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50018 Oxford North Junction 28 July 1983

50018 Resolution passes Oxford North Junction on 28 July 1983 with the 1A51 05:55 Hereford to Paddington service. This location was so open in the 1980s, that on the original Kodachrome transparency, Wolvercote Paper Mill can clearly be see in the far distance.

L204 Kings Sutton 20 June 1989

High summer at Kings Sutton, and the farmer has started to cut the grass for silage. L204 (51220 & 54371) accelerates away from Kings Sutton station (hidden by the bushes) on 20 June 1989 with the 2H70 19:24 Oxford to Banbury Network SouthEast service. This was running ten minutes late, something which was far less common then than it is three decades later!

50008 Par 4 May 1991

50008 Thunderer passes through Par station in atrocious weather on 4 May 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z16 Manchester Piccadilly to Penzance 'Cornish Centurion 2' railtour. Classmate 50015 Valiant is hidden by the bridge on the rear of the train.

50015 Par 4 May 1991

Passing the characteristic palm trees and semaphores, 50015 Valiant brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z16 Manchester Piccadilly to Penzance 'Cornish Centurion 2' railtour at Par on 4 May 1991. Classmate 50008 Thunderer is at the front of the train.

37040 Faversham 28 August 1999

37040 comes off the Margate line at Faversham on 28 August 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 07:57 Finsbury Park to Sheerness-on-Sea 'Sandwich Dealer' railtour. Note the long footbridge in the background that spans both the Margate and the Canterbury lines, and passes the crumbling remains of Faversham engine shed.

47407 Ribblehead Viaduct 25 November 1989

47407 crosses Ribblehead Viaduct on 25 November 1989 with the 2E76 09:41 Carlisle to Leeds service. This is my only photograph of 47407, which like most of the non-standard first batch of 47/4s, was withdrawn early, in this case the following year, after sustaining severe fire damage.

47441 Hinksey 1 August 1991

With no train behind it, I decided to try for a panning shot of 47441, as it passed Hinksey Yard on 1 August 1991. The loco had just been allocated to Old Oak Common, and would soon become a common sight working Network SouthEast trains out of Paddington.

73108 & 73134 Southampton 2 December 1998

73108 & 73134 Woking Homes 1865-1985 pass Southampton on 2 December 1998 with a rake of empty spoil wagons. Unfortunately the trees between the railway and the A33 road are causing a few problems with shadows. However, it is always worth recording a pair of 73s at work. Two decades later this would probably be a Class 66, and I definitely wouldn't bother taking the picture!

158736 Dalnaspidal 25 October 1998

158736 leads an unidentified classmate past Dalnaspidal on 25 October 1998 with the 09:35 Edinburgh to Inverness ScotRail service. This was the first northbound train of the day over the Highland Mainline on a Sunday at the time. The A9 Perth to Inverness road can be seen in the background, and just visibleo n the extreme right is the River Garry.

50008 West Hatch 31 August 1987

50008 Thunderer passes West Hatch on 31 August 1987 with the late running 1V13 13:10 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. Although the Class 50s were not always the most reliable locomotives on this route, this was one of the few occasions (other than a few total failures) that I encountered any noticeable late running.

43141 Swindon (Highworth Junction) 16 March 1995

43141 accelerates away from Swindon station, and passes Highworth Junction on 16 March 1995 with the 1A11 05:32 Swansea to Paddington service. The gas holder, the last remnant of Swindon's once extensive gas works, managed to survive for nearly two decades after this picture was taken, but like most of them nationwide, has now been removed.

58008 West Burton Power Station 28 November 1992

58008 slowly pulls out of West Burton Power Station on 28 November 1992, having deposited another load of coal on the stockpile. Class 58s and HAA MGR wagons may now be history, but over a quarter of a century after this picture was taken, West Burton Power Station is bucking the trend, and is one of the few UK power station still burning coal.

58034 & 58050 Cossington 6 September 1992

58034 Bassetlaw & 58050 Toton Traction Depot pass Cossington in miserable light on 6 September 1992 with the Pathfinder Tours 1T08 16:00 Leicester to Derby 'Leicester Looper' railtour. This was one of a number of mini tours run in connection with the Leicester Open Day.

50007 Oxford 24 March 1984

50007 Sir Edward Elgar stands in the rain at Oxford station on 24 March 1984 with the Class 50 Railtours 1Z36 07:40 Paddington to Carlisle 'Border City' railtour. In those Kodachrome 64 days, there was no other choice of local location to photograph this, as the light was so poor the exposure was 1/60sec f2.8 (note the moving windscreen wiper). It was purely a record shot, as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, as the loco had only just been painted into this non-standard green livery, complete with cast numberplates, nameplates and crests.

