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50007 Grateley 20 April 1991

50007 Sir Edward Elgar accelerates noisily away from Grateley station (just visible underneath the bridge in the background) with the 1L05 10:15 Waterloo to Salisbury Network SouthEast service on 20 April 1991. This was one of my favourite locations on the Waterloo to Exeter line during the mad '50 chasing' days of 1991, as it had uninterrupted views in both directions. Not so now!

165023 & 165010 Overthorpe 22 December 2001

With the town of Banbury visible in the background, 165023 & 165010 approach Overthorpe on 22 December 2001 with the 09:50 Birmingham Snow Hill to Marylebone Chiltern Railways service. Over five years after Chiltern took over the franchise, both units are still sporting their original Network SouthEast livery.

31459 Waltham St Lawrence 8 April 1990

31459 passes Waltham St Lawrence on 8 April 1990 with a West Ruislip to Crewe train of LUL underground stock for refurbishment. This was the first of such two such trains on this particular day, 31417 following just over an hour later. Obviously not affecting this train, but the fast lines were closed for engineering work (note the flag).

1310 & 1563 Redbridge 23 December 2001

Class 421 4-CIG 1310 & Class 411 4-CEP 1563 approach Redbridge on 23 December 2001 with the 08:55 Bournemouth to Waterloo South West Trains service. The reason that the A35 road in the background looks so free of traffic, is that this a Sunday morning.

3142 Potbridge 16 March 1990

Class 423 4-VEP 3142 passes between the two wartime pillboxes at Potbridge on 16 March 1990, as it runs along the down relief line with the 13:05 Waterloo to Southampton Network SouthEast service. The lofty bridge in the background provides an excellent viewpoint for trains travelling in the opposite direction.

47830 Newbury Racecourse 25 June 1999

47830 passes through Newbury Racecourse station on 25 June 1999 with the 1C42 14:32 Paddington to Penzance First Great Western service. This train only ran on Fridays until 9 July. From then until 3 September it ran every weekday.

47826 Aynho 2 November 1994

47826 passes Aynho on 2 November 1994 with the 1V96 09:10 Edinburgh to Reading service. The old station building had just been converted into a private residence, the caravan presumably being temporary accommodation while the work was carried out. The small trees planted in the newly created garden are a lot larger now! Trees have also grown up on the other side of the line, blocking off the view of the Banbury to Marylebone line, which can clearly be seen in this view. Also, Aynho Junction flyover can just be seen in the background, behind the station building.

155330 Melbury Bubb 15 August 1991

155330 passes Melbury Bubb on 15 August 1991 with the 08:10 Weston-super-Mare to Weymouth Regional Railways service. The following year this unit (along with most of the class) was converted into two single car Class 153s, becoming 153330 & 153380. Melbury Bubb is situated between Yeovil and Maiden Newton, and is principally noted for its church's font, made out of an upturned Saxon cross.

165106 South Moreton (Didcot East) 29 October 1992

A brief burst of autumnal sunshine amid the clouds at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 29 October 1992. 165106 runs along the down relief line with the 1F24 13:20 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service. In the field on the right is a once common feature of the countryside, a windpump, along with its associated water tanks. Probably a product of Godwins Pumps of Quenington.

50017 Andover 11 May 1991

50017 Royal Oak pulls out of Andover station on 11 May 1991 with the 1V09 09:15 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service. Note the Kemira fertilser depot in the background, which was formerly rail served. 

402 Kingswear 20 June 1992

402 leaves Kingswear on 20 June 1992 with the 11:45 service to Paignton, during the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway's Diesel Gala Weekend. Amongst the classic cars on the left, which include a BMW 635CSi and a Ford Capri, there is a fourth generation Honda Accord. Before anyone asks, this is not mine, as at the time I was driving a BMW 325i!

156501 Cample 6 September 2000

156501 passes Cample on 6 September 2000 with the 13:03 Glasgow Central to Carlisle ScotRail service. This picturesque location, between Sanquhar and Dumfries, has the Lowther Hills has a backdrop. On this occasion, as can be seen from the lineside trees, there was a howling gale blowing in from the west.

150273 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 28 October 2002

150273 approaches Potters Grange Junction, Goole, on 28 October 2002 with the 07:28 Doncaster to Beverly Arriva Trains Northern service. The cranes in the background are working on the initial stages of construction of the the Guardian float glass works, which opened the following year.

L403 Moreton-in-Marsh 16 January 1985

L403 (51378, 59488 & 51336) stands in the snow at Moreton-in-Marsh station on 16 January 1985, after having arrived with the 2B72 16:35 'all stations' service from Reading. It would wait here for an hour before returning south as the 2A50 19:20 to Paddington.

