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Regional Railways Class 37, 37429 at Kirkham.2 viewsIn Regional Railways Livery, Class 37/4, 37429 -'Eisteddfod Genediaethol' passes Kirkham on the station avoiding line with the four coach Saturday Only 10.15 Blackpool North to Holyhead Service on the 5th August 1995. 37429 was a product of Vulcan Foundry, built in 1965 as D6600. The loco was stored in 2001 and broken up for scrap in 2008.
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31188 at Kirkham.4 viewsIn Dutch Civil Engineers livery, 31188 slowly reverses its train of empty ballast hoppers near Kirkham North Jct, after returning from the newly re-laid coast line to Blackpool South on the 8th March 1997. During the month long engineering possession of the line, a spare 20 ton brake van, Tops code ZTR, (ADB954550) was kept at Kirkham along with Class 08 shunter 08742 stabled out of harms way, along the former Marton Line at Bradkirk.
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Class 08 08742 at Bradkirk.3 viewsIn Rail Express Systems/Parcels livery, 08742 was stabled at Bradkirk, west of Kirkham, on 6th April 1997 for use if needed during the engineering work on the coast line to Blackpool South. The shunter was stood on the former Marton Direct Line that once led to the seafront terminus at Blackpool Central. In the background are the tracks from Kirkham to Blackpool North.
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Class 50s, D400 & 50033 at Exeter St Davids.4 viewsA pair of smartly turned out Class 50s, D400 & 50033 -'Glorious', stand at Exeter St Davids on the 31st May 1993 waiting to take forward the Exeter to Plymouth leg of 'The Cornishman' Railtour, which had originated from Manchester Piccadilly. This period was twilight time for the class survivors, as their active BR careers drew to a close.

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Class 117 DMU, B438 departs from Starcross.2 viewsA well filled Class 117 3-Car DMU with 51382 trailing, departs from Starcross with a tea-time Exeter St Davids to Paignton stopping service on the 28th May 1986.
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43188 at Starcross.3 views43188-'City of Plymouth' startles motorists on the A379 as it approaches Starcross on its way up along the Exe Estuary with a Plymouth to London Paddington service on the 25th May 1986. The power cars and Mk.3 Trailers are all in matching InterCity 125 Executive livery.
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303075 & 87008 at Glasgow Central.2 viewsIn a familiar daily scene that went on for years and is now unlikely ever to be repeated, Strathclyde PTE liveried Class 303, 303075 departs from Glasgow Central with a service to Newton on July 23rd 1984. Class 87, 87008 -'City of Liverpool' looks on as it awaits the start of its 401 mile journey to London Euston. 87008 found a new life in Bulgaria after being cast aside by Virgin in 2004. Out of the 91 3-Car units built locally by Pressed Steel at Linwood between 1959 & 1961, only one unit has survived.
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'Lion' at Cross Lane, Salford. (Liverpool & Manchester 150).2 viewsAgainst a backdrop that has changed beyond recognition, vintage Liverpool & Manchester Railway locomotive 'Lion' rumbles along the original L&M route at Cross Lane, Salford on September 14th 1980. Consisting of three replica coaches, the train was running from Eccles to Liverpool Road (The original Manchester terminus), commemorating the opening of the line in 1830. The train was being shadowed by Police Officers in a blue Hillman Avenger, as amongst the VIPs was the then Home Secretary, Willam Whitelaw.

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Class 28 Co-Bo, D5705/TDB968006 at Swindon.1 viewsWhilst on an official visit to Swindon Works on October 12th 1981, there was a chance encounter with the sole-surviving Class 28 Co-Bo, D5705/TDB968006. Following withdrawal in 1968 the loco passed to the Derby RTC for use on the Tribology Test Train. It then was used as a train-heat locomotive in South Wales, the loco eventually passed into presevation. In 1981 the Co-Bo seemed to be still carrying its faded original green livery.Dec 07, 2014
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'Lion' at Cross Lane, Salford. (Liverpool & Manchester 150).2 viewsAgainst a backdrop that has changed beyond recognition, vintage Liverpool & Manchester Railway locomotive 'Lion' rumbles along the original L&M route at Cross Lane, Salford on September 14th 1980. Consisting of three replica coaches, the train was running from Eccles to Liverpool Road (The original Manchester terminus), commemorating the opening of the line in 1830. The train was being shadowed by Police Officers in a blue Hillman Avenger, as amongst the VIPs was the then Home Secretary, Willam Whitelaw.Nov 16, 2014
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47471 at Daisyfield, Blackburn.2 views47471-'Norman Tunna GC' drifts past the level crossing & signal box at Daisyfield on the North East side of Blackburn with a diverted Glasgow to Birmingham service on March 11th 1989. The train is passing the remains of Daisyfield Station closed in 1958. Beyond the derelict platforms the 47 will join the East Lancashire route at Daisyfield Junction just East of Blackburn Station. 47471 emerged from Crewe Works as D1598 in June 1964. It was withdrawn in December 2004 and scrapped in February 2005.Nov 02, 2014
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Class 47, 47190 -'Pectinidae' at Padiham Power Station.1 viewsComplete with an ex-works Shell TEA bogie tank wagon, 47190 -'Pectinidae' in Railfreight Petroleum Sector livery was one of the exhibits at the Padiham Power Station open day on October 8th 1989. Allocated to Crewe Diesel Depot, the 47 was one of several that carried the Latin names for various shells, a corporate link to the traffic carried to and from from the Shell oil refinery at Stanlow. The loco was new from Brush in June 1965 numbered D1840. It was withdrawn from service in 1994 and scrapped in 1998.Apr 04, 2014

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Class 58, 58039 at Doncaster Works.1 viewsUnder a brooding sky, 58039 -'Rugeley Power Station' in Railfreight Coal Sector livery, was on display as one of the exhibits at Doncaster Works open day on July 12th 1992. New from Doncaster in March 1986, 58039 was withdrawn by EWS in December 1999. In 2003 the loco was exported to Holland to work for ACTS, but in 2009 the loco was transferred to the French operator ETF, but is currently stored out of use.Mar 22, 2014
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Class 58, 58030 at Butterley.1 viewsThere is still an element of newness about 58030 as it stands on display at Butterley on 13th July 1985 as part of the Midland Railway Centre diesel gala. 58030 had been constructed at Doncaster Works a month earlier in June 1985. The loco was withdrawn from service in 2002 carrying EWS maroon livery. 58030 departed for Spain in 2004 working for operator GIF.Jan 26, 2014
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HST Power Car 43002 departs from Dawlish.2 viewsPioneer production HST Power Car, 43002 departs from Dawlish at the rear of the 16.35 London Paddington to Plymouth on the evening of May 31st 1995. 43002 was first off the production line at BREL Crewe in 1975. The power car is still in service as part of the First Great Western fleet based at Plymouth Laira Depot. How many miles must have this machine travelled in 39 years?Jan 22, 2014
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141009 at Leeds Neville Hill Depot.1 viewsIn original condition and livery of Verona Green and Buttermilk, a rather grubby looking 141009 was stabled at Leeds Neville Hill Depot on March 15th 1987, formed of cars 55510 & 55530. The 20 narrow-bodied units were refurbished to improve reliability and to make them compatable with other second generation DMUs in 1988/89. 141009 was renumbered 141110 following refurbishment and was withdrawn from active service in 1997. The unit passed to the Weardale Railway, becoming a spares donor for 141103 (141002).Jan 02, 2014

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