Tree growing on track at Shipton 15 June 2016

Weeds growing on railway tracks are commonplace on the national network nowadays due to Network Rail's neglect, but this bonsai conifer happily growing in the ballast at Shipton station is a different order of poor maintenance. Sculpted by the passage of westbound trains, this small tree was photographed (with a long lens) from the down platform on 15 June 2016. The old style GWR gangers would be shocked at the state the track is now allowed to get into.