47823 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 7 August 1993

47823 S.S. Great Britain passes Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 7 August 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z43 06:17 Swindon to Newcastle 'North Briton' railtour. 47823's nameplates had been changed a few months previously, from the former standard red backed plates, to the black ones seen here.

50023 South Moreton (Didcot East) 13 October 1985

50023 Howe passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 13 October 1985 with the late running 1F14 12:15 Paddington to Oxford service. In 1985 we all knew that the Class 50s wouldn't last much longer (despite the first one not being withdrawn until over a year later), but we would never have guessed that this location would be lost under a sea of 25kV wires!

50026 South Moreton (Didcot East) 13 October 1985

50026 Indomitable passes South Moreton on a slightly hazy Sunday 13 October 1985 with the 1F09 13:30 Oxford to Paddington service. Mid October and still not a sign of any autumn colour on the trees behind the train.

165109 Wolvercote Junction 11 June 1992

Brand new 165109 approaches Wolvercote Junction on 11 June 1992 with the 2C70 19:26 Oxford o Banbury Network SouthEast service. The unit had only just entered traffic, which explains the spotless white roof. The ex-works condition even extends to the shiny silencers on the side of each vehicle.

165103 Didcot 31 July 1992

165103 leaves Didcot station on 31 July 1992 with the 1F62 17:20 Paddington to Banbury Network SouthEast service. 18:15 should be rush hour, but the station doesn't look very busy. A single passenger walks along platform 1, and a couple more can be seen under the awning on platform 4, but that's it!

43101 Great Paxton 20 September 1986

43101 Edinburgh International Festival races along the East Coat Mainline near Great Paxton on 20 September 1986 with the 1S07 08:00 Kings Cross to Aberdeen 'Aberdonian'. 43101 had been named two years earlier, the plates being unveiled at Edinburgh Waverly station, by opera singer Jessye Norman.

31404 Bremell Sidings 1 September 1985

31404 approaches Bremell Sidings on 1 September 1985 with the 3A16 14:00 Gloucester to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. 31404 still has its Finsbury Park white bodyside stripe, but this would be painted out a couple of months after this picture was taken. A pity, as at the time little livery variations like this were a welcome addition.

C392 Pencoed 4 April 1992

C392 (51147, 59387 & 51134) approaches Pencoed on 4 April 1992 with the 11:10 Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour service. As can be seen from the different window configuration, the centre vehicle is a Class 108 trailer.

158819 Tram Inn 5 May 2003

Ginsters liveried 158819 passes Tram Inn on 5 May 2003 with the 09:44 Cardiff Central to Crewe Wales & Borders service. This is the exact opposite of what most photographers ore doing now, a dramatic low level shot with lots of clouds inn the picture. Very few people had thought of hoisting cameras into the air on poles in 2003!

37408 Aberthaw 22 April 1995

37408 Loch Rannoch brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 11:18 Cardiff Central to Bridgend Ford Works 'Scrummager 3.1' railtour at Aberthaw on 22 April 1995. 60081 Bleaklow Hill is at the front of the train. This picture was taken specifically to show the loco passing between the two semaphore signals.

60081 Bridgend Cowbridge Road 22 April 1995

60081 Bleaklow Hill passes Bridgend Cowbridge Road on 22 April 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 13:27 Bridgend Ford Works to Cardiff Central 'Scrummager 3.1' railtour. It is approaching Bridgend East Junction on the Vale of Glamorgan Line, which at this time was a freight only route. Judging by the colour of the track in front of 60081, there hasn't been much traffic on the down line recently. Believe it or nor the diminutive brown and white building near the rear of the train is Cowbridge Road Signal Box. This closed in 2013. Although the white building in the background survives, the gas holder has gone, and the wasteland is now an industrial estate.

37408 Miskin 22 April 1995

37408 Loch Rannoch passes Miskin in failing light on 22 April 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 13:27 Bridgend Ford Works to Cardiff Central 'Scrummager 3.1' railtour. This is something you hardly ever see now, a four coach railtour, and one that only traverses a short route, and doesn't take all day!

60079 Didcot North Junction 20 May 1992

60079 Foinaven passes Didcot North Junction on 20 May 1992 with the 6M23 15:54 Fawley to Longport bitumen tanks. The loco already looks work stained, after only four months in traffic. The loco's Foinaven plates had been temporarily removed in November 1991, before the loco had entered traffic, and were replaced for one day only with Pudsey Bear plates, in connection with that year's BBC Children In Need appeal!

