 August 2007

43055 bursts out from under the roadbridge at Milton Ernest with the 10:25 St Pancras to Sheffield Midland Mainline service on 16 August 2007. This is one of the premier trains on the route, stopping only at Leicester, Derby and Chesterfield.

43055 Cossington 28 July 2008

43055 passes Cossington on 28 July 2008 with the 1C41 14:27 Sheffield to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. 43048 (also in the then relatively new EMT livery) is on the rear. A day of intermittent bursts of hazy sunshine.

43055 Wellingborough 23 April 2010

43055 approaches Wellingborough on St Georges's Day, 23 April 2010 with the 1D42 14:15 St Pancras to Nottingham East Midlands Trains service. No doubt much more widely photographed than normal, due to running just three minutes behind 37667 & 37510 on 6Z70, and with many photographers still on the bridge!

43055 Cossington 20 January 2020

43055 passes Cossington on 20 January 2020 with the 1B53 14:45 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midlands Railway service. It has just overtaken 158847, which is working the same operator's 2L66 13:37 Lincoln Central to Leicester service.

43056 Compton Beauchamp 26 June 1982

HST railtours have never been particularly common due to the high utilisation of the sets, which leaves little spare capacity for such one off trains. The train pictured here is certainly one of the earliest tours - the 'Ian Allan Limited' from Paddington to Newcastle via Carlisle on 26 June 1982. 43056 is seen leading the tour past Compton Beauchamp (between Didcot and Swindon) in gloomy weather. Although at first glance looking exactly like the HSTs that traversed this line every few minutes (except for the large stick on headboard!), this is in fact an Eastern Region eight car set, and 43056 would have been more at home pounding up and down the East Coast Mainline, having only recently taken over from the Deltics.

43056 Wellingborough 12 December 1985

43056 University of Bradford slows down for the Wellingborough stop on 12 December 1985 whilst working the 09:30 Nottingham to St Pancras service. With a forest of semaphore signals and masses of disused sidings, to say nothing of a pair of relief lines, this scene is largely unaltered since the last days of steam. The same view today shows considerable rationalisation!

43056 Kibworth Harcourt (Wistow Road) 25 April 1996

43056 negotiates the reverse curves at Kibworth Harcourt (Wistow Road) on 25 April 1996 with the 1C30 13:33 Nottingham to St Pancras service. It is sporting the typical 1990s version of the InterCity livery, i.e. the red and white stripe on the front completely worn away! Interestingly this picture appears to show 43056 running without its University of Bradford nameplates, but still with the crest. Supposedly the plates were removed over a year after this picture was taken. Confirmation anyone?

43056 Wellingborough 19 July 2002

Unfortunately I have got relatively few pictures of HSTs in the Midland Mainline 'teal and tangerine' livery. However, 43056 could very well be a candidate for the power car that I have photographed in the most different liveries. Here it is on 19 July 2002 leaving Wellingborough with the 1D08 07:55 St Pancras to Nottingham Midland Mainline service. Although by this time of day there had already been a stream of HSTs heading for the capital, this was only the second through train of the day heading in the opposite direction.

43056 Gateforth 14 March 2008

Clearly showing the interim National Express East Coast livery consisting of a white stripe applied to the former GNER colour scheme, 43056 speeds past Gateforth with the 1E10 07:53 Aberdeen to Kings Cross service on 14 March 2008. Not a bad location for an electrified line, especially as you can take the picture while sitting on the Armco barrier at the side of a not very busy country road! This was one of the final sunny shots of the day, as can you can see from the background, the cloud was rapidly building up.

43056 Baulking 9 December 2010

Dramatic lighting at Baulking on 9 December 2010, as 43056 The Royal British Legion speeds westwards with the 1B40 13:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. The red poppy on the nameplate can clearly be seen, even at this distance.

43056 Denchworth 24 January 2011

43056 The Royal British Legion can easily be recognised from a distance by the large red commemorative poppy on its nameplate. It is seen here passing Denchworth on 24 February 2011 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. This is a well traveled power car, having initially worked for many years on the Midland Mainline, it later saw service on the East Coast route, before arriving on the Western. However, even when its normal stomping ground was between London and the Midlands back in the 1980s, it did on one occasion venture onto Brunel's route to the west with an Ian Allan railtour.

