OXFORDSHIRE & THE THAMES VALLEY
2016
2016
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Didcot pilot 08757 in parcels livery shunts MOD containers on 08/03/11.
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66541 4O54 06.13 Leeds-Southampton....Hinksey yard....08/03/11.
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Hinksey yard pilot 08886 busy shunting spoil wagons on 08/03/11.
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Euro Cargo Rail 66033 back in the UK after its tour of duty in France....Didcot holding sidings....08/03/11.
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Shanks livery 66522 on 4V60 Calvert-Bristol passing Hinksey yard....yet again the elusive lime coloured end was not leading!....08/03/11.
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08886 has its work cut out shunting trains that come and go at Hinksey yard associated with the redoubling of the Cotswold line.
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DRS pair 37682+37409 pass Hinksey yard with a 5Z47 Crewe-Eastleigh empty stock move on 08/03/11.
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66102 near Goring with 6X48 Wembley-Didcot loaded Fords, 15/06/10.
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Reinstated 60051 at Didcot North Jcn with 6O26 Hinksey-Eastleigh on 22/10/09. All was not well though, as it was declaired a failure in Didcot yard and was dragged to Eastleigh dead in train by a class 66 then dragged back to Bescot that nite then tripped to Toton next day.
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66047 passes Lower Basildon on 23/04/10 with 6X48 Dagenham-Didcot loaded cars/vans.
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37069 & 37611 with one test coach standing in for the unavailable Network Rail class 150 unit, forming a 2Q88 Didcot-Banbury (via Severn Tunnel Jcn on 27/04/11.
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37611 tails 2Q88 into Didcot behind 37069 on 27/04/11
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66957 passing Foxhall Jcn with 6V87 Crawley-Stoke Gifford stone empties on 27/04/11.
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37611 Top'n'Tail with 37069 at Foxhall Jcn on a 2Q88 08.22 Didcot-Banbury via Severn Tunnel Jcn on 27/04/11.
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37069 T'n'T with 37611 pass the Power staion entrance at Didcot enroute to Banbury with 2Q88 on 27/04/11.
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Lickey banker 66058 (note front spotlight) gets away from a signal check at Didcot East with 6X48 Dagenham-Didcot loaded with Ford vans & cars 19/05/11.
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70008 works through Mouldsford on a well loaded 4M99 Southampton-Trafford Park (note the 9' 6" boxes now permitted on this route) 19/05/11.
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66841.....6O78 Margam-Dollands Moor.....Lower Basildon.....24/05/11.
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70001....4M99 17.04 Southampton-Trafford Park.....Lower Basildon.....24/05/11.
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70007 powerhauls a lengthy 4M68 14.55 Southampton-Birch Coppice under Sands Road, 01/08/11.
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GBRF 66710 passes Didcot North Junction with the heavyweight 6O96 10.27 Mountsorrel-Eastleigh loaded ballast on 01/08/11.
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66131 at Sands Road with 6X48 13.58 Dagenham-Didcot Ford train laiden with Transit Vans and Fiesta cars......01/08/11.
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GBRf 66707 gets away from Appleford tip with 'Metronet' MLA wagons forming 6M50 18.11 Appleford-Willesden after disposing of its load of 'Olympic mud'...01/08/11.
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After awaiting ground staff 66131 proceeds into Didcot yard with the 6X48 Ford train from Dagenham...01/08/11.
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Serco Railtest 3 car Metro Cammel class 101 test unit leaves Didcot xx/xx/00.
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37379 'Ipswich WRD - Quality Approved' comes under the Chiltern line at Aynho Junction working the 6V03 Fenny Compton-Didcot MOD train on 02/07/00.
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66003 enters Oxford with 4O53 04.33 Wakefield Europort-Southampton on 15/09/11.
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37409 with inspection saloon 'Caroline' enters Banbury forming a 5Z02 13.23 Derby-Reading TMD on 15/09/11.
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37409 & CAROLINE pause at Banbury forming 5Z02 13.23 Derby-Reading TMD on 15/09/11
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67012 on 1H53 15.55 Birmingham Moor st-Marylebone passes the stone terminal at Grimsbuy yard,Banbury on 15/09/11.
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66051 with a well laiden 6X01 Scunthorpe-Eastleigh yard rail train on 15/09/11.
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DVT 82305 leads 1R48 16.50 Marylebone-Birmingham Moor Street past Kings Sutton on 15/09/11.
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GBRf 66731 'Interhub GB' approaches Didcot North Jcn with the recently introduced 6O10 09.25 Appleford-East Grinstead on 29/09/11.
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Due due poor availability of the Colas Rail class 47 fleet, Riviera Trains 47805 & 47769 stood in on 6Z48 13.05 Burton on Trent-Dollands Moor,passing Hinksey Yard,Oxford on 22/10/09.
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Reinstated to cover for class 66's on RHTT duties, 60045 'The Permanent Way Institution' waits time at Didcot yard with 6M65 to Carlisle on 08/10/09.
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Unlucky 13 ?...... 66013 passing the busy Didcot North Junction with 4O53 04.33 Wakefield-Southampton, 15/10/11.
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70007.... 4O14 06.33 Birch Coppice-Southampton.... 15/10/11.
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Metronet livery 66721 works 6M10 10.26 Appleford-Acton Lane (Bluebell Railway spoil empties) at Didcot North Jcn on 15/10/11.
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RHTT loco 67020...., I think !!
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60007 'Spirit of Tom Kendell' eases along Challow loop with 6B33.....15/10/11.
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60007 passes the site of Challow station with 6B33 Theale-Margam on 15/10/11.
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66592 'Johnson Stevens Agencies'.....4O27 05.26 Garston-Southampton..... Didcot East Jcn....15/10/11.
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66088 passing Lower Basildon with a very late (66182 failed) 6M42 Southampton-Halewood car empties. Note the peeling paint on the cab roof !...15/10/11.
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66504 comes under the doomed bridge at Lower Basildon with 4O51 12.44 (SO) Wentloog-Southampton....15/10/11.
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66590....Lower Basildon.....4O56....15/10/11.
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Grubby 66060 at Lower Basildon with 6O42 Halewood-Southampton loaded with Landrovers...15/10/11.
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Colas Rail 66744 (renumberd as a 66/7 ready for transfer to GBRf) works a 6Z50 Dollands Moor-Didcot yard delivering another new rake of STVA car carriers. After passing Reading on time a points failure caused chaos and the train was looped for 90 minutes, just a few miles from its destination!, and only just making it in daylight !....16/10/11.
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Fragonset Railways's 47712 retaining lined black Waterman Railways livery & long term hire to Virgin cross Country enters Didcot on 11/02/00 with a Preston-Brighton service.
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Freightliner's 47358 with 47212 dead in train head a delayed 4O18 05.19 Lawley St-Southampton at Didcot North on 02/11/99.
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Corus livery 60006 'Scunthorpe Ironmaster' leaves Didcot power station having dropped its load of coal from Avonmouth BHT...08/01/01.
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Rail Express Systems 47775 'Respite' departs Oxford with a Serco test train on 07/01/00.
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66564 at Didcot East with 4O14 to Southampton on 06/11/10.
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66550 pases Hinksey yard with 4V60 11.11 Calvert-Bristol Barrow Road 'binliner' on 04/01/10.
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Euro Cargo Rail branded 66073, back in the UK to help out during the RHTT season, stabled at Didcot while the water tanks are filled before another night shift...06/11/10.
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Colas Railfreight 66846 passes under the temporary bridge at Goring with 6O78 11.00 Margam-Dollands Moor on 26/02/12.
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After a long period out of use 37261 is back!.....On 25/03/12 it passes Culham with a 1Q13 13.50 Derby-Old Oak Common 'Radio Survey train' with 97301 on the tail end.
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Arriva Trains Wales branded 57315 leads a diverted 1Z15 16.11 Euston-Nuneaton at Kings Sutton, 57308 was on the rear................ 06/05/12.
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66183 at Didcot North Jcn with 30 ! Autoballaster wagons in tow forming a 6W22 15.26 Hinksey-Reading West Junction on 06/05/12.
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A general view of Twyford station with 165120 passing through on 13/05/12.
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165108 gets away from Twyford with the 08.24 to Paddington on 13/05/12. Note the curved platform serving the Henley branch.
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60007 passes Twyford on 13/05/12 with the Sundays Only 6A70 08.32 Didcot Yard (ex-Lindsey)-Colnbrook.
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DB branded 67029 'Royal Diamond' stabled at Didcot having arrived as 0Z67 from Southall on 13/05/12.
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EWS livery workhorse 60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct' passes Twyford with 6A70 SuO 08.32 Didcot Yard-Colnbrook loaded aviation fuel (ex-Lindsey) on 27/05/12.
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166221 & 165137 pass at Twyford, 27/05/12.
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165101 passing through Twyford non stop on 27/05/12. The sound has failed to waken the 'gentleman' on the bench after a heavy night !!!
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166203 gets away from Twyford with the 08.58 to Paddington on 27/05/12.
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EW&S 37895 works 6A48 14.08 Bicester MOD -Didcot Yard 'Enterprise' trip at Culham on 02/02/00. The Army base received coal by rail and the consist of HEA coal hoppers was a common (and sought after!) load during the winter months. Previously D6719 / 37283, the loco was cut up at EMR Kingsbury in September 2011.
