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Class 116 DMU at Stratford-Upon-Avon.5 viewsOn midsummers day, 21st June 1986, a pair of Tyseley allocated Class 116 3-car DMU sets, with 53872 leading, are seen at Stratford-Upon-Avon with a late evening service to Birmingham. Within a few years this familiar scene would vanish as Class 150s took over local services in the West Midlands area. In 2011, the 150s are being replaced by new Derby built Class 172 DMUs.
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47191 at Wigan Springs Branch Depot.4 views'Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes, Sans Taste, Sans Everything' - (Shakespeare - 'All the Worlds a Stage').
Stripped down to a bare shell with bogies, 47191 was lanquishing at Wigan Springs Branch Depot on the 28th February 1993.
The loco emerged from the Brush Traction Works at Loughborough in April 1965 as D1841. It was withdrawn from active service in June 1987 and cannibalised for spare parts. The remains were scrapped by Gwent Demolition at Wigan in September 1993.
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Deltics 55017 & 55016 stabled at York.7 viewsAlmost at the end of their BR careers, Class 55 Deltics, 55017 -'The Durham Light Infantry' and 55016 -'Gordon Highlander' stand in the Depot yard at York on the 22nd November 1981. At this late stage in their lives the remaining Deltics were working the York to Kings Cross Semi-Fast Services or working overnight ECML trains. Both these Locomotives survived until the very end of scheduled Deltic running on New Years Eve 1981. 55016 was eventually preserved, 55017 was scrapped at Doncaster in 1983.
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Class 76, 76022 at Reddish Electric Depot.3 viewsIt is three months since the 1500V DC Manchester to Sheffield line was closed as a through route, and the Class 76 electrics that plied the route on a daily basis for nearly 30 years, are gathered together on October 3rd 1981 at Reddish Depot awaiting their fate. 76022 had become a minor celebrity as it was the only Class 76 to retain the old Lion & Wheel emblems on its Rail Blue paintwork. It was still hoped that the route would re-open, but it was not to be - 76022 was eventually scrapped in 1983.

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47521 at Lincoln St Marks.5 viewsClass 47, 47521 has the road as it prepares to depart from Lincoln St Marks with a Cleethorpes to London Kings Cross service on April 21st 1981. Opened by the Midland Railway in 1846, the station closed in May 1985 and a shopping centre now covers the site.
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Class 25, 25248 at Horwich Works.3 viewsOn tracks now lifted, 25248 arrives at Horwich Works with the Breakdown/Re-Railing Train from Wigan Springs Branch Depot, as part of the Works Open Day on August 16th 1980. After the remaining part of the Works finally closed in 1988, the area seen here has been concreted over for storage of lorry trailers, as part of an Industrial Estate.
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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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47089-'Amazon' at Lostwithiel.2 viewsWatched by the signalman from the box at Lostwithiel, 47089 -'Amazon' gingerly brings a rake of loaded Clayhoods onto the Cornish Main Line on July 31st 1980. The loco is passing over the level crossing that takes Grenville Road across the line. Lostwithiel is the junction station for the Fowey Branch, closed to passengers in 1965 but kept active with China Clay workings to the Docks. 47089 was one of the original batch of Western Region named 47s, the loco was new from Crewe Works in April 1965 as D1675.

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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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