166204 Standish Junction 13 January 2018

The new order of Gloucester area local services. Until 2018 the sight of a Class 166 at Standish Junction would have been extremely unusual, but the cascade of rolling stock following the Great Western Mainline electrification will make this an everyday sight. 166204 Norman Topsom MBE slowly passes the junction after a brief signal check on 13 January 2018 with the 2T90 09:10 Worcester Shrub Hill to Bristol Temple Meads GWR service.

60001 Standish Junction 13 January 2018

60001 passes Standish Junction on 13 January 2018 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 06:38 Banbury to Westerleigh Murco 'Severn Aggregator' railtour. 66230 is on the rear. From Westerleigh the tour would travel via the Severn Tunnel to visit Machen Quarry, and then run via Gloucester to visit Sharpness.

66230 Standish Junction 13 January 2018

66230 brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 06:38 Banbury to Westerleigh Murco 'Severn Aggregator' railtour at Standish Junction on 13 January 2018. 60001 is the lead loco. I wouldn't normally bother to risk dashing across the busy main road just to photograph a 'Shed', but as this is one of the bright red ones, I relented.

50008 Standish Junction 13 January 2018

50008 Thunderer approaches Standish Junction in a brief burst of unexpected sunshine on 13 January 2018 with the 4Z03 08:00 Okehampton to Chaddesden Sidings, conveying Network Rail rail grinders DR79501, DR79502, DR79503, DR79504, DR79505, DR79506 & DR79507. 56104 can be seen on the rear of the train. Although not originally booked to do so, the train reversed at Gloucester, but this proved to be a mistake, as 56104 promptly failed. Good old Thunderer had to take over at Eckington loop, but not before the train was nearly two hours late!

56104 Standish Junction 13 January 2018

56104 brings up the rear of the 4Z03 08:00 Okehampton to Chaddesden Sidings rail grinder move at Standish Junction on 13 January 2018. The sunshine was an unexpected bonus on a largely cloudy day. 50008 Thunderer is leading the train. At Gloucester the train reversed, and then almost immediately 56104 failed, so Thunderer had to run round and take the train forward.

43133 Thrupp (Gloucestershire) 13 January 2018

43133 snakes round the reverse curves at Thrupp (near Stroud) with the 1L58 13:00 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington GWR service on 13 January 2018. Directly behind the power car is the Thames & Severn Canal, with Stanton's Bridge clearly visible. The canal is slowly being restored, and will eventually once again form a through route across the Cotswold Hills.

43087 Thrupp (Gloucestershire) 13 January 2018

43087 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistic Corps runs down the Golden Valley at Thrupp on 13 January 2018 with the 1G29 12:15 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. To the left of the train is Ham Mill Bridge, on the Thames & Severn Canal, with Ham Mill Lock just visible through the arch.

47476 Oxford 26 May 1990

47476 passes through Oxford station's centre road on 26 May 1990 with the 1O06 07:18 Manchester Piccadilly to Poole InterCity service. This was one of the few passenger trains at the time that was not booked to call at Oxford, hence the use of the centre line, avoiding the platform. On this occasion it was running 40 minutes late, which has not improved the rather head on lighting.

31117 Denchworth 21 May 1983

31117 passes Denchworth on 21 May 1983 with the 3A40 14:55 Cardiff Canton to Old Oak Common newspaper empties. I don't know why I didn't visit this location more in the 1980s, before the huge signal gantry was erected, effectively blocking this view. I also don't know why I didn't photograph this train more often, and in better weather!

170635 Loughborough 21 September 2002

170635 accelerates away from Loughborough station on 21 September 2002 with the 15:02 Birmingham New Street to Nottingham Central Train service. This was one of those all to frequent occasions when the DMU that passes by before the railtour is in full sun, but the main event passes in less than perfect light!

170201 Fenwick 13 September 2003

Between 2000 and 2004, Hull Trains hired in four Anglia Railways Class 170s to work its newly introduced services, prior to acquiring its own rolling stock. 170201 leads another unidentified unit past Fenwick on 13 September 2003 with the 15:05 Hull to Kings Cross service.

43008 Norton Fitzwarren 30 October 1991

43008 passes Norton Fitzwarren on 30 October 1991 with the 1C20 09:35 Paddington to Plymouth InterCity service. Taunton Cider's rail borne traffic had clearly survived the demise of Speedlink a few months earlier, but unfortunately it was not to last much longer.

47361 Culham 15 June 1999

A wave from the driver of 47361 Wilton Endeavour, as it passes Culham on 15 June 1999 with the 4M99 16:47 Southampton to Crewe Basford Hall freightliner. It's not often that this field is freshly ploughed in mid summer, but it certainly breaks up the normal all pervading greenness of this time of year.

