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43151 St Blazey 18 July 1998

43151 brings up the rear of the 1C29 11:05 Paddington to Newquay Great Western Trains service at St Blazey on 18 July 1998. The leading power car (43030), and all the coaches are in Great Western's attractive 'Merlin' livery, with only 43151 displaying the obsolete InterCity colour scheme. Path, stream and railway run parallel for a considerable distance here.

60039 Barnetby 31 December 2001

Snow and semaphores. 60039 approaches Barnetby station on 31 December 2001 with the 6K22 09:42 Santon to Immingham iron ore empties. The Barnetby area lost its iconic semaphore signals in 2015. Despite the loss, and the decline in variety of freight traffic and traction, the location still attracts numerous photographers.

50031 Hinksey 8 February 1986

50031 Hood passes Hinksey Yard on 8 February 1986 with the 1F31 11:40 Oxford to Paddington service. The snow lies undisturbed in the deserted yard in the foreground, and across the former gasworks site in the background. The strange building in the background is the then fairly new Oxford Ice Rink.

165005 Ardley Tunnel 3 May 1992

165005 has just emerged from Ardley Tunnel, and is heading away from the camera into the Cherwell Valley on 3 May 1992 with the 16:27 Marylebone to Banbury Network SouthEast service. Unfortunately this location looks nothing like this now, with the once panoramic view now largely obscured by lineside bushes.

220028 Ashchurch 17 November 2017

A frosty morning at Ashchurch, showing a view that has recently been cleared of trees, revealing the old water tower amid all the new buildings. 220028 heads north on 17 November 2017 with the 1M25 07:00 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service. This train didn't get much further, as it was terminated at Bromsgrove, as 66206 working the late running 6M60 01:48 Exeter Riverside to Bescot china clay tanks, had managed to run out fuel climbing the Lickey Incline, and was blocking the line!

43304 Ashchurch 17 November 2017

43304 passes Ashchurch on 17 November 2017 with the 1V44 06:00 Leeds to Plymouth CrossCountry service. Note the ex pheasant hitching a ride on the front bogie! Although this was a completely sunny day, I hadn't realised the significance of the cloud visible in the background, until I spoke to a friend in the evening. Apparently a little further north it was cloudy on and off through much of the day. This view has been improved by the removal of a lineside tree, which slightly got in the way when I took a picture of this same power car here a year earlier.

170523 Ashchurch 17 November 2017

Excellent autumnal lighting on a frosty morning at Ashchurch on 17 November 2017, but this is not quite the everyday mundane working that it appears to be. 170523 is running as the 1Z04 08:30 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central CrossCountry service, a VSTP (Very Short Term Planning) addition, running more or less in the path of the 1V04 07:04 Nottingham to Cardiff Central, which had been terminated at Derby.

66199 Ashchurch 17 November 2017

66199 passes Ashchurch on 17 November 2017 with the 6V35 07:05 Bescot to Avonmouth Hansons Sidings cement tanks. This train normally runs in the late afternoon, so despite this only being a DBS Class 66, it was worth recording. I was therefore very surprised to be the only photographer at this well known location. It was especially surprising, as a lot of photographers only seem to photograph freight, and this was a variation on the usual working, and it was a perfect sunny morning!

180104 Kingham 17 November 2017

180104 arrives at Kingham station on 17 November 2017 with the 1P40 09:58 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. The Class 180s will soon be leaving the Cotswold Line again (they left for the first time a decade earlier!). The new footbridge now dominates this small station.

166201 Daylesford 17 November 2017

166201 passes underneath the farm occupation bridge at Daylesford on 17 November 2017 with the 1P43 10:59 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. I am particularly pleased with this picture, as the unusual bridge, with its ivy covered brick supporting columns makes a ideal frame for the short train. Also, the plain version of First Great Western's blue livery contrasts well with the autumn landscape, and the lighting is just about perfect.

180103 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 17 November 2017

Dunstall Bridge, just south of Moreton-in-Marsh, was replaced in October 2016, as the original stone arched structure had developed a noticeable sag. 180103 is pictured passing underneath the new bridge on 17 November 2017 with the 1P47 12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington GWR service.

