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156466 Gracie Fields at Bamber Bridge.1 viewsClass 156, 156466 -'Gracie Fields' passes Bowkers Siding on the approach to Bamber Bridge, with the 11.27 Blackpool South to Colne service, on Sunday 17th April 2011. The unit had been named at Manchester Victoria in October 2009, on the last day of services on the Oldham Loop, before closure for conversion to the Metrolink tram system.
142014 departing from Manchester Victoria.2 views142014 departs from platform 1 at Manchester Victoria, trailing at the rear of an ECS working, on Sunday 1st May 2011. The Metrolink route to Bury is on the extreme right in this scene.
Sentinel 'Energy' Preston Docks.7 viewsEx Manchester Ship Canal Sentinel Diesel, works number 10165, built in 1965 has assummed the identity of former Preston Dock Sentinel 'Energy'. The refurbished loco was in action on the Ribble Steam Railway Diesel Gala on the 2nd October 2010 with a demonstration train of tar tank wagons. The loco is approaching the riverside curve situated before the swingbridge across the former dock entrance.
321417 at Bletchley.2 viewsBuilt by BREL at York in 1989, Class 321/4, 321417 leads an 8-Car formation at Bletchley on the 19th March 1994 whilst working a Birmingham New Street to London Euston service. Following privatisation the WCML 321 fleet passed to Silverlink County, 321417 has been one of 7 units retained by current operator London Midland.

C69 DM 5511 departs High Street Kensington.0 viewsBound for Moorgate on a Circle Line service, C69 DM 5511 trails at the rear as it departs from High Street Kensington on February 9th 2013. Approaching is C69 DM, 5531 with a Wimbledon to Edgware Road District Line service.
TPE 185135 passes Lostock.0 viewsFirst TransPennine Express Class 185, 185135 speeds past Lostock on the approach to Bolton whilst working the 11.44 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service on November 10th 2013.
DRS 37259 at Burnley Barracks.0 viewsBringing the rare sight of a locomotive hauled train on the line from Gannow Junction to Colne, DRS 37259 passes over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Burnley Barracks with 1Q26 returning from the end-of-the-line at Colne on January 4th 2015. The train had originated at Wigan and was destined for the Derby RTC running via East Lancashire, Copy Pit, Leeds & Sheffield.
37109 departs Rawtenstall.1 views37109 departs from Rawtenstall with the 11.05 to Heywood on January 10th 2015 as part of the East Lancashire Railway Diesel Running Day.

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Merseyrail Electric - New Book - Out Now!0 viewsPublished by Fonthill Media, ISBN Number 978-1-78155-513-2.
96 Pages with detailed introduction, colour illustrations throughout, includes a route map and fleet list.
Features Class 502's, 503's and the 507/508 fleet in various liveries. Includes some of the Class 73's and other locos that have worked on the system.
May 08, 2016
VTEC 91128 (Xmas) at York.0 viewsComplete with its festive vinyls, Virgin Trains East Coast 91128 stands at York with the 11.00 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh on December 12th 2015.Dec 13, 2015
EPS 37601 - Folkestone Harbour.0 viewsAs the tide begins to come in, 37601 sits on the viaduct at Folkestone Harbour with the Pathfinder Tours 'Atomic Harbourmaster' railtour on October 20th 2007. Out of sight at the other end of the train was fellow EPS class 37, 37603. This was one of the last diesel hauled trains to traverse this line. The itinerary on that day included a trip along the Dungeness Branch. It was a long day - an 06.15 start from Crewe on Saturday morning and only getting back to Crewe at 01.24 on Sunday morning!Dec 10, 2015
37013 at Farington Curve Junction.0 views37013 trundles along the Up Slow as it approaches Farington Curve Junction whilst working the Saturday only Blackpool North to Sheffield formed of Mark 1 stock on August 13th 1983. This was a time-honoured Summer service that ran out and back on a Saturday running via East Lancashire and Copy Pit.
Dec 10, 2015

08954 at Plymouth.2 viewsWith the roof tops of Plymouth as a backdrop, 08954 was shunting parcel and mail vans at Plymouth station on July 26th 1980. This was a time-honoured scene at all major stations - now sadly consigned to history. The 08 was new from Darington Works in October 1962 numbered D4184, its first home was at Ebbw Junction (86A) and it was tranferred to Laira (84A) in May 1971.Nov 07, 2015
47033 arrives at Dawlish.1 views47033 and its 6-coach train of Mark 1 coaches has emerged from Kennaway Tunnel and is running alongside a busy looking Marine Parade, as it arrives at Dawlish whilst working a Paignton to Exeter St Davids local stopping service on April 8th 1980.Nov 07, 2015
66182 at Clitheroe.0 views66182 propells the empty PCA cement wagons from Avonmouth into the Cement Works at Clitheroe on October 24th 2015. On the right is one of the ex Shotton Steel Works diesel shunters (GECT 5396/1975) one of a similar pair that are used in the works here.Nov 05, 2015
66182 at Pimlico (Cement Works Branch)0 views66182 has uncoupled from the empty PCAs on the Cement Works branch at Clitheroe ready to run round the wagons before propelling the train into the works on October 24th 2015.Nov 05, 2015

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