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101682 at Romiley.0 viewsIn branded Regional Railways livery but part of Longsight Depots First North Western fleet, 42 year old Class 101 2-Car set, 101682 stands at Romiley in dramatic lighting conditions, with a Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield Service on the 14th October 2000. These well-worn units were seeing out their last days on services from Piccadilly to Marple & Sheffield.
Vrgin Trains HST 43087 passes Leyland.0 viewsRaising the echoes early on a Sunday morning, Virgin liveried HST power car 43087 accelerates a Longsight Depot to Preston ECS working through Leyland Station on the 24th June 2001.
Fragonset 31602 at Weeton.0 viewsHarvest time at Weeton, as Fragonset Class 31, 31602 -'Chimaera' catches the evening light as it leads the 17.06 First North Western, Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North service on September 8th 2004. The four mark 2 coaches were used in top & tail mode with 31459 at the rear.
142051 departs from Southport.2 viewsMerseytravel liveried Class 142 142051 runs alongside Pine Grove on the South-East side of Southport, whilst working the First North Western, 16.16 Southport to Rochdale on May 5th 2003. This stretch of railway was once served by electric trains from Southport to Meols Cop and onwards to Crossens via the West Lancashire Line. Short-sighted economic zeoltry in 1964 saw the line from Meols Cop to Preston close, and along with it the electrics that now would be part of the Merseyrail Electric System.

Central Trains Turbo 170513 at Crewe.0 viewsDecorated to celebrate 10 years of the Robin Hood Line, 1993-2003, Central Trains Turbo, 170513 enters Crewe whilst working a Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street service on July 31st 2004.
Class 73s, 73104 & 73139 at Carnforth.0 viewsFormer Southern Region Class 73 Electro-Diesels, 73104 & 73139 both in faded Inter-City livery, were stored on what used to be the demonstration running line at Carnforth Steamtown on March 29th 2003.
47750 arrives at Chester.0 viewsEx Virgin Class 47, 47750 with EWS lettering, brings the 13.16 Bangor to Crewe, First North Western service into Chester on March 24th 2004. The four Mark 2 coaches have been hired from sister First Group Company, Great Western and are in 'fag packet' livery.
60082 approaching Manchester Victoria.1 viewsStill carrying Railfreight grey livery with Transrail branding, EWS Class 60, 60082 drifts downhill as it approaches Manchester Victoria with a Salford Hope Street to Peak Forest empty stone working on September 24th 2004. Reminders of the past are all around at this much changed location. There are a distinct lack of apartment buildings in this view, today apartment blocks dominate the skyline here.
60082 was taken out of service in 2008 still carrying grey livery, and is still in store at Crewe.

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EWS 47760-'Ribblehead Viaduct' arrives at Hellifield.0 viewsIn immaculate condition, EWS Class 47 47760 -'Ribblehead Viaduct' catches the evening light as it arrives at Hellifield with a Carlisle to Leeds charter on April 10th 1999. The loco had been named earlier in the day at Ribblehead Station. 47760 was new from Crewe Works in September 1964 numbered D1617. The loco is still active on the main line with West Coast at Carnforth.Dec 02, 2013
Virgin Class 57/3, 57301-'Scott Tracy' passing Hellifield.0 viewsPrior to being fitted with a Dellner Coupling, Virgin Trains Class 57/3, 57301-'Scott Tracy' shows a clean face as it brings the diverted 10.05 London Euston to Glasgow Central service past Hellifield on March 23rd 2003. 57301 was formerly class 47, 47845.
Oct 27, 2013
Midland Mainline HSTs at Chesterfield.0 viewsMidland Mainline HST Power Cars pass at Chesterfield on September 30th 2000, as 43055 brings up the rear of the 12.30 London St Pancras to Sheffield service, 43052 accelerates away with the 14.24 Sheffield to St Pancras. Both power cars carry the smart Midland Mainline livery that when kept clean made these then 25 year old HSTs look like new stock.Feb 26, 2013
EWS 66097 at Blackpool North.0 views66097 stands amidst the semaphores at Blackpool North on May 29th 2004, awaiting departure with a return private charter to Edinburgh formed of Mark I stock. The scene here will be transformed with the forthcoming electrification.Dec 10, 2012

323231 at Manchester Oxford Road.0 viewsIn First North Western livery, 323231 arrives at Manchester Oxford Road with a Deansgate to Manchester Airport service on September 24th 2004. 43 of these 3-Car sets were constructed by Hunslet of Leeds in 1992/93, 17 sets for use around Manchester and the remaining 26 sets for the West Midlands.Dec 09, 2012
Fragonset 31459 at Chester.0 viewsFragonset Class 31, 31459 -'Cerberus' stands between duties at Chester on March 24th 2004. The loco was top & tail with four Mk2 coaches & 31602, the consist was working for First North Western. It had arrived with the 06.40 St Annes to Greenbank, laying over at Chester for most of the day before returning with the 15.49 to Blackpool North. Dec 09, 2012
TPE 158769 at Scarborough.0 viewsOn the last day of operation before being replaced by new Class 185 units, First TransPennine Express Class 158, 158769 is stabled at Scarborough Station on Sunday August 27th 2006. The 158s operated by TransPennine still carried the base purple 'Northern Spirit' livery but with blue vinyl overlays on the lower part of the bodysides.Dec 04, 2012
Virgin Class 57s at Crewe.1 viewsVirgin Class 57/3 Thunderbirds, 57316, 57302 & 57303 gather at Crewe on September 11th 2005. 57316 was originally converted from 47290, 57302 was converted from 47827 and the former identity of 57303 was 47705.Dec 02, 2012

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