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507023 at Freshfields.5 views507023 in original blue & grey livery, leads a 6-Car formation at Freshfields whilst working a Southport to Hunts Cross Service on the 1st September 1991.
66553 at Melton Ross.0 viewsWith the Lime Works dominating the scene, Freightliner Class 66, 66553 brings a loaded coal working from Immingham Docks, Westbound on the Slow Line at Melton Ross on May 26th 2012. A train of GBRf empties heads in the opposite direction, the density of freight traffic along here even at Weekend is truly amazing.
Virgin Voyager 221115 at Penwortham.2 viewsHaving just departed from Preston, Virgin Voyager 221115, complete with Bombardier Vinyls, leads the 06.52 Edinburgh to Birmingham New Street past the playing fields at Factory Lane, Penwortham on June 30th 2012.
Class 03, D2148 arrives at Strand Road.3 viewsClass 03, D2148 comes around the curve at Strand Road whilst working the 11.00 from Preston Riversway during the Ribble Steam Railway Diesel Shunter Gala on October 7th 2012. The track on the right foreground is the connection to Strand Road Level Crossing and access to the Network Rail section of line to Preston Station.

508115 at Sandhills.2 views508115 departs from Sandhills with an Ormskirk to Liverpool Central service on February 2nd 2013. Much rebuilt, the single island platform is very busy with services in both directions.
Manchester Metrolink T-68, 1026 at departs from Media City.0 viewsWith the BBC building as a backdrop, the last built of the T-68 fleet, 1026 gets underway from Media City with an Eccles to Manchester Piccadilly service on September 19th 2013.
Class 45, 45022-'Lytham St Annes' on the Lickey Incline.5 views45022 -'Lytham St Annes' plods upgrade almost at the summit of the Lickey Incline with a northbound working formed mainly of Mk2 stock on September 5th 1981. This brings back fond memories of a excellent day, 32 years ago, at the lineside with my old friend Roger Sutcliffe. A warm sunny day, pleasant location and a procession of locomotive hauled trains in both directions. Happy Days!
Huncoat.0 viewsThe former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Signal Box at Huncoat dating from 1902, and that has controlled the Level Crossing only since 1973, was made redundant on November 22nd 2014 when control of the crossing passed to Preston PSB. In this view looking across Station Road the access steps have been removed, and with a selection of Network Rail plant equipment around the rear of the box, the end seems to be immanent. January 10th 2015.

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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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