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20189 & 20142 Widney Manor 14 August 2022

20189 & 20142 Sir John Betjeman cross the M42 motorway at Widney Manor on 14 August 2022 with the Vintage Trains 1T50 10:00 Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford-upon-Avon 'Shakespeare Express' railtour. I had guessed that there would be just enough room between the A34 Shirley exit sign on the left, and the bushes on the right for a pair of Class 20s, but as they were travelling reasonably fast, and with no audible warning above the traffic, it was a risky proposition! As this is a Sunday, the traffic is quite light (at least northbound). The Solihull Half Marathon was taking place on the road from which this picture was taken, and so I had to park half a mile away as the road was closed!

172338 Danzey 14 August 2022

172338 passes through Danzey station on 14 August 2022 with the 2S04 09:21 Worcester Foregate Street to Stratford-upon-Avon West Midlands Railway service. Danzey station is very rural, with the few houses of Danzey Green being widely scattered along the Tanworth-in-Adren to Henley-in-Arden road.

172339 & 172216 The Lakes 14 August 2022

172339 & 172216 arrive at the Lakes station on 14 August 2022 with the late running 2S08 11:21 Worcester Foregate Street to Stratford-upon-Avon West Midlands Railway service. The tiny station is immaculate, with wooden tubs of Pelargoniums brightening up the platforms. The station was opened by the Great Western Railway (as the Lakes Halt) in 1935, to serve the nearby popular tourist destination of Earlswood Lakes.

168324 & 168216 Dorridge 14 August 2022

168324 & 168216 call at Dorridge station on 14 August 2022 with the 1H37 13:37 Birmingham Moor Street to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. The station was originally called Knowle & Dorridge, as when it opened the village of Knowle was larger than the much nearer settlement of Dorridge.

172345 & 172340 Bentley Heath 14 August 2022

172345 & 172340 pass Bentley Heath on 14 August 2022 with the 2C06 13:26 Stourbridge Junction to Dorridge West Midlands Railway service. The units would return a few minutes later as the 2J58 14:27 Dorridge to Stourbridge Junction service.

20189 & 20142 Bentley Heath 14 August 2022

20189 & 20142 Sir John Betjeman pass Bentley Heath on 14 August 2022 with the Vintage Trains 1T52 14:07 Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford-upon-Avon 'Shakespeare Express' railtour, deputising for GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 7029 Clun Castle, which could not be used due to the steam ban, caused by the prolonged drought.

20142 & 20189 Stratford Parkway 14 August 2022

20142 Sir John Betjeman & 20189 pass through an almost completely deserted Stratford Parkway station on 14 August 2022 with the Vintage Trains 1T53 16:13 Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Snow Hill 'Shakespeare Express' railtour.

TP70 FWDZ2 Long Marston 14 August 2022

A new Canadian arrival at Long Marston, pictured next to industrial shunters of an earlier generation on 14 August 2022. The Railway Support Services TP70 FWDX2 0-6-0 shunter was produced by Tractive Power in North Vancouver, and has been imported into the UK as a possible speculative replacement for the few remaining venerable English Electric Class 08s.

37215 Didbrook 13 August 2022

The dead tree at Didbrook provides an excellent frame for 37215, as it heads south on 13 August 2022 with the 09:55 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service. Due to the extreme heat, and the resultant parched countryside, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway was, like most other preserved railways, replacing their steam hauled services with diesel, to reduce the fire risk.

47105 Didbrook 13 August 2022

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's resident 47105 passes the prominent dead tree at Didbrook on 13 August 2022 with the 10:00 Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway service. Clearly this view is not going to be possible in a few years time, as if the tree doesn't get cut down, it will at some point fall down!

47105 Stanton 13 August 2022

47105 passes Stanton on 13 August 2022 withthe Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 11:10 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service. This was an extremely hot day, which explains the open driver's door!

37215 Stanton 13 August 2022

37215 passes Stanton on 13 August 2022 with the 12:35 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service. 37215 has now been in use on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for nearly a quarter of a century, which possibly explains why, despite the unbroken sunshine, I didn't see anyone else photographing it.

66849 Didcot North Junction 12 August 2022

66849 Wylam Dilly approaches Didcot North Junction on 12 August 2022 with the 6O26 10:48 Hinksey to Eastleigh East Yard departmental working, just as 165127 disappears into the distance with the 2L26 11:04 Didcot Parkway to Oxford GWR service.

60046 Didcot North Junction 12 August 2022

60046 William Wilberforce approaches Didcot North Junction on 12 August 2022 with the 6Z53 11:18 Oxford Banbury Road to Chaddesden Sidings stone empties. As usual, the DC Rail Freight loco is in almost pristine condition (take note DB Cargo)!

