Miscellaneous DMUs

4 Swindon Museum 15 July 1989

Park Royal built GWR railcar 4 is pictured in the sadly missed original Great Western Museum at Swindon on 15 July 1989 in the company of 'Dean Goods'  2516 & 94xx 0-6-0PT 9400. This railcar was built in 1934 and was withdrawn in the mid 1950s, after much useful information was gained and incorporated into later builds of DMUs. It can now be found just around the corner in the new GWR Museum, which as everything nowadays has to have an image is called 'Steam'. This earlier museum was in a former church in Faringdon Road.

M79964 Ty Newydd 26 June 2010

Completely dwarfed by the mountain scenery, Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus M79964 passes Ty Newydd with the 11:20 Llangollen to Carrog service on 26 June 2010. This little visitor was the highlight of the Llangollen Railway's Railcar Gala, not having left its native Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for over forty years! For such a little vehicle it makes a lot of noise, not from its 150hp AEC engine (a replacement for the Buessing original), but from the surprisingly loud warning device, courtesy of three different size roof mounted horns.

M79964 Ty Newydd 26 June 2010

I couldn't resist this second picture of the diminutive Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus M79964 as it passed Ty Newydd with the 11:20 Llangollen to Carrog service on 26 June 2010, during the railway's Railcar Gala. After taking the 'train in the landscape' picture, this close side view gives a good view of the construction of this unusual little vehicle.

M79964 Glyndyfrdwy 26 June 2010

Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus M79964 arrives at Glyndyfrdwy station on 26 June 2010 with the 12:40 Carrog to Llangollen service. This was the star attraction at the Llangollen Railway's Railcar Gala, and was on its first ever trip away from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, where it has been since 1968. There is certainly plenty of rural branch line atmosphere in this picture. The signal box (non operational) was rescued from Barmouth.

M79964 Glyndyfrdwy 26 June 2010

A close up view of Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus M79964 at Glyndyfrdwy station on 26 June 2010. It is working the 12:40 Carrog to Llangollen service, and is waiting to cross the 12:25 train from Llangollen. This archetypal branch line vehicle was on loan to the Llangollen Railway for their Railcar Gala. Apart from a little rust on the corner near the buffer, this little German built railcar is in fine condition, especially on the inside (note the curtains)!

M79964 Carrog 26 June 2010

An interesting comparison of front end designs at Carrog on 26 June 2010, during the Llangollen Railway's Railcar Gala. On the left, Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus M79964 waits to depart with the 14:40 service to Llangollen, while on the right Wickham DMBS 56171 has just arrived (with its partner 50416) with the 14:00 train from Llangollen.

TDB975008 & TDB975007 South Moreton 12 September 1985

I am not old enough to remember the original Derby Lightweight units in revenue earning service, and only ever saw this one unit on the mainline when it was in use as the Ultrasonic Test Train. TDB975008 & TD975007 (formerly 79018 & 79612) head west at South Moreton on 12 September 1985 with an unidentified (apart from the fact that it is 6Z08!) working. I don't often bother with going away shots, but of course with DMUs there is little visual difference, in this case just the barely perceptible red tail lights and the fact that it is on the down relief line.

53444 Wellingborough 12 December 1985

Hardly ideal photographic conditions, with the foreground still in shade, but this picture is included here as it is one of my few pictures of a Class 104 unit in blue livery. 53444 leads this mixed livery three coach set past the deserted yards between Wellingborough and Finedon Road on 12 December 1985. It is working the 09:30 Kettering to Bletchley service. 53444 was withdrawn in May 1989 and cut up at Vic Berry's, Leicester during October 1990.

53454 Somerton 22 October 1985

The Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. Class 104 DMUs were never common on the Western Region until the very end of their career when a few examples were transferred to Network SouthEast use. On 22 October 1985, 53454 leads a motley rake of stock as it heads north back to more familiar territory with an ECS working seen here passing Somerton (between Oxford and Banbury). Unfortunately not a brilliant picture due a dull, damp and misty morning, but certainly an interesting combination of stock. The two car 104 unit is followed by what appears to be a Class 122 single car unit and a Class 108 twin set.

50454 Ty Newydd 26 June 2010

By an amazing coincidence, one of the few Class 104 vehicles that I saw in active use in BR days is one of the handful that have been preserved. Looking splendid in the early shade of BR blue, 50454 leads 50528 and the unique Wickham Class 109 (50416 & 56171) past Ty Newydd on the Llangollen Railway with the 10:30 Llangollen to Carrog service on 26 June 2010, during the line's Railcar Gala. When I saw it nearly a quarter of century earlier at Somerton, it was running as number 53454.