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60059 passing through Sonning Cutting with 6A70 08.32 Didcot yard-Colnbrook
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59203+59101 work a 6Z71 08.10 Westbury-Acton past Shottesbrook Farm,near Maidenhead on 11/08/12.
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165109 passes Waltham St. Lawrence forming an Oxford-Paddington service.Note the grassy 'Up' loop behind the rear cab and the lack of points next to the leading cab....11/08/12.
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A smart looking 59201 with bell passing through Sonning Cutting with IIA's in tow forming a 4C77 (IIA's = 75mph) 12.40 Acton-Westbury on Saturday 11/08/12.
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166209 departs Tilehurst on 11/08/12.
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66572 at Goring on 11/08/12 with 4O54 Leeds-Southampton.
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66504 works a 4O56 12.16 Burton on Trent-Southampton through Goring on 11/08/12.
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43005 speeds through Tilehurst, 11/08/12.
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HeavyHaul 66601 'The Hope Valley' in the Thames Valley at Goring with 6L33 Cardiff Tidal-Dagenham scrap empties on 11/08/12.
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66150 alongside Didcot railway Centre....11/08/12.
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Remote control fitted (note the extra lights) 08752 at Didcot on 11/08/12.....it is also adorned with a black sheep sticker from its time at Margam !
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43010 gets away from Didcot Parkway
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West Coast Railway Co. 47245 speeds through Didcot Parkway with 5Z34 15.28 Southall-Bristol empty stock on 11/08/12.
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166216 & 166214 pass at Moulsford........18/08/12.
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Former Stobart livery 66414,now operated by Freightliner, passing Moulsford with 4O02 11.11 Lawley Street-Southampton on 18/08/12.
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66066 clags away from a signal check at Didcot East Junction with 4M15 11.00 Southampton-Bescot 'intermodal' on 18/08/12.
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43132 passes Steventon with a Paddington-Weston Super Mare service on 18/08/11.
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70001 works 4O27 Garston-Southampton past Didcot East Jcn on 03/11/12. Note the speed limit on the Down Main is also 70 !
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66089 stabled at Didcot........03/11/12.
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Laddering over to the Up Main!, 66165 gets away from Didcot with a 6Z25 Bescot-Eastleigh on 03/11/12.
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Margam 'Black Sheep' branded 60079 'Dolly' passes Steventon with 6B33 12.12 Theale-Margam empty Murco tanks on 03/11/12.
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66556.....4O02 11.11 Lawley Street-Southampton.........Hinksey Yard............03/11/12.
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Network Rail 31285 passes a deserted Hinksey yard with a 3Z05 back to Derby on 03/11/12.
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Freightliner operated DRS 66420 passes Hinksey with a 4O56 Leeds-Southampton on 03/11/12.Note the consist is all 'Pocket' & 'Lowliner' wagons.
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DCR 56312 with 20 MBA 'monster box' wagons in tow passing Banbury Road stone terminal forming 6Z91 10.55 Calvert-Didcot Power Station on 05/11/12.
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165021 forms Chiltern Railways 11.30 Bicester-Oxford service passing Banbury Road stone terminal on 05/11/12. There are plans to build a new station here,the original one closed decades ago.....thats progress!!!
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66098 hurries past Wolvercote Junction with 4O23 11.13 Hams Hall-Southampton Western Docks on 05/11/12.
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Arriva Cross Country 220028 forms a late running Edinburgh-Reading at Wolvercote Jcn......05/11/12.
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66565 at Wolvercote Jcn with a well laiden 4O49 MO 10.13 Birch Coppice-Southampton on 05/11/12. The Cotswold line diverges left.
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180104 comes off the Cotswold line at Wolvercote Jcn forming FGW's 12.06 Worcester Foregate Street-Paddington on 05/11/12.
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Chiltern Railways DVT 82301 tails a six coach formation lead by 67014 away from Banbury on 05/11/12.
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DRS livery 66416 operated by Freightliner runs along the loop at Banbury with 4O09 10.18 Trafford Park-Southampton on 05/11/12.
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66200 'RAILWAY HERITAGE COMMITTEE' storms through Banbury on 05/11/12 with 6E55 MWFO 13.35 Theale-Lindsey, passing some 'modern' heritage signalling !!!
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43175 'GWR 175th Anniversary' passes the site of Challow station leading the 07.49 Weston Super Mare-Paddington service on 08/11/12.
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As usual the sun dips for the first freight of the day!.......66005+66021 on 6M50 07.36 Westbury-Bescot, these reclaimed sleepers ended up in Carlisle next day using the Hinksey-Bescot-Crewe-Carlisle engineers 'Network', 08/11/12.
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DCR 31601 works a 5Z31 09.30 Bristol Barton Hill-Wembley past Didcot Power Station on 08/11/12 delivering a smart looking Chiltern Railways branded mkIII.
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DCR 56312 passing Hinksey with 6Z91 10.55 Calvert-Didcot flyash empties on 08/11/12.
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67005 works a mundane 6A48 12.10 Didcot-Bicester MOD past some vintage 'seacow' hoppers in Hinksey yard.....08/11/12.
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DBS 60063 works 6E48 12.26 Didcot Power Station-Lindsey past Hinksey yard with 'super shunter' 60011 stabled on 08/11/12.
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With a 'shunter swap' due to take place, 60045 arrives at Hinksey with 6V27 from Eatleigh while 60011 waits with 6M28 to Bescot.The two wagons of sleepers had been the consist of 6M50 from Westbury that morning (66021+66005!),likewise the crane etc at the front of 6V27 had been the consist of 6O41 Westbury-Eastleigh all meeting up again at Hinksey!, thus why not send 60045,the crane & sleepers direct from Westbury on 6M50 ??.Of note 60011 worked 6C02 Crewe-Carlisle next morning still with two wagonloads of well travelled sleepers !!!
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60045 pulls into Hinksey with ballast from Eastleigh and a well travelled crane from Westbury forming 6V27..............08/11/12.
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60045 'The Permanent Way Institution' with a Margam 'black sheep' decal and Immingham shedplate sticker at Hinksey taking over from 60011 as 'super shunter'....08/11/12.
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Filthy 66138 passes Lower Basildon with 6W38 12.01 Hinksey-Acton on 11/11/12....this was a poor substitute for 60045 which had been allocated !
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66177 with its oddball white cab roof at Culham on 11/11/12 working a 6V44 12.00 Bescot-Didcot, the rake of IPA's containing Range Rovers.
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Ex-Fastline 56301 ladders over Didcot North Jcn with the DCR operated 6Z91 10.55 Calvert-Didcot Power Station flyash empties. Work is underway here to construct a new 'caged' footbridge.....11/12/12.
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56301 enters Didcot Power Station with 6Z91, the 10.55 flyash empties from Calvert...........11/12/12.
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56301 passing sub-zero Appleford with 6Z91 10.55 Calvert-Didcot PS.
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66116 departs Hinksey with 6M50 07.36 Westbury-Bescot on 15/01/13.....tucked inside is 59005 enroute to Crewe for GSM-R radio fitment. WSSK shunter pool 60045 is stabled on the right.
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66116 departs Hinksey with 6M50 07.36 Westbury-Bescot on 15/01/13.....tucked inside is 59005 enroute to Crewe for GSM-R radio fitment.
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66543 paasing Hinksey, on the left 59005 & 66116 head 6M50.....15/01/13.
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DCR green 56303 works 6Z91 10.55 Calvert-Didcot Power Station past Hinksey on 15/01/13. Note the front four wagons are still loaded with flyash, I assume unloading was stopped to allow the train to leave on time and not miss its path along the branch.
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97304 stabled at Didcot on a 3Q63 to Derby..........26/01/13.
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70001 approaching South Moreton with 4O27 Garston-Southampton, alongside is 43071........26/01/13.
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70001 approaching South Moreton with 4O27 Garston-Southampton, alongside is 43071........26/01/13.
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67022 stabled at Didcot on 26/01/13...........note the gas turbine loco No.18000 in Didcot Railway Centre.
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Turbo 165116 gets away from Didcot passing 67022 on 26/01/13.
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Passing the new fenced off signalling compound at Moreton is 66188 on a 6V13 Dollands Moor-Llanwern steel on 26/01/13. Note the torched off section of signal gantry above the loco and new sections in the yard.
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Freightliner operated 66418 works 4O59 SO 10.44 Wentloog-Southampton away from Didcot on 26/01/13.
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66955 leaves Didcot with 4O02 11.11 Lawley Street-Southampton on 26/01/13.
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The last EWS livery 60 on the mainline, 60065 'Spirit of Jaguar' passes Moreton with 6B33 SO 12.12 Theale-Margam.The train had been delayed an hour due to a fatality at Reading West,so was put onto the 'down main' here to gain time....hence not the shot I had planned !!!
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Chiltern Railways 165006 runs into Islip with 2T09 10.30 Bicester-Oxford on 15/02/13.
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With a wave from the driver, DCR 56311 rumbles through Islip on 6Z91 10.55 Calvert-Didcot Power Station flyash empties...........15/02/13.
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180104 passes 66024 at Hinksey ysard on 04/03/13.
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66024 crawls out of Hinksey yard with 4O40 08.21 Cowley-Southampton with another load of Mini's safely carried in WIA wagons....04/03/13.
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DCR 56303 thunders past Hinksey leaving a trail of flyash dust behind......6Z91 10.53 Calvert-Didcot Power Station.....04/03/13.