66548 Didcot North Junction 12 August 2022

An intermodal meeting at Didcot North Junction on 12 August 2022, but with a considerable difference in speed. As 66548 heads south at line speed with the late running 4O90 06:04 Leeds to Southampton Maritime, the 4M71 08:21 Southampton Western Docks to Birch Coppice heads north at little more than walking speed, as 66028 accelerates the train out of the nearby loop.

66591 Bramley 12 August 2022

66591 approaches Bramley on 12 August 2022 with the 4O49 09:23 Crewe Basford Hall to Southampton Maritime freightliner. Not the best time of day to be taking a picture, but the lineside trees are so tall here, that anything other than midday in summer results in unacceptable shadows.

43046 Bramley 12 August 2022

43046 Geoff Drury 1930-1999 approaches Bramley on 12 August 2022 with the Midland Pullman 5Z11 10:00 Crewe to Eastleigh Arlington ECS. This was in preparation for the following day's 'Cornish Coastal Pullman' railtour.

69004 Water End 12 August 2022

69004 is completely dwarfed by the electricity pylon, and the tree in the middle of the field, as it passes Water End on 12 August 2022 with the 4Y19 12:30 Mountfield to Southampton Western Docks gypsum empties. I had been meaning to visit this location for some time, but discovered that the wider view was now spoiled by long grass growing next to the track, so instead I opted for this 'train in the landscape' type picture. Luckily the bright red and blue loco really stands out in the parched summer countryside.

66605 & 59002 Hungerford Common 12 August 2022

66605 & 59002 Alan J Day pass Hungerford Common on 12 August 2022 with the 6C76 14:09 Wembley Reception Sidings to Whatley Quarry stone empties. This was an extremely hot day, in what has been a record breaking summer. This explains the parched condition of the common on the right.

60046 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 11 August 2022

60046 William Wilberforce heads west along the Great Western Mainline near the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 11 August 2022 with the 6Z52 11:18 Oxford Banbury Road to Machen Quarry stone empties.

66555 Mount Pleasant (Southampton) 11 August 2022

66555 passes Mount Pleasant (Southampton) on 11 August 2022 with the 4O35 09:31 Crewe Basford Hall to Southampton Maritime freightliner. Hidden from view behind the industrial estate buildings is the tidal River Itchen.

701038 Mount Pleasant (Southampton) 11 August 2022

South Western Railway's brand new 701038 gets a test run on 11 August 2022. Running 28 minutes early, it passes Mount Pleasant (Southampton) with the 5Q41 16:52 Eastleigh to Southampton Central (via Basingstoke) test run. These new units, built by Bombardier Transportation, will replace the 1980s & 1990s built Classes 455 & 456.

66716 & 69005 Mount Pleasant (Southampton) 11 August 2022

66716 Locomotive and Carriage Institution Centenary 1911 - 2011 has failed 69005 Eastleigh in tow, as it passes Mount Pleasant (Southampton) on 11 August 2022 with the 4Y19 12:30 Mountfield to Southampton Western Docks gypsum empties. Unfortunately it seems that the Class 69s are not as reliable as was hoped, and 69005 Eastleigh is certainly having a bad time, as it failed on the same train the previous day as well. On that occasion being replaced at Tonbridge by 66796 The Green Progressor. I was not impressed when I arrived at Mount Pleasant to find that this train had come to a stand near Lewisham, but I decided to stick it out for a picture of this unusual double header, by now running exactly two hours late.

68007 Mount Pleasant (Southampton) 11 August 2022

Running 47 minutes late, 68007 Valiant passes over Mount Pleasant level crossing (Southampton) on 11 August 2022 with the 6Z95 16:00 Winfrith to Crewe Coal Sidings low level nuclear waste, with classmate 68002 Intrepid bringing up the rear. The ten tarpaulin covered half height wagons contain low level waste in sealed drums. In the background is the Northam Traincare Facility.

47828 & 47614 Hinksey 10 August 2022

47828 & 47614 pass Hinksey Yard on 10 August 2022 with the Saphos Trains 1Z65 05:18 Birmingham International to Shrewsbury 'Welsh Marches Express' railtour. I chose this location, as it is just about the only spot anywhere in the Oxford area where the sun would be on the front, and at least the front of the train relatively free of shadows at 07:00.

66766 Hinksey 10 August 2022

Newly named 66766 Gail Richardson passes Hinksey Yard on 10 August 2022 with the 4O46 03:10 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Unfortunately the few containers were towards the rear of the train, hidden by the bushes.

