Locomotive Magazine and Railway Carriage and Wagon Review Volume 39 ()

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Just had new radiator, reconditioned airflow meter, rear tyres and rear brake pads. The train is seen on the moderate gradient through the station, the whole scene looking uncomfortably similar to a preserved, or should that be "heritage" line. After visiting Ledbury the train left Worcester Shrub Hill about 3 minutes early and after a good run through Pershore passed me some 10 minutes in advance of the schedule with some lovely warm Autumnal sunshine making the colourful scene at Evesham signalbox one to savour. Most Read Most Recent. Man is arrested after heavily pregnant woman and 'man' are shot in seaside town following reports of a

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What companies run services between London, England and Madrid, Spain? I think that I'm right in saying that this is the first time that a DRS class 47 has worked a revenue earning freight along this line so it was worth recording despite the dreadful light. Note the flock of racing pigeons just to the left of the tree in the mid-background One of the class 47s allocated to the train ran with the handbrake applied which caused a small fire meaning that it had to be removed.

In the end, was attached to the front of and it set off, only to be routed via the West Coast Main Line because the Western Region were apparently not able to find a path on the usual route. The train eventually ran to Washwood Heath where the locomotives ran round and went straight to Burton Yard during the late evening before was returned light engine to Ashford.

The following day, 30 July, the returning empties, 6Z48 ran pretty much to time and I went to Hatton quite liking the idea of a shot of a single 47 there on a decent length train. The sun was in and out but managed to find a small patch of clear blue sky for a couple of minutes at just the right time as passed Hatton Station Junction at Now and again a train runs that I really enjoy photographing.

The empty steel from Burton-upon-Trent to Dollands Moor, 6Z48, is one of these and when I heard that it was formed of just 3 wagons on 7 May I felt that a broadside view of it at Hatton North would nicely balance the more conventional views I had taken in previous weeks. The train, headed by , passed Tyseley a few minutes in front of an Arriva Voyager but their positions had swapped by the time it reached me as the freight was looped at Dorridge to allow the passenger to pass. To be honest, I would prefer a full-length train headed by a pair of 47s as there are quite a few shots I have planned where a short train wouldn't work, but I was pleased enough with this view as the sun just popped out in between two quite thick banks of cloud.

One of the shots I have wanted to take of 6Z48, the The shot I had in mind was using a long telephoto lens to compress the perspective and bring up the high bridge in the village of Shrewley. This sort of shot really needs perfect light, and on Thursday 24 June it looked as if this might be the day. Still, there's always another week, although the sun is now perhaps too high at this time of the day On 21 May , for the first time since 6Z48 from Burton-upon-Trent to Dollands commenced running it failed to leave Burton either on time or early.

I had gone to Hatton North Junction in the hope of getting a decently lit shot in the cutting but after a short period on the footbridge I decided to head south towards Banbury where the direction of the light would be better later in the afternoon and where I stood a chance of a shot of the Queen of Scots stock running from Carnforth to Eastleigh, which came about 90 minutes early after missing out an extended layover in Kenilworth loop, in some of the worst light in which I have taken a photograph for some time.

West Coast Railway's was rostered for the run and whilst the deep maroon of their colour scheme isn't my favourite, it doesn't look bad in bright sunshine.

The train, 5Z64, left Leicester a few minutes early at As there seemed to be a reasonable chance of the sunny start to the morning continuing for a while I took the chance to give my Morris Minor a run and timed it to arrive at Hatton station about 15 minutes before the time that I expected to appear. Everything went to plan and here is the attractive set of stock beginning the descent of Hatton Bank against adverse signals casued by the passage of the preceeding Chiltern Trains unit and only a short while before the sun went behind a cloud.

I quite fancied a shot of the former as it has advertising decals on one side promoting some steam trips in Yorkshire and these one-off oddities are always worth recording. WCRC's colour scheme really needs sun to bring out its colour but I was unlucky by about 30 seconds on this occasion! I can just about raise enough enthusiasm for a railtour to my home town so took a walk along the towpath of the Stratford-upon-Avon canal to a boarded crossing just on the south side of Bearley Junction to get a photograph of topping the train with on the rear.

The semaphores in this location are due for replacement in the near future when the North Warwickshire Line is resignalled so I was more than happy to get a locomotive hauled train here.

