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Blackpool Centenary Tramcar 642 at Bispham.0 viewsWith seven days to go before the end of traditional tramcar running on the Blackpool tram system, Centenary Car number 642 stands at Bispham with a service from the Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham on the 30th October 2011. The halt at Bispham is on the promenade opposite Queens Mansions and Red Bank Road.
'Skipper' 142026 climbs Farington Curve.5 viewsEx Devon & Corwall 'Skipper' Class 142, 142026 in pseudo GWR chocolate & cream livery, climbs Farington Curve with a Blackpool South to Colne Service on the 8th September 1990.
Virgin Voyager 221115 at Preston.0 viewsDetail of the Bombardier vinyls that adorn driving car number 60465 of Voyager set 221115. The Voyager was working the 17.40 Glasgow Central to Birmingham New Street Service on the 29th November 2011. The reference to 'Greener Planet' is ignoring the fact that these diesel trains run 300 miles under the wires, whilst their 'outmoded' predecessors (Class 86s and Mark 2 stock) were electrically hauled. Such is progress?
153331 stands at Leeds.0 viewsClass 153, 153331 stands at Leeds after arriving from Selby on the 24th March 2012.

47292 departs from Rushcliffe Halt.1 viewsClass 47, 47292 (D1994), brings up the rear of the 10.39 Loughborough to Ruddington service, as it departs from Rushcliffe Halt (East Leake), on the 28th April 2012. The station was opened in 1911 and was eventually closed in 1963.
Withdrawn T-68 1018 at Trafford Depot.0 viewsWith 1018 nearest the camera, withdrawn T-68s await their fate at Trafford Depot on November 7th 2012.
150138 at Layton.0 views150138 calls at Layton with the 14.22 Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North service on May 6th 2013. Layton is in the Blackpool suburbs and journeys end at the seaside terminus is only a few minutes away. In the background can be seen the newly erected footbridge ready for the forthcoming electrification from Manchester and Preston.
153360 departs from Bolton.0 viewsSingle unit 153360 and a Class 150 form the 10.44 Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria as it departs from Bolton on a gloomy and overcast December 6th 2014.

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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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