43056 Compton Beauchamp 3 May 2013

43056 The Royal British Legion catches the early morning sun, as it passes Compton Beauchamp on 3 May 2013 with the 1L05 03:57 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. At this time of the morning (06:30), a very long lens is required at this location to clear the shadows in the foreground.

43056 Haresfield 29 August 2014

43056 The Royal British Legion passes Haresfield on 29 August 2014 with the 1L50 10:20 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington First Great Western service. With and almost indecipherable First logo, and several panted patches on the roof, this power car is looking a little tatty.

43056 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 October 2016

43056 The Royal British Legion passes Denchworth on 5 October 2016 with the 1C21 16:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. This classic view, from Circourt Bridge, is in the process of being changed forever by the massively over budget electfrication scheme.

43056 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 January 2017

43056 The Royal British Legion approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 5 January 2017 with the 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. This was travelling at full line speed, but would soon experience a sudden brake application, as the result of a bizarre signalling move. 70801 had for some time been sat at a red signal a little further along the up relief line with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train. However, just before this HST was due, it was let out onto the main line, with the result that the HST had to overtake it by using the bi-directional signalling capabilities of the route, and passing it on the down main! Even so, this odd manoeuvre delayed the train by several minutes.

43956 Edington 6 July 2018

43056 The Royal British Legion passes Edington on 6 July 2018 with the 1A72 05:53 Plymouth to Paddington GWR service. It is passing some lineside bushes that are living on borrowed time, as just past the occupation bridge in the background, track workers were getting ready to carry out some more lineside clearance. Near this location is the reputed site of the Battle of Edington, where Alfred the Great defeated Guthrum in 878.

43056 Charlbury 7 August 2018

High Speed Reflection. 43056 The Royal British Legion arrives at Charlbury on 7 August 2018 with the 1W31 15:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service, passing the 1P37 15:51 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington, which is waiting to access the single track section to Wolvercote Junction.

43056 Hungerford 13 November 2018

43056 The Royal British Legion approaches Hungerford on 13 November 2018 with the 1A75 05:05 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. This was running late, but not late enough for the shadows to have cleared the field in the foreground!

43056 Badgeworth 30 January 2019

In the final weeks of HST operation over the 'Golden Valley' route to Cheltenham, 43056 The Royal British Legion passes Badgeworth in superb winter light on 30 January 2019 with the 1G11 07:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service.

43057 Defford 23 July 1994

43057 races past Defford on 23 July 1994 with the 06:05 Leeds to Newquay 'InterCity Holidaymaker'. This is the site of Defford station, which closed in 1965. Just visible behind the power car is the remains of the old end loading dock platform.

43058 Harrowden Junction 21 April 2010

43058 passes Harrowden Junction with the 1B58 15:28 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service on 21 April 2010. After many false starts I have finally managed to get a complete HST in the new East Midlands livery in the sunshine!

43058 Langham Junction 5 July 2020

43058 approaches Langham Junction on 5 July 2020 with the diverted 1C61 14:32 Leeds to St Pancras International East Midlands Railway service. The reason most people like semaphore signals is because of their old fashioned picturesque quality. That clearly doesn't apply here! The massively over engineered post and platform looks completely at odds with the vintage upper quadrant arms at the top, and counterweights at the bottom.

43058 & 43048 Norton 22 September 2020

Former East Midlands Railways power cars 43058 & 43048 pass Norton on 22 September 2020, running as the 0Z56 11:25 Neville Hill to Long Marston. The ghostly impression of the former EMR branding can just be seen on 43058's bodyside. Like so many other HST power car's this pair are heading for storage, pending an uncertain future.

43058 & 43048 Norton Junction 22 September 2020

43058 & 43048 accelerate away from a signal check at Norton Junction on 22 September 2020 with the 0Z56 11:25 Neville Hill to Long Marston. I had already seen this a shirt distance around the corner, at Norton, but as it was running a few minutes early, it had to be held here to allow a train to come off the Cotswold Line.

43059 Ancaster 25 July 2009

43059 passes Ancaster's semaphore signals with the 1S02 11:28 Skegness to Nottingham East Midland Trains service on 25 July 2009. This HST set is diagrammed to do two return trips to the east coast resort on Saturdays between 18 July and 5 September. If the brake van in the siding on the right looks a little derelict and weed choked, that is because it has been in that position since 1968! Even it was fit to travel by rail, it is never going to leave that way, as the siding is no longer connected to the main line.

