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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.
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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.
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Coradia Class 175, 175115 at Blackpool North.1 views175115 shares a platform with 175108 at Blackpool North on May 29th 2004. The North Western branding had been blanked out on the First Group 'Barbie' livery, as by this date the units were also being used by Wales & Borders, drawn from a common pool at Chester Depot, home to the Coradia Fleet.
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EWS 47760 at Carnforth.0 viewsAt just before 5pm on April 19th 2003, EWS liveried Class 47, 47760 crosses over Carnforth Station Junction with the return NENTA 'The Cumbrian and Eskdale Explorer' excursion from Ravenglass to Norwich.
The coaching stock was a Norwich Crown Point Depot, Anglia Mark 2 set complete with DBSO 9712 bringing up the rear.

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Res Propelling Control Vehicle (PCV) 94340 at Crewe.1 viewsRail Express Systems Propelling Control Vehicle (PCV), 94340 stabled in what was formerly Crewe Diesel Depot on July 31st 2004. The coach had been a Eastern Region Class 307 Emu Driving Trailer numbered 75012, and was converted to a PCV with roller-shutter doors for use in mail trains by Hunslet Barclay at Kilmarnock in 1996. With EWS losing the contract to carry mail in 2004, 94340 and most of the 42 strong PCV fleet were subsequently scrapped.
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56064 at Hest Bank.0 viewsEvening light at Hest Bank on May 27th 1997, as Class 56, 56064 plods southbound with 6L80, the Deanside to Wisbech petfood working. The loco was in Railfreight grey livery, branded Transrail, but actually working for EWS.
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Fragonset 47715 at Doncaster Works.1 viewsClassic traction on display at Doncaster Works open day on July 27th 2003. Fragonset Class 47, 47715 keeps company with 31106 and in the background is Cotswold Rail liveried Class 47, 47316. Fragonset was formed in 1997 and became FM Rail in 2004, the company went out of business in 2006. Cotswold Rail was formed in 2000, but ceased trading in 2009.
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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.

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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
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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.
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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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