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66607......6M40 11.56 Westbury-Stud Farm.........Kennington Junction.........04/03/13.
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Hanson 59101 works 7C54 13.06 Banbury Road-Whatley MRL empties past Hinksey on 04/03/13. The Network Rail staff are moving concrete cable troughing by hand!
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A general view of Didcot Parkway station as 43164 departs west on 04/03/13.
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66184 draws up outside Didcot Power Station to run-round with 6D15 from Avonmouth during its final month of coal deliveries.........04/03/13.
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Having failed at Reading, 60074 'Teenage Spirit' gets towed past Cholsey by 66050 'EWS Energy' on 6B33 13.00 Theale-Robeston on 04/03/13. Note the TiphookRail tanks instead of the usual Murco fleet.
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66558 approaches Hinksey under the old former semaphore gantry with 4O54 06.15 Leeds-Southampton on 05/03/13.
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With flyash dust billowing out the empty MBA box wagons, 56303 screams past Hinksey with another 6Z91 10.53 Calvert-Didcot Power Station on 05/03/13.
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66590.......4O49 09.23 Crewe-Southampton...........Hinksey........05/03/13.
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A freshly cleaned up 166209 passes Hinksey on 05/03/13.
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66001 works past Hinksey Yard with 6M48 10.34 Southampton East Docks-Halewood, the train conveyed Ford Transits,although no 'high-tops' as these wouldn't fit in the covered IPA wagons !
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66108 passes Hinksey with an early running 6A48 14.16 Bicester-Didcot Yard MOD tripper on 05/03/13.
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66605 wheels 6V87 10.59 Crawley-Bristol Barrow Road 'BARDON' empties past Moulsford on 05/03/13.
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66106 passing some more Network Rail litter at Moulsford....instead of the new sign to inform staff ' you are here' ,a wheelie bin would be more appropriate !!!
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43036 comes under Manor Farm bridge ,Cholsey on 05/03/13.
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Stretching back under Manor Farm bridge and beyond is this 35 wagon (7 sets of WIA's) 4M52 11.32 Southampton East Docks-Castle Bromwich working with 66082 in charge on 05/03/13.
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43172 approaching Cholsey........ 05/03/13.
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43196 Manor Farm Bridge, Cholsey.......05/03/13.
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With a consignment of Renault vans in the consist, 66103 works 6X38 11.00 Marchwood-Didcot past Manor Farm,Cholsey on 05/03/13.
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A westbound HST crosses to the fast at Tilehurst on 06/04/13. Network Rail contractors have moved in and demolished some outbuildings and cast iron railings to make way for a new 'electrification friendly' footbridge. The original GWR canopies and footbridge will get the chop.
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66168 works a Wembley-Didcot 'wagonload' past a new signal for bi-directional working at Tilehurst on 06/04/13.
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An Arriva Cross Country voyager speeds through Tilehurst on 06/04/13. Network Rail have moved in to trash the place for a new footbridge and remove anything that gets in the way of electrification !
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The classic original GWR footbridge and canopies at Tilehurst now on borrowed time as a new 'electrification freindly' replacements are due. 165214 leaves with a Paddington-Oxford stopper on 06/04/13.
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Warning this roof covering is fragile....., so will be easy to demolish to make make way for electrification !!!! .Tilehurst 06/04/13.
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The doomed GWR canopy at Tilehurst as 165127 departs East past new footbridge foundation work.........06/04/13.
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EW&S 60017 'BSC Shotton Works Centenary Year 1996' & 37057 'Viking' stabled at Didcot on 18/11/99.
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Unbranded Mainline blue 37375 passes South Moreton on 18/11/99. with 8X05 09.13 Didcot Yard-West Ruslip tube stock delivery.
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COLAS RAIL 47749 'Demelza' clags away from a signal check at Didcot North on 19/04/13 with a Crewe-West Ealing (Plasser) on track plant move.
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A cleaned up 66014 departs Hinksey Yard with 6O26 to Eastleigh on 19/04/13.
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66587 passing Hinksey with 4O14 Birch Coppice-Southampton on 19/04/13.
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66232 departs Hinksey yard with 4O40 08.21 Cowley-Southampton (Mini's) as 66078 passes on the main with 4O53 04.33 Wakefield-Southampton intermodal...........19/04/13.
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56303 at Foxhall Jcn with 6Z91 10.53 Calvert-Didcot on 19/04/13.
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Colas 47749 'Demelza' departs Didcot after a crew change with a 6Z48 West Ealing Plasser Works-Crewe conveying repainted YDA wagons. Note one of the crew 'getting a phot'...stabled in the background is 31233............19/04/13.
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31233 stabled at Didcot..........19/04/13.
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66171............6V27 13.29 Eastleigh-Hinksey.........South Moreton.........19/04/13.
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The original 'Schenker Shed', 66152 at South Moreton with 6X44 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot (Ford Transits & Fiestas)..........19/04/13.
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66164 at Didcot Parkway with Foreign registered containers & wagons (2 20ft boxes per wagon).....forming 6O79 14.32 (Q) Barry Docks-Dollands Moor.....19/04/13.
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DCR's 56091 still in unbranded Fertis grey near Appleford with 6Z92 18.10 Didcot Power Station-Calvert loaded flyash,some of which can be seen billowing into the air on a windy 13/05/13.
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Margam sheep branded 66089 snakes through Didcot Parkway with 4E70 16.40 Southampton-Wakefield Europort on 13/05/13.
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66591.......4M98 18.00 Southampton-Garston.......Appleford.......13/05/13.
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66198 works 6X65 19.43 Didcot Yard-Mossend conveying Ford vehicles from Dagenham near Appleford on 13/05/13.
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66206 shunts 6M28, the 18.16 to Bescot at Hinksey yard on 22/05/13.
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66206 departs Hinksey yard with 6M28 18.16 to Bescot VQ on 22/05/13.
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Fertis grey 56091 works past Hinksey with DCR's 6Z92 18.10 Didcot Power Station-Calvert loaded flyash on 22/05/13.
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180106 passing Hinksey on 22/05/13.
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43002.... aka 'Top of the Pops'.....passing Hinksey yard on 22/05/13.
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70019 works 4M99 16.57 Southampton-Trafford Park past Hinksey yard on 22/05/13.
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66004 near Radley with 4E70, the 16.40 Southampton-Wakefield Europort...........22/05/13.
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165110 and 165112 pass outside Twyford on 25/05/13.
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66621 passes Twyford with 6M91 SO (Q) 09.16Theale-Earles Sidings cement empties on 25/05/13.
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43139 speeds through Tilehurst with another service for Paddington on 25//05/13.
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70019 wheels 4O29 08.14 Crewe-Southampton under the threatened GWR footbridge at Tilehurst on 25/05/13.
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43175 'GWR 175th Anniversary' passing the threatened GWR station canopies at Tilehurst on 25/05/13.
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66955 passes through Tilehurst with 4O02 11.11 Lawley Street-Southampton......25/05/13.
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60020 works 6A70 (Q) 08.32 Didcot Yard-Colnbrook past Ruscombe on 26/05/13.
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166211 hurries up the main nr Ruscombe.........26/05/13.
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43125 leads the 09.19 Bristol-Paddington up the Main at Twyford on 26/05/13. Note the later style bridge on the left and the slew around the plaform.......26/05/13.
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43009 'FIRST- Tranforming Travel' passes Didcot North Junction on 04/06/13.
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6M44 05.36 Southampton-Halewood car empties passes Didcot North behind 66079 on 04/06/13.
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66087 passes South Hinksey with 4O40 08.21 Cowley-Southampton conveying Mini's for export......04/06/13.
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66517.......4O14 MX 07.00 Birch Coppice-Southampton........South Hinksey........04/06/13.
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66156 snakes out of Hinksey yard with 6O26 10.19 to Eastleigh on 04/06/13.
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DCR 56091 near Islip with 6Z91 10.53 Calvert-Didcot Power Station on 04/06/13.
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66162 passing the cleared bank on the approach to Islip with a well loaded 6A49 12.10 Didcot-Bicester MOD train on 04/06/13.
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66516 dwafted by the larger 9'6" containers onboard 4M61 12.54 Southampton-Trafford Park passing Purley on Thames....04/06/13.
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With a healthy load of MOD containers,Renault vans and fuel tanks in tow, 66172 'Paul Mellany' passes Purley with 6X38 11.00 Marchwood-Didcot on 04/06/13.
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Still clean after its recent paint job, 66001 works 6X44 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot Yard past South Moreton on 04/06/13.
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DCR 56091 leaves a trail of flyash dust in its wake as it passes Culham with 6Z92 18.10 Didcot Power Station-Calvert on 04/06/13.
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70017 storms past Culham with 4M99 16.57 Southampton-Trafford Park on 04/06/13.
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Rebuilt 70018 (fire damage) applies the power at Culham on 04/06/13 with 4M98 18.00 Southampton-Garston.
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Shiney 66001 works flat out past Culham with the lenghty 6X65 19.43 Didcot Yard-Mossend conveying Ford cars from Dagenham,Renault vans from Southampton and MOD traffic....04/06/13.
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66059 + 66013 provide ample power for this 6V27 13.29 Eastleigh-Hinksey VQ !! passing South Moreton on 05/06/13.
