Class 43 HST

43130 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 21 August 1979

43130 leads the 1C20 08:45 Paddington to Cardiff Central past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 21 August 1979. A visitor to this location today would not recognise this view, as apart from the traction, virtually everything else has changed. There are now four tracks, the PW hut has gone, and the bridge in the background has been replaced. The most noticeable change however is the profusion of dead elm trees in this view, the result of Dutch Elm disease. These gradually got felled during the 1980s, and over the following years this open view of the fields was altered by a new crop of trees growing up on the north side of the line.

43130 Wantage Road 3 September 1984

43130 speeds past the site of Wantage Road station on 3 September 1984 with the 06:30 Taunton to Paddington service. Although in the then brand new Executive livery, 43130 not only carries the obsolete set number 253030, but also still has the W prefix to the power car number. Note the wide track formation at this point, a legacy of the former freight loops which would be reinstated a few years after this picture was taken.

43130 Wolvercote Junction 11 June 1992

43130 slowly approaches Wolvercote Junction on 11 June 1992 with the 1B48 17:10 Paddington to Hereford service. The train came to a stand once it was clear of the junction, and stood for some minutes on the Cotswold Line, before very slowly moving off. I can only assume this was the result of a late running previous train having to clear the single line at Ascott-under-Wychwood.

43130 Hawkeridge Junction 9 January 2000

43130 rounds the normally freight only curve between Hawkeridge and Heywood Road Junctions, near Westbury, with the diverted 1A33 12:25 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service on 9 January 2000.

43130 Compton Beauchamp 17 August 2006

43130 Sulis Minerva passes Compton Beauchamp on 17 August 2006 with the 1L22 07:28 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. Sulis Minerva was of course a Roman god, most famously associated with the spa baths at the Roman city of Bath.

43130 Standish Junction 30 January 2011

43130 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 30 January 2011 with the 1L67 14:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington First Great Western service. The train is on former GWR metals, whilst the line at a lower level formerly belonged to the LMS.

43130 Chilson 6 May 2011

43130 passes Chilson on 6 May 2011 with the 1W47 15:51 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill First Great Western service. The telephoto lens has certainly accentuated the wobbly new track on the left, which is part of the Cotswold Line redoubling programme. Obviously there is still much work to do, including tamping and final alignment. Other signs of work include the sheeted over equipment on the trackside and Ascott-under-Wychwood's newly installed down distant signal, which can just be seen in the distance.

43130 Steventon 19 January 2016

43130 passes Steventon on 19 January 2016 with the 1G38 13:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. This farm track runs alongside the line for a considerable distance, allowing a choice of viewpoints. Strangely, this is not a location that I had visited until a few years ago, although I have made up for it since!

43130 Farleaze 28 January 2016

43130 emerges from the bushes at Farleaze on 28 January 2016 with the 1B27 11:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. This picture is taken from a dead end road bridge, down the rustically named Pig Lane, near the village of Hullavington.

43130 South Marston 12 June 2017

43130 passes South Marston on 12 June 2017 with the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. By the summer of 2017 this was one of the few spots between Didcot and Swindon that hadn't yet been ruined by electfrication masts.

43130 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 24 November 2017

43130 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 24 November 2017 with the 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. This deliberate off centre composition shows the remnants of Didcot's disused coal fired 'A' Power Station highlighted against the dark clouds in the background, also the steam rising from the still active gas fired 'B' plant.

43130 Edington 6 July 2018

43130 passes Edington on 6 July 2018 with the 1A77 05:41 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. This location has recently been cleared of vegetation, opening up the view considerably. The goods shed of the former Edington & Bratton station is now in use as part of an industrial estate.

43131 Bremell Sidings 19 July 1990

43131 speeds past Bremell Sidings (near Swindon) with the 1B46 17:03 Paddington to Cheltenham service on 19 July 1990. The early repaints into the Intercity 'swallow' livery had tiny numbers which made identification at speed extremley difficult. The minute number can just be seen on the off white panel behind the radiator grilles. Surprisingly, given the seemingly non-stop march of Swindon's expansion, the houses on the horizon still mark the limit of the town's development two decades later.

43131 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 30 January 2010

The horse in the lineside field is more interested in its pile of hay, rather than 43131 passing by just a few feet away with the 1C12 11:30 Paddington to Bristol First Great Western service. The location is Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, and the date 30 January 2010.

43131 Compton Beauchamp 17 April 2011

43131 passes Compton Beauchamp on 17 April 2011 with the 1B46 14:37 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. Although not as good as the eastbound view from this bridge, and certainly no good in the winter when mostly in deep shade, I thought I would record this for posterity before the wires go up and ruin the location for ever. I don't normally use a standard lens for open locations such as this, and this along with the 125mph train has required a shutter speed of 1/4000sec. Oh, and of course quick reactions!

43131 Souldern No.2 Viaduct 7 April 2013

43131 crosses Souldern No.2 Viaduct in very hazy light on 7 April 2013 with the diverted 1A07 07:45 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. The train has travelled up from Didcot to Banbury, and is now heading to the capital via the Chiltern Line. Ironically, I had visited this location less than 24 hours before, when I photographed 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe in much better light.

43131 Chilson 17 May 2016

Although through trains on the Cotswold Line have historically been worked by HSTs, most local services are DMU operated. However, in 2016 an early morning departure from Moreton-in-Marsh is HST operated. 43131 leads the 1P21 07:10 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington GWR service past an oilseed rape field near Chilson on 17 May 2016.

43131 Ascott-under-Wychwood 25 March 2017

43131 speeds through Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 25 March 2017 with the 1P31 07:10 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This being a Saturday, there will be no trains calling at this station in either direction, although 31 will pass through.

43131 Oxford North Junction 25 March 2017

43131 passes Oxford North Junction on 25 March 2017 with the 1P61 14:34 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. 66130 can just be seen waiting in the background with the 4V54 09:33 Wakefield Europort to Didcot intermodal. Note the partially completed (and seemingly temporarily abandoned) down relief line.

43131 South Marston 27 October 2017

43131 passes South Marston on 27 October 2017 with the 1L38 07:59 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. The power car is just passing over the footpath crossing on a little used path between South Marston village and the A420 road.

43131 Steventon 15 May 2018

43131 approaches Steventon on 15 May 2018 with the 1A77 05:41 Penzance to Paddington GWR service. This was travelling relatively slowly, as it was right behind the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. Now that all the electfrication masts are in place, I wonder how long this collection of surplus steel piling tubes will be left lying on the trackside?

43131 Cassington 10 June 2018

43131 passes Cassington on 10 June 2018 with the 1W08 17:33 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. In the background the brick occupation bridge between Cassington and Yarnton stands out clearly in the evening light. Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, with the woods of Shotover Hill beyond can be seen in the far distance.

43131 Compton Beauchamp 10 July 2018

43131 passes Compton Beauchamp in superb evening light on 10 July 2018 with the 1B76 18:14 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. Note the anti-climb addition to the signal, yet another over the top safety feature that wasn't even considered a few years ago!

43132 Baulking 21 April 1986

A brief sunny spell between the April showers at Baulking on 21 April 1986. 43132 leads the 1A52 14:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington InterCity service through the cutting that is now covered in bushes and small trees, but in the 1980s was covered in nothing more intrusive than a few gorse bushes. This wide open view clearly shows the site of Uffington station in the background, with the 1898 road bridge, which was built to replace the original very dangerous level crossing. This bridge has since been replaced, but due to an unbelievable lack of foresight the new bridge did not allow for possible electrification, so it had to be closed in late 2014 to be modified yet again!

43132 Oaksey 3 July 1990

43132 races through the remains of Oaksey station on 3 July 1990 with the 1A22 07:00 Cheltenham to Paddington service. Oaksey station had a comparatively short live, being opened in 1929, and closing in 1964. The original double track line has been reinstated since this picture was taken.

43132 Challow 29 October 1992

43132 passes the site of Challow station on 29 October 1992 with the 1A25 07:02 Swansea to Paddington InterCity service. Preparation work was taking place for the reinstatement of the relief lines, which explains the mess on the left of the picture, where the remains of the former down platform have just been removed.

43132 Coedkernew 14 March 1997

43132 leads the 1B11 08:30 Paddington to Cardiff Central Great Western Trains service past Coedkernew on 14 March 1997. This was transition time for liveries, and here we have both power cars in the attractive 'Merlin' colour scheme, while the stock retains the former InterCity livery. The farm house in the background is called Maerdy. This is a common Welsh place name meaning 'house of the mayor', or more worryingly, 'slave house'. Whilst the former would indicate the wealthiest local farmer, the latter may well indicate an ancient slave market.

43132 Bourton 11 August 1998

The golden light of the setting sun gives a superb glint effect to the 1A84 17:32 Swansea to Paddington Great Western Trains service as it passes Bourton on 11 August 1998. 43132 is leading a complete rake of Great Western 'Merlin' liveried stock, although the rear power car is still in InterCity livery.