50454 Carrog 26 June 2010

Token exchange at Carrog on 26 June 2010 as Class 104 50454 & 50528 arrive with the 14:25 train from Llangollen. This was during the Llangollen Railway's annual Railcar Gala. Although obviously not achievable on this line, the Buxton destination is appropriate for this vehicle, as the 104s were for a long time associated with the Derbyshire town.

50454 Garthydwr 26 June 2010

The early, slightly lighter BR blue livery of Class 104 50454 contrasts well with the green summer foliage, as it leads the 16:00 Llangollen to Carrog service around the curve at Garthydwr on 26 June 2010, during the Llangollen Railway's Railcar Gala. The two car set is made up of DMBS 50454 & DMCL 50528, built in 1957 & 1858 respectively. Bringing up the rear, and half hidden around the corner is Class 108 twin set 51907 & 54490.

L730 Culham (Lock Wood) 13 May 1992

Towards the very end of heritage DMU operation in the Thames Valley, a number of Class 104s were drafted in to augment the resident Class 117 units. L730 (53455 & 51571) passes Lock Wood at Culham on 13 May 1992 with the 2C61 18:30 Oxford to Reading Network SouthEast service. The bridge in the background carries the line over the River Thames.

50455, 50517, 50416 & 56171 Lumb 5 November 2017

Class 104 50455 & 50517 leads Class 109 50416 & 56171 past Lumb on 5 November 2017 with the 2G53 09:50 Bury to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. Hidden by the trees in the background is the course of the old Stubbins Junction to Accrington line.

50517 & 50455 Burrs 5 November 2017

Looking superb after a recent repaint (you could actually smell the paint as it passed!), Class 104 50517 & 50455 passes Burrs on 5 November 2017 with the 2L60 13:05 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala.

50455 & 50517 Burrs 5 November 2017

Class 104 50455 & 50517 accelerates away from Burrs Country Park station on 5 November 2017 with the 2J65 14:15 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. Burrs Country Park station opened in October 2016.

L408 Didcot North Junction 20 May 1992

A few Class 104 vehicles spent a very brief period at the end of their careers working Network SouthEast services in the London and Thames Valley area. In true Western Region tradition they even acquired set numbers. On 20 May 1992, 53477 leads a mixed Class 104/101/117 formation as unit L408 past Didcot North Junction with the late running 17:35 Reading to Bicester Town service. One of the expressions that older people are supposed to use is 'I remember when all this was fields'. I am obviously old, as I clearly do remember when the area around Didcot North Junction was all fields! A large housing estate now occupies the field in the background, while there is now an industrial estate in the field to the right.

53484, 59186 & 53432 South Marston 16 June 1984

What's all this then, a Buxton Class 104 set on the Great Western Mainline! Whilst waiting for 33207 on the 'Birmingham Boomerang' railtour on 16 June 1984, something even more unusual turned up. BX465 (53484, 59186 & 53432) heads east past South Marston at 19:20 with what is clearly a special. In addition to 'Excursion' showing in the destination blind, the headcode 1Z16 can just be read on a sticker in the first side window. Unfortunately, as this is only a DMU, and therefore of no interest to a lot of railway enthusiasts, I have been unable to find out any details of the working. The unit has presumably not come down from Buxton for this trip, as it worked a Birmingham to Hereford diagram the previous day, and Crewe to Cardiff the day before that. This is the only Class 104 that I have ever seen on this line.

52006 Bedale 12 July 2003

Class 107 DMBS 52006 brings up the rear of the 17:30 Leyburn to Leeming Bar service, on the then recently reopened Wensleydale Railway on 12 July 2003. In preservation 52006 has been a well travelled vehicle. In addition to Wensleydale, it has also visited the Tanat Valley Railway, Eden Valley Railway & the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway. It now resides at the Avon Valley Railway.

52031, 59791 & 52006 Holywell Halt 3 August 2002

Although various Class 107 vehicles have been preserved, only one centre trailer now exists, so this scene can only be seen at one location at any one time. A full three car Class 107 set (52031, 59791 & 52006) arrives at Holywell Halt on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway on 3 August 2002 with the 14:20 Embsay to Bolton Abbey service. The unit has since left the line, and the rear vehicle (52006) has been replaced by 52005. Currently it is at the Nene Valley Railway.