43059 Gonerby Moor 25 July 2009

I went to the footpath crossing at Gonerby Moor (between Barkston East and Allington Junctions, near Grantham) to photograph the 1S04 17:08 Skegness to Nottingham East Midlands Trains service on 25 July 2009, as it is one of the few locations where the sun is at the right angle and is free of shadows so late in the day. A large gap appeared in the clouds just before it was due and I thought there would be no problem getting the shot. However, the appointed time came and went and the sun started to sink towards a huge mass of dark cloud. Just as the lights were about to go out I heard a hoot from around the corner heralding the arrival of 43059, in the very nick of time!

43059 Harrowden Junction 19 March 2018

43059 passes a bright, but exceedingly cold and blustery Harrowden Junction on 19 March 2018 with the 1B48 13:32 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midlands Trains service. As can be seen from the clouds, this was a day when it was a matter of luck whether the train you wished to photograph corresponded with a sunny spell!

43059 Kilby Bridge 31 July 2020

43059 passes Kilby Bridge on 31 July 2020 with the 1B33 10:45 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midland Railway service. In the nineteenth century there were sidings here, serving nearby lime kilns. These had closed prior to the First World War.

43060 Barrow Upon Soar 12 September 2009

43060 races past Barrow Upon Soar on 12 September 2009 with the 1B43 12:28 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. The complete train is in the East Midland's second attempt at a corporate colour scheme. Although not generally liked, I prefer it to both the original turquoise colour scheme, and the later blue, orange and red version, despite the odd graphics.

43060 Wellingborough 11 January 2014

43060 rounds the curve to the south of Wellingborough with the late running 1B28 07:34 Leeds to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service on 11 January 2014. St Mary's church, which dominates the background, appears to be a typical medieval parish church. It is in fact only just over a hundred years old, being built by Sir John Ninian Comper, one of the most prominent gothic revival architects of the Edwardian era.

43061 Kibworth Harcourt 25 June 2008

43061 leads the 1C21 08:28 Leeds to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service past Kibworth Harcourt on 25 June 2008. The railway line here actually divides the village of Kibworth Harcourt from Kibworth Beauchamp, which perhaps explains why the Midland Railway just called their station Kibworth! 43061 carries the former Midland Mainline livery minus all branding.

43061 Fenwick 22 April 2019

Hired in East Midlands Trains 43061 brings up the rear of the 1N81 09:06 Kings Cross to York LNER service at Fenwick on 22 April 2019. I did see it again on the southbound 1Y84 12:02 York to Kings Cross, but by then the lighting had got very head on, and much less photogenic.

43062 Heyford 2 March 1995

Dramatic stormy lighting at Heyford on 2 February 1995, as 43062 speeds through the canal side station with the 1O11 06:50 Edinburgh to Bournemouth 'Wessex Scot'. The foreground shadow proves that the old GWR footbridge was still in place, rather than the modern solid sided replacement, and also that I was the only photographer present!

43062 Culham 15 June 1999

In the days before CrossCountry (or Virgin Cross Country as it was then) services were downgraded to DMU operation, 43062 approaches Culham with the 1E42 16:20 Bournemouth to Leeds service. The date is 15 June 1999.

43062 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 15 January 2009

With Charlbury church visible on the extreme right, 43062 John Armitt passes Cornbury Park at full line speed with the 1Z15 09:00 Derby RTC to Derby RTC (via Oxford) Network Rail New Measurement Train on 15 January 2009. 43014 is on the rear of the train. As Charlbury station is just around the corner behind the bushes and all passenger trains call at the station, normally any train photographed here is moving fairly slowly, so to see this special traveling at close to 100 mph certainly made a change! Unfortunately the dull conditions also required a high ISO in order to achieve the necessary 1/1000 sec shutter speed. Note the piles of cable ducting in the background. These are being used to reposition the signal cables in preparation for reinstating the double track, which was removed as an economy measure in 1971.

43062 Tackley 21 May 2009

43062 John Armitt leads the 1Z16 16:43 Derby Railway Technical Centre to Old Oak Common Network Rail New Measurement Train though Tackley on 21 May 2009, with 43014 on the rear. There are very limited choices when it comes to photographing southbound trains on the Banbury to Oxford line if the sun is out in the late evening, so this newly created spot near Tackley station seemed as good as anywhere for a picture of the 'Flying Banana'. Note the remnants of the cleared vegetation in the foreground, the removal of which has opened up the view nicely.