43132 Severn Tunnel Junction 14 August 2004

Amidst a sea of buddleia bushes, 43132 takes the Severn Tunnel line at Severn Tunnel Junction on 14 August 2004 with the 08:15 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service. The palisade fenced enclosures mark the site of the former Severn Tunnel Junction loco depot, while the overgrown are on the extreme left of the picture is the site of the former freight yard.

43132 Briton Ferry 14 April 2007

43132 leads the 15:30 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service through Briton Ferry on 14 April 2007. In the background 37422 & 37410 can be seen waiting to join the main line at Flying Loop Junction with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z74 13:33 Onllwyn to Birmingham International 'Principality Freighter' railtour. The tour had just passed under the main line after a reversal at Jersey Marine Junction.

43132 Denchworth 16 October 2012

43132 We Save the Children - Will you? (yes, it really does carry that name!) passes Denchworth in superb early morning autumnal light on 16 October 2012 with the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. The bridge in the background is Circourt Bridge, a very well known photographic vantage point, unlike Denchworth Bridge, from which this photo is taken.

43132 Severn Tunnel Junction 30 January 2016

43132 We Save the Children - Will you? passes Severn Tunnel Junction on 30 January 2016 with the 1L42 08:24 Swansea to Paddington GWR service, while the 1V04 06:58 Nottingham to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service disappears into the distance.

43132 Uffington 25 February 2016

43132 We Save the Children - Will you? leads the 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service past Uffington on 25 February 2016. The train is passing over the little used footpath crossing just to the west of the site of Uffington station. The wooden handrail to the crossing can be seen just below the third coach.

43132 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 7 March 2016

The end is nigh at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 7 March 2016. The electrification masts are already spoiling the view, as 43132 We Save the Children - Will you? heads eastwards with the 1L28 07:07 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service.

43132 Wolvercote Junction 11 June 2016

43132 We Save the Children - Will you? comes off the Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction on 11 June 2016 with the 1P26 06:34 Ledbury to Paddington GWR service. This would normally be the 07:04 from Worcester Foregate Street, but engineering work had closed the line to the west of Ledbury.

43133 Evesham 14 May 1984

43133 brings up the rear of the first ever HST to work over the Cotswold Line. This is the 10:25 Paddington to Great Malvern service, pictured leaving Evesham station on 14 May 1984, with consecutively numbered 43134 leading.

43133 Standish Junction 22 August 1987

43133 approaches Standish Junction on 22 August 1987 with the 1B42 16:35 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill InterCity service. While this location is useless in the evening for trains coming from the Bristol direction, as the line is in shadow, the line curving in from the Stroud direction is at a much higher level, and therefore mostly clear of the encroaching shadows. The Cotswold Hills can be seen in the background, with the houses of Stonehouse visible in the middle distance.

43133 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 14 July 1989

Passing HSTs at Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 14 July 1989. 43133 heads westwards with the 1B50 17:40 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa service, while the 1A70 17:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington heads in the opposite direction. They shouldn't have been passing here at all, as while 1B50 is on time, 1A70 is running ten minutes late.

43133 Hereford 2 June 2009

43133 pulls slowly away from Hereford station on 2 June 2009 with the 1P65 15:11 First Great Western service to Paddington. After many years of taking pictures of trains on the Cotswold Line (originally Class 47 & 50 hauled, but latterly with HSTs), this is probably the first time I have photographed an up train at the very start of its journey!

43133 Compton Beauchamp 11 September 2014

43133 leads the 1L46 09:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service past Compton Beauchamp on 11 September 2014. Soft autumn light, with a hint of mist in the background, and the hawthorn berries starting to show on the bushes.

43133 Uffington 24 February 2016

43133 passes Uffington on 24 February 2016 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. The bridge in the background marks the site of the former Uffington station, which was the junction for the Faringdon branch.

43133 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 24 January 2017

43133 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 24 January 2017 with the 1C12 11:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. My main reason for visiting this location was to photograph 800004 working the 1X80 10:37 Paddington to Bristol Parkway IEP test run. Unfortunately that only got as far as Southall, and then retreated back to North Pole depot! So here is the good old reliable 1970s technology that is still maintaining the Great Western's front line passenger service after over forty years of hard work.

43133 Oddington 17 September 2017

43133 passes Oddington in the gathering darkness on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1C25 17:32 Paddington to Plymouth GWR service. Naturally these diverted trains brought out lots of photographers to record HSTs working alongside the more normal Chiltern Railways Class 168 DMUs.

43133 Thrupp (Gloucestershire) 13 January 2018

43133 snakes round the reverse curves at Thrupp (near Stroud) with the 1L58 13:00 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service on 13 January 2018. Directly behind the power car is the Thames & Severn Canal, with Stanton's Bridge clearly visible. The canal is slowly being restored, and will eventually once again form a through route across the Cotswold Hills.

43133 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 18 January 2018

The view looking west from Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, has been severely compromised by the installation of the overhead catenary. However, I couldn't resist this view of 43133 heading towards London on 18 January 2018 with the 1L54 11:56 Cardiff Central to Paddington GWR service, due to the fantastic lighting, with the stormy black clouds in the background.

43134 Shrivenham 19 December 1981

The last remnants of the previous week's massively disruptive snowfall can be seen at Shrivenham on 19 December 1981, as 43134 heads west with the 1B72 12:20 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads InterCity service. The snow had been so bad that numerous local roads were totally blocked, and those that were open were treacherous, with temperatures dropping to -20.7c at nearby Brize Norton!

43134 Evesham 14 May 1984

HSTs have been commonplace on the Cotswold Line for many years, but this is a picture of the first one! 43134 rolls into Evesham station with the 10:25 Paddington to Great Malvern service on 14 May 1984, the first day of the new timetable. This was the first ever scheduled InterCity 125 passenger train on the Cotswold Line, made possible by utilising extra capacity available during the middle of the day. Later of course the trains would take over from the long distance loco-hauled services on the route. 43133 is out of sight on the rear.

43134 Circourt 7 December 1991

Admittedly an impressive picture with all the lineside bushes coated by a heavy frost, and the train nicely lit by a low winter sun, but this picture is noteworthy for another reason. This is the 08:30 Paddington to Cardiff Central service passing Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 7 December 1991, with 43134 leading and 43158 on the rear. Less than 50 minutes after this picture was taken it was involved in the first ever accident inside the Severn Tunnel. Emergency signalling was in force in the tunnel, and this train was over half way through the tunnel proceeding at caution and traveling at approximately 20 mph when it was hit in the rear by 'Sprinter' 155306, which was working the late running 07:00 Portsmouth to Cardiff train, and presumably not preceding with enough caution! Thankfully there were few serious injuries, although over a hundred passengers required hospital treatment. The rescue operation was protracted because of the difficult location.43071

43134 Aldermaston 6 November 1994

A location that unfortunately I only visited a couple of times, and has now been ruined, first of all by a tall radio mast, and latterly by the route's electfrication. 43134 sweeps round the curve near Aldermaston on 6 November 1994 with the 09:35 Paddington to Taunton service.

43134 Upton Noble 24 July 2004

Still wearing the 'fag packet' First livery, while the rest of the train is in First Great Western purple, 43134 County of Somerset is in its namesake county as it leads the late running 07:35 Paddington to Penzance First Great Western service past Upton Noble on 24 July 2004.

43134 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 8 September 2005

43134 County of Somerset leads the 1A17 12:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 8 September 2005. This picture clearly shows one of the pitfalls of photographing HSTs when the sun is high in the sky - the sun is reflecting off the leading edge of the steeply raked cab.

43134 Wootton Bassett 8 April 2011

43134 passes the site of Wootton Bassett station on 8 April 2011 with the 1L42 08:28 Swansea to Paddington 'Red Dragon' First Great Western service. It is picking up speed, after curving in from the Bristol Parkway line to the right in the background.

43134 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 October 2016

On 5 October 2016, 43134 leads the 1B51 15:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service through the steel mess that has disfigured the once excellent viewpoint at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. On the plus side, Network Rail's utter incompetence has given photographers several extra years photography at this location.

43134 Badgeworth 22 October 2017

Complete with 'Rail Operations Group' headboard, and in stunning lighting, unbranded 43134 passes Badgeworth on 22 October 2017 with the 5L46 10:00 St Philips Marsh to Ely Papworth Sidings ECS. 43036 is bringing up the rear. With the Class 800s gradually coming into service, GWR's HST's are slowly coming off lease. After many decades of work, this set is leaving the area for the last time. The coaches are going into temporary storage, while the power cars are destined for refurbishment by Brush at Loughborough, and then a new career in Scotland.

43135 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 2 October 1983

43135 speeds past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 2 October 1983 with the 1A73 14:35 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service. This was in the days when it was unusual to meet another photographer at this location. I had already been visiting this spot for a decade, but unfortunately without a camera when there was a constant procession of Class 47s and Westerns!