56171 & 50416 Ty Newydd 26 June 2010

The unique Wickham & Co Class 109 DMU 56171 & 50416 round the curve at Ty Newydd on the Llangollen Railway with the 11:15 Carrog to Llangollen service on 26 June 2010, during the line's Railcar Gala. A completely non-standard design, the Wickham units were very well built and had an unusual Art Deco style high quality interior finish. Only five twin car sets were built, and apart from this unit, which survived in BR departmental service, the rest of the class were amazingly sold to the Trinidad & Tobago Railway Company!

50416 & 56171 Glendyfrdwy 26 June 2010

The sole surviving Wickham & Co Class 109 DMU (50416 & 56171) arrives at Glyndyfrdwy station with the 12:00 Llangollen to Carrog service on 26 June 2010, during the line's Railcar Gala. It is running with Class 108 twin car set 51907 & 54490. In true DMU tradition, the Manchester destination is wildly optimistic!

56171 & 50416 Garthydwr 26 June 2010

Class 109 DMU 56171 & 50416 passes Garthydwr, on the Llangollen Railway with the 15:40 Carrog to Llangollen service, during the line's Railcar Gala on 26 June 2010. Built by Wickham & Co in 1957, only five two car sets were built, of which is this is the only surviving example.

50416 & 56171 Berwyn 26 June 2010

The unique 1957 built Wickham & Co Class 109 DMU (50416 & 56171) pulls away from Berwyn station on 26 June 2010 with the 16:50 Llangollen to Carrog service, during the Llangollen Railway's Railcar Gala. The station occupies a very restricted site, next to the main Llangollen to Corwen road, and perched high above the River Dee.

56171 & 50416 Llangollen 30 May 2016

The sole surviving Wickham Class 109 DMU (56171 & 50416) is pictured at Llangollen on 30 May 2016. Behind it is the Llangollen Railway's Class 104 unit, with 50454 nearest the camera. This picture was taken with a shutter speed of 1/1000sec, not because the subject was moving (which it clearly isn't), but because I was on the rapidly accelearting 15:50 Llangollen to Corwen train!

56171, 50416, 50517 & 50455 Irwell Vale 5 November 2017

Looking insignificant against the Lancashire hills, Class 109 56171 & 50496 & Class 104 50517 & 50455 leave Irwell Vale station on 5 November 2017 with the 2J54 10:35 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala.

56171, 50416, 56121 & 51485 Burrs 5 November 2017

The unique Class 109 56171 & 50496 brings up the rear of the 2J63 13:25 Heywood to Rawtenstall service at Burrs on 5 November 2017, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. Class 105 56121 & 51485 is leading the train. Mildenhall is quite a distance from Lancashire!

56171, 50416, 56121 & 51485 Burrs 5 November 2017

Nearing the end of a perfect day's photography at the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala on 5 November 2017, the unique Class 109 56171 & 50496 and Class 105 56121 & 51485 approach Burrs with the 2J64 14:45 Rawtenstall to Heywood service. I had carefully positioned myself here to get the maximum number of trees with their superb autumn foliage in the picture, both on the lineside, and around Springside Farm in the background.

51482, 59701 & 51813 Lumb 5 November 2017

Class 110 'Calder Valley' set 51482, 59701 & 51813 passes Lumb on 5 November 2017 with the 2J56 11:25 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. Only two Class 110 sets survive in preservation, this one, and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway's two car set, 52071 & 52077.

51482, 59701 & 51813 Burrs 5 November 2017

Class 110 51482, 59701 & 51813 arrives at Burrs Country Park station on 5 November 2017 with the 2L61 12:35 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. Look carefully at the front of the train, and you will see that the unit is not having to use its four Rolls Royce engines, as the much more powerful 40106 Atlantic Conveyor is providing the power.

51818 Chinley 20 October 1983

This is the only picture I have of a Class 110 'Calder Valley' DMU in BR service. 51818 leads a two car set plus an unidentified Class 101 unit on the 13:45 Manchester Piccadilly to Hull service on 30 October 1983. The ensemble is making a smoky ascent of the gradient near Chinley station. Rolls Royce may make top quality cars and aircraft engines, but certainly in the 1960s their record in railway applications was very poor. Although the 180hp Rolls Royce engines fitted to this class gave a much higher power to weight ratio than other contemporary units, their reliability was very poor. This wasn't helped by the bizarre arrangement of having the cylinder heads facing inwards, making maintenance much more difficult.