166221 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 17 November 2017

Golden oak leaves provide a touch of autumn colour to the foreground of this view of 166221 Reading Traincare Depot, as it accelerates away from Moreton-in-Marsh on 17 November 2017 with the 1P51 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. It is passing under the recently reconstructed Dunstall Bridge, a design that proves that Network Rail can design a pleasing looking structure when they want to! I was really lucky with the sun here, as it disappeared into a large mass of high cloud about a minute later.

50046 Charlbury 30 October 1988

50046 Ajax crosses over the River Evenlode, as it approaches Charlbury station on 30 October 1988 with the 1B31 13:45 Paddington to Hereford service. For some reason there was a slight misalignment with the two cameras on my homemade bracket when taking this shot (I fixed it later with a couple of locating studs). Unfortunately on the 6x7 slide, the very rear of the train has been cut off. Also, for some unexplained reason, over the years some odd marks have appeared on the Ektachrome slide, therefore this is the 35mm version, taken on good old reliable Kodachrome 64.

50044 Great Bedwyn 8 September 1985

50044 Exeter passes through Bedwyn station on 8 September 1985 with the 1C25 09:40 Paddington to Penzance InterCity service, running 20 minutes late. The River Dun and the Kennet & Avon Canal can be seen on the right.

156419 Barnetby 31 December 2001

156419 arrives at a snow covered Barnetby station on 31 December 2001 with the 11:32 Grimsby Town to Birmingham New Street Central Trains service, which if the destination blind is to be believed is only going as far as Lincoln, presumably due to New Year's Eve engineering works.

87006 Heamies 22 November 1997

87006 City of Glasgow passes Heamies (near Norton Bridge) on 22 November 1997 with the 1S75 12:25 Euston to Glasgow Virgin Trains service. Unfortunately I only took a few pictures of Virgin red liveried electric locos, as during the late 1990s there was much more interesting traction to photograph.

60098 Loughborough 2 April 1994

60098 Charles Francis Brush appropriately passes the Brush Works at Loughborough on 2 April 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 'Sector Swansong' railtour. The tour had started out from Bristol at 06:15, and by the time it arrived back at 23:02 had utilised locos from Classes 47, 86, 31, 33, 58, 60, 56, 20 & 37. They don't (can't) do tour like that nowadays!

43109 Crubenmore 21 April 2003

43109 passes Crubenmore on 21 April 2003 with the 1E12 07:55 Inverness to Kings Cross GNER 'Highland Chieftain'. Crubenmore Lodge, a former Victorian hunting lodge, which featured in the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen', can be seen amid the trees in the background.

47545 Oxford 5 July 1980

A slightly unusual viewpoint for a railway picture at Oxford. 47545 crosses the Sheepwash Channel as it pulls out of the station with the 1B58 10:50 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service on 5 July 1980. The Sheepwash Channel is a short backwater of the River Thames, connecting the main river (just behind the footbridge on which I was standing), with the Castle Mill Stream, which is itself another backwater of the Thames. The brick wall at the end of Abbey Road was partially demolished in 2017, when a car crashed through it, and ended up in the river!

37414 Pontlottyn 18 March 2000

37414 Cathays C&W Works 1846-1993 passes Pontlottyn on 18 March 2000 with the 2F29 12:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. Regional Railways liveried Class 37s had become the norm on the North Wales coast, but in South Wales the livery was a bit more unusual. EWS red was dominant in the Valleys.

37414 Llanishen 18 March 2000 37414 Cathays C&W Works 1846-1993 pulls out of Llanishen station on 18 March 2000 with the 2R40 16:48 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service. The next time I visited this location, I was surprised to see that the wasteland behind the loco had been redeveloped into office accommodation.
59201 Castle Bromwich 27 February 1999

A stranger in Birmingham! 59201 Vale of York passes Castle Bromwich on 27 February 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z45 06:34 Sheffield to Trowbridge 'Yankee Sidewinder' railtour. As the tour's name suggests, this was a totally GM powered train (a novelty at the time), featuring Classes 59, 66 & 57.