The tour, 1Z73, was spot on time as it pulled away from Bearley Junction after waiting a few minutes for the preceding class on a Stourbridge to Stratford service to clear the section. The departure of 1Z74 from Stratford-upon-Avon when it headed for Oxford was scheduled for The train was headed by and is here seen at Songar Crossing on the single track between Bearley and Hatton West Junctions.

There are very few worthwhile locations along this section of line, especially if the sun is out, so I was quite content to drive for no more than 5 minutes from home to obtain a record shot. The presence of the grey trackside box was a bit of a surprise to me as it wasn't there when last I used this location.

I assume that it was placed there during recent work on the line. As the train was well on its way when I arrived I had to make the best of a bad job. I don't usually take "going-away" pictures but did take this one of as it tailed the train through the newly blossoming blackthorn bushes along the line because class 57s are not exactly commonplace hereabouts.

The weather, as seems to the norm for days on which locomotive-hauled trains run to Stratford, was absolutely dire with heavy cloud merging with a slowly clearing fog, accompanied by near zero temperatures.

I don't normally bother with railtours and the like, but do like to record unusual arrivals at the station in my home town so made the 10 minute walk to the bridge over the end of the platforms. The train, 1Z42, was topped and tailed by Riveria's and , and arrived spot on time after running via the North Warwickshire Line, and is here seen drawing to a halt in platform 1 with the exceptionally grubby two-tone green locomotive leading.

After a short delay, was started and took the train out of the station to the crossover before propelling the ensemble into platform 2 to await the passengers' return in time for a The seven coach set fitted nicely alongside the platform and here is a shot of with about to pass it with an incoming train from Stourbridge Junction ready to form the The final leg of the journey happened on Monday 15 December with Advenza Freight's being allocated to the train, 6Z06, the The latter were formerly used on the trains coveying imported iron ore from Port Talbot to Llanwern, in happier times when South Wales still had a thriving metals industry.

The light didn't get better than dreadful all day, which I why I chose locations where the train would be moving very slowly so that a reasonable record of the interesting consist would be possible without using sky-high ISO settings on my camera. There was plenty of time for a leisurely drive from Evesham to Long Marston via some pleasant villages to see 6Z06 arriving.

I can't imagine that any iron ore tipplers of this type have previously been along this stretch of line, although an earlier incarnation of them certainly would have been seen here in the days when thousands of tons of ore was sent from the quarries around Banbury to South Wales. The JUAs in today's run have clearly been standing outside for some time judging by the quantity of water, weeds and general rubbish in them, as illustrated here. When the train stopped prior to entering the Long Marston site, the water in this wagon gave the impression of a mini-tsunami as it surged to and fro.

In the few minutes that I was waiting for to arrive at Long Marston there were several hoots from the shed area of the sight and I assumed that these were from one of the shunting locomotives moving some stock around.

There was a 5Z50 Within a couple of minutes, the train ran the length of the exchange sidings and, at The light had deteriorated even further so I didn't bother going any further to have another shot after taking this one as it pulled away.

The morning of 11 December started off with low cloud, mist and low temperatures; just the formula for a relatively early train from Tyseley to West Ealing. The working was 6Z47, with privately owned , recently returned to the main line, taking a track machine south to the Plasser works. As expected, a slightly late departure occurred with 6Z47 passing Hatton some 30 minutes down on the booked time.

One can never be sure if these trains will run as planned and in any case I was ambivalent about the working as it was due to convey just two vehicles. However, it seemed churlish not to take advantage of the information and updates so kindly provided so I went over to Long Marston to se what was what. The sun at this time of day, Fortunately, there was plenty of cloud around and a good-sized patch obscured the sun at just the right moment.

When I drove past the yard at Long Marston on the way to the bridge, I saw two Virgin liveried coaches on the curve just beyond the exchange sidings and assumed that these would form 5Z61, the I thought it most unlikely that the train would wait until 4pm and as soon as I could see that was coupled to the stock I made my way around the corner to the foot crossing near Broad Marston.

There wasn't long to wait before a heard the locomotive's horn and it soon appeared coming around the curve towards me at The train came to a stand just before the crossing to ensure the safety of any pedestrians and then moved away towards Honeybourne and Evesham.

For another view of 5Z61 with the stock better visible, click on this hyperlink. The train arrived at Evesham some 28 minutes early and departed from there at the booked time, Its first loaded run was to Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday 19 October and I heard it leave on the first of two return trips whilst I was in my garden.