43135 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 21 November 1996

43135 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 21 November 1996 with the 12:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads Great Western Trains service. A complete train in the new livery was not that common at the time, and in retrospect I should have put more effort into getting pictures while they were still clean. Any livery incorporating this much white doesn't tend to stay pristine for long! Of course it wasn't long before Great western Trains became First Great Western and the livery changed yet again.

43135 Baulking 28 March 2007

Just a trace of hazy sun illuminates 43135 as it speeds past Baulking with the 1C19 15:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service on 28 March 2007. Note that 43135 is in the latest version of FGW's livery, while the rest of the train still retains the previous version of the livery.

43135 Uffington 16 April 2014

43135 passes Uffington on 16 April 2014 with the late running 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. I particularly like this time of year, when the fresh new green growth contrasts with the still bare tree branches.

43135 Bourton 1 July 2014

43135 speeds past Bourton on 1 July 2014 with the 1L08 04:58 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. You have to get up early to take properly lit pictures at this location, as even by 07:06 the sun is getting very head on. With the early morning fog now clearing, Swindon is becoming visible in the background.

43135 Uffington 29 November 2014

43135 speeds past Uffington on 29 November 2014 with the 1C14 12:18 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. This spot has clearly got a very short time left as a photographic location, as the white plastic bag and wooden peg mark the site of one of the soon to be installed overhead catenary masts!

43135 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 7 March 2016

The horses are undisturbed by 43135, as it approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 7 March 2016 with the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. What a pity that the more colourful 43146 wasn't on the front, rather than the rear. It seems that once the wires go up, this side view will be the only option at this well known photographic location. Note the bank of dark cloud in the background. The Met Office had said that it would be sunny, especially in the west. This view is looking west!

43135 Baulking 1 April 2016

43135 approaches Baulking on 1 April 2016 with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. This is taken with a very long lens, which explains why the bridge at the site of Uffington station appears so close. The worksite around the bridge is in connection with the massively delayed and scandalously over budget electfrication scheme.

43135 Chipping Sodbury Tunnel 7 April 2017

43135 emerges from Chipping Sodbury Tunnel on 7 April 2017 with the 1B46 14:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. This would be my last visit to this iconic location, as although it managed to survive the onslaught of the electfrication masts by nearly another year, the inevitable happened, and the location is now ruined as far as photography was concerned.

43135 Ascott-under-Wychwood 1 December 2017

43135 speeds through Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 1 December 2017 with the 1W01 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. Of the 43 trains that pass through each weekday, only two call here: the 2E92 06:53 Worcester Foregate Street to Didcot Parkway up service, and the 1W33 16:22 Paddington to Great Malvern down train.

43136 Fairwood Junction 11 March 1986

43136 takes the Westbury avoiding line at Fairwood Junction on 11 March 1986 whilst working the 06:25 Penzance to Paddington service. A slightly odd train here, not so much in the mix of liveries, which was common at the time, but the unusual formation of the train. The two first class vehicles are normally marshaled at one end of the train, but here the additional blue and grey coach has been added between them and the power car. The sun was finally breaking through on this morning after a very foggy start.

43136 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 29 July 1999

43136 leads the 1C71 18:45 Paddington to Exeter St Davids (via Bristol) First Great Western Trains service past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 29 July 1999. Whilst the rest of the train has been repainted into FGW's 'Fag Packet' livery, 43136 still retains the stylish Great Western Trains colour scheme. In the late 1990s it was still possible to take pictures from the north side of the line on a summer evening at this location, without shadows from recently planted trees causing much of a problem.

43136 Charlbury 4 May 2011

A last look at my once well used photographic vantage point of trains arriving at Charlbury station from underneath the brick road bridge. The date is 4 May 2011 and within a matter of weeks this view will be obscured by a new footbridge, the foundations of which can be seen on both sides of the line. The new down platform is under construction on the left, with the as yet unconnected new line already in place. 43136 arrives with the 1P26 06:43 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service.

43136 Knighton 29 September 2011

Not much room for error here, as the train virtually fills the field of view. 43136 leads the 1C09 10:00 Paddington to Paignton 'Torbay Express' First Great Western service past the site of Knighton Crossing (near Uffington) on 29 September 2011. Despite the obvious route for this train being via the Berks & Hants line, it is in fact routed via Swindon and Bristol, as is obvious from the fact that it is pictured here.

43136 Chilson 15 April 2014

The wood pigeon sat on the high tension wires pays little attention to the 1P26 06:42 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service as it passes Chilson on 15 April 2014, led by 43136. Although the FGW livery is fairly bland, at least they do tend to keep the HST sets clean.

43136 Denchworth 9 October 2015

43136 passes Denchworth on 9 October 2015 with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. I have deliberately included much more sky in the picture than normal, as the dark clouds make a fantastic contrast to the brightly lit foreground.

43136 Bourton 28 January 2016

Shortly after sunrise on 28 January 2016, 43136 leads the 1L28 07:07 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR Service past Bourton in the golden early morning light. With a clear sky, it was naturally rather cold, despite the sunshine. Note the frost on the sleepers.

43136 Compton Beauchamp 17 March 2016

43136 passes Compton Beauchamp on the perfect spring morning of 17 March 2016 with the appropriately headcoded 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. Note the recent lineside vegetation clearance behind the train.

43136 Uffington 3 June 2017

The UEFA Champions League Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 3 June 2017 required GWR to run a whole series of extra HSTs from London to Cardiff throughout the day. The last of these was the 1Z21 15:31 Paddington to Cardiff Central, seen here passing Uffington, led by 43136.

43136 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 20 June 2018

43136 pulls away from Charlbury station, and passes Cornbury Park on 20 June 2018 with the 1P37 15:51 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service. In addition to its long standing dark bodyside patch, 43136 now seems to have acquired some kind of white blemish underneath the horn grille. The tower of Charlbury church can just be seen above the bushes on the right.

43136 Wolvercote 30 June 2018

43136 passes a pile of track panels next to the reinstated (for the second time in a couple of years!) down relief line at Wolvercote on 30 June 2018. It is working the 1W07 17:22 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. This was not really a very successful evening for northbound Cotswold Line trains, with both the previous 1W06 16:22, and later 1W08 18:22 departures from Paddington cancelled!

43137 Shrivenham 19 December 1981

43137 leads the 1C44 12:44 Paddington to Cardiff Central InterCity service past Shrivenham on 19 December 1981. Its been a long time since the view from the B4000 road bridge was as open as this. Quite large trees now form a backdrop to this scene, but more annoyingly, there are now several large bushes growing along the lineside fence, making a wide view such as this impossible.

43137 Bourton 17 October 1998

43137 Newton Abbot 150 passes Bourton with the 09:45 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington Great Western Trains service on 17 October 1998. The power car and the fourth coach have been repainted into Great Western's short lived green and white livery, which gave way to the notorious 'fag packet' livery when the company was taken over by the First Group. In 1998 this view at Bourton was still free of the tall radio mast that was to later blight this viewpoint.

43137 Up Hatherley 16 March 2009

A nice bit of spring sunshine at Up Hatherley on 16 March 2009. 43137 heads north with the 1G21 09:48 Paddington to Cheltenham First Great Western service. The bridge in the background is the much better known photographic location of Badgeworth.

43137 Shorthampton 12 May 2010

A brief burst of sunshine provides some backlighting for 43137 as it leads the 1W00 08:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service past Shorthampton on 12 May 2010. Recently cleared of vegetation in preparation for the reinstatement of double track, the bushes are already growing on the cutting side in the foreground, and it won't be long before this location reverts to its former overgrown state, which will mean this viewpoint will disappear once again.

43137 South Moreton 16 August 2010

On 16 August 2010, 43137 slowly passes South Moreton as it approaches a red signal. It is working the 1W47 15:51 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill, which will need to weave across from the fast lines at Didcot East Junction in order to head towards Oxford and the Cotswold Line. The reason for the delay on this occasion was that trains were approaching from the opposite direction on both the main and relief lines, making a brief stop in the Oxfordshire countryside inevitable!

43137 Little Somerford 6 March 2012

A small group of allotments borders the line at Little Somerford. On 6 March 2012, 43137 Newton Abbot 150 rushes past with the 1L55 11:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the milky high cloud approaching from the west, which marked the end of the day's unbroken sunshine.

43137 Compton Beauchamp 10 September 2013

Superb early morning light at Compton Beauchamp on 10 September 2013, as 43137 Newton Abbot 150 speeds eastwards with the 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. Presumably this will be the last autumn before the wires go up at this location.

43137 Chipping Sodbury Tunnel 10 September 2014

43137 Newton Abbot 150 emerges from Chipping Sodbury Tunnel on 10 September 2014 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. The cutting side on the right almost resembles the location in steam days. In those days the vegetation was burnt off annually, in this case it is due to massive bank stabilisation work.