59201 Droitwich 27 February 1999

59201 Vale of York approaches Droitwich on 27 February 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z45 06:34 Sheffield to Trowbridge 'Yankee Sidewinder' railtour. This used to be my favourite location to photograph southbound trains in the Worcester area, but while the semaphore signals still exist, the viewpoint does not, as bushes and a huge radio mast now block the view.

166201 Wolvercote Junction 18 May 1998

166201 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 18 May 1998 with the 16:50 Paddington to Stratford-upon-Avon Thames Trains service. The A34 Oxford bypass in the background seems remarkably free of traffic, which is odd considering this is around 18:00, and the road behind me would be virtually stationary with traffic leaving Oxford!

166201 Hampton Gay 6 August 2003

166201 passes Hampton Gay on 6 August 2003 with the 18:48 Paddington to Stratford-upon-Avon Thames Trains service. The spire of St Mary's church at Kidlington can just be seen on the left of the picture. This livery was unique to the Class 166s, the similar Class 165s having a version with green circles instead of 'swooshes' across the doors.

47829 Banbury 3 August 2002

47829 pulls out of Banbury station on 3 August 2002 with the 1S54 08:30 Banbury to Glasgow Central Virgin CrossCountry service. 47840 North Star is hiding under the station's 1950s concrete canopy, on the rear of the train. The reason that the train is heading north from the southbound platform, is that it had arrived a few minutes earlier as the 1O04 05:19 Manchester Piccadilly to Banbury, deputising for an unavailable HST.

47840 Banbury 3 August 2002

47840 North Star brings up the rear of the 1S54 08:30 Banbury to Glasgow Central Virgin CrossCountry service, as the train passes Banbury North Signal Box on 3 August 2002. 47829 can just be seen on the front of the train, weaving across the crossover to gain the correct running line. The train had arrived a little earlier as the 1O04 05:19 Manchester Piccadilly to Banbury.

43031 Uffington 13 November 2017

43031 passes Uffington on 13 November 2017 with the 1L32 06:58 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Although nothing out of the ordinary was due, I had gone to this location as the Met Office had promised a completely sunny morning, and I wanted a few pictures of HSTs with the autumn tints of the lineside wood in the background. I succeeded in the latter, but this is the only HST that passed in full sun! There were some small clouds around the sun just after I arrived, then this huge mass of dark cloud moved in from the west. I presume the Met Office headquarters building doesn't have any windows, as their website was still showing full sun, even several hours later! On the plus side, the dark sky certainly does add impact to the picture.

B430 Kingham 21 December 1983

B430 (51410, 59520 & 51368) stands at Kingham station on the evening of 21 December 1983 with the 2A87 16:45 Hereford to Oxford service. The lighting at Kingham station in those days was a bit patchy, but what light there is does show up the old Great Western Railway footbridge (since replaced). The basic brick station building is a 1970s replacement for a much grander building.

56006 Nether Poppleton 1 July 1995

56006 Ferrybridge 'C' Power Station passes Nether Poppleton on 1 July 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z37 07:40 Kings Cross to Harrogate (via Newcastle) 'Cattal Grid' railtour. This was the 'Grid' part of the tour, the 'Cattal' part would come when 37517 & 37059 took the train through Cattal station, en-route to Harrogate.

37517 & 37095 Church Fenton 1 July 1995

37517 & 37095 take the Leeds line at Church Fenton on 1 July 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z37 07:40 Kings Cross to Harrogate (via Newcastle) 'Cattal Grid' railtour. The line to Castleford and Knottingley is behind the sheds in the background.

143601 Defford 10 August 1995

The first Alexander / Hunslet Barclay Class 143 entered service in August 1985, but it was exactly a decade later before I first photographed the prototype unit, 143601. This was mainly because the class were initially allocated to the North East area, only coming to the Western Region in the early 1990s. 143601 is pictured here passing Defford on 10 August 1995 with the 18:20 Worcester Shrub Hill to Swindon Regional Railways service.