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Workstained 56311 thumps past South Moreton with a 6Z48 13.15 Thorney Mill-Calvert conveying spoil in JRA wagons....05/06/13.
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66568 in charge of 4M68 14.50 Southampton-Birch Coppice at Lower Basildon on 05/06/13.
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66087 passes Lower Basildon with 6X44 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot Yard loaded ford cars on 05/06/13.
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West Coast Railway Co. 57315 in debranded Arriva livery leads 1Z87 05.00 Newport-Canterbury West 'The Golden Arrow Statesman' into Didcot on 08/06/13.
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Recently named 47805 'John Scott 12.5.45 - 22.5.13' leads Pathfinder Tours' 'The York,Moors & Scarborough Explorer' (1Z11 Bristol-Scarborough) past Didcot North Junction on 08/06/13.
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66199 with yet more empty car carriers from Southampton......6M44 05.18 SO to Halewood on 08/06/13.
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66192 works 6V13 08.12 (Q) Dollands Moor-Margam steel past Ruscombe on 08/06/13.
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All Change !, Hewlet Packard branded 43148 passes Ruscombe with 13.06 Paddington-Penzance on 08/06/13.
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EWS livery 67017 'Arrow' works Chiltern Railways' 1G49 18.06 Marylebone-Birmingham past Kings Sutton on 08/06/13.
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66175 + 66018 pass King Sutton with 6M28 18.16 Hinksey VQ-Bescot engineers trip on 09/07/13.
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Chiltern Mainline 67012 crosses Souldern Viaduct with 1R48 16.47 Marylebone-Birmingham Moor Street on 09/07/13.
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EWS livery 67023 leads 1U52 17.50 Marylebone-Banbury formed of blue & grey stock.................Kings Sutton 09/07/13.
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67010..........1K54 18.15 Marylebone-Kidderminster..........Kings Sutton......09/07/13.
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67013........1K56 18.47 Marylebone-Kidderminster.............Kings Sutton..........09/07/13.
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Colas Rail pair 47749 'Demelza' + 47739 'Robin of Templecombe' pass South Moreton with a 6Z47 SuO 12.30 Dollands Moor-Didcot Yard conveying new STVA car wagons..........21/07/13.
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After arriving from Dollands Moor with new car wagons 47749 + 47739 were parked up adjacent to the station before moving to Eastleigh that night.....21/07/13.
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47739 'Robin of Templecombe' with Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway plaque, and now an additional plate to mark the sad passing of Colas Rail driver and S&DJR veteran Robin Gould.
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180108...... Ruscombe........01/08/13.
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59204 with 66207 dead in train works past Ruscombe with 7A09 07.12 Merehead-Acton on 01/08/13.
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4L31 09.03 Bristol-Felixstowe with 66568 in charge at Ruscombe on 01/08/13.
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66520 powers through Twyford with 6M91 (Q) 11.13 Theale-Earles Sidings cement empties on 01/08/13. The branch to Henley is on the right.
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59202 with 59001 for company pass through Sonning Cutting with 7C77 12.40 Acton-Merehead on 01/08/13.
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66139 snakes through Sonning Cutting with 6M20 10.37 Whatley-St.Pancras Churchyard Sidings formed of IIA,HOA & JGA hoppers........01/08/13.
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59101 cruises through Newbury with 7A09 07.12 Merehead-Acton on 21/08/13.
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59101 (again!) rolls through Sonning Cutting with 7A09 07.12 Merehead-Acton on 21/08/13.
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Freightliners 4L31 09.03 Bristol-Felixstowe passes Sonning with DRS livery 66420 up front........21/08/13.
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HeavyHaul 66620 passes Sonning with 6M91 11.16 Theale-Earles Sidings cement empties on 21/08/13.
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180106 on the main at Shottesbrook Farm........21/08/13.
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DBS 59202 at Shottesbrook Farm with a mixed bag of IIA,HOA & JGA hoppers forming 6M20 10.37 Whatley-St.Pancras Churchyard Sidings............21/08/13.
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A timeless classic........59002 with a 2 portion 7C77 12.40 Acton-Merehead passing Shottesbrook Farm on 21/08/13.
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Shortly after the previous shot, the other Yeoman livery 59, No. 59004 passes Shottesbrook Farm on 6V18 Hither Green-Whatley.....21/08/13.
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A cleaned up 59203 works past Burghfield with 7Z20 10.58 Grain-Merehead formed of MBA box wagons previously used on the Didcot flyash flow.........21/08/13.
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66120 works a fully laiden 4E70 17.03 Southampton Western Docks-Wakefield past Lower Basildon on 21/08/13.
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As the southern WCML was closed for engineering works on 25/08/13, Virgin Trains ran 'Blockbuster' trains via the Chiltern line. One train utilised the 'pretendolino' set of mkIII's, here DRS 57302 'Chad Varah' leads 1Z04 10.04 Euston-Birmingham International service near Fritwell.
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DRS 57302 'Chad Varah' with the 'pretendolino' mkIII's in tow forming 1Z016 16.04 Euston-Birmingham International 'blockbuster' train at King Sutton on 25/08/13.
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Chilterm Railway 17.33 Marylebone-Birmingham Moor Street service at Kings Sutton with EWS livery 67017 in charge......25/08/13.
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67010 passes Kings Sutton church with 1R54 18.33 Marylebone-Birmingham Moor Street on 25/08/13.
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67014 'Thomas Telford' crosses Souldern Viaduct with Chiltern Mainline's 1K50 17.15 Marylebone-Kidderminster on 09/07/13.
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66077 'Benjamin Gimbert GC' approaches Didcot North Jcn with 4O53 Wakefield-Southampton on 19/10/13.
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EWS stickered 60060 passes through Moreton Cuttting with some 'Wrekin Construction' branded MBA's forming a 6Z52 Appleford-Bow after dumping another load of 'Olympic Mud'......27/01/09.
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165132 leads 2P44 10.37 Oxford-Paddington at Cholsey on 02/02/14.
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66567 passes Cholsey with 4O27 05.26 Garston-Southampton. The groundframe on the right controls the Cholsey & Wallingford lines into the bay platform....01/02/14.
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Royal 'skip' 67005 enter Didcot with MOD container flats.....02/02/14.
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With the resident 08 shut down, 67005 is used for shunting duties at Didcot yard on 02/02/14.
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Royal skip 67005 'Queens Messanger'..........Didcot.........02/02/14.
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D1755 (47773) passes Banbury North Signal Box with Vintage Trains 'The Canterbury Explorer' ,1Z46 07.04 Solihill-Canterbury West on 29/03/14.
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82301 leads 1H26 07.12 Kiddereminster-Marylebone into Banbury on 29/03/14.
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Standing in for the unavailable Chiltern livery 67, EWS livery 67008 passing Banbury North Box on 29/03/14.
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70001 'Powerhaul' hurries past Grimsbury yard,Banbury with 4O27 05.26 Garston-Southampton on 29/03/14.
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Sporting revised Chiltern Mainline silver,grey & white livery, 168002 arrives at Banbury with 1H21 06.37 Kidderminster-Marylebone on 29/03/14.
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43086 1B59 16.45 Paddington-Swansea.........South Moreton..........08/04/14.
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66538 at South Moreton with 4M99 Southampton-Trafford Park on 08/04/14.
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66109 with Ford Fiesta & Focus cars in tow forming 6X44 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot at South Moreton on 08/04/14. Thankfully the 1C23 17.00 Paddington-Bristol TM wasnt doing 125 mph !!!
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66037 works a lightweight 6X01 10.17 Scunthorpe Trent-Eastleigh rail train past South Moreton on 08/04/14.
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Ex-Stobart Rail livery 66414 at Didcot North with 4O27 Garston-Southampton on 12/07/14.
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43175 'GWR 175th Anniversary' approaches Cholsey leading 1L28 07.31 Cheltenham-Paddington on 12/07/14. Note the electrification masts in the distance and the steel piles left and right.
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Arriva Cross Country 220009 works 1O04 05.11 Manchester Piccadilly-Bournemouth at Cholsey on 12/07/14.
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43042 leads 1L24 06.28 Swansea-Paddington past the barley fields at Cholsey on 12/07/14.
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43187 leading 1A08 06.55 Taunton-Paddington overtakes 66175 on 6L35 Didcot-Dagenham car empties at Cholsey on 12/07/14.
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DBS livery 66118 & 66150 stabled at Didcot on 12/07/14.
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66207 waits for a path behind 4O40 (departing right) at Didcot Parkway on 12/07/14 with a rare Saturday 6C48 Appleford-Westbury formed of KEA box wagons and routed via the B&H.
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43020 enters Didcot Parkway under an original red brick GWR bridge that will be replaced to accommodate electrification. Note the grey brick and steel extension from when the line was quadrupled....22/07/13.
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43070 leads 1L05 03.52 Swansea-Paddington past the corn fields at Cholsey Manor Farm on 22/07/14. The pole and wire here were always a problem but its going to get alot worse !!!
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43122 leads 1D09 06.20 Paddington-Oxford past Cholsey on 22/07/14. Note the steel piles for the forthcoming electrifiction.
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43174 approaches Cholsey with 1A02 05.29 Bristol TM-Paddington on 22/07/14.
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06.30 at Cholsey Manor Farm, 66138 works 4O20 02:06 Castle Bromwich-Southampton past the harvested barley. In the background the doomed Didcot Power Station.....22/07/14.