43137 Lower Basildon 30 March 2015

Transition time on the Great Western Mainline. The electrification masts are already spoiling the scene at Lower Basildon, but the stalwart HSTs are still soldiering on, nearly four decades after their introduction. 43137 Newton Abbot 150 leads the 1L54 11:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service past the track workers on 30 March 2015, catching a brief burst of unexpected but very welcome sunshine. The Met Office had correctly forecast a sunny morning, followed by cloud coming in from the west before lunchtime. This transient brightness was very short lived, and it was time for home straight afterwards. Note the rusty tubular steel pile lying in the grass to the right of the train.

43137 Denchworth 10 April 2015

43137 Newton Abbot 150 passes Denchworth on 10 April 2015 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. This train often gets held up between Swindon and Didcot due to the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner running in front of it. On this occasion however, all was well, as the freightliner was still at Swindon, running 14 minutes late. Note the 1C08 09:28 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads HST passing under Circourt Bridge in the background. Electrification piling tubes litter the lineside, with some having been driven into the ground, with varying success!

43137 & 43026 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 February 2016

A very lucky picture at Shrivenham, taken on 18 February 2016. At a closing speed of up to 250mph, getting this kind of passing HST picture exactly right is quite difficult. 43137 Newton Abbot 150 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing with the 1C11 11:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service, passing 43026 Michael Eavis bringing up the rear of the 1L50 10:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington. After a sunny start, clouds were now building up rapidly, as can be seen from the background. However, this proved to be temporary, and there was still a sunny afternoon's photography in prospect.

43137 Steventon 16 February 2018

This is the point where the overhead wiring stops at Steventon in early 2018. 43137 Newton Abbot 150 passes underneath the first wired gantry to the west of the village, as it works the 1C18 14:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare GWR service on 18 February 2018.

43137 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 11 June 2018

43137 Newton Abbot 150 slowly pulls away from Charlbury station, and passes Cornbury Park on 11 June 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This was running 20 minutes late. This is not an uncommon occurrence on the Cotswold Line in 2018, where timekeeping has descended to unacceptable levels. Chadlington church, over 2 miles distant, can be seen in the background.

43138 Purton 4 April 1982

43138 passes the site of Purton station (closed in 1964) with the diverted 1A47 11:35 Swansea to Paddington InterCity service on 4 April 1982. The line here has now been reinstated to double track. 43138 is still on the national network, daily working trains at 125mph, but I presume the Hillman Imp and Reliant Scimitar on the right have long since ceased to exist!

43138 Denchworth 31 October 1994

43138 (with missing headlight lens) passes Denchworth on 31 October 1994 with the 1C38 13:15 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare InterCity service. This is one of my very few railway pictures that includes a rainbow. Obviously with rainbows being so transient, the chances of one appearing when a train is due are slim, and then they are not always ideally positioned. When this picture was taken I thought the view had been ruined by the newly installed signal gantry. That is nothing compared with the mass of electfrication steelwork that now completely blocks this view!

43138 Uffington 7 January 2012

Neatly framed between a couple of ivy covered trees, 43138 speeds westwards on 7 January 2012 with the 1C12 11:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. It has just passed the site of Uffington station, and is here about to cross over the Fernham to Uffington road.

43138 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 26 February 2014

43138 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 26 February 2014 with the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Wester service. The track workers visible in the distance on the down relief line are presumably engaged in preliminary work for the Great Western Mainline electrification scheme.

43138 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 15 August 2016

43138 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 15 August 2016 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central GWR service. I was making full use of the head on viewpoint from the bridge, as it will be totally impossible when the wires go up.

43138 Compton Beauchamp 13 May 2017

43138 passes underneath the old bridge at Compton Beauchamp in superb evening light on 13 May 2017 with the 1G60 18:15 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. The arch on the left formerly played host to the up relief line, which ran between Shrivenham and Knighton Crossing. Although it looks like it was a completely sunny evening, there was in fact a large bank of cloud approaching from the west (as forecast), and it wouldn't be long before the lights went out.

43138 Didcot North Junction 16 February 2018

43138 passes Didcot North Junction on 16 February 2018 with the 1P24 11:01 Oxford to Paddington GWR service. Recent vegetation clearance has opened up this view, but it will soon be obliterated by the masts and wires of the massively delayed electfrication scheme.

43138 Oaksey 3 July 2018

Still at work on the Western, even though it should have been on its way to Scotland! Debranded 43138 passes Oaksey on 3 July 2018 with the diverted 1L88 16:22 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. I wondered why the planned move of a couple of HST sets, with power cars 43035, 43138, 43151 & 43182 from Laira to Bristol, and then to Ely, hadn't actually happened. It seems the vintage locos are still needed in the south (at least temporarily) after all!

43139 Eckington 17 October 1992

A frosty morning at Eckington on 17 October 1992. 43139 crosses the River Avon with the 06:05 Leeds to Plymouth 'Armada' InterCity service. I'm not sure how many people would want to travel from the north of England to Devon early on an October morning, but clearly not many First Class passengers, judging by the empty first coach!

43139 Pilning 10 April 1997

With the Second Severn Crossing just visible through the haze in the background, 43139 leads the 1A51 11:32 Swansea to Paddington 'St. David's Pullman' Great Western Trains service through the weed choked platforms of Pilning station on 10 April 1997.

43139 Uffington 28 August 2010

43139 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 speeds past Uffington on 28 August 2010 with the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. No Photoshop manipulation has been applied to this image - the dramatic sky effect is purely the result of the rapidly changing weather conditions, and that good old photographic accessory, the polarizing filter.

43139 Milford Junction 15 September 2012

A First Great Western HST well off the beaten track. 43139 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 slowly negotiates the pointwork at Milford Junction on 15 September 2012 with the Cotswold Line Promotion Group's 'Cotswold-Ouse Express' railtour, returning from Scarborough to Oxford. At this point it is running as the 1Z45 17:22 York to Oxford. 43151 is the rear power car. Although this is an instantly recognisable Yorkshire location, with the added bonus of an interesting track layout, a signal box, and rakes of stabled coal hoppers in the background, just as with the morning's location, I was the only photographer present to record this unusual working.

43139 Compton Beauchamp 12 May 2015

Superb golden evening light at Compton Beauchamp on 12 May 2015. 43139 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 races underneath the vintage three arch brick bridge with the 1G70 18:47 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa First Great Western service. The low angle of the sun is very evident here, with the shadows just reaching the down line. The fading light also required the use of ISO 800, in order to keep using the very necessary 1/2000sec shutter speed.

43139 Hinksey 2 January 2016

43139 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 passes Hinksey Yard in near darkness on 2 January 2016 with the 1P55 15:32 Oxford to Paddington GWR service. Something very unusual is going on in the background. 08742 is about to couple onto the front of 60020, which is working the Pathfinder Tours 1Z62 14:23 Oxford to Birmingham New Street 'Mini Tug' railtour.

43139 Kemble Wick 4 March 2016

43139 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 passes Kemble Wick in stunning light on 4 March 2016 with the 1L58 12:36 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. While the Kemble area is bathed in spring sunshine (note the spire of All Saint's church in the background), a few miles to the north it is as black as night, and the rain and sleet is coming down. I know this for certain, as I had just driven through it!

43139 Cassington 11 May 2018

43139 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 passes underneath the road bridge near Cassington just after sunrise on 11 May 2018. It is working the first up train of the day over the Cotswold Line - the 1P04 05:11 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington GWR service.

43139 Stonesfield 22 June 2018

Early morning on the Cotswold Line on 22 June 2018. 43139 Driver Stan Martin 25 June 1950 - 6 November 2004 disturbs the tranquility of the Evenlode Valley with the 1P07 04:47 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Note the single green coach spoiling the uniformity of the train.

43140 Croome 15 July 2002

43140's interim First Great Western livery contrasts markedly with the 'fag packet' Great Western liveried stock as it passes Croome with what is presumably the diverted 1L28 07:03 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express' on 15 July 2002 (confirmation anyone?).

43140 Bruern 23 June 2010

43140 emerges from the bushes and approaches Bruern level crossing on 23 June 2010 with the 1P21 05:34 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. The sky shows the typical signs of settled high pressure weather. Although a mostly sunny day, these various bands of wispy high cloud would increase throughout the day, taking the edge off the light.

43140 Woodborough 10 November 2010

43140 approaches Woodborough in superb autumnal light on 10 November 2010 with the 1C81 12:18 Paddington to Taunton First Great Western service. This was taken during the stable period of First Great Western's liveries, after the entire fleet had been painted plain blue, but before they had decided to change to green!

43140 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 18 October 2011

43140 speeds past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth in fine autumnal lighting on 18 October 2011 with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff First Great Western service. 43140 entered service in April 1980, and here it is over 31 years later still travelling up and down the Great Western Mainline at 125mph every day. Ironically conceived as a stop gap measure until electrification and the APT took over, the Class 43 has instead proved to be one of the longest lived and certainly the most successful design of diesel loco ever to run in this country.

43140 Ascott-under-Wychwood 25 July 2012

A wave from the driver for Ascott-under-Wychwood's signalman, as 43140 speeds eastwards on 25 July 2012 with the 1P26 06:44 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. Note the two HST stop boards (for seven and eight coach sets) on the left. In the unlikely event of a HST being used for a train calling at Ascott-under-Wychwood, this proves the point that the train would be blocking the level crossing.

