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The first interesting working in the county in 2017 was a yellow Network Rail test train which was top and tailed by a pair of class 37 diesel locomotives.  Steve Widdowson was at Bredicot on 3rd January 2017 to photograph Nos.37254 & 97303, working as train code 1Z16, 10:14 from Derby to Cardiff.

In 2016, following collision damage to First Great Western's class 150/2 two-car unit No.150219 its undamaged car No.57219 was added to class 150/2 two-car corridor unit No.150238 to make three-car class 150/9 hybrid unit  No.150938.  Andrew Smith photographed this unique combination (three x 150/2) at Great Malvern Station on Thursday 5th January 2017 after its arrival with train code 1V94, 08:59 Brighton to Great Malvern.  Despite a fifteen minute late departure from Brighton, and the time being timetabled to use the faster class 158 diesel multiple units, the class 150 had no trouble in gaining right time by Bristol.
The start of 2017 saw a most unusual working through the county when a pair of rebuilt former Southern Region electro-diesels No.73951 and 73952 worked the 10:03 from Derby RTC to Plymouth (train code No.0V84).  Steve Widdowson photographed the pair at Bredicot on February 7th 2017.
There is nothing unusual about Great Western Railways class 166 three-car diesel multiple unit No.166221 being in charge of the 12:09 from Hereford to Paddington (train code 1P51) when photographed by Steve Widdowson at Norton Junction on 6th February 2017.  Of more interest is that the signal post on the right-hand side had recently lost its semaphores.
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