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60067 Aynho 29 June 1993

60067 James Clerk-Maxwell passes Aynho on 29 June 1993 with the 6E05 17:39 Didcot Power Station to Barrow Hill MGR empties. Not a very inspiring location, but nice evening light, and an immaculately clean loco.

55023 & 54281 Oxford North Junction 10 May 1986

55023 (L123) & 54281 (L281) approach Oxford North Junction on 10 May 1986 with the 2M65 16:08 Didcot Parkway to Banbury service. The white structure visible in the background is the water tower on the site of Oxford shed (81F).

L421 Chilson 6 August 1986

L421 (51401, 59511 & 51359) passes Chilson on 6 August 1986 with the 2B50 06:04 Reading to Worcester Foregate Street service. Class 117s were the most common type of DMU on the Cotswold Line at this time.

D9000 Shottesbrooke 30 May 1998

D9000 Royal Scots Grey passes Shottesbrooke on 30 May 1998 with the 1S87 11:26 Ramsgate to Edinburgh Virgin CrossCountry service. Luckily this was running on the relief line, as the fast lines were closed for engineering works.

47744 Llandrindod Wells 1 May 2000

47744 approaches Llandrindod Wells on 1 May 2000 with the Green Express Railtours 1Z39 06:33 Leeds to Cardiff Central 'Heart of Wales Scenic Circular' railtour. There was a pathing stop at Llandrindod Wells, which allowed enough time to get to Llanwrtyd Wells for another picture.

56044 Claydon (Gloucesershire) 3 July 1998

56044 Cardiff Canton passes Claydon on 3 July 1998 with the 6V08 17:25 Wolverhampton to Margam steel empties. This is one location that has actually improved since this picture was taken, with the majority of the lineside bushes having been removed.

47779 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 3 July 1998

47779 passes Claydon on 3 July 1998 with the1E43 15:09 Plymouth to Low Fell Royal Mail vans. In the 1980s this used to be an excellent viewpoint for northbound trains, by 1998 a very long lens was required, now it is next to impossible!

47197 Basford Hall Junction 3 July 1985

47197 rejoins the mainline at Basford Hall Junction on 3 July 1985, after having traversed the normally freight only Crewe avoiding lines, during the period when Crewe station was being remodelled. The train is the 1A56 13:10 Holyhead to Euston service, which the 47 worked as far as Stafford.

47049 Patchway 29 April 1993

There are at least 14 diesel powered vehicles in this view! 47049 passes the bus depot at Patchway on 29 April 1993, as it heads towards Wales with what is possibly the 6V16 Wembley to Newport Alexandra Dock Junction service. Although running at the correct time, the lack of vans means it could be something else. No gen in those days!

50002 Hookhills Viaduct 20 June 1993

With the Devon Belle observation coach directly behind the loco, and in a very lucky patch of sunshine, 50002 Superb crosses Hookhills Viaduct on 20 June 1993, whilst en-route from Kingswear to Paignton, during the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway's Diesel Gala.

50002 Paignton 19 June 1993

50002 Superb approaches Paignton on 19 June 1993 with a train from Kingswear, during the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway's Diesel Gala. In the background a HST (with 43082 leading) waits for its next turn of duty in Goodrington Carriage Sidings. What is not apparent from this photo is that 37174 was approaching from the opposite direction with the empty stock from the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z43 06:16 Derby to Paignton 'Paignton Decorator' railtour.

37174 Paignton 19 June 1993

Having just deposited its passengers in Paignton station, 37174 heads for Goodrington Carriage Sidings on 19 June 1993 with the empty stock from the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z43 06:16 Derby to Paignton 'Paignton Decorator' railtour. On the right 50002 Superb nears journey's end with a Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway train from Kingswear.

50002 Hinksey 8 May 1985

50002 Superb passes Hinksey Yard in miserable light on 8 May 1985 with the 1F30 16:10 Paddington to Oxford service. You would expect this loco to spend all day shuttling backwards and forwards to London on these trains, by not so. On this occasion it stuck to its booked diagram, which was: 5A48 08:40 Laira Carriage Sidings to Paignton ECS, 1A48 11:05 Paignton to Paddington, 1F30 16:10 Paddington to Oxford, 1F47 18:35 Oxford to Paddington, and 3M15 20:50 Paddington to Birmingham parcels.