47336 Ashchurch 6 May 1989

47336 passes Ashchurch on 6 May 1989 with the 6E48 07:40 Hallen Marsh to Immingham Norsk Hydro fertiliser empties, just at the same moment as a cement lorry starts pouring the foundations on the building site next to the railway. 

47301 South Moreton 29 February 1996

With its Freightliner grey livery turned brown with grime, 47301 Freightliner Birmingham passes South Moreton on 29 February 1996 with the 4O22 02:30 Garston to Southampton freightliner. Didcot Power Station is all but invisible in the mist in the background.

159002 & 159012 Salisbury 12 December 1993

A pair of Class 159s pictured in the rain at Salisbury station on 12 December 1993. 159002 is clearly displaying Portsmouth Harbour in the destination blind, but this does not match up with any train in the timetable. Is it a Sunday replacement for the 07:45 Cardiff to Portsmouth, starting from Salisbury due to Sunday engineering works? Any information would be gratefully received. 159012 is working the 09:38 Yeovil Junction to Waterloo Network SouthEast service.

43147 Hinksey 14 March 1987

43147 passes Hinksey Yard on 14 March 1987 with the 1A48 13:14 Great Malvern to Paddington service. This train typifies the era, with a pair of power cars in the InterCity Executive livery, but with the coaches still in blue and grey. The Oxford skyline in the background is dominated on the right by the then still relatively new ice rink.

L402 & L420 Oddington 9 May 1987

L402 (51377, 59487 & 51335) & L420 (51400, 59510 & 51358) pass Oddington on 9 May 1987 with one of the inaugural Network SouthEast trains from Oxford to Bicester Town. This location has now changed out of all recognition, with the vintage bullhead track replaced by a reinstated high speed double line. The level crossing from which this picture was taken has been replaced by a bridge a little further to the north. Even before all this alteration, the scene had changed considerably, as trees were planted next to the line in the former crossing keeper's garden on the right.

55995 Radley 20 July 1989

Class 128 DPU 55995 passes through Radley station on 20 July 1989 with the 4A17 16:20 Paddington to Oxford parcels. This was running nearly an hour late, which was very fortunate, as at the booked time I was still driving to the location. Unfortunately I have very few pictures of these distinctive units, and with none of the class of ten escaping the cutter's torch, I am not going to get any more! Delivered in green, and then repainted blue, this was their final livery, and it certainly made them stand out, even in the colourful Network SouthEast era. 55995 was withdrawn, along with all the other surviving Western Region 128s, in November 1990. It was cut up at MC Metals, Glasgow in April 1991.

L419 Wolvercote Junction 27 March 1982

L419 (51356, 59508 & 51398) passes Wolvercote Junction on 27 March 1982 with the 2V60 07:53 Banbury to Reading service. It has been a long time since its been possible to take an unshaded morning picture of a southbound train like this here! The bridge that the unit is crossing is over the Duke's Cut - a short canal linking the Oxford Canal to the River Thames.

L730 South Moreton 26 March 1992

Hybrid Class 104/108 unit L730 (53455 & 51571) catches a very brief patch of weak late afternoon sunshine, as it passes South Moreton on 26 March 1992 with the 2C54 16:00 Reading to Oxford Network SouthEast service. In the final few months of first generation DMU operation in the Thames Valley, various odd combinations of hitherto unusual (for the area) DMU types were being used, as the route's regular Class 117 Pressed Steel units were moved away to pastures new, or withdrawn.

85011 Soulbury 28 April 1990

85011 passes Soulbury on 28 April 1990 with a Warrington Bank Quay to Wembley rugby special. This was for the Silk Cup Challenge final, between Wigan and Warrington. 85011 was withdrawn the following year, and cut up at MC Metals, Springburn in February 1993.

56087 Great Cheverell 25 February 1984

56087 passes Great Cheverell on 25 February 1984 with the 6A56 11:25 Frome to Hayes & Harlington Tarmac stone hoppers. Unfortunately this is taken in very gloomy conditions, but I have not got many pictures of Class 56s on the Berks & Hants route. Also, most trains were operated by Foster Yeoman or ARC, so my pictures of a Tarmac train are at a premium.

50002 Broadsands 16 October 1993

50002 Superb gleams in the autumn sunshine, as it rounds the curve near Broadsands on 16 October 1993 with the 12:25 Paignton to Kingswear service, during the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway's Class 50 Event.

D9553, D9539 & D9537 Toddington 11 November 1995

D9553, D9539 & D9537, pictured in the yard at Toddington on 11 November 1995. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway relied heavily on these former Western Region hydraulics in its early days, and although D9537 saw little use on passengers trains, both D9553 & D9539 worked extensively during the line's Diesel Galas of the early 1990s.