Not long afterwards, I received a message saying that it had failed with a hot box near Tyseley, the passengers being turfed off and told to join the next London Midland service to Snow Hill. To fulfil their obligations to passngers, Vintage Trains fired up as a substitute on the next train.

This spurred me into action and I made the short walk to the nearest vantage point to my home, this being the road bridge at Bishopton Lane. The light wasn't too bad when I arrived but by the time the train appeared under the bypass bridge in the background, it had turned absolutely dire. I think it was still worth a shot as class 47s are less common here than steam locomotives!

It's Thursday so it must be 6Z The fourth of the Burton-upon-Trent to Dollands Moor ran on 2 April but this week there were some differences in that just 7 covered flats were conveyed which meant that just one locomotive, , was required. This obviously had an influence on my choice of location as a spot suitable for a long train would be less good for something much shorter. With this in mind I ditched my first choice for the shot and went to the footbridge just south of Hatton where the Down Goods Loop leaves the main line.

The light wasn't especially good but improved quite a lot as I waited for the train to appear, which it did right on time and, as usual, behind an Arriva Cross Country Voyager. For the third week running I decided, on 26 March , to have a go at photographing the empty steel train from Burton-upon-Trent to Dollands Moor, 6Z I wanted a shot at Hatton Station Junction before the foliage has appeared on the trees and filled in the background a little.

I knew that the sun, if out, would not be on the front of the leading locomotive, but there is more to life and railway photography than that! The main reason for my visit to Widney Manor Lane, Bentley Heath, during the afternoon of 19 March was to photograph the second running of 6Z48, the My original plan was to take my shot at Widney Manor station, but in the 10 years or so since my last visit there the station footbridge has been moved quite a long way south along the platforms resulting in a shot that was nothing like I wanted, and one that I didn't think would do justice to a train with double-headed motive power.

I had left enough time to find an alternative so thought that this bridge would be worth a try. It is a location that I hadn't used before and, being just a fairly anonymous piece of line it isn't really to my taste, but pragmatism won the day and I was reasonably happy with the result, the line of silver birch trees on the left adding something to the picture.

The return of the empty IHAs has very sociable timings and is booked to run south via Birmingham, Solihull and Hatton during the mid-afternoon.

The weather in Stratford-upon Avon during the morning was not conducive to good photography but a call to a friend at Birmingham International airport brought the welcome news that the sky was much brighter and looked as if the cloud might break so I decided to go to Bentley Heath footbridge, near Dorridge. The train, 6Z48, had left Burton in the region of 50 minutes early but was held pretty much to time in Elford loop and also worked, as booked, into the loop at Dorridge to allow an Arriva Voyager to pass.

The sun was fully out as the brightly coloured locomotives ran slowly under the bridge towards the entrance of the loop, a few yards to the south. The Summer timetable of included a locomotive hauled train from Birmingham New Street to Great Yarmouth, the motive power being a Petroleum Sector class The empty stock for the working came from Tyseley and this gave the opportunity to photograph the train on the section of line between Bordesley and St.

Andrews junction in Birmingham. On 11 September, not long before the end of the timetable, a clean was provided which is here seen on the climb to St. Andrews with its short train of Regional Railways stock. About 20 minutes after the picture of shown above was taken, came around the curve from Bordesley with the empty car carriers from Harwich to Washwood Heath.

The burst of power to necessary to drag the long train around the sharp bend and up the gradient and it is this that really made the photograph on the sunny morning of 11 September A long train wasn't really what one wanted here because the curvature of the line through 90 degrees ensured that the back of the stock would be cut off.

This used to be one of my favourite locations for an afternoon session in Spring and Summer. It is where the GWR line from Leamington Spa to Birmingham runs parallel with the M40 for a short distance between Hatton and Lapworth and is, sadly, of no use whatsoever for railway photography in the 21st Century because of the rampant growth of trees planted to form a sound barrier for nearby villages.

This train is the afternoon Southampton to Coatbridge freightliner hauled by on 23 June A Saturday afternoon was particularly good here as there were three southbound freightliners, at least one northbound and quite often an empty MGR returning to the East Midlands from Didcot Power Station.

Back in the early s it was well worth spending a couple of hours somewhere along the line between Warwick and Hatton and there were several northbound freights scheduled in a relatively short time. One of the heaviest workings was 4M15, the Warwick Parkway station has since been constructed on the curve towards the middle of the train as here seen in a photograph. In the summer of it was possible to photograph several locomotive-hauled trains on the Birmingham to Gloucester line.