800036 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 10 June 2024

800036 Dr Paul Stephenson OBE slowly approaches Oxford on 10 June 2024 with the 1P26 10:59 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. This would not get much further, as it was terminated at Oxford due to a fatality at Maidenhead.

D6515 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 10 June 2024

D6515 (33012) Lt Jenny Lewis RN approaches Oxford on 10 June 2024 with the 5O33 11:10 Tyseley Steam Trust to Eastleigh Arlington ECS. This was the empty stock from the Branch Line Society 1Z33 08:34 Eastleigh to Sheringham North Norfolk Railway 'Holt Hoover' railtour of 6 June. It was almost completely cloudy when I arrived at Oxford, which would have been OK for this location. Unfortunately the sun came out seconds before the train arrived, with the light being almost head on. This was made worse by the train running half an hour early.

156488 Hellifield 3 August 2002

156488 approaches Hellifield on 3 August 2002 with the 2H89 11:54 Carlisle to Leeds Arriva Trains Northern service. This is the view from Stablecross Bridge, on the road between Long Preston and Hellifield.

156447 Rannoch 18 April 2003

156447 rounds the curve on the approach to Rannoch station on 18 April 2003 with the 06:10 Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service. This would join forces with the 08:10 train from Oban at Crianlarich.

156476 Rannoch 18 April 2003

With the snow capped peak of Beinn a' Chreachain dominating the background, 156476 climbs away from Rannoch station on 18 April 2003 with the 08:12 Glasgow Queen Street to Mallaig ScotRail service. Between the railway and the mountain is the wild expanse of Rannoch Moor.

43131 Narroways Hill Junction 16 April 1991

43131 passes Narroways Hill Junction on 16 April 1991, as it climbs away from Bristol with the 1E37 14:44 Paignton to Newcastle service. I didn't mange to note the number of this power car at the time, due to it being one of the InterCity liveried vehicles that had exceedingly small numbers. However, I have recently been able to match up the very distinctive worn paintwork on the nose with other pictures, therefore providing a conclusive identification over three decades after I took the picture!

37403 Terras Bridge 3 May 1998

37403 (D6607) Ben Cruachan brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z39 18:15 Looe to Cardiff Central 'Cornish Gnome' railtour at Terras Bridge on 3 May 1998. 37669 is out of sight around the corner, taking the train up the valley of the East Looe River.

37418 & 37411 Perh (Almond Bridge) 18 April 2003

37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society accelerate away from Perth on 18 April 2003 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:35 Swindon to Inverness 'Orcadian' railtour. This location is next to the A9 road, just north of Perth, near Almond Bridge.

47228 Wolvercote Junction 11 July 1990

Looking immaculate, after its recent repaint into Trainload Distribution livery, 47228 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 11 July 1990 with the 4M79 15:51 Southampton Maritime to Lawley Street freightliner. For some reason I took this a little early, so this is a scan from just part of the original slide. Luckily a 6x7 Fujichrome 100 transparency contains plenty of detail!

47421 Winchester 28 June 1991

47421 lays a smokescreen over Winchester on 28 June 1991, as it passes through the station with the 4S59 13:10 Southampton Maritime to Coatbridge freightliner. The loco would be withdrawn a few months later.

Blynsdon 25 October 1980

The Swindon & Cricklade Railway's Blunsdon site, pictured in the very early days of the society's activities, on 25 October 1980. Some rails have arrived, but as yet no track has been laid. Unfortunately I can find no record of the identity of the loco seen in the background. Any information would be gratefully received. As you expect, both the cars seen here are no longer on the road. The Ford Escort 1.1 litre estate only managed a life of nine years, but the Rover 3.5 litre did slightly better with a 15 year lifespan.

DS230 Horsham 17 July 1993

QPV staff coach DS230, pictured at Horsham on 17 July 1993. This former London & South Western Railway coach entered departmental service during early BR days. It carries the branding 'On loan to Chipman Chemicals Ltd'. Despite its age, it managed to survive in the yard at Horsham for many years after this picture was taken, but was finally cut up on site. A pair of Network SouthEast Class 421 4-CIG EMUs can be seen leaving the station in the background.