60046 Knighton 10 August 2022

60046 William Wilberforce passes Knighton on 10 August 2022 with the 6Z52 11:18 Oxford Banbury Road to Machen Quarry stone empties. After not visiting this location for many years, this is my second visit in as many days!

67024 North Oxford Golf Course 10 August 2022

67024 passes North Oxford Golf Course on 10 August 2022 with the 5Z84 15:20 Hinksey to Bicester Village VSOE ECS. The train would return a little later as the Belmond British Pullman 1Z84 16:20 Bicester Village to Victoria luxury charter, this time with 67005 Queen's Messenger leading.

165008 & 168322 North Oxford Golf Course 10 August 2022

I have got very few pictures of a Class 165 and 168 working together. Although they share the same multiple working equipment, the fact that Class 165s are limited to 75mph, whilst Class 168s can travel at 100mph, obviously makes this combination a bit pointless from the diagramming point of view. However, on 10 August 2022, 165008 & 168322 worked the 1T41 15:05 Marylebone to Oxford Chiltern Railways service, pictured here passing North Oxford Golf Course.

66513 North Oxford Golf Course 10 August 2022

66513 slowly passes North Oxford Golf Course on 10 August 2022 with the 6C62 16:09 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Quarry stone empties. Six wagons haven't been unloaded, and are heading back to the quarry!

67005 North Oxford Golf Course 10 August 2022

67005 Queen's Messenger passes North Oxford Golf Course on 10 August 2022 with the Belmond British Pullman 1Z84 16:20 Bicester Village to Victoria VSOE luxury charter. 67024 is out of sight on the rear, having brought the ECS from Hinksey Yard an hour earlier.

168006 Oddington 10 August 2022

165006 passes Oddington on 10 August 2022 with the 1T50 17:17 Marylebone to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. The extremely hot weather was obviously having an effect, as this was running nine minutes late, not something you normally expect from Chiltern Railways!

68008 Oddington 10 August 2022

68008 Avenger passes Oddington in fine evening light on 10 August 2022 with the 1T54 18:18 Marylebone to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. Luckily 165006 has just managed to get out of the way, as it heads towards Bicester with the 1Y74 18:56 Oxford to Marylebone train.

60046 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 9 August 2022

60046 William Wilberforce passes Claydon on 9 August 2022 with the 6Z50 07:52 Chaddesden Sidings to Machen Quarry stone empties. This was definitely one not to be missed, with perfect lighting, and the unusual sight of a DCR Class 60 with blue box wagons on the Birmingham to Gloucester line.

66065 Knighton 9 August 2022

66065 passes Knighton on 9 August 2022 with the 6C03 09:33 Northolt Sidings to Severnside Sita Binliner. This was running 78 minutes late, which was not too bad considering it left Northolt 119 minutes behind time. The train is approaching the site of Knighton Crossing, which was replaced by an underbridge in the early 1970s.

66726 Knighton 9 August 2022

66726 Sheffield Wednesday passes Knighton on 9 August 2022 with the 5Q55 10:38 Stewarts Lane to Newport Docks (Sims Group), conveying former Southern EMUs 455807 & 455801 for their appointment with the scrapman. This was running 25 minutes late, as a signalling problem near Challow saw single line working in force, with consequent massive delays.

800018 Baulking 9 August 2022

800018 slowly passes Baulking with the 1G19 14:28 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service on 9 August 2022, running 'wrong line' due a signalling problem. Another problem saw the train terminated at Gloucester. Unfortunately because of the angle of the windscreen, the driver isn't visible, and so this just looks like a going away shot. I thought I was in for better luck, as the late running 6B33 13:49 Theale to Robeston empty oil tanks was in the queue of trains waiting to access the up relief line at Wantage Road. Unfortunately it traversed the supposedly closed normal line, even though passenger trains were still running 'wrong line' for some time afterwards, Not only that, but the virtually guaranteed sunshine disappeared briefly just before it came!

800013 & 800316 Moreton-in-Marsh 8 August 2022

A pair of GWR Class 800s at Moreton-in-Marsh on 8 August 2022, both of which are heading for London. On the right 800013 departs with the 1P20 08:13 Worcester Shrub Hill to Paddington service, passing 800316 which has just arrived with the 5Z21 07:05 North Pole IEP Depot to Moreton-in-Marsh ECS, and would be following directly behind 800013 with the 1Z21 09:07 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington additional service.