43140 Swindon (Hay Lane) 10 July 2014

43140 Landore Diesel Depot 1963 Celebrating 50 Years 2013 passes Hay Lane, on the western edge of Swindon, with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service on 10 July 2014.

43140 Steventon 1 March 2017

43140 Landore Diesel Depot 1963 Celebrating 50 Years 2013 passes underneath the incomplete electfrication infrastructure at Steventon on 1 March 2017, as it speeds towards the capital with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service.

43140 Ascott-under-Wychwood 14 June 2017

43140 Landore Diesel Depot 1963 Celebrating 50 Years 2013 sweeps round the curve just to the west of Ascott-under-Wychwood on 14 June 2017 with the 1W03 18:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. Unbelievably, considering this is just about the nearest railway location to my home, I have never taken a picture from this particular spot before! The fact that the sun is only round far enough for the last couple of hours of daylight around the longest day has probably got something to do with it!

43140 Uffington 21 October 2017

43140 Landore Diesel Depot 1963 Celebrating 50 Years 2013 approaches Uffington on 21 October 2017 with the 1A09 08:33 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. I had expected there to be more autumn colour in the copse behind the train, but despite it being the third week of October, virtually the whole wood is still green.

43141 North Somerset Junction 27 February 1996

A panoramic view of the houses and factories of St Annes, Bristol, taken on 27 February 1996. 43144 approaches North Somerset Junction with the 1C38 13:15 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare service. 58022 waits in the loop in the background with the 4C13 11:21 Calvert to Bristol Avon binliner empties. Since this picture was taken, the waste ground adjacent to Cole Road in the foreground has been redeveloped, and now houses even more modern industrial units.

43141 Patney & Chirton 11 May 2009

43141 passes the site of Patney & Chirton station on 11 May 2009 with the late running 1A77 05:41 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service. The recent clearance of some lineside trees had improved this viewpoint considerably.

43141 Baulking 9 December 2010

43141 speeds westwards past Baulking on 9 December 2010 with the 1B35 12:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. Not quite the sunny day that the Met Office had forecast, but at least I was in the right place for the sun, as most of the time it was much cloudier in the east. Of course the weathermen had said that any cloud later in the day was coming from the west!

43141 Banbury 2 January 2011

43141 pulls out of platform 1 at Banbury on 2 January 2011 with the diverted 1C09 08:45 Paddington to Plymouth First Great Western service, which had arrived a few minutes earlier lead by 43165. Platforms 1 & 2 had been specially signaled to allow trains to depart 'wrong line' whilst these diversions were in operation.

43141 Denchworth 14 July 2011

43141 runs slowly along the up relief line past milepost 62 near Denchworth, before coming to a stand at Wantage Road on 14 July 2011. It remained at Wantage Road for forty minutes, being overtaken by numerous service trains. Presumably therefore an ECS working, similar to the one I saw travelling in the opposite direction less than an hour before. These relief lines are seeing quite a bit of HST activity recently!

43141 Standish Junction 6 October 2012

43141 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 6 October 2012, as it heads south with the 1L67 15:00 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service. It is on the former GWR route, whilst the lines in the foreground formerly belonged to the LMS.

43141 Shrivenham 16 April 2014

A deliberately wide view of the railway at Shrivenham, taken to include as much of the oilseed rape field as possible. 43141 heads west with the 1B37 13:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. Years ago there would have been a clear view of the whole of the train, but at least at this time of year the blackthorn blossom adds another element to the picture.

43141 Kingham 7 June 2014

43141 passes a large clump of Ox-eye Daises as it slows down on the approach to Kingham station on 7 June 2014 with the 1P65 15:13 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. This picture is taken from a public footpath that links the villages of Kingham and Bledington.

43141 Compton Beauchamp 16 May 2016

Recently named 43141 Cardiff Panel Signal Box 1966-2016 (with the Welsh version Blwch Signalau Panel Caerdydd 1996-2016 on this side), passes Compton Beauchamp on 16 May 2016 with the late running 1L20 05:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service.

43141 Cattybrook 19 July 2016

43141 Blwch Signalau Panel Caerdydd 1996-2016 passes Cattybrook on 19 July 2016 with the 1L55 11:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. This location has recently been opened out by the removal of a line of trees on the left. This photographic improvement is shortly going to be reversed, once the electrification masts visible in the background spread nearer to the bridge.

43141 Wolvercote 25 March 2017

43141 Cardiff Panel Signal Box 1966-2016 passes Wolvercote in superb evening light on 25 March 2017 with the 1W06 16:15 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. Network Rail has rightly been criticised for its unbelievably slow progress with the Great Western Mainline electfrication scheme. However, that is nothing compared with their reinstatement of the down relief line between Oxford North Junction and Wolvercote. That has actually gone into reverse, with the track that was installed in 2016, having been taken up!

43141 Kennington 9 September 2017

You can't beat it! A local jogger is easily outpaced by 43141 Cardiff Panel Signal Box 1966-2016, as it leads the 1P31 07:10 Hereford to Paddington GWR service past at Kennington on Saturday 9 September 2017. The path is part of the very well used Sustrans route No.5 long distance cycle track.

43142 Shottesbrooke 14 June 1987

Sunday engineering work closed the main lines between Reading and London on 14 June 1987, so all trains were using the relief lines. 43142 St. Mary's Hospital Paddington leads the 1A20 09:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service along the up relief line at Shottesbrooke. 43142 only carried the St. Mary's Hospital Paddington name for just over two years, with the standard plates seen here being replaced by the cheap looking reflective style, which were then removed after just a few weeks!

43142 Waltham St Lawrence 8 April 1990

Sunday engineering work has closed the fast lines at Waltham St Lawrence on 8 April 1990, and all trains are using the relief lines. Note the low-tech red flag on the up main. 43142 heads west with the 1C32 10:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare service.

43142 Wolvercote Junction 11 June 1992

The driver of 43142 glances up at the photographer, as he slows down to take the Cotswold Line route at Wolvercote Junction on 11 June 1992 whilst working the 18:20 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express' service. This was the second of the two HST worked evening services over the line at the time. There was also a midday HST service, but apart from the corresponding up services all other trains were worked by DMUs.

43142 South Marston 12 June 2003

A mixture of liveries at South Marston on 12 June 2003 as 43142 heads west with the 17:42 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. 43142 sports the short lived First Group livery with white around the cab, which was carried by only a few power cars. The rear power car is in the later version of First's purple colour scheme, as is the fifth coach, whilst the rest of the train is in the so called 'fag packet' livery.

43142 Compton Beauchamp 22 August 2011

The fog is only just beginning to clear at Compton Beauchamp on 22 August 2011, as 43142 Reading Panel Signal Box 1965 - 2010 passes by with the 1L24 06:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. The footbridge at Ashbury Crossing, which is normally visible in the background of this view is still hidden in the gloom. It is good to know that in these days of high tech innovations, nothing beats stuffing newspapers underneath the sun visors when driving into the low early morning sun!

43142 Uffington 25 February 2016

43142 Reading Panel Signal Box 1965 - 2010 speeds past Uffington on 25 February 2016 with the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Although for some odd reason I never visited this location in the 'good old day's of the 1980s, it has since become one of favourite locations on the Great Western Mainline, principally because of the various different viewpoints that can be had by walking up and down the lineside field.

43142 Wendlebury (Langford Lane) 17 September 2017

43142 Reading Panel Signal Box 1965 - 2010 passes Wendlebury on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1B25 09:58 Paddington to Carmarthen GWR service. This picture is taken from the newly constructed Langford Lane roadbridge. This replaces a level crossing some distance to the north, and involved constructing a new Langford Lane, on a completely different route.

43142 Steventon 25 January 2018

43142 Reading Panel Signal Box 1965 - 2010 approaches Steventon on 25 January 2018 with the 1A12 07:48 Paignton to Paddington GWR service. Wires to the west, and wires behind me to the east, but still no wires here!

43143 Norton Junction 22 May 1994

The driver of 43143 has just surrendered the Evesham to Norton single line token to the signalman at Norton Junction on 22 May 1994, whilst working the 15:43 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill InterCity service. Note the plethora of speed restriction signs. 90mph for the Cotswold Line, 50mph for the curve to Abbotswood Junction, 30mph for the actual junction, and 25mph coming off the Cotswold Line.

43143 Knghton 18 April 2007

43143 Stroud 700 races past Knighton (between Swindon and Didcot) with the 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service on 18 April 2007. Typically, the cloud which had been well broken when I left home soon built up as can be seen here, leaving only brief sunny spells. Of course, when I got back home the reverse happened!

43143 Crofton 20 October 2010

43143 Stroud 700 passes Crofton on 20 October 2010 with the 1A78 06:48 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service. The 80mph speed restriction sign is a reminder that this route does not really do justice to the HST's capabilities, with numerous curves not allowing the full 125mph speed to be achieved, in marked contrast to the Bristol mainline.