165114 Silchester 6 June 2024

165114 passes Silchester on 6 June 2024 with the 2J18 08:36 Basingstoke to Reading GWR service. In the 1980s this location used to offer reasonably unobstructed views from all angles. Unfortunately now this is the only decent view possible.

50008 & D6515 Silchester 6 June 2024

50008 Thunderer & D6515 (33012) Lt Jenny Lewis RN pass Silchester on 6 June 2024 with the Branch Line Society 1Z33 08:34 Eastleigh to Sheringham North Norfolk Railway 'Holt Hoover' railtour. In the still morning air, this could be heard for several minutes before it came into view!

168005 Kingsey 6 June 2024

A slightly different perspective on the Chiltern Line. Viewed through the 1904 built wrought iron bowstring bridge on the A4129 Thame to Princes Risborough road near Kingsey, 168005 heads south on 6 June 2024 with the 1H30 09:45 Birmingham Moor Street to Marylebone GWR service.

50008 & D6515 Kingsey 6 June 2024

50008 Thunderer & D6515 (33012) Lt Jenny Lewis RN pass Kingsey on 6 June 2024 with the Branch Line Society 1Z33 08:34 Eastleigh to Sheringham North Norfolk Railway 'Holt Hoover' railtour. This was running eight minutes late, as it was held at Princes Risborough to allow the even later running 1R25 11:02 Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street Chiltern Railways DMU to overtake it.

168323 Tackley 4 June 2024

168323 negotiates the reverse curves at Tackley on 4 June 2023, as it heads down the Cherwell Valley with the 3Z02 11:43 Banbury to Banbury (via Oxford) Chiltern Railways route learner. This was the second of three such crew training runs.

69012 Tackley 4 June 2024

69012 (the former 56077) passes Tackley on 4 June 2024, running in undercoat as the 0O69 08:58 Longport to Eastleigh Works. The green primer on the loco is almost the same shade of green as the surrounding vegetation!

69008 & 701058 Aldington 3 June 2024

69008 Richard Howe passes Aldington on 3 June 2024 with the 5Q88 05:00 Eastleigh to Long Marston, conveying South Western Railway EMU 701058 for storage. This was running 35 minutes early, as due to GWR's usual poor service, the previous up passenger train had been cancelled, and the next down train was running 13 minutes late, therefore allowing this train's earlier departure from Worcester. The noise of the train has obviously disturbed a Wood Pigeon, which can be seen flying out from the lineside bushes.

701058 Aldington 3 June 2024

Is there no end to the sorry saga of the Class 701 EMU's introduction into traffic! Five years after the class should have been in service, 701058 makes its way along the Cotswold Line on 3 June 2024, heading for storage at Long Marston. The 5Q88 05:00 Eastleigh to Long Marston is pictured here passing Aldington, hauled by 69008 Richard Howe.

6880 Didbrook 2 June 2024

Grange Class 4-6-0 6880 Betton Grange passes Didbrook on 2 June 2024 with the 10:00 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service. The newly built loco is on loan to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The dead tree seems to be surviving remarkably well, as its been dead for many tears, and I keep expecting to see it toppled by a winter storm.

45149 Didbrook 2 June 2024

45149 passes Didbrook on the 2 June 2024 with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 10:55 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service. It has been a decade since the loco was painted and it now has that typical BR faded look, which I remember from the 1980s.

6880 Stanton 2 June 2024

The Elder bush is in bloom at Stanton on 2 June 2024, as newly built Grange Class 4-6-0 6880 Betton Grange passes by with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 12:15 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service.

45149 Hayles Abbey Halt 2 June 2024

45149 passes Hayles Abbey Halt on the 2 June 2024 with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 12:15 Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway service. With horrible overhead midday backlit lighting, I wasn't going to bother, but it's not often that this location is so completely free of people getting in the way of a decent picture.