C616 Kemble 7 July 1984

Swindon Works built Class 120 C616 (51782, 59681 & 51790) ironically heads back to its birthplace as it leaves Kemble on 7 July 1984 with the 09:25 Cheltenham Spa to Swindon service. By this date Class 120s were quite rare in the Cotswolds. Other Cardiff allocated units appeared, but the 120s tended to be used on the Central Wales Line, which is why this unit is fitted with a large central headlight

51952 New Mills South Junction 27 April 1984

Unfortunately I have only got a few pictures of the stylish Swindon built Class 124 'Trans Pennine' units. Here we see 51952 leading the 10:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Hull service past New Mills South Junction on 27 April 1984, just a couple of weeks before the entire class was withdrawn. Although by DMU standards of the time they were a quality product, they were expensive to maintain, not only due to their non-standard nature, but also because of their unique (and expensive to repair) wrap around windscreens.

51953 Chinley 20 October 1983

51953 leads the 09:15 Manchester Piccadilly to Hull service past Chinley on 20 October 1983. These Class 124 'Trans Pennine' units were arguably the most stylish of the first generation units, with their unusual wrap around windscreens and smooth rounded front ends. As they hardly ever strayed from their intended route, and this was in the days before I started travelling the length and breadth of the country on a regular basis, I did not get the chance to photograph them very often.

51955 & 40174 New Mills South Junction 27 April 1984

Classic heritage DMU meets classic heritage locomotive at New Mills South Junction on 27 April 1984. The 10:45 Manchester Piccadilly to Cleethorpes service, comprising a  Class 124 four car set led by 51955, and a two car Class 101, passes 40174 waiting in the loop with an engineer's train. Certainly not ideal lighting, with the sun virtually head on, but I definitely haven't got any other pictures of one of the stylish Trans Pennine units passing a Class 40!

55991 Langley 6 November 1986

Class 128 DPU 55991 ambles along the down relief line at Langley on 6 November 1986 with the 4A60 12:00 Paddington to Reading parcels. Someone has obviously decided to personalise the filthy former gangway door by adding a 'smiley face' and assorted graffiti! Ten of these dedicated parcels units were built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1959, with six going to the Western Region, and four to the Midland. The Midland units had all gone by 1982, but with one exception, the Western units all survived until November 1990. Unfortunately none were preserved, although obviously they would be of limited use on a preserved line.

139002 Stourbridge Town 29 January 2011

Parry People Mover's unusual Class 139 railcar is one answer to economical operation of short branch lines, and has been adopted by London Midland for its ten minute interval service between Stourbridge Town and Stourbridge Junction (0.8 miles). Powered by a 2.3 litre Ford LPG engine, the railcar uses energy stored in a large flywheel for its short trips along the branch. 139002 is seen departing from the diminutive Stourbridge Town station on 29 January 2011 with the 11:54 trip to Stourbridge Junction.

139002 Stourbridge Town 29 January 2011

139002 is dwarfed by its surroundings, as it passes through the deep cutting at Stourbridge on 29 January 2011 with the 12:04 Stourbridge Town to Stourbridge Junction London Midland service, which takes all of three minutes!

139002 Stourbridge Town 29 January 2011

139002 arrives at Stourbridge Town station on 29 January 2011 with the 12:09 London Midland service from Stourbridge Junction. One of two units, these railcars have proved to be amazingly reliable, even considering all they do is shuttle backwards and forwards along this short branch line - over a hundred trips in each directions on weekdays!

141103 Normanton 30 August 1993

Who would have thought when this picture was taken, that something as unloved a Class 141 Pacer unit would find itself preserved on a heritage railway. That's exactly what has happened to 141103, seen here approaching Normanton on 30 August 1993 with the 10:06 Sheffield to Leeds (via Castleford) service. It is now on the Weardale Railway, resplendent in pseudo Great Western chocolate and cream livery.

141111 Brightside 16 February 1991

Proving that the sign on the right is indeed correct (Trains run in either direction), 141111 heads smokily away from the camera at Brightside on 16 February 1991 with the 09:15 Huddersfield to Sheffield service. The end of Brightside station's platform can just be seen in the foreground. The opening of nearby Meadowhall station just a few months before this picture was taken, drastically reduced the number of trains stopping here. The station closed completely in 1995.

141119 Crowle 31 May 1997

141119 runs alongside the Stainforth & Keadby Canal at Crowle on 31 May 1997 with the 10:03 Doncaster to Scunthorpe Regional Railways North East service. This class, the first of the production Pacer series, had a troubled life, initially being noted for chronic unreliability. The situation improved after rebuilding by Hunslet Barclay in the late 1980s, but the class was still deemed non standard and so was slated for early withdrawal. This unit, like most of the class was exported to Iran in 1998.

