The first two weeks of August 2016 saw considerable disruption to train services between Worcester and London with the line being closed for flood prevention work at Hinksey, near Oxford. Apart from a few peak hour trains via Cheltenham the remainder of the services were replaced by three-car class 166 diesel multiple units which operated a roughly hourly service from Worcester Foregate Street to Hanborough or Oxford. For any of these units needing to return to Reading the only means to reach the depot was by routing the empty stock via Cheltenham and Swindon. Steve Widdowson photographed one such train passing Besford, Croome on Wedenesday 10th August 2016 with No.166218.
One of the last of the services operating as far as Oxford saw three-car class 166 diesel multiple unit No.166209 work the 14.35 from Hereford to Oxford (train code No.2Z63). It was photographed by Andrew Smith at Great Malvern on Sunday 14th August 2016.
On 18th October 2020 class 166 three-car diesel electric multiple unit No.166211 at Great Malvern Station. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.