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31405 at Sod Hall Crossing - Farington Moss.8 viewsOn the former mainline between Preston & Liverpool Exchange, via Ormskirk, Class 31, 31405 heads a train of Grampus Wagons at Sod Hall Crossing on Farington Moss. Scrap track materials were being recovered from the former Up Line.
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Class 123 E52087 at Selby.6 viewsWhen this image was recorded on the 12th September 1981, Selby was on the East Coast Main Line. A former Western Region Class 123, E52087 brings up the rear of a Manchester Piccadilly to Hull service. The class 123s had been built at Swindon in 1963, when transferred north in the late 1970s, many were mixed in to form hybrid units with the class 124 'Trans-Pennine' DMU fleet.
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31414 at Exeter St Davids.5 viewsA rather battered looking Class 31/4, 31414 has backed on to a Saturday Only, 7-Coach Paddington to Barnstaple through service on July 25th 1979. This service was in the tradition of the 'withered arm' - Summer holiday trains from London working into deepest Devon on former Southern territory. Exeter St Davids was still controlled by GWR/Western Region Lower Quadrant Signals. Alongside 31414 is a loaded Brute trolley filled with parcels, destined for the vans stabled in the former Exe Valley Bay Platform.
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Sandite DMU Set 960995 at Preston.2 viewsMetro-Cammell Class 101 DMU cars, 53291 & 53208 were converted to Sandite Cars and renumbered, 977903/904 the set being given the number 960995. Still in blue & grey livery from the days when they were passenger cars, the set was stabled at Preston on May 28th 1994.

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73001 arrives at Southampton Central.4 viewsA pair of Southern Region rail built home signals act as gate guardians, as a very smart looking 73001 enters Southampton Central with a short mail/parcels working bound for Weymouth on July 28th 1978. The first of the Class 73 Electro-Diesels, 73001 emerged from Eastleigh Works in February 1962 as E6001. The class was indigenous to the Southern Region for most of their working lives, but in a bizarre twist, five 73s ended up on Merseyside in the 1990s, including the locomotive seen here.
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47292 at Selby.3 viewsA scene from the days when Selby was part of the East Coast Main Line. Having observed the speed restriction over the Selby Swingbridge, 47292 accelerates along the Up Through Road with a southbound Saga Holidays working made up of Mark I stock on September 12th 1981.
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Class 33, 33111 departs from Dawlish Warren.1 viewsHaving called at Dawlish Warren, 33111 emerges from the Down Loop with an Exeter St Davids to Paignton service on June 3rd 1983. In the foreground the concrete troughing is being installed in readiness for the West of England resignalling scheme, which would see the abolition of the time-honoured lower quadrant semaphores.
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Class 120 Cross-Country DMUs stabled at Chester TMD.0 viewsKeeping company with the depot breakdown crane, three of the stylish Swindon built class 120 Cross-Country DMU sets were stabled at Chester Depot on Sunday August 9th 1981. The original fleet of these well-appointed units totalled 194 individual cars, when constructed at Swindon they were produced using the construction jigs for former Great Western diesel railcars. The last of the class 120s were withdrawn in 1989.

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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
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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
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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
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Class 45 45005 passes Dawlish Warren.2 viewsOn a rather overcast 8th April 1980, 45005 accelerates a lengthy NE/SW service made up of MkI stock on the Down through road at Dawlish Warren. With mechanical signalling and plenty of loco-hauled trains - Happy Days!Oct 02, 2015

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Class 25, 25221 at Wigan Springs Branch.3 viewsWithdrawn Class 25 25221 pokes out from under Warrington Road bridge at the side of Wigan Springs Branch Depot on June 30th 1984. 25221 was originally D7571, built at Derby Works in 1963, it was withdrawn in January 1984 and after lanquishing for a while at Wigan, was scrapped at Swindon Works in 1986.Mar 08, 2015
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08457 at Rugby.1 viewsOn a damp May 17th 1981, 08457 spends Sunday Afternoon sheltering in one of the bay platforms under the LNWR overall roof at Rugby.Mar 08, 2015
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Class 40, 40082 at Northwich Depot.6 viewsOn a damp 9th September 1984, 40082 was stabled outside Northwich Depot between duties. The loco was new from Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows in June 1960 as D282. Its first allocation was at York (50A). It spent 13 years as an Eastern Region machine before being transferred to the London Midland Region in 1973. 40082 was withdrawn from service due to power unit damage in November 1984 and was scrapped at Crewe Works in January 1986.
Mar 01, 2015
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Class 306 EMUs at Leicester (GC).2 viewsDating from 1949, former Liverpool St-Shenfield Class 306 EMUs, 055, 033, 083 & 078 wait at the entrance to Vic Berrys Scrapyard at Leicester on July 19th 1982. The location is adjacent to the former Great Central Main Line, that last saw a passenger train in 1969 when the DMU service between Rugby and Nottingham was withdrawn. Upperton Road bridge that once spanned the extensive trackwork at this location, was demolished in 2007 - yet another bit of the infrastructure of the old GC Main Line lost forever.Feb 13, 2015

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