151001 Wetmore 18 October 1987

The unusual Class 151 unit was to be Metro Cammell's bid for the lucrative DMU replacement programme of the 1980s. Unfortunately the design was beset with various problems and in the end it lost out to British Rail Engineering's Class 150. Only two 151s were built and due to their non-standard nature they spent long periods out of traffic during their short life (1985 - 1989). 151001 is pictured passing Wetmore with a Derby to Burton-on-Trent test run on 18 October 1987. Not technically a brilliant picture due to the combination of very poor light and Kodachrome 200, but this together with the return working (in even worse light!) is the only record I have of these unique units, which after many years in open storage were both scrapped in 2004.

154001 Clay Mills (Hargate) 15 May 1987

154001 passes Clay Mills (Hargate) on 15 May 1987 with the 11:06 Birmingham New Street to Derby Regional Railway service. This unit initially entered traffic in 1984 as one of a pair of Class 150 prototypes. 150001 was fitted with Cummins engines and Voith transmissions, and 150002 was equipped with Rolls Royce engines and transmissions by Self Changing Gears. Unfortunately this latter combination proved to be less than reliable, and in 1987 the opportunity was taken to convert 150002 into a tested for the forthcoming Class 158 units, complete with Cummins engines. It was renumbered 154001, and spent the next five years as the sole member of the class, before being converted back to a standard Class 150. It shouldn't really have been a surprise that the Rolls Royce engines would be unreliable, as the earlier Class 111s were always having problems.

171724 Fairfield 2 June 2013

171724 approaches Becket's Crossing, Fairfield (near Appledore) on 2 June 2013 with the 1G50 17:22 Ashford International to Brighton Southern service. This was during a very lucky few minutes of sunshine, between two very large black clouds! The Class 171s are identical to Class 170s with the exception of the Dellner coupling, which replaces the 170's standard BSI coupling. Whilst the four car units were built with the Dellner coupling, the two car sets were converted from 170s. 171724 was originally numbered 170724.

175009 Newton-le-Willows 3 December 2000

175009 arrives at Newton-le-Willows station on 3 December 2000 with the 09:20 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly First North Western service. 175009 was just five months old when this picture was taken, but obviously the class was not popular with enthusiasts as they ousted the popular Class 37s from the North Wales line. They are also arguably one of the ugliest class of modern units. No mean feat considering they do not have a front end gangway connection!

175009 Warton 9 June 2005

There is still plenty of departmental activity in the yard art Warton on 9 June 2005, as 175009 passes by with a Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness TransPennine Express service. After initially working in the north, the Class 175s were transferred to Arriva Trains Wales in 2003, but some, such as 175009, were leased back to work trains in the north until 2006.

175101 Llangaffo 4 June 2005

There hasn't been regular 'tractor' haulage on the North Wales coast line since 2000, but on 4 June 2005 the line's replacement motive power gets some competition from another kind of tractor as 175101 passes Llangaffo with the 13:15 Crewe to Holyhead service. Unsurprisingly, given how close they are to the line the cottages in the background are named 'Railway Cottages'

175102 Hereford 2 June 2009

175102 pulls away from Hereford station with the 13:10 Milford Haven to Manchester Piccadilly Arriva Trains Wales service on 2 June 2009. Hereford retains a lot of old railway infrastructure, with the imposing station building and goods shed visible in this view. Plenty of trackwork too, but unfortunately no longer any originating freight traffic.

175106 Up Hatherley 4 September 2012

My first picture of a Class 175 in the Cotswolds. Making a change from the usual Class 150s, 175106 passes Up Hatherley on 4 September 2012 with the 2L59 13:45 Cheltenham to Maesteg Arriva Trains Wales service. It was running late, because at departure time it had only just arrived at Cheltenham with the 2G58 11:15 from Maesteg. The communications masts on the top of Cleeve Hill (the highest point in the Cotswolds) can just be seen in the background.

175107 Leominster 2 September 2017

175107 accelerates away from Leominster station (just visible in the background) on 2 September 2017 with the late running 1V37 08:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Milford Haven Arriva Trains Wales service. This was formerly the junction for the cross country route to Worcester, via Bromyard. The Bromyard lines occupied what is now a the overgrown wasteland on the right.

175116 Dinmore Tunnel 2 June 2009

The final production Class 175 and one of the few still in the original livery (albeit now branded Arriva), 175116 emerges from Dinmore Tunnel with the 10:33 Holyhead to Cardiff Central Arriva Trains Wales service on 2 June 2009. I had not visited this location for two decades, and although I shouldn't really have been surprised, the growth of the surrounding vegetation has virtually obscured the view. The general view of both single line bores (the other tunnel is just to the left of the PW hut) is impossible and a long lens is needed to squeeze through a gap in the trees.