146602 Hallen Marsh Junction 25 June 1993

143602 passes Hallen Marsh Junction on 25 June 1993 with the 09:47 Severn Beach to Bristol Temple Meads Regional Railways service. Considerable track rationalisation had just taken place here, with most of the former connections between the freight lines, and the Severn Beach route removed.

50015 Charlton 22 April 1988

50015 Valiant passes Charlton on 22 April 1988 with the 3A27 07:25 Plymouth to Paddington empty newspaper vans. In those days I only had a single Pentax 6x7 camera body, which did not have an interchangeable back. If it was loaded with black and white film, I had to be content with 35mm when the sun decided to come out, as here. The purchase of a second Pentax 6x7 a couple of years later was the very expensive answer to this problem! This is therefore from a 35mm slide, surprisingly in this case, Ektachrome 64, rather than my more usual (an better!) Kodachrome 64.

50012 Oxford 2 July 1985

50012 Benbow arrives at Oxford on 2 July 1985 with the 1F12 08:10 Paddington to Oxford service. There was still plenty of local freight activity in the area at the time, although it does tend to get in the way of the subject in this picture!

43125 South Marston 10 November 2017

43125 passes South Marston on 10 November 2017 with the late running 1B35 12:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. What a pity this set wasn't the other way round, as the much more photogenic InterCity Swallow liveried 43185 Great Western is bringing up the rear.

66711 South Marston 10 November 2017

66711 Sense passes South Marston on 10 November 2017 with the 6V78 09:50 Grain to Llanwern steel empties. This recently started GBRf working echoes the Colas train of a couple of years earlier. I thought this picture was going to be ruined, as just before the train was due, the sun disappeared into the edge of a large bank of cloud in the west. Luckily, at the very last moment the sun weakly came out again, and whilst not full strength, was an awful lot better than it was just seconds before! In view of the cloud, I decided not to wait for the 6B33 Theale to Robeston tanks. This was a wise move, as the train had failed at Didcot, and didn't pass this spot until after dark!

66773 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 8 November 2017

66773 approaches Stocks Lane level crossing, Steventon, on 8 November 2017 with the 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. Villagers I have spoken to are not at all happy with Network Rail, concerning the amount of time these barriers are left down. For instance, after the passage of a couple of HSTs, the barriers were left down for this train, even though it was still stopped in the loop at Wantage Road nearly four miles away! Although this is only a minor road, just serving the village, there was now naturally a lengthy queue of traffic building up.

43022 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 8 November 2017

43022 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary 1956-2016 approaches Stocks Lane, Steventon, on 8 November 2017 with the 1C16 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. Both the structures in the background are living on borrowed time. The tall chimney of Didcot's disused power station is due to be demolished, and the same fate is in store for the roadbridge if Network Rail get their way, although not without a fight from the locals.

800005 & 800006 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 8 November 2017

800005 & (hidden by the buddleia bush) 800006 approach Stocks Lane, Steventon, on 8 November 2017 with the 1B40 13:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. A long lens was required here in order to clear numerous foreground shadows.

60100 Steventon (Stocks Lane) 8 November 2017

Viewed from Stocks Lane level crossing, 60100 hauls the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties underneath the doomed roadbridge at Steventon on 8 November 2017. This was running five minutes early. The next time this train ran, two days later, it was over two hours late here, and in the dark, after failing at Didcot. The train had arrived at Didcot on time, but then the original loco, 60007, was removed and dumped in the yard, and 66136 summoned to take the train forward.

60066 North Kelsey Moor 6 November 2017

Shortly after sunrise on 6 November 2017, 'Drax Powering Tomorrow' silver liveried 60066 passes North Kelsey Moor with the 6M57 07:18 Lindsey Oil Refinery to Kingsbury oil tanks. With the sun so low even my chosen spot by the farm crossing was partly in shadow, but a little further up the field there was this convenient gap in the bushes.

153374 Kettleby 6 November 2017

153374 passes Kettleby on 6 November 2017 with the 2T30 09:20 Grimsby Town to Newark North Gate East Midlands Trains service. Kettleby is one of England's numerous deserted medieval villages, with little more left now than a couple of farms and some earthworks.