37401 Abergavenny 16 February 2002

This is going to be a crush! Crowds fill the platform at Abergavenny on 16 February 2002, as 37401 The Royal Scotsman arrives at the station with the 1V77 08:33 Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central service. The passengers were heading for the Wales v France Six Nations Rugby match at the Millennium Stadium.

156473 Bleasby 6 November 2018

A brief burst of weak sunshine amid the dark clouds shows up the superb autumn colours at Bleasby station on 6 November 2018. 156473 passes one the staggered platforms with the 2L63 09:30 Leicester to Lincoln Central East Midlands Trains service.

56094 Bleasby 6 November 2018

Running nearly an hour late, 56094 passes through Bleasby station on 6 November 2018 with the 3J89 05:00 Stapleford & Sandiacre to Toton Rail Head Treatment Train. 56090 is on the rear. The station's platforms are staggered on either side of the level crossing.

66704 Godnow Bridge 5 November 2018

A foggy morning at Godnow Bridge on 5 November 2018. 66704 Colchester Power Signalbox runs alongside the wonderfully named North Soak Drain at Godnow Bridge with the 4R75 04:29 West Burton Power Station to Immingham coal empties. I certainly wouldn't have bothered to take this mundane picture of a Class 66, were it not for the reflection of the loco in the still water.

142016 Godnow Bridge 5 November 2018

An almost perfect reflection of 142016, as it approaches Godnow Bridge on 5 November 2018 with the late running 2P05 08:44 Doncaster to Scunthorpe Northern service. Clearly there has been some recent vegetation clearance here, opening up the view nicely. This viewpoint is only usable on a dull day, due to it being on the north side of the line. There was certainly no possibility of any sun on this occasion!

20303 Godnow Bridge 5 November 2018

20303 Max Joule 1958-1999 approaches Godnow Bridge on 5 November 2018 with the 3S13 08:50 Wrenthorpe to Grimsby Rail Head Treatment Train, with 20305 bringing up the rear. This was running 24 minutes late. An extremely dull and misty morning, but at least the still conditions allowed a reasonable reflection in the water.

66780 Crowle 5 November 2018

Cemex livered 66780 runs alongside the North Soak Drain at Crowle on 5 November 2018 with the 4R15 09:40 Drax Power Station to Immingham coal empties. This is another location that I had been meaning to visit for some time, but it needed a dull day such as this, due to being on the north side of the line.

20305 Crowle 5 November 2018

20305 approaches Crowle on 5 November 2018 with the late running 3S14 11:13 Grimsby to Bridlington Rail Head Treatment Train. 20303 Max Joule 1958-1999 is on the rear. I particularly like the composition of this picture, with the converging lines of the railway, the waterway, and the road. The stream is the North Soak Drain, a waterway that parallels the much wider Stainforth & Keadby Canal, which is just behind the bushes on the right. There is a similar waterway on the other side of the canal, unsurprisingly called the South Soak Drain.

70802 Crowle 5 November 2018

The local wildlife takes to the air, as 70802 approaches Crowle on 5 November 2018 with the 6E32 08:55 Preston Docks to Lindsey Oil Refinery bitumen empties. As Colas have disposed of all their Class 60s, and this is now Class 70 hauled, I wasn't initially going to bother photographing it, but relented, as I was in the area anyway!

800202 Gamston 3 November 2018

800202 passes Gamston on 3 November 2018 with the 5Q23 12:27 York to Peterborough crew training run. Although obviously it's not intended as such, this is a much more attractive 'livery' than GWR's hideous dark green colour scheme, which I am more used to seeing nearer home!

66848 Ley Court 2 November 2018

A location that I had been meaning to visit for some time is Ley Court, between Oakle Street and Grange Court. As 2 November 2018 was a completely sunny day, I decided to go there for the 3S33 11:08 Cheltenham Lansdown Loop to Gloucester Horton Road (via Newport) Rail Head Treatment Train. As the train's earlier working, the 3S32 22:37 Gloucester Horton Road to Cheltenham Lansdown Loop, was on time when I left home, I was surprised that it was now running 78 minutes early. Sure enough, a glance up the line revealed an approaching headlight, so I had literally less than a minute to get ready for this picture after arriving at the location! 66848 is leading, with 56096 on the rear.

56096 Ley Court 2 November 2018

A pair of old bangers! 56096 brings up the rear of the very early running 3S33 11:08 Cheltenham Lansdown Loop to Gloucester Horton Road Rail Head Treatment Train at Ley Court (between Oake Street and Grange Court) on 2 November 2018. Hidden by the bushes at the front of the train is 66848. I'm not sure how many million miles 56096 has covered, but my Honda Accord has now passed 456,000 miles. I didn't initially intend to take this picture, but the train was approaching as I arrived, and this was just an additional spur of the moment going away grab shot.