6880 Hayles Abbey Halt 2 June 2024

Grange Class 4-6-0 6880 Betton Grange passes a Great Western Railway 'Forty Shilling Penalty' cast iron trespass notice at Hayles Abbey Halt, as it heads south from its 45 minute layover at Toddington on 2 June 2024 with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 12:15 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service.

D1015 Kennington 1 June 2024

D1015 Western Champion passes Kennington on 1 June 2024 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z50 06:20 Tame Bridge Parkway to Paignton 'The English Riviera Airshow' railtour. 50007 Hercules is bringing up the rear. It was 100% clear blue sky when I left home, and 100% cloud cover when I arrived at this location!

50007 Kennington 1 June 2024

50007 Hercules brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z50 06:20 Tame Bridge Parkway to Paignton 'The English Riviera Airshow' railtour at Kennington on 1 June 2024. Hidden by the trees, at the front of the train, is D1015 Western Champion. Note the areas of primer on 50007's cab. This is preparation for the loco being repainted into large logo livery.

66103 Culham 21 June 2001

66103 passes Culham on 21 June 2001 with the 4M04 15:37 Southampton Eastern Docks to Washwood Heath empty car carriers. On this occasion the train comprises two five vehicle WIA 'blue sausage' covered car carrier sets, followed by a short rake of the older open vehicles.

47472 Compton Beauchamp 6 April 1990

47472 passes Compton Beauchamp on 6 April 1990 with the 1C67 17:42 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service. Mostly InterCity liveried Mk1s, but also including a Network South East Mk2 and a blue and grey Mk2. Note how open this view is, as this was in the days when BR kept lineside vegetation under control. Network Rail now don't bother!

60024 South Moreton 28 August 1991

60024 Elizabeth Fry passes South Moreton on 28 August 1991 with the 6B23 13:12 Colnbrook to Waterston aviation fuel empties. This was correctly being hauled by a Trainload Petroleum branded loco, but this certainly wasn't always the case!

47109 Oxford North Junction 28 July 1983

47109 is a long way from its home depot of Glasgow Eastfield, as it passes Oxford North Junction on 28 July 1983 with the 1O01 06:00 Derby to Poole service. This deliberately wide view shows the course of the former LMS line on the right. The gravel surfaced road was where the LMS lines ran parallel with the GWR, before terminated at Rewley Road station. The active part of the route, the single track line to Bicester, can be seen diverging to the right in the background.

90009 Shallowford 12 August 1989

90009 passes Shallowford on 12 August 1989 with the 07:20 Glasgow Central to Euston service. This was one of those very fortunate days when there was masses of dark clouds around, and yet all the trains managed to pass in sunshine.

87032 Heamies 22 November 1997

The driver of 87032 Kenilworth has a cup of tea, as his loco catches the last of the afternoon light, whilst rounding the curve at Heamies on 22 November 1997 with the 1F17 12:55 Euston to Liverpool Lime Street Virgin Trains service.

37029 Radley 9 July 1991

37029 heads south light engine past Radley on 9 July 1991. At the time RfD Class 37s were quite common in the Didcot area, as they were used on the MoD trains that had survived the end of Speedlink. Just visible amongst the trees directly above the nose of the loco is the Carfax Conduit, a stone structure that was removed from the crossroads in the centre of Oxford in 1797, and rebuilt in the grounds of Nuneham House.

56011 Drax Power Station 17 February 1996

56011 arrives at Drax Power Station on 17 February 1996 with yet another loaded MGR, in the days when most of the UK's electricity was generated by burning coal. The track in the foreground appears to be mostly ballasted with coal! The greenhouses in the background have now been removed, and the area turned into Drax Golf Course.

158773 Black Bank 20 May 1991

158773 passes Black Bank (near Ely) on 20 May 1991 with the 14:09 Colchester to Birmingham New Street Regional Railways service. Black Bank station was formerly situated in the background of this view. The old goods shed can be seen on the right of the picture.

45138 Stoke Orchard 2 June 1985

45138 passes Stoke Orchard on 2 June 1985 with the 1E08 13:15 Weston-super-Mare to York service. 45138 was withdrawn the following year, and joined the long line of derelict Peaks at March, until it was removed in 1994 for scrapping at M.C. Metal Processing at Springburn.

