Following the transfer away of the Great Western Railway class 150s only three units could be found working in the County on services from Birmingham New Street to Hereford. One of these three units, No.150109, was photographed by Andrew Smith at Great Malvern Station on Wednesdy 11th April 2018. The class 150 was working the 14.49 to Hereford (train code No.1V29).
The first half of 2018 saw many changes to services in the county.
Most noticeable was the totally botched introduction of class 800 units to the Cotswold line services. Great Western Railway's introduction of these new units and the removal of all class 180s and, as they came off lease, the class 43 HSTs caused dozens of train cancellations reminiscent of the problems caused in 1963/64 by the changeover from steam to diesel and the later replacement of the Hymeks by underpowered class 31 diesel electric locomotives.
The two-hourly south coast to Malvern trains also saw frequent cancellations and failure of services to reach Great Malvern.
Widespread calls from passengers and others for the franchisee to be removed met with stony silence from the authorities, no doby midful of the re-nationalise (again) of the East Cost franchise..
Elsewhere the continued decline of freight traffic reduced the daytime photograph possibilities to the Round Oak and Corby to Margam and Daventry to Wentloog trains. All these trains were southbound. No daytime northbound freight trains rans except for nuclear waste trains.
On a brighter note the new train station at Broadway was opened. To celebrate the event to CLPG organede a special service.
The period also saw major engineering works in the county. Most notably there was a total blaockade of the line at Norton to allow Network Rail's contractors to moe a new bridge into place over a proposed dual carriageway by-pass. Sadly the opportunity to reintroduce two line working between Rainbow Hill Junction and Henwick was missed.
As reported above most services on the Costwold remained in the hands of HST 125 trains with their class 43 power cars as seen in this photograph taken by Andrew Smith at Great Malvern Station on Monday 18th June 2018. The photograph depicts class 43 power car No.43015 at the rear of the 15.14 Hereford to Paddington service (train code No.1P39).