150237 Ley Court 2 November 2018

150237 passes Ley Court (between Grange Court and Oakle Street) on 2 November 2018 with the 2G54 09:12 Cardiff Central to Cheltenham Spa Transport for Wales service. Although it would appear that the former Arriva Trains Wales branding has been removed following the Transport of Wales takeover in mid October, 150237 has actually been minus any branding since the summer. The minor road on the left sees very little traffic, and consequently the level crossing in the background is normally closed, with road users having to press a button to notify the signalman.

60011 Ley Court 2 November 2018

60011 passes Ley Court (between Grange Court and Oakle Street) with the 6B13 05:00 Robeston to Westerleigh oil tanks on 2 November 2018. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing. The bridge at Grange Court can just be seen in the background.

56096 Ley Court 2 November 2018

56096 passes Ley Court (between Grange Court and Oakle Street) with the 3S33 11:08 Cheltenham Lansdown Loop to Gloucester Horton Road Rail Head Treatment Train on 2 November 2018. 66848 is bringing up the rear. This was already running 78 minutes early when it headed south an hour earlier, and now it was 100 minutes early, as it had reversed at Severn Tunnel Junction, instead of completing the entire diagram by going to Newport.

158838 Ley Court 2 November 2018

158838 passes Ley Court (between Oakle Street and Grange Court) on 2 November 2018 with the 2G55 11:46 Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central Transport for Wales service. Note that the former Arriva Trains Wales branding has been removed, and replaced by Transport for Wales wording.

60054 Ley Court 2 November 2018

60054 runs alongside the minor road near Ley Court on 2 November 2018 with the 6B41 11:35 Westerleigh to Robeston empty oil tanks. There is very little likelihood of a car getting in the way of the picture at the crucial moment here, although a tractor is a possibility. This is one of network of very lightly used single track roads in the Oakle Street and Grange Court area of Gloucestershire.

66424 Ley Court 2 November 2018

66424 passes Ley Court (on the long straight section of track between Oakle Street and Grange Court) with the 4V44 10:47 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner on 2 November 2018. Not a train that I would go out of my way to photograph, but as I was already at the location, it just meant waiting a while in the sunshine!

37175 Whitehill 1 November 2018

37175 passes Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock) on 1 November 2018 with the 1Z23 09:37 Bristol High Level Siding to Tyseley Network Rail test train. 37099 Merl Evans 1947-2016 is bringing up the rear. This was running 15 minutes early, which is not bad considering it left Bristol 85 minutes late! This is the regular monthly visit of the test train to the Cotswold Line, but on this occasion the previous day's southbound working was cancelled, and a last minute alternative path via Banbury was used instead.

37099 Whitehill 1 November 2018

37099 Merl Evans 1947-2016 brings up the rear of the 1Z23 09:37 Bristol High Level Siding to Tyseley Network Rail test train at Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock) on 1 November 2018. Classmate 37175 is leading. Note the extensive tree clearance work on the left. Presumably the chainsaw gang (who could be heard at work in the distance) will soon be tackling the other side.

800313 Whitehill 1 November 2018

800313 runs along the long straight section of the Cotswold Line between Combe and Finstock on 1 November 2018, with the 1W25 12:21 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill GWR service. This is the view from Whitehill Bridge, with the extremely tall Grintleyhill Bridge just visible in the distance.

66542 Wolvercote Junction 31 October 2018

66542 passes Wolvercote Junction on 31 October 2018 with the 4O49 09:22 Crewe Basford Hall to Southampton Maritime freightliner. A picture that could have been taken at any time in the last few years, apart from the fact that the loco now sports revised black headlight clusters.

47812 & 47813 Wolvercote Junction 31 October 2018

47812 & 47813 pass Wolvercote Junction on 31 October 2018, running as the 0O86 10:00 Leicester to Eastleigh Arlington. I wouldn't normally go out specifically to photograph a light engine move, but as I was already at the location, why not!

66604 Wolvercote Junction 31 October 2018

Since the 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties went over to GBRf operation in 2014, Class 66/6s have been rare visitors to the Oxford area, Therefore I was particularly pleased to see 66604 at Wolvercote Junction on 31 October 2018, especially as it passed during a brief sunny period, amidst dark clouds. The train is the 12:11 Banbury Reservoir to Bristol East stone empties. The loaded train had worked north overnight as the 04:05 Bristol East to Banbury Reservoir. Freightliner is working these trains on behalf of DB Cargo.

