FGW "Fag Packet" HST headed by 43172 pulls out of PAXTON Carriage Sidings on the Down Relief, whilst 159001 CITY of EXETER passes on the Up Relief and being overtaken by Regional Railways Express' 158757 picking up speed on the Up Main.
Cotswold Rail's 08871 pulls two Murco 100 Ton Tank Wagons on yard before depositing them in the "fuel in" road to replenish the loco fuel stocks. Colourful liveried sprinters adorn this scene whilst three 47s; Virgin's 47843 VULCAN, FGW's 47815 ABERTAWE LANDORE and West Coast Railways' 47854 look on, prior to their next duties.
Once rivals, these two Class 59s are now stablemates and will both head West with their empties. 59005 KENNETH J. PAINTER is in charge of the ECC China Clay Hoppers, whilst 59102 VILLAGE of CHANTRY has the EWS coal empties.
With the Murco tanks now safely deposited and are being unloaded in the road behind the West Coast Railways' 47; the Cotswold Class 08 safely ensconsed in it's siding, a distinct air of calm descends over the yard. The idle chit chat between the two Class 47 drivers whilst the respective machines are refuelled adds to the atmosphere.
66709 JOSEPH ARNOLD DAVIES (prior to it's official naming!!) wearing the GBRf Medite livery, is uncharacteristically in a platform road; because the lull in the mid afternoon passenger train levels and the increase in the freight levels, dictate this; is hired by Freightliner Heavy Haul to return 6 x 100 ton HHA Bogie Hoppers to Acton Yard for onward northbound transportation.
With the Platform 4 signal cleared, GBRf Medite's 66709 JOSEPH ARNOLD DAVIES and it's HHAs, take the Up Relief road eastbound through Stroley East Junction and onward towards Acton Yard.