56131 Knaresborough 20 March 1994

56131 Ellington Colliery crosses Knaresborough Viaduct on 20 March 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1G50 10:50 York to York (via Leeds and Harrogate) 'Knaresborough Knave' railtour. I would have preferred the train to be going in the other direction, and better weather would have helped, but the sight of a Class 56 crossing the River Nidd, with the town in the background was not to be missed. After change of loco at York, this train then became the 1G50 12:51 York to Scarborough 'Glorious Sunset', hauled by 50033 Glorious.

47612 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 January 1985

A frosty morning at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 5 January 1985. 47612 Titan heads towards the capital with the 1A26 08:57 Cardiff Central to Paddington service. 47612 was one of the patch of Western Region 47s that received names in the mid 1960s. Although one or other of the plates was missing for short periods at various times, it managed to retain the Titan name for over two decades, from March 1966 to October 1989. During this time its number changed from D1665, to 47080, and then 47612.

165035 Ardley Quarry 9 August 2003

Until the inevitable bushes grew up, there was a good evening viewpoint for northbound trains near Ardley Quarry, on the Chiltern Line. With the M40 motorway in the background, 165035 passes the overgrown quarry line on 9 August 2003 with the 15:45 Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill Chiltern Railways service.

166221 Combe 7 January 2018

166221 Reading Traincare Depot approaches Combe on 7 January 2018 with the late running 1W02 10:42 Paddington to Hereford GWR service. The bridge on the left carries the line over the River Evenlode, which the railway will cross and recross numerous times before it gets to Charlbury.

165106 Combe 7 January 2018

165106 passes Combe on 7 January 2018 with the 1P45 11:14 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. This is one of the few Cotswold Line locations that has improved enormously in recent years. In the 1980s, when Class 50s worked the line, this view was spoiled by scattered lineside trees and bushes.

43171 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 7 January 2018

43171 accelerates away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 7 January 2018 with the 1P51 13:15 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. The station can just be seen in the background, beyond the lower quadrant signals. Although these iconic HSTs will soon be replaced by Class 800 DMUs, at least I should be grateful that I live so near a line that still has working semaphore signals!

43191 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 7 January 2018

43191 passes underneath the recently rebuilt Dunstall Bridge, near Moreton-in-Marsh, with the 1P57 13:32 Hereford to Paddington GWR service on 7 January 2018. Despite the recent work, the original rather decrepit wooden fence has been retained, and even repaired with some new posts. What a relief that Network Rail didn't feel the need to install their usual palisade fencing!

43026 Moreton-in-Marsh (Dunstall Bridge) 7 January 2018

Cotswold Line HST sunset? The setting sun illuminates 43026 Michael Eavis, as it approaches Dunstall Bridge, near Moreton-in-Marsh, on 7 January 2018 with the 1W39 13:42 Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street GWR service. Nearly three decades after I photographed the last of the Class 50s working over the Cotswold Line, I am now repeating the experience with Class 43s! I'm not quite sure how a five coach DMU can be seen as an improvement over an eight coach HST, but the Class 800s will soon be the normal motive power on this line. That's progress!

37215 Winchcombe 25 July 2001

37215 approaches Winchcombe on 25 July 2001 with a Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway freight charter. This is the site of the infamous 'Chicken Curve' landslip that happened in 2011, when part of the embankment gave way, closing the railway at this point for two years.

37174 Yeovil Pen Mill 25 July 1992

37174 pulls out of Yeovil Pen Mill station on 25 July 1992 with the 2O87 07:58 Cardiff Central to Weymouth Regional Railways service. This Saturdays only service was booked for one of Cardiff Canton's no heat 37s, which naturally made it extremely popular with photographers.

153380 & 158827 Hayle 26 March 1994

153380 & 158827 pass Hayle go-kart track on 26 March 1994 with the 15:55 Plymouth to Penzance Regional Railways service. Naturally I hadn't travelled all the way to Cornwall just to photograph DMUs. I was waiting at this location to see the final Class 50 hauled train on the national network (or so we thought at the time!), from the other side of the A30 road bridge.

D1087 Llanuwchllyn 9 August 2002

The Bala Lake Railway's 1973 built Severn Lamb D1087 Merionnydd, pictured at Llanuwchllyn on 9 August 2002. This loco has carried numerous liveries during its career. This rather drab colour scheme had been replaced by a bright blue paint job when I saw it parked in the same position ten years later.

73126 Rolvenden 27 May 1991

73126 Kent & East Sussex Railway rounds the sharp curve on the approach to Rolvenden with the 14:15 Tenterden to Northiam service on 27 May 1991, during the Kent & East Sussex Railway's Gala weekend. The head on viewpoint almost completely hides the train, but it does show vintage Plasser & Theurer VKR 05-E tamper DX74108 on the left, and Hunslet Engine Co. 0-4-0 diesel shunter 4208 & Class 03 D2024 in the background.