20303 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

The 3S13 08:51 Wrenthorpe to Grimsby Town Rail Head Treatment Train whistles past Melton Ross on 6 November 2017, led by relatively clean 20303 Max Joule 1958-1999, with 'RHTT brown' grime encrusted 20302 bringing up the rear. Although it has been said in previous years, it is claimed that 2017 will be the last year that these veteran locos are used on these workings.

66014 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

66014 slowly passes Melton Ross on 6 November 2017 with the 6E53 09:14 Kellingley Colliery to Killingholme spoil train, with classmate 66068 bringing up the rear. This is a short term flow to move colliery waste for use in the construction of a new wharf near Immingham.

20302 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

20302 passes Melton Ross on 6 November 2017 with the 3S14 11:15 Grimsby Town to Bridlington Rail Head Treatment Train. 20303 Max Joule 1958-1999 is on the rear. I had hoped for a bit more autumn colour on the trees, but at least I had picked a completely sunny day!

66613 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

66613 passes Melton Ross on 6 November 2017 with the 6K23 11:42 Scunthorpe to Immingham iron ore empties. Notice the small areas of patch painting. At least some attempt has been made to repair any damage. Some Freightliner 66s have quite large rust patches.

66160 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

The Drax biomass trains have certainly brightened up the modern freight scene, with their shiny purpose built wagons. 66160 passes Melton Ross on 6 November 2017 with the 6H65 12:15 Immingham to Drax Power Station, which on this occasion only got as far as Knottingley.

60096 Barnetby 6 November 2017

The horses in the field receive some attention, as 60096 accelerates away from Barnetby on 6 November 2017 with the 6E32 08:55 Preston Docks to Lindsey Oil Refinery bitumen empties. Photo taken from the public footpath at the top of Knab's Hill.

66607 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

66607 passes Melton Ross on 6 November 2017 with the 6T25 13:34 Immingham to Scunthorpe iron ore. I particularly like the contrast between Freightliner's bright green livery, and the rusty brown of the ore hoppers.

153313 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

Making a change from the constant procession of freight trains, 153313 passes Melton Ross on 6 November 2017 with the 2T48 13:49 Grimsby Town to Newark North Gate East Midlands Trains service. The houses in the background are part of the small village of New Barnetby.

66620 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

A picture that you cannot normally take, as the roadside barrier at Melton Ross is where all the photographers stand, taking their pictures of eastbound trains. As they had all gone home, I decided to use the barrier and tree as a frame for 66620, as it works the 4C75 13:39 Scunthorpe to Immingham coal empties on 6 November 2017.

60044 Melton Ross 6 November 2017

60044 Dowlow runs slowly along the relief line at Melton Ross on 6 November 2017 with the 6M00 14:27 Humber Oil Refinery to Kingsbury oil tanks. Although there was no sign of any clouds appearing, this superbly lit picture was the last of the day, as the shadows were beginning to lengthening, and nothing else of interest was due for a while.

51485 & 56121 Irwell Vale 5 November 2017

Looking superb after its twenty year restoration project, sole surviving Class 105 two car set 51485 & 56121 departs from Irwell Vale station on 5 November 2017 with the 2G51 09:00 Bury to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala.

56121 & 51485 Lumb 5 November 2017

The East Lancashire Railway's Class 105 DMU (56121 & 51485) was the star attraction at the line's 2017 DMU Gala, as it had just re-entered service after a protracted rebuild. The superbly restored vintage Cravens unit makes a splendid sight, as it passes the woods at Lumb on 5 November 2017 with the 2J52 09:45 Rawtenstall to Heywood service.

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.

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.

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.

56121 & 51485 Irwell Vale 5 November 2017

The driverless train! This is of course a going away shot, but I couldn't resist this picture of recently restored Cravens unit 56121 & 51485, as it arrives at Irwell Vale station on 5 November 2017 with the 2J57 10:55 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. The Morecambe destination is a bit optimistic!

