L400 Hinksey 28 July 1983

In pristine condition, after a recent works overhaul, L400 (51332, 59484 & 51374) passes Hinksey Yard on 28 July 1983 with the 2A13 13:40 Oxford to Paddington. During refurbishment the former headcode box has been permanently blanked off, rather than featuring a black insert that this unit carried after the cessation of headcodes in the late 1970s. Nearly three decades after this picture was taken this viewpoint has changed little, except that the trees in the background have grown considerably. Oxford's former power station, seen here on the extreme left is no longer visible from this spot. The forthcoming electrification will ruin this well known photographic vantage point forever.