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180104 at Cholsey Manor Farm with 3A05 06:04 Paddington-Didcot on 22/07/14. Note the steel pile(s) in place ready for the electrification masts.
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180106 on the Didcot avoider forming 1D13 07.21 Paddington-Oxford on 22/07/14.
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66079 'Benjamin Gimbert GC' at Cholsey Manor Farm in charge of 6O15 17.30 Mossend-Eastleigh conveying a colourful load of MOD containers.....22/07/14
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Turbo's !..... 165102 on 1P25 Banbury-Paddington passes 165116 on 2L40 Reading-Oxford at Didcot North Jcn....22/07/14.
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180106 departs Didcot forming 1W12 06:48 Paddington-Great Malvern on 22/07/14.
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With a consignment of steel sleepers, 70808 works 6M50 07.55 Westbury-Bescot past Steventon on 22/07/14.
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66564 runs through Moreton cutting with 6O26 Hinksey-Eastleigh on 22/07/14. Didcot 'A' cooling towers will soon vanish from the skyline.
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Hanson 59102 with KEA boxes in tow forming 7A15 05.29 Westbury-Appleford at Didcot North Jcn......22/07/14.
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A classic view of Didcot, now rapidly changing.....66140 works 4O40 08.21 Morris Cowley-Southampton (Minis for export) past the electrification yard and bridge reconstruction site. The cooling towers of Didcot 'A' were demolidhed five days later.
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66533 passes Steventon with the daily 4L31 09.03 Bristol-Felixstowe....22/07/14.
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43130 approaches Moreton Cutting leading 1A14 11.00 Bristol TM-Paddington. The cooling towers of Didcot 'A' were demolished five days later.
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66542 enters Didcot Parkway with 4L32 11.00 Bristol-Tilbury on 22/07/14. The cooling towers of Didcot 'A' power station were demolished five days later. Watch that HERE
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Former Heavyhaul division 70014 works 4O54 06.12 Leeds-Southampton away from Didcot on 22/07/14. The familier skyline changed forever five days later when the cooling towers of Didcot 'A' came down.
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66020 at Denchworth with former National Power HKA hoppers now repainted into striking DB Schenker livery forming 6Z47 09.14 Wembley-Cardiff Docks. ...22/07/14.
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A busy scene at Didcot Parkway as 43088 speeds by with 1L52 10:28 Swansea-Paddington whilst 66542 is looped with 4L32 11.00 Bristol-Tilbury...22/07/14.
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165130 passes South Stoke on 22/07/14. Note the bag over the coupling,normally used to protect from frost & ice ! obviously this doesn't apply in July so it must have been faulty !!
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Hanson 59102 at Denchworth with 6C48 13.30 Appleford-Westbury formed of KEA boxes. Some of these still retain TML branding from their days on Channel Tunnel construction trains....22/07/14.
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Margam black sheep stickered 60040 at Denchworth with 6B33 13.00 Theale-Robeston on 22/07/14.
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70007 wheels 4O09 10.18 Trafford Park-Southampton past South Stoke on 22/07/14. Not much evidence of electrification here, BUT....the masts have been erected just round the corner !.
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67014 'Thomas Telford' on the 18:15 Marylebone-Kidderminster at King Sutton on 22/07/14.
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67018 'Keith Heller' at Kings Sutton with 1R55 the 16:47 Marylebone-Birminghams Moor Street on 22/07/14.
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67013 'Dyfrbont Pontcysyllte' heads 1K65 18:47 London Marylebone-Kidderminster at Kings Sutton on 22/07/14.
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Turbo 165107 under the 1884 GWR footbridge at Taplow, forming 2P36 08.35 Oxford-Paddington on 23/07/14.
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166211 at the unspoilt Taplow station leading 2P35 09.18 Reading-Paddington on 23/07/14.
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43162 leads 1A09, the 07.12 Taunton-Paddington under the 1884 GWR footbridge at Taplow on 23/07/14.
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166219 speeds under the 1884 GWR footbridge at Taplow forming 1P30 09.31 Oxford-Paddington on 23/07/14.
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66542 pases Slough with 4L31 09.03 Bristol-Felixstowe on 23/07/14.
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66105 with an earlry running,hence the short rake!, 6A69 12.44 Theale-Acton (sand empties for Dagenham)....23/07/14.
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Turbo 165110 runs past 'Slough Panel Signal Box' on 23/07/14.
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43127 leads 1L46 09.55 Cardiff Central-Paddington through Slough on 23/07/14. The branch line to Windsor is on the left.
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43163 wearing 'Visit Plymouth' vinyls leads 1L50 10.20 Cheltenham-Paddington at Slough on 23/07/14.
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Colas 60087 speeds past Ruscombe with 6V62 11.22 Tilbury-Llanwern on 23/07/14. A long lens was required as it was travelling faster than the cloud overhead !!!
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59203 rolls 6V18 12.27 Hither Green-Whatley through Sonning Cutting on 23/07/14.
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Lickey banker 66056 rounds the bend at Woolhampton with 6M20 SO 06.45 Westbury-St.Pancras on 26/07/14.
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66592 at South Stoke with 4O18 05.03 Lawley Street-Southampton. Note one of the first electrification masts on the left.....26/07/14.
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66096 works 6L35 08.26 Didcot-Dagenham car empties at South Stoke on 26/07/14.The rear of the train is crossing the River Thames and the tree doomed towers of Didcot 'A' power station lurk in the distance.
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43126 leads 1L34 07.28 Swansea-Paddington through Moreton Cutting on 26/07/14. Alongside is 165113 forming 2N18 08.27 Paddington-Oxford.The towers of Didcot 'A' power station were demolished the next morning.
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43160 leads 1A09, the 08.30 Bristol T.M.-Paddington through Moreton Cutting as 165101 trundles along the slow with 2P38 09.07 Oxford-Paddington on 26/07/14. The towers of Didcot 'A' power station were demolished next morning.
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66140 in Moreton Cutting with 4O53 04.09 Wakefield Europort-Eastleigh yard on 26/07/14. The towers of Didcot 'A' power station were demolished the next morning.
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165107 2P42 10.07 Oxford-Paddington.....South Stoke,nr Goring....26/07/14
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43136 leads 1L42 08.28 Swansea-Paddington at South Stoke on 26/07/14. Note the electrification masts erected in the background.
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Freightliner branded,ex-DRS 66420 works 4O15 07.37 Hams Hall-Southampton at South Stoke on 26/07/14. Note the electrification masts erected in the background.
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70017 works 4O27 05.27 Garston-Southampton at South Stoke on 26/'07/14
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43023 leads 1B46 14.45 Paddington-Swansea past Cholsey Manor Farm on 26/07/14. Note the metal piles led in the grass ready for erection of the electrification masts.
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165113 in the last of the days sun at Sonning on 26/07/14..................
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Another Saturday,another cloudy shot of 6V62 !.........56113 6V62 11.22 Tilbury-Llanwern at Sonning on 26/07/14.
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Former Heavyhaul 70016 at Cholsey working 4O17 12.11 Lawley Street-Southampton on 26/07/14.
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43175 'GWR 175th ANNIVERSARY' leads 1A21 14.30 Bristol TM-Paddington. With piles in place for the erection of electrification masts, the GWR has had its best years !!
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Double Guinness!...... Former Guinness 08022 & 08060 on the Wallingford branch during the 'Guinness Weekend' event on 26/07/14. Viewed from Cholsey Manor Farm bridge.
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221129 runs along the slow at Cholsey Manor Farm forming 1O88 11.35 Newcastle-Southampton Central. The wire here has always been a pain, but there will soon be lots more !!!
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43033 works 1C20 15.30 Paddington-Weston Super Mare past Cholsey Manor Farm on 26/07/14. Note the metal piles led in the grass ready for erection of the electrification masts.
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43028 leads 1L66 13.28 Swansea-Paddington along the 4 track at Cholsey Manor Farm on 26/07/14. Note the steel piles trackside and the electrification masts behind the bushes in the distance.
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43028 leads 1L66 13.28 Swansea-Paddington along the 4 track at Cholsey Manor Farm on 26/07/14. Note the steel piles trackside for the erection of electrification masts.
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DRS 57307 in its oddball livery.... 'Cable Thieves: We're WATCHING YOU' + 47841 pass Culham with a 5Z17 18.00 Swindon-Crewe Northern Belle empty stock move on 26/07/14.
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Heavyhaul 66558 works 4O18 05.03 Lawley Street-Southampton past the wheat fields at South Stoke on 09/08/14.
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Goring & Streatley with its partially covered GWR footbridge.....09/08/14.
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66106+66097 form 0L35 Didcot-Ripple Lane passing 166201 at Goring & Streatley........09/08/14.
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43163 dodges the clouds at Purley on Thames on 09/08/14. Note the electrification masts in the distance.
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Debranded ex-DRS 66419 at Calcot with Freightliner Heavy Haul's 6C29 10.16 Theale-Stoke Gifford on 09/08/14.
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70020 works 4O27 05.26 Garston-Southampton past Purley on Thames on 09/08/14. Note the electrification masts in the background and steel piles trackside.
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On hire 66848 passes Tilehurst with Freightliner's 4O29 08.14 Crewe-Southampton on 09/08/14
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59202 at Tilehurst with a Saturday 6C54 13.12 Oxford Banbury Road-Whatley on 09/08/14. In the background a light engine 66 scuttles to Didcot.