56121 & 51485 Irwell Vale 5 November 2017

56121 & 51485 approach Irwell Vale on 5 November 2017 with the 2J58 12:15 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. Although there is another driving trailer vehicle (56456), this is the only surviving complete Class 105 unit, and is a credit to the hard working team who have spent nearly two decades bringing the unit back to life.

40106 Burrs 5 November 2017

40106 Atlantic Conveyor crosses over the River Irwell, as it arrives at Burrs Country Park station on 5 November 2017 with the 2L61 12:35 Heywood to Rawtenstall service. This was during the line's DMU Gala, which explains why the stock is formed from Class 110 DMU set 51813, 59701 & 51842. The Class 40 had been added to the train at Bury.

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.

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.

51382 & 51339 Burrs 5 November 2017

In contrast to the other DMUs taking part in the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala on 5 November 2017, the line's resident Class 117 (51382 & 51339) looked decidedly tatty. However, it was no worse than when I photographed it over three decades earlier, on the Cotswold Line. It is pictured here passing Burrs with the 2E36 13:46 Ramsbottom to Bury service.

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!

40106 Burrs 5 November 2017

Something I am both too young, and too southern to have ever seen in the old days! 40106 Atlantic Conveyor recreates the loco towing a failed DMU scenario, as it passes Burrs on 5 November 2017 with Class 110 'Calder Valley' set 51842, 59701 & 51813, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. The train is the 2J62 13:55 Rawtenstall to Heywood service.

55001 Burrs 5 November 2017

55001 has maroon liveried CCT parcels van M94705 in tow, as it passes Burrs on 5 November 2017 with the 2E37 14:36 Bury to Ramsbottom service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. This kind of working obviously happened in the late 1960s, during the changeover period from maroon to Rail Blue, but I doubt the trains in those days was ever this well loaded!

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.

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.

55001 Burrs 5 November 2017

Catching the very last of the late afternoon sun near Burrs on 5 November 2017, 55001 & CCT parcels van M94705 head south with the 2E39 15:26 Ramsbottom to Bury service, during the East Lancashire Railway's DMU Gala. This concluded one of the best day's photography I have had for a long time, both for quality of the subject, and the light.

37411 Hereford 11 August 1995

37411 pulls out of Hereford station on 11 August 1995 with the 1M89 16:45 Cardiff to Manchester Piccadilly Regional Railways service. All three elements of a traditional steam age railway station can be seen in this view. The goods shed (albeit disused), superb gothic revival station building, and just visible under the footbridge, the signal box.

37407 Dundas Aqueduct 17 March 1995

Viewed from the Kennet & Avon Canal's Dundas Aqueduct, 37407 Blackpool Tower heads down the Avon Valley on 17 March 1995 with the 2V70 08:40 Weymouth to Bristol Temple Meads Regional Railways service. The loco had only been named Blackpool Tower a few weeks earlier.

47471 Rangeworthy 8 May 1995

47471 Norman Tunna G.C. passes Rangeworthy on 8 May 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 06:09 Wolverhampton to Penzance 'Grockle Grid' railtour. 56064 took over the train at Bristol Temple Meads. It is debatable as to which is the better form of traction, but there is no doubt that the weather got better further south!

47052 Radley 9 July 1991

Just a few days after the demise of the Speedlink wagonload network, it seems to be business as usual at Radley on 9 July 1991. The MoD still had need of a wagonload service, so immediately Speedlink ended, a dedicated MoD network was set up. This is the 6M79 15:08 Eastleigh to Crewe Basford Hall working, with 47052 hardly being taxed by the minuscule load!

47061 Chinnor 8 September 1982

47061 arrives at Chinnor on 8 September 1982 with a coal train for the cement works. Unfortunately this is the only occasion that I photographed a coal train at Chinnor, and I can't remember now why I didn't take the conventional front view of the train. However, this picture does show the whole scene, with the run round loop and works in the background. This traffic came to and end in 1989, as the vintage vacuum brake HTV wagons were life expired. On this occasion the second wagon is an even older 16 ton open.