800316 Moreton-in-Marsh 8 August 2022

800316 leaves Moreton-in-Marsh station on 8 August 2022 with the 1Z21 09:07 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington GWR additional service. This was run in connection with the Wilderness Festival, held at Cornbury Park, near Charlbury. The festival finished the previous day, and GWR arranged several extra trains to take the festival goers home. This unit had arrived a little earlier as the 5Z21 07:05 North Pole IEP Depot to Moreton-in-Marsh ECS, and is pictured using the crossover to access the up line from platform 1. It may as well have still had the 5Z21 headcode as far as Charlbury, because I couldn't see a single passenger in the entire nine coach train!

450044 & 450106 Micheldever 8 August 2022

450044 & 450106 leave Micheldever station (just out of sight around the corner) with the 1T37 13:09 Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour South Western Railway service on 8 August 2022. This view clearly shows the formerly rail served huge concrete reinforced wartime fuel depot, which had a capacity of over seven millions gallons. Also visible in front of the chalk cliff is a line of withdrawn WIA articulated car carrier wagons.

37424 & 66304 Micheldever 8 August 2022

37424 (37558) Avro Vulcan XH558 & 66304 pass Micheldever on 8 August 2022 with the 6Z24 09:04 Crewe Coal Sidings to Eastleigh Arlington, conveying four PFA flat wagons for repair. As this wasn't a very photogenic train, and it was during the middle of the day, in less than ideal light, I opted for this view which shows the train dominated by the chalk cliff and old wartime fuel depot.

69005 & 69002 Micheldever 8 August 2022

69005 Eastleigh & 69002 Bob Tiller CM&EE pass Micheldever on 8 August 2022 with the 4Y19 12:30 Mountfield to Southampton Western Docks gypsum empties, passing Network Rail's buddleia garden, and a line of withdrawn WIA articulated car carrier wagons.

450042 Weston Colley 8 August 2022

450042 passes Weston Colley on 8 August 2022 with the 2T45 15:12 Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour South Western Railway service. Luckily there were less clouds to the west, near the sun, so for once there wasn't much danger of the sun going in at the critical time!

47727 Weston Colley 8 August 2022

47727 Caisteal Dhun Eideann / Edinburgh Castle passes Weston Colley on 8 August 2022 with the 5Q10 08:59 Worksop Down Yard to Eastleigh, conveying brand new EMU 701049 for its new life with South Western Railway. This was running 81 minutes late, after having been delayed at Leicester, and then after recovering virtually all of its lost time, delayed again in London.

800316 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 7 August 2022

800316 races past Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 7 August 2022 with the 1L34 07:55 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Although it is not clearly visible from this angle, just next to the first passenger window of the leading vehicle is the recently applied It's Come Home! Lionesses vinyl logo, celebrating the England Women's Football Euro 2022 win over Germany.

70815 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 7 August 2022

70815 runs along the up relief line at Denchworth on 7 August 2022 with the 6C21 09:00 Severn Tunnel Junction to Hinksey spent ballast, returning from overnight engineering work. Unlike Circourt Bridge in the background, this is not a very well used photographic location, mainly due to the lengthy walk across the fields to access the footbridge.

43184 Eckington 6 August 2022

43184 passes Eckington in superb late evening light on 6 August 2022 with the 1E67 16:27 Plymouth to Leeds CrossCountry service. I was surprised than there were no other photographers here, as surely the novelty of 43184's InterCity Executive livery can't be wearing off already! The track in the foreground is the start of Eckington Up Goods Loop.

33029 & 33025 Eckington 6 August 2022

In the very last of the evening light, just 20 minutes before sunset, West Coast Railway's 33029 & 33025 pass Eckington on 6 August 2022 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z34 16:35 Weymouth to Burton-upon-Trent  'Dorset Coast Express' railtour. The blue and grey coach at the front of the train is generator coach 17105. This unusual vehicle was formerly part of the Royal Train.

43304 Standish Junction 6 August 2022

43304 (with 43239 on the rear) passes Standish Junction on 6 August 2022 with the 1V44 06:09 Leeds to Plymouth CrossCountry service. The slender spire of Standish church can just be seen on the extreme left of the picture.

47614 Standish Junction 6 August 2022

47614 passes Standish Junction on 6 August 2022 with the Saphos Trains 1Z60 06:40 Wolverhampton to Kingswear 'English Riveira Express' railtour. D1944 (47501) Craftsman is bringing up the rear. BR Steam loco 7MT 4-6-2 70000 Britannia would take over the train at Norton Fitzwarren.

D1944 Standish Junction 6 August 2022

D1944 (47501) Craftsman brings up the rear of the Saphos Trains 1Z60 06:40 Wolverhampton to Kingswear 'English Riveira Express' railtour at Standish Junction on 6 August 2022. Heading the train is classmate 47614. Although the far side of the cutting still looks reasonably green, the parched grass in the foreground is typical of the extremely hot summer of 2022.