185102 Kirkham Abbey 26 July 2008

185102 rounds the curve past Kirkham Abbey with the 14:45 Scarborough to Liverpool Lime Street Trans Pennine service on 26 July 2008. No doubt the passengers on board will be glad of the air conditioning (assuming it was working!), on what was one of the hottest days of the year.

185106 Brock 6 May 2008

185106 passes Brock on 6 May 2008 with the 16:21 Barrow-in-Furness to Manchester Airport TransPennine service, a train that doesn't actually cross the Pennines at all! Although apparently a rural location, the M6 motorway is just behind the trees.

185112 Melton 3 October 2017

185112 passes Melton on 3 October 2017 with the 1K08 09:41 Manchester Piccadilly to Hull First TransPennine Express service. Just visible in the background, behind the home and distant signal, is the platform of the closed Melton Crossing Halt. This halt, which was unadvertised, and primarily for the use of workers at the nearby cement works, surprisingly did not close until 1989.

185116 Crowle 28 November 2016

185116 passes through Crowle station on 28 November 2016 with the 1B68 07:53 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes First TransPennine Express service. The sun was just starting to come out, but as can be seen from the background, most of the area was blanketing by thick dark clouds.

185125 Maud's Bridge 1 January 2007

Nearly new 185125 passes Maud's Bridge on 1 January 2007 with the 12:28 Cleethorpes to Manchester Airport TransPennine service. I will not be going out of my way to photograph these units, as unlike the sleek and modern looking Class 180s, these are just plain ugly!

185139 Hatfield & Stainforth 15 March 2007

185139 passes through Hatfield & Stainforth station on 15 March 2007 with the 07:52 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes First TransPennine service. Note the resident huddle of trainspotters congregating in the platform shelter to get out of the wind.

185143 Godnow Bridge 4 June 2015

185143 slowly rounds the reverse curves at Godnow Bridge (between Thorne and Crowle) on 4 June 2015 with the 1B76 11:55 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes First TransPennine Express service. Note the sign on the right indicating the end of a speed restriction, which was in place after recent reballasting work.

185146 Maud's Bridge 1 January 2007

185146 approaches Maud's Bridge (between Stainforth and Scunthorpe) with the 10:52 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes Trans Pennine Express service on 1 January 2007. I started off the new year with a new class of DMU, 185s not being particularly common in my native Oxfordshire! New Year's Day had started sunny, but by this time thick black clouds were rolling in from the west, which gives a superb background to this picture. Note the tower of St. Nicholas church, Thorne on the extreme right.

185151 Thorne South 18 April 2014

185151 passes Thorne South on 18 April 2014 with the 1B83 14:26 Cleethorpes to Manchester Airport First TransPennine Express service. The station's new footbridge provides a convenient elevated vantage point.

210001 Kingham 23 April 1983

The Class 210 DEMU was intended to be a replacement for the plethora of DMU types which were reaching the end of their economic life in the early 1980s. However, its extravagant specification led to its downfall, as it would have been far too expensive to produce in the quantity required. On 23 April 1983 passengers on the Cotswold Line got their first taste of what they assumed would be the future traction on the line. In the event they had to wait nearly a decade before the heritage units were displaced! 210001 arrives at Kingham with the 08:10 Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh service, while the order departs in the background. This is something you don't often see - ladies of the 'Country Set' taking an interest in modern developments on the railways!

210001 Shipton 23 April 1983

210001 made its first foray over the Cotswold Line on 23 April 1983 in what was thought at the time to be the beginning of a new era of high quality trains on the line. In miserably dull weather conditions this pioneer unit is seen passing Shipton station with the 2A87 09:55 Moreton-in-Marsh to Oxford service. The flour mill in the background is still a thriving business, but otherwise this view has changed considerably, with trees now obscuring the view. In 1983 Shipton station still retained its quaint GWR waiting shelter on the down platform, but that was to disappear within a couple of years, to be replaced by a standard bus type shelter, to match that on the up platform.

210001 South Moreton 12 September 1985

I don't normally take going away shots of DMUs, despite the red tail light generally being the only giveaway (apart from which track they're on, of course!). However, I've got so few pictures of the prototype 210001, that I have included this view taken on 12 September 1985. It shows the unit passing South Moreton with the 2A18 11:01 Paddington to Oxford 'all stations' service.