5080 Hailes 13 October 1990

Castle Class 4-6-0 5080 Defiant passes Hailes on 13 October 1990 with the 11:45 Toddington to Gretton service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Great Western Railway weekend. The line had only been reopened at this point four years earlier, and this was one of the earliest major multiple locomotive events to take place on the line.

2516 Swindon Museum 15 July 1989

2301 Class 'Dean Goods' 0-6-0 2516 is pictured inside the old Great Western Railway Museum at Swindon on 15 July 1989, in the company of GWR 1912 Dennis fire engine AM2747. 260 of these simple freight locos were built between 1883 and 1899. A few managed to survive into the 1950s, working in various rural Welsh backwaters, but all had been withdrawn by 1957. 2516 is the sole survivor of the class, and had a life of nearly 60 years, being withdrawn from Oswestry shed in May 1956. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to get a reasonably uninterrupted view of this loco in its new home in the modern Swindon Steam Railway Museum.

165103 Moreton-in-Marsh 2 July 1995

165103 arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh station on 2 July 1995 with the 10:20 Paddington to Great Malvern service. This train was booked to wait here for 17 minutes, as it couldn't access the single line to Evesham until the 1O09 10:30 Wolverhampton to Poole loco hauled service had arrived at the station.

47844 Moreton-in_Marsh 2 July 1995

During the summer 1995 timetable, Inter-regional trains to the South Coast were diverted via the Cotswold Line on Sundays. 47844 Derby & Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry is seen here at Moreton-in-Marsh on 2 July 1995 with the 1O09 10:30 Wolverhampton top Poole service. After its enforced long wait in the station, 165103 can now proceed northwards with the 10:20 Paddington to Great Malvern service.

158763 Droitwich 27 April 1991

Brand new 158763 approaches Droitwich on 27 April 1991 with a southbound crew training run, prior to the class's introduction onto Birmingham to Cardiff Regional Railways services. The coal yard on the right marks the site of the former goods shed.

55023 Husborne Crawley 2 November 1994

55023 (L123) approaches Husborne Crawley on 2 November 1994 with the 12:40 Bedford to Bletchley service. The M1 motorway bridge is in the background, next to Ridgmont's upper quadrant semaphore signals. Green livered 55023 worked on this line for a number of years, and upon withdrawal in November 1996, moved the short distance to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.

B962 Malago Vale 5 April 1990

B962 (53612 & 54492) passes Malago Vale on 5 April 1990 with the 14:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton service. This location has changed dramatically since this picture was taken. The large factory building has been demolished, and replaced with houses, and the disused Malago Vale Carriage Sidings on the right have also succumbed to the inevitable housing estate. Change is always taking place, as in the Nineteenth Century the area behind the bushes in the background was occupied by a colliery and a brick works!

873 Yeoford 5 May 1990

873 was one of a number of hybrid Class 108/101 sets working on the Western Region in 1990. It is seen here with Class 108 DMCL 53637 leading Class 108 53248 on the approach to Yeoford on 5 May 1990 with the 12:44 Barnstaple to Exeter St Davids service.

50034 Combe 10 June 1984

The trouble with photographing engineering trains employed in Sunday track possessions is that they often don't move for hours on end, and are sometimes in nearly unphotographable positions! Such was the case on 10 June 1984, when 50034 Furious was being employed in a track relaying possession at Combe, on the Cotswold Line. High up on an embankment, with bushes in the way, the only way to photograph it was with a long lens from a nearby hillside. However, despite the fact that the view is still partly obscured by bushes, this is a very interesting picture, as although Class 50s were common on the Cotswold Line at the time on passenger trains, it was an unusual choice (and a slightly overpowered one!) to be used on a train of just five vacuum braked open wagons and a brake van. Combe church can be seen in the background. 

50033 & 50007 Church Fenton 7 November 1992

The photographers get their pictures of 50033 Glorious & 50007 Sir Edward Elgar, as they pass through Church Fenton station on 7 November 1992 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z42 15:32 York to Eastleigh 'Minster Marauder' railtour.

37425 Clay Cross 9 April 1992

37425 Sir Robert McAlpine / Concrete Bob passes Clay Cross on 9 April 1992 with the 6M26 Earles Sidings to Handsworth cement tanks. A very appropriate choice of locomotive, as Sir Robert McAlpine was a pioneer (if we don't count the Romans!) in the use of concrete for building, hence of course the 'Concrete Bob' nickname.

37416 Achallader 11 April 2000

37416 passes Achallader on 11 April 2000 with the 6Y45 06:36 Mossend to Fort William Enterprise. I had already photographed this train several miles further south in Glen Falloch, but such is the tortuous nature of the West Highland route, and the slow timings, that it was easily possible to get this second picture, despite a long walk back to the car at Glen Falloch, and an even longer walk up the mountainside to this vantage point.