47211 Magor 14 March 1997

47211 approaches Magor on 14 March 1997 with the 6M14 15:58 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Connectrail service, which on this occasion was made up of an almost uniform rake of covered steel carrying wagons. This was for onward movement to Europe via the Channel Tunnel.

37427 County March Summit 10 April 2000

37427 passes County March Summit on 10 April 2000 with the 6Y45 06:36 Mossend to Fort William Enterprise. In addition to the usual china clay slurry tanks and empty vans (both destined for Corpach), the train also contains a pair of ex-works Warwell wagons, carrying some unidentified sheeted over heavy machinery.

165108 Appleford 13 April 2002

165108 arrives at Appleford station on 13 April 2002 with the 11:02 Oxford to Paddington 'all stations' Thames Trains service. The pair of Great Western Railway pagoda huts were some of the last of the type to survive on the national network. A pair do however survive at Denham Golf Club station.

43178 Challow 9 September 1997

43178 passes Challow on 9 September 1997 with the 1A17 06:12 Swansea to Paddington 'South Wales Executive'. This was approximately half way through the short lived Great Western Trains franchise, before it became First Great Western. This is the western end of the four track section of line from Wantage Road, which was reinstated in the early 1990s for use by trains of imported coal from Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station.

37225 & 377075 Rhosgoch 11 September 1993

37225 & 37075 pass Rhosgoch on 11 September 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 05:55 Cardiff Central to Amlwch 'Anglesey Odyssey' railtour. This is on the freight only branch line from Gaerwen Junction to Amlwch, on Anglesey, which was about to close, due to Associated Octel's decision to transfer the sole remaining freight traffic to road haulage.

37225 & 37075 Llanfair PG 11 September 1993

37225 & 37075 bring up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 14:32 Amlwch to Cardiff Central 'Anglesey Odyssey' railtour at Llanfair PG on 11 September 1993. 20118 & 20169 can just be seen at the front of the train. Prominent on the hill in the background is the monument dedicated to Henry William Paget (the first Marquess of Anglesey).

143620 Hallen Marsh Junction 25 June 1993

143620 passes Hallen Marsh Junction on 25 June 1993 with the 09:47 Severn Beach to Bristol Temple Meads Regional Railways service. The tracks in the foreground, which served the Norsk Hydro fertiliser sidings, have now been removed.  The Severn Bridge can be seen in the background.

6880 Southam 25 May 2024

New build Grange Class 4-6-0 6880 Betton Grange passes Southam on 25 May 2024 with its first public passenger train - the 09:45 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Cotswold Festival of Steam. 80 Grange class locos were built by the GWR in the 1930s, but the Second World War prevented an additional planned 20 from being constructed. Unfortunately the entire class was subsequently scrapped. The name Betton Grange had been allocated for the next loco, so it was the obvious choice for this new build. The loco was built on new frames, but has the boiler from Modified Hall Class 4-6-0 7927 Willington Hall, and the spare wheelsets from 43xx Class 2-6-0 7325.

7820 Southam 25 May 2024

A blast on the whistle from Manor Class 4-6-0 7820 Dinmore Manor, as it passes the lineside elder bushes at Southam on 25 May 2024 with the 10:31 Winchcombe to Cheltenham Racecourse freight, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Cotswold Festival of Steam.

2999 Hayles Abbey Halt 25 May 2024

Saint Class 4-6-0 2999 Lady of Legend passes Hayles Abbey Halt on 25 May 2024 with the 11:49 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Cotswold Festival of Steam. The last Saint class loco was withdrawn in 1953, and none survived into preservation. This is a conversion from Hall Class 4-6-0 4942 Maindy Hall.

50008 Mortimer 25 May 2024

50008 Thunderer passes Mortimer on 25 May 2024 with the Branch Line Society 1Z55 07:03 Eastleigh to Kings Cross 'Hanson Hanse' railtour. The stock is the London Underground red liveried Class 438 4-TC set 428. 20007 is bringing up the rear. After London, the tour would continue as the 1Z56 10:38 Kings Cross to Kings Lynn, and then the 1Z57 14:31 Kings Lynn to Eastleigh. I had picked this location, as not only would the short train fit in the gap between the bushes, but also the low early morning sun would be at the perfect angle. Therefore I was not pleased when the sun disappeared behind a cloud just after I arrived, even more annoying was the fact that there was more or less unbroken sunshine on the journey home!