43029 Wolvercote Junction 31 October 2018

43029 leaves the Cotswold Line at Wolvercote Junction on 31 October 2018 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. Visible directly above the power car is the bridge that carries the line over Duke's Cut, a short canal linking the Oxford Canal (hidden by the bushes on the right), and the River Thames.

37099 Wolvercote Junction 31 October 2018

37099 Merl Evans 1947-2016 passes Wolvercote Junction on 31 October 2018 with the 1Z01 13:15 Tyseley to Bristol High Level Siding Network Rail test train. 37175 is bringing up the rear. For some reason the train was briefly stopped at a red signal just around the corner, which was annoying, as the 2M40 14:09 Didcot Parkway to Banbury DMU was rapidly approaching from behind, and it sped past just a few seconds after I took this picture. A close call! This train replaced one that should have traversed the Cotswold Line in a much earlier path, and although of course I could have taken a picture of that train here, I had already worked out that it wasn't running before I left home. This therefore was a welcome bonus, although as it was a last minute addition, I may not have noticed it, so was grateful that a friend sent me a text informing me that it was on the way.

37298 & 37278 South Moreton 22 May 1992

During 1992, the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner was booked for a pair of Class 37s, and naturally with a whole host of suitable photographic locations in the Didcot and Oxford area, I made use of every available sunny evening. Running exactly to time, 37298 & 37278 are seen here passing South Moreton on 22 May 1992. 4M99 seems to have been a virtual permanent fixture in the working timetable, but subsequent years saw much more mundane traction on this service!

1420 Caddaford 11 August 1999

14xx 0-4-2T 1420 is just a couple of minutes into its journey, as it rounds the curve near Caddaford on 11 August 1999 with a Buckfastleigh to Totnes service. There was an intensive timetable in operation, as this was the day of the total solar eclipse. 1420 was built in 1933, and spent the first years of its life in Wales. In the 1950s it was used on my local branch line, the 22 mile Oxford to Fairford line. It was withdrawn in 1964, and entered preservation at what was then the Dart Valley Railway (now the South Devon Railway), where it has now spent most of its working life.

56119 Bromfield 1 September 1996

56119 passes Bromfield on 1 September 1996 with the 6M29 08:50 Margam to Dee Marsh steel coils. Unfortunately a mostly cloudy day, but the classic traction and the GWR bracket signal certainly make up for that.

50008 Foxhole 26 January 1991

50008 Thunderer brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z16 23:20 Manchester Piccadilly to Penzance 'Cornish Centurion' railtour at Foxhole on 26 January 1991. The tour was heading for Drinnick Mill, which can be seen in the background.

50004 Hinksey 28 July 1983

How different Hinksey Yard looked in the 1980s! 50004 St Vincent passes the empty yard on 28 July 1983, as it nears journey's end with the 1A38 14:15 Paddington to Oxford service. It's original freight marshalling use a thing of the past, occasional staging of trains, and later storage of redundant stock, was all it was used for until it was turned into a ballast stockpile in the late 1990s.

43087 Uffington 29 October 2018

43087 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistic Corps passes Uffington on 29 October 2018 with the 1A08 06:28 Exeter St Davids to Paddington GWR service. Unfortunately no signs of any autumn colour yet in the lineside wood, but at least there was no problem with early morning fog here, although it wasn't far away, judging by the background.

800035 & 800025 Uffington 29 October 2018

Late October 2018 finally saw Class 800s running on electric between Didcot and Swindon, but only in the down direction. So here we see 800035 & 800025 still with their pantographs down, passing Uffington on 29 October 2018 with the 1A09 07:12 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. They would return later, pantographs up, with the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea service.

66599 Uffington 29 October 2018

Unusually running slightly early, 66599 passes Uffington on 29 October 2018 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. The early running was only temporary. It was over an hour late by Acton, and two hours late by Colchester! Note the moon clearly visible near the tip of the picture.

43185 Uffington 29 October 2018

43185 Great Western brings up the rear of the 1C08 09:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service at Uffington on 29 October 2018. Two years since it acquired its retro InterCity Swallow livery, 43185 is still photographed wherever it goes, something which did not happen when the whole fleet was in this colour scheme!

165122 Uffington 29 October 2018

After waiting at a red signal just east of here for ten minutes, 165122 gets underway again at Uffington on 29 October 2018 with the 5Z81 10:13 Reading Traincare Depot to Swindon crew training run. Although it was running 13 minutes early at Challow, it seemed a little odd that it was stopped at a red on the mainline until right time, especially as this held up the following HST. Even stranger was it getting looped just before Swindon, and eventually arriving at Swindon 49 minutes late. For this reason, I didn't wait for the 5Z84 return working.