L411 Radley 13 May 1990

L411 (51388, 59498 & 51346) leaves Radley station on 13 May 1990 with the 2C60 16:55 Reading to Oxford Network SouthEast service. The following year a huge radio mast was placed near the end of the down platform, completely ruining this photographic vantage point. In the background is Lock Wood, which is on the steep escarpment on the south side of the River Thames. It is now slightly misnamed, as there hasn't been a lock in the area since the eighteenth century.

L404 Oxford 11 July 1984

L404 (51379, 59489 & 51337) arrives at Oxford on 17 June 1984 with the 2A28 06:19 Paddington to Oxford 'all stations' service. It is interesting to note that there are five operational lines in this picture, whereas now there are only three. The two lines on the left served the scrapyard, which was situated where the station's car park now is.

410 Micheldever 17 June 1984

Pushed by an unidentified Class 33/1, Class 438 4-TC 410 approaches Micheldever on 17 June 1984 with the 09:08 Portsmouth Harbour to Reading service. 410 was one of two Class 4-TC sets to receive a new lease of life in 1991, when it was repainted into 1960s all over blue, and was used on a number of tours under the Premier Charters banner.

47473 Croome 14 May 1984

47473 approaches Croome on 14 May 1984 with the 1E64 13:55 Cardiff Central to Leeds and Hull service. At the time of course a blue Class 47 on blue and grey Mk1s was just about the most mundane train imaginable, but now photographers would really appreciate such a sight. I expect passengers on today's Voyager equivalent would also love the comfort of a Mk1 over the claustrophobic interior of a Class 220!

47465 Rangeworthy 5 May 1990

47465 passes Rangeworthy on 5 May 1990 with the 1E06 14:28 Plymouth to Newcastle parcels. This used to be an excellent location for an evening's photography in the 1980s and 1990s, with clear views in both directions.

800011 Charlbury 2 January 2018

The new era on the Cotswold Line. 800011 arrives at Charlbury station on 2 January 2018 with the 1W14 06:52 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. This was supposed to have been the first revenue earning working of one of these units over the Cotswold Line, but in the event this same unit worked a Paddington to Hereford and return train two days earlier. Despite the fact that it was still virtually dark, and that these trains will be the staple motive power on this line for decades to come, I thought it worth recording the dawn of the new era, and decided to picture the brand new train passing Brunel's 165 year old wooden station building.

43125 Charlbury 2 January 2018

43125 arrives at Charlbury station on 2 January 2018 with the 1P18 06:42 Hereford to Paddington GWR service. After having just photographed 800011 arrive with one of the first trains on the line to be worked by the new Hitachi units, I thought it worth picturing the old order, in its last few months on the route. 43125 and the first coach are in the old blue livery, while the rest of the train is in the green colour scheme, not that you can tell in the atrocious light! I particularly like the way the lights underneath the canopy of the Brunel designed station contrast with the surrounding gloom. On this occasion the Met Office had got the forecast absolutely right. They said it would start raining around 09:00, and that is exactly what it did, but by that time I was on the way home!

47825 South Moreton 9 February 1991

47825 Thomas Telford passes South Moreton in near white out conditions on 9 February 1991 with the 1S76 09:18 Brighton to Glasgow Central service. Despite the atrocious conditions, this was only a few minutes late. In those days, good old BR was more adept at coping with bad weather!

71000 Bucknell 21 April 1990

Unlike its inaugural mainline run two weeks earlier, the unique 8P 4-6-2 71000 Duke of Gloucester's 21 April 1990 Marylebone to Nottingham 'Mid-Day Scot' railtour took place in miserable conditions. It is seen here emerging from the mist at Bucknell, on the Chiltern Line, which at that time was still a single track backwater. This picture is taken from a farm occupation bridge, which has since been demolished.

6024 Bearley 16 April 1990

King Class 4-6-0 6024 King Edward 1 passes Bearley in weak spring sunshine on 16 April 1990 with the Stratford-upon-Avon to Tyseley 'Shakespeare Express' railtour. The vantage point for this picture is the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal aqueduct.

50007 & D400 Knucklas Viaduct 23 January 1993

50007 Sir Edward Elgar & D400 cross Knucklas Viaduct in pouring rain on 23 January 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 05:46 Manchester Piccadilly to Knighton 'Knighton Horse' railtour. With driving rain, and extremely low light levels, this was a very difficult picture to capture on ISO 100 film! Luckily the train was moving fairly slowly.

47089 Baulking 19 January 1985

47089 Amazon approaches Baulking in freezing conditions on 19 January 1985 with a short engineer's train. The bridge in the background marks the site of Uffington station. Two years later 47089 was involved in an accident at Chinley North Junction, when its overloaded stone train ran away and was derailed. The wreckage was hit by 31440 working the 1M34 16.22 Sheffield to Liverpool service. Both locos sustained substantial damage, and were withdrawn.

