165 038, Paddington, 2M29, 7th December 2018
The Monday to Friday, once daily, Chiltern "Parliamentary" train, 10:57 from South Ruislip, is normally booked into Platform 14 at Paddington station, a Stygian "black hole", but on the occasion of its final run it was routed into Platform 1 - much better! After arriving as 2V27, 165 038 is now ready for the final departure as 2M29, the 11:35 to High Wycombe. As the line between Old Oak Common and Park Royal will be closed from the start of the Winter timetable from 9th December for HS2 upgrade work, the train can no longer run - it will be replaced by another once daily working to and from West Ealing. The train normally carries very few passengers, but on this occasion the head count from South Ruislip to Paddington was 140 plus crew and possibly even more for the return run. 11:29½, Friday 7th December 2018. Digital Image No. IGMP42204.