210001 Hinksey 22 October 1985

The ill fated prototype second generation DMU, 210001 passes Hinksey Yard on 22 October 1985 with the 14:06 Oxford to Paddington local service. Obviously unaccustomed luxury travel for the passengers (if there were any!) at Radley, Culham and Appleford, who at the time were more used to the rattling Class 117 units. The Paxman 6RP200L 1,125 bhp engine is at the far end of the unit, its position in the non-passenger part of the vehicle indicated by the all over blue livery at that end of the formation.

230001 Broad Marston 21 June 2017

Vivarail's innovate Class 230 DEMU was used on a series of shuttle services along the Long Marston branch on 21 & 22 June 2017, in connection with the Rail Alliance Rail Live 2017 event. The unit uses former London Underground D78 stock, powered by Ford diesel engines. 230001 passes Broad Marston on 21 June with the shuttle service that had connected with the train that arrived at Honeybourne from London at 08:49.

230001 Long Marston 21 June 2017

230001 arrives at Long Marston on 21 June 2017 with a shuttle service from Honeybourne, bringing visitors to the Rail Alliance Rail Live 2017 event. Despite the novelty of the unusual newly converted rolling stock, and the good weather, there were only a few photographers around, as for some bizarre reason a lot of photographers only seem to take pictures of loco hauled trains!

230001 Long Marston 21 June 2017

230001 leaves Long Marston on 21 June 2017, heading for Honeybourne, to pick up another load of passengers for the Rail Alliance Rail Live 2017 event being held on the Long Marston site. And yes, the train is brushing aside the vegetation (note the branch in front of the lower part of the windscreen)!

230001 Honeybourne 21 June 2017

230001 approaches Honeybourne on 21 June 2017 with the 16:00 Long Marston to Honeybourne shuttle service, in connection with the Rail Alliance Rail Live 2017 event. Vivarail's conversion of former London Underground D78 stock into a DMU seems quite successful, at least on the reasonably level Long Marston branch. However, when the unit was tested on the Cotswold Line (visible on the right) the previous week, it struggled with the gradients. It is to be hoped that any problems can be sorted, as this seems to be an ideal replacement for the Class 142-144 Pacer fleet.

230001 Moreton-in-Marsh 6 July 2017

Vivarail's prototype Class 230 DEMU performed another test run on the Cotswold Line on 6 July 2017. 230001 is pictured here pulling out of Moreton-in-Marsh station, after arriving with the 5Z30 09:40 Long Marston to Moreton-in-Marsh test run, which had run almost exactly to time. It would proceed just a short distance, before using the crossover visible in the foreground to gain access to the down line. It would then head back from whence it came as the 5Z31 10:30 Moreton-in-Marsh to Long Marston. If anyone had told me in the 1980s, when I was photographing Class 50s on the Cotswold Line, that three decades later I would photograph ex London Underground stock working under its own (diesel) power on the route, I would have thought they were mad!

230001 Moreton-in-Marsh 6 July 2017

A stranger on the Cotswold Line!. Prototype Class 230 DEMU 230001 crosses over from the up to the down line at Moreton-Marsh on 6 July 2017, after arriving with the 5Z30 09:40 Long Marston to Moreton-in-Marsh test run. After a brief wait in the station, it would head north with the 5Z31 10:30 Moreton-in-Marsh to Long Marston. The event was so noteworthy that one of the track workers by the signal box went back to his van to get his camera to record the event!

950001 New Barnetby 8 December 2001

The unique Class 950 track recording unit 950001 was constructed in 1987 using a modified Class 150 bodyshell. Unfortunately, I never saw it in its original livery, which was standard BR blue and grey with a wide red mid bodyside stripe. It mostly continued to elude me in this later Railtrack colour scheme. Naturally after it was painted all over yellow, I have seen it on many occasions! Here it is passing New Barnetby on 8 December 2001.

950001 Foxhall Junction 8 October 2010

With Didcot Power Station dominating the background, Network Rail's unique 950001 passes Foxhall Junction and slows down for the approach to Didcot Parkway station on 8 October 2010. It is working the 2Q08 08:25 Didcot to Banbury via just about everywhere test train. It is seen here returning from Severn Tunnel Junction, and will shortly be heading back to Foxhall Junction (in the background), before taking the west curve (disappearing through the bushes behind the unit) to Oxford. It will be then head back to Didcot, and then back through Oxford to Claydon Junction, followed by Oxford again, and then finally Banbury!

950001 Foxhall Junction 8 October 2010

As a First Great Western HST speeds non-stop through Didcot Parkway station on 8 October 2010, Network Rail's 950001 approaches Foxhall Junction with the 2Q08 08:25 Didcot to Banbury test train. It had already visited South Wales, and would now head towards Oxford by way of Didcot's West Curve. It would shortly be back, before heading off to Oxford once again.