43027 Uffington 29 October 2018

'90 Glorious Years' liveried 43027 passes Uffington on 29 October 2018 with the 1C09 10:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service. Already running late, this was further delayed, as it not running at full line speed here, due to following 165122, which had inexplicably been held at a red signal, even though there was nothing in front of it.

800025 & 800035 Uffington 29 October 2018

Running on electric (or at least with their pantographs up!), 800025 & 800035 pass Uffington on 29 October 2018 with the 1B25 10:45 Paddington to Swansea GWR service. As only the down line was being used for electric running, when these two units passed by in the other direction, a couple of hours earlier, they had their pantographs down.

47484 Hinksey 4 July 1985

47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel passes Hinksey Yard in soft early morning light on 4 July 1985 with the 1F13 06:53 Oxford to Paddington service. This would shortly be calling at Radley, Culham and Appleford. Apart from one single train, in 2018 none of these stations now have a direct service to London, let alone a loco hauled one!

37213 Beeston 6 September 1992

37213 passes Beeston on 6 September 1992 with the Pathfinder Tours 1T08 17:05 Derby to Nottingham 'Leicester Looper' railtour, one of a series of mini tours run in connection with the Leicester Open Day. Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station can be seen in the background.

153380 Genwen Junction 15 April 1995

153380 approaches Genwen Junction on 15 April 1995 with the late running 14:17 Swansea to Shrewsbury Regional Railways service. The train has just reversed at Llanelli, and is now heading for Pontarddulais, and then the long slow journey over the Central Wales line. The village of Bynea dominates the background.

51677 Didcot 31 July 1992

The 2C61 18:30 Oxford to Reading Network SouthEast service leaves Didcot station on 31 July 1992. This is a very odd working, as instead of the usual three car Class 117 DMU, this is in fact half of a Chiltern Line Class 115 four car unit with a Class 121 'bubble car' at the front! 51677 is nearest the camera, followed by a Class 115 trailer, and then Class 121 55024 (L124).

50030 Shipton 13 October 1979

50030 Repulse passes Shipton station on 13 October 1979 with the 1B30 08:05 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service. This is my only picture of Repulse in unrefurbished condition. Looking back I should have taken many more pictures of Cotswold Line Class 50s in the late 1970s. I had bought a Praktica camera the year before, but took very few pictures, and one 36 exposure roll often stayed in the camera for many months! Clearly I also didn't pick the best weather, as this miserably dull picture shows. The fact that the station lights are still on gives a clue as to how dark it was. This picture was taken at 1/125sec f1.8 on Kodachrome 64, which explains the very poor quality. Luckily I had the presence of mind not to let the loco get too close, so at least it's not blurred. This shows off the station's remaining vintage infrastructure (long since removed). Note the posts of the old GWR style nameboard. The one of the other platform was still intact at the time.

50024 & 47478 Oxford 2 April 1983

Presumably heading back to Old Oak Common depot, 50024 Vanguard hauls 47478 through the centre road at Oxford station on 2 April 1983. Locos on test from Old Oak Common were often used on trains to Oxford, but I do not know if this was the case on this occasion, as I had only just arrived when this pair appeared from the north.

D5541 Toddington 18 March 1995

D5541 stands in the sunshine at Toddington station on 18 March 1995. This was one of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's earliest preserved diesels, but unfortunately it only had a very short life in preservation, being cut up in 2006, after spending many years out of use after a serious engine failure.

31602 Maiden Newton 24 August 2002

31602 Chimaera accelerates away from Maiden Newton station on 24 August 2002 with the 2Z88 16:20 Weymouth to Westbury Wales & Borders service. 31459 Cerberus is hidden by the bridge abutment on the rear. The train had to wait in the station (just visible underneath the bridge) for a DMU to come off the single line. Naturally it was sunny all the time while the train was just out of camera range, but it clouded up just before the train started to move!

31459 Maiden Newton 24 August 2002

31459 Cerberus brings up the rear of the 2Z88 16:20 Weymouth to Westbury Wales & Borders service at Maiden Newton on 24 August 2002. Classmate 31602 Chimaera is at the front of the train. This was a welcome traction highlight during the summer of 2002, and as can be seen from the heads out of the windows, very popular with the loco bashers.

155306 Lyneham 28 March 1988

155306 passes Lyneham on 28 March 1988 with the 2B44 17:30 Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh 'all stations' service. Thirty years later this view is still possible, unlike a lot of Cotswold Line locations. There has been virtually no increase in vegetation in the foreground, however, the background has changed completely, with a conifer plantation replacing the wide open vista seen here.

