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June 22nd, 2009
We went to Oxford for a couple of hours in the afternoon and were graced with the unexpected arrival of the Tornado, Britain's freshly built steam engine.
Oxford is a historic university town between Banbury and Reading.
A steady stream of passenger trains stop as Oxford over the course of about 10 minutes as a helicopter orbits. According to the signal box operators at Oxford, 550 trains per day pass this station, that's more than one every three minutes, 24 hours a day.
British Railways 60163, the 'Tornado', a 4-6-2 steamer built recently to original plans, passes through Oxford station.
(map) Banbury is a few miles north of Oxford.
An EWS Class 67 pulls an InterCity passenger train out of Banbury station as a Chiltern pulls in.
Freightliner 66589, which I had previously shot on the Guelph sub on its way to the UK, pulls an intermodal train out of the bypass track at Banbury station after receiving the appropriate semaphore.
High Wycombe, England
High Wycombe is between Banbury and London Marylebone.