33025 & 33029 Standish Junction 6 August 2022

33025 & 33029 slowly run along the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 6 August 2022 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:45 Burton-upon-Trent to Weymouth 'Dorset Coast Express' railtour. The train was a few minutes late, and would be further delayed a short distance farther on, as it had to wait at the next signal while the equally late running 1L68 08:59 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service cleared the section. This delay did allow a second, albeit poor quality, picture, after I had walked back down the field to the farm bridge.

33025 & 33029 Standish Junction 6 August 2022

Definitely not a great picture, due to the grass and dead dock plants in the foreground, but a bonus record shot of 33025 & 33029, as they pull away from a signal check at Standish Junction on 6 August 2022 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:45 Burton-upon-Trent to Weymouth 'Dorset Coast Express' railtour. I had photographed the train a few minutes earlier at a much more scenic spot just to the north.

66124 Standish Junction 6 August 2022

Running 63 minutes early, 66124 passes Standish Junction on 6 August 2022 with the diverted 6V05 09:20 Round Oak to Margam steel empties. The train's usual route would see it take the Chepstow line at Gloucester, so its appearance here was worth a photo. The line between Gloucester and Newport would be closed for nearly two months for major engineering work.

70017 Appleford 5 August 2022

Running 46 minutes late, 70017 passes Appleford on 5 August 2022 with the 4O14 05:36 Garston to Southampton Maritime freightliner. The rear of the train is crossing the River Thames. This is the third bridge over the river at this location. The original timber structure was replaced by a wrought iron bridge in the 1850s. The present steel bridge dates from 1927.

66079 Appleford 5 August 2022

The last time I visited Appleford I photographed a freight train diverted from the Birmingham to Cheltenham line, and on my visit of 5 August 2022 the same thing happened! 66079 James Nightall GC should have arrived at its destination at 06:38 with the 6V70 23:44 Liverpool Euro Metal to Swindon Cocklebury scrap empties, but it is pictured here passing Appleford, running off route, and six hours late!

60028 Appleford 5 August 2022

60028 passes Appleford on 5 August 2022 with the 6Z52 11:18 Oxford Banbury Road to Willesden DC Rail Sidings stone empties. This makes an interesting comparison with the picture I took of the same loco, on the same train, at this location earlier in the year.

66125 Steventon 5 August 2022

Running 24 minutes late, 66125 passes Steventon on 5 August 2022 with the 6C03 09:33 Northolt Sidings to Severnside Sita Binliner. The bridge in the background was the subject of a lengthy battle between the villagers of Steventon and Network Rail. The Latter claimed it would have to be completely rebuilt to allow electrification to take place. We can see who won that argument!

37884 Steventon 5 August 2022

37884 Cepheus passes Steventon on 5 August 2022 with the 5Q76 11:22 Wimbledon Park Carriage Sidings Depot to Newport Docks (Sims Group), conveying former South Western Railway Class 455 EMU 5907 for scrapping. The almost completely empty Thames Travel 13:00 Didcot Orchard Centre to Oxford Railway Station X2 bus crosses the bridge in the background. Despite all the noise, the Wood Pigeon sitting on top of the catenary post seems unconcerned!

37694 Stockton Cut Junction 22 July 1996

37694 passes Stockton Cut Junction on 22 July 1996 with a short departmental train. This is the perfect length train for something coming off the Middlesbrough line! The loco had previously been named The Lass O' Ballochmyle, and the marks where the nameplate was fixed are clearly visible.

37797 Portway 28 January 2002

37797 passes Portway on 28 January 2002 with the 6G77 13:20 Toton to Bescot Enterprise trip working. The two TTA tanks are fuel oil empties from Toton Depot, which will later be sent to Lindsey. Unfortunately I only have a few pictures of this working, which at this time could be either Class 37, 47 or 56 hauled.

37883 Goole 13 March 1999

37883 passes Goole on 13 March 1999 with the usual single tank wagon on the 6D99 07:20 Hull Saltend to Immingham. This broadside view of the line is no longer possible, as not only have trees grown up in the foreground, but an industrial estate now occupies the wasteland between the new fence and the railway. Surprisingly, the gas holder is still in situ (in 2022), a rare sight nowadays.

Goole Docks 13 March 1999

Goole once had an extensive network of sidings, principally serving the docks. This 13 March 1999 view shows the large fan of sidings to the west of Goods Yard Junction. In the 1980s withdrawn locos had been stored here, but by the late 1990s it was just home to some condemned wagons. Apart from the straight line on the extreme right of the picture, which is used as a headshunt for the docks, all the rest of this trackwork has either been taken up or engulfed by the forest of trees that now occupies the area. In the distance 37883 can be seen crossing the Dutch River with the single wagon 6D99 07:20 Hull Saltend to Immingham, with the cooling towers of Thorpe Marsh Power Station directly behind. The other two bridges on the right cross the Aire & Calder Navigation, and a disused railway.