43062 Kibworth Harcourt (Wistow Road) 3 February 2011

43062 John Armitt rounds the curve at Kibworth Harcourt (Wistow Road) on 2 February 2011 with the 1Q52 07:38 Derby RTC to Derby RTC (via St Pancras) Network Rail New Measurement Train. This once excellent viewpoint has been slightly compromised in recent years by the installation of several communications masts, palisade fencing (luckily not in the foreground) and to a lesser extent the encroaching housing development on the horizon.

43062 Culham 27 April 2011

43062 John Armitt leads the 1Q16 12:13 Derby RTC to Old Oak Common New Measurement Train past Culham on 27 April 2011. 43013 is bringing up the rear. Not a bad day out, with two test train passing this spot in less than half an hour, 37611 & 37069 having passed by a little earlier.

43062 Joan Croft Junction 12 March 2012

43062 John Armitt approaches Joan Croft Junction on 12 March 2012, leading the 1Q07 08:56 Heaton to Ferme Park New Measurement Train. 43013 is on the rear. The manually operated gates at this location certainly keep the resident crossing keeper busy.

43062 Ascott-under-Wychwood 17 July 2014

43062 John Armitt runs between the Rosebay Willowherb and the brambles, as it approaches Ascott-under-Wychwood on 17 July 2014 with the 1Q15 09:05 Derby RTC to Derby RTC (via Oxford) Network Rail New Measurement Train. Like most locations on the Cotswold Line, this spot has become very overgrown in recent years.

43062 Badgeworth 2 February 2018

43062 John Armitt brings up the rear of the 1Z20 05:09 Reading Triangle Sidings to Derby RTC Network Rail test train at Badgeworth on 2 February 2018, with 43014 The Railway Observer leading. 66751 Inspiration Delivered - Hitachi Rail Europe is approaching with the 6Z78 11:09 Long Marston to Cardiff Docks Greenergy tank move. I had deliberately gone to this location as the two trains were due to pass at roughly the same time. However, I didn't expect them to be quite this close together!

43062 Kemble 3 July 2018

43062 John Armitt speeds through Kemble station on 3 July 2018 with the 1Q15 06:39 Derby RTC to Landore Network Rail Measurement Train. This was running 20 minutes late, as it was pathed behind, instead of in front of, the diverted 4O57 13:29 Wentloog to Southampton Maritime freightliner.

43062 Chalford 3 September 2019

43062 John Armitt brings up the rear of the 1Q15 06:50 Derby RTC to Swansea Network Rail New Measurement Train at Chalford on 3 September 2019. Almost hidden by the lineside bushes, 43013 Mark Carne CBE is the lead power car.

43063 Hinksey 19 February 1994

A hazy winter afternoon at Hinksey on 19 February 1994. 43063 passes the deserted yard with the late running 1O12 07:10 Edinburgh to Bournemouth 'Wessex Scot'. The proper way to travel from one end of the county to the other, not on the cramped DMU that passengers now have to put up with!

43063 Lowgill 29 March 1997

43063 Maiden Voyager sweeps around the reverse curves at Lowgill on 29 March 1997 with the 1V50 08:50 Edinburgh to Penzance 'Cornish Scot' Virgin CrossCountry service. Needless to say, the tatty old bit of wooden fence on the right has now been replaced by the photographer unfriendly palisade type.

43063 Crofton 22 May 2012

43063 rounds the curve at Crofton 22 May 2012 with the 1A76 05:05 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service. Note that there is some evidence of the former InterCity livery showing through on the cab roof. Time for another repaint?

43063 Challow 8 April 2014

43063 brings up the rear of the 1C07 09:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service at Challow on 8 April 2014. The 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service can be seen approaching in the background, led by 43033 Driver Brian Cooper 15 June 1947 - 5 October 1999.

43063 Shrivenham 9 April 2014

With the clouds gathering in the background, 43063 races underneath the steel girder roadbridge at Shrivenham on 9 April 2014 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. This old bridge, and the fence in the foreground have both been replaced by much less photogenic examples.

43063 Chipping Sodbury Tunnel 10 September 2014

43063 approaches the western end of Chipping Sodbury Tunnel on 10 September 2014 with the 1L62 12:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. The first year's crop of weeds are already turning to seed at the top of the newly graded cutting. The thistle seeds will obviously colonise what at the moment is a nice smooth grassy bank!