This is with 1V46, the This train was booked for a pair of ETH-fitted class 31s, but on this occasion, 15 July , a 47 was provided to the probable dismay of any "bashers" hoping for a few miles of rarer motive power.

The most memorable thing about this morning was the rapid and noisy arrival of a police car which had been summoned by a resident from a nearby housing estate who thought that I was a candidate for a suicidal leap onto the line A locomotive-hauled train to my home town of Stratford-upon-Avon is always something to which I look forward and none more so than the Green Express charter from Holyhead on Saturday 14 April This was booked for class 47s and running in top and tail mode to ease the problems with shunting and, unusually, ran via the North Warwickshire line, a line not noted for seeing locomotives of any description.

The early morning haze has pretty well burned off, but with just a slight mist in the distance which, to my eyes, enhances the scene. The North warwickshire line has some attractive but completely anonymous locations and some complete with a signal box and semaphores that are of little use until the sun is further round later in the day.

The return working of the Green Express charter from Stratford-upon-Avon was booked away from the terminus at This has the huge advantage of being no more than a couple of minutes away from my home! The houses in the background are relatively new, having been built for only about 12 months. For once, I think that the estate has improved the photograph here by giving some interest to the backdrop. I knew that 6Z72 Stockton to Cardiff scrap was running with on 8 May and had already decided not to go out for it as various gardening duties had been allocated by my wife!

However, when at I arrived with plenty of time in hand and here is the colourful combination just after it had passed through the wood and on to towards Gloucester, where was removed and stabled in Horton Road sidings. The sun was just dipping into some thin cloud but the result wasn't too bad and well worth the trip. This was a move taken on by Advenza Freight and oone of their locomotives, , was rostered for the job.

I knew that it was running a little early before Worcester and thought that this might continue, as long as the FGW passenger were on time. As I was running a little late I chose to go to the nearest location to my home and ended up at Evesham. Unfortunately, the road leading to the bridge I had in mind was closed to traffic and I had to park and walk the few hundred yards around the corner, and only a few seconds after my arrival, 6Z17 appeared in the distance. It came slowly past the signabox in some quite pleasant half-strength sun and rolled to a halt in the station.

A train of flats isn't the most photogenic load, but it does give the chance to see the signalbox, which is likely to be closed and demolished when the partial double-tracking work takes place on this line.

This gave me a few minutes to walk to the other side of the station and take a shot or two from the roadbridge there. Some of the trees have been cleared from here but the sun is still low enough for shadows to be a slight problem. On the right of the train the new ramp for use by disabled passengers can be seen, this having been opened since my last visit here. The class Adelante, , has just arrived and this allowed the crew of to go the broom cupboard on the platform, extract a token for the section of single line which in turn allows the signalman to clear the up starter.

The train departed within a few seconds to Long Marston where the flats were deposited, returning to Gloucester light engine. Instead of the usual class 66 from the GBRf stable, Advenza freight provided the motive power for 4Z88 in the form of , their first run down the Cotswold Line for some time.

The weather wasn't especially good but I decided to make the 15 mile journey to Evesham with the intention of taking my photograph from the station footbridge. I met the Videotrack photographer, Stephen Phillips on the platform and we stood there for some time in warm sunshine.

Just as we had the tip that the train was approaching, the sun went in but as came into view the shadow began to creep forward and cleared the platform with about 5 seconds to spare. A wicked-looking thunderstorm was rapidly coming towards us and this gave the sky in the background a bit of character. The up starting signal at Evesham was already in the "off" position but there was time for a quick jog to the roadbridge on the east side of the station to obtain another shot of on 4Z88 to Long Marston.

Note that three pieces of black tape were placed on the windscreen surround between the time between the taking of the two pictures here. What's that all about then? Just a few moments after the pulled away to Long Marston the thunderstorm visible in the background broke over the station and a monsoon-like torrent of rain fell; fortuntately just after I had returned to my car.

The train, 5Z47, should have run the previous day but WCRC weren't able to provide a driver so the move was put back to the Monday. I wasn't sure if it was running or not but made the short trip from home just in case and was, for once, rewarded with some luck. The weather wasn't very good at the time but typically, the sun appeared before I had put my camera away ready to go back to the car Direct Rail Services ran a special train from Carlisle to Euston and return on 28 and 29 September using 2 of their class 47s and their own rake of coaching stock.