950001 Didcot West Curve 8 October 2010

Hardly ideal lighting, but you don't get many trains traversing Didcot's West Curve. On 8 October 2010, 950001 rounds the curve between Foxhall Junction and Didcot West Curve Junction with the 2Q08 08:25 Didcot to Banbury Network Rail measurement train. Although essentially built using a Class 150 bodyshell, this was purpose built as a test vehicle, rather than being converted from a former passenger unit.

950001 Didcot North Junction 8 October 2010

Network Rail's 950001 passes Didcot North Junction on 8 October 2010 with the 2Q08 08:25 Didcot to Banbury test train. You might think that it's going the wrong way for a Didcot to Banbury train, but as with all test trains the route is somewhat convoluted. Didcot to Severn Tunnel Junction and return, followed by a trip to Oxford via Didcot's West Curve. Back to Didcot (as seen here), then off via Oxford again, this time to Claydon Junction. Finally on to Banbury via a reversal at Oxford!

950001 Cossington 22 March 2012

Running a few minutes early, 950001 ambles along the relief line at Cossington on 22 March 2012 with the 2Z08 08:31 Derby RTC to Old Dalby working. The unit would later be used for calibration tests on the Old Dalby test track. Network Rail's all over yellow colour scheme even seems to extend to a colour matched plastic bag over the front coupler!

950001 Rawcliffe 12 March 2013

950001 has just passed underneath the M62 motorway, and approaches Rawcliffe on 12 March 2012 with the 05:55 Doncaster West Yard to Doncaster West Yard (via Hull) test train. Note how the single track of this once double track route weaves from one side of the formation to the other underneath the bridge, with a short abandoned section of the other line visible in the foreground.

950001 Challow 8 April 2014

After a ten minute sojourn in Challow loop, 950001 prepares to rejoin the mainline at the site of Challow station on 8 April 2014. It is working the 2Q08 08:22 Didcot to Bristol Temple Meads. This is obviously a going away shot, as the view in the other direction was impossibly backlit. Also, I have wanted to take a picture of something on the down relief line at this point, showing the connection with the mainline in the background. Unfortunately, other than resorting to taking pictures of light engines, there is normally no possibility of this, so this proved to be the ideal subject.

950001 Shrivenham 9 April 2014

950001 passes underneath the soon to be replaced roadbridge at Shrivenham on 9 April 2014 with the 2Q08 07:57 Bristol Temple Meads to Didcot test train. Shrivenham station's long abandoned up platform can be seen behind the unit.

950001 Claydon (Goucestershire) 17 February 2015

950001, the unique Network Rail test DMU, built in 1987 utilising a Class 150 bodyshell, is seen here passing Claydon on 17 February 2015. It is running as the 2Z08 09:15 Derby RTC to Plymouth. It has just gone from running exactly to time, to being 15 minutes early. This was achieved by not being held as booked in the loop near Ashchurch station (just visible in the distance).

950001 Littlemore 6 February 2017

950001 traverses the extremely overgrown Morris Cowley branch on 6 February 2017 with the 2Q08 08:26 Oxford Down Carriage Sidings to Oxford Down Carriage Sidings (via Leamington Spa and Didcot) Network Rail test train. It is pictured here passing Littlemore. Knowing that this location was hemmed in with bushes, I was glad that the forecast was for a cloudy morning. Unbelievably, the sun started to come out as I arrived, making this location nearly impossible for photography. I needn't have worried however, as it was back to miserably dull conditions when it actually arrived!

950001 Littlemore 6 February 2017

After having reversed at Morris Cowley, 950001 passes the site of Littlemore station on 6 February 2017 with the 2Q08 08:26 Oxford Down Carriage Sidings to Oxford Down Carriage Sidings (via Leamington Spa and Didcot) Network Rail test train. As it is now extremely unusual to get anything other than the BMW Mini car trains on the Morris Cowley branch, this was definitely worth photographing. The former Littlemore oil depot was situated where the bushes can be seen in the background. This closed after a brief renaissance in the late 1990s.

950001 Hinksey 6 February 2017

950001 runs slowly through Hinksey Yard on 6 February 2017 with the 2Q08 08:26 Oxford Down Carriage Sidings to Oxford Down Carriage Sidings Network Rail test train. This had earlier visited Leamington Spa, before heading down the Morris Cowley branch, and then reversing at Didcot. The 1V85 07:00 Edinburgh to Reading CrossCountry Voyager has just got out of the way in time!