43357 Cassington 23 May 2024

The 1Z23 06:45 Bristol Kingsland Road to Derby RTC Network Rail test train passes Cassington on 23 May 2024, with 43357 leading, and 43274 bringing up the rear. 43357 doesn't display any branding of either its former (CrossCountry) or current (Colas Rail) operator.

43357 Dorn 22 May 2024

43357 passes Dorn (near Moreton-in-Marsh) on 22 May 2024 with the 1Z22 07:29 Derby RTC to Bristol Kingsland Road Network Rail test train. I had been waiting for an opportunity to photograph this train here for some time, but it would be no good at all if the sun was out, so I had to wait for a totally cloudy day. This was definitely a cloudy day, and also with heavy and persistent rain!

69011 & 701005 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 21 May 2024

69011 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 21 May 2024 with the 5Q88 04:30 Eastleigh to Long Marston, conveying South Western Railway EMU 701005 for storage. Unlike a lot of these previous workings, this isn't a brand new unused unit. 701005 has already been used on various test workings on the third rail network. Originally I wasn't going to bother with this, but as it left Eastleigh 192 minutes late, and this spot was on my route to Hungerford, it just involved a wait of a few minutes. It was 144 minutes late when it passed me.

60055 Hungerford Common 21 May 2024

The cows take no notice, as 60055 Thomas Barnardo slows down on the approach to Hungerford Loop on 21 May 2024 with the 6Z51 06:49 Tytherington to Appleford Sidings stone train. This location was completely cleared of vegetation on 2018, but is now becoming very overgrown again.

60055 Marsh Benham 21 May 2024

60055 Thomas Barnardo approaches Hamstead Level Crossing, near Mash Benham, on 21 May 2024 with the 6Z51 06:49 Tytherington to Appleford Sidings stone train. The train had just spent nearly an hour in Hungerford Loop.

56103 & 56098 Marsh Benham 21 May 2024

Recently reinstated 56103 & 56098 (on hire from GBRf) pass Marsh Benham on 21 May 2024 with the 6Z60 10:40 Willesden DC Rail Sidings to Merehead Quarry stone empties. This had left 25 minutes late, but with an easy schedule, it was actually a few minutes early here.

69009 & 73119 Ascott-under-Wychwood 20 May 2024

The 0Z55 09:09 Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway to Wembley Receptions 1-7 light engine move passes Ascott-under-Wychwood Signal Box on 20 May 2024. 69009 Western Consort is hauling 73119 Paul Taylor, both locos having taken part in the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala.

73119 & 69009 Ascott-under-Wychwood 20 May 2024

73119 Paul Taylor brings up the rear of the 0Z55 09:09 Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway to Wembley Receptions 1-7 light engine move, as it passes through Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 20 May 2024, hauled by 69009 Western Consort. The locos were retuning from the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala.

20048 Highley 19 May 2024

20048 stands in the centre road of Highley station on 19 May 2024, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. The uninterrupted blue sky seen here was forecast to last all day, which almost happened, but not without a few anxious moments!

D1062 Highley 19 May 2024

D1062 Western Courier leaves Highley on 19 May 2024 with the 13:45 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. Due to an earlier loco failure, trains were now running approximately half an hour late.

20142 & 20189 Highley 19 May 2024

20142 Sir John Betjeman & 20189 emerge from the trees and approach Highley on 19 May 2024 with the late running 13:45 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala.

20048 Highley 19 May 2024

As well as trains running the full length of the line, there were a number of local shuttles in operation during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala on 19 May 2024. 20048 is pictured here setting off from Highley with the 14:52 Highley to Bewdley service.

50035 Highley 19 May 2024

50035 Ark Royal approaches Highley on 19 May 2024 with the 14:30 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. Although 50007 Hercules was used earlier during the event, Ark Royal was the only one of the line's resident Class 50s to see use on the final day of the gala.