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WCRC 47237 (which would look so nice in RfD livery !) passes Steventon with 5Z36 12.57 Southall-Bristol Kingsland Road empty stock.....09/08/14.
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Colas pair 56113 & 56078 throb past Steventon with 6V62 11.00 Tilbury-Llanwern on 09/08/14.
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Royal 47798 'Prince William' pauses at Didcot with a 1V11 08.55 Warrington-Reading additional Christmas mail train on 15/12/03.
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66102 at Cholsey with 6X44 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot yard loaded with Ford Transit vans & cars at the rear....22/09/14
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Royal 67006 arrives at Didcot Parkway with a 1Z82 06.35 Bristol TM-Canterbury charter on 27/09/14.
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70007 passes Didcot with a late running 4V50 05.08 Southampton-Wentloog on 27/09/14.
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66533 'Hanjin Express' in Moreton cutting with 4O29 08.14 Crewe-Southampton. All change in the background with no Didcot 'A' cooling towers & the sprawling electrification yard.....27/09/14.
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43015 departs Didcot Parkway with 1C16 13.22 Paddington-Bristol TM on 27/09/14.
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Rusty 66618 'Railways Illustrated' passes Didcot Parkway with a diverted 6V33 1142 Neasden-Pengam (booked via B&H)....27/09/14.
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Colas 60087 'CLIC Sargent' passes through Didcot Parkway with 6V62 11.22 Tilbury Riverside-Llanwern on 27/09/14.
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43133 leads 1C19 14.52 Paddington-Bristol TM over the River Thames at Moulsford on 27/09/14
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66570 crosses the River Thames at Moulsford with 4O02 12.11 Lawley Street-Southampton on 27/09/14.
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66083 ladders onto the main at Didcot East Jcn with 4O43 06.35 Birch Coppice-Eastleigh on 06/12/14.
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43053 'University of Worcester' leads 1A41 06.55 Plymouth-Paddington along the relief at Didcot East Jcn due to a points failure at Reading, which also caused this service to terminate.....06/12/14.
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With ongoing problems at Reading due to a points failure, 66517 takes to the Up Main at Didcot East Jcn with a delayed 4O18 05.03 Lawley Street-Southampton.
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43037 'PENYDARREN' leads 1P31 07.10 Hereford-Paddington on the slow line at Didcot East Jn on 06/12/14.
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Having left Didcot Parkway wrong line on the Down Slow, 66532 'P&O Nedlloyd Atlas' switches to the Up Main to avoid points failure problems at Reading with 4O14 07.37 Hams Hall Parsec-Southampton, 06/12/14.
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43191 races past the electrification masts at Lower Basildon with 1L42 08.28 Swansea-Paddington....06/12/14.
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A work stained 66501 'Japan 2001' on the Main at Lower Basildon with 4O27 05.26 Garston-Southampton.....06/12/14.
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Refurbished 166201 in the latest drab FGW blue livery with dark grey roof, forming 2P44 10.37 Oxford-Paddington at Lower Basildon on 06/12/14.
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166211 leads 1P40 09.51 Great Malvern-Paddington under the raised bridge at Lower Basildon on 06/12/14.
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Last built 43198 'Oxfordshire 2007' leads the diverted (B&H closed) 1A78 08.52 Plymouth-Paddington under the raised bridge at Lower Basildon on 06/12/14.
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66035 passes Lower Basildon with a 08.00 Eastleigh Yard-Slough West (via Didcot !) engineers train on 06/12/14.
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Ex-Stobart Rail (DRS) 66414 works Freightliner's 4O54 05.27 Leeds-Southampton under the raised bridge at Lower Basildon on 06/12/14.
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166220 forms 1P43 11.11 Worcester Foregate Street (vice Great Malvern) - Paddington under the raised bridge at Lower Basildon on 06/12/14.
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Evidence of the impending electrification at Lower Basildon as 66021 passes with 6W23 11.53 Hinksey-Slough West engineers on 06/12/14.
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66569 on the Up Main at Lower Basildon with 4O29 08.14 Crewe-Southampton on 06/12/14. A points failure at Reading and diverts from the B&H causing capacity problems.
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66024 'Clitheroe Castle' passes Denchworth with 6B33 11.27 Theale - Margam Murco empties on 06/12/14.
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43024 'Great Western Society 1961-2011 Didcot Railway Centre' leads 1C85 13.30 Paddington-Plymouth past Denchworth on 06/12/14.
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Colas pair 56078+56096 pass the gallery at Denchworth with 6V62 11.20 Tilbury-Llanwern......06/12/14.
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Freightliner's 66414 (ex-DRS) approaches Didcot North Jcn with 4O14 07.37 Hams Hall-Southampton on 20/12/14. Note the steel piles for electrification left & right and the Health & Safety framework on the signal.
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66414 gets away from a signal check at Didcot North Jcn with 4O14 07.37 Hams Hall-Southampton on 20/12/14. Shame about the wires here,but its gonna get a whole lot worse !!!
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43183 leads 1L38 07.58 Swansea-Paddington and is about to overtake 66414 on 4O14 07.37 Hams Hall-Southampton at Didcot East Jcn on 20/12/14.
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66590 approaches Cholsey working 4O27 05.27 Garston-Southampton with the 1V83 06.23 Newcastle-Reading 'voyager' hot on its heels.....20/12/14.
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43027 'Glorious Devon' approaches Cholsey with 1A12 10.00 Bristol-Paddington, running on the slow due to engineering work at Reading.....20/12/14.
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Rust stained 66956 works 6X26 10.50 Hinksey-Eastleigh on the approach to Cholsey.....20/12/14.
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Steveton 20/12/14......43003 'ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL' leads 1C12 11.30 Paddington-Bristol Temple Meads past one of the ever increasing number of steel piles littering the GWML in the run up to electrification. What would the great man think of this mess? !!
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With a cheery wave from the driver, 60024 'Clitheroe Castle' passes Steveton with 6B33 11.27 Theale-Margam on 20/12/14.
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On a freezing 30/12/14 Colas 70808 negotiates Didcot West Curve with 6M50 08.09 Westbury-Bescot.
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Rusty 66956 with a Colas crane in the consist approaches Didcot North Jcn with 6O26 10.19 Hinksey-Eastleigh on a freezing 30/12/14.
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66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway' passes a frosty Didcot North Jcn with 4M55 08.55 Southampton-Lawley Street on 30/12/14.
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A patched up 66706 'Nene Valley' (note grey primer around the cab windows) rattles through a frozen Didcot North Jcn with 6M26 08.50 Eastleigh VQ-Stud Farm....30/12/14.
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66540 'Ruby' at Didcot Parkway with 4L32 11.00 Bristol-Tilbury on 30/12/14. Note the coned off section of car park being used for deliveries (by road !) of steel piles for the electrification.
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DRS 37402 'Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2913' arrives at Didcot with a 3Z01 10.08 Tyseley-Hither Green on 30/12/14.
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Evidence of the forthcoming electrification at Lower Basildon as 66591 works 4O27 05.36 Garston-Southampton on 30/12/14.
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After a lay-over in Didcot, DRS 37402 'Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2913' continues with 3Z01 10.08 Tyseley-Hither Green past Lower Basildon on 30/12/14.
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66543 works a diverted 4M55 08.58 Southampton Milbrook-Lawley Street past Slough on 18/02/15. Its normal route blocked by ongoing landslip repairs at Harbury.
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'Adelante' 180106 arrives at Slough forming 1P35 0826 Worcester Foregate Street-Paddington.
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43143 'Stroud 700' leads 1L38 0758 Swansea-Paddington pat Slough on 18/02/15. The branch to Windsor & Eton is on the left.
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Recently reinstated 59002 works 7A09 07.12 Merehead-Acton past Slough on 18/02/15.
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43148 passes Slough leading 1A12 0740 Paignton-Paddington on 18/02/15. Note the yellow crane in the distance engaged on bridge replacement for the looming electrification.
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66540 'Ruby' works 4L31 09.03 Bristol-Felixstowe past Slough on 18/02/15.
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166207 forms 2N36 1227 London Paddington-Oxford at White Waltham.....18/02/15.
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Former DRS 66413 with Freightliner branding works 6M91 11.13 Theale-Earles cement empties past Slough on 18/02/15.
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59201 works 7C77 12.40 Acton-Merehead past White Waltham on 18/02/15.
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Former Bardon Aggregates branded 66623, now with Freightliner branding after the loss of the Bardon contract, heads 6V94 WO 07.35 Earles-Theale loaded cement past White Waltham on 18/02/15
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66517 & 66566 top 'n' tail 4L32 11.00 Bristol-Tilbury at White Wlatham on 18/02/15.
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66099 at White Waltham with 6A69 12.44 Theale-Acton sand empties (VTG MRL branded IIA's).....18/02/15.
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59204 with a mixed IIA / JHA consist forming 6V18 12.27 Hither Green-Whatley at White Waltham on 18/02/15.
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180108 forming 1P47 1206 Worcester Foregate Street-Paddington overtakes 59202 on a late running 6A26 10.37 Whatley-Hayes at Whit Waltham on 18/02/15.
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166208 arrives under the 1884 GWR footbridge at Taplow forming 2R47 1512 London Paddington-Reading on 18/02/15. This fine structure will go with the impending electrification.
