20th August 2019 · Outdoor Meeting Didcot Station

This year’s Didcot observation evening at was notable for two missing icons. The HST’s, for so long a staple of Didcot workings finished earlier this year, being replaced by the 800series Hitachi units. The other missing icon was the last of the Didcot Power Station cooling towers, which were demolished two days previously. As always, the freight scene was dominated by Class 66, and in one case a Class 70, on intermodal trains. There were other freight trains seen. These were the regular Morris Cowley to Purfleet cars and the Scunthorpe to Eastleigh infrastructure train now hauled by a GBRF class 66 carrying rails. There was one surprise when 50008 in its new livery passed through light engine.