43301 Highley 19 May 2024

One of the highlights of the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala on 19 May 2024 was the use of a three coach former CrossCountry HST set, which is now in the ownership of Colas Rail. 43301 leads the ECS away from Highley station, after arriving a little earlier with the 14:25 service from Bridgnorth. 43303 is bringing up the rear.

43303 Highley 19 May 2024

After working the 14:25 Bridgnorth to Highley service during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala on 19 May 2024, the Colas Rail HST set continued on ECS, with 43301 leading, and 43303 bringing up the rear.

33108 & 73119 Highley 19 May 2024

33108 & 73119 Paul Taylor leave Highley station on 19 May 2024 with the 15:15 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. This picture is taken from the balcony of the 'Engine House' visitor centre, the corner of which can be seen on the left.

20048 Highley 19 May 2024

20048 approaches Highley during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala on 19 May 2024 with the 15:35 Bewdley to Highley service. After half an hour's wait in the station, it would continue north as the 16:35 Highley to Bridgnorth.

20189 & 20142 Highley 19 May 2024 20189 & 20142 Sir John Betjeman attract the attention of the lineside photographers, as they leave Highley station on 19 May 2024 with the 15:55 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala.
D1015 Highley 19 May 2024

Mainline registered, but on home turf today! D1015 Western Champion approaches Highley on 19 May 2024 with the very well loaded 16:00 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala.

50035 Highley 19 May 2024

Framed between the round GWR water tower, and the lower quadrant signal, 50035 Ark Royal leaves Highley station on 19 May 2024 with the 16:35 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala.

139012 Highley 19 May 2024

Heavily vandalised Parry People Mover 139012 sits in the siding at Highley on 19 May 2024, no doubt ignored by the swarms of visitors to the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala! Various aborted plans for the unit have seen it visit several preserved railways in recent years.

69009 Highley 19 May 2024

69009 Western Consort approaches Highley on 19 May 2024 with the 16:45 Kidderminster to Highley service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. Unfortunately this corresponded with a cloud blocking out the sun. A real pity as not only would the light have been prefect, but the staff at the 'Engine House' visitor centre had very kindly agreed to leave the area accessible until the late running train had appeared. Needless to say the sun was out again by the time the rear of the train, with 37409 Loch Awe had passed!

37409 Highley 19 May 2024

37409 Loch Awe brings up the rear of the 16:45 Kidderminster to Highley service on 19 May 2024, as it arrives at its destination behind 69009 Western Consort. Both locos were visiting the Severn Valley Railway for their annual Diesel Gala.

6024 Oxford North Junction 6 May 1991

King Class 4-6-0 6024 King Edward I approaches Oxford North Junction on 6 May 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 07:47 Paddington to Stratford-upon-Avon 'Royal Shakespeare Shuttle' railtour. The loco worked the train from Didcot Parkway.

155330 Claydon (Glucestershire) 2 July 1991

155330 passes Claydon on 2 July 1991 with the 18:28 Worcester Shrub Hill to Gloucester service. Unlike a lot of my once favourite local photographic locations, this view has hardly changed at all. If anything, there seems to be less tree growth in the background in the scene today.

43151 Colton Junction 30 August 1993

43151 sweeps round the curve to the south of Colton Junction on 30 August 1993 with the 1V63 15:00 Newcastle to Plymouth service. Just visible on the background are the bridges over the East Coast Mainline (centre), and the York to Church Fenton line (left).

4566 Hailes 9 April 1995

45xx 2-6-2T 4566 passes Hailes on 9 April 1995 with the 14:20 Toddington to Far Stanley service. The loco, which was built in 1924, was visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway from the Severn Valley Railway.

43423 & 43467 Bretforton 15 May 2024

43423 & 43467 look startlingly different in their matt blue 'livery' with patches of filler! The former East Midlands Railway pair are pictured passing Bretforton on 15 May 2024, running over an hour early with the 5Q77 15:29 (14:22 actual) Long Marston to Kirkdale Carriage Sidings, conveying MerseyRail EMUs 777045 & 777043. Out of sight at the rear of the train are Rail Adventure HST power cars 43468 & 43480.

