37604 & 37605, Bicester Chord, 1Q05, 6th October 2015
Another first over the Bicester Chord was a Network Rail test train, 1Q05, 05:57 from Old Oak Common HSTD to Oxford Parkway and return. In the event, timings were all over the place and much confusion arose (at least amongst the enthusiast fraternity!). The train ran somewhat early and was held at Princes Risborough for a while and the conductor driver was picked up at Haddenham & Thame Parkway. The train is traversing the chord from Bicester South Junction to Bicester Gavray Junction at 08:45, around 20 minutes early in a patch of sunshine between downpours, topped and tailed by DRS 37604 and 37605. After reversal at Oxford Parkway, the original schedule was for the train to go to Claydon L&NE Junction and return to Bicester, but this was cut out and the train returned to Old Oak Common. Tuesday 6th October 2015. Digital Image No. IGMP11264.
From October 2015