155325 Bourton 22 December 1989

Until the advent of the Class 800 bi-mode units, DMUs were never very common on the Great Western Mainline (apart from the short lived Oxford to Bristol experiment). However, in 1989 there was a diagrammed out and back working for a Class 155, the purpose of which was a little unclear. 155325 is seen here passing Bourton on 22 December 1989 with the 2A26 12:40 Oxford to Swindon Regional Railways service. It would return a little later as the 2A70 13:45 Swindon to Oxford. Unlike the later Class 165 operated Oxford to Bristol trains, these non-stop Class 155s used the normally freight only Didcot North Junction to Foxhall Junction curve.

2303 Wimbledon 29 May 1994

Class 412 4-BEP 2303 and another unidentified unit approach Wimbledon on 29 May 1994 with the 10:47 Guildford to Waterloo Network SouthEast service, while the 10:55 Waterloo to Paignton Class 159 DMU disappears into the distance. This broadside view clearly shows the red stripe on the third coach indicating the buffet car, a feature only found on the 22 4-BEP units, and clearly marking them out from the much more numerous Class 411 4-CEP sets.

60032 & 60057 Ellistown 26 May 1991

60032 William Booth & 60057 Adam Smith pass Ellistown on 26 May 1991 with the first ever Class 60 hauled passenger train, the Hertfordshire Railtours 1T45 08:30 St Pancras to Coalville 'Coalville Swansong' railtour.

50025 Radley 30 June 1988

50025 Invincible approaches Radley station on 30 June 1988 with the 1F64 18:10 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. Unusually, this loco hauled train called at the minor stations near Oxford, and one commuter is obviously keen to get off. Note the partially open door on the first coach!

50025 Clink Road Junction 11 May 1985

50025 Invincible approaches Clink Road Junction (near Frome) with the 1C32 10:35 Paddington to Paignton service on 11 May 1985. There was a slightly odd stopping pattern to this train. It ran non-stop to Reading, then became a stopping service calling at Newbury, Pewsey and Westbury, before again becoming a fast service as far as Taunton. From Dawlish onwards it again became an 'all stations' service!

50026 Hinksey 14 June 1983

It seems unthinkable now, but with so many Class 50 hauled trains in the Oxford area in the 1980s, I often got fed up with the conventional pictures, and tried some unusual angles instead. So here is a head on picture of 50026 Indomitable passing Hinksey Yard on 14 June 1983 with the 1A45 07:33 Oxford to Paddington service.

50030 Battledown Flyover 10 November 1991

The first up train of the day on a Sunday morning passes underneath Battledown Flyover on a very gloomy 10 November 1991. 50030 Repulse is working the 2L18 08:28 Salisbury to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. Apologies for the very poor quality of the image, but it is my only picture of a Class 50 at this iconic location.

60063 Worting Junction 29 July 1991

Just over a month after being introduction into traffic, 60063 James Murray passes Worting Junction on 29 July 1991 with the Mondays only 6V08 09:20 Fawley to Clydach LPG tanks. The secondman is clearly relaxing, with feet up against the windscreen!

60059 Banbury 17 May 1993

60059 Samuel Plimsoll heads north from Banbury on 17 May 1993 with the 6E53 16:05 Didcot Power Station to Worksop MGR empties. Crossing the bridge is a reminder of Banbury's once famous local industry. The Northern Aluminium Co opened a factory at Banbury in 1931, and it became a major employer in the town. The company was trading as British Alcan Extrusions during the 1980s and 1990s, but after yet another takeover in 1996, the Banbury plant was closed in 2007.

B477 Llandevenny 21 October 1985

B577 (51091, 59422 & 51063) passes Llandevenny on 21 October 1985 with the 11:29 Newport to Gloucester service. Prior to the electfrication masts going up, this was always a popular photographic location, especially as there was the tantalising possibility of a perfectly timed shot as a freight train snaked across the flyover, as another train passed by on the main line. Unfortunately I never achieved this!

66085 Souldern Wharf 25 October 2018

66085 passes Souldern Wharf on 25 October 2018 with the 4O21 09:12 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Predictably the loco as the previous day, but also the same two missing boxes at the front of the train!

59003 Souldern Wharf 25 October 2018

Even without knowing beforehand, it was pretty obvious what loco was going to be on this, simply by the headcode! 59003 Yeoman Highlander passes Souldern Wharf on 25 October 2018 with the 6Z59 09:27 Eastleigh Works to Hexthorpe Yard, conveying 16 redundant ex Fastline coal hoppers. This was running in the path of the cancelled 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties, which 59003 would normally have worked. Just as the train was due, the local farmer asked if I could move off the bridge, as he wanted to bring his cows in for milking. He kindly waited while I took the photo, before fencing off the road, and driving the herd across.