47305 Severnside 1 August 1990

After taking a picture of 47305 rounding the curve into the ICI works at Severnside with the 6V47 07:22 Haverton Hill to Severnside anhydrous ammonia on 1 August 1990, I quickly crossed the road to get this shot of the train approaching the works. I have seen surprisingly few pictures of this location, and although I never got a picture of a train leaving the plant, this picture does give a good clear view of the chemical works, complete with its distinctive round storage tanks. The works shunter can just be seen in the background. The neatly mown field on the left soon degenerated into a jungle after the works closed in the late 1990s. The plant was demolished in 2008, and the site is now home to the Sita household waste disposal facility.

20187 & 20075 Ashchurch 14 March 1994

In early 1994 several crew training trips took place between Bescot and Gloucester using British Rail Telecommunications Class 20s. With a cab full of drivers, 20187 & 20075 pass Ashchurch on 14 March 1994 with the route learner. They had worked down from Bescot with 20128 & 20131. The two pairs were split in the loop, and the other two can be seen waiting in the background to follow just five minutes later. 20187 & 20075 lived on to become 20309 & 20308 respectively. The red Peugeot 205 on the left was not so lucky, having been scrapped in 2005!

20128 & 20131 Ashchurch 14 March 1994

20128 & 20131 pass Ashchurch on 14 March 1994 with a Bescot to Gloucester route learner. They had worked down from Bescot with 20187 & 20075. The two pairs had been split in the loop in the background, to proceed towards Gloucester just five minutes apart. This view has now changed considerably with the construction of the new Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury) station.

31101 Burrs 10 June 1994

31101 passes Burrs on 10 June 1994 with the 11:00 Rawtenstall to Bury service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. The Peel Monument, on Holcombe Hill, dominates the background. It was erected in 1852 in memory of Sir Robert Peel, former British prime minister.

142060 Blackburn 19 July 1992

142060 leaves Blackburn on 19 July 1992 with the 17:20 Colne to Preston service. The train is well loaded with passengers, most of whom would probably not have realised that they would still be bouncing along in these units a quarter of a century later!

47606 Kingham 17 May 1985

47606 Odin makes a characteristic smoky Sulzer departure from Kingham station on 17 May 1985 with the 1B56 18:07 Paddington to Hereford 'Cathedrals Express'. Although unfortunately the impressive Great Western Railway brick built station building had been demolished in the early 1970s, Kingham station still retained some period features in the 1980s. Both lines are still 95lb per yard bullhead track, and the loading dock on the right has yet to be swallowed up by the later car park extension. In fact, in 1985 the passenger traffic was still so low that the small car park was hardly ever full.

47575 Ystrad Mynach 18 March 2000

47575 City of Hereford leaves Ystrad Mynach on 18 March 2000 with the 2D12 14:16 Bargoed to Cardiff Central service. There was plenty of classic traction in use on the Rhymney Valley line on this day, with various Class 47s, in addition to the usual Class 37s.

T305 Stoke Edith 5 May 1991

T305 (51368, 59520 & 51410) passes Stoke Edith on 5 May 1991 with a Worcester Shrub Hill to Hereford shuttle service, run in connection with the Hereford Rail Festival. The reason for the going away shot, is that it is a much more scenic view looking in this direction!

153301 Milford Junction 3 August 2002

153301 passes Milford Junction on 3 August 2002 with the 15:17 York to Sheffield Arriva Trains Northern service, one of just two daily passenger trains on this route at the time. The bridge in this picture used to be a well known photographic location, with a constant procession of freight trains, mainly serving the nearby coal fired power stations. Although this is a Saturday, it looks like by 2002 the photographers have largely disappeared, as not a single person can be seen in the background.

66621 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 August 2022

66621 runs along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 August 2022 with the 6C48 13:10 Appleford to Whatley Quarry stone empties. As usual, this left Appleford very early, but then sat in the loop at Steventon until the booked time.

66591 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 August 2022

66591 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 August 2022 with the 6Z86 11:10 West Drayton Frays Sidings to Machen Quarry stone empties. As the scattered clouds add more to the picture than the parched grass in the foreground, I decided to go for this unusual composition. I got a second photo of this train, a little later at Baulking.