L841 Heyford 24 May 1990

L841 (53332, 59091 & 53312) calls at Heyford station on 24 May 1990 with the 2C65 18:44 Banbury to Oxford Network SouthEast service. This unit survived for another three years in three car form, then minus 59091 for a further three years, before the inevitable call to MC Metals at Glasgow.

C302 Magor 4 September 1986

C302 (53086, 59036 & 53128) passes Magor on 4 September 1986 with the 12:54 Newport to Chepstow service, passing a motley collection of coaches parked in the old station yard. Every one of them seems to be in a different livery, and presumably they have all been (like C302) cut up long ago.

1713 & 1854 Horsham 17 July 1993

Dramatic lighting at Horsham on 17 July 1993, as Class 421 4-CIGs 1713 & 1854 approach the station with what is presumably (according to the headcode) the late running 14:08 Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour and Bognor Regis Network SouthEast service.

7802 Cullompton 16 March 1996

Manor Class 4-6-0 7802 Bradley Manor races the cars on the M5 motorway at Cullompton on 16 March 1996, as it works the Pathfinder Tours 1Z34 13:34 Totnes to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Dart-Exe Cursion' railtour. With no headboard, and a complete set of maroon coaches, it is only the adjacent motorway that spoils the 1960s illusion!

50022 Milkhouse Water 25 September 1982

50022 Anson passes Milkhouse Water (near Pewsey) on 25 September 1982 with the 1A41 09:45 Paignton to Paddington service. Unfortunately I very seldom photographed the 'Berks & Hants' line in the days of the Class 50s, concentrating instead on the Oxford area. Oh for a time machine!

86217 Margaretting 8 May 1985

86217 Comet passes Margaretting on 8 May 1985 with the 10:17 Norwich to Liverpool Street service. In 1989 this loco was one of a handful that were dedicated to freight work, and numbered in the 86/5 series (86504 in this case). This did not last long, and within a year 86217 had regained its old number.

67027 Finstock 1 November 2017

67027 Charlotte passes through the diminutive Finstock station on 1 November 2017 with the 1Z22 08:14 Tyseley to Bristol High Level Siding Network Rail test train. 67023 Stella is on the rear. This monthly Cotswold Line test train is now far less interesting since Class 67s replaced 37s, but on this occasion I thought I would venture out because of the fine weather.

166217 Finstock 1 November 2017

166217 passes through Finstock station on 1 November 2017 with the 1P43 10:59 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. Like most Cotswold Line trains, this does not call here. There is only one northbound, and one southbound weekday train that stops here.

31190 Cydnerth 27 August 1994

31190 passes Cydnerth (between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 07:07 York to Trawsfynydd 'Trawsfynydd Trekker' railtour on 27 August 1994, with 31327 bringing up the rear. Although the lighting angle is not ideal for the train, the sudden burst of sunshine was most welcome, especially with the bulk of Manod Bach and Manod Mawr still largely under clouds in the background. The sheep don't seem too impressed, and are eager to get away from the train!

142018 Sleights 8 May 1993

142018 arrives at Sleights on 8 May 1993 with the 16:02 Whitby to Middlesbrough service. The unit is just crossing over the Iburndale Beck bridge, which clearly show that this was once double track. The stream enters the River Esk just behind the boarded up signal box.

47459 Finstock 10 April 1987

47459 races through Finstock station on 10 April 1987 with the 1A18 07:00 Hereford to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express'. The station had just been rebuilt on the opposite side of the line. Much better facilities were available for Cotswold Line commuters in those days, with a buffet car, and a BG next to the loco. No problem with bike storage in those days!

3440 Greet 13 October 1990

City Class 4-4-0 3440 City of Truro passes Greet on 13 October 1990 with the 13:15 Toddington to Gretton service during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Great Western Weekend. City of Truro was the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph, a full thirty years before the LNER managed to achieve it!

59005 Colthrop 19 October 2000

59005 Kenneth J Painter passes Colthrop on 19 October 2000 with the 7C74 12:49 Acton to Merehead Mendip Rail stone empties. This view is no longer possible, as the footbridge from which it was taken has been removed.