66085 Hinksey 24 October 2018

66085 passes Hinksey Yard on 24 October 2018 with the 4O21 09:12 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Electfrication of this section of line has been cancelled (for the moment), but there is still a lot of new lineside infrastructure that slightly imposes on the picture.

66096 Hinksey 24 October 2018

66096 passes Hinksey Yard on 24 October 2018 with the 12:35 Banbury Reservoir to Didcot stone empties. The loaded train had worked up overnight as the 21:00 Bristol East Depot to Banbury Reservoir. Despite it being a desperately dull DB 66, I took this as I had not previously photographed this working.

43180 Hinksey 24 October 2018

A contrast in colours at Hinksey Yard on 24 October 2018. 43180 leads the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service, with the hard to photograph 43093 Old Oak Common HST Depot 1976 - 2018 on the rear. This was the third consecutive day that I had photographed this train, firstly at Churchill Heath, and then at Cornbury Park (near Charlbury).

66553 Hinksey 24 October 2018

66553 arrives at Hinksey Yard on 24 October 2018 with the 6V27 13:31 loaded ballast hoppers from Eastleigh. The reflection in the windscreen is from the footbridge handrails (and somebody's bike!). 20 minutes later I would take an almost identical picture of this train, but with one addition!

66553 & 66121 Hinksey 24 October 2018

Having arrived at Hinksey Yard 20 minutes earlier on 24 October 2018 with the 6V27 13:31 departmental working from Eastleigh, 66553 has now added rival company's DB Cargo 66121 to the consist for a spot of shunting.

66705 Hinksey 24 October 2018

Intermodal trains through Oxford have added variety in 2018, with GBRf supplying an alternative to the ubiquitous Freightliner and DB Cargo services. 66705 Golden Jubilee passes Hinksey Yard on 24 October 2018 with the 4O69 13:24 Hams Hall to Southampton Western Docks.

43165 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 23 October 2018

Not much sign of autumn colours on the trees, but the hawthorn berries, and the red foliage of the dead Rosebay Willowherb plants add to the seasonal colour, as 43165 Prince Michael of Kent pulls our of Charlbury station, and passes Cornbury Park on 23 October 2018 with the 1P31 12:09 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. The tower of Charlbury church can be seen on the right.

43160 Grove 22 October 2018

43160 Sir Moir Lockhead OBE approaches Grove on 22 October 2018 with the 1L32 06:59 Swansea to Paddington GWR service. Depressingly, this was one of only two eastbound HSTs that I saw during my two and a half hour session at this location. Admittedly the long lens has made it worse, but this just shows what a hideous eyesore the Great Western Mainline electfrication is. 70804 can be seen in the background, waiting on the relief line with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train.

70804 Grove 22 October 2018

70804 ambles along the up relief line near Grove on 22 October 2018 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train, which contains Kirow KRC1200UK 125 tonne diesel hydraulic crane DRK81623. This train had spent nearly an hour sat at a red signal in the far distance. As the train was so short, I decided to include some of the local railway infrastructure. The train's slow speed enabled the use of an aperture of f16 to get the whole lot in focus.

802018 & 802017 Grove 22 October 2018

A brand new pair of GWR's de-wiring units! Less than a week after classmate 802016 disgraced itself by ripping down 500 metres of overhead wiring, when the pantograph was raised at too high a speed, or when it was still partly strapped down (according to which source you believe), they are taking no chances here, as yet to be introduced 802018 & 802017 move slowly along the up relief line at Grove, under adverse signals, with the 5Z20 09:10 Stoke Gifford to North Pole IEP Depot test run on 22 October 2018.

66504 Grove 22 October 2018

66504 passes Grove on 22 October 2018 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This is one of the small number of Class 66s to receive the 'Powerhaul' colour scheme, now superceded by the Genesee & Wyoming orange livery.

DR75406 Grove 22 October 2018

Colas Rail Matisa B14UE tamper DR75406 Eric Machell passes Grove on 22 October 2018, running as the 6L83 10:05 Didcot Fuelling Point to Westbury. This was running 50 minutes late, but that was still nowhere near enough to get the sun on the front, hence this going away shot.

66019 Grove 22 October 2018

Accelerating away from its half wait at a signal in the distance, 66019 passes Grove on 22 October 2018 with the 3J43 02:53 Didcot to Didcot (via the Berks & Hants Line) Rail Head Treatment Train. 66037 is bringing up the rear.