43063 Chipping Sodbury 15 April 2015

43063 passes the site of Chipping Sodbury station on 15 April 2015 with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. The station site is still used as an engineer's siding, and a parked Colas tamping machine can be seen in this view.

43063 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 14 September 2016

Blue - green - blue! 43063 leads the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 14 September 2016. Although initially the two green GWR HST sets were kept complete, practical day to day running soon ensured that mixed trains like this would inevitably appear. For those interested, 43162 is the rear power car. Note the thin lines in the field on the left. Just out of the picture the farmer was busy mole draining the field.

43063 Oaksey 25 September 2018

43063 passes Oaksey on 25 September 2018 with the 1L58 12:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. In the last few months of their service on the former Western Region, there seems little attempt to keep the coaching stock in matched rakes, and the inclusion of a green coach in an otherwise blue rake seems to be the norm.

43063 Hungerford 1 October 2018

43063 approaches Hungerford on 1 October 2018 with the 1A75 05:05 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. This is a location that I have been meaning to visit for many years. I have almost left it a bit late, with the iconic HSTs only having a few months left on the route!

43063 Grove 22 October 2018

With a typical mixed green and blue rake of stock, 43063 speeds past Grove on 22 October 2018 with the 1A12 07:48 Paignton to Paddington GWR service. The 3J43 02:53 Didcot to Didcot (via the Berks & Hants Line) Rail Head Treatment Train can just be seen waiting on the relief line in the background.

43064 Winslow 13 February 1993

In miserable misty drizzly weather, 43064 slows down for a photo stop at the derelict Winslow station on the Bletchley to Oxford line. It is working the Hertfordshire Railtours 07:50 St Pancras to Matlock 'Midland Peaks' railtour on 13 February 1993. Note that some effort has gone into identifying the station with several nameboards, including replica totem signs. Although I was on my own as the train arrived, soon there were people swarming everywhere as the passengers got their pictures of this most unlikely motive power at this rural location. Just as well they did because the station building was demolished shortly afterwards.

43064 Wellingborough 19 July 2002

43064 approaches Wellingborough on 19 July 2002 with the 1B15 07:32 Sheffield to St Pancras Midland Mainline service. Although the sides look reasonably clean, the front end exhibits the typically filthy condition that Midland Mainline HSTs seemed to always be in at this time (at least whenever I went out to photograph them!). Very little evidence remains of the once extensive sidings at this location, certainly compared with the view in 1985, when I photographed 43056 at the same spot. Coincidentally, I also saw 43056 on this occasion, but heading in the opposite direction.

43064 Barkby Thorpe 26 July 2008

To mark the end of Paxman Valenta engined HSTs, East Midlands Trains ran a special from Leicester to Scarborough on 26 July 2008, using 43064 & 43081. These were named 125 Group & Midland Valenta respectively the previous day, especially for this tour. In crisp morning light, the 1Z25 09:00 Leicester to Scarborough 'Valenta Venturer' is pictured passing Barkby Thorpe (just north of Leicester) with 43064 leading. I was rather surprised to see a traditional 'steam age' headboard, which looks very strange on the pointed nose of a HST!

43064 Harrowden Junction 21 April 2010

Very nearly a complete HST in the new East Midlands Trains livery. Only the rear power car (hiding behind the bush) retains the former Midland Mainline colour scheme. 43064 leads the 1D47 15:15 St Pancras to Nottingham service past Harrowden Junction on 21 April 2010.

43065 Peascliffe Tunnel 14 June 1986

43065 leads the 16:50 Kings Cross to Bradford Interchange 'Bradford Executive' service towards Peascliffe Tunnel (near Grantham) on 14 June 1986. As can be seen, the East Coast Mainline was in the early stages of electrification at this time, with just the masts in position. Without any wires to tension them, the posts seem to be far from vertical in this picture. This was the era of mixed HST liveries, and indeed the other HST seen here on this day was the exact opposite of this one - InterCity liveried coaches and original liveried power car.

43065 Wolvercote Junction 11 June 1992

Buffer fitted 43065 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 11 June 1992 with the 1M41 16:17 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly service. This was in the good old days when both routes from Wolvercote Junction (Banbury and Worcester) were served by HSTs.

43065 Upper Heyford 14 February 1995

43065 passes the flooded fields near Upper Heyford on 14 February 1995, as it heads south down the Cherwell Valley with the 1O09 08:17 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth 'Pines Express'. Luckily the towpath of the Oxford Canal, from which this picture was taken, is considerably higher than the surrounding land, so waders were not required!