If the headboard is to be believed the train was run for members of the Stobart Group, a prominent customer of DRS. The return on the Saturday was routed via Coventry because of the WCML north of Rugby being under a possession and as it looked as if the weather might be reasonable, I went to Tile Hill, near Coventry for a shot.

The weather deteriorated on the way from Stratford-upon-Avon and I resigned myself to a photograph in poor light. Luckily however, the train was delayed around Rugby and this gave the cloud the chance to break up. Here is leading the very smart coaching stock just west of Tile Hill station with bringing up the rear.

The last time I saw the stock both it and the weather conditions were very different. A train involving an older locomotive ran on Moday 10 December This area is heavily beset with shadows from lineside trees and this is about the clearest spot that came to mind.

Even so, there is an unfortunate shadow on the locomotive's bodyside but it is almost the shortest day and I shouldn't complain given the otherwise good lighting conditions! There was a real hotch-potch of stock behind with the first 4 MkIIs being all differently painted. I do like the "blood and custard" of the third coach and should like to see a full rake of this behind a two-tone green I have very little interest in photographing railtours or charters and rarely bother with them at all and certainly not to extent of chasing half-way across the country after them although on the rare occasion that one comes to my home town, Stratford-upon-Avon, I usually try to get a record shot somewhere in the area.

On Saturday 15 March the newly introduced Stobart Pullman topped-and-tailed by and came to the terminus station as 1Z94 from Letchworth. This is the first visit of DRS class 47s to the town and the train is here seen arriving in the platform pretty much exactly on time led by in sparkling condition and with clean silver buffers. This is the view from the other side of the Alcester Road bridge as waits for the passengers to detrain from the Stobart Pullman.

The line used to go from here to Honeybourne, via Long Marston, and then on to the South West and South Wales but was truncated in when the derailment of a coal train at Winchcombe damaged the track to such an extent that it was considered uneconomic to repair it. I'm sure that this short-sighted decision has been much regretted in the intervening years as the line would have provided a much more gently graded route for freight than the line via the Lickey incline. If the line beyond Stratford-upon-Avon had not been closed in this picture could well have shown making a smoky departure towards Cheltenham.

In the event, of course, it is doing no more than popelling the ECS of the Stobart Pullman towards Stratford-upon-Avon East Junction, a few yards to the north, where it will cross over and run back into the adjacent platform 2. This was not an enthusiast charter and was run to give the passengers a chance to look around the Shakespeare-related attractions of the town. The first impression of the town for visitors by rail must be completely negative as they are greeted by a disgracefully scruffy derelict site that was formerly the cattle market.

This is currently being used by a fun fair and once this has gone the site is to be redeveloped with a mix of low-cost housing and office accomodation, along with a much needed bus and rail interchange point. Some enterprise was shown and a couple of local sight-seeing buses were on hand to give some of the visitors a trip around the area.

The forecast rain held off for over an hour so the passengers on the top decks would have enjoyed a dry excursion The hoppers are to receive some remedial work and are here seen rounding the curve at Stoke Prior some 2 hours late behind but in an especially lucky patch of sun. The P-Way workers visible in the background arrived while I was at Stoke Prior and I had had visions of my pictures being full of orange jackets but the man in charge told me they would be far enough away not to be a nuisance!

My hunch paid off and here is 6Z76 passing the signal box at Evesham at There had been time for the crew to switch headboards from the usual "Advenza Freight" as shown on the picture above, to this one! The rear bracket on the locomotive carried a different one again, "The Marauder".

The colourful van in the yard adjacent to the line had just pulled up as the train came, in an otherwise, for once, empty space. There was plenty of time for a gentle stroll around to the roadbridge at the eastern end of Evesham station for a shot of 6Z76 standing in the platform.

The shadows from the trees aren't too intrusive at this time of year when the foliage hasn't appeared and it was worth the wait for the sun to appear to record the unusual sight of FLHH hoppers in the GWR environs. The train didn't have to wait for long and the crew soon collected the token for the section to Honeybourne from the broom cupboard on the platform and headed off to Long Marston. The locomotive returned light engine to Gloucester and was later that evening noted at Reading West Yard.