66591 Baulking 1 August 2022

66591 passes Baulking on 1 August 2022 with the 6Z86 11:10 West Drayton Frays Sidings to Machen Quarry stone empties. This was my second picture of this train, after having seen it 22 minutes earlier at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. With just a minor deviation from my route home, and virtually guaranteed sunshine, it was hard to refuse!

20987, 20132 & 20187 Helwith Bridge 14 August 1993

20087 Saltley L.I.P., 20132 & 20187 pass Helwith Bridge on 14 August 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z44 14:46 Carlisle to Bristol Temple Meads 'Triple Chopper Tripper' railtour. Neither of the two non-standard liveried leading locomotives include the BR double arrow logo. Note the change of gradient as the line crosses the farm occupation underbridge.

156414 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 2 July 1991

Its been a long time since Class 156s regularly used this route. 156414 passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 2 July 1991 with the 1M16 19:03 Cardiff Central to Nottingham service. Up until the late 1990s there used to be a reasonably unobstructed view in both directions in the evening here. Unfortunately this is no longer the case for northbound trains.

2758 Cefn Coed Colliery 16 March 2002

Some steam locomotives only get preserved to the extent of not actually being scrapped, and end up mounted on a short section of track as static exhibits. Such is the case with Bagnall 'Austerity' 0-6-0ST 2758, pictured here on the side of the main road next to the entrance to Cefn Coed Colliery Museum on 16 March 2002.

47707 Hinksey 5 July 1991

47707 Holyrood passes Hinksey Yard on 5 July 1991 with the 1F27 07:26 Oxford to Paddington Network SouthEast service. The inappropriately named loco had moved down from Scotland the previous year, and after spending a few months working Thames Valley trains, would move on to the Waterloo to Exeter line.

37095 Kingham 27 October 1996

A Sunday engineering possession on 27 October 1996 sees 37095 standing 'wrong line' in the rain in Kingham station. The Cotswold Line's vintage bullhead track was finally being replaced, and the train contains recovered track panels waiting to be taken to Hinksey Yard. Work to recover more old track can just be seen going on in the background. There are not many occasions where the light has been so bad that I have had to use a ˝sec exposure during the daytime!

60025, 60022 & 60021 Loughborough 11 August 1990

Eleven Class brand new Class 60s can be seen in this view of Brush's works at Loughborough on 11 August 1990. In the centre 60022 Ingleborough leads a line up which includes 60026 William Caxton, and three unidentified classmates. On the left is 60025 Joseph Lister, with 60033 Anthony Ashley Cooper & 60030 Cir Mhor behind. In the shed on the right is 60021 Pen-y-Ghent, with another unidentified loco behind. The work's shunter stands in font of another Class 60.

47376 Southam 29 July 2022

47376 Freightliner 1995 passes Southam on 29 July 2022 with the 2B52 09:40 Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The Rosebay Willowherb doesn't seem to mind the parched conditions!

55019 Southam 29 July 2022

The first visit of a Deltic to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, and presumably the first time one has ever traversed this line, as I doubt one would have come this way in BR days. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier passes Southam on 29 July 2022 with its first train of the line's three day Diesel Gala - the 2C53 09:30 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service.

55019 Southam 29 July 2022

With just one of its 18 cylinder Napier engines doing its bit for the environment, 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier passes Southam on 29 July 2022 with the 2B54 10:25 Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway service. This was the first visit of a Deltic to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, and it was fortunate for the lineside photographers that at least the morning of the gala's first day was blessed with unbroken sunshine.

20137 Southam 29 July 2022

20137 passes Southam on 29 July 2022 with the 2C55 10:25 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The headboard commemorates Alistair Grieve, well known railway photographer, preservationist and industrial loco specialist.

20137 Cheltenham Racecourse 29 July 2022

20137 accelerates away from Cheltenham Racecourse station on 29 July 2022 with the 2B56 11:10 train to Broadway, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The loco is wearing the relatively unusual late 1970s combination of TOPS numbers and green livery.

47105 Southam 29 July 2022

Not many Class 47s looked this immaculate in BR days! 47105 passes Southam on 29 July 2022 with the 2C57 10:30 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala.

5081 Southam 29 July 2022

5081 passes Southam on 29 July 2022 with the 2C59 11:15 Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. After a completely sunny start to the day, the predicted clouds were now starting to build up.

66793 Baulking 28 July 2022

66793 passes Baulking on 28 July 2022 with the 4B77 10:45 Colnbrook Lafarge to Avonmouth West Wharf stone empties. Amazingly, this was followed just 17 minutes later by another of GBRf's celebrity repaints - 66734 Platinum Jubilee with the very late running 5Q55 10:38 Stewarts Lane to Newport Docks (Sims Group) withdrawn EMUs.