43066 Finedon Road 21 May 1989

The remnants of a bygone age litter the background of this view at Finedon Road, Wellingborough on 21 May 1989. Rakes of redundant HTV hopper wagons fill all the sidings, as 43066 sweeps by with the 15:54 Sheffield to St Pancras service. The sidings now have a more profitable use, being used by GBRf for ballast trains.

43066 Beeston 11 September 1990

43066 passes Beeston in hazy light on 11 September 1990 with the 08:30 St Pancras to Nottingham service. In the background is Beeston station, complete with disused goods shed. Also note the Blue Circle cement depot, which was a source of rail traffic. This has subsequently been demolished, whilst on the other hand, the area of waste ground on the right is now a housing estate.

43066 Clay Cross 9 April 1992

This is something you don't see every day! The driver of 43066, working the 1C42 17:23 Sheffield to St Pancras service, has stopped at Clay Cross on 9 April 1992, and is now shouting at a group of trespassing teenagers, telling them in no uncertain terms to get off the line! Obviously previous trains had noted the trespassers, allowing the HST to approach cautiously and stop, but I have never seen another instance of a train stopping on the mainline and the driver clearing people off the track!

43066 Colton Junction 30 August 1993

43066 passes Colton Junction in fine evening light on 30 August 1993 with the 1V67 17:05 Newcastle to Bristol Temple Meads. York Minster can just be seen in the background, above the rear of the train. This section of line was only opened in 1983, to replace that section of the East Coast Mainline around Selby that was being affected by mining subsidence.

43066 Cossington 11 May 2001

43066 Nottingham Playhouse passes Cossington on 11 May 2001 with the 1D50 17:55 St Pancras to Nottingham Midland Mainline service. It's almost as if the HSTs painted in this livery used semi water soluble paint for the yellow front end! This one displays the typical blotchy faded look.

43066 Irchester 15 December 2001

Under an impressively dark sky, 43066 Nottingham Playhouse crosses the River Nene near Irchester on 15 December 2001 with the 1C21 08:35 Leeds to St Pancras Midland Mainline service. The houses of Wellingborough can be seen in the background, with the Victorian gothic St Mary's church clearly visible on the extreme left.

43066 Quarrington 25 July 2009

The wheat looks almost ready for harvesting at Quarrington on 25 July 2009 as 43066 passes by with the 1S01 08:07 Nottingham to Skegness East Midlands Trains service. This Saturday only train operates between 18 July and 5 September in effort to relief overcrowding on trains to the coast, although certainly on this day it didn't seem to be very full. The HST completes two round trips to the bracing holiday resort, although the speed of the HST is completley wasted, with some very slow running on ridiculously easy schedules.

43066 Ancaster 25 July 2009

43066 passes between two pieces of vintage railway infrastructure (three if you count the running in board), as it speeds through Ancaster station on 25 July 2009 with the 1S03 13:50 Nottingham to Skegness East Midlands Trains service.

43066 Sharnbrook 21 April 2010

Smart new liveried power car, old liveried coaches. 43066 passes Sharnbrook on 21 April 2010 with the 1B48 13:28 Nottingham to St Pancras East Midlands Trains service. Unfortunately this corresponded with the sun disappearing into some high cloud, but the livery combination made it worth recording, despite the indifferent light.

43067 Wolvercote Junction 27 June 1995

43067 just about manages to dodge the shadows as it approaches Wolvercote Junction on 27 June 1995 with the 1M41 17:16 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly service. 43067 has had an interesting life both before and after this picture was taken. Initially just another East Coast power car, it was converted into a DVT in 1989 as an interim measure for use with the new Class 91 electrics and Mk 3 stock. In more recent years 43067 was acquired by Grand Central Railways, and once again found itself pounding up and down the ECML. It became one of the last power cars to retain an original Paxman Valenta engine, but in 2010 was finally fitted with a MTU unit, becoming 43467.

43067 Gateforth 14 March 2008

43067 rounds the curve at Gateforth on 14 March 2008 with the 1A62 12:30 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central service, unfortunately just after the sun had disappeared into a bank of high cloud. Note how the black livery of the power car shows off the ripples in the body panels.

43067 Shaftholme Junction 24 November 2008

43067 passes Shaftholme Junction in miserable light on 24 November 2008 with the 1A62 12:30 Sunderland to Kings Cross Grand Central service. Although it is not really visible from this angle, Joan Croft Junction is situated in the background of this view.