Quite why the antiquated and pretentious spelling of the word "Fair" is used beats me, but anyway DRS's headed the tour with bringing up the rear. The train somehow managed to leave its starting point over an hour late so I was in no rush to get to the bridge at Norton Barracks, near Worcester. In the event around 40 minutes of the lost time was made up, presumably through a combination of some smart running and a favourable path over the partly single line from Swindon to Gloucester.

The light at home was excellent but I ran into a thick bank of cloud around Pershore and this showed no sign of breaking up as the train appeared under the M5 bridge in the background. After working the Warrington to Wembley and return trains on Friday 28 December , , this time with and in tow made another appearance on 1A84 on Saturday 29th. As the sky was clear blue from horizon to horizon I was almost tempted to go again to Leamington Spa station to get a sunny version of the picture shown below.

In the event though, I decided not to tempt fate and went instead to Tile Hill, between Birmingham International and Coventry. As I walked onto the platform I read a message saying that 1A84 had been in the region on 45 minutes leaving Stafford and with a large bank of cloud blowing in from the north-west I thought that I should again be unlucky.

In the event, that mass of cloud blew away only to replaced by another as the estimated arrival time of approached. Luckily, despite following a local stopping train and a Pendolino, the mail arrived in the last few seconds of sun. I don't do a lot of photography under the wires and sometimes forget that the OHLE can throw shadows over locomotive body sides. The shadow on isn't too intrusive but in retrospect I should have avoided it altogether by using a slightly shorter lens.

As usual around the Christmas period, the Post Office decided that they couldn't manage to move the seasonal mail around without the help of various rail companies, once again going back on their ludicrous and dogmatic decision to dispense with rail unless they need it.

Personally, if I were in charge of a rail company and the Post Office asked me to help out, I'd tell them where to go.

As the southern end of the WCML was shut, the train was routed via Coventry, Leamington Spa and Oxford, giving the rare opportunity to photograph a away from electrified lines. I chose to go to Leamington Spa station because the light was absolutely dreadful and I knew that the train would be travelling only slowly as it joined the GWR main line from the Coventry branch. Here is bringing towards the platforms and again as the controller was opened up.

I was tempted to remove the lighting pole during post-processing but decided to leave it as it shows just how dark the conditions were at the time. The morning of Thursday 13 December started off with a sharp frost and clear blue skies. Knowing that was working 6V92, the afternoon Corby to Margam empty steel coils, I decided that later in the day I would go out to have a shot of it.

In the meantime, the sky clouded over and I put my plan on hold for another day. Here is the Oxford Blue 47 with its smart rake of refurbished trailers having just passed through the wood, just south of Abbotswood Junction, at This unusual-looking working is seen approaching Ashchurch station around one hour late, the delay having been caused by a brake problem on the class The former DRS locomotive has been branded with Advenza's logo, although its former owners initials can still be made out.

I am not one of those photographers who feels the need to chase around the country as soon as a locomotive appears in a new coat of paint, much preferring to wait until it appears somewhere convenient to me. This was the case with the Colas Rail 47s - there was no way I could have been bothered to drive all the way to the West Country for a picture when they were working RHTTs there at the end of , knowing that one or both would appear in the Midlands sooner or later.

I wanted to picture it somewhere with enough angle to clearly show the unique livery so decided upon Leamington Spa station where the train, consisting of with a crane and associated vehicles, is here seen accelerating away from the severe speed restriction from the Coventry branch.

Click here for a closer view of the crane as the train goes away. The outward run to Stratford was via the North Warwickshire Line amd with such a short train I felt that a compact and not too open a location was needed as it would look a bit silly on a wide stretch of main line. Even though I knew that the light would be either straight or on the "wrong" side at Henley-in-Arden I felt that the infrastructure at the station would make up for the less than ideal lighting.

Given the line occupation here, I thought it far more likely that it would precede the passenger and arrived at Henley-in Arden at Not only did and Amanda run via the locomotive desert of the North Warwickshire Line but was also booked to use the Hatton West to North curve.

This is used only by an early morning train from from Birmingham and the Shakespeare Express steam trains on summer Sundays. With this is mind, I made the 10 minute drive from Henley-in Arden and the 12 minute walk to the footbridge at Hatton North Junction in order to record 2Z01 coming onto the main line. The train was booked to leave Stratford-upon-Avon at One thing about the very shiny new stock is that it tends to throw up reflections from its surroundings, slightly masking the new colour scheme of the HST.

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