43143 Bourton 4 March 2014

43143 Stroud 700 passes Bourton on 4 March 2014 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. Early March means that the shadows are no longer a problem at this location. The mud and ruts on the track down the bridge are another matter!

43143 Shrivenham 12 June 2014

43143 Stroud 700 speeds underneath the soon to be demolished bridge at Shrivenham on 12 June 2014 with the 1A12 07:40 Paignton to Paddington First Great Western service. Typical of a midsummer day, the clouds were starting t build up, after a completely sunny start.

43143 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 20 January 2016

The frost encrusted roadside barrier at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, makes an unusual foreground, as 43143 Stroud 700 heads towards London with the 1L34 07:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service on 20 January 2016. Note that Network Rail have removed most of the trees on the right. Most, but not all!

43143 Denchworth 18 February 2016

43143 Stroud 700 passes Denchworth on 18 February 2016 with the 1A08 05:09 Plymouth to Paddington GWR service. This wildly off centre composition is in order to show the extensive works going on in connection with the forthcoming electfrication.

43143 Bourton 12 August 2016

43143 Stroud 700 passes Bourton on 12 August 2016 with the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. New signals have recently been installed, in preparation for the much delayed electrification work, yet ironically, the sighting patch from semaphore signalling days still exists on the bridge in the background!

43144 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 8 August 2006

Not a going away shot as it may look like at first glance, but 43144 is running 'wrong line' (note the headlights) at Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham on 8 August 2006. Full use is being made of the bi-directional signaling, as some unspecified problem further up the line requires the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service to take this course of action.

43144 Yarnton Junction (site of) 2 April 2009

43144 has full power applied as it passes Yanton with the 1W47 15:51 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill First Great Western service on 2 April 2009. It has just diverged onto the Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction, but will soon already be slowing for the first stop at Hanborough. The Scots Pine trees in the background mark the site of the former Yarnton Junction station, where the Fairford Branch diverged. The GWR's favourite tree of choice is now all that marks the site of a number of closed stations.

43144 Knighton 1 March 2010

A viewpoint that I had been meaning to use for a number of years and somehow never got around to. 43144 passes Knighton with the 1B20 09:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service on 1 March 2010. The train is just approaching the site of Knighton Crossing, which was replaced in the early 1970s by a road underbridge, which is just out of the picture to the left. The inclusion of the road signs, roads and bushes add foreground interest to the scene, but obviously this picture will only work successfully in winter or early spring.

43144 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 April 2015

Sporting 'Building A Greater West' vinyls, 43144 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 16 April 2015 with the 1L60 12:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service. The rabbit in the foreground is not impressed!

43144 Compton Beauchamp 20 April 2015

A lucky picture at Compton Beauchamp on 20 April 2015. 43144, with its 'Building A Greater West' vinyls, heads east with the 1L24 06:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service, as the 1B10 07:45 Paddington to Swansea heads in the opposite direction, with 43015 bringing up the rear. Normally this kind of picture would show trains passing at a closing speed of approaching 250mph, but on this occasion neither HST was doing anything like 125mph. The London bound train is still accelerating away from a PW slack at Bourton, while the Swansea bound service is running under adverse signals, catching up with the 1G11 07:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa train.

43144 Bourton 23 September 2015

'Building A Greater West' liveried 43144 leads the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service past Bourton on 23 September 2015. Having already seen the first GWR green liveried set, this was the start of a colourful HST hour, which included the 'Visit Plymouth' and 'Bristol 2015' power cars.

43144 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 October 2015

'Building A Greater West' liveried 43144 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 October 2015 with the 1A12 07:40 Paignton to Paddington GWR service. After nearly a decade of the plain blue livery, and just as the company ditches it in favour of green, no fewer than five power cars now sport non standard colour schemes.

43144 Challow 24 February 2016

Plenty of evidence of lineside vegetation clearance just to the east of Challow on 24 February 2016, but very little evidence of the much delayed electrification. 'Building A Greater West' liveried 43144 speeds towards the capital with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service.

43144 Uffington 25 February 2016

43144 passes Uffington on 25 February 2016 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. It also worked the same train the previous day. The brick structure in the foreground is a small culvert underneath the embankment, and its slightly over engineered appearance is presumably designed to stop any ballast falling into the ditch and blocking it.

43144 Compton Beauchamp 8 June 2016

Catching the last of the evening sunshine, 'Building A Greater West' liveried 43144 leads the past 1L90 17:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service past Compton Beauchamp on 8 June 2016. Although this has always been a reasonably good location for photographing mid summer evening trains, the removal of some lineside bushes has made it even better.

43144 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 9 August 2016

This is not quite the ordinary picture that it appears to be. Rather than yet another GWR HST from either South Wales or Bristol passing the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 9 August 2016, this is something a little bit different. It is the 5L28 08:07 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington ECS. Appearing as a VSTP working, this is presumably in connection with the line being closed at Oxford, resulting in disruption to the normal HST diagrams via the Cotswold Line.

43144 Shrivenham 11 August 2016

Is the track worker praying for divine help with the bungled Great Western Mainline electfrication scheme? 43144 passes the site of Shrivenham station on 11 August 2016 with the 1L52 10:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service.

43144 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 5 October 2016

'Building A Greater West' liveried 43144 brings up the rear of the 1A14 11:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service at the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 5 October 2016. Something of much more interest to the majority of the photographers on the bridge can be seen approaching in the distance - LMS Princess Royal Class 4-6-2 6201 Princess Elizabeth.

43144 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 2 November 2016

Golden late afternoon light at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 2 November 2016. 'Building A Greater West' liveried 43144 heads towards the west with the 1C18 14:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare GWR service.

43144 Bourton 3 November 2016

A last look at the well known location at Bourton? As the sun fades out into high cloud, 'Building A Greater West' liveried 43144 passes Bourton on 3 November 2016 with the 1L46 09:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington GWR service. The much delayed electfrication masts finally appeared here just a few days later.

43144 Challow 20 January 2017

43144 approaches Challow on 20 January 2017 with the 1G38 13:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. Several years behind schedule, and massively over budget, the unbelievably badly organised Great Western Mainline electfrication programme is now blighting the Vale of White Horse landscape.

43144 Shipton 21 February 2018

The driver of 43144 gives a couple of extra blasts on the horn, as he spots me on the bridge at Shipton on 21 February 2018. The train is the 1W01 10:22 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. The tree stumps on the cutting side give ample evidence of recent extensive vegetation clearance, which has opened up this view nicely. Unfortunately a tree near the road on the right has been left, so there is still no possibility of a picture from the south side of the line if the sun is out.

43144 Chalford 8 May 2018

43144 approaches the footpath crossing at Chalford on 8 May 2018 with the late running 1G29 11:36 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. Chalford's distinctive parish church can be seen amid the trees n the left.

43145 Aller 7 December 1988

43145 passes Aller on 7 December 1988 with the 1B52 10:10 Paddington to Plymouth service. A clean InterCity swallow liveried HST in nice low winter light looks the business now, but would have been largely ignored by photographers at the time. Kodachrome 64 and a Canon A1 with 100mm lens record the scene.

43145 Bourton 31 August 2010

43145 speeds eastwards past Bourton on 31 August 2010 with the 1A15 11:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. This picture is taken from a farm occupation bridge midway between the road bridge in the village of Bourton (in the background), and the site of Shrivenham station.

43145 Ascott-under-Wychwood 25 July 2012

43145 speeds past Ascott-under-Wychwood signal box on 25 July 2012 with the 1P21 05:35 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. Until 2011 this train would have been weaving across to join the line directly in front of the box, as it was single track from here all the way to Wolvercote Junction. The single track now commences near Charlbury station. The track appears to have a slight cant to the right, and the signal box has a definite lean to the left. This is enough to make the sliding windows have a habit of shutting themselves!

43145 Bourton 8 August 2015

43145 passes Bourton on 8 August 2015 with the 1B40 13:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service. The fresh ballast is the result of both tracks being lowered in order to accommodate the forthcoming overhead electrification. This will negate the need to rebuild both the bridge I am standing on, and the one in the background.

43145 Wapley 16 March 2016

43145 leads the 1L55 11:28 Swansea to Paddington GWR service past Wapley on 16 March 2016. Just visible through the trees is Shire Way, effectively a ring road around the massive housing estate that sprawls out from Yare and Chipping Sodbury.

43145 Bourton 13 March 2017

43145 passes Bourton on 13 March 2017 with the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. Electfrication obviously has its benefits, but no other form of railway 'improvement' has such a catastrophic affect on the environment. Broad gauge changed to standard gauge, steam gave way to diesel, and HSTs took over from loco hauled trains, but still the Great Western Mainline had a minimal impact on the landscape. Electfrication has now blighted Brunel's masterpiece forever, leaving a hideous scar across the countryside.

43145 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 6 April 2017

43145 passes the allotment next to Stocks Lane, Steventon, on 6 April 2017 with the 1B40 13:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. Good use is being made of the south facing brick wall, to grow various fruit trees, in true Victorian walled garden style.

