L417 Hinksey 5 July 1980

L417 (51396, 59506 & 51354) leads an unidentified classmate, which is still in the white with blue stripe 1970s livery, past Hinksey Yard on 5 July 1980 with the 2A72 10:59 Paddington to Oxford service. A loaded rake of MGR hoppers is the only occupant of the yard. These were sometimes staged here en-route to Didcot Power Station in the early 1980s. The most noticeable thing about this picture is how open the view is, with hardly any bushes yet growing on the disused parts of the wartime marshalling yard.