1017 & 1032 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 January 1985

1017 brings up the rear of the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z27 07:20 Watford Junction to Maerdy 'Cymru DEMU' railtour at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 5 January 1985. 1032 was leading the train, but I couldn't resist this going away shot, as not only was the very weak sun lighting up the rear end, but also for the sheer novelty value of a pair of Hastings units on the Great Western Mainline.

Culkerton Goods Shed 5 January 1985

The tiny station at Culkerton, on the Tetbury Branch, possessed an extremely impressive brick built goods shed, seemingly out of all proportion to its remote rural location. The tall structure is pictured on 5 January 1985, over two decades after the line had closed. Since this picture was taken, the building has been largely surrounded by trees, and is now nearly invisible from the road.

Marton Junction 2 June 1984

With the parapets of the Hunningham to Long Itchington road underbridge in the foreground, this is the view looking north east along the closed in all but name Rugby to Southam Cement Works line on 2 June 1984. The line was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1851, linking the towns of Rugby and Leamington Spa.

20176 & 20046 Clay Mills (Hargate) 4 September 1991

Thunderstruck! I'm not quite sure about the significance of the unofficial adornment to the front of 20176, but it certainly made the loco easy to identify from a distance during 1991. It is seen here, along with 20046, passing Clay Mills (Hargate) on 4 September 1991 with the 6M51 10:08 Scunthorpe to Brierley Hill steel.

20075 & 20187 Holywell Junction 27 August 1994

20075 Sir William Cooke & 20187 Sir Charles Wheatstone pass Holywell Junction on 27 August 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 14:58 Trawsfynydd to York 'Trawsfynydd Trekker' railtour. Holywell Junction ceased to be a junction in 1954 with the closure of the mile long line to Holywell Town station. Holywell Junction station, which can be seen in the background, closed in 1966.

47619 Kingham 10 September 1986

47619 approaches Kingham station shortly after sunrise on 10 September 1986 with the 1A10 06:00 Hereford to Paddington service. Although at the time this duty was shared equally between Class 47s and 50s, I remember being disappointed that after getting up so early, it was 'only' a 47! It would be pointless trying to take a picture here at this time of the morning now, as tall trees next to the line block out the sun. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing. 

165110 South Moreton 30 April 1994

One of my favourite Thames Valley photographic locations, now gone forever under a sea of 25kV electfrication wires. In the good old days, 165110 passes South Moreton with the 2F43 14:07 Paddington to Oxford Network SouthEast service on 30 April 1994.

166209 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 19 December 1999

166209 approaches Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 19 December 1999 with the 09:02 Worcester Foregate Street to Paddington Thames Trains service. The snow had fallen during the night, but even by 10:00 the next day most of it had dropped off the trees. However, the combination of sunshine and snow was not to be missed. What a pity it was a Sunday, with very little traffic about!

20069 Dereham 14 December 1997

20069 approaches Dereham on 14 December 1997 with a 'Santa Special' from Yaxham. The loco had arrived at the Mid Norfolk Railway in 1992, but repainting was a slow process. In fact it wore this red oxide and grey undercoat 'livery' for over a year, before finally getting another coat of BR blue.

57004 Lower Basildon 26 July 1999

57004 Freightliner Quality passes Lower Basildon on 26 July 1999 with the 4M99 16:47 Southampton to Crewe Basford Hall freightliner. This location was only really of any photographic use for northbound trains on the relief line. Now of course, with the completion of the electfrication, it is no use for trains on any line!

43170 St George's 20 April 1985

A rather battered looking 43170 leads the 1A32 09:14 Swansea to Paddington service past St George's on 20 April 1985. This was one of those days when the sky seemed to be largely filled with clouds, but virtually every train came along in a sunny spell. If only it was always like that!

37411 Ponthir 18 August 1995

37411 passes Ponthir on 18 August 1995 with the 1M89 16:45 Cardiff to Manchester Piccadilly Regional Railways service. Note the variation in livery on the coaches, most of which seem to be minus any branding.

60099 Croome 15 July 2002

60099 Ben More Assynt passes Croome on 15 July 2002 with the 6M96 05:34 Llanwern to Corby steel coils. Ben More Assynt is the highest mountain in Sutherland. It is situated in a remote location between Lairg and Ullapool.

47852 Oxford North Junction 20 July 1990

47852 passes Oxford North Junction on 20 July 1990 with the 1M31 17:16 Folkestone to Manchester Piccadilly service, which it worked as far as Birmingham New Street. 47852 was one of four locos to receive this non-standard livery, which was the result of removing the large logo and numbers from the so called 'large logo' colour scheme. The other locos were: 47845, 47846 & 47850.