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66571 passes under the 1884 GWR footbridge at Taplow with a diverted 4O27 05.36 Garston-Southampton on 18/02/15. Its normal route blocked by a landslip at Harbury.
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59203 + 59205 pass Taplow with 6V64 15.22 Acton-Merehead on 18/02/15. Note the recently installed multiple cctv cameras for the forthcoming Crossrail driver only operated services !. At least the GWR planted Scots Pine tree hides the aerial mast ! .Another GWR feature,the covered footbridge will go to accomadate the impending electrification.
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43093 heads west over the listed Maidenhead arches over the River Thames with 1C21 16.00 Paddington-Bristol TM on 18/02/15.
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Due to the ongoing landlip repairs at Harbury, 66001 passes Ruscombe with a diverted 6V15 1727 Mossend Down Yard-Didcot Yard. Strangely the majority of the train is made up of empty car wagons bound for Dagenham which could have been detached at Wembley !!!
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66517 at Ruscombe with a diverted 4M61 09.01 Southampton MCT-Hams Hall due to the landslip at Harbury....07/03/15.
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34067 'TANGMERE' works a 1Z21 0722 Southend East-Bristol Temple Meads charter past Ruscombe on 07/03/15.
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66021 passes Ruscombe with 6L35 1111 Didcot T.C-Dagenham. These car empties had travelled down from Mossend via Wembley and Didcot before another run along the GWML back to London !...07/03/15.
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43144 in its 'Building A Greater West' vinyl wrap leads FGW's 1A78 0951 Exeter St Davids-Paddington past Ruscombe on 07/03/15.
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66532 'P&O Nedlloyd Atlas' works a diverted 4O14 0617 Hams Hall Parsec-Southampton M.C.T. past Ruscombe on 07/03/15. Its normal route closed at Harbury by landlip repairs.
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66954 'NYK Spirit of Kyoto' works a diverted 4O27 05.21 Garston-Southampton MCT past Ruscombe on 07/03/15. Its normal route closed at Harbury by landlip repairs.
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70019 at Shottesbrook Farm with a diverted 4O29 08.14 Crewe-Southampton MCT on 07/03/15. Note the steel piles banged into the ground both sides of the line for the forthcoming electrification.
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FGW's 1C16 13.35 Paddington-Bristol TM passes Shottesbrook Farm on 07/03/15. Note the steel piles ready for the forthcoming electrification of the GWML.
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66503 'The Railway Magazine' works a diverted 4O54 06.30 Leeds-Southampton past Shottesbrook Farm on 07/03/15.
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43029 leads 1A19 1330 Bristol TM-Paddington over Maidenhead arches on 07/03/15.
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43190 crosses the River Thames on Maidenhead arches with FGW's 1C86 1506 Paddington-Exeter St Davids on 07/03/15. Network Rail plan to bolt electrification catenary posts to this famous structure.
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43137 'Newton Abbot 150' leads FGW's 1A20 1400 Bristol TM-Paddington over the Thames on Maidenhead arches on 7/03/15.
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59203 passes through Twyford with a 4V51 15.24 Acton-Westbury.The branch to Henley diverges to the left.....07/03/15.
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Running 4 hours late due to the failure of 60001 near Woodborough, 6A11 22.49 Robeston-Theale passes Woolhampton after 'stickered' 66084 was sent from Westbury to assist....12/03/15.
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165135 departs Newbury forming 1K60 1349 Reading-Bedwyn on 08/04/15.
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59204 + 59001 depart Newbury with 7C77 12.40 Acton-Merehead on 08/04/15. Note the imposing new electrification spec signal gantry.
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Colas 60076 passes Newbury with a diverted 6V62 10.44 Tilbury-Llanwern on 08/04/15. Due to engineering work on the relief lines in the Thames Valley.
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Royal livery 67006 passes Goring with the 6A48 12.59 Bicester-Didcot yard MoD train. Note the crossbar fitted to the electrification masts....14/04/15.
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DB stickered 66182 works 4L40 16.42 Cowley-Purfleet through Culham on 15/04/15.
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66142 on the recently relaid relief lines in Moreton cutting with 6X44 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot laiden with Ford cars & vans.....15/04/15.
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165122 leads FGW's 1P17 07.42 Henley on Thames - Paddington commuter service past Ruscombe on 13/05/15.
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43091 at Ruscombe leading the 1A07 06.48 Weston Super Mare - Paddington on 13/05/15.
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DB stickered 66065 works 6L35 08.08 Didcot Yard-Dagenham car empties past Ruscombe on 13/05/15.
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43134 speeds through Twyford with 1A14 11.00 Bristol TM-Paddington on 13/05/15.
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43097 tails 1L51 10.55 Cardiff-Paddington at Twyford on 13/05/15. As the GWML bridges are undergoing changes for electrification, this one shows signs of major reconstruction dating back to the 1970's when the fast lines were straightened for the introduction of HST's and 125 mph running. The up fast platform was also shortened, hence the HST stop board.
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43185 'Great Western' passes through Twyford station with 1A15 11.30 Bristol TM-Paddington on 13/05/15.
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Bell fitted 59001 passes Ruscombe with 7C77 12.40 Acton-Merehead on 13/05/15.
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GBRf 66739 'Bluebell Railway' with 6B11 12.20 Colnbrook-Pengam stone empties at Sonning on 13/05/15.
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Colas duo 56105 + 56078 reverberate through Sonning with 6V62 12.01 Tilbury-Llanwern steel empties on 13/05/15.
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With severeal class 59's out, 66075 helps out working 6V18 11.16 Allington-Whatley past Sonning on 13/05/15.
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Evidence of vegatation clearance work in Sonning Cutting as 59102 passes with 6C76 14.40 Acton-Whatley on 13/05/15.
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The new order... DRS 68011 in Chiltern Railways silver livery at Kings Sutton with 1K57 17.15 Marylebone-Kidderminster on 29/05/15.
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After a downpour, FLHH 66554 works 6M28 18.16 Hinksey-Bescot past Kings Sutton on 29/05/15....Note the MBA box wagon at the rear.
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70017 works a delayed 4M99 16.57 Southampton-Trafford Park past King Sutton on 29/05/15.
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66706 'Nene Valley' at Waltham St.Lawrence with 6B11 12.20 Colnbrook-Pengam stone empties on 30/05/15.
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The latest Colas Rail Freight class 60, No. 60096 works 6V62 11.20 Tilbury-Llanwern steel empties past Waltham St.Lawerence on 30/05/15.
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HeavyHaul division 66557 at Goring with 4O17 12.11 Lawley Street-Southampton on 30/05/15
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165105 slows for the Goring stop whilst working 2P62 15.07 Oxford-Paddington on 30/05/15.
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70014, with a poorly loaded 4M68 14.19 Southampton-Garston, hurries through Goring & Streatley.Network Rail have gas axed the GWR footbridge in favour of temporary scaffold....30/06/15.
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165105 leads 2P64 15.37 Oxford-Paddington into Goring & Streatley on 30/06/15.
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DB stickered 66188 passes through Goring & Streatley with 6X44 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot yard loaded with Ford vehicles....30/06/15.
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Former dedicated 'Lickey Banker' 66057 works 6O32 10.00 Margam-Dollands Moor loaded steel at Goring & Streatley on 30/06/15.
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Ugly !...and I dont mean the loco !...70014 passes the changing scene at Lower Basildon with 4M99 16.57 Southampton-Trafford Park on 30/06/15.
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43177 leads 1B63 17.15 Paddington-Carmarthen at Lower Basildon on 30/06/15. A gap in the masts (for now) allows a shot on the down fast.
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180106 forms 1D53 17.18 Paddington-Oxford at Lower Basildon on 30/06/15.
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Arriva blue livery 67003 at Lower Basildon with 6A48 12.59 Bicester-Didcot Yard MOD containers (diverted via GWML due to Bicester-Oxford line upgrade)....30/06/15.
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43151 leads 1C24 17.30 Paddington-Taunton past the changing scene at Lower Basildon on 30/06/15.
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Arriva blue livery 67003 at Lower Basildon with 6A48 12.59 Bicester-Didcot Yard MOD containers (diverted via GWML due to Bicester-Oxford line upgrade)....30/06/15.
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Lickey Banker spotlight fitted 66059 works 4M66 16.40 Southampton-Birce Coppice intermodal past the masts at Lower Basildon on 30/06/15.
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66043 on 6M44 05.18 Southampton-Halewood at Culham with the remains of Didcot Power Station in the background......11/07/15.
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66588 approaches South Moreton on the relaid relief lines with 4O18 05.03 Lawley Street-Southampton on 11/07/15. The eratic erection of OHLE masts to the east will soon reach this spot.
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DRS 68004 'Rapid' works Pathfinder Tours 1Z68 05.42 Newport-Carlisle past Didcot North Jcn on 18/07/15.
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66119 at Didcot North with 6M44 05.18 Southampton East Docks-Halewood......18/07/15.
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66540 'Ruby' at South Moreton with 4O18 05.03 Lawley Street-Southampton on 18/07/15.
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Former HP vinyl wrap 43186 leads 1L20 05.58 Swansea-Paddington past South Moreton on 18/07/15.
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DB stickered 66182 at South Moreton working 6L35 08.19 Didcot-Dagenham car empties (ex-Mossend) on 18/07/15.