158902 Lunds 12 July 2003

158902 crosses Lunds Viaduct on 12 July 2003 with the 14:10 Glasgow Central to Leeds Arriva Trains Northern service. The building on the right was once a school, even though it is one of only a handful of buildings in the area!

66846 Fiddington 30 October 2017

This is one of those situations where the conventional viewpoint is so hopelessly backlit that the only sensible option is to take the going away shot. So here is 66846 bringing up the rear of the 3S31 13:14 Gloucester Horton Road to Worcester Shrub Hill Rail Head Treatment Train at Fiddington on 30 October 2017. 66848 is leading the train.

66433 Fiddington 30 October 2017

66433 passes Fiddington on 30 October 2017 with the 4V44 10:47 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. As can be seen from the pile of chippings in the foreground, there has been extensive vegetation clearance here, which has opened up the view considerably. It's a pity that the single bush on the right was left, as that will get in the way of a morning shot from this location.

43176 Fiddington 30 October 2017

43176 passes Fiddington on 30 October 2017 with the 5Z74 14:00 Worcester Shrub Hill Long Siding to St Philips Marsh GWR ECS. This was running as a VSTP (Very Short Term Planning) special, and was a definite bonus, as apart from a couple of early morning trains, and a very late evening northbound train, there are not normally any GWR HSTs on this section of line. Also, whereas everything else that passed by on this afternoon (DMUs and Class 66s) will be around for a while, the days of HSTs are numbered (at least in most of England)!

66098 Fiddington 30 October 2017

66098 passes Fiddington on 30 October 2017 with the 6V92 10:22 Corby to Margam steel empties. In the background is Bredon Hill, a four mile long outlier of the Cotswold Hills, standing alone in the Vale of Evesham.

50003 Buckhorn Weston Tunnel 25 May 1991

50003 Temeraire emerges from Buckhorn Weston Tunnel on 25 May 1991 with the 1O35 10:20 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The loco had just over a month left in traffic. It was officially withdrawn on 15 July, after suffering a main generator flashover whilst working the 1V22 20:40 Waterloo to Yeovil Junction on 1 July.

50017 Buckhorn Weston Tunnel 25 May 1991

50017 Royal Oak approaches Buckhorn Weston Tunnel on 25 May 1991 with the 1V09 09:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. This was a popular location during the last days of the Class 50s, as there was a good view in both directions. I bet the location has had less photographers visiting it in the quarter of a century since the Class 159s took over from the 50s, than in a single month during the heady days of 1991!

50007 Gillingham 2 February 1991

Making a change from the normal Exeter St Davids to Waterloo trains on the route, 50007 Sir Edward Elgar arrives at Gillingham station on 2 February 1991 with the 1O86 09:15 Plymouth to Brighton Network SouthEast service. Note the rail served Kemira fertilser depot in the background.

50008 Lostwithiel 26 January 1991

50008 Thunderer brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z16 11:19 Penzance to Bristol Temple Meads 'Cornish Centurion' railtour at Lostwithiel on 26 January 1991. 50015 Valiant can just be seen at the front of the train.

166202 Aldington 8 August 1995

166202 passes Aldington on 8 August 1995 with the 1F35 08:45 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington Network SouthEast service. The houses of Evesham can be seen in the background, with the tower of Evesham Abbey just visible through the trees on the left. Bredon Hill dominates the background.

60084 Reedley 23 May 1993

60084 Cross Fell brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 13:40 Preston to Preston (via Padiham and Colne) 'Lancastrian Mini Excursion' at Reedley on 23 May 1993. 26003 & 26005 were the lead locomotives. The fixed distant signal is for the level crossing at Brierfield station, half a mile to the north.

46100 Daylesford 28 October 2017

Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 46100 Royal Scot passes Daylesford on 28 October 2017 with the Railway Touring Company 1Z70 07:04 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Cotswold Venturer' railtour. This was deputising for LNER A3 60103 Flying Scotsman, which had suffered a hot axle box a couple of weeks earlier. Not good for a loco that has just had 4.2 million spent on refurbishment!