A Great Western express, hauled by a Star class 4-6-0
locomotive, approaching Reading from the West with an up express.
The train is taking the platform road, so it is stopping at Reading.
The engine is very clean and the first coach is brand new. Since white roofs lasted a very short time in service, it may be on a "running in" duty following overhaul at Swindon works.
The platform that the train is entering is number 5. The west end of platform 5 was the most favoured place for spotters, but photographers more often used the west end of platform 4, as is the case here, because the direction of the light for most of the day is better.
(Thanks to Ken Hayward and Russ Elliott; also to Bill Bedford, Simon Farrar and James Wilkinson)
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