L211 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 26 May 1990

During the late 1989s and early 1990s, Class 121 trailer 54287 was formed up with Class 101 DMBS 53155 to form set L211. This hybrid unit is pictured approaching Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 26 May 1990 with the 2C14 06:30 Reading to Bicester Town Network SouthEast service. Looking at this view, it is hard to believe that it is just a few minutes walk from the centre of Oxford. You would be under no illusions now, as this semi-rural view has been utterly desecrated by a huge range of awful looking tenement blocks.

7752 & 6106 Winchcombe 14 October 1990

57xx Class 0-6-0PT 7752 & 61xx 2-6-2T 6106 leave Winchcombe on 14 October 1990, en-route from Toddington to Gretton, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Great Western Railway weekend. Although they don't appear to be working too hard here, it was enough to cause a small lineside fire!

165102 Finstock 19 December 2017

165102 passes Finstock station on 19 December 2017 with the 1P39 10:22 Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington GWR service. Two new stop boards have just been installed, in preparation for the introduction of the Class 800 DMUs. The 9 car, and 5/10 car boards can be seen just beyond the end of the platform, just passed the 2 car DMU stop notice. The two HST stop boards are further back, near the signal cabinet in the background.

800014 Finstock 19 December 2017

My first picture of a Class 800 DMU on the Cotswold Line. 800014 arrives at Finstock station on 19 December 2017 with the 5Z26 09:11 Hereford Diesel Sidings to Stoke Gifford selective door opening test run. The train came to a stand with the leading vehicle underneath the roadbridge, and a member of staff got out of the second coach and looked down the train. After taking a picture on his phone, he reboarded the train, and test complete, the train set off towards Oxford. Class 800s had previously made several forays up the line, but they were either at night, or in the case of the one a week earlier, happened during heavy snow that prevented me getting out to photograph it! Note the unhelpful train indicator, which kept cycling through a series of messages saying it couldn't find the modem or GPS signal. Also, as you can tell from the winter sunshine, the time definitely isn't 21:18!

165125 Finstock 19 December 2017

165125 passes through Finstock station on 19 December 2017 with the 1P43 10:59 Great Malvern to Paddington GWR service. I'm not sure whether this is permanent alteration, but this train was formerly a three car Class 166. Although the morning sunshine had by now completely disappeared, I waited for this as the area of the station that would have been in shade was still covered with a surprising amount of snow, seen to advantage in this moderate wideangle view.

43027 Shrivenham 24 December 1994

A superb frosty Christmas Eve scene at Shrivenham. Although the frost has started to melt on the grass, there is still plenty left on the trees and in the field, as 43027 Glorious Devon heads westwards with the 1B24 11:50 Paddington to Swansea service. 24 December 1994.

156481 Goole 5 July 1997

156481 approaches Goole on 5 July 1997 with the 08:48 Sheffield to Hull Arriva Trains Northern service. In the background is Potters Grange Junction, where the Knottingley line diverges to the right. The sidings on the left are for traffic to the docks, the connecting line to which can be seen diverging from the left hand siding. In the background is the A161 roadbridge, which is effectively the Goole bypass, and the only practical road access from Goole to Old Goole if there is a problem with the level crossing in the centre of the town.

58045 Ellistown 3 June 1990

58045 approaches journey's end, as it passes Ellistown on 3 June 1990 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1T05 08:24 St Pancras to Coalville 'Coalville & Calverton Caboodle' railtour. Ibstock Sidings were formerly situated in the background of this view, where two lines diverged at different angles, one to Ibstock Colliery, the other to Nailstone Colliery. Ibstock Colliery closed in 1928, but the line remained open for many years to serve a nearby brickworks. Nailstone Colliery closed in 1967.

43027 Ascott-under-Wychwood 16 December 2017

Ascott-under-Wychwood station does not normally have a Saturday service, but in the lead up to Christmas, the normally non-stop 1P31 07:10 Hereford to Paddington GWR HST is booked to call. 43027 is seen here pulling away from the station on 16 December 2017. If I had known that this was going to be hauled by the '90 Glorious Years' liveried power car, I might have opted for a more conventional viewpoint to show off the livery. An extremely long lens is required here to clear foreground shadows. The flock of pigeons flying across just as the train was approaching was certainly not expected, but I suppose it makes the picture a little different. On the plus side, the sun was out, but just a couple of minutes later the sun disappeared behind a massive bank of dark clouds!

56096 Elsham 31 December 2001

56096 passes Elsham on 31 December 2001 with the 6C74 11:48 Scunthorpe to Immingham MGR empties. Elsham Signal Box can just be seen in the background. Although this appears to be a quiet rural location, the M180 motorway crosses the line just behind this spot.