43146 Totnes 26 March 1994

43146 accelerates away from Totnes with an empty stocking working heading for Laira on 26 March 1994 after waiting in the centre road for 47811 to pass with the 09:18 Manchester Picadilly to Plymouth service. The perfect combination for railway photography using a Pentax 6x7 and ISO 100 film - full sun and a relatively slow moving train!

43146 Twerton 12 October 1994

43146 emerges from Twerton Tunnel on 12 October 1994 with the 1C42 14:15 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service. The newly planted trees on the right of this view soon ruined what was an excellent photographic location. It was also a very secluded spot in 1994, long before the travellers arrived!

43146 Hungerford 30 July 2007

43146 speeds through the Berkshire countryside near Hungerford on 30 July 2007 with the 1A76 05:05 Penzance to Paddington 'Golden Hind' First Great Western service. This photo is taken from a farm occupation bridge, a short distance to the west of the town.

43146 Callow Hill 12 April 2011

43146 passes milepost 85 near Callow Hill on 12 April 2011 with the 1L51 10:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington First Great Western service. I had been meaning to visit this location for a number of years, but I must thank Steve King for pointing out the super abundance of blackthorn blossom next to the bridge. Unfortunately the weather forecasters had been a little optimistic again, and the sunshine was frequently interrupted by lengthy cloudy spells. I only just got away with it here!

43146 Charlbury 3 May 2011

The second platform is taking shape at Charlbury station on 3 May 2011 as 43146 arrives with the 1W47 15:51 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill First Great Western service. The coping stones are partly in place and in the background the recently delivered point that will mark the end of the new double track section can just be seen. The time is 17:11, which explains why there are no orange jacketed workers wandering about in the picture!

43146 Baulking 20 March 2015

'Building A Greater West' branded 43146 leads the 1B40 13:45 Paddington to Swansea First Great Western service past Baulking on 20 March 2015. This was the prelude to an interesting hour's photography, with 60066, 66713 & 60085 all heading west with freights.

43146 Baulking 23 April 2015

'Building A Greater West' branded 43146 passes Baulking on 23 April 2015 with the 1C18 14:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare First Great Western service. Coincidentally, I photographed this power car at the same location a month earlier. This gives a good indication how much the lineside vegetation changes during the spring growing season.

43146 Ardley 4 April 2015

'Building A Greater West' branded 43146 heads south along the Chiltern Line at Ardley on 4 April 2015 with the diverted 1L24 06:28 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. Just visible on the rear is FGW's other non standard liveried power car, 43163. This train had just reversed at Banbury, after turning left off of its normal route at Didcot. This was caused by major engineering work at Reading taking place over the Easter weekend.

43146 Steventon 9 December 2015

'Building A Greater West' declares the vinyl advertising livery applied to 43146, and in the foreground is the evidence! A line of steel piling tubes litter the trackside near Steventon on 9 December 2015, as 43146 speeds past with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service.

43146 Bourton 28 January 2016

'Building A Greater West' branded 43146 passes Bourton on 28 January 2016 with the 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham to Paddington GWR service. Presumably this will be quite a long lived vinyl covered power car, as the Great Western is being very slowly rebuilt - the electrification being currently four years behind schedule!

43146 Wapley 16 February 2016

'Building A Greater West' branded 43146 passes Wapley on 16 February 2016 with the 1B28 11:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. This is the site of Westerleigh East Signal Box, and the flat area of ground behind the fence in the background marks the site of sidings, and the junction for a former short freight branch, that curved away sharply to the north.

43146 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 February 2016

43146 passes the site of Ashbury crossing, near Shrivenham, on 18 February 2016 with the 1C10 10:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. The 'Building A Greater West' branding does not really ring true with historians and railway photographers, as the electrification of the route is effectively historical and architectural vandalism.

43146 Crofton 23 August 2016

'Building A Greater West' liveried 43146 runs alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal near Crofton on 23 August 2016 with the 1C79 11:06 Paddington to Plymouth GWR service. Note how the canal has been almost halved in width by the encroaching reeds.

43146 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 December 2016

'Building A Greater West' liveried 43146 speeds past the one remaining tree that Network Rail haven't chopped down at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. It is working the late running 1L36 08:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service on 1 December 2016.

43146 Steventon 26 March 2017

A family out for a Sunday stroll, crossing the threatened bridge on which I am standing get a toot from the driver of 43146 on 26 March 2017, as it passes Steventon with the 1L63 13:46 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service. The 'Building A Greater West' logo on the bodyside really ought to be changed to 'Very Slowly Building A Greater West', such is Network Rail's exceedingly slow progress with the beleaguered electfrication project. Now many years behind schedule, the infrastructure is gradually getting nearer - note the masts in the background.

43147 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 27 October 1982

When 43002 was repainted into the original InterCity 125 livery in 2016, photographers recorded its every move, and of course I made sure I got a few pictures of the smart looking power car. However, this is the real thing, back in 1982, when most photographers (not that there seemed to be that many!) mostly ignored HSTs. 43147 leads the 1A05 09:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington service on 27 October 1982, pictured at a barely reconisable Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. Two tracks, no wood in the background, a few surviving dead elm trees, and of course well over three decades away from any disfiguring overhead catenary!

43147 Rangeworthy 4 September 1986

43147 passes Rangeworthy on 4 September 1986 with the 07:40 Bristol Temple Meads to Liverpool Lime Street InterCity service. This mismatch of liveries, with a pair of InterCity Executive power cars sandwiching a complete rake of blue and grey stock would cause immense interest if it existed in 2016, but 30 years earlier it seemed like I was out of step by taking pictures of HSTs!

43147 Pilning 11 October 1986

43147 descends the gradient towards the Severn Tunnel at Pilning on 11 October 1986 with the 1B32 14:00 Paddington to Swansea InterCity service. The footbridge in the background indicates the presence of Pilning station. Network Rail's refusal to replace this bridge during their electrification work, effectively results in the closure by stealth of Pilning station.

43147 Hinksey 14 March 1987

43147 passes Hinksey Yard on 14 March 1987 with the 1A48 13:14 Great Malvern to Paddington service. This train typifies the era, with a pair of power cars in the InterCity Executive livery, but with the coaches still in blue and grey. The Oxford skyline in the background is dominated on the right by the then still relatively new ice rink.

43147 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 1 November 1994

Bovine indifference at Shrivenham! 43147 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing on 1 November 1994 with the 11:25 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill (via Cheltenham) service. The train is passing between the two incarnations of the 71 milepost. A decade later the post that once supported the one on the right survives to be a nuisance for photography.

43147 Whitehill 21 February 2004

43147 passes Whitehill (between Finstock and Combe) with the 1F35 08:03 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service on 21 February 2004. Some vegetation clearance has obviously recently been carried out here, but a lot more needs doing!

43147 Standish Junction 10 September 2006

43147 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on Sunday 10 September 2006 with the diverted 14:30 Swansea to Paddington First Great Western service. As the Severn Tunnel was closed for engineering works, trains from South Wales were heading to London via Gloucester and the 'Golden Valley' line.

43147 Bruern 10 August 2007

43147 passes through the rolling Evenlode Valley countryside near Bruern on the Cotswold Line on 10 August 2007, with the 05:11 Abergavenny to Paddington First Great Western service. As is unfortunately typical nowadays, this train was running 20 minutes late. First Great Western has a very poor reputation for punctuality, to say nothing of chronic overcrowding. The service on the Cotswold Line is considerably worse than in BR days. Perhaps FGW ought to concentrated more on running the trains efficiently rather than gimmicks like new liveries (note the coaches).

43147 Compton Beauchamp 14 April 2008

The weak early morning sun has just started to burn off any overnight mist at Compton Beauchamp as 43147 passes with the 06:40 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service on 14 April 2008. The use of a long lens at this location is essential at this time of the morning, as even the shallow cutting and few bushes near the bridge shade the line in the foreground due to the low angle of the sun.

43147 Uffington 27 September 2008

43147 speeds past Uffington on 27 September 2008 with the 14:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. Note the complete absence of any mesh in front of the air horns between the headlights. Some photographers would have cloned out the radio mast in the background of this picture, but I believe that unless a piece of infrastructure is actually sprouting out of the top of the loco it should be left, as otherwise you are falsifying history. After all, I would ideally like to Photoshop this HST back to the original blue and grey livery!

43147 Shipton 19 March 2011

The diminutive station at Shipton only sees a few trains actually stopping for passengers. Bizarrely for a station with such short platforms and on a line where a lot of the services are operated by units, in 2011 one of the calling trains is an HST. On 19 March 2011 43147 pulls away after briefly stopping with the 1P31 07:10 Hereford to Paddington First Great Western service. Unfortunately this once excellent vantage point is now reduced to this very head on viewpoint.

