As Autumn gives way to Winter photographic opportunities change. The run up to Christmas is often a rewarding time to be out taking photographs with cold crisp mornings and trees now fully devoid of their leaves in addition to a large number of extra charter trains running in the lead up to the festive season. This season however has got off to a strange start - those cold crisp days have not happened and instead the UK has seen one of the warmest (and cloudiest) December's on record. Many of the usual steam trips have also fared badly with diesel replacing the planned steam on a number of trains in recent weeks. This photograph, taken on one of the very few sunny days this month shows recently re-painted 67015 joining onto the South West Mainline at Byfleet & New Haw with a Christmas Belmond Pullman excursion to Winchester.