A new venue and time for the Thames Valley branch observation of the year. The location was Westbury station commencing in the afternoon, a first for many years, if not indeed the first ever.
Some freight was seen, mostly Class 59s on stone trains; also noted was a Class. 60 and a few Class 66s and Class 70s. Passenger traffic included Class 158’s, 159’s, 165’s, 166s and IEP Classes 800s and 802 were in evidence following the recent withdrawal of the HSTs. A bonus for the members during the afternoon was the appearance of the “Flying Banana”, the National Measurement Train, the power cars being 43014 “The Railway Observer” and 43062 “John Armitt”.