66734 Baulking 28 July 2022

Running 73 minutes late, 66734 Platinum Jubilee passes Baulking on 28 July 2022 with the 5Q55 10:38 Stewarts Lane to Newport Docks (Sims Group), conveying former Southern EMUs 455833 & 455834 for scrap. Just 17 minutes earlier, Trainload Construction liveried 66793 had passed by with the 4B77 10:45 Colnbrook Lafarge to Avonmouth West Wharf stone empties.

60062 Coates 26 July 2022

60062 passes Coates in an unbelievably lucky patch of sun on 26 July 2022 with the 6M53 15:55 Swindon Stores to Toton Up Sidings steel empties. A few seconds later the sun disappeared behind a massive bank of clouds, not to reappear for some time. This was the first occasion that this loco had visited the area since having its extremely eye catching 'Steel on Steel' livery applied. As usual, it was running an hour early, and would get even earlier later on by missing out its booked stop in Haresfield loop.

66428 & 66434 Tackley 26 July 2022

66428 Carlisle Eden Mind & 66434 approach Tackley on 26 July 2022 with the 6Y15 13:00 High Marnham Powergen to Fairwater Yard, conveying an extremely lengthy train of HOBC (High Output Ballast Cleaner) vehicles. Just a little further north from this location there used to be an excellent viewpoint for a very long train, but after a long walk to the location, I found that the view has now completely disappeared. With no time to go anywhere else, I had to make do with this spot, which only shows about a third of the massively long train. With hindsight I should braved the rush hour traffic, and gone to Banbury!

L406 Oxford 2 July 1985

L406 (51383, 59493 & 51341) leaves Oxford station on 2 July 1985 with the 2A33 09:24 Oxford to Paddington service. The unit arriving at the station in the background is the 5B60 09:06 Didcot to Oxford ECS, which would then form the 2B60 09:23 service to Hereford. Previously it had worked the 2A12 07:43 Moreton-in-Marsh to Didcot train. Presumably there was some crewing issue that saw the Didcot to Oxford journey booked to run as empty stock.

47612 Hinksey 4 July 1985

47612 Titan passes Hinksey Yard in weak early morning light on 4 July 1985 with the 1F19 07:14 Oxford to Paddington service. The little hut was removed shortly after this picture was taken, and lineside vegetation soon took over the grassy area between the railway and the lane on the right.

47524 Blanchworth 26 October 1985

47524 passes Blanchworth (between Gloucester and Bristol) with the 1V85 09:23 Newcastle to Penzance service on 26 October 1985. A poor quality image, taken on a murky day, but one of the few pictures I took at this spot before it became hopelessly overgrown.

20189 & 20142 Bentley Heath 24 July 2022

20189 & 20142 Sir John Betjeman pass Bentley Heath in the rain on 24 July 2022 with the Vintage Trains 1T50 10:00 Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford-upon-Avon 'Shakespeare Express' railtour. It was slightly ironic that it was raining, as the 20s were replacing GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 7029 Clun Castle, which was not allowed to run due to Network Rail's steam ban, caused by the previous week's extremely hot weather!

20142 & 20189 Langley Green 24 July 2022

20142 Sir John Betjeman & 20189 pass Langley Green on 24 July 2022 with the Vintage Trains 1T51 12:52 Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Snow Hill 'Shakespeare Express' railtour. This rural location is clearly not the Langley Green in the West Midlands, but is on the Bearley to Hatton line. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

20189 & 20142 Shrewley 24 July 2022

20189 & 20142 Sir John Betjeman pass Shrewley on 24 July 2022 with the Vintage Trains 1T52 14:07 Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford-upon-Avon 'Shakespeare Express' railtour. This was running eight minutes early, and was travelling very slowly on the approach to an yellow signal at Hatton North Junction. It was fortunate that it was running early, as the sun had disappeared at the booked time! The 20s were being used because of Network Rail's steam ban, caused by the recent heat wave.

D1944 Shrewley 24 July 2022

Running 22 minutes early, D1944 (47501) Craftsman passes Shrewley on 24 July 2022 with the 5Z47 14:06 Chaddesden Sidings to Southall ECS. This was the stock from the previous day's 'Cornish Riviera Statesman' railtour. D1935 (47805) Roger Hosking MA 1925 - 2013 is bringing up the rear.

D1935 Shrewley 24 July 2022

D1935 (47805) Roger Hosking MA 1925 - 2013 brings up the rear of the 5Z47 14:06 Chaddesden Sidings to Southall ECS at Shrewley on 24 July 2022. D1944 (47501) Craftsman is hidden by the bushes, at the front of the train. This was the stock from the previous day's 'Cornish Riviera Statesman' railtour.