Bicester - Claydon events, Sep/Oct 2018
Thanks to Trev Rolfe for the phots.
Recent weeks have seen Colas 70's working on the Bicester - Claydon section of the
Oxford - Bletchley largely "mothballed" line. The 70's have been involved with the
recovery of track and other old infrastructure from the Bicester - Claydon line.
It appears that this track lifting is a positive move as it is the prelude to rebuilding
of this section as part of the horrendously overdue "East West link" from Oxford to
initially Bletchley, M.Keynes and Bedford.
Even Chris Grayling did his PR bit for the project. After so many years of consultants
taking tax payers money for talk, we may now see something positive happening at least
on the Bicester - Claydon line
Mark Beal's excellent phot of 70809 between Charbridge Lane and Launton West of Claydon on September 25th 2018 here
The last regular freight on the Bicester - Claydon line was the diverted MoD train from Didcot to Bicester COD. 66034 is captured by Trev Rolfe on September 12th 2014 just West of Twyford on the currently lifted Claydon-Bicester section..
The Mothball tour back in May 93 was the last loco hauled railtour to traverse the Bicester - Claydon - Bletchley section of the Oxford - Bletchley line. 56046 is seen at Winslow station's platforms (Winslow is on the Claydon - Bletchley section) during a booked photo stop. A full Mothball tour report here
So "perhaps" we have a rare positive from todays railway scene to look forward to....."perhaps!!!"