L417 Ascott-under-Wychwood 17 September 1983

L417 (51354, 59506 & 51396) calls at Ascott-under-Wychwood in dramatic lighting on 17 September 1983. It is working the 16:33 Reading to Moreton-in-Marsh local service, one of only two down trains to call at the station at that time. With such a complete covering of dark clouds I was fortunate that the unit's arrival corresponded with the sun dropping out of the cloud into a small gap just above the horizon. An excellent piece of timing, which given the infrequency of trains on the Cotswold Line (certainly in the 1980s) was very lucky indeed!