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66015 near Appleford working 4O43 06.31 Birch Coppice-Eastleigh East Yard intermodal on 18/07/15.
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70013 at Didcot North Jcn with 4O14 07.37 Hams Hall-Southampton on 18/07/15.
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66001 (with trip cock equipment fitted) & 66041 stabled at Didcot on 25/07/15.
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43192 at Denchworth leading 1U16 13.30 Paddington-Bristol TM (via Bristol Parkway) on 25/07/15.
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Colas 37219 at South Moreton working a 3Z06 14.51 Eastleigh-Derby. Failed Colas 60095,blocking the down slow, had just been rescued by 66848 so all traffic had to use the fast. This train was annoyingly 15 minutes early and instead of being held to time at Reading West Jcn, by which time the failed 60 was on the move,it ran on the fast overtaking its Colas colleague along the way !. You couldn't make it up !!!, 25/07/15.
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Having failed near Goring, 66848 rescues 60095 on 6V62 11.20 Tilbury-Llanwern (104 minutes late) passing South Moreton. Lucky for Colas the 66 was spare at Swindon, 25/07/15.
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Having failed near Goring, 66848 rescues 60095 on 6V62 11.20 Tilbury-Llanwern (105minutes late) passing Steventon 'wrong line' !!!, some slick signalling in a bid to make up time using the bi-directional signalling. 25/07/15.
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59204 passes Newbury Racecourse station with 7C77 12.40 Acton-Merehead on 01/09/15.
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UK Rail Leasing 56104 & 56081 work a 5Z56 1627 Eastleigh Arlington-Tyseley T.M.D barrier van move at Cholsey on 10/09/15. That 'Rail Operations Group' headboard looks out of gauge !!
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165104 forms 2M50 15.57 Paddington-Banbury, passing 1L74 15.55 Cardiff-Paddington HST at Cholsey on 10/09/15.
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66089 at Cholsey with 6X48 14.38 Dagenham-Didcot Ford train, note the new car flats in the consist.....10/09/15.
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What a mess....66080 works 11.31 Halewood-Southampton under the crossbars at Manor Farm, Cholsey....10/09.15.
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As the sun goes down on photographing at Manor Farm Bridge, 70017 provides one last shot as it works 4M99 16.57 Southampton-Trafford Park on 10/09/15.
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34067 TANGMERE approaches Culham with Vintage Trains' 1Z24 07.05 Paddington-Worcester 'The Cotswold Venturer'. The remains of Didcot power station in the background....26/09/15.
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2-car 165123 at Culham forming 2N12 06.57 Paddington-Oxford on 26/09/16. The remains of Didcot 'A' power station in the backgound were reduced further less than an hour later when THIS happened !!!
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DB Schenker livery 66114 works 4O43 06.31 Birch Coppice-Eastleigh yard past Oxford on 26/09/15
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43170 (formerly named 'EDWARD PAXMAN') departs Oxford with 1P31 07.10 Hereford-Paddington on 26/09/15.
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Not a lineside fire, just 34067 TANGMERE 'blowing off' in the down goods loop at Oxford 166207 in plain FGW livery arrives with 1D19 08.50 from Paddington....26/09/15.
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165113 departs Oxford as 2P40, the 09:37 service heading for Paddington on 26/09/15.
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70019 races through Oxford past the new Cherwell College Oxford building with 4O15 07.37 Hams Hall-Southampton.....26/09/15.
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New GWR livery HST set led by 43187 passes Steventon with a 1Z27 08.20 Swansea-Newbury Racecourse taking staff to a GWR launch 'party' on 26/09/15.
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The masts are up in Moreton Cutting as 66954 passes with 4O54 05.27 Leeds-Southampton on 26/09/15.
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43151 leads 1A15 09.18 Paignton-Paddington away from Didcot on 26/09/15... Note the OHLE masts, with plenty of piles yet to have them fitted !
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66591 approaches Moreton Cutting with 4O29 08.14 Crewe-Southampton on 26/09/15. Note the concrete filled steel pile ready for the next electrification mast on the right.
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43028 in Moreton Cutting working 1L50 11.00 Cheltenham-Paddington on 26/09/15.
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70009 with a lightly loaded 4O27 05.21 Garston-Southampton passes the OHLE masts in Moreton Cutting on 26/09/15....Note the masts are different hieghts !!
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66160 works 4O40 10.11 Cowley-Southampton (Mini cars for export) through Moreton Cutting on 26/09/15.
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43156 'Dartington International Summer School' departs Oxford with 1P53, the 15.01 to Paddington on 26/09/15. On the right is the tower of the Saïd Business School, built on the site of REWLEY ROAD STATION
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70013 powers through Oxford with 4O17 12.11 Lawley Street-Southampton on 26/09/15.
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165114 leads a 7-car formation away from Oxford forming 2P62 15.07 to Paddington. on 26/09/15. On the right is the tower of the Saïd Business School, built on the site of REWLEY ROAD STATION
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165119 departs Oxford as 1P55 15.31 to Paddington on 26/09/15. Note the change of gradient,the hump is where the line crosses the A420.
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66021 powers through Oxford working 4O52 STP 09.31 Wakefield Europort-Southampton on 26/09/15.
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Vintage Trains' 47773 (D1755) at Denchworth working 'The Cotswold Explorer', a 1Z95 07.24 Tyseley Steam Trust-Oxford on 03/10/15. 4965 'Rood Ashton Hall' was not fit to run.
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66537 snakes out of the loop at Oxford North Jcn with 4017 12.11 Lawley Street-Southampton on 03/10/15. On the left, the recently constructed down loop has yet to be connected.
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66024 works 4O52 09.31 Wakefield Europort-Southampton Western Docks away from the loop at Oxford North Jcn on 03/10/15.....The new down loop has yet to be connected.
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47773 (D1755) gets a green signal at Wolvercote with the return leg of 'The Cotswold Explorer', 1Z96 15.54 Oxford-Tyseley Steam Trust on 03/10/15, standing in for 4965 'Rood Ashton Hall'. At least the disgruntled passengers got a whiff of smoke !!!......."Is there a steam train coming ?"
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Class 101 test unit 901002 ''Lab 19 Iris II' at Colthrop on 06/11/07. This unit is now preserved on the West Somerset Railway in green livery.
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59201, missing its bell !!, at Brimpton with 6V18 12.39 Hither Green-Whatley on 06/11/07.
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Riviera Trains 47812 (D1916) on hire to Colas passes the listed GWR station building at Culham with 6Z48 13.05 ThO Burton-Dollands Moor.....29/10/09.
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Freightliner green 47258 'Forth Ports Tilbury' passes Hinksey yard on 02/07/00 with 6M16 11.20 (Q) Southampton Western Docks-Crewe 'Autoliner' with some vintage Silcock Express PJA wagons in the consist
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66548 with 47224 & 66511 dead in train approaches Didcot with 6M16 11.20 (Q) Southampton Western Docks-Crewe on 12/06/03.Failed 47224 was returning from the Mid Hants Railway, for which it was reunited with its 'Arcidae' nameplates and gained Freightliner cabside logos.After further storage at Crewe withdrawl came in Oct 2003 and it was finally cut in Oct 2007.
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60054 passes Padworth sidings with a diverted 6B33 11.27 Theale-Margam on 21/11/15...always nice to get some red,white & blue tanks behind the loco !
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165123 forms 2K52, the 12.10 Reading-Newbury 'stopper' past Padworth sidings.
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43002 (built in 1976) leads a diverted 1B35 Paddington-Swansea past Padworth sidings on 21/11/15.
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43161 passes Padworth sidings with a 1C81 VAR 12.00 Paddington-Penzance on 21/11/15.
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66594 'NYK Spirit of Kyoto' passes Mortimer foot crossing with 4O29 08.14 Crewe-Southampton on 21/11/15.
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43079 leads a 1C85 VAR 14.00 Paddington-Penzance past Burghfield Road, Reading on 21/11/15. Note the stock is in reverse formation.
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60039 'Dove Holes' works a diverted 6V62 11.20 Tilbury I.R.F.T.- Margam steel past Burghfield Road, Reading on 21/11/15.
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43185 'Great Western' leads 1A09 09.30 Bristol TM-Paddington past Steventon along the now not so great western mainline on 31/12/15.
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Colas pair 70804+70810 pass Steventon with 6M50 07.55 Westbury-Bescot on 31/12/15.
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66556 at Didcot North Jcn with 4O15 07.37 Hams Hall-Southampton on 31/12/15. Note the piles & protective guard on the signal for the electrification project, these appeared over a year ago and luckily nothing else has been erected here since !!, this will obviously change soon ?
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Shanks livery 66522 + 66559 pass Appleford with 6O26 10.19 Hinksey-Eastleigh on 31/12/15.
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70017 works 4O54 06.12 Leeds-Southampton past Hinksey South on 31/12/15.
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180102 at Hinksey South forming 1P40 09.54 Great Malvern-Paddington on 31/12/15.
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A lightly loaded 4O29 09.22 Crewe-Southampton passes Radley behind 66591. Note the piles littering the trackside visable due to the lack of containers !...31/12/15.
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165116 speeds through Radley forming 2L31, the 13.37 Oxford-Reading service on 31/12/15.
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66505, notable due to its Freightliner branding not being central on the bodyside, works 4O27 05.36 Garston-Southampton past Radley on 31/12/15.