68023 Bretforton 15 May 2024

68023 passes Clayfield Road Crossing, Bretforton, on 15 May 2024 with the 5Q94 08:58 Longsight to Long Marston, taking another rake of former TransPennine stock for storage. This was running 144 minutes late, after being held at Worcester, waiting for the 5Q77 15:29 Long Marston to Kirkdale Carriage Sidings (which was thankfully running over an hour early).

37417 Penmaenmawr 9 August 1995

37417 Highland Region runs alongside the A55 dual carriageway at Penmaenmawr on 9 August 1995 with the 1K63 11:31 Bangor to Crewe service. Unfortunately 37417 has gone the way of most of the road vehicles seen here. It was cut up at Booths, Rotherham, in 2013.

71000 Harbury 6 May 1991

8P 4-6-2 71000 Duke of Gloucester has plenty of steam to spare, as it drifts down the gradient through Harbury cutting on 6 May 1991 with the late running Pathfinder Tours 17:11 Didcot Parkway to Stratford-upon-Avon 'Royal Shakespeare Shuttle' railtour.

43008 Rangeworthy 13 August 1994

Having just left the 1,401 yard long Wickwar Tunnel, 43008 passes Rangeworthy on 13 August 1994 with the 07:09 York to Paignton service. By this date virtually all HST power cars were in this InterCity 'Swallow' livery.

47283 Engine Common 5 July 1990

47283 Johnnie Walker passes Engine Common on 5 July 1990 with the 6M29 14:00 Taunton to Bescot Speedlink. It may be a wagonload service, but on this occasion it was effectively a block load, with the IZA twin van, and rake of VGA vans conveying cider from Taunton Cider's factory at Norton Fitzwarren.

66306 Heyford 11 May 2024

66306 SCS Logistics passes Heyford on 11 May 2024 with the 4M16 05:44 Southampton Western Docks to Ditton (O'Connor) intermodal. I knew that at this location the rear of the train would be cut off by bushes, but by a pure fluke I have managed to photograph the whole loaded portion of the train! The eight boxes seen here constitute the entire load, with just a long string of flats behind. The white panel on the side of the loco mentions the Skanska Costain Strabag Joint Venture (SCS) connection with the construction of the HS2 project. The loco failed in the Birmingham area, and had to be rescued by classmate 66731 Captain Tom Moore, which resulted in a delay of over four hours.

Launton Bridge 11 May 2024

Almost ready for the first trains. The brand new A4421 bridge at Launton, pictured on 11 May 2024. The new double track mainline is part of the East West Rail project, linking Oxford with Milton Keynes. This location was formerly a single track normally freight only line, and had become very overgrown, so much so that the slightly more head on view from 2018 is totally unrecognisable!

Calvert East West Rail Bridge 11 May 2024

Two new rail projects in one picture at Calvert. In the foreground the newly realigned road from Calvert passes underneath the reconstructed East West Rail line, while in the background a crane marks the site of the HS2 project, crossing the East West Rail line at angle. When the East West Rail line was a single track freight line, the road in the foreground was a few yards to the right of this picture, and crossed the line by an overbridge. 11 May 2024.

Perry Hill Overbridge HS2 11 May 2024

The Perry Hill Overbridge, near Calvert, under construction on 11 May 2024. This bridge on the new HS2 route will carry a minor road over the high speed line. At this point the new line is very close to the course of the former Great Central Railway, which closed in 1966.

Perry Hill Overbridge HS2 11 May 2024

Lots of diesel is required to build a so called environmentally friendly electric railway! A pair of excavators stand next to the Perry Hill Overbridge, near Calvert, on 11 May 2024. Admittedly the Volvo in the foreground is a hybrid vehicle, but not so the Caterpillar behind it, or many of the other thousands of items of plant used in the line's construction.

165125 Heyford 11 May 2024

165125 arrives at Heyford station on 11 May 2024 with the 2V27 11:34 Banbury to Didcot Parkway GWR service. It's a little difficult to see from this angle, but the light green foliage at the back of the station platform is the station's name spelled out in neatly clipped topiary.