43147 Moredon 16 March 2014

43147 passes Moredon with the 1L53 11:35 Cheltenham to Paddington First Great Western service on Sunday 16 March 2014. The double track is about to be reinstated between Swindon and Kemble, and I particularly wanted a picture at this location, as amazingly I had up until this point never taken a picture here! As the new line was not yet in use, it gives the impression of the train running 'wrong line'. Prior to the work, there was actually the remains of the original double track quietly rotting away in the undergrowth at this point.

43147 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 12 October 2016

Superb (but very brief) lighting at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 12 October 2016. 43147 Royal Marines Celebrating 350 years passes the partially completed electrification masts with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. For once the weather was better than forecast, with some sunny spells amid the predicted cloud.

43147 Chilson 1 December 2017

A picture that graphically illustrates the terrible state that Network Rail have let sections of the rail network get into. For many years this bush at Chilson has been trimmed by passing trains to the loading gauge profile! 43147 Royal Marines Celebrating 350 years passes by with inches to spare, as it heads up the Cotswold Line on 1 December 2017 with the 1W23 11:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. Hopefully this neglect may soon be corrected, as other sections of the line have been receiving the attention of the tree cutting gangs, and GWR won't want their new Class 800 DMUs getting scratched!

43147 Grove 14 May 2018

43147 Royal Marines Celebrating 350 years passes Grove on 14 May 2018 with the 1L42 07:30 Carmarthen to Paddington GWR service. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing, which is now one of the few decent photographic locations on the route.

43148 Cpmpton Beauchamp 11 June 1984

The hazy evening sun on 11 June 1984 has just enough strength to cast a vague shadow, as 43148 leads the 1B34 18:05 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service past Compton Beauchamp. Just three years old when this photo was taken, few would have guessed at the time that over a quarter of a century later it would still be doing the same job, day in and day out.

43148 Woodley 14 June 1987

43148 leads the 1A09 07:00 Cardiff Central to Paddington InterCity service past Woodley on 14 June 1987. In the 1980s there was only a very flimsy fence between the road and the railway at this point. Naturally this has now been replaced by a palisade fence to make photography more difficult.

43148 Crofton 21 November 2006

In lovely crisp early morning autumnal light, 43148 passes Crofton on 21 November 2006 with the 1A84 05:08 Penzance to Paddington First Great Western service. At the time this was the first train of the morning from the west to the capital. The train is just approaching the severe left hand bend which takes the line past Crofton Pumping Station. This explains the rail flange lubricator, which can be seen next to the power car's rear bogie.

43148 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 7 January 2010

43148 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 7 January 2010 with the late running 1C15 13:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service. Snow had fallen all through the previous day, giving a covering of approximately 20 cm. Despite dire warnings on the radio about the state of the roads, I decided the combination of snow and sun was too good to miss. I managed to do the thirty mile round trip to this location with just the merest hint of wheel spin, despite all but the main roads being largely untreated.

43148 Langley Burrell 12 September 2010

43148 passes Langley Burrell on 12 September 2010 with the late running 1C09 10:03 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare First Great Western service. Looking at the trees in the background, I realise this is a location that I should have visited during the autumn. Now of course the location is ruined by the overhead electfrication catenary.

43148 Woodborough 10 November 2010

Just as forecast, Wednesday 10 November 2010 turned out to be a perfect autumn day, with virtually unbroken sunshine. 43148 speeds past Woodborough with the 1C84 13:06 Paddington to Plymouth First Great Western service. I would imagine that this would be the last opportunity to photograph the autumn colours here, as the following day's gale force winds are bound to have stripped most of the leaves off the trees.

43148 Kingham 16 March 2013

43148 approaches Kingham station on 16 March 2013 with the 1W02 10:22 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. Note the curved retaining wall on the left, indicating where the tracks from the Banbury to Cheltenham line platforms at Kingham station connected with the Cotswold Line.

43148 Baulking 5 July 2013

43148 was one of two First Great Western power cars to receive this startling 'All Change' Hewlett Packard advertising livery, applied with vinyls over the standard colour scheme. It is seen here speeding past Baulking on 5 July 2013 with the 1C21 16:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads.

43148 Coates 16 May 2015

43148 passes the site of the former GWR Coates goods station (closed in 1963) with the 1Z89 17:13 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa First Great Western service on 16 May 2015. The train that would normally run in this path would be the 2G89 18:14 Swindon to Cheltenham DMU. Weekend engineering work resulted in all trains on the route being HSTs, with South Wales trains being diverted over the line. The strange light blue effect on the power car's body side is a reflection from the numerous old shipping containers parked in the old station yard.

43148 Compton Beauchamp 17 March 2016

'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' liveried 43148 leads the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service past Compton Beauchamp on 17 March 2016. Unfortunately the Met Office had been a little optimistic with their prediction for a completely sunny day. There was a still a lot or early morning cloud drifting about, and therefore this is only partly lit.

43148 Challow 21 March 2016

Despite it being 2016, GWR's fleet of HSTs still includes four power cars bearing the colourful 'Bristol 2015 European Green Capital' vinyls. One of the quartet, 43148, passes the site of Challow station on 21 March 2016 with the 1L20 05:58 Swansea to Paddington service.

43148 Wantage Road 13 July 2016

43148 leads the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service past Wantage Road on 13 July 2016. This view clearly shows the state of the electrification progress, with masts in position all the way to Didcot. Notice also the substation under construction on the right. It is slightly ironic that the disused Didcot Power Station can be seen in the background, the closure of which, along with other coal fired power stations has led to a severe reduction in the UK's generating capacity reserve, something which is obviously only going to get worse once this line is electrified. I hope we don't get any 1970s style power cuts!

43148 Chilson 7 November 2016

A golden autumn morning at Chilson on 7 November 2016. 43148 leads the 1P26 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. This was the location I had selected for the 3S34 Rail Head Treatment Train, but a massive delay caused by the removal of 56078 at Worcester, dictated a move to Charlbury.

43148 Thingley Junction 19 June 2017

43148 approaches Thingley Junction on 19 June 2017 with the 1A07 06:48 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington GWR service. Apart from the rebuilt bridge in the background, the only sign of the massively delayed electrification programme is the steel pile, with its temporary wooden cover, in the foreground.

43149 Swindon 15 July 1989

43149 pulls out of Swindon station on 15 July 1989 with the 1C26 10:15 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare InterCity service. The Brunel designed grade II listed building on Swindon's island platform can be clearly seen in this view. What is thankfully hidden from view to the right of this picture, is the huge nondescript office block that now forms the main entrance to the station.

43149 Bruton 18 July 1998

43149 BBC Wales Today speeds past Bruton on 18 July 1998 with the 1C11 07:35 Paddington to Penzance Great Western Trains service. This gives a good clear view of the attractive 'Merlin' livery, and although the sun is only just beginning to light the south side of the church, at least the view is enhanced by the dark menacing clouds.

43149 Knighton 22 August 2009

The wheat is a little late being harvested at Knighton on 22 August 2009, as 43149 sweeps by with the 1C07 09:00 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare First Great Western service. The train is just approaching the underbridge which diverts the Longcot to Uffington road away from the former Knighton Level Crossing.

43149 Denchworth 16 August 2010

43149 passes Denchworth on 16 August 2010 with the 1A13 10:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service. A long lens is required here, as the picture has to be very carefully framed looking through a signal gantry in the foreground.

43149 Charlbury 12 February 2011

This 12 February 2011 picture shows the first section of the reinstated double track at Charlbury station, on the Cotswold Line. Still only a very short section, ending just a matter of feet in front of this view, although the positioned sleepers extend some way beyond. 43149 arrives with the 1W02 10:21 Paddington to Hereford First Great Western service. The newly installed rails can be seen in this earlier view of 43154, when they were positioned in the 'four foot' of the running line. As the line was singled in 1971, this is the first time I have ever seen two tracks at this location!

43149 Compton Beauchamp 16 July 2013

The old lichen encrusted bridge at Compton Beauchamp provides a bold foreground to this view of 43149 racing westwards on 16 July 2013 with the 1B42 14:15 Paddington to Cardiff Central First Great Western service. The stunted roadside sycamore and hawthorn bushes have long been a feature of this quiet rural location.

43149 Challow 11 February 2016

A frosty morning at Challow on 11 February 2016. 43149 University of Plymouth passes the site of the old station with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. This was not long before this classic location was lost due to the installation of 25kV catenary.

43149 Wootton Bassett (Chaddington Lane) 8 September 2016

43149 University of Plymouth catches a brief patch of sunshine at Chaddington Lane, Wootton Bassett, on 8 September 2016. It is working the 1L51 10:55 Cardiff Central to Paddington GWR service. The two rusty steel piles in the foreground herald the end of this viewpoint, once the associated catenary and wires are erected. The outward spread of Wootton Bassett is evident in the background, as a modern housing estate marches over the hill.

43149 Islip 17 September 2017

43149 University of Plymouth rounds the curve at Islip on 17 September 2017 with the diverted 1A10 08:10 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington GWR service. The position of the windscreen wiper indicates that as well as being very dull, the weather was a little damp!