43068 Abbots Ripton 16 August 1988

43068 speeds past Abbots Ripton on 16 August 1988 with the 06:30 Peterborough to King Cross service. It certainly required an early start form West Oxfordshire to be at the East Coast Mainline by 06:50. The reason for the early start was to get a picture of the unique 89001.

43068 Oxford 2 October 1991

43068 arrives at Oxford on 2 October 1991 with the 1S03 08:40 Poole to Edinburgh 'Dorset Scot'. This was one of eight Class 43 power cars that had buffers fitted in 1987/8 to work temporarily as surrogate DVTs with Class 91s and the unique Class 89.

43068 Whitacre Junction 14 September 1997

43068 The Red Nose passes Whitacre Junction on Sunday 14 September 1997 with the diverted 1O10 10:50 Manchester Piccadilly to Southampton Virgin CrossCountry service. This livery, with its completely yellow front end, definitely looked a little odd, and it was so much better when Virgin adopted a black cab roof.

43068 Bredicot 13 July 2002

43068 The Red Arrows passes Bredicot on 13 July 2002 with the 1V41 06:45 Newcastle to Penzance Virgin CrossCountry service. While most of the CrossCountry network got downgraded to DMU operation around this time, nearly two decades later some HSTs still ply this route, along with the inevitable Voyagers.

43069 Uffington 12 February 2008

43069 passes Uffington with the 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service on 12 February 2008. The straw in the foreground is the result of recent heavy rains washing the loose straw and stubble off the field down into this low lying corner. It covered a large area and was well over a foot thick!

43069 Uffington 24 April 2010

43069 runs along the Great Western Mainline near Uffington on 24 April 2010 with the 1G21 10:15 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa First Great Western service. The train is just about to pass the spot where the Wilts & Berks Canal formerly passed underneath the line.

43069 Pewsey 23 August 2013

43069 calls at Pewsey station on 23 August 2013 with the 1A77 05:41 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service. Although minus its roof, the original Great Western Railway footbridge survives here, as indeed does the classic running in board, just visible on the left.

43069 Baulking 16 April 2014

With blackthorn on the left, and gorse on the right, 43069 passes Baulking on 16 April 2014 with the 1L48 09:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. HSTs normally operate with the first class vehicles at the London ed of the train, so this one is running in reverse formation.

43069 Challow 18 February 2015

43069 speeds underneath the recently reopened road bridge at Challow on 18 February 2015 with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington First Great Western service. The bridge had been reconstructed to give increased headroom for the overhead wires of the forthcoming route electrification.

43069 Uffington 23 September 2016

Signs of impending electrification at Uffington on 23 September 2016. 43069 passes a couple of mast bases, as it speeds eastwards with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. The erection of the masts on this section of line is extremely erratic. They have been in position up to the nearby roadbridge for several months, but nothing has happened here (luckily) for ages! The termination board was apparently somewhat redundant, as westbound trains were passing at full line speed.

43069 Steventon 5 January 2017

43069 passes Steventon on 5 January 2017 with the 1B31 12:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. The steam rising in the background is from 'Didcot B', the small gas fired power station, while the chimney is part of the redundant 'Didcot A' coal fired plant.

43069 Compton Beauchamp 5 July 2017

With a toot from the driver, 43069 passes Compton Beauchamp on 5 July 2017 with the 1C24 17:30 Paddington to Taunton GWR service. With masts only on the south side of the line, it initially appears that this view will still be just about acceptable for photography after the wires go up. However, out of sight in the immediate foreground is the base for a mast on the north side of the line, heralding a huge gantry that will completely block the view!

43069 Cassington 24 March 2018

43069 passes Cassington on 24 March 2018 with the 1P51 13:06 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service. Although Network Rail no longer does any routine maintenance of the lineside, they do occasionally have a massive blitz, and clear all bushes and trees from certain sections of line. Once they have done that nothing at all will get done for many years, until the situation is back to square one! Decades worth of neglect have been dealt with at Cassington, opening up this view nicely.

43069 Moreton-in-Marsh 10 October 2018

43069 pulls out of Moreton-in-Marsh station on 10 October 2018 with the 1P39 15:14 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. With the shadows rapidly lengthening, I was glad that this was only one minute late, rather than the more normal 10, 20, or 30 minutes